Music in Manchester and the North

Johnny James, Music Editor

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

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Amazon with HOME
Music Until 31 December 2020,

Amazon with HOME

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.

Threat to Breath with HOME
Music Until 31 December 2020,

Threat to Breath with HOME

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: The Early Years of Factory Records at the Science and Industry Museum
Exhibitions Until 10 January 2021, from £5

Use Hearing Protection: The Early Years of Factory Records at the Science and Industry Museum – Postponed

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.

you out tonight? at Open Eye Gallery
Exhibitions Until 23 October 2020, FREE

you out tonight? at Open Eye Gallery

Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool presents you out tonight? – a public outdoor exhibition in the gallery’s atrium space, accessible all day every day.

world of music choir
Education Until 15 December 2020,

World of Music Choir (Autumn 2020)

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
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.

BGA2020: HighRise Theatre - Lil.Miss.Lady with Contact
Music 23 October 2020 8:00 pm, from £5.00

BGA2020: HighRise Theatre – Lil.Miss.Lady with Contact

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.

nineteen ways of looking – by artist and composer Jasmin Kent Rodgman – a Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) and Chinese Arts Now (CAN) commission
Classical Music 1–30 November 2020, FREE

nineteen ways of looking – Online with CFCCA

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.

Silhouette of people standing in front of an exhibit at Manchester Science Festival 2018
Activity 12–21 February 2021, Tickets TBC

Manchester Science Festival

Expect another action-packed programme of inspiring, entertaining and playful experiences for all ages as Manchester Science Festival returns.

Culture Guides

Sculpt with Jim Parkyn

Cinema in Manchester and the North

Both in-person and online, there are film festivals galore in this month’s Cinema Guide.

Miss Mona Said Black Lives Matter, Amber Akaunu

Exhibitions

Art and women’s wrestling, Ancient Akkadian gravesites and invented artefacts – check out this month’s pick of exhibitions from across the north.

Makefest At Home

Families

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.

Author Lucie McKnight Hardy

Literature

Festival fever takes hold of Live Literature Land as it does every October, just this year it’s in the ether. Grab a glass and settle down in the Zoom room for some online readings.

Theatre in Manchester. Image courtesy of RashDash.

Theatre

Whether you’re looking to get wrapped up and catch an outdoor show or stay home and watch some digital performance – our guide to theatre in Manchester has got you covered.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

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

Higher Ground

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

For the October guide, we’ve found the very best Food and Drink in Manchester and the North to explore, despite the introduction of the 10 pm curfew.

Isolation Broadcast

Online events

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

tours and activities

Tours and Activities

Sound walks, singing and very literal horror are among the offerings in this month’s guide of Tours and Activities.

Places to go / stay / shop / eat / drink