BIMM Cities

My Manchester: Jonathon Banks

12th July 2019


How would you summarise Manchester?

There are so many different things to do within such a small area in the centre of the city. Plus, there’s a feeling of a love of music wherever you go, and whoever you see, even random strangers.

Do you remember the first gig you saw here?

It was at Jimmy’s. I can’t recall the name of the band, but I remember really liking the vibes of both the venue and the band.

And the best (so far)?

That’s easy! Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls @ Victoria Warehouse. Me and a friend were lucky enough to see their soundcheck and get in conversation with them the day before. But the gig itself was unforgettable. We were on the very front row, shouting out all the words, cheering, crying, and just in awe of the band’s energy, their presence, the communication with the audience and how great they sounded. Simply awesome!

If you had someone visiting for 24 hours, where would you take them?

Brunch at the Paramount (can’t go wrong with a bit of Spoons), a walk around Dawson’s, then in and around Affleck’s. After that, go and enjoy 2-3 pints down at one of the old pubs by the cathedral (in the beer garden if the weather is nice), dinner at Hard Rock Café, then I’d give the other person a choice between cinema, seeing a gig or the Courtyard.

What would you say is Manchester’s hidden gem?

Hulme Park. It’s a pleasant, quiet, peaceful park that I come to often on one of my walks.

The best for…

A quick pint?
The Paramount. In my opinion, it’s the nicest of the Wetherspoons in Manchester.
A night out?
Satan’s Hollow.
To see new music?
Probably the Night and Day Café. It’s where I saw a BIMM band called Saints Among Us, and they were unbelievably good!
Grab a coffee?
Aside from Costa (which is where I always go), the Nexus Art Café is very nice.
Like I suggested before, The Paramount.
Impossible (yes, that is what it’s called). It’s opposite the Albert Hall.
I’m not really the takeaway type, so I’m sorry I have no answer.
Probably Soup Kitchen. I saw Screaming Females there. Great band, great atmos.
Taking a time out?
Hulme Park. It’s a great place to relax.
Clothes shopping?
I’m not much of a shopping type, but I love browsing in and around Afflecks.
Vinyl shop?
The Vinyl Exchange.
See art?
Manchester Art Gallery.


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.