BIMM Cities

My Manchester: Joseph Whitehurst

8th August 2019


How would you summarise Manchester?

Manchester has one of the best music scenes in the UK, especially for heavy music. The city is thriving with culture, and is a place where you can be whoever you want to be.

Do you remember the first gig you saw here?

The first gig I saw when I moved here was Thy Art Is Murder at Manchester Club Academy. The atmosphere was insane! Seeing such a heavy band in a basement with such a rowdy crowd is what I live for. The whole room was filled with energy, with crowd surfers for every song, people screaming the words. The pits were like a war zone!

And the best (so far)?

Best show so far was Fall In The Brawl Festival at Rebellion Manchester in November 2018. My band Detest played early on the Sunday, and we had loads of movement throughout our set, which can be said for every band throughout the entire weekend. It was carnage.

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

Probably take them for some scran at Taco Bell, then off to The Courtyard for a few pints. Then off to a local show in a tiny venue; those are always the best shows.

What would you say is Manchester’s hidden gem?

There’s loads of heavy gigs being put on at the minute at The Peer Hat and Aatma in the Northern Quarter.

The best for…

A quick pint? Spoons
A night out? Satan’s Hollow
To see new music? Rebellion Manchester
Grab a coffee? Spoons
Brunch? Spoons
Dinner? Almost Famous
Takeaway? Taco Bell
Venue? Rebellion Manchester
Taking a time out? Any pub really, bar a few!
Clothes shopping? Definitely Size? Or Selfridge’s
Vinyl shop? Vinyl Exchange
See art? There’s some sick graffiti around 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.