Music in Manchester and the North

Johnny James, Music Editor

With live gigs still *sigh* off the cards, livestreamed events continue to help us connect with our favourite artists and venues, while supporting the industry around them.

New additions to our Music Guide this month include a forward-thinking Twitch series by Manchester label Scruff of the Neck, a one-off performance by local folk/soul duo The Breath, and a brand new concert by Manchester Camerata – “Britain’s most adventurous orchestra” (The Times) –  featuring rising star saxophonist Jess Gillam.

We’ve also updated our Lockdown Listens playlist with our favourite releases from 2021, including tunes by Shame, Viagra Boys, Black Country, New Road, Stereolab, Bicep and Four Tet.


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.

Music 11 February–11 May 2021, from £5

The Hallé – Movie Classics

Presented by the BBC’s Petroc Trelawny and conducted by Stephen Bell, the Hallé celebrates classical music on the silver screen.

Culture Guides

Cinema in Manchester and the North

Our guide to cinema features brand new streaming films, classic favourites and a look back at the year’s cinematic highlights.

Exhibitions in Manchester and the North


Lockdown 3.0 may be wearing thin but there is light at the end of the tunnel, with many galleries and museums hoping to reopen in March.

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.

Hafsah Aneela Bashir


Lockdown may be looming large, but Live Literature Land has you covered: from book launches and literary salons to online open mics and full-on festivals, activities and events continue virtually.

Theatre in Manchester


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.

Pizza Punks

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.

Isolation Broadcast

Online events

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

Tours and Activities

Embrace your creative side or find the time to unwind your mind in this month’s guide of Tours and Activities.