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Manchester Concert Venue List

A list of the main venues in Manchester for various live events

Manchester Opera House

Manchester Opera House

Manchester Opera House

Located in the centre of Manchester and with a huge history of entertaining Mancunians since 1912.

The Opera house was renovated in 2003 and is now the perfect venue for musicals, including Hairspray, Phantom of the Opera, Oklahoma etc.

On top of this the best Christmas Pantomime´s can be seen here during the Festive Season.

For More details on the Manchester Opera House

Palace Theatre

The Palace Theatre

The Palace Theatre

The Palace theatre, Oxford Street, with  a capacity of 1,998 was opened in 1891
During the early part of the 20th century it came into its own, with artists such as, Charles Laughton, Judy Garland, Noel Coward and Laurel & Hardy.
Interestingly in September 1940 the theatre took a direct hit from a German bomb.

With a recent refurbishment it has become one of the best equipped and popular theatres outside London. These days know typically for musicals often with major celebrities and performances of opera and ballet

The Tickets office is to the right of the building and sells tickets for the Palace, Opera House and Apollo.

MEN Arena

MEN Arena

MEN Arena

The MEN Arena has become the main concert location for some of the biggest bands in the UK or international touring celebrates with a capacity of 23,000 and the first concert I saw there was in fact Dina Carroll.

The Arena is able to host a variety of performances from big bands, to sporting events or even an ice rink!

What I did not know is it was the first of its kind in Europe

The MEN Arena is of course named after the Manchester Evening News the local Evening paper for the region.

Manchester Apollo

Manchester Apollo

Manchester Apollo

The Manchester Apollo, may not be the most attractive looking venue, but in Manchester it has a reputation of attracting some of the biggest names in the music business. They have had the likes of  The Beatles, Bob Marley, Oasis, Dido, Queen, Jimi Hendrix, the Clash and more recently Lady Gaga.

The venue has a capacity of 2,693 and with it open layout giving superb visibility from all parts of the auditorium, has given it a unique feel for the performers and the public.

The Bridgewater Hall

Bridgewater Concert Hall

Bridgewater Concert Hall

The Bridgewater Hall has to be one of the best venues to see any classical concert in the UK with such good sound proofing, that the men working at the time of the Manchester bombings in central Manchester never heard a thing!

The Auditorium seats 2,341 and one thing for sure you will be completely safe as it was built to withstand an earthquake not that we have them in Manchester, but to isolate the vibrations from the nearby metro link tram.

Again you can be assured of premier performance from the 250 held each year, particularly as it is the home of the Hallé Orchestra, Hallé Choir and the Manchester Boys Choir.

The Lowry

The Lowry

The Lowry

The Lowry in Salford Quays in Manchester, which is accessible by a short tram journey from the centre of the city, is probably one of the most dramatic buildings in Manchester and a architectural gem. It takes it name from a famous Manchester artist JS Lowry for his famous matchstalk men drawings and his fame was uniquely epitomised by the single Matchstalk Men & Matchstalk cats and dogs. which stayed at in the top of the UK charts for 3 weeks in 1977.

The Lowry has two main theatres and studio space for performing arts (1,730, 466 and 180 seats respectively) presenting a full range of drama, opera, ballet, dance, musicals, children’s shows, popular music, jazz, folk and comedy and gallery spaces showing the works of LS Lowry alongside contemporary exhibitions.

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