Explore the history of Manchester’s music scene

Explore the history of Manchester’s music scene

Manchester has been strongly associated with music for decades. Embedded in the industrial revolution, the city’s music scene sparked a platform for the working class.


Post-industrialisation and the cotton industry, there was a lack of work for young people. In 1976, Sex Pistols played in Manchester which inspired many other bands such as Joy Division and The Smiths to follow suit. Independent recording company Factory Records was formed in 1978 and became pivotal to the music scene in Manchester. Following this, the iconic Hacienda was established.


People travel from all over the world to view these landmarks and delve deeper into the musical history of the city. It’s an incredibly fascinating story and a must-do for anyone visiting Manchester.

Experience Manchester’s music past, present and future

Widely acknowledged as the music’s capital, we go on a Manchester tour to understand how and why music and history are interlinked. However, it’s not over yet. The city is home to some of the most iconic music venues in the UK, with new bands emerging all the time.


Manchester’s live music venues provide a huge platform for budding artists and bands, with people showing up to enjoy the music regardless of who is playing. Playing in and around Manchester gives musicians a great opportunity to grow and establish themselves, and it’s easy to see why. The people of Manchester love music and enjoy going out to hear new artists, and that will never change. Our taxi tours explore the overall history and musical culture of Manchester, and can also be specialised to any particular band.

Experience Manchester’s music past, present and future

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How our Manchester musical history tour works

Once your tour has been booked and arranged, we will pick you up from an arranged location in our electric black cab before embarking on a 3-4 hours tour of the city centre.


We are not strict on time, nor are we strict on the tour itinerary. If there are certain landmarks or topics that you would like us to cover in detail, please let us know when you book your tour.

To enquire about our availability, please contact us here.

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