BIMM Cities

5 Must See Music Venues in Manchester

22nd August 2019


With a music scene like we have here in Manchester, choosing our favourite venue is an impossible task! So we’ll just put 5 out there that we are loving at the moment… give us a week and we’ll probably have 5 more we’ll want to talk about!


We love YES. Since opening in 2018, it’s become a real staple of the Manchester Music scene (and was chosen by Dutch Uncles’ Duncan Wallis in our STAPLES series). Over 4 floors in an old auction house off Charles Street, it’s home of a basement club, street food kitchen, gig venue and a roof terrace – so there’s something for everyone!


Rebellion offers a home to alternative music right in the heart of Manchester. The 400+ capacity venue opened in 2013 – and if you end up in the venue on your night out you could hear anything from Rock ’n’ Roll to Hip Hop, Punk to Funk, or Indie to Heavy Metal – you may just stumble upon something you will love!


The 600 capacity venue is always a good show, with its impressive lighting and sound system . It’s also a close neighbour to our Great Marlborough building, and often home to our end of term gigs.

Night and Day Café

If you’re heading to the Northern Quarter, day or night, you want to get yourself to Night and Day Café! Since 1991, the venue has played host to over tens of thousands of musicians spanning all genres.


Whilst in NQ, head over to Jimmy’s. Since opening in 2016 this venue has been a particular favourite for our students. Based in an old photography studio the venue promises ‘good beer, good music, good times’. The interior can be described as nothing more than psychedelic!

And this is just the start, there’s so much amazing live music to discover here in Manchester!


Sarah-Louise Burns

Having been part of the BIMM Marketing Team since 2016, Sarah has been working in Social Media Marketing since 2013. She Graduated the University of Hertfordshire in BA(Hons) Photography and Media Business and has a keen interest in the power of social media.