Music scene in Manchester

Well, Manchester is still living up to its famous music scene with more upcoming bands forming and the reputation for gigs and music every night of the week.

Lucky dip –

Why not have a look on some ticket websites or venue lineups in Manchester and have a look for new bands/artist that you have never seen before. Tickets for upcoming bands range from £6-15 and it can be a damn good night for a small price and your most likely going to walk away with some new songs added to your playlist.

Venues such as Deaf Institute, Manchester Academy 1,2 and 3, Jimmy’s, Gullivers, Night and Day Cafe, Rebellion, Band on the Wall, Ruby Lounge, Soup Kitchen and Gorilla are all a good starting point with bands and artist on all days of the week.

Jazz, Jazz, Jazz! –

Matt and Phred’s is the longest running Live Music Venue in the Northern Quarter. It’s a quirky, modern bar which is famous for its live jazz nights! Not every night is Jazz night but most are.

Free entry from Monday-Thursday and only £5 on Fridays, you can’t miss out on experiencing this!

The vibes in this place are energetic and after a few minutes, people are up dancing and having a good time!

Festivals –

Manchester hosts a few festivals throughout the year and all of which are amazing with some brilliant talent and a wide range of music so everyone can enjoy!

When the summer festivals blues have started to kick in, Manchester has lined up Neighborhood Festival to beat the blues in October and to keep the music ball rolling!

This is a Festival is held in 9 venues across Manchester City Centre with a massive Line up of top acts as well as promoting some of the city’s upcoming bands. I have found a love for most of the new bands/artist I listen to from this Festival. The tickets are reasonably cheap and I always look forward to spending a full weekend of music in my hometown.

Dot to Dot festival is also very similar, with the gigs being held at multiple venues and a wide range of talent for the full weekend!

Previous Headliners of both Festivals, such as Mystery Jets, Circa Waves, Sundara Karma, White Lies, Twin Atlantic and Temper Trap have all taken to the stage in the previous years! Look out for the next lineups to be announced for 2018 because each year it gets BETTER AND BETTER!

Nightlife -

Each bar/venue in Manchester houses its own style of music and you just need to know where to go to enjoy it.

If you’re looking for a house, rave, underground scene then Manchester has your back!

Gorilla under the Oxford Road train tracks is a bar/club with top DJ’s playing every night of the week and can hold up to 600 people so the atmosphere is lively and exciting, and I must say...A bit sweaty, but it is a really good night!

Sound Control and Soup Kitchen also house top DJ’s and live music acts. It is guaranteed you will have a good night at either of these venues!

If you’re looking for something more…hip-hop, these top venues below are your go to!

Versions which is based on Oxford Road is one of the most popular nightclubs for hip-hop and RnB in Manchester. The event night ‘Juicy’ is one of the most popular nights and it is held at Versions and also Deaf Institute. So if you’re looking to get ‘down’ then head over to Versions on a Wednesday to capture this amazing atmosphere!

In the Moment -

Looking for a live band? Head down to Ruby Lounge, Gulliver’s, Deaf Institute and all the venues mentioned above to start your night off with a few drinks and music that can’t get any better live! Tickets sometime start at £5, so your night is already off to a winning start if you are looking to save some money…

New upcoming acts to look out for are in 2018:


  • De’Nova

  • Cabbage

  • Larkins

  • Pale Waves

  • Tom Walker

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