Albert Hall

Built in 1908, the converted chapel has become the backdrop for many of Neighbourhood Festival’s most iconic photos over the years. After having its ornate hall restored into a stunning venue, its décor has made it one of the most atmospheric venues in Manchester.

Capacity: 2000
Location: 27 Peter Street
Notable performances: Sam Smith, Suede, Placebo


As well as being a top-quality restaurant, Gorilla also has a large music venue under the archways that has welcomed most up-and-coming Manchester artist through its doors.

Capacity: 500
Location: 54-56 Whitworth Street
Notable performances: The Slow Readers Club, Fontaines D.C, Bakar

Manchester Academy 1 & Academy 2

Manchester Academy is the umbrella term for the four independent live music venues located on the University of Manchester Students’ Union campus. Since opening our doors in the early 1960s, we have seen the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Radiohead, Prince & Amy Winehouse grace the stage.

Manchester Academy 1: 2500
Manchester Academy 2: 900
Location: Manchester University Students Union, Oxford Road
Notable performances: Lady Gaga, David Bowie, Prince

Night People (+18)

Known for its legendary Northern Soul night The Twisted Wheel Club, Night People also plays a huge role in Manchester’s grassroot music scene. Named after Manchester’s own poet and musician Dr John Cooper Clarke’s song of the same name, it’s made itself the home of a range of cultural events that cross a range of genres and forms.

Capacity: 450
Location: 105 Princess Street
Notable performances: Cabbage, The Reytons, VANT

02 Ritz

Nearing a century old, the O2 Ritz has hosted a diverse range of artists. It’s become notable for its sprung floor which truly enhances its live shows; not to mention its gorgeous white architecture which has made it the city’s biggest listed music venue.

Capacity: 1500
Location: Whitworth Street West
Notable performances: Liam Gallagher, Billy Ocean, Rick Astley

Revolution Oxford Road

The very first of Revs’ chain of restaurants and bars to open, its not only great for its cocktails but we also turn the upstairs Vodka Bar into a unique venue for the day.

Capacity: 150
Location: 90-94 Oxford Road
Notable performances:

The Bread Shed

The Flour & Flagon’s eclectic events space is known for its great grub and pints as well as its wide range of club-nights and gigs that have all the niches covered.

Capacity: 480
Location: 126 Grosvenor Street
Notable performances: Marsicans, The Blinders, Obie Trice & Swifty McVay of D12, Russell Howard, Joe Lycett, Dirty Sanchez

Deaf Institute

Another Grade II listed building, Deaf Institute’s vintage interior is not only good for admiring between sets, but its tall glass ceilings has led to the venue being praised its excellent acoustics. No matter where you’re stood, the high stage is always in view, making for a perfect setting.

Capacity: 250
Location: 135 Grosvenor Street
Notable performances: Maisie Peters, Peace, Cabbage

The Refuge

Boasting a glamourous gothic theme, The Refuge is a public bar an dining room set in 10,000 sqaure feet of breath-taking space at the iconic Palace Hotel. It’s located in one of Manchester’s most iconic buildings – the former offices of the Refuge Assurance on Oxford Street, which was constructed in stages between 1891 and 1932 and considered the city’s first skyscraper. The building has been subject to a massive renovation, resorting a feast of original details. The basement, traditionally used for club-nights, is turned into a unique 400 capacity venue for Neighbourhood Festival.

Capacity: 400
Location: Oxford Rod
Notable performances:

The Thirsty Scholar (18+)

Tucked away under Oxford Road station, the vegan cafe and bar not only offers organic beers and vegan wine, but also puts on the best mod, ska and motown nights in the city.

Capacity: 210
Location: New Wakefield Street (off Oxford Road)
Notable performances: DJ Martin The Mod

The Zombie Shack (18+)

This alternative Tiki cocktail bar can be found above The Thirsty Scholar, and has become known for its hilarious up-and-coming comedy nights and exciting afterparties.

Capacity: 165
Location: New Wakefield Street (off Oxford Road)
Notable performances: Mt. Fuji, Nectax, Moose

YES: The Pink Room & The Basement (18+)

Despite only opening last September, YES has quickly become one of the most popular bars and indie music venues in the city. The converted auction house is made up of a restaurant-come-bar area, roof terrace and two venues that will both be packed out with live music.

YES The Pink Room: 250
YES The Basement: 100
Location: 38 Charles Street
Notable performances: The Blinders, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Queen Zee


Jimmy’s is the go-to place for Good Beer, Good Music & Good Times in Manchester. Its original Northern Quarter venue was established in 2016 by brothers Jimmy and George Craig; two musicians with a passion to support emerging talent and to deliver a great night out. Known for its bright neon lighting and signature beer, Jimmy’s has quickly become one of the city’s most popular bars.