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Things to do in Manchester this month

Check out the latest events happening in this buzzing city.

Manchester la la la.

The pioneering city that gave the world the computer, the Suffragettes, bands such as Oasis, The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, The 1975 and countless others is not a place that sits still. There is always something going on here.

Whether it’s the world’s biggest pop stars playing at the 20,000 capacity Manchester Arena, a new play opening at one of the city’s many theatres or the next big thing honing their craft in a bustling Northern Quarter bar, there’s always something going on in the city of rain to get stuck into.

Each month we’ll bring you the best events happening in this historic northern powerhouse – here’s what’s going down in November.


Spotlight on: Concert season is here 

November is truly an incredible month for gigs in Manchester. As the weather gets colder the music action heats up with with some of the world’s biggest artists and great up and comers stopping to perform in town. Here are some of the great artists you can catch this month.

Following the release of their latest album Inflorescent, Friendly Fires will perform at Albert Hall on Saturday 2 November.

UK country trio Wildwood Kin headline Night & Day on Friday 8 November.

Glasgow goth-pop makers The Ninth Wave headline The Soup Kitchen on Thursday 14 November.

Reading rockers The Amazons bring songs from their latest album Future Dust to life at Manchester Academy on 15 November.

UK rock legends Feeder bring hits such as Just A Day and Buck Rodgers to Albert Hall on Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 November.

Manchester’s own Shura plays a homecoming show at O2 Ritz Manchester on Monday 18 November.

Emeli Sandé will be performing songs from her brand new album Real Life at O2 Apollo Manchester on Wednesday 20 November.

Liam Gallagher swaggers back into town on Wednesday 20 November. Catch him headlining Manchester Arena.

Manchester dance legends The Chemical Brothers takeover Manchester Arena on Friday 22 November.

Netherlands quirky-pop maker Naaz headlines The Deaf Institute on Sunday 24 November 2019.

Sigrid brings her arsenal of hits such as Don’t Kill My Vibe, Plot Twist and Strangers to Manchester Academy from Friday 29 – Saturday 30 November.


Other things to do 

Warehouse Project carries on throughout November with Annie Mac, Andy C, Skepta and more set to perform. Find out more HERE

See the hilarious Romesh Ranganathan live as his The Cynic’s Mixtape tour stops at O2 Apollo Manchester on Wednesday 6 November.

Manchester United continue their Europa League campaign, welcoming FK Partizan to the Theatre Of Dreams on Thursday 7 November.

Adventurer Ben Fogle will be regaling fans with tales from his travels as his Tales From The Wilderness tour stops at Palace Theatre on Monday 11 November.

Steet dance group Diversity bring their 10th-anniversary tour to Palace Theatre on Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 November.

Sara Cox hosts a huge celebration of everything 80s at Bowlers Exhibition Centre on Saturday 16 November.

Mike Joyce (The Smiths), Jupp (Elbow), Sidonie B (The Orielles) will discuss the personal and physical benefits of drumming at Matt & Phreds on Sunday 17 November, raising money for Nordoff Robbins.

Nathan Sawaya’s awe-inspiring LEGO® exhibition The Art Of The Brick opens at Great Northern Warehouse on Friday 22 November. Find out more HERE.

Elvis Presley’s greatest hits will be brought to life by a full orchestra at Manchester Arena on Monday 25 November.

Get into the Christmas spirit early on Wednesday 27 November with a screening of Love Actually at Bridgewater Hall, accompanied by a live orchestra.

Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America and more of fans’ favourite Marvel characters are brought to life on stage at Marvel Universe Live! It takes over Manchester Arena from Thursday 28 November – Sunday 1 December.


Live music venues

Looking for a fun night out with some world-class live music? Manchester is the place to be. Here’s what we recommend catching this November.

Stadium and arena shows:

  • Christina Aguilera at Manchester Arena on Tuesday 12 November 2019.
  • Little Mix at Manchester Arena from Thursday 14 – Saturday 16 November 2019.
  • Rod Stewart at Manchester Arena on Saturday 23 November 2019.

Mid-sized venues with big atmosphere

  • Freya Ridings at O2 Apollo Manchester on Thursday 14 November 2019.
  • Kodaline at O2 Victoria Warehouse on Saturday 16 November 2019.
  • Mac Demarco at O2 Apollo Manchester on Saturday 23 November 2019.

New music to have on your radar:


Iconic attractions 

A city with a rich cultural history, there are loads of things to see and do in Manchester all year round.

Take the tram to Media City and visit the northern homes of the BBC and ITV, or brush up on your history at the famous Imperial War Museum.

Take a stroll around the historic canals in the Castlefield area of the city centre, before a visit to the Science and Industry Museum where you can learn about Manchester’s contributions to those fields.

If art is your thing, head to either the Manchester Art Gallery on Mosley Street or to the Whitworth on Oxford Road.

Manchester has a thriving craft beer scene. Independent beer maker extraordinaires Cloudwater host weekly tours and tastings at their Piccadilly based brewery.

Spend an afternoon in the trendy Northern Quarter for independent shopping and places to eat and drink. Stock up on vinyl at Piccadilly Records and after you’ve built up an appetite, head over to one of the area’s many independent bars and restaurants.

Whether you’re red or blue, Manchester is football mad. The city is the home of The National Football Museum, documenting the history of England’s most popular sport.

Speaking of football, go behind the scenes of one of the world’s most famous football clubs with the official Manchester United stadium tour.


You can do all this and more in Manchester this November. For more, head to our Manchester guide.

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