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What’s On: Manchester’s Concerts and Shows in 2020

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Here’s what Manchester has to offer for live music in 2020

Famous for its vibrant musical history, Manchester is certain to host a wide selection of amazing artists throughout the next 12-months. From jubilant returns to music to brand new sounds – here’s our round up of what to expect. 


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Big acts at Manchester Arena 
Naturally, the city’s world-famous arena will be bagging the biggest names for 2020. The impressive 21,000 capacity venue is the city’s go-to spot for big touring artists, frequented by Liam Gallagher, The Chemical Brothers and even Rod Stewart over the last few months. For 2020 the arena will be seeing The 1975 (28 February), Lana Del Rey (26 February), and Dua Lipa (1 June) amongst many others. The living legend that is Harry Styles will be dropping by on the 25 April, whilst 18-year old superstar Billie Eilish and the uber talented Stormzy will be selling out the venue in July and September (respectively). We’re certain that plenty more acts will be announced throughout the year, so keep an eye on Manchester Arena’s social feeds for news. 



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Nostalgic reunions at Manchester Arena  
Whilst we love seeing new musical talent take to the city, there’s also nothing quite like seeing one of your favourite acts get back on tour. The arena will be hosting some absolute legends in 2020, including Celine Dion (4 – 5 September), The Who (16 March), Diana Ross (3 & 19 July) and Elton John on his (never ending) farewell tour (17 & 28 November). We’ll see the return of some of the 21stcentury’s iconic pop acts, including the Jonas Brothers (6 February), James Blunt (15 February) and even the Pussycat Dolls (14 April). Craig David (17 April) and Snoop Dog (12 April) will drop in just a few days apart, and Queen + Adam Lambert (11 – 12 June) have an unforgettable live show planned in the summer.  


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Musicals and tribute acts 
Standing at a concert isn’t the only option for seeing live music, and plenty of Manchester’s theatres will be hosting world-famous musicals throughout the year. Queen fans (who don’t want to watch Adam Lambert do his best Freddie Mercury impression) can head to Palace Theatre to see We Will Rock You (27 January – 8 February), and Michael Jackson fans should snap up tickets to Thriller Live (10 – 15 February). Plenty of Carole King classics can be caught at the world-famous Beautiful in June, also frequenting the Palace Theatre. Alternatively, fans of more iconic musical tunes will enjoy the jubilant return of Grease (20 July – 1 August) or Hairspray the Musical (3 – 12 September)! 



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Summer shows and festivals 
Whilst it might be difficult to imagine in the middle of bleak mid-January, rest assured that the summer will return soon enough! Boasting plenty of outdoor venues for mid-summer shows, Manchester promises to fill both football stadiums and the Castlefield Bowl with a star-studded line up. Whilst most shows have yet to be announced, we do know for sure that The Killers will be selling out the Old Trafford at the end of May (30 May). We’ve also got the long-awaited line up for MCR’s Sounds of the City festival, which offers nine shows at the start of July. Including huge names like The Streets, Lewis Capaldi and Foals – these aren’t to be missed. Finally, one of the city’s favourite summer music events is Parklife, which will see Tyler, The Creator headline in 2020. As part of his return to the UK after a 3-5 year ban, the American rapper will be topping the bill at Parklife and London’s Lovebox! 
For our weekly round-up of music, comedy and theatre in Manchester, check out our handy guide