Not only does Manchester have some of the most beautiful & busiest venues, it has the the history to match! For example, the infamous “Judas!” heckle during Bob Dylan’s 1966 tour and of course the Sex Pistols gig that spawned The Smiths, Joy Division and Factory Records.
The Deaf Institute
The Deaf Institute has become the first port of call for a host of international acts visiting Manchester – and it is home to the biggest disco ball in town! Its name derives from its former use as a school for the hearing impaired.
The Castle is a classic old-school pub with a back room that is home to one of the most beloved live music spaces in the city. Founded in 1776, it was completely refurbished in 2009 and has proven to be one of the Northern Quarter’s biggest success stories. It’s well known by some as the site of a legendary interview between John Peel and Ian Curtis in 1979.
Dating from 1910, the Albert Hall is still quite new to the music scene in Manchester. In 2013 it was converted into a stunning live music venue by the people behind The Deaf Institute and Gorilla. The atmosphere here makes its gigs unmissable.
Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, and The Stone Roses have all graced this stage and now BIMM Manchester hold some of its end of term gigs here. It may not look like much from the outside but once you’re in you can see its former dance hall glory. The investment they’ve made in its sound equipment has really paid off.
Band on the Wall
Engineered with live music in mind when it was refurbished in 2009, this venue has a high reputation in the city. The music programming leans towards the experimental and is regarded as one of the best venues in the UK for Jazz.