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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 February.
Spotlight on: Love is in the air!
From Sally Cinnamon to Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)?, and Wonderwall to There Is A Light That Never Goes Out… Mancunians are a romantic lot.
With Valentine’s Day smack bang in the middle of Feb and cuffing season truly here, this month’s spotlight features some of the best events happening for all you loved up folk.
Those who play together stay together. If you’ve not got down to see Nathan Sawaya’s awe-inspiring LEGO® exhibition The Art Of The Brick yet, here’s your chance. Guaranteed to raise a smile, it continues to wow visitors at Great Northern Warehouse. Find out more HERE.
“We go together, better than birds of a feather, you and me”. The Jonas Brothers come to Manchester on 6 February. Grab tickets for your other half for early Valentine’s brownie points.
HEY I JUST MET YOU AND THIS IS CRAZY – Carly Rae Jepsen is playing O2 Victoria Warehouse on Friday 7 February 2020 – get me tickets maybe?
Fancy a laugh with your SO? Head down to The Comedy Store for their hugely popular The Best In Stand-Up night. There are two shows happening on Valentine’s Day.
James Blunt brings the hits to Manchester Arena on Saturday 15 February. You’re Beautiful is sure to go down a storm.
If you’ve not tried The Crystal Maze Live Experience yet then what are you playing at? Word of advice from experience though fellas, if she gets locked in, you are using a crystal to buy her out.
The Script bring their plethora of indie-pop love songs to Manchester Arena on Saturday 22 February.
Other things to do
It’s a local derby in the FA Youth Cup as Manchester United host cross-Pennine rivals Leeds United at Old Trafford on Wednesday 5 February.
Catch US political punks Anti-Flag headline Manchester Club Academy on Wednesday 5 February.
O2 Apollo Manchester is set to host special anniversary screening of Peter Kay’s Pheonix Nights on 7 – 8 February. All profits go to Cancer Research.
Calling all Rugby league fans! Salford Red Devils play two home matches this month, against Toronto on Sat 8 and Huddersfield on Friday 14 February.
Manchester United Women continue their debut top-flight campaign by welcoming Chelsea to Leigh Sports Village on Sunday 9 February.
LA glam-rockers Steel Panther come to Manchester to rock the O2 Victoria Warehouse on Sunday 9 February.
Upcoming indie-pop makers APRE headline The Deaf Institute on Saturday 15 February.
Wednesday 19 February will see US rockers Cage The Elephant headline O2 Victoria Warehouse.
Manchester craft beer brewers Cloudwater host their annual Friends & Family & Beer festival from Friday 21 – Sat 22 February.
Bolstered by the signing of Bruno Fernandes, Manchester United take on Watford on Sunday 23 and Brugge on Thursday 27 February.
’90s indie heroes Supergrass come to town on 26 and 27 February. Catch them headline O2 Victoria Warehouse.
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 February.
Stadium and arena shows:
Mid-sized venues with big atmosphere
New music to have on your radar:
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.
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 February. For more, head to our Manchester guide.