Things to do this June

Image: Surface printed wallpaper, 1966, designed by Catherine Beevers for Howarths Limited, Manchester. Courtesy the Whitworth, The University of Manchester

June is a massive month here on the Oxford Road Corridor with major exhibitions, festivals, some excellent gigs and the Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend

There are lots of things to do this June, starting with the Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend that’s so action-packed we’re written its own guide which you can read here.

British Art Show 9 has opened and can be explored across Corridor venues including the Whitworth, Manchester Poetry Library, Castlefield Gallery and HOME. Also not to be missed is the Manchester School of Art Degree that will feature the work of hundreds of students across Art, Design and Media.

Following the success of last year’s Homeground, HOME presents the First Street Festival, a five-weekend event in Tony Wilson Place that will have a range of free activities including live music, family events, drag performances, yoga, DJs and more.

Take a look at the Festival of Libraries, a five-day multi-venue celebration of Greater Manchester’s libraries and the extraordinary stories of everyday creativity that happen within them. As ever there are some great lit events at Blackwell’s this month as well as Manchester Poetry Library’s Love to Read programme.

There are some cracking gigs this June, including a joint headline performance from two brilliant musicians, Yasmin Williams and Gwenifer Raymond at YES, Grammy Award-winning musician St. Vincent plays Manchester Academy and there is some old school electronic action from The Avalanches and The Orb. Classical highlights include Catch Maya Youssef and Clare Hammond at RNCM and The Halle at The Bridgewater Hall.

Top things to do this month

Everything happening in June

exhibition At Home with the Pankhurst Family
The Pankhurst Centre | 29 August 2021 – 31 August 2025

The transformation of the Pankhurst Centre exhibition space is incredible thanks to its new permanent exhibition, At Home with the Pankhurst Family.

exhibition Exchanges
The Whitworth | 19 February 2022 – 10 February 2023

Exchanges sets art and artist together, sometimes in harmony, sometimes in opposition – always with insight and intention.

families Fairy Tales
Z-arts | 5 April 2022 – 26 February 2023

Fairy Tales is Z-arts latest exhibition, an interactive world of play and storytelling for children up to 8-years old and their grown-ups.

exhibition Althea McNish: Colour is Mine
The Whitworth | 21 October 2022 – 23 April 2023

The Whitworth presents the first major retrospective of Althea McNish, one of the UK’s most influential and innovative textile designers and the first designer of Caribbean descent to achieve international recognition.

theatre Disney’s The Lion King
Palace Theatre | 27 October 2022 – 23 February 2023

Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney’s multi-award-winning musical is a unique theatrical experience you can experience at Manchester’s Palace Theatre.

exhibition Brigitte Jurack: Fieldnotes
HOME | 29 October 2022 – 29 January 2023

Artist and climate activist Brigitte Jurack’s largest solo show to date, bringing together works produced in the UK, Spain and India.

exhibition Nina Chua and Daniel Silver
Castlefield Gallery | 30 October 2022 – 29 January 2023

A lively and exuberant exhibition of the work of Nina Chua and Daniel Silver, part of Castlefield Gallery’s ongoing series of two person shows.

theatre PUSH Festival
HOME | 20 January – 18 February 2023

HOME’s annual celebration of the North West’s creative talent, PUSH Festival, returns with four weeks of events and workshops.

exhibition (Un)Defining Queer
The Whitworth | 26 January – 26 November 2023

(Un)Defining Queer delves into the Whitworth’s collection to examine how we can use a queer lens to define what the term ‘queer’ means.

music Mood Swings: Fat Dog + Car Boot Sale + Lei Hope
YES | 27 January 2023

Descend the basement steps of YES to catch three bands you’ll be hearing much more of in 2023, presented by Now Wave.

music RNCM Brass Band Festival
Royal Northern College of Music | 27 – 29 January 2023

RNCM Brass Band Festival makes a welcome return featuring eight of the UK’s leading brass bands and top soloists, young and old.

music Lynks
YES | 28 January 2023

Described as a “merchant of pure gay chaos”, Lynks brings their electro pop party to YES as part of Now Waves ones to see in 2023

cinema Covid Song Cycle Watch Party
Contact | 28 January 2023

Covid Song Cycle Watch Party is a poetic musical celebration of process, connection, growth and creativity following the Covid-19 pandemic.

literature International Mother Language Day 2023
Manchester Central Library | 1 February – 3 March 2023

Manchester City of Literature and partners celebrate International Mother Language Day with a month of activities and events.

music Temples
YES | 2 February 2023

The bands eagerly awaited return has Temples perform live at YES Pink Room as part of independent venue week!

theatre Queer Contact
Contact | 4 – 18 February 2023

Contact celebrates queer culture with an extraordinary line-up of LGBTQ+ talent heading our way for Queer Contact 2023

theatre House of Suarez Presents: Vogue Ball
Manchester Academy | 4 February 2023

House of Suarez takes us back to the glorious decade of disco with their most vibrant and colourful runway extravaganza to date.

Part of Queer Contact

music RNCM Day of Percussion
Royal Northern College of Music | 5 February 2023

RNCM Day of Percussion returns for its 30th year with a day packed with exciting and informative sessions from internationally recognised performers and practitioners.

music DYLAN
O2 Ritz Manchester | 7 February 2023

One of 2022’s most in-demand rising talents, singer-songwriter DYLAN’s ascent continues with an army of supporters and media tastemakers.

music Lil Mariko
YES | 7 February 2023

Combining elements of hyper-pop and metal, Lil Mariko brings her unique Soundscapes to YES this February.

performance Gallifrey Cabaret
Contact | 10 February 2023

Jump aboard the queerest TARDIS in time and space for a night of cosmic drag and cabaret, all inspired by the greatest TV show in the universe – DOCTOR WHO.

Part of Queer Contact

music Manchester Collective: Bag of Bones
Royal Northern College of Music | 10 February 2023

Bag of Bones is a bewitching new project for Manchester Collective from award-winning vocalist, violinist, songwriter and composer Alice Zawadzki.

performance The Bitten Peach presents: Peach Chutney
Contact | 11 February 2023

Come join the Peach Chutney Crew as we celebrate South Asian AWESOMENESS through the skies!

Part of Queer Contact

exhibition Tale of the Frozen Bits
Castlefield Gallery | 12 February – 12 March 2023

Tale of the Frozen Bits at Castlefield Gallery is the first major solo exhibition of work by artist El Morgan.

music The Hallé – A Night at the Opera
The Bridgewater Hall | 12 February 2023

An evening of glorious, soaring melodies as The Hallé offer up a treasure trove of operatic gems.

performance 50 Things That Shaped Me with Fisayo Akinade
Contact | 12 February 2023

Actor and Contact Alumni Fisayo Akinade (Heartstopper, Cucumber) explores the many different elements that have influenced his life and career.

Part of Queer Contact

music Weyes Blood
O2 Ritz Manchester | 13 February 2023

In support of her critically acclaimed album ‘And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow’, Weyes Blood performs at The Ritz.

theatre Grandmother’s Closet
Contact | 16 February 2023

An autobiographical musical adventure that promises mischief and mash-ups, dresses and divas, and a whole lot of heart.

Part of Queer Contact

theatre An Audience with Milly-Liu
Contact | 16 February 2023

The cat’s out of the bag and Milly-Liu is ready to spill the beans on all your favourite celebrity pussies.

Part of Queer Contact

music Jockstrap
Gorilla | 17 February 2023

Jockstrap push the boundaries until the boundaries, barriers and boxes no longer exist- just pure unadulterated sensual pop!

performance Lady Bushra: Robbed
Contact | 17 February 2023

Don’t miss the chance to see the hilarious and iconic drag comedian Lady Bushra as this ‘teenage’ starlet takes you on quite the unique journey!

Part of Queer Contact

exhibition Golden Mummies of Egypt
The Manchester Museum | 18 February – 31 December 2023

Golden Mummies of Egypt is Manchester Museum’s re-opening exhibition. This one-of-a-kind cultural experience opens in February 2023.

comedy Ginny Lemon & Sister Sister: You Keep Me Hangin’ On
Contact | 18 February 2023

Ginny Lemon & Sister Sister present the most disappointing drag show you’ve ever seen!

Part of Queer Contact

music We Are Scientists
Gorilla | 19 February 2023

New York-based rock band We Are Scientists play hook-filled indie pop with an angular post-punk edge. Catch them at Gorilla.

music Luke Haines & Peter Buck
Gorilla | 20 February 2023

One of the sharpest and most prolific British songwriters of his generation, Luke Haines, has partnered with R.E.M guitarist Peter Buck.

theatre Song From Far Away
HOME | 22 February – 11 March 2023

Will Young returns to the stage in Manchester in this major new production of Song From Far Away by Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens and Mark Eitzel.

theatre Marty and the Party
HOME | 23 – 25 February 2023

Marty and the Party is an adorable and cheeky show for young audiences and their grown-ups.

music Luuk van Dijk
Joshua Brooks | 24 February 2023

Amsterdam-based Luuk van Dijk brings his energy to the Joshua Brook’s basement in support of latest release, First Contact.

music The Covasettes
Gorilla | 25 February 2023

Following a triumphant set at Neighbourhood Festival, Manchester’s The Covasettes have announced their biggest headline show to date.

music Elias String Quartet: Brahms, Respighi & Mendelssohn
Royal Northern College of Music | 27 February 2023

RNCM welcomes The Elias String Quartet, one of the most intense and vibrant quartets of their generation.

music The Hallé – Brahms’ Violin Concerto
The Bridgewater Hall | 1 – 5 March 2023

Sir Mark Elder conducts Grammy-winning classical violinist Augustin Hadelich in an evening featuring Brahms’ Violin Concerto

music The Hallé – Brahms’s Violin Concerto
The Bridgewater Hall | 1 – 5 March 2023

Grammy Award winner, Augustin Hadelich joins The Hallé at The Bridgewater Hall for an evening featuring Brahms’s Violin Concerto.

exhibition Larissa Sansour and Søren Lind Familiar Phantoms
The Whitworth | 2 March – 21 May 2023

The premiere of Familiar Phantoms, a major new film by artists and long-time collaborators Larissa Sansour and Søren Lind.

music An Evening With She Drew The Gun
The Deaf Institute | 3 March 2023

Join She Drew The Gun at Deaf Institute’s new ground-floor venue, The Lodge, for a very intimate and unique evening of music and poetry.

music Stephen Hough (piano)
Royal Northern College of Music | 3 March 2023

One of the most distinctive artists of his generation, Stephen Hough lines up alongside students for this performance.

theatre Josie Long: Re-Enchantment
Contact | 3 March 2023

Josie Long’s brand-new show of stand-up is infused with humanity, compassion and some brief political rants.

theatre Too Much World at Once
HOME | 3 – 11 March 2023

A lyrical, theatrical journey that spans continents and lives, Too Much World at Once is an urgent coming-of-age story for our times.

music M60
Gorilla | 4 March 2023

M60 return home to Manchester for their biggest headline show to date at Gorilla this March.

performance toooB
Z-arts | 5 March 2023

toooB is an enchanting wordless performance for 6-24 month-olds and their grown-ups.

music Ghost Woman
YES | 6 March 2023

After playing last year’s Manchester Psych Fest, Ghost Woman return to the city, bringing their jangly, laid-back hooks to YES.

music The Backseat Lovers
o2 Ritz Manchester | 8 March 2023

The Backseat Lovers are back, captivating listeners with their deeply personal lyrics and tight-knit live performances.

music Cian Ducrot
o2 Ritz Manchester | 10 March 2023

British producer and songwriter Irish singer-songwriter and producer Cian Ducrot stops by The Ritz this March.

music Leonard Bernstein’s Mass
The Bridgewater Hall | 12 March 2023

The Royal Northern College presents the Manchester premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, as part of the College’s 50th Anniversary celebration.

music Vök
The Deaf Institute | 13 March 2023

Icelandic electronic dream-pop trio Vök are coming to The Deaf Insitute in support of their recently released self-titled album…Vök!

music Tubular Bells Live in Concert – The 50th Anniversary Experience
Palace Theatre | 14 March 2023

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Tubular Bells, the iconic masterpiece will be performed live with a full band at Palace Theatre, conducted and arranged by Oldfield’s long term collaborator Robin Smith.

theatre The Merchant of Venice (1936)
HOME | 15 – 25 March 2023

Tracy-Ann Obermanleads an incredible cast as morals, prejudice and power collide in this exciting retelling of one of Shakespeare’s best-known – and most controversial – plays.

music Biig Piig
Gorilla | 20 March 2023

Biig Piig brings her instantly-identifiable, bilingual voice and global mix of influences to the stage at Gorilla this March.

theatre My Fair Lady
Palace Theatre | 22 March – 1 April 2023

Following its critically acclaimed West End run, the Lincoln Center Theater’s multi-award-winning production of My Fair Lady is coming to Palace Theatre

music July Jones
The Deaf Institute | 23 March 2023

Catch Gen-Z icon July Jones in Manchester when they bring their razor-sharp electropop hooks to The Lodge at Deaf Institute.

theatre Of All The Beautiful Things In the World
HOME | 24 March – 15 April 2023

Yusra Warsama takes Lorca’s classic ‘The House of Bernada Alba’ as inspiration for this powerful new production, as she exports Lorca’s language to a Moss Side home.

music Hannah Laing
Joshua Brooks | 24 March 2023

Dundee’s Queen of house, Hannah Laing, returns to Joshua Brooks as part of her North Headline Tour.

music RNCM Opera: Mansfield Park
Royal Northern College of Music | 26 March – 1 April 2023

RNCM’s opera students take on Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park with musical styles ranging from Philip Glass to Stephen Sondheim with hints of Benjamin Britten along the way.

music Déjà Vega
Gorilla | 1 April 2023

Local band Déjà Vega return to the live stage with added walls of synths to their already pulsing, rhythmic bass and drums, overlayed with punchy guitars, and at times, hypnotic vocals.

music Kranium
Gorilla | 2 April 2023

International superstar Kranium is one of Dancehall’s most valuable players with his timeless approach, electrifying stage presence, and infectious charisma.

theatre The Bodyguard
Palace Theatre | 3 – 15 April 2023

The international, award-winning smash-hit musical The Bodyguard returns to The Palace Theatre.

music Black Honey
Gorilla | 4 April 2023

Brighton quartet Black Honey take a break from supporting Liam Gallagher, The Libertines and IDLES to headline their own tour.

music Manchester Punk Festival
Gorilla | 7 – 9 April 2023

After a sell out success earlier this year, Manchester Punk Festival returns in Easter 2023 to venues across Oxford Road.

music The Hallé – The Rite of Spring
The Bridgewater Hall | 20 April 2023

Christian Reif, the US-based German conductor, returns to the Hallé, conducting a programme which includes Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

music Heir
The Deaf Institute | 21 April 2023

Following their sold-out show at YES, Yorkshire pop band, Heir is back in Manchester this Spring armed with a new EP.

music Caitlin Rose
The Deaf Institute | 24 April 2023

Singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose visits The Deaf Insitute this April in support of her long-awaited record, CAZIMI which was released in November.

music Teleman
Gorilla | 29 April 2023

Teleman play Gorilla in April in support of Good Time / Hard Time, their most dancefloor-friendly record to date.

music Made in Manchester
Royal Northern College of Music | 3 – 5 May 2023

Royal Northern College of Music present Made in Manchester, a three day festival celebrating music inspired by the city. 

music Steve Mason
Gorilla | 3 May 2023

Scottish singer, songwriter, and producer Steve Mason rose to widespread critical acclaim in the late ’90s as a member of indie darlings the Beta Band.

theatre The King and I
Palace Theatre | 9 – 13 May 2023

The multi award-winning Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I returns to Manchester.

theatre STARS
Contact | 9 – 11 May 2023

STARS is a moving and joyful Afrofuturist odyssey that transforms into a celebratory club night, with multiple DJs and accessible for all.   

music Golden Dregs
YES | 10 May 2023

The Golden Dregs spin subtly interweaving narratives about survival, loss and the limitations of community in the face of gentrification.

music Louis Cole
Gorilla | 17 May 2023

Los Angeles based singer songwriter, Grammy awarded producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Louis Cole stops by Manchester’s Gorilla

music The Wedding Present
O2 Ritz Manchester | 20 May 2023

The Wedding Present celebrate the album 24 Songs tour, a collection of singles released by the band every month in 2022.

exhibition Economics the Blockbuster
The Whitworth | 1 June 2023 – 1 January 2024

Economics the Blockbuster is a major new research and exhibition project, developed in collaboration with Alliance Manchester Business School.

music RNCM 50th Birthday Celebration
Royal Northern College of Music | 22 June 2023

Royal Northern College of Music celebrates its 50th birthday and half a century of forging incredible careers across the music industry.

music Opera Gala with Opera North
Royal Northern College of Music | 28 June 2023

Join RNCM vocal students and he Orchestra of Opera North for a fantastic evening of opera’s greatest hits.

exhibition Traces of Displacement in the Whitworth’s Collection
The Whitworth | 30 June 2023 – 10 March 2024

Albrecht Dürer’s Material World is the first major exhibition of the Whitworth’s outstanding Dürer collection in over half a century.

theatre Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The Musical
Palace Theatre | 4 – 23 July 2023

The smash-hit musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory based on Roald Dahl’s classic story.

theatre Heathers The Musical
Palace Theatre | 8 – 12 August 2023

Following two smash hit London seasons and the WhatsOnStage award for Best Musical, Heathers the Musical heads to Manchester.

music Manchester Psych Fest 2023
Circle Square | 2 September 2023

Manchester Psych Fest is an all-day celebration of psychedelic music and art, returning to the Oxford Road Corridor in September.

See what’s on

Sunday Roasts

Sunday Roasts are one of the UK’s more fiercely guarded traditions, something loved by locals and a must-try for visitors. Luckily, some of the best Sunday Roasts in Manchester are plated right here on the Oxford Road Corridor.

Museums & Galleries

The Whitworth Gallery - Parkside
The Whitworth

A visually stunning art gallery located at the heart of Whitworth Park, with a collection containing around 55,000 items.

External shot of Elizabeth Gaskell's House
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

This beautifully restored Grade II listed villa was once home to Elizabeth Gaskell, one of the UK’s most important Victorian writers.

External shot of The Pankhurst Centre
The Pankhurst Centre

Discover the story of the suffragettes and learn about women’s activism, past and present, at the former home of Emmeline Pankhurst and her family.

External shot of Victoria Baths
Victoria Baths

Victoria Baths is located just outside of the Oxford Road Corridor, but it’s an iconic treasure that’s well worth a visit.

Exterior HOME Theatre Arts Centre Manchester Oxford Road Corridor

Manchester’s multi-purpose hub of creativity and discovery, bringing together film, theatre, art, and some of the city’s best social spaces.

The Holden Gallery

Manchester School of Art’s Holden Gallery curates an exhibitions programme that focuses exclusively on recent developments in international contemporary visual art.

Live Music

Green Spaces

People enjoying the sun in All Saints Park Manchester Oxford Road Corridor
All Saints Park

All Saints Park is a beautiful green space in the heart of the Oxford Road Corridor. Perfect for a quick moment of calm on a busy day.

A squirrel eating a nut in Whitworth Park on Oxford Road in Manchester
Whitworth Park

This 18-acre park opposite the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust is an eye-catching green space and home to the Whitworth Art Gallery.

A person with headphones on enjoying the sun in Bruswick Park
Brunswick Park

Enjoy views of some of the best architecture in Manchester in this green space which was opened in 2018 by The University of Manchester.

People enjoying sunshine outside Brewdog on University Green one of the many green spaces on Oxford Road in Manchester
University Green

University Green is a modern home for retailers and food and drink outlets as well as a tree-lined green space for the public to enjoy.

An overhead view of Symphony Park at Circle Square on Oxford Road in Manchester
Symphony Park

Circle Square is home to Symphony Park, a beautifully landscaped green space designed for socialising, entertaining, relaxing and exploring.

Alan Gilbert Square

The outdoor area directly in front of the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons, the University of Manchester’s 24/7 study and learning space, provides green spaces for students to enjoy during breaks from teaching and learning.

Where to stay

The lobby of Kimpton Clocktower Hotel in Manchester's Oxford Road Corridor
Kimpton Clocktower Hotel

Kimpton Clocktower Hotel offers an unforgettable stay on Oxford Road Corridor in one of Manchester’s most iconic buildings.

Midland Hotel Lobby Manchester Oxford Road Corridr
The Midland Hotel

The Midland Hotel is one of the most famous places to stay in Manchester, and one of Oxford Road Corridor’s most lavishly decorated hotels.

Image of the chandelier at Holiday Inn Express Oxford Road
Holiday Inn Express

The Holiday Inn Express on Oxford Road is a centrally located hotel that offers visitors great value for money.