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Manchester’s Online Music Events

Holly Eliza Temple

This year has been difficult for many of us, for many reasons – and this festive season might feel quiet. However, music does have the power to unite, connect and heal us, and these online events from Manchester’s venues, organisations and artists will do just that. From the future of Jewish music, to all-night DJ sets, they’re accessible no matter where you are!

 
 
Friday Night ‘Almost’ Live
Matt & Phred’s Jazz Club
Friday 18th December 8:00PM
 
The Northern Quarter’s favourite jazz bar has transformed its lively events into weekly streams, so that the people of Manchester – and beyond – can still get their live music fix. Up until Christmas, every Friday features an evening of live music – the perfect excuse to pour yourself your favourite drink, dim the lights and kick back at home (or create a dance floor). Friday 18th December sees the last Friday Night event before Christmas, with music from The Chanteuse (a.k.a. Lucy Hope). Tickets are available online here, and if you can’t make it to the live stream, the gig is available to watch again for six days afterwards. Saturday 19th brings you an extra event, with a special Christmas show from the Dave Luvin Quartet. 

Each event starts at 8:00PM, tickets are £7.95 with the option to add a donation to the venue.
 
 
Abena’s 12 Hour DJ Set
All Hands On Deck
Saturday 19th December 11:59AM-11:59PM
 
All Hands On Deck are a Manchester-based collective dedicated to holding “open-deck” parties for women, trans and non-binary people to try out DJing. With their usual IRL events unable to take place, Abena, part of the AHOD collective, brings you an online DJ set (lasting a whole 12 hours) to raise money for worthwhile causes Safety4Sisters, RAPAR and African Rainbow Family, which all offer support to refugees and asylum seekers. Working with Manchester’s DIY space Partisan Collective, the stream will be available to watch live via Mixcloud from 11:59AM – 11:59PM on Saturday 19th December. Abena’s original goal was to raise £1500 for the chosen charities, which has impressively been surpassed. You can support the fundraising here, and RSVP to the Facebook event for more updates here.

 
 
Manchester Music Coach Tour
New Manchester Walks
1st January 2:00-3:30PM
 
Hosting entertaining, educational walks and guides around the city, New Manchester Walks have taken their tours online, and the first event of 2021 is the Manchester Music Tour – usually delivered by coach, but now taking place on Zoom. Devised by music historian Ed Glinert, you’ll be able to “visit (on screen) the sights and hear the stories” of Manchester’s music history. 
 
The tour takes place on Friday 1st January 2021 2:00 – 3:30PM. Tickets are £7.50 via Eventbrite.
 
 
What Does the Future Sound Like?
Manchester Jewish Museum
All videos available from 16th December
 
Discover a rich range of Jewish music with this series of films brought to you by Manchester Jewish Museum. Join Francesca Ter-Berg and Laura Seddon in conversation with several female British Jewish musicians, to learn more about what is happening in the present and future of the Jewish music scene. Originally released daily over Chanukah, all five films will now be available to view from 16th December on the museum’s website or their Youtube channel
 
 
United We Stream
 
United We Stream began during the first lockdown as a platform supporting the club scene in Berlin, and soon evolved into a global space, even streaming sets from Manchester artists and urging the audience to donate to venues and cultural organisations across the city. The platform is continuing to host live performances via the website. You can take a look at upcoming streams here, with live sets from Germany to look forward to throughout December. 

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