Here's our pick of the best gigs to see this year in the city...
Ozzy Osbourne | Sunday 3rd February | Manchester Arena
You may be surprised to learn that Ozzy Osbourne is back on the road, hopefully without biting anything heads off small mammals on stage. The Black Sabbath front man returns to the Arena this February with ‘No More Tours 2’, a reference to his 1992 “No More Tours” trek.
Fatboy Slim | Thursday 28th February | Manchester Arena
Norman Cook, AKA Fatboy Slim, has announced that he will be taking his hugely immersive ‘In the Round’ show to cities across the UK, hitting the Manchester Arena right at the end of February.
Sam Fender | Monday 25 February | Gorilla
Everyone is talking about him, it’s Sam Fender and he is back playing a slightly larger venue than the previous Soup Kitchen, this time it’s under the arches at Gorilla. Sam Fender is a quickly emerging songwriter who was named as one of BBC Sound Of 2018 alongside the likes of Sigrid and Khalid. Tickets sold out fast, so if you want to check out Sam, get on Twickets for any resale.
Maribou State | Saturday 09 March | Albert Hall
UK electronic music duo Maribou State of Chris Davids and Liam will bring their fresh new live performance to Manchester’s Albert Hall in March, following the release of new album “Kingdoms in Colour” which features guest appearance from Khruangbin and Holly Walker. The gig sold out fairly quickly so you will have to keep your eyes peeled for face value resale.
10CC | Sunday 10th March | The Bridgewater Hall
The legendary 10CC will be heading to The Bridgewater Hall, perfroming the hits which have singled them out as one of the most inventive and influential bands in the history of popular music.
Gabrielle | Sunday 24th March | The Bridgewater Hall
Gabrielle comes to Manchester with her ‘Under My Skin Tour’ this March, performing music from the new album as well as all the hits you remember from Top of the Pops back in the day. Expect to hear “Dreams”, “Rise”, “If You Ever” (feat East 17), “Out Of Reach” and many many more!
Maverick Sabre | Friday 5th April | Club Academy
Maverick Sabre is back!! with a new album and a list of UK tour dates. Last month he revealed his new single ‘Her Grace’ featuring Chronixx. The new record ‘When I Wake Up’ will be out in March with his Manchester gig at the Academy in April.
Boyz II Men | Saturday 6th April | O2 Apollo
Legendary American R&B group, Boyz II Men come to the O2 Apollo this April, hopefully all wearing the same clobber and singing in a line. The group have had a lot of hit singles in the UK including the #1 with “End of the Road”, #5 “I’ll Make Love to You” and “4 Seasons of Loneliness” to name just a few!
Suede | Friday 19th April | Albert Hall
90’s alt-rock legends Suede are coming back to Albert Hall with their string of hits including “Stay Together”, “Trash, “Electricity” and “Saturday Night”. These guys are just as electric as they were all the way back then so grab yourself a ticket as soon as you can.
Take That | Monday 22nd – Saturday 27th April | Manchester Arena
2019 marks Take That’s 30th Anniversary and to celebrate their milestone, the band have announced a massive UK arena and stadium tour performing all their much loved greatest hits live. The tour will see Take That play shows in many towns and cities that they have never played before plus they will be joined by special guest Rick Astley. They are scheduled to play Five shows at Manchester Arena.
Daryl Hall & John Oates | Sunday 28th April | Manchester Arena
The biggest selling music duo in history will be taking part in their first UK tour for over 5 years as they head to Manchester Arena at the end of April. Pure 80’s heaven.
Children of Zeus | Friday 24th May | Manchester Cathedral
A project from 2 of Manchester’s most respected artists, Children of Zeus are heading to Manchester Cathedral in May. Created by Konny Kon & Tyler Daley, Konny Kon is a DJ, MC & beatmaker best known as one third of Broke’N’English alongside fellow Mans DRS & Strategy. Tyler Daley, also known as Hoodman went from being a respected MC & actor to one of the most in demand soul singers of recent times, lending his vocals & writing credits to music from Goldie, LSB, Soul II Soul‘s Caron Wheeler, Lenzman, Lisa Mafia, Bugsy Malone, & more.
Hugh Jackman | 24th & 25th May | Manchester Arena
Academy Award nominated, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning performer, Hugh Jackman will be presenting The Man. The Music. The Show. which will see Jackman performing hit songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Miserable and more from Broadway and film, accompanied by a live orchestra.
Dido | Wednesday 29th May | Albert Hall
Dido, the multi-million selling singer plays her first tour in fifteen years, where she will play songs from new album, ’Still On My Mind’, out March 8th on BMG, alongside her classic mega hits such as Thank You, Here With Me, White Flag and Life For Rent. ‘Still On My Mind’ is Dido’s 5th studio album. The gig is another huge sell out, so keep a look out for tickets.
Spice Girls | Wednesday 29th May to Saturday 1st June | Etihad Stadium
It’s official, the Spice Girls are reuniting this year (without Victoria Beckham – no loss there). Mel C, Mel B, Emma Bunton and Geri will be hitting up the Etihad Stadium on Saturday 1st June with support from the fantastic Jess Glynne.
Mumford & Sons | Thursday 6th June | Manchester Arena
Mumford & Sons cancelled there Arena gig due to “unforeseen logistical and technical challenges” the gig has been rescheduled to 6th June 2019. The band are touring their new album ‘Delta’ which will have a new stage described by the band as “groundbreaking”. It’s going to be a big one, check the link for any tickets that are available.
Muse | Saturday 8th June | Etihad Stadium
Muse are pleased to announce the 2019 Simulation Theory World Tour featuring an exciting new Enhanced Experience Package that allows access to an exclusive Mixed Reality Pre-Show Party, powered by Microsoft, with three original virtual reality games, inspired by tracks from Simulation Theory.
Backstreet Boys | Monday 10th June | Manchester Arena
It’s official, the Backstreet Boys are reuniting this year with their DNA World Tour at Manchester Arena this June. Expect plenty of dancing and some bloody good 90’s hits.
The Courteeners | Saturday 15th June | Heaton Park
The Courteeners will be playing Heaton Park this Summer with special guests James, DMA’s & Pale Waves. Should be a cracking day out in the park – especially if it’s nice and sunny, and you can always rely on Liam Fray and the lads to bring the party.
Metallica | Tuesday 18th June | Etihad Stadium
Metallica’s WorldWired Tour has confirmed its return to the UK and Europe, this time for a staggering May – August schedule, this year they will run their own outdoor gigs at stadiums, parks, and even one at a castle. Special guests Ghost and Bokassa will provide support on all dates. Metallica at the Etihad in June is one not to miss this year.
Gladys Knight | Saturday 22nd June | O2 Apollo
Empress of Soul – Gladys Knight will be hitting up the Apollo this June – belting out her string of hits from the past 40 odd years. Expect to hear ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’; ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’; ‘Licence To Kill; ‘The Way We Were’; ‘Baby Don’t’ Change Your Mind’ and You’re The Best Thing (that ever happened to me) plus her critically acclaimed latest album ‘Where My Heart Belongs’.
Eagles | Wednesday 26th June | Manchester Arena
The Eagles – Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, with Vince Gill and Deacon Frey – are bringing their critically acclaimed tour to Europe in 2019 and will perform classics spanning their career, including “Hotel California,” “One of These Nights,” “Life in the Fast Lane,” “Desperado,” and many more. Don’t miss the Eagles, get your ticket to the gig here.
Elbow | Tuesday 9th July | Castlefield Bowl
Sounds of the City is back taking over Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl in summer 2019. Some of the most acclaimed live artists and shows including The Wombats, The National, Kylie Minogue, The Kooks, as well as our very own Elbow. It’s certainly going to be a special one, you are in luck there are tickets still available.
The National | Wednesday 10th July | Castlefield Bowl
The National are back in the city again, this time playing a huge outdoor show at Manchester Castlefield Bowl as part of Sounds of the City. If you haven’t seen The National perform we fully recommend this one, it’s sure to be a gig of the 2019. Tickets are still available.
Kylie | Thursday 11th July | Castlefield Bowl
Probably set to be the best gig of 2019, Kylie will be playing to a sell out crowd at the hugely popular Sounds Of The City at Castlefield Bowl. Expect all the hits including “I Should Be So Lucky”, “The Loco-Motion”, “Spinning Around” and “All The Lovers” to name just a few.
KISS | Friday 12th July | Manchester Arena
Known for their trademark larger-than-life blistering performances, KISS have proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock n roll. They return to Manchester Arena this July.
Cher | Thursday 24 October | Arena
Pop superstar Cher, who holds the UK Record for the biggest selling single of all time by a female artist for ‘Believe’, is coming to the UK for the first time in 14 years for her ‘Here We Go Again’ tour. Cher will treat audiences to an array of hits from her huge repertoire as well as new songs from the ‘Dancing Queen’ album. Get your tickets here.
Lisa Stansfield | Saturday 26th October | The Lowry
Rochdale lass Lisa Stansfield has announced a Lowry show to mark the 30th anniversary release of her debut solo album ‘Affection’. The album will be celebrated with a tour that will see Lisa and her prodigious band perform the hits and more from ‘Affection’, alongside favourites and classics from Lisa’s seven subsequent solo records.
The Chemical Brothers | Friday 22nd November | Manchester Arena
The legendary duo, Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons – 2015 released their GRAMMY nominated album, Born In The Echoes. Last year they announced a new album ‘No Geography’ which features recent track ‘Free Yourself’, the album will be out this spring and a UK arena tour brings them to Manchester Arena later in the year. It’s going to be huge get yourself a ticket now before it sells out.