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“The best bands hang out here..................” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of O2 Apollo Manchester

O2 Apollo Manchester
Ranked #37 of 172 things to do in Manchester
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Owner description: The O2 Apollo Manchester opened on August 29th 1938 and is one of the premier concert venues in England, with shows from every major rock, pop and comedy act on the touring circuit. The breadth of styles of events covers every market - the cutting edge of modern British music, through some of the biggest artists from overseas, popular comedy, and music for older generations. With both fully seated and part-standing formats, this versatile venue increases its footfall and presentations year on year. Art Deco in style, the Grade II listed building has been central to the British touring circuit for decades, attracting Best Venue nominations and patrons from across the globe.
Darwen
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“The best bands hang out here..................”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2012

As a musician, I have to appreciate a venue with such brilliant acoustics. Purpose built, of course, so it's no wonder the sound is fabulous. I've been in the audience here for such awesome gigs as YES, Tori Amos, James Morrison, A-Ha and Coldplay. My hubby has rocked out to Paramore, while sporting some very lovely guyliner. The size of the venue is just right, large enough to create a decent atmosphere, but small enough so that the artists can actually be SEEN, as something more than tiny ants on an even tinier stage. It's a shame more 'huge' artists (those of Lady Gaga-type hype) don't choose these smaller venues, (although of course I understand that this would be neither practical nor financially sensible!). Just give the loos a face-lift, drop the bar prices a tad, and clean the floors so that my feet don't stick to them, and I'll be a happy shopper.

Visited November 2011
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Chester, United Kingdom
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“Very tired but great night”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2012

We went to watch James Morrison on 31st Jan and had a top night. Yes, the building and interior are very old and tired but does not mean you will have a bad night!

Drinks prices were expensive as always in theatres and arena's- £3.80 for a CAN of Gaymers/ Carlsberg- but served really quickly.

Visited January 2012
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Manchester
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“Needs refurbishing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2012

I don't like this venue - stage small and scruffy, not enough room for acts to move properly. Circle seats too far away. Overall poky feeling - I am always disappointed if acts choose here.

Visited September 2011
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Terrible Venue”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2012

Seriously the worst music venue in Manchester, so poor I've missed bands I love because I'm not prepared to pay £20+ for a terrible night. Having visited the now O2 Apollo for various gigs since '98 I can say that for electronic bands, the sound is good, but for guitar based bands the sound is terrible. Imaging going to see you favourite band, but not being able to hear the singer over the guitars or drums? Let's not mention the over priced, cheap beer served from the under staffed bars. the floor downstairs also slopes quite sharply and is uncomfortable to stand on.

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UK
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“Good gig venue”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2012

Saw The Courteeners here in December. Good size venue, it seemed a bit out of the way but we do not know the area. A taxi was cheap enough. Drinks very expensive inside and it was just cans, the pub next door was okay had character lots to look at inside.

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