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This tour of Manchester maps the city’s illustrious history of music and art, focusing on the venues and musicians which have helped to shape Manchester’s music scene.
‘Wonderwalk’ will be led by Nic, a friendly and entertaining tour guide, who wants you to fall in love with the music of Manchester as he did from an early age.
With every turn, and every stop, Nic will brighten and enlighten you with tales and stories that combine the city’s and his own rich musical experience. You’ll be taken on a journey through the Rave Revolution, sparked by the hacienda, to the presence of reggae at Thirsty Scholar, and not forgetting the classical opera scene at the Royal Northern College of Music and Bridgewater Hall. The tour champions the legacy of Madchester that will never be lost, but also supports and empowers our smaller venues (which is now more important than ever) who play a huge part in the city’s never-ending, unique music scene.
Nic strongly believes music is for everyone. Within the tour he takes you to corners of the city’s community that inspire and introduce music, art and dance to those who are isolated or anxious.
Nic lives his life by these words: music is medicine, music lifts your spirit, softens your heart and brings people together.
If you’re passionate about art, music and all things Manchester, this tour ticks all of the boxes. Manchester is the beating heart and music capital of the UK, and Nic’s extensive knowledge does it complete justice. With his cheerful attitude and light-hearted nature, you’ll be sure to leave the tour with a smile on your face.
What to expect
The tour begins at the Whitworth Art Gallery, where you’ll be greeted by a welcoming Nic (you’ll recognise him instantly, wearing a green hoodie and a big smile!) Embarking on your adventure, you’ll head up Oxford Road towards the city centre, learning about historical art and music along the way. Expect to have your eyes opened to the less-well-known corners of the city, as Nic invites you to uncover the forgotten stories that shape Manchester; the stories that have made it what it is today.
During the walk (which is just under two miles) you’ll visit places including:
Big Hands - The first venue on the tour, a small place with a BIG reputation.
Contact Theatre - With a focus on introducing the arts to members of the community who otherwise may not get to experience it, this is a key stop on Nic’s tour.
Royal Northern College of Music - The globally renowned conservatoire that hosts an incredibly diverse range of public performances.
Deaf Institute - A grand gothic-style building with a fascinating history, Nic explores the intricate architecture of this classic Manchester venue.
Dance House - Like stepping into a time machine, this building transports you back to 1930 when it was opened as the world’s first twin cinema. Nearly a century later it has transformed into a reputable venue for dance, comedy and theatre.
HOME Liberal Arts Centre - Adding a personal touch to the tour, Nic shares his personal claim to fame as he starred in the film Traidout that premiered at this prestigious venue. This was part of an 'Acting on Impulse' collaborative project which Nic heard about through his involvement with Back on Track. https://www.actingonimpulse.net/
We’ve left some of the less-well-known stops off this list, so if you’re intrigued - you’ll have to join us on Nic’s tour!
The tour ends at Manchester Art Gallery on Mosley Street. This spot is bang in the middle of town, with easy walkable access to major tram routes and Oxford Road, Manchester Victoria and Piccadilly Train Stations.