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Manchester Voted ‘Best Live Music City’


A cyclist rides to the entrance of Manchester Piccadilly train station in Manchester, U.K., on Saturday, May, 30, 2015. Since the Conservatives won the general election, U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced sweeping devolution for Manchester and other English cities. Photographer: Paul Thomas/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Manchester has been voted the best city in the UK for live music in a new culture poll. The city which has given us some of the worlds greatest music artists beat off competition from London, Liverpool and Glasgow to top the rankings.

The city achieved this status by boasting the most live music shows per head in a recent cultural analysis. The analysis shows that Manchester will host an incredible 87 gigs per 100,000 inhabitants between now and the end of the year. To put that into context, it is nearly twice the amount of gigs per person compared to the nearest rival Glasgow, which will stage 44 per 100,000. Capital city London lags way behind with only 17 gigs per 100,000 people, however this is no doubt affected by its high population density.

smithsmanchester1Manchester has always been a deeply musical city and has been prolific in birthing some of the biggest bands and solo acts over the last 60 years. Groups such as Oasis, The Smiths, Take That, James, The Chemical Brothers and The Stone Roses all hail from Manchester.

The city also hosts some of the UK’s greatest music venues including: The Soup Kitchen, The M.E.N Arena, The O2 Apollo, The Ritz and The Ruby Lounge.

2016 has been particularly prolific for Manchester based gigs. The Stone Roses played a series of massive shows last month at the Etihad Arena and Manchester native Morrissey is set to play a highly anticipated hometown gig later this summer.

Manchester (which also placed second behind Edinburgh in the most upcoming theatre productions)  was ranked fourth in an overall list of most cultural UK cities:

Here is the full list of cultural city rankings:

1 – Edinburgh

2 – Bristol

3 – Glasgow

4 – Liverpool

4 – Manchester

6 – Leicester

7 – Leeds

8 – Birmingham

9 – London

10 – Sheffield

Photos: Getty


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