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The Manchester music scene is more than Morrissey and Madchester (although Bez does still make an appearance now and again). Whatever your music taste, you’ll never be stuck for gigs in the city.  

Night and Day Cafe imageCatch the biggest national and international acts at Manchester Arena, the Apollo and Manchester Academy, and see your favourite indie and underground artists at Norther Quarter venues Night and Day and Soup Kitchen. Manchester’s alternative music scene still roars, with gigs at Rebellion, the Star and Garter and DIY venue Partisan.

Check out Hollie’s top five venues on our student blog.

Salford and Manchester have a packed festival calendar, with student favourite Park Life held at Heaton Park; Sounds from the Other City at various venues along Chapel Street and three days of rock at Manchester Punk Festival.

The University itself has been host to a range of great artists over the years as well, from The Who in 1968 and Status Quo in 1972, to The Smiths in the 1986 and Pulp in 1992. We're currently making plans to re-develop Maxwell Hall so it can play host once more to the stars of the future!