Music in Manchester and the North

Johnny James, Music Editor

While physical gigs remain on hold for the time being, there are plenty of livestreamed events broadcasting from Manchester and the north, as well as a raft of socially-distanced shows planned for the not-too-distant future. 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.


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.

world of music choir
Activity 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.

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.

My First Protest Song online with the People's History Museum
Families Until 3 December 2020, 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.

couch to chorus
Activity Until 14 December 2020, FREE

From Couch to Chorus: the Festive Edition

Learn to sing opera classics alongside the chorus of Opera North, without having step outside your front door, in the festive edition of Couch to Chorus.

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.

Music 24 February 2021 7:00 pm, from £14

Black Country, New Road at Gorilla

Traversing pop, free jazz and post-rock, Black Country, New Road are one of the most dynamic young bands out there right now.

Culture Guides

Sculpt with Jim Parkyn

Cinema in Manchester and the North

We’re looking at the best in home cinema for the next month, with Manchester Animation Festival and Aesthetica Short Film Festival at the top of our list.

Si Rawlinson. Photo credit: Ning Zhou


Galleries may be closed once again, for now, but there’s plenty of new exhibitions on the horizon to forward to.

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.

Jessica Andrews


Live Literature Land has you covered for entertainment and intellectual stimulation with Zoom book launches, online readings and virtual open mics in plentiful supply as we head towards Christmas and beyond.

Theatre in Manchester and the North


We can’t wait to be back in the stalls again…until then our theatre guide features online performance you can enjoy at home and the live shows we’re most looking forward to.

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

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

Embrace your creative side or find out what local activists have been up to this year in this month’s guide of Tours and Activities.