Harley Young picks out some of the best gigs in Manchester lined up for 2024
Oasis, The Smiths, Joy Division, The 1975...us Mancs love our music. And, with a new year, comes new opportunities to see your favourite band live. With a plethora of music venues sprawled across the city, it's no wonder artists choose Manchester as a pitstop for their tours.
Here are some of the best upcoming gigs in 2024.
Son of legendary blues artist Muddy Waters will perform live at The Blues Kitchen, showcasing his endless knowledge of all things Chicago Blues.
Scouse band Ladytron will take their ever-evolving electronic tunes on tour, stopping off at Manchester's very own New Century to perform hits from their two-decade strong discography.
Adam Wakeman & Jazz Sabbath
Expect jazz interpretations of the iconic heavy metal band, helmed by Black Sabbath's very own Adam Wakeman.
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
In the wake of their new album Dark Rainbow, set to be released at the end of January, the band will embark on their biggest headline tour yet. Hear all the fan favourites like Kitty Sucker and Crowbar as well as some never-before-heard-live tracks from the new album.
With seven studio albums, Enter Shikari are a hit with elder emos and younger moshers alike. Expect to be taken on a journey of their discography, with old hits and new favourites to discover.
Having recently released their new album 'LAMB', King Nun are hitting the road to perform those tracks live, straight into your earholes. It's bound to be a riot.
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
With a wild (and pretty raunchy) name and even wilder music, the Australian psychedelic rock band are travelling from Perth to Manc (and some other, less-important places) to take you on a trip.
Stone are fairly new kids on the block, but don't let that fool you - they're still more than capable of selling out headline shows. Psst...that's your cue to get your ticket, stat.
What's better than metal? Pirate metal, obvs. Joined by folk metal giants Korpiklaani and Heidevolk, this voyage is bound to be full of mischief and mutany.
Indie rockers King No-One have filled more concert halls than they've had hot dinners since coming onto the scene in 2013. Bringing their exuberant stage presence and head-banging tracks, you'll be floored by just how much energy can be packed into one set.
When: 15 March, 7pm
Headed up by powerhouse vocalist Jessie Powell, Dream State are set to play a punch-packing set at Canvas. Expect clean vocals, scream, and everything in between.
The World of Hans Zimmer
Known for creating some of the most atmospheric soundtracks in film history, expect to see the musical genius arrange a brand-new selection from his diverse collection of scores.
Peter Hook & The Light: An evening of music and conversation
This intimate, 200-capacity event will raise money for Shout, the UK’s only free and confidential 24/7 text messaging support service designed to help those who are struggling and need in-the-moment support. Tickets will be allocated via balloting process. Find out more here.
*Please note this is one ballot entry and not a guaranteed ticket.
Craig Charles' Funk & Soul House Party
Listen and dance along as Craig rifles through his extensive record collection to bring you the best bangers of past and present.
Phoenix-born band, Grey Daze are known for being one of the first bands Chester Bennington from Linkin Park fame started out in. The quartet will bring over 30 years of alternative rock music to Rebellion on 16 May.
Come on, everybody knows Take That. Need I say more? Love them or hate them, they'll be performing a long list of dates at Co-op Live this summer.
Since forming in 1990, TOOL have won four GRAMMYs for their epic performances and recording style. Expect to hear over 30 years of progressive metal including all the hits like Schism and Lateralus.
Considered one of the UK's greatest songwriters, Richard Hawley will take to stage at Manchester's O2 Apollo to perform hits and lesser known treasures for fans and soon-to-be fans alike.
My Son The Hurricane
A multi-horn, multi-drummer, multi-singer brass funk hybrid of a band, My Son The Hurricane are quite literally a tornado of sound. Expect to be wowed by this 12-piece enigma.
'Is that Alex Turner I see?' you ask. No, but you're not far off. Antarctic Monkeys are the UK's best tribute to the famous Sheffield band and, for a fraction of the price, you can just close your eyes and pretend you're at Old Trafford instead.
Sounds of the City: Hacienda Classical
Taking over Castlefield Bowl every summer, Sounds of the City is back with its feel-good offering of Hacienda Classical. Expect those same vibes from back in the good old days when the Hacienda club was thriving - just with a classical twist.
Melodic hard rock band Ten have released a whopping 16 studio albums since their formation in 1995. Fans can enjoy the best of their discography at this intimately-sized gig.
Live from Wythenshawe Park presents: New Order
Making their first full headline performance in three years, New Order will play a homecoming gig at Wythenshawe Park this August bank holiday. They'll be supported by non other than Johnny Marr (of The Smiths fame) and Róisin Murphy.
Live from Wythenshawe Park presents: Blossoms
This all-day outdoor concert will see the Stockport lads headline, with support from Inhaler, Shed Seven, The K's, Seb Lowe and TTRRUUCES. Expect sunny tunes and (hopefully) sunny weather.
Everyone's favourite One Direction-er, (or is that Harry Styles? dunno) is playing Co-op Live, bringing his list of hits including 'Heaven' and 'Nice to Meet Ya' with him. But hurry - tickets are selling fast.
Goldie Lookin Chain
The Welsh comedy hip hop group are heading over from Newport to perform their controversial (yet often hilarious) list of songs from the early 00s that satirise 'chav' culture. This one is bound to be a good laugh.
Elvis Costello & Steve Nieve
Costello and Nieve have been collaborating for almost half a decade, appearing on 25 record albums together. But this will be the pair's first full-length UK appearance together in 20 years. It's one for the history books.
Internationally renowned singer, composer and actor (is there anything David Essex can't do?), the OBE returns to Bridgewater Hall to perform his greatest hits like Hold Me Close and Burning Love.
Where: Bridgewater Hall
When: 16 September, 7pm
Price: From £41.25
Performing with Arch Enemy, Swedish heavy metal band In Flames are ready to rip the roof off Manchester Academy with their punch-packing tracks.
British singer-songwriter Becky Hill embarks on her biggest headline tour to date, in support of her highly-anticipated second album. Expect hits like Remember and Crazy What Love Can Do.
The Ohio-based band are back in the UK this year, touring their fifth album The Surface. Frontman Caleb Shomo, known for detailing his struggle with mental health, highlights issues through an optimistic set of eyes with this new chapter.
Martin Kemp: Back to the 80s
After shooting to fame as the bassist of 80s New Wave band Spandau Ballet, Martin Kemp has become an actor, TV personality and now DJ as he takes to the stage at New Century to spin the biggest records of that decade.
Calling all Sepultura fans - this is your last chance to see the band before they split. See them on their farewell tour as they stop off at Manchester Academy, joined by special guests Jinjer, Obituary and Jesus Piece.
Nine Below Zero
With a cult following across Europe, as well as a cameo in 80s British Sitcom, The Young Ones, the English rock band are still touring their music.
Bristol-born punk band IDLES are back with their latest musical offering TANGK (set to be released in February). Known for his creatively anarchic lyrics and larger than life stage presence, frontman Joe Talbot is bound to whip the crowd into a frenzy at the O2 Apollo.
Fat Freddy’s Drop
The seven-piece band from Wellington, New Zealand, will be bringing their dub and reggae vibes for an energetic performance at Manchester Academy. Expect to hear all the favourites like Blackbird and Hope.
Masked metal band Slipknot are celebrating 25 years of savage songs and brutal breakdowns. Hear hits from their seven studio album discography at Manchester's new arena, Co-op Live. Just be sure to warm your neck up ready for the head-banging so you don't end up with whiplash.
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