Searching for live music venues in Manchester? Whether it’s lively rock concerts, chill-out jazz cafes, or buzzing clubs with DJ’s, Manchester boasts one of the UK’s most eclectic music scenes that is not to be missed. From Spinningfields to the Northern Quarter, there’s a truly fantastic range of large, bespoke, and underground entertainment venues that are perfect for your next music event. To check out everything that’s on offer, our complete venue finder will detail all your available options and help you narrow down your choices. Start exploring now!
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Before beginning you venue hunt, there are some important factors to take into consideration before deciding what to look for. Firstly, the size and ambience of your event is dependent on the venue you choose - for example, if you’re aiming to attract an underground audience and keep things intimate, then hiring a large arena makes no sense at all. As well as this, it’s imperative to make sure that venues have all the necessary technological equipment you need and that the acoustics will fit with your genre. An opera singer performing in a low-ceilinged bar or club certainly wouldn’t work, so don’t try and fit square pegs into round holes simply to save a few quid.
Venue-wise, next to Spinningfields, a long-standing district of entertainment and top quality music venues, find the Great Northern Square, a small area surrounded by a range of impressive concert venues that can hold music events for all crowds. Listing impressive venues such as the Albert Hall Manchester, all these spaces are available for private hire and have a range of different settings and acoustics to fit to the atmosphere of your event. Music-wise, invite guest DJ’s to play exclusive electronic sets in private function rooms, sit back and enjoy live bands and musicians in posh lounges, or take in the beautiful melodies of symphony orchestras in the auditorium of Bridgewater Hall.
Across town, the Northern Quarter is Manchester’s urban and arty core, playing host to a number of underground bars and gig venues that are open until late and come with plenty of optional extras, including fantastic food and drink packages to accompany your live music event. With chilled-out lounge and seating areas, many of the venues are ideal for a sit-down concert with small bands, musicians, and singers, while there’s also some more open spaces that facilitate more dance-floor oriented events, with live DJs or bands.
Price Guide: With so much on offer, prices vary greatly. For large venues, expect to pay £300 hire fee per hour for a 1000 guests capacity space, up to £18000 hire fee per day for a 2000 guests space. Smaller venues are more flexible, offering hire fees between £500 and £1,000, and minimum spend between £300 and £2,000. Be sure to double check with venues what is included in the price and also make it certain that you have enough attendees to meet large minimum spend figures, as underspending can lead to further charges.
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