5 Of The Best Music Venues In Manchester - System One

We all undoubtedly recognise Manchester as one of the finest music hubs in the UK. Home to bands such as Oasis, The Smiths and The Stone Roses, Manchester is famous for producing massive pop-rock bands. It’s a legacy that lives on, with new groups appearing every day.

Whether your heart lies with Jazz, Indie, Pop, Dance or Folk, Manchester is the place to be. Relax with mates at the characterful Jazz venue Matt & Phreds or catch a glimpse of the world’s biggest pop sensations at the Manchester Arena. Though tickets might sometimes cost you a small fortune, wherever you go, you can at least get there cheaply and easily with your System One Travelcard. We’re sure that’s music to your ears!

If you’ve recently made the move to Manchester for university, now is the perfect time to immerse yourself in the music mastery of the city. We’re going to run down some of the most popular music hotspots in Manchester and let you know how to get to them; it’s never been easier to experience live music with friends.

Get Your Jazz On  

If Jazz music sets your heart on fire, Matt & Phreds is a must-visit. Situated in Manchester’s trendy Northern Quarter, Matt & Phreds is a long established live music venue that has had acts such as Jamie Cullum, Sneaky and even Adele perform over the years. It’s a stylish, intimate setting that serves delicious pizzas and pints along with great music. So grab a cocktail and absorb the sounds that will make your soul happy.

To make it even better, the gigs are free Monday to Thursday and there is a teeny tiny £5 door charge on Friday and Saturday nights. Not too painful, right? They also offer a student membership scheme, so for £25 per year you get free weekend entry and exclusive Happy Hour deals. It’s well worth a look into if you love your Jazz.

You can get to Manchester’s Northern Quarter on the #X58 or #250 bus, or hop on the Metroshuttle.

For The Indie-vidualist

If your favourite Spotify playlist is dedicated to artists like Arctic Monkeys, Bon Iver or The Kooks, then a trip to Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl simply must be on the cards. It’s one of the most notable locations in Greater Manchester to enjoy live indie tunes. As an outdoor music and entertainment venue, it annually hosts “Summer In The City”, where the biggest names in music grace its stage. With an 8,000 person capacity, there’s definitely no shortage of room for the event.

Conveniently, Castlefield Bowl is a mere 5 minute walk from Deansgate Station. Hop on the #X50, #255, #291 or #X58 bus with your System One Travelcard, or catch the tram heading to the Deansgate-Castlefield stop.

For The Secret Popstar

If you’ve got a soft spot for pop, Manchester Arena is one of the most iconic music venues you can attend. With upcoming performances by Imagine Dragons, Stereophonics and Emeli Sandé, you’ll have to be quick if you want to bag tickets to see your favourite artists. If you’ve got flourishing music aficionados in your household, you’ll also find the likes of Little Mix, All Time Low and Harry Styles that will suit any teeny bopper!

Catch the bus from Piccadilly Gardens to Victoria Station on the #135 bus, then it’s about a 5 minute walk to arrive at the station.

Dance The Night Away

If you love Dance music, a concert at Manchester Academy is a must. Located on the campus of the University of Manchester, if you’re a student it’s the perfect setting to catch up with mates who share your love for dance tunes. All four music venues are inexplicably vibrant and colourful, and have seen the biggest names in dance music perform on their stages. With upcoming concerts by Sigrid, Banks and The Hoosiers, you’re assured to witness incredible musical talent.

To get to Manchester Academy, catch the tram into Piccadilly Gardens then a bus in the 40s to get to the university. Simple!

For The Folk Lover

If you’re a fan of the distinctive, lively sounds of folk, Manchester’s Dulcimer Bar is the one for you. It’s a great place to unwind after a long day and soak up the good vibes this venue simply radiates. They regularly host great folk artists, so it’s well worth keeping an eye out.

Along with live music, you can indulge in the Dulcimer Bar’s tantalising selection of foods; from stone-baked pizzas and snacks to artisan cheeses. Planning your trip yet? They also offer a fully stocked bar area with a load of hand-picked drinks to choose from. If you have a 9am lecture the next day however, we’d recommend sticking to a mocktail!

Located in Chorlton, you can get to the Dulcimer Bar on the #86 bus using your value-for-money System One Student Travelcard.

In the music department, Manchester truly knocks it out of the park. You can get to any of these iconic music venues with your System One Travel AnyBus Student Travelcard to get flexible transport around Greater Manchester for a brilliant price. Have you got yours yet?

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