Culture, Music

NORTHERN QUARTER: Manchester’s Best Music Venues

TOPMAN’s latest collection, Northern Quarter, is inspired by the ‘Madchester’ years of England’s north in the 80s and 90s.

With a particular nod to music venue The Haçienda, Northern Quarter brings back the (morning) glory days of relaxed 90s rock – updated for the noughties man. So, now that you have your new look sorted, it’s time to take it to town and where better than Manchester’s hustling music scene.

The Deaf Institute

Once a functioning institute for the deaf (and built in 1878) this venue is now one of Manchester’s gig circuit favourites with not just one but three floors of live gigs, comedy, bars, food, and…wait for it…a roof terrace. Bada bing.

Located near the uni, it attracts crowds both young and young-at-heart.

Matt & Phred’s

In the heart of the Northern Quarter, Matt Phred’s is best known for jazz but hosts nights for folk, salsa, swing, and ska. Bonus is it’s free entry Mon-Thurs and just a fiver on Fridays and Saturdays.

Albert Hall

Worth a visit just for the architecture. Grade II-listed and a former church, Albert Hall has been a music venue since 2013. Owned by the same people behind the Deaf Institute, the Albert Hall has hosted names like Nils Frahm and Maribou State. Something for everyone.

Albert’s Schloss has a beer hall and restaurant is now open beneath it so there’s something to lure you in before (and fill you up after) your gig.

Band on The Wall

Refurbished in 2009 with one goal in mind: live music. Band on The Wall boasts a massive dance floor and several balconies in the round and has one of the best reputations for live gigs and big nights. A must-visit for those into experimental music or live jazz (for which it’s regarded one of the best in the UK).

Keep an eye out for Funk and Soul nights with Craig Charles.



A mid-sized venue, Gorilla is in the railway arches of Whitworth Street. It’s two floors with a gin bar upstairs and a regular bar downstairs and delicious food all-round (including a famous veggie Sunday roast). The vibe of the interiors is reminiscent of your school days with the ceiling made room old school floorboards and kitted out with reclaimed school furniture.

Music-wise, Gorilla hosts a mix of the established and the breakthrough so you’re bound to see some seriously good talent any day of the week.




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