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Manchester is the home of many famous artists. A couple of classics are The Smiths, The Bee Gees, and Oasis. Present day, Manchester has delivered bands such as The 1975, and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. From venues to record stores, the city has some iconic places you must visit. Here is a list of 6 places that Manchester has to offer!

#1 Salford Lads club

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If you’re a fan of the Smiths, you should definitely head to the Salford Lads club. It was opened in 1903, but it really gained fame when the doorstep of the venue was used as the setting for their album called “The Queen Is Dead”. You can find the picture in the inner sleeve of the album. Inside the building, there is now a dedicated fan room covered with photographs of the group. Even though it’s called a “lads club”, these days everyone is welcome to come in! It’s a bit outside of the city centre, but you can get there while having a nice walk, or just use one of the tubes. Bear in mind: it is only opened on Saturdays, so make sure to plan your visit! (Saint Ignatius Walk, Salford M5 3RX)

#2 The Deaf Institute

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The Deaf Institute was built in 1878. It was an actual institute for deaf and dumb people back then. Since 2008 it is a concert venue and a bar. It has a growing reputation as one of the best and hippest small venues in the country. Florence And The Machine, The War On Drugs, and the 1975 all showed their talents on the stage of this cool place, so you can’t miss out! The venue is located on Oxford Road, which is in the heart of the Manchester Metropolitan University Campus, and you’re within the city centre within a 20-minute walk. (135 Grosvenor St, Manchester M1 7HE)


#3 Piccadilly Records

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The shop opened in 1978, and since then they’ve continued to build up their reputation as one of the world’s best independent record shops. It doesn’t matter which genre you prefer, because they sell a variety of them. It goes from Indie, disco, funk, house, psych and everything in-between. They have an extensive collection of CDs, but don’t you worry! If you prefer vinyl, this is also the place for you. The shop can be found in the heart of the city centre. It’s also opened every day of the week, so it doesn’t matter when you’re in Manchester, you can always go and visit! (53 Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JR)


#4 Albert Hall

This place was a chapel and hidden for 40 (!) years. They restored the whole building and since 2013 there have been a lot of shows here. One of the reasons why you should visit Albert Hall is because it gives a platform to a wide range of artists. Performers like Beck, Sam Smith, and Tame Impala have played this venue, but even the metal core band Bring Me The Horizon played some heavy tunes on stage with a full orchestra. Each week, the venue has several events, so there is always something up for your liking. The Albert Hall is very easily accessible by car, train, bus or metrolink. There is no reason why you shouldn’t go! (27 Peter St, Manchester, M2 5QR)


#5 Band On The Wall

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Band On The Wall can be seen as a cornerstone of Manchester’s music scene for the greater part of the last century. This place has been the stage where bands like Buzzcocks, The Fall, and Joy Divison played some of their first shows during the 70s. They got their name because musicians would quite literally play on a stage halfway up the wall, so they could make room in the busy pub. In 2005, the venue closed for renovations and reopened 4 years later. They have events on almost every day, so we’re sure that this place has something nice to offer to you! (25 Swan St, Manchester M4 5JZ)


#6 The Boardwalk

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Even though this place doesn’t exist anymore, you should definitely head out there. The nightclub opened somewhere in the 80s and was super popular at the time. The Boardwalk provided rehearsal rooms and a stage to local bands. The band Oasis made their debut right here. It’s a shame that the club closed its doors in 1999. All there’s left now is a plaque and apartments. (Little Peter St, Manchester, M15 4PS)


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