AO Arena

AO Arena
Trinity Way, Hunts Bank, Manchester, Lancashire, M3 1AR
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The Manchester Arena, opened in 1995, is big: in terms of ticket sales, it's regularly in the top 5 music venues on the planet. It was designed as an American-style sports arena but it's more commonly used as a venue for massive music gigs, with the 2013 programme alone featuring Alicia Keys, Kings of Leon, Disney on Ice, Rihanna, Rush and Eric Clapton, although Peter Kay played it for a record-breaking 40 nights on a single tour in 2010–2011.

The arena is managed by venue management giant SMG and features 360 degree seating with a maximum capacity of 23,000 seats, depending on the nature of the event. A variety of corporate hospitality packages are available.

Events at this venue

There are 46 events at this location

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90s Baby POP – The Biggest Pop Show Ever

Hold on to your seats! 20+ legendary 90s POP artists perform for one night only. Picture this….AQUA, Eiffel 65, Los Del Rio, Heather Small, B*witched and 15+ other legendary 90’s POP artists all under one roof, for one night only, in Manchester at one of the UK’s largest Arenas. Whether you grew up to these iconic artists…

Sat 22 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 847 8000

Sat 29 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 847 8000

Alter Bridge

Current stomping ground for Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti and bass player Brian Marshall, named after a bridge near where Tremonti grew up in Detroit. Lead singer Myles Kennedy also moonlights fronting Slash's band.

Fri 9 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 847 8000

Sat 3 Sep

£133.60 / 0844 847 8000

Arcade Fire

The headily-acclaimed Canadian ensemble perform songs from their upcoming album, as well as tracks from their back catalogue.

Sat 3 Sep

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 847 8000

Backstreet Boys

Backstreet's back, as they say. They head out on tour with the five-heartthrob line-up restored.

Tue 8 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 847 8000

Billy Idol

Billy Idol remains crucial to rock ‘n’ roll. His style, charm, charisma and bravado transcend trends and time. IDOL's influence is inescapable and still inspiring to this day. Where would rock music be without him? Would it look the same? Would it sound the same? Who hasn’t chanted along to “Rebel Yell,” “Mony Mony” or…

Thu 13 Oct

£69.50 / 0844 847 8000

Black Stone Cherry & The Darkness

In the past two decades, Black Stone Cherry has set a new standard for Southern rock, revitalizing the tradition with burly riffs and stirring rock hooks. Since their formation in 2001, the group now includes Chris Robertson, vocals/guitar; Ben Wells, guitar/vocals; and John Fred Young, drums along with their new bass…

Thu 2 Feb 2023

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 847 8000

With Danko Jones.


One of the UK’s most exciting and successful boy bands are back! To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Blue have announced their Heart & Soul Tour. Blue will play 14 arena shows around the UK and Ireland.

Mon 5 Dec

£38–£60 / 0844 847 8000

Bon Iver

Justin Vernon returns with more delicate and beautiful acoustic folk and Americana.

Mon 24 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 847 8000

Celine Dion

The critically-acclaimed, award-winning Canadian singer performs her soft-rock and pop numbers from across her career. You'll know her mainly from 'My Heart Will Go On.'

Wed 5 Apr 2023

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 847 8000

Thu 6 Apr 2023

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 847 8000

Championship Boxing

Boxing match.

Sat 24 Sep

£25–£500 / 0844 847 8000

Cirque Du Soleil: Corteo

The world renowned Canadian contemporary circus company is back with a new mesmerising show about a clown whose spirit stays with us after he dies. A festive parade that entertains; the perfect accolade for an artist whose life was dedicated to revelry and making merry.

Wed 5 Oct

£75 / 0844 847 8000

Thu 6 Oct

£75 / 0844 847 8000

Fri 7 Oct

£75 / 0844 847 8000

…and 2 more dates until 9 Oct

Deep Purple

Old school monsters of rock justly famed for the killer riffola of 'Smoke on the Water'.

Wed 26 Oct

£49.50–£55 / 0844 847 8000

Disney on Ice - Find Your Hero

A colourful and exciting ice show, featuring around 65 Disney characters from across the years, including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and the Disney Princesses.

Wed 2 Nov

£19–£48 / 0844 847 8000

Thu 3 Nov

£19–£48 / 0844 847 8000

Fri 4 Nov

£19–£48 / 0844 847 8000

…and 2 more dates until 6 Nov

Elton John

Classic tunes from the veteran singer-songwriter's five decade career as he heads on his final 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road' tour.

Wed 31 May 2023

£45–£899 / 0844 847 8000

Fri 2 Jun 2023

£45–£899 / 0844 847 8000

Sat 3 Jun 2023

£45–£899 / 0844 847 8000

Florence + the Machine

Big blustering vocalist with a fine line in stage gear and one of the most distinctive voices in pop.

Tue 22 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 847 8000

The Four Tops and The Temptations

A double-bill of Motown veterans. Few of the original members survive (with The Temptations alone having had at least 20 different members pass through their ranks over the years), but the songs – from 'Get Ready' to 'Reach Out I'll Be There' – most certainly do.

Fri 30 Sep

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 847 8000

With Odyssey.

George Ezra

Hertfordshire-born George Ezra, whose full name is George Ezra Barnett, made his first appearance on stage at the age of 13, singing the female part in the Wheatus song Teenage Dirtbag. Obsessed by Bob Dylan, his love of music grew steadily as a teenager. He learned to play bass guitar and started writing songs, all the…

Fri 16 Sep

£99 / 0844 847 8000

Sat 17 Sep

£99 / 0844 847 8000

Hans Zimmer Live

The composer and musician from Frankfurt performs his own film music, framed by his accompanying musicians.

Fri 16 Jun 2023

£240 / 0844 847 8000

Hits Radio Live

Star-studded live music line-up, featuring the biggest stars of mainstream pop today.

Fri 11 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 847 8000

Jason Manford: Like Me

He’s back!  It’s been a busy few years for Jason Manford since his last smash-hit stand up show but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit. Like Me is Jason’s latest comic offering set to hit road, and is sure to be ‘expert observational comedy’ (The Guardian…

Sat 15 Oct

£110 / 01803328385

Joe Lycett: More, More, More! How Do You Lycett? How Do You Lycett?

  • 4 stars

The Birmingham-born comic tours his latest show.

Tue 20 Sep

£40 / 0844 847 8000

Justin Bieber

Justin is once again ruling the airwaves and dominating the charts. He made radio history when his new single "Yummy" netted the highest number of official adds ever in a debut week. The track has now surged to over 300 million streams globally. Over the course of his career, Bieber has amassed ***over 50 billion**…

Sat 25 Feb 2023

£899 / 0844 847 8000

Sat 4 Mar 2023

£899 / 0844 847 8000


The lairy indie combo have headlined T in the Park and Glastonbury with their tried-and-tested piledriving electro-rock anthems.

Fri 28 Oct

£48.50 / 0844 847 8000

Kendrick Lamar

American rapper Kendrick Lamar has seen him rise to one of the most prominent hip hop artists of the moment, with huge albums ‘To Pimp A Butterfly, ‘DAMN’ and ‘good kid, M.A.A.D City’. Kendrick Lamar UK and Europe tour sold out within moments, across some of the largest and most prestigious venues in London, Glasgow and…

Wed 16 Nov

£95 / 0844 847 8000

Machine Head

Bay Area metal stalwarts that helped usher in a new wave of thrash on classic album Burn My Eyes (1991) but expanded their sound on scope on 2006's The Blackening.

Mon 12 Sep

£45 / 0844 847 8000

Magic Mike: The Arena Tour

Grab your girls. Tell everyone. This is not a drill. With two hugely successful films starring Channing Tatum and the hit productions of Magic Mike Live in London, Berlin, Australia and Las Vegas, Magic Mike has turned up the heat across the globe. Now we’re bringing the sexiest, most spectacular new dance show in the…

Tue 2 May 2023

£95 / 0844 847 8000


N-Dubz are a UK cultural phenomenon. For 6 years from 2006 to 2012, the band dominated the UK charts and the UK media alike. Their first two albums 'Uncle B' and 'Against All Odds' were certified platinum in the UK. In 2009 they hit No.1 on the UK Singles Chart with 'Number One', a collaboration with Tinchy Stryder.

Sat 19 Nov

£45 / 0844 847 8000

Sun 20 Nov

£45 / 0844 847 8000

Sun 4 Dec

£45 / 0844 847 8000

Ozzy Osbourne

The sometime Black Sabbath frontman and rock legend sings songs from his epic career.

Wed 7 Jun 2023

£67.50 / 0844 847 8000

Panic! at the Disco

Chisel-cheekboned emo quartet from Las Vegas take another crack at the whip, this time with exclamation mark restored. Because punctuation rocks.

Fri 10 Mar 2023

£101.20 / 0844 847 8000

Parenting Hell Live

Building on the success of their hilariously candid podcast Parenting Hell, revealing the highs and lows of being a parent, comedians Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe have announced a live version in Spring 2023. The duo will visit the AO Arena, Manchester on Friday 14 April and The O2, London, on Thursday 21 April.

Fri 14 Apr 2023

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 847 8000

Parkway Drive

Heavy metalcore quartet from Byron Bay, Australia.

Sat 1 Oct

£42.50 / 0844 847 8000

Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics

Cuffe and Taylor present Pete Tong Ibiza Classica with the Heritage Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley

Sat 26 Nov

£80 / 0844 847 8000

Professor Brian Cox

Professor Brian Cox takes audiences on a journey through space and time. The particle physicist is best known for his popular BBC series Wonders of … and non-fiction titles including Why Does E=mc²? and The Quantum Universe.

Thu 22 Sep

£47 / 0844 847 8000

Richard Ashcroft

Ex-Verve frontman touring in support of new album Natural Rebel

Fri 14 Oct

£49.50 / 0844 847 8000

Fri 14 Apr 2023

£25–£35 / 0844 847 8000

Rob Beckett: Wallop

Observational and high-energy new material from the award-winning stand-up whose TV appearances include All Together Now, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Live at the Apollo.

Fri 14 Apr 2023

£41.95 / 0844 847 8000

Robbie Williams

Big pop hits from the sometime Take That star.

Wed 19 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 847 8000

Fri 21 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 847 8000

Rod Stewart

Gravel-voiced Rod returns for more onstage shenanigans lapped up by a partying crowd. There's always 'Maggie May' to look forward to. This time round he is promoting his latest studio album Blood Red Roses.

Wed 14 Dec

£55–£155 / 0844 847 8000

Roxy Music

Roxy Music, one of the most influential and exhilarating music acts in history, will tour for the first time in more than a decade to mark the 50th year since their ground-breaking debut album. The band formed in 1970 when Brian Ferry began advertising for band members to join him and fellow University of Newcastle art…

Wed 12 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 847 8000

Shagged. Married. Annoyed. With Chris & Rosie Ramsey

The real-life couple talk about the funnier side of dating and romance.

Wed 6 Dec 2023

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 847 8000

Shawn Mendes

Young Canadian singer-songwriter who was named as one of Times' 100 Most Influential People in 2018.

Wed 26 Jul 2023

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 847 8000

Snoop Dogg

The rapper known as Snoop Dogg, Snoop Lion, Snoopzilla and Snoopadelic performs hip-hop, gangsta rap and reggae.

Thu 1 Sep

Cancelled / 0844 847 8000

Swedish House Mafia

Hard-gigging triumvirate of Swedish DJs/producers rock the house.

Thu 29 Sep

£90 / 0844 847 8000

The Weeknd

Downbeat, soulful, R&B-infused hip hop from Canadian singer Abel Tesfaye.

Mon 10 Oct

Cancelled / 0844 847 8000


Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan are back for another tour. Catch the pop sensations live.

Thu 24 Nov

£45–£290 / 0844 847 8000