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Manchester: A Great City for a Musical Tour

In the last 30 years, music has been one of Manchester’s greatest exports.  From Joy Division to Oasis, the quality of Manchester’s musical output has captured the hearts and minds of audiophiles across the world.   Here we recount some of the most influential bands to come out of Manchester and the places that provided the backdrop to their inspiration.

Joy Division

Despite only releasing two studio albums, Joy Division has influenced pretty much every indie outfit that has come after them.  Indeed, as New Order, they went on to create the most successful 12” single of all time with Blue Monday and influence a whole other generation of dance music producers.  For vinyl aficionados, we suggest making a stop at Rare Records on John Dalton Street.  This basement haven of old 45’s and LP’s is where Ian Curtis cut his teeth and fostered the dreams that were to lead to the formation of Joy Division.

The Smiths

“There is a light that never goes out”, sang Morrissey.  And for the Smiths, their light burns as brightly now as it did in their heyday of the late 80’s.  The Manchester four piece created some of the most mellifluous melodies and iconic album covers in popular music – and you can recreate your own The Queen is Dead moment by having your picture taken outside the Salford Lads Club.  There is even a room inside dedicated to the band – e-mail ahead to arrange a visit.

Stone Roses

Their recent roadblock gigs are testament to the Stone Roses’ enduring adoration by their army of fans.  They captured and the sound of a generation, a sound that still resonates today.  See the places that shaped their musical vision by taking a tour with Manchester Music Tours.

The Hacienda

Tony Wilson’s iconoclastic house of hedonism redefined the clubbing experience and was at the heart of the second ‘Summer of Love’ and ‘Madchester’ movements in ‘89.  It has inspired and influenced club promoters across the world and the spirit of the Hacienda lives on across dance floors from Manchester to Ibiza.  Take a trip through the annals of acid house by visiting their website and arranging a tour.


The self-proclaimed ‘Greatest Band in the World’, captured the imaginations of millions of young rock star pretenders when they burst onto the scene in 1994 proclaiming they would Live Forever.  Like them or loathe them, you simply cannot ignore their impact on British music and for those who want to come ‘Round Our Way’, here is a tour that will show you all things Oasis.

And if you’re looking for a hotel in Manchester, consider the recently-refurbished Crowne Plaza Manchester Airport, which offers a convenient, great value accommodation option.

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