Music in Manchester and the North

Johnny James, Music Editor

We’ve got some great live music in our sights for spring and, dare we say it, summer!

In the guide below, read about a local festival whose recent line-up announcement has captured our attention: Neighbourhood Weekender. Also read about Canada-based art rockers Braids, whose forthcoming show at YES we are super excited about. The same goes for Easy Kill’s gig at Deaf Institute, where the Radiohead-influenced band will give us a sneak peek at their second album. And for something a little more left of field, check out our feature on producer/sound designer Katie Gately, who’s bringing her stunning new album Loom to The White Hotel.

Also read about Aerial Festival, Eliza Carthy, Steve Hauschildt, The Grahams, Nick Cave, Thom Yorke and more, below.

Here are our picks

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Classical Music Until 30 May 2020,

The Hallé 2019-20 Season

From a brilliant range of symphonies, concertos, vocal works, operas and more, we select our five top picks from the Hallé’s 2019-20 season.

BBC Philharmonic 2019 2020 season bridgewater hall manchester
Classical Music Until 13 June 2020,

BBC Philharmonic 2019/20 Concert Season

An outstanding orchestra live in a world-class concert hall – read about the BBC Philharmonic’s 2019-20 season at The Bridgewater Hall.

Northern Chamber Orchestra
Music Until 15 May 2020,

Northern Chamber Orchestra 2019/20 Season

Northern Chamber Orchestra’s 2019/20 Season features the likes of violinists Chloe Hanslip and Anthony Marwood; pianist Martin James Bartlett; percussionist Colin Currie; and their President, cellist, Raphael Wallfisch.

Rock and Goal
Activity Until 1 June 2020, from £4.5

Rock and Goal Tour

Join Joe Feeley a Mancunian through and through, who guides you into Manchester’s two pillars of cultural excellence with his Rock and Goal tour.

Classical Music Until 9 May 2020, from £3

The Stoller Hall Spring Season

Spanning a plethora of genres, from classical to folk to Americana, The Stoller Hall’s Spring season is an eclectic delight. Read about it here.

Bridgewater Hall
Activity Until 20 April 2020, from £4

Guided tour at The Bridgewater Hall

Explore the underbelly of Manchester’s largest concert hall learning about the acoustics and architecture which make it such a unique venue.

Music 4 April 2020 9:00 pm, FREE

ATL + Super Electric: Wild Combination (Arthur Russell Special)

Above the Line and Super Electric are joining forces for a night dedicated to the life and work of musical visionary, Arthur Russell.

English Touring Opera at Storyhouse
Classical Music 7–9 April 2020, from £20.50

English Touring Opera at Storyhouse

English Touring Opera returns to Chester this spring with a stunning trio: Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte, and J.S Bach’s St John Passion.

English Touring Opera: Giulio Cesare at Storyhouse
Classical Music 7 April 2020 7:30 pm, from £20.50

English Touring Opera: Giulio Cesare at Storyhouse

A story of passion and revenge, English Touring Opera bring one of Handel’s most celebrated operas to Chester.

Culture Guides


Cinemas might be closed but independent venues and distributors need any help they can get. We look at some films you can stream and places to donate.

Phoebe Davies: Points of Rupture at Site Gallery in Sheffield


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

The elves and the shoemaker. Two green puppets with a male and female actor either side of them.


Need some inspiration for fun and creative family days out? Look no further than our top picks for families across Manchester and the north.

Carcanet exhibition: Carcanet poets Michael Schmidt and Michael Symmons Roberts.


News of books just out and books worth revisiting, even if you can’t get to the events yourself. Plus a fabulous new exhibition about independent publisher Carcanet, on for the next six months…

Theatre in Manchester


Bringing opera, dance, fierce experimental performance and new writing, there’s much to enjoy in our guide to the best theatre in Manchester and the North.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

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

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

It’s time to find the best restaurants for the weeks ahead. Here’s our guide to the best Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

tours and activities

Tours and Activities

Expect thrills, informative discussion, politically charged tours and wobbly towns in this month’s guide of Tours and Activities.

Because of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, we are unable to bring you our usual recommendations for things to do in Manchester and the North. Our thoughts at this time are with our readers and with the organisations and businesses who make the North of England a great place to live and visit. We hope you stay well and look forward to sharing more unmissable events and places with you later in the year.

Here’s our guide to supporting organisations in Manchester and the North.

Please note – many of the venues on our site will be closed and events either postponed or cancelled. Please check the venue website for details.