Bucking the virus trend for doom and gloom in the live sector Manchester will see a new live music venue opened next year. These are tough times for live music venues with many much loved places hanging in by the skin of their teeth but Manchester having the UKs second largest live music audience and second largest music tourism sector has lots of figure potential.

The latest addition to the 40 plus venues in the city centre will be the 400 capacity Canvas Manchester who are set to open in the new Circle Square development off Oxford Road next year, where the BBC used to be and is subject to planning permission. The venue is being launched by BeSixth the owners of the East End venues The Pickle Factory and Oval Space, the 400-capacity basement venue will host a bi-weekly gig and club programme alongside events including health and wellbeing sessions, social activism, networking and workshops.

Now we just have to wait for the virus to go away…

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.

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