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Mad about music? Manchester is the place for you>

Mad about music? Manchester is the place for you

Manchester has a very colourful music history, dating back to the 1950’s onwards with the likes of The Bee Gees, The Hollies and Freddie and the Dreamers. Since then, we’ve had some of the worlds greatest bands emerge from this incredible city, including The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays, which of course drew attraction to the famous 80’s/90’s Madchester music scene.

Manchester is also responsible for the formation of other musical talents such as Oasis, The Courteeners, Simply Red, Take That and many more other notable bands. However, the real stars of the show around here are undoubtedly The Smiths, who formed in 1982 and became the most definitive rock group of the 80’s. Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce together formed one of the most influential bands ever, and are said to have been the influence behind some of the later Manchester bands.

With all of this rich heritage behind Manchester’s music, there’s plenty of important places to visit if you’re in the area and want to learn a bit more. Why not venture to Salford Lads Club to see where The Smiths were photographed for the sleeve of their The Queen Is Dead LP? Even better, take a look inside at their dedicated room which is filled with The Smiths’ memorabilia.

Other notable places for fans of The Smiths include Platt Fields; their inspiration behind “Rusholme Ruffians”, Strangeways Prison; which they named their “Strangeways Here We Come” album after, and The Ritz; where the band played their very first gig in 1982.

The Stone Roses are also a big part of Manchester’s heritage, and have left their stamp on many Manchester locations, such as with the brass artwork laid down on Oldham Street to honour the band. The Hacienda nightclub where they played twice, and even Chorlton Waterpark where Ian Brown and John Squire often enjoyed hanging out. No matter how vague the connection is, it’s all part of the history and will always hold a connection to the band. If you’re a huge Stone Roses fan, then visiting these places will create unforgettable memories.


The great thing about Manchester music tours is that there is such a huge variety of locations to visit, that you’ll be spoiled for choice. This means that it’s easy enough to build your own custom tour, visiting notable place which tell the story of how bands like The Smiths, Oasis, Joy Division and many more started their journey in Manchester and spent some of the most memorable moments of their career here.

Music tours are a great way to pay tribute to some of the world’s greatest bands and artists, especially in Manchester where music is our passion. Not only that, but they’re a great, enjoyable day out that can really help you feel like you’re sharing some of those great historical moments.

Interested in a music tour of Manchester? Build your custom tour now.

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