This cities unique sound shaped the World’s music scene in the 70s, 80s & 90s. See the popular former locations and hear the stories that defined an era.
Morning: The Casbah Coffee Club
This original basement venue is where The Beatles first performed and launched their career over 40 years ago. Opened by Mona Best, mother of original Beatle Pete Best, the band (then the Quarrymen) made this place their own and lent a hand in decorating the basement in their own unique style– much of which can still be seen adorning the walls today. After visiting the place Paul McCartney described as “our own personal club” your driver will transfer you to Manchester.
Midday: Arrive in Manchester
You will have some free time to explore this wonderful ‘city of firsts.’ Steeped in extraordinary history there is no shortage of things to see and do; The Town Hall, old libraries, iconic warehouses, museums, art galleries, shopping, pubs and two world famous football clubs.
Optional: Evening at Night and Day Cafe Bar
Located in the trendy Northern Quarter, this bar is “where tomorrows stars come to play and legends of the past have graced.” Arctic Monkeys, MGMT and Mumford and Sons have all played here. (Book in advance, entrance fee is not included.)
Morning: Manchester Music Story
Enjoy a 3 hour escorted bus tour discovering how Manchester’s unique sound shaped the worlds music scene in the 70s, 80s and 90s. Follow in the footsteps of legends, see their former homes and hear the stories of The Hollies, , Herman’s Hermits, Bee Gees, The Smiths, Morrissey, Oasis, Joy Division, New Order, Simply Red,10CC, Thin Lizzy, Stone Roses and Happy Mondays. See the home of Factory Records and the site of the world famous Hacienda Nightclub – heart of the ‘Madchester’ movement.
Manchester Hard Rock Cafe:
Enjoy a lunch or dinner amongst rock regalia including David Bowies set list from the Glass Spider Tour and Liam Gallagher’s guitar.
Optional: Evening at ‘Band on the Wall.’
This unique music venue is so named because bands used to play on a stage halfway up the wall to make room inside the busy pub. It saw names such as the Buzzcocks, The Fall and Joy Division play on its unusual stage.
Transfers can be arranged either to Manchester Airport or other destinations within the UK. (Please enquire for prices.)