Music in Manchester and the North

Johnny James, Music Editor

Livestreamed gigs continue to help us connect with our favourite artists and venues, while supporting the industry around them.

Top picks in our Music Guide this month include a set by electronic duo Bicep, who will be giving tunes from their new album Isles a heavy makeover at London’s Saatchi Gallery. A few weeks later, post rock misfits Black Country, New Road, will be streaming a live performance of their incredible debut album For the first time, filmed at the Southbank Centre. Closer to home, we look forward to a brand new concert by Manchester Camerata – “Britain’s most adventurous orchestra” (The Times) –  featuring rising star saxophonist Jess Gillam.

We also write about Sounds From The Other City, whose organisers have had to cancel the festival for the second year running. They’re thus appealing to local music fans for financial help in a bid to secure the jewel in the crown of Salford’s music scene.

We’ve also updated our Lockdown Listens playlist with our favourite releases from 2021 so far, including tunes by Black Country, New Road, Ólafur Arnalds, FKA Twigs, Squid and Matt Berninger.


Here are our picks

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Cinema Until 31 March 2021, from £4.99

Stop Making Sense – Streaming on BFI Player

Jonathan Demme x Talking Heads. Find out why Stop Making Sense is widely regarded as the greatest concert film ever made.

Classical Music Until 27 May 2021, FREE

Psappha 2020/21 Concert Season

Psappha’s 2020–21 season explores the sharpest and smartest sounds in contemporary classical music, presented in concert and streamed online for free.

Music Until 3 March 2021, from £5

The Hallé – Fanfare for the Hallé

The first concert in the Hallé’s Winter Season sees Sir Mark Elder conduct two glorious Romantic works plus a world premiere by Huw Watkins.

Music Until 10 March 2021, from £5

The Hallé – Roderick Williams sings Butterworth

The Hallé is joined by baritone Roderick Williams for a programme of works that reflect on the poignancy and fragility of human life.

Cinema Until 31 March 2021, from £3.49

American Utopia – Streaming on Amazon Prime

In his wildly popular Broadway show American Utopia, David Byrne reflects on human connections, life and how on earth we work through it.

world of music choir
Activity Until 30 March 2021,

World of Music Choir (Spring 2021)

Join the World of Music Choir to learn a mixture of traditional and modern tunes. With no previous experience necessary and an ethos of no judgement, it’s the most friendly introduction to group singing you could wish for.

Babies listening to a man play the guitar as part of My First Protest Song
Activity Until 1 April 2021, FREE

My First Protest Song online with the People’s History Museum

My First Protest Song goes online. Round up the family and join Matt Hill for this live-streamed event full of toe-tapping tunes.

Music Until 14 April 2021, from £5

The Hallé – The Event Horizon

The Hallé are joined by poet laureate Simon Armitage, virtuoso saxophonist Jess Gillam and Former Hallé Assistant Conductor Jonathon Heyward.

Activity Until 18 March 2021, FREE

Song-Writing Group with Manchester Jewish Museum

Composers Michael Betteridge and Joe Steele lead a musical exploration into the archives, with new songs written by this eclectic group every fortnight.

Culture Guides

Cinema in Manchester and the North

Online film festivals, brand new streaming film and a Titanic watch-a-long feature in our latest cinema guide.

Exhibitions in Manchester and the North


From the most prestigious painting prize in the UK to a cinematic experience with an original live score, check out this month’s picks.

Family Things to do in Manchester


Need some inspiration for online activities and creative family fun? Look no further than our top picks online for families across Manchester and the North.

Sarah Hall. Photo by Richard Thwaites.


Online open mics and full-on festivals, virtual book launches and digital reading series… there’s no getting bored when you log on to Live Literature Land this March.

Theatre in Manchester and the North


Our guide to theatre in Manchester and the North features stand-out online performance and all the best streamed theatre events to enjoy at home.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

We preview the standout classical music events and venues in Manchester and the north.


Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

For the December guide, we’re looking at the best delivery options in Manchester, whether it’s for alcohol or food.

The Picture of Dorian Gray - online

Online events

Discover the best things to do online from the organisations we love in Manchester and the North.

Online Cookery Classes

Tours and Activities

Plenty to do in the online world with cooking classes, talks and beer tasting in this month’s Tours and Activities guide.