BIMM Cities

5 Must See Music Venues in Manchester

7th December 2021


With a music scene like we have here in Manchester, choosing a favourite venue can be an impossible task! Luckily, we’ve picked five venues for you to check out when exploring the city.

This metropolitan city with a phenomenal musical history and thriving music scene is set to grow even bigger. The 1975, Pale Waves, Aitch, Oasis, Joy Division, The Smiths, Parklife and Dot to Dot Festival call this exciting, innovative city home. Here are our five favourite venues:

    1. YES

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

    2. Rebellion

      With a tagline ‘Proudly grassroots, fiercely independent’, it’s no surprise Rebellion is a favourite of ours. It offers a home to alternative music right in the heart of Manchester.

      The 400+ capacity venue opened in 2013. If you end up in the venue on your night out, you could hear anything from Rock ’n’ Roll and hip hop to punk, funk, indie or heavy metal – you may just stumble upon something you love!

    3. 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 tens of thousands of musicians spanning all genres.

    4. Jimmy’s

      Once you’re in the Northern Quarter, head over to Jimmy’s. Since its opening in 2016, this venue has been a particular favourite for our students. The venue promises ‘good beer, good music, good times and is based in an old photography studio. The interior can be described as nothing more than psychedelic!

    5. Soup Kitchen

      Just off Stevenson Square in the Northern Quarter, Soup Kitchen is a multi-award-winning canteen, bar and music venue. Its 200-capacity basement is a beacon for alternative electronic club nights and innovative live music and cutting-edge artists. Manchester’s live music scene wouldn’t be the same without this venue!

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

If you’d like to know more about studying at BIMM Institute Manchester, please call our Admissions Team on 0844 264 6666 or email [email protected]. We can’t wait to help introduce you to Manchester’s thriving new music scene.