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Music and Event Venues Manchester

Renowned for its music scene, Manchester is home to some world class music and event venues which include the Manchester Arena, Bridgewater Hall and Manchester Opera House. The Lowry on Salford Quays is a cultural hub for drama, dance, entertainment, theatre and performing arts. Browse through our suggestions on the top music & events venues in Manchester below.

Manchester Arena

The award winning Manchester Arena is the largest indoor arena in Europe. Located north of the city centre, with an official capacity of 21, 000 which attracts over 1 million visitors each year. Over the past 20 years Manchester Arena has had a few names changes but it still remains one of the busiest events venues in the world hosting more than 130 events each year.

Manchester Arena is a popular venue for live music, sporting events and has been deeply involved in promoting the rich musical heritage associated with Manchester. Some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry and local bands have all played there over the years.


Manchester Central

The award winning iconic Manchester Central is one of the top events spaces in the UK attracting businesses from all over the world. Manchester Central is regarded as being one of the UK’s most versatile event spaces supported by a professional team of staff.

Some of the world class facilities available include:

  • Exchange Auditorium is a purpose built auditorium boasting 804 seats and state-of-the-art audio-visual facilities
  • Central Hall is an exquisite 10,000m² column-free space exhibition space
  • Exchange Hall is a state-of-the-art 18,000m² multi-purpose space suitable for any type of event or occasion

The Lowry

The Lowry is a magnificently designed arts venue located on the Salford Quays. The Lowry had a set out with the vision of becoming the world’s most successful arts venue. Regarded as a must see local attraction, everything about the building encourages you to explore further. There are two main theatres as well as a studio space which presents a huge range of performing arts alongside the works of LS Lowry and other contemporary exhibitions.

On the southside of the building you can enjoy spectacular waterside views while relaxing in the cafes and bars or enjoying a meal in the restaurant.

Bridgewater Hall

The Bridgewater Hall is Manchester’s state-of-the-art international concert venue hosting over 250 performances a year. Architecturally the building is stunning with numerous focal points.

Inside the magnificent pipe organ plays centre piece to a 2,400 seat auditorium. Bridgewater Hall is home to three orchestras the Hallé, the BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata.

There are numerous events to choose from all year round and is well worth a visit.

Manchester Palace Theatre

Manchester Palace Theatre is a performing arts centre which hosts both professional events by other companies and their own events. Manchester Palace present and produce a wide range of concerts, comedy acts and magician acts to name but a few. The theatre first opened in 1915 and shares architectural similarities to the Palace Theatre in New York.

Boasting a capacity of 880 seats, Manchester Palace Theatre is the sole survivor of “The Great White Way”.


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