This article lists ten of the most popular and acclaimed bands from Manchester, a city with a long and proud reputation for music, featuring bands of the punk era to the cutting edge of today's post-punk revival, and beyond.  
Music is integral to Manchester. Some of the most famous and acclaimed bands the UK has ever produced came from the northwest, and many people visit the city for this reason. If you decide to go on a musical pilgrimage to Britain's unofficial second city, there are some great accommodation options handily located to the city's musical landmarks like Luther King House (
Here are ten of the greatest bands to come out of Manchester:
Buzzcocks are an essential part of the city's musical history – they invited the Sex Pistols to play at the legendary Free Trade Hall gig, where Mark E Smith, Morrissey, Tony Wilson and others were in attendance. But more importantly, their classic song “Ever Fallen In Love” remains a local anthem.

The Fall
They may have 29 albums under their belt, but The Fall have never been a mainstream Manchester band, always operating slightly under the radar. Yet their influence is always there: John Peel named them his favourite band, and their chameleonic styles remain a firm favourite to many.

The Smiths
Perhaps the most important band from Manchester's thriving 80s music scene, The Smiths remain as important to the city as ever. Murmurs of a reunion continue to rumble, but unless Morrissey and Johnny Marr patch up their differences, it seems we'll have to settle for their incredible back catalogue.

Joy Division
The mystique of Ian Curtis and Joy Division endures thirty years on – not least because of the continued legacy set by New Order, the band that was born out of it. The few songs that exist hold a bittersweet edge in the light of Curtis' sudden suicide, aged just 23.
The Stone Roses
The insane reaction seen at The Stone Roses' reunion gig in Manchester's Heaton Park this year is testament to how highly these Madchester heroes are still regarded. Some called it closer to a “religious experience” than a gig – you don't hear many bands talked about like that.

Badly Drawn Boy
Always seen in an unruly mess of hair and beard, and always clad in his trademark grubby-looking beanie, the man known to his mum as Darren Gough first emerged in the late 90s. His likeable, quirky brand of folk has won him plaudits, and sound tracking duties on two films.

Existing outside of the guitar-band tradition, Lamb always seemed closer aligned to the Bristol sound of trip-hop and electronica. Nonetheless, they're an important milestone in Manchester's musical history; a recent reunion emphasised some deep affection for the band.

Oasis are easily the biggest band ever to come out of Manchester, and one of the biggest ever to come out of the UK. A very long-running feud between the Gallagher brothers ensured that we might not see them on a stage ever again, but the memory of that hot Britpop summer of 1995 still lingers.
Perhaps the biggest Manc band around at the present, Elbow's friendly, heart-warming style has won them fans the world over. This was firmly cemented when they wrote the official Olympics song at London 2012 and performed at the Closing Ceremony.

Egyptian Hip Hop
Egyptian Hip Hop is not a localised genre but actually an English rock band who have been making huge waves in the current Manchester music scene. 

Manchester really is the city of music. The three-day festival In the City recognised this in 2010 by gathering the music industry in Manchester and providing a forum to showcase new talent as well as holding workshops, debates and conferences in Manchester wide. It is a city well worth visiting for its music scene – you can visit musical landmarks as well as discover the wealth of new talent that is still emerging from Manchester today.
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Manchester voted as having the UK's best live music scene
The NME reports on a live music survey.

Manchester's music scene now has Everything Everything
The Guardian examines the city's current music scene.

Popular music of Manchester
A Wikipedia article on the city's musical history.
Winter is well and truly here in the UK, which means long, dark nights and unpleasant weather conditions. Chances are, you're dreaming of being somewhere else, somewhere hotter, and somewhere that enjoys winter more than summer. Winter in Spain boasts much more bearable temperatures than the summer and is a hub of activity during the cooler months. There are surprising amount of events and things to do in Spain over winter, from active skiing adventures to cultural museum encounters, there is something for everyone.


Skiing is the ultimate winter activity. The snow, the warm cabins, and the hot drinks make for a cosy escape whilst you enjoy some of the beautiful scenery that Spain has to offer. You may not know it, but Spain has more mountains than any other country in Europe which, when it snows, make the ideal backdrop for this popular winter sport.

Go for a walk

Mallorca walk
I'm not taking about a walk around the block; I'm talking about those bracing walks through breathtaking landscapes that really blow the cobwebs away. Spanish walking holidays are perfect for this time of year as you will meet less tourists along the way and can enjoy your surroundings without feeling unbearably hot.

Visit Museums

Spain is home to artworks by some of the most famous artists of all time and there is no better time to explore these masterpieces than during the winter months. Tourists will be scarce so there will be no one blocking your view, and the indoor environment offers the perfect escape from those dreaded bad-weather days. Warm up whilst wandering amongst works by Picasso, Goya, Velaquez, Miro, and Dali.

Learn Spanish

In the summer, you might find yourself preoccupied doing outdoorsy activities and enjoying the warm temperatures so the cooler months provide the perfect opportunity for you to get your head down and learn Spanish in Spain. There's no better way to learn a language than by immersing yourself in the culture surrounding it and you'll be prepared for your next summer visit.

Do more

There's more local business & cuisine to explore in the Winter
In summer, the locals often up and leave the cities in search of cooler places. This means that many restaurants, bars and shops are closed for much of the summer until their owners return. In winter, pretty much everything is open because, well, the temperature is much more bearable for the locals.