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.
Resource Box
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.
Every year, Hong Kong receives thousands of tourists. It is one of the most vibrant cities in the world and getting there usually involves a long flight. A week’s stay is therefore recommended so that any effect of jetlag is shrugged off and you are able to truly enjoy Hong Kong.

The best trips are often the ones that have been the most thought out, particularly where visiting a city is concerned. Before setting out, ensure the essentials are sorted.


For travellers from most countries getting a Hong Kong visitor’s visa is fairly easy. Depending on your nationality, you can enter on a visitor’s visa and stay from seven to 180 days. It is worth finding out your visa requirements before you go.


The Hong Kong weather stays steady, making it a good destination all year round. However, if you would like to miss the worst of the heat, then avoid going between May and mid-September.

Getting around

Hong Kong has excellent, mostly air-conditioned public transport. Public transport allows you to travel to most major places, with signs provided in English and Chinese.


Hong Kong has plenty to offer when it comes to accommodation, ranging from youth hostels to super luxury hotels at your preferred location. You will have no problem finding a bed and breakfast in Hong Kong away from the city centre. Self-catering accommodation is also available for that extra independence. Indeed, you can get a room with a harbour view, stay in the thick of the action in the city or go a little further out to enjoy beachside accommodation.

The islands

A visit to Hong Kong should involve a trip to its surrounding islands. Visit the famous Lantau Island and pay your respects to the Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, wander around the Po Lin Monastery or head to Hong Kong Disneyland. Visit one of the smaller islands to relax and get a taste of village life seaside style.

The markets

Road names such as Hollywood Road and Cat Street may sound like US ones. However, these quaint streets and their surrounding areas are part of a typical Hong Kong experience. Here you will find rows of antique stores with the open-air curio market being home to everything from Ming dynasty furniture to modern-day souvenirs.

Take your credit card

Hong Kong is world renowned for its shopping. Outdoor shopping markets are everywhere, with some of the most popular being the Stanley Market, the Temple Street night market and the Ladies’ Market. For indoor shopping, there are plenty of shopping malls and shopping districts.
Hong Kong has numerous restaurants. A wander along any of the city’s main roads will leave you spoilt for choice on where to dine. Consider a package tour to maximise your time in Hong Kong. Whichever way you choose to see Hong Kong, you will be happy you did.
Resource Box:
Wikipedia: Hong Kong - Brush up on your history with this brief overview of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong immigration department - Find out your visa requirements.
Hong Kong Sevens tickets - The Hong Kong Sevens are a great reason to visit the city.