It seems Manchester is giving London a run for its money on the music scene recently, attracting some of the biggest names of our time.
Manchester venues such as the Emirates have hosted an array of pop superstars this year, including Beyoncé and Rihanna in the space of a week.
Daniel Gidney – Lancashire’s Chief Executive – has commented on the establishment’s recent success, saying, “The way the stadium has been uniquely designed to be able to accommodate international sport and global artists, puts us in a great position to continue to attract major events and visitors to Trafford and Greater Manchester”.
It’s not just pop music that Manchester has to offer though, covering a wide selection of genres, including a growing grime scene. Whilst grime artists such as Skepta have become hugely popular over recent years, the city’s rise in grime has followed suit.
Manchester continues to have huge artists making a stop at various venues into the remaining months of the year, with Maxwell and Mary J. Blige set to perform at the Manchester Arena on 30 October. Corinne Bailey Rae is also bringing her UK tour to the Albert Hall on 5 November.
As well as the attractive big stadiums and arenas, the city also has a variety of intimate venues. This offers a different kind of musical experience, plus gives less well-known artists the chance to take to the stage.
Manchester often hosts breakthrough artists, such as Jodie Abacus, who performed at Manchester’s Deaf Institute in September. Elton John has highlighted Jodie’s talent, saying, “I love this song and love his singles. He has a great future ahead of him!”
With that news, perhaps Manchester is no longer just the cultural hub of the North, but rather of the entire country.