Manchester is the UK’s most popular student city. A city of innovation, Manchester was the birthplace of the industrial revolution and the first computer. That pioneering spirit of creativity still defines the city.
Manchester has a rich musical heritage: the Hallé, Bee Gees, the Buzzcocks, Joy Division, The Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses, The Smiths, 808 State and Oasis all hail from the city. Some of whom recorded at SSR’s Spirit Studios. Not content with living in nostalgia though, Manchester’s current music scene thrives. Local bands such as Elbow, Everything Everything and Delphic are enjoying success and the city’s numerous venues — from underground clubs to an international arena — mean you can catch a great live band, or three, every night of the week. You are likely to spot an SSR student working in any one of the venues too.
There are club nights aplenty from huge raves at The Warehouse Project to smaller, niche nights. Whatever your musical taste, you’re sure to find somewhere to enjoy it in Manchester.
The Northern Quarter is bustling with independent bars, cafes and shops. SSR currently hosts a monthly residency at Northern Quarter bar Kosmonaut, with tutors and students on the decks. Piccadilly Records and Vinyl Exchange are a music collector’s paradise and, while we’re on the subject of shops, the longstanding Johnny Roadhouse is full to the brim with new and second-hand instruments and equipment. Its reputation amongst music professionals has earned it a place in Manchester folklore.
There’s plenty for the sport lover too. Manchester is home to the National Cycling Centre, the UK’s first Olympic cycling track. The Manchester Aquatics Centre is one of the biggest and best swimming facilities in the country. And need we mention football? Manchester is home to two of the biggest teams in Europe.
With world-class art galleries and museums and huge cultural events including the Manchester International Festival, Manchester really does have “everything except a beach” (Ian Brown).
Not only does this mean Manchester is a great place to live and study, for an SSR student, the thriving music, events and culture industry represent real career opportunities. With the BBC recently moving a large part of its operation to Media City, there has never been a busier time for Manchester’s audio and media professionals.