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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 June.


Spotlight on: Festivals and outdoor gigs 

Summer is here and it’s time to get out the house. Grab your pals and your waterproof coat (it’s Manchester after all), there’s definitely something happening to tempt you outdoors this month.

The Spice Girls three-night stint at the Etihad Stadium comes to a close on Saturday 1 June.

Manchester Legend Noel Gallagher headlines a huge all-day outdoor gig at Heaton Park on Friday 7 June, with fellow Mancunians Doves supporting.

Muse bring their Simulation Theory UK tour to a close on Saturday 8 June at the Etihad Stadium.

Parklife turns 10 this year and they’re bringing Cardi B, Geroge Ezra and more to Heaton Park on 9 and 10 of June to celebrate with them.

The Courteeners play their biggest ever headline show at Heaton Park on Saturday 15 June. They’ll be joined by James, DMA’s and Pale Waves.

Metal gods Metallica roll into town on Tuesday 18 June. Catch them at the Etihad Stadium.

Summer Beer Thing brings some of the UK’s best craft beer brewers to Sadler’s Yard from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 June.


Don’t forget about Father’s Day! 

Father’s Day is on Sunday 16 June. Instead of a card, why not treat dad to a live event?

Legendary US songwriter Kris Kristofferson will be performing at the Opera House on Father’s Day.

Share some laughs with the old man at The Comedy Store’s  Father’s Day Best In Stand Up night.


Other things to do 

The Cricket World Cup kicks off this month and Old Trafford will be hosting six matches including England v Afghanistan on Tuesday 18 June.

Manchester Comic Con takes place over the first weekend of the month at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre.

Hello! The Book of Mormon opens in Manchester this month at the Palace Theatre. Opening night is on Thursday 6 June.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor‘s the Song Diaries UK tour comes to Bridgewater Hall on Sunday 9 June.

Tuesday 11 June sees magician David Blaine bring his world-class illusions to the O2 Apollo Manchester.

The amazing Cirque du Soleil bring their new Avatar-inspired show Toruk to Manchester Arena from 20 – 23 June.

Legendary ska rockers Mighty Mighty Bosstones make the city dance at the O2 Ritz Manchester on Thursday 27 June.


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 June.

Stadium and arena shows:

Mid-sized venues with big atmosphere

  • Taking Back Sunday at Manchester Academy on 18 June
  • Stereolab at Albert Hall on 19 June
  • Sum 41 at O2 Victoria Warehouse on 26 June

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 June. For more, head to our Manchester guide.

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