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  • Stockport Road
    Ardwick Green

    Manchester M12 6AP
    Longsight
  • Phone number 0844 477 7677
  • Business website o2apollomanchester.co.uk
  • “An excellent live music venue in a particularly crappy area of Ardwick, just south of the city centre.” in 16 reviews

    Music: Live

  • “However the gigs at this venue are almost always excellent, and they have a great variety of acts.” in 25 reviews

  • “Those chairs are very comfy, located at points that incorporate a superb view of the stage.” in 18 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    19/11/2013
    1 check-in

    I've always thought Manchester lacks medium-sized venues, but when the one we have is the Apollo I won't be complaining. For any Londoners, the Apollo is analogous in size and layout to Brixton Academy. Sloped floor for a great view wherever you stand, crystal clear sound (with the right soundman), with a clear path either side to make the entire venue accessible, the Apollo is an absolute gem.  

    The decor shows its old life as a cinema (back when cinemas were places of glamour), with an amazing ceiling and lots of small little touches, such as the curved balcony. It really makes a difference when almost every other venue in Manchester is just a big box (The Deaf Institute is the only venue to compare).

    If a band you love plays here, go!! Chances are if they get any bigger they're end up in the dull echo chamber that is Manchester Arena (MEN Arena? MCR arena? Phones 4 U Arena? I can't keep up). To miss a band here will be a constant regret (like missing Arcade Fire here on the Neon Bible tour...).

    In personal terms, the best gigs I've seen here were Eddie Vedder's solo tour, Brand New on the The Devil & God... tour and Ben Folds on the Supersunnyspeedgraphic tour. But there have been countless great gigs. Feist, The National, Paul Weller, Sigur Ros... Man, I love this venue!!!

    EDIT: Now I've been to the (newly renovated) Albert Hall, the Apollo's been knocked off its perch for best Manchester gig venue. Second best is still great!

  • 4.0 star rating
    31/10/2013
    1 check-in

    The Apollo has to be the best live music venue in Manchester. Not only is it a fairly generous size with a 3500 capacity, the sloping angle up from the stage makes even standing at the back seem like you're close to the band and part of the gig.

    It's the sort of venue that bands who don't usually play arenas (whether they choose not to or couldn't fill them) play at. Over the past few years we've been lucky to see Yeah Yeah Yeahs, PJ Harvey, Snoop, Nick Cave and QOTSA at the Apollo and the acoustics are perfectly set up so as the range of artists make it their own place from night to night.

    3/4's of the capacity is standing downstairs with the rest seated above and if you want to get the hottest tickets in town without paying a fortune on ebay, make sure you buy them the day they come out.

    The only thing stopping the Apollo from getting 5 stars is like most live music venues in the UK, the awful selection and prices of drinks on offer. £4 for a warm can of Tuborg, Tetleys or Carlsberg sums it up really - with expensive shots and rubbish mini bottles of wine. Truly it's a shame that this lets the venue down but I guess their mentality is that everyone is stuck in there anyway so will buy whatever rubbish they put out.

    There's a little pub just around the corner though - with much cheaper beers and a better selection than drinking inside the Apollo so it's always worth popping in here for a couple before the gig.

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/1/2010

    Portishead
    Patti Smith
    New Order
    Primal Scream
    The Arctic Monkeys
    The White Stripes
    Lambchop
    Tori Amos

    I've been blessed to see some truly spectacular shows at Manchester Apollo. Shows where the division between the audience and the band dissolved and it felt like there was just a large room of people totally hypnotised by the music.

    Originally a cinema in the 1930s, Manchester Apollo is a beautiful theatre that still retains most of it's original features. There's a foyer with merchandising stalls and toilets, an upstairs bar, lots of balcony seating, a side bar towards the left of the stage and a main bar at the back of the theatre. It's the theatre itself which is truly special however, with a slanted floor, beautiful ceiling, impressive stage and rows of velvet seats - which are taken out for rock shows.

    I'd give the Apollo 5 stars for atmosphere, sound and ambience. I've gotta deduct one star however, for the truly extortionate and underwhelming drinks. As the venue is owned by Carling, there's an extremely limited range of beer - no Sol, Corona, Belgian or Czech beers! - and spirits on offer. The spirits and mixers are also so small, it's only worth going to the bar if you're planning to get a couple or chase them down with a Guinness!

    The sublime Portishead: youtube.com/watch?v=rsoZ…

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/12/2011
    2 check-ins

    From being a young'un, I've been to the Apollo to see some great bands and some not so great bands - but the venue has never added to the negativity I have felt towards the gigs that haven't been so great.
    You should always go for standing in this venue, as you will have a great view of the stage and the band and inclusion in a great atmosphere of like minded people.
    Everything is easy to find; the toilets, the bar, the merchandise stand and the security are nice as pie and willing to help you out!
    Get a lift or the bus as car parking is a rip off nearby.

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/12/2009

    Whenever I approach the Apollo theatre, I think I'm in London. It just has that feel about it. I'm sure fellow Mancunians who've visited London will feel the same. You know what I mean, it's slightly out the way with regard to the city centre and it looks like a very traditional theatre-cum-live venue. It has that glowing white light behind the red lettering of the sign. As a result, you get an amazing array of genres and performances there, from live comedy shows to superb bands.

    It's an unusual venue due to its history (which I will come to), and I was lucky enough to catch two very different shows here. On my 18th birthday, I watched Muse at the Apollo, and... okay, I'll admit now that there's a side to my personality that's distinctly un-rock n' roll. And that's the side that doesn't like standing up at concerts and jostling through hoards of unmentionables at festivals. It's the side that neglects to enjoy the grime of camping and hovers over unsavoury toilets. It also happens to be the side that really enjoyed the fact that I was sitting down while watching Muse.

    I mean, for a three piece, Muse are pretty epic. I likened the experience to a classical concert or orchestra performance, and you're sat down for those, so I didn't particularly see an issue with sitting down for Muse. Besides, I'm no good at moshing, you know I have the personal space issues. So, the seating experience. Those chairs are very comfy, located at points that incorporate a superb view of the stage. And following some unbelievably delicious desserts at Hard Rock Cafe, it meant that my birthday was not only entertaining but memorable too.

    I've mentioned the Mighty Boosh before, I am something of a fangirl, and I have seen them twice. I secured tickets to their extra dates for my mother and I (yep, my mum is mighty cool, deal with it) as a final outing for the two of us before she moved to the Canary Islands, *sniffle*. It was an amazing night. Well, any night when your parents buy you alcohol is pretty amazing, I find that buzz remains well into your twenties. I'll keep reporting on that. The two of us supped surprisingly reasonably priced Southern Comfort and tonics and watched Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt at their ridiculous, surreal best. The venue was even more perfect for their live show than the Lowry. They even made use of the wide aisles between the audience seating areas, running around like maniacs and getting us rather excited.

    Whether you're into live music, comedy, performance, generic entertainment or all of the above, if a show you even have a slight interest in pops up at the Apollo, please grab a ticket. The building is beautiful, having originally been built as a cinema way back in 1930, and while it doesn't look much from the outside, it's something of a tardis inwardly. In fact you can sit back and almost imagine those cinema ushers selling ice cream and popcorn back in the Hollywood golden era due to the fact that it's really maintained that thirties cinema vibe. It's a venue that has seen the likes of the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley and Queen. Those are four accolades that make me very proud to be a Mancunian. Aaaaand lift off! (Well, it's called the Apollo, give me a break.)

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/1/2009

    I know there are probably far more famous nights that occurred, but the Apollo is where I finally got to see my favorite band from my teenage years live.

    I was in San Francisco when i first heard Ash live on the radio, somewhere downtown, where I wasn't. I sought out their second album, their first, all the EPs and bootlegs, loved them into college, forgave them for their drunken and drugged ways, wished they'd play somewhere in the US again but to no avail.

    It was at the end of my miserable year in Manchester that I saw a listing for Ash at the Apollo. I learned my lesson from bringing a stranger to the symphony and just bought a lone ticket.

    The venue was not unlike many of the medium-large venues where I'm from. But the ground and air outside were almost frozen, and I arrived in many layers, the outermost being my US Army coat from WWII.

    Seafood opened, and I realized I was in a sea of 15-year-olds who probably were more aligned with the Irish loyalty to Ash. But I stood in the the middle of the hall and listened intently, even to the songs I didn't know because I hadn't bought a new album in years.

    I started in the middle and ended up only 3 rows away from the stage. The throbbing of bodies against each other squeezed my organs. At the end of the night, I was drenched in everybody else's sweat.

    I walked home through the dark streets kicking snow and flapping my arms so the sweat would not turn into ice. I was so happy that I fulfilled an old wish that no one else could have just placed in my lap, for myself.

  • 3.0 star rating
    14/9/2009

    If only the Carling Apollo were a little more central.. Its my own fault for being from North Manchester, I suppose. I have so many memories of buses back into town or brisks walks on the way to the gig. In fact, I'm pretty sure that I actually got picked up by my mother from one of the first concerts I went to here.

    It was Jamie Cullum, and we waited outside for him to sign my friend's CD. I was so excited that he was only just taller than me.

    The Apollo is pretty good for non-teens/ twenty somethings (*hah, can't believe I managed to reference a Jamie Cullum song) etc who like to have the option of sitting down throughout the course of their musical experience. Obviously they usually stand anyway but the option is there if your feet get achey.

    For everyone else, you can buy your standing ticket and get there really really early. A magical moment happened when I went to see The Strokes here; a friend knew a pretty well built bouncer who waded through the crowd, dropping us in the centre and only a few rows back. You just can't buy that kind of treatment.

    Another thing: this venue is perfect for superstar bands like The Strokes who need a bit of mood, who need the dark. Their performance here was ten times better than their performance supporting The Foo Fighters on an open stage at the cricket ground. The open air does them no favours.

    All in all, a good mid sized venue that bands can be proud to sell out for a few nights every once in a while.

  • 4.0 star rating
    21/11/2009

    The Apollo. Memories.

    I can't believe I'm going to admit this on the internet but I went to see Westlife, 5ive and S Club 7 here when I was about 5 (more like 10 but shhhhh). It was awesome.

    Since then I've been a fan. There's a lot of things wrong with the Apollo, it could do with a lot of money spending on it. But do you know what? It's still one of my favourite venues.

    The bar situation is a bit crap so don't expect to get drunk at a gig, the bar is tiny and always packed and also expensive. So that's not great but once you've been once you know about this so you don't mind.

    Downstairs is usually standing at gigs whilst upstairs is seated, I've never been upstairs because I believe standing at gigs is the only way to do it! But I am going to see Frankie Boyle next year and my tickets are seated upstairs so I'll let you know what it's like then! :-)

  • 5.0 star rating
    24/1/2010

    Out of all the places I've been to watch bands perform, the Apollo is by far and away the best. It's not so big that the figures on stage become tiny stick-men, cavorting to a heaving, throbbing mass of raging fans, nor is it so small that you lose the intensity that makes live gigs so much fun.

    They tend to do away with the seating on the lower floor for gigs, so those who prefer to contemplate their music, or maybe have simply lost the use of their legs, can watch from the balcony above. They do have a bar, but like all theatres, it's hideously overpriced and practically everything comes from a can.

    Due to the smaller size you don't often see big names playing here, but I usually find the best gigs are not by the stars anyway.

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/3/2010

    A degree of trial and error is necessary here. Where to stand? So many gigs for me have been ruined completely because I stood right in the middle of a thoroughfare. I was, therefore, constantly obliged to shift and contort myself to accommodate the passage of those for whom, for some reason, alcohol is necessary for the enjoyment of music. Honestly. How many drinks do you need?

    You've got to find a pocket of people who are there because, you know, they quite enjoy music. And it can't be too near the back. Too near the back and people talk. Constantly shouting down each other's ear. I'll never be able to understand this. Why pay over £20 for a ticket and then talk for the whole show? Are these conversations which simply cannot wait? Christ...

    But if you find a good enough spot where a) you can see and hear the band alright and b) you're not surrounded by idiots - this is one of the best places in the city to see a band.

    Atmosphere it has in heaps.

    I once knew somebody who so clearly enjoyed music on a completely different level to me. When talking about the live scene in Manchester, he said it's good; you get your big bands playing the arena and you're smaller bands playing the Apollo. Smaller? I asked. He nodded, yes. Like Runrig.

    Well, no. Here you get the bigger bands who still want to connect with their audience. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds represents the best I've ever seen here, but it's also played host to two memorable evenings with Spiritualized (one where they played for nearly three hours and one where they played Ladies and Gentlemen... in its entirety), as well as several life-affirming Flaming Lips experiences, beautiful homecoming shows from Doves and Elbow and one in which we acted for the congregation for the mighty Arcade Fire. It was this last one, however, which was ruined by my unwitting standing in a thoroughfare.

    Be very careful, and don't drink any beer. It's served in plastic bottles and, as such, tastes vile.

    And never go and see The Levellers here. Just...don't.

  • 1.0 star rating
    22/12/2009

    I read the other reviews here with a sense of amazement.

    I thought this was a wretched place in every sense. The acoustics are among the worst I have ever come across - I should add that I have seen 100s of gigs over the years and this rates as vert poor

    The bouncers were unnecessarily aggressive - one grabbed me as I inadvertently wandered towards where the mixing desk was, spilling my drinks and looking like he was going to hit me.

    The toilets were not good and my other half had to queue for almost 25 minutes before discovering there were just 2 cubicles in the ladies.

    Last straw - £3.70 for a tin of cider. Even in this inflated prices day and age that amazed me. The bars were so crowded with very few staff serving so the idea of an actual pint was pretty much impossible.

    I'd rather miss my favourite bands than subject myself to the debacle that was the Spiritualized event this December. The place was badly organised with rude staff and the music, majestic in other venues, sounded terrible here.

    • Qype User CatBo…
    • Manchester
    • 11 friends
    • 41 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    11/7/2008

    An excellent live music venue in a particularly crappy area of Ardwick, just south of the city centre. Its a wonderful white art deco building, with a really atmospheric interior. For gigs the seats in the stalls are taken out, and as they are on a slope that means its one of the few places short people can actually see the stage from the back! There's also seating upstairs.
    Bars can get very busy, 4 or 5 deep just before gigs start, so go early if you want to get a pint or two in.

    • Qype User jonk…
    • Manchester
    • 3 friends
    • 40 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    From what I remember - this was great venue to see big bands. The last time I was there was in the 80s to see Siouxie and the Banshees (and I still have the programme). Great gig and I guess the venue has carried on in the fine tradition of big name bands.

    Manchester's oldest venue and also a former cinema building (one of Manchester's last standing original cinemas). I believe it still has operational 35mm projection equipment in.

    • Qype User TaffMa…
    • Manchester
    • 7 friends
    • 61 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    28/11/2008

    The Apollo is a small but endearing venue, which has provided me with a very happy night out on many occasions. This is the place where bands or comedians a little too small for the M.E.N Arena tend to arrive, or use for warm up gigs before a gig there (Steve Coogan recently did a few dates at the Apollo before upgrading).

    The venue is classicly old, but seating is good in all areas. The floor has a slight slant, so if you're at a gig with a band and are worried you wont be able to see  don't. I have happily stood at the back watching people bopping while I don't risk spilling my pint and still have a great view.

    Ive been here many a time and it always seems well organised, and it's a nice enough distance from town you can walk to and from it without getting tired!

    • Qype User dispri…
    • Stoke-on-Trent
    • 3 friends
    • 88 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    22/5/2009

    A very cool music venue where the only problem i can find is the less than attractive walk to picadilly station at midnghtnot at the top of my list if fun experiences!
    However the gigs at this venue are almost always excellent, and they have a great variety of acts.

    I love the upper circle as it gives you an excellent view, and now that i have mobility problems i cant join in the mad jumping, so this way i get to still enjoy the gig in a different way.

    Prices are good, and there is a nice pub not far from the venue for a few pre-gig drinks if you want to save yourself this money anyway.

    • Qype User Tofudr…
    • Manchester
    • 10 friends
    • 94 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    25/5/2009

    The Carling Apollo is a music/gig venue situated about 5 minutes bus ride outside of Manchester City Centre.

    The venue attracts a variety of mainstream/alternative and comedy acts so it's worth to keep checking the listings for a particular act your after as they are bound to come here.

    There are seating areas in the upper half of venue and a slanted standing area in the centre which is great as not everyone is tall enough to see the stage in full.

    Last time I came here was to see Bjork in Apr 08 - to simply say, it was amazing, best gig I've ever been to.

    • Qype User Paulo_…
    • Manchester
    • 36 friends
    • 231 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    29/9/2008

    One of the best medium sized gig venues in town. Situated in no man's landany form of gentrification/regeneration hasn't quite made it this far yet. Still, it's only a ten minute walk from Oxford road and plenty of buses get you here. Most acts either play here or the academyit's unlikely you'll miss any bands worth seeing in Manchester.
    Surprisingly Beach Boy genius Brian Wilson has played here a few times (seats firmly in for these gigs mind), eschewing the likes of the Bridgewater Hall and Lowry for a more rock orientated venue.
    The sloping floor (necessary when the seats are all in place) is a bonus, usually guaranteeing a sight of your performers face if not a view of the eyebrows upwards.
    The bar is a bit of a fightmarebest 'doubling up' if you managed to secure a crappy plastic pint pop of adult pop.

    • Qype User mollju…
    • Manchester
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    • 78 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    3/11/2007

    The Apollo is a large music and comedy venue on the outskirts of town. It tends to attract acts that have outgrown the Academy venues, but who aren't quite ready for the Arena.
    You can just about walk from Piccadilly to the Apollo (around 15 minutes), but it's not a very pleasant walk. You can also get to it from Oxford Road, which is about a 10 minute walk. Buses run down this road with extra services after events, and there are quiet a few car parks near the venue.
    The downstairs of the venue is usually standing only for gigs, so it's advisable to get there early to secure a good view (although it helps that the floor slopes slightly towards the stage). Be warned that some of the balcony seats have a restricted view.
    And avoid standing right in front of the speakers- those things are loud!

    • Qype User myf1dr…
    • Bingley, West Yorkshire
    • 1 friend
    • 38 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    21/5/2009

    This is probably the best venue in Manchester to see bands as it has a very close atmosphere to it. No matter where you are you can view what is going on due to its slopping floor.

    The drinks are fairly priced for a music venue and the bar is never too busy. A lot of top bands also play at the apollo, mainly to to the atmosphere in there.

    The last band I saw there was the Manic Street Preachers and I thought that it was amazing as everyone in the room just enjoyed the gig with no trouble throughout it.

  • 4.0 star rating
    29/5/2012

    The Manchester Apollo Theatre was one of those places that when I first noticed, I instantly judged to be less than satisfactory.

    (before anything is said, I came here for a music gig. And therefore only relates to music)

    Couple of months later, and I'm there for a gig (Only really went to please me girlfriend, and see Tek-One) and my opinion was shattered to the ground. This place is perfect for standing gigs!
    I never usually experiment with any venues outside of the Manchester Academy (which reminds me I still need to make a review for the Academy) but I'm glad I came here. Firstly, the crowd floor is built at a slight angle, allowing you to still see the stage even when at the far back which is a great idea. Secondly, the stage fills the front of the room. I can't be specific about the dimensions, but what I can say is that the stage is big enough to support a large band with enough room for the equipment, as well as space to move for the band. Luckily, from what I experienced the stage can be seen from all angles (Unless you're 5ft tall). Thirdly, there's a seated area above as well. Giving great views of the band if you weren't able to purchase standing in time.

    Like all venues, there are two bars offered. One at the back, and one to the side of the stage (I only ever take the free water, so excuse my comments on prices) where a small medical bay is built is situated in front.

    As for the overall acoustics and sound of the venue. Perfect!!! I could hear every word when the bass wasn't being blasted down my ear drums.

    Overall I was pleased by this venue, and had a great time while I was there. Will defiantly return when a better metal band arrives, until then...Manchester Academy  for me.

  • 4.0 star rating
    6/11/2011
    3 check-ins

    One of the better venues in manchester aside from club academy. The sloping floor is a great thought so if your short like my girlfriend you don't have big lumbering jackasses standing in front of you and skewing the view. Realtively cheap drinks in here if you drink alcohol, I don't but its helpful information. I've only ever seen gigs here so can only comment on the standing stalls sound engineering is brilliant here no deafening ringing in your ears afterward and a clear view of the stage top venue!

  • 4.0 star rating
    30/11/2008

    Much more intimate than the Arena across the city centre, the Apollo is located in an old theatre in the Ardwick area of the city.

    It's stayed faithful to its interior - the theatre style tiered seating remains in the Grand Circle and Upper Circle, while in the stalls, the seating is usually removed to create a large dancefloor.

    It's primarily used as a live music venue for an ecletic variety of acts, although its also used for comedy gigs (The Mighty Boosh being a prime example).

    The slightly sloped floor in the stalls is a bit of a problem when they put the seating back in, as standing up on a sloped floor leads to tremendous pain in the calves, something I experienced last time I was here - I've noticed this is an issue in many theatre-style venues.

    It's still well worth a visit, and it has much more character than the somewhat soulless MEN Arena.

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/12/2008 Updated review

    This is my favourite music venue in the area. I think that someone really thought out how to make the most of a relatively small venue, then actually did it!
    We mostly go there for the annual Saw Doctors Christmas Concert. Every year, they end the first part of their tour at the Apollo and have what is almost a party night. If you are standing at the front, the atmosphere is incredible - although you do have to watch out for any vulnerable little ones who may have ventured up. This is the secret of the Apollo's attraction to fans of any band/singer; You can stand within a couple of feet and just enjoy your favourites. The more stately fan can sit in the balcony seats and get a wonderful view from a little further away - still enjoying the whole sound, as the accoustics are extremely good, as befits an ex-theatre.
    The selection of drinks is very limited, usually Carling lager and Strongbow cider are the choices and the prices are what you would expect! Don't expect to come out with much change if you like more than one drink in a night!
    The concession stands are invariably packed, but quite well-run - customers are sorted out quickly and moved on fro others to pass over yet more money. I have never felt ripped off as everything I've ever got from these stands has been good quality, unlike some of the stuff on sale outside from chancers.

    4.0 star rating
    27/10/2008 Previous review
    I love this place for seeing any of the really good live bands - it really shows up those who rely… Read more
    • Qype User jowadd…
    • Manchester
    • 14 friends
    • 156 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    I much prefer this venue to see big artists then the MEN. Old/traditional, this place has ben around for years. I remember my grandparents telling me they saw the carpenters there back in the day - and the venue is still going strong! You can feel the history as you walk in.

    • Qype User ljacks…
    • York
    • 112 friends
    • 556 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    18/6/2012

    I've been to Carling Apollo a few times. It's a good venue, although it's a bit small and dirty. On the plus side it feels like a welcome place (probably due to it being a bit small) and they have some good acts on. A lot of the acts are smaller than those who warrant a spot at somewhere like the M.E.N but it's good because the gigs there feel a little more intimate.

    • Qype User Domino…
    • Manchester
    • 50 friends
    • 306 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    3/1/2008

    The apollo is a great venue to see bands. There are various bars inside. The layout is perfect, the standing area is slightly sloped, meaning that the stage is visible from wherever you are stood, and there are circle seats above. It is a nice venue for a larger scale intimate gig. Most popular bands play in here at some point. Highly recommended for gig lovers! Theres always something going on!

    • Qype User Hannah…
    • Manchester
    • 4 friends
    • 91 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    The Carling Apollo on Stockport Road is not a bad gig venue at all. The building is comprised of a large standing area on the ground floor and sloped theatre- like seating above. There is a good view of the stage from most if not all locations and you never feel like you are too far away, as you often find in the larger venues. There are often problems with queues beforehand and there is always the issue of the crowd spilling out onto the semi- busy road afterwards, but none of this can really detract from the venue itself.

    • Qype User procal…
    • Manchester
    • 1 friend
    • 68 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    20/11/2008

    An Excellent venue, not as big as most venues ,but then its not as crowded.

    The range of acts appearing are usually people just starting out on there careers or are approaching the end of the careers .

    The atmosphere is enhanced by the good acoustics of the theatre and the views are good of the stage from most positions.

    Access to the theatre can be tiresome if going by car as car parking spaces are limited.However you are well served by Bus services and are only about a 5 minute walk from the trian station

    • Qype User pipsqu…
    • Liverpool, Merseyside
    • 3 friends
    • 68 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    21/11/2008

    I much prefer the Apollo to the MEN arena. I saw Arcade Fire at both venues last year and the gig at the Apollo had so much more atmosphere. It's close to the city centre and within easy walking distance of Piccadilly train station. The standing area of the venue is sloped, which means that you can get a decent view from most of it. There always seems to be a bit of a sticky floor, but at least that means you are less likely to slip and fall over! I have never been in the seating are upstairs but I have heard from friends that the view from there is also good.

    • Qype User MrStor…
    • Milnthorpe, Cumbria
    • 9 friends
    • 134 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    22/7/2011

    Over zealous security, I brave the place once a year to see Motorhead but wouldn't bother with it otherwise. And how do they justify £2 plus for a bottle of water?

    Get real or go bust Carling Apollo
    Has improved a wee bit since my earlier review, still idiotic mindless fools doing the security though including one chap who thought my wallet was a camera!!!! Worth the hassle to see Motorhead mind.

    • Qype User munksm…
    • Sandbach, Cheshire East
    • 3 friends
    • 55 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    20/11/2008

    As far as music venues go this is a favourite of mine. I'm an averaged height woman so my typical problem at a gig is not being able to see anything as some tall bloke plonks himself in front of me! The Apollo is great as being an old theatre the floor is sloped so for standing gigs they take out the seats. Problem sorted! Even better are the balcony seats! You can see everything! Wicked! The bar is reasonably priced and unlike some venues you never feel claustrophobic! (Unless you're in the middle of the mosh pit). Only downside is queuing to get in takes ages!

    • Qype User Janieb…
    • Manchester
    • 2 friends
    • 61 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    21/11/2008

    This is a fantastic venue to see live music. It is sloped and quite small compared to other venues ,so feels very intimate. It is a liitle awkward to get to and the parking is rubbish. I usually end up paying an unofficial carpark and then park bumper to bumper,so you cant get out until everyone else moves! It feels very nostalgic and is a distinctive venue with bags of character.

    • Qype User Beckst…
    • Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
    • 4 friends
    • 76 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    2/6/2009

    Good venue, which is much smaller than the MEN, meaning you get a bit closer to the bands! Tend to be some good acts here.

    Only thing I would say is be careful where you park; there are some dodgy places nearby which basically pile all the cars in so no-one can get out until the person nearest the front has moved, which causes no end of chaos - definitely park in an official car park, not just one which pretends to be!

    • Qype User Pigle…
    • Manchester
    • 1 friend
    • 26 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    22/11/2007

    I like the layout of Apollo, even if you're right at the back of the downstairs standing section you can clearly see the stage, thanks to the sloping floor. I normally catch a 5min bus from piccadilly station (any bus to stockport takes you via stockport road pretty much) to get there, because on cold dark nights the walk isn't the most pleasant. Holds a few thousand people, with tiered seating on the balcony too. Also, if you're there with a few mates and one or two of them haven't got standing tickets, you can always leave some mates in the standing area with no ticket, and leave with their tickets, meet your mates with sitting tickets in the bogs and get your other mates in with their tickets! I've seen Good Charlotte, All American Rejects, Manic Street Preachers, Embrace and a shedload of other bands here, nice venue and recommended. Beer is crap but hey.

    • Qype User vickyy…
    • Manchester
    • 0 friends
    • 31 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    24/11/2008

    The Apollo is one of the best venues in Manchester for gigs - it is pretty small and you really feel the atmosphere here. It is pretty scruffy but has that old cool feeling of hosting so many important gigs over the years. It is slightly out of the city centre, it is easy to park - it isn't a great area so if you are a girl i wouldn't plan on walking back into town. Good venue, cheap beers, friendly staff, awesome atmosphere.

    • Qype User smaile…
    • Liverpool, Merseyside
    • 0 friends
    • 2 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    17/12/2009

    National and international bands and artists perform here as well as supporting acts from the UK and around the world. Comedians also come and do a stand-up show here as well.

    Facilities available are four bars and a first aid room.

    There are hotels and restaurants located in the Ardwick area as well for a pre-show or after-show meal and a good night's sleep. Good venue, more intimate than the Manchester Evening News arena and great value for money.

    • Qype User Tile…
    • Manchester
    • 0 friends
    • 5 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    7/1/2011

    The venue and range of the bands that play here are incredible, but first the security are idiots - nothing more to add, and also the bar is incredibly expensive. Also watch out for the idiots selling fake merch outside! They will start an argument over anything. I said watch out to one as he was stood in the doorway as thousands of people are trying to get out, so he starts swearing and giving me sh!t for no reason!

    Good venue and bands, but that's as far as it goes.

    • Qype User stretc…
    • Manchester
    • 4 friends
    • 54 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    18/1/2009

    The Apollo is an awesome music venue. I've seen gig after gig here and enjoyed them all. Most gigs i've been to have been standing and what i found different from many other gigs was the slight sloping of the floor area is great and ensures everyone gets a really good view of the stage regardless of wheter or not you decided to brave it down at the front in the mosh or stand in the slightly less mad areas towards the back. The atmosphere is also great with it being not the hugest of venues and the stage is large.
    There are a few bars dotted about the place with a larger one upstairs so plenty of drinks available and the queues whilst large as can be expected during intervals etc. move quickly.
    The only thing i can really knock the place for is its location, slightly outside Manchester it can be difficult to get to by public transport, only really accessible by bus or taxi in this manner. It is probably a 15/20 minute walk from the town centre. There is also limited car parking available at the venue which fills up quickly and whilst other parking is available in the area it is often extremely pricy.

    • Qype User KevCam…
    • Manchester
    • 2 friends
    • 360 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    11/6/2012 Updated review

    Large venue perfect for watching stage productions/comedy gigs or even music gigs where I am planning to be a part of the large crowd expected to watch Ed Sheeran in November this year. Comedy gigs are always brilliant at this comfortable and quite cheap (compared to others) venue.

    4.0 star rating
    9/6/2012 Previous review
    Great venue for comedy gigs. Good seating arrangement with good view from most seats apart from… Read more
    • Qype User duckma…
    • Manchester
    • 10 friends
    • 108 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    29/9/2008

    my fave place but gigs, only when standing though. great access to toilets and bars down the side and if too cramp and hot can chill in the wings..stage is ideal for mid sized bands and doesn't over swamp like m.e.n..sound always seems better too and good bar upstairs to chill out..5 minute walk back into town

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