O2 Ritz Manchester

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Clearwater Creedence Revival at O2 Ritz

Clearwater Creedence Revival

  • O2 Ritz Manchester
  • Saturday 20th January 2024
  • AGMP presents CLEARWATER CREEDENCE REVIVAL - 'Bayou Country' 40th Anniversary Tour + very special guests ?BEAUX GRIS GRIS & THE APOCALYPSE
    Big Country at O2 Ritz

    Big Country

    • O2 Ritz Manchester
    • Saturday 16th March 2024
    • Big Country 'Return to Steeltown' 40th Anniversary Tour in Manchester on Saturday 16th March 2024 supported by The Icicle Works.
      From The Jam at O2 Ritz

      From The Jam

      • O2 Ritz Manchester
      • Saturday 6th April 2024
      • AGMP presents FROM THE JAM performing their third studio album 'All Mod Cons' 45th Anniversary Tour + special guests: THE SKIDS
        Rakim at O2 Ritz


        • O2 Ritz Manchester
        • Wednesday 15th May 2024

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          Review of Trevor Nelson's Soul Nation Halloween Special

          Overall rating: 5 Verified review

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          Review of Roy Ayers - The Farewell Tour

          Overall rating: 4.5 Verified review

          Good atmosphere and accoustics of venue really good

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          Great to see the wonderful Roy Ayres at the Ritz

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          O2 Ritz venue information

          Built in 1928 by the architects Cruickshank and Seaward, Grade-II listed The Ritz was originally a dance hall for the Manchester revellers. With its ultra-springy dance floor and revolving stage, The Ritz was one of the most popular destinations for anyone passing through Manchester during the 1930s and 40s.

          With the decline of classic dancing and the emergence of pop and rock n roll music The Ritz was transformed in to a live music venue even hosting The Beatles in the 1960s. It still kept its style however, and with that allowed for artists such as Frank Sinatra to play shows there.

          The Ritz also hosted the Dancing In The Dark night with Phillip Moss throughout the 1950s and 60s, who was the band master for 17 years and known as The King of The Ritz. It is thought that he was responsible for many of the families and marriages in Manchester at the time, as radio presenter Fred Fielder explaines: "People said he was responsible for half the population of Greater Manchester, because his band would play Dancing In Dark nights. For the last dance of the evening the lights would go down. Couples would have a kiss and cuddle on the dance floor, end up going steady, then eventually getting married and have children."

          With the Manchester music scene hitting a high point in the 1980s and 90s, The Ritz was fully thrown in to the spotlight when artists such as The Smiths and The Happy Mondays played shows there and it has been a venue for some of the best upcoming artists and established bands ever since.

          The Ritz went through a £2 million refurbishment in 2011. While many of the old creaks and crannies were fixed up it still stayed true to its image as an old dancehall, even keeping the old curved, bouncy floor.

          Since the 1990s The Ritz has seen artists such as R.E.M., The Stone Roses, Arctic Monkeys, Snow Patrol, Adam And The Ants, Dropkick Murphys and more recently The Weeknd and Johnny Marr. The Ritz also hosts club nights such as GOGO and Erasmus, appealing to the vast Manchester student crowd.

          Venue contact details and info

          Name: O2 Ritz

          Phone: 01615526374

          Venue short url: https://www.skiddle.com/venues/35014/

          Type of venue: Live

          Drinks served: Yes

          Disabled facilities: Please get in touch with us before you buy your tickets between 12pm and 5pm, Monday to Friday on +44 (0)161 552 6374 or email us to advise your access and personal assistant requirements.

          Nearest Bus Stop: The 104 and the 105 (Whitworth Street West) go to and from Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport.43, 42, 143, 142 (Oxford Road) all go to and from Piccadilly Gardens are the nearest with stops outside the Palace Hotel

          Address: Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5NQ

          Website: https://www.academymusicgroup.com/o2ritzmanchester/

          Capacity: 1500

          Opening hours: 7pm - 11pm unless stated

          Food served: No

          Parking: We're easy to get to by all major approach roads, including the M60 motorway. Just follow the City Centre or the Universities signs and our postcode for sat nav is M1 5NQ.

          Nearest Train Station: The closest railway station is Manchester Oxford Road (MCO), which is about ten metres away, opposite the venue.

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