Back in 2013, Manchester International Festival worked with Albert Hall's new owners to restore and revive this truly spectacular space for performances by, among others, Goldfrapp, Mogwai and Maxine Peake. Thank the musical gods they did. The main space is astonishing. Almost a decade on it has become a firm favourite of the Manchester live music scene, the venue itself being one of the best support acts ever.
Any city with a musical legacy as good as Manchester's, is bound to come up with the good when it comes to gig venues. Not only can it count world-conquering bands in its history, but venues like The Hacienda are equally as famous – and equally as important
For lovers of live music, whatever pleasures your musical palate, you'll probably be able to find it here, be it classical or calypso, beats and bass or bossa nova, hip hop, house, garage or gabba. Okay, maybe not the last one but you get the idea - there's a lot of quality music to bathe your ears in. And while our bars and clubs sometimes serve up some pretty darn good tunes, you can't beat those venues dedicated to the art. So here's our pick of the best music venues in Manchester. Happy listening.