Artists and venues in Manchester and the north are doing an amazing job of finding new ways to connect with audiences. Each week, we’re seeing new livestreams, broadcasts, activities, exhibitions and socially-distanced gigs pop up. In the guide below, you’ll find the best upcoming events taking place on a stage or a screen near you.
We also thought we’d give you a taste of what we’re listening to at the moment. In the Spotify playlist below, we’ll be adding tunes relating to features in this guide, new releases and miscellaneous gems.
We are so grateful to National Lottery players, The National Lottery, DCMS and Arts Council England for supporting our freelance writers during this crisis. This means that, although venues remain shut and campaigns cancelled, our writers can be reengaged to help arts organisations and artists across the North of England share their online content with our culture-hungry readers.
Here are our picks
After seven months of hibernation, music and entertainment are returning to the grandeur of Albert Hall in the form of The Show Must Go On – a series of fun-loving events staged in a socially-distanced environment.
Go knocking on Escape to Freight Island’s door this Halloween, and you’re in for a treat. The Baring Street venue is throwing a socially-distanced, all-day party featuring a stellar line-up of DJs and spooktacular walkabout performers.
Created by composer Alex Ho and theatre-maker Elayce Ismail, this stunning fusion of music, text and visuals sees a trip to the Amazon take an unexpected turn.
A brand new commission for Homemakers, Threat to Breath is a sound piece to listen to at home, on your own or with others.
Use Hearing Protection tells the story of Factory Records’ formative years from 1978-1982, when the label made waves with its innovative work in music, technology and design.
Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool presents you out tonight? – a public outdoor exhibition in the gallery’s atrium space, accessible all day every day.
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.
Psappha’s 2020–21 season explores the sharpest and smartest sounds in contemporary classical music, presented in concert and streamed online for free.
Embark on a journey through the sounds and visuals of UK bass music culture and find out what it means to be a female MC navigating her way through a male-dominated arena.
An ‘Instagram opera’, nineteen ways of looking by artist and composer Jasmin Kent Rodgman will respond to the portrayal of and prejudice displayed towards people of Chinese and East Asian heritage in the West during the COVID-19 pandemic.