Entertainment in Manchester

Manchester offers a wide range of live entertainment throughout the year. Choose from cutting edge night clubs, internationally famous comedy clubs, genre defining music venues and performing arts venues. Top entertainment attractions include The Great Northern, with a high-end cinema and casino.

Hope Mill Theatre
Hope Mill Theatre is situated in the Grade II listed Hope Mill – a former cotton mill. As well as Hope Mill Theatre this five storey mill is home to a number of creative’s studios including writers, artists and designers, an in house producing and receiving venue and events space, with the Engine Room Café and Bar.

Band on the Wall
Band on the Wall has been a cornerstone of Manchester’s thriving music and cultural landscape for the greater part of a century. Their mission is to promote equality and diversity through music and to bring leading artists from around the world to the stage. Regulars would affectionately refer to the ‘Band on the Wall’ as the place where house musicians quite literally played on a stage halfway up the back wall to make room in the busy pub.

Albert Hall
Albert Hall is a Grade II listed Wesleyan chapel in Manchester City Centre. The grand and ornate chapel has been restored into a stunning purpose built music hall and is one of the most atmospheric music and events venues in the UK. Albert Hall are proud to have played host to great names including Leftfield, Mogwai, Interpol, The Charlatans, Sam Smith, Hacienda, Marco Carola, Hannah Wants and Annie Mac.

The Comedy Store
Situated along Deansgate Locks, the Comedy Store includes a spacious bar and canal-side restaurant as well as the auditorium. Building on its impressive heritage from the original London venue which helped launched the careers of French and Saunders, Jack Dee, Paul Merton, Julian Clary, Eddie Izzard amongst a whole host of stars, the Manchester venue has followed suit in hosting the best comedy around as well as seeing local talent such as Dave Spikey, Justin Moorhouse and Jason Manford break through.

Manchester235
Manchester235 is the North West’s premier entertainment and gaming destination. Located in the Great Northern Warehouse, this spectacular Vegas-style casino offers an unrivalled evening of entertainment boasting two restaurants, multiple floors of gaming and a glamorous cocktail bar.

O2 Ritz
The iconic Ritz Ballroom on Whitworth Street was built in the 1920s and has played an important part in Manchester’s unrivalled musical history. The Ritz has a  high quality eclectic and vibrant programme of live music, club nights, and special events across all genres of entertainment.

BBC Philharmonic
The BBC Philharmonic orchestra gives over a hundred concerts a year, nearly all of which are broadcast on BBC Radio 3, the BBC’s home of classical music. It also appears annually at the BBC Proms. The orchestra is supported by Salford City Council, enabling active links to be built in the local area through a busy learning and outreach programme working in schools and the community.

Great Northern Warehouse
The Grade 2 listed Great Northern building, a former railway goods distribution warehouse is now a lively leisure and shopping development with bustling bars, restaurants, shops, health club, cinema, casino, bowling alley and an elegant landscaped public square. Located on Deansgate in the centre of Manchester, Great Northern offers the city centre destinations with a touch of class.