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Things to do in Manchester this month

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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 April.

Spotlight on: Easter and half term 

The kids are off school, you’re off work and you need something to do.

YouTube pop sensations Max and Harvey will be performing their biggest tracks at Manchester Academy on Monday 8 April.

Start the fans, please! What could be more fun than living out your childhood dream of appearing on The Crystal Maze? Book now for an experience fun for the whole family (as long as they’re 13+!)

Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Musical is taking over Manchester Arena for three nights between 12-14 April.

Football fan? Manchester United ladies take on Aston Villa on 17 April and Crystal Palace on 20 April at their Leigh Sports Village home.

Want to make the most of your bank holiday Monday off work? Head to the legendary The Comedy Store for some later night laughter on Easter Sunday.

Rugby League team Salford Red Devils are set to take on rivals Wigan at the AJ Bell Stadium on Easter Monday.

Other things to do 

Local hero IAMDDB headlines her biggest home town show to date at Albert Hall on 7 April.

Rags The Musical finishes its run at the Hope Mill theatre this month.

Spend an evening with award-winning tenor Alfie Boe at Bridgewater Hall on the 5 and 8 April.

A-list comedian Aziz Ansari makes his much anticipated UK return when his Road To Nowhere tour rolls into the O2 Apollo Manchester on Friday 12 April.

The Warehouse Project‘s offseason parties continue as they host Wilkinson performing an extended DJ set at Gorilla on Friday 12 April.

Bridgewater Hall will be showing the iconic 1985 film The Goonies, accompanied by a live orchestra on Friday 26 April.

The world’s best BMX riders come to Manchester on Saturday 27-Sunday 28 April for the BMX Super Cross World Cup at the HSBC UK National Cycling Centre.

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 April.

Stadium and arena shows:

Mid-sized venues with big atmosphere:

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. The museum’s newest exhibition Life On The Line with footage from Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old opens on 19 April.

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. This month, the Football Is Art exhibition opens, showcasing artwork based on the beautiful game.

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 April. For more, head to our Manchester guide.

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