Hey! Manchester was established in February 2006 to promote alternative gigs in Manchester. We started up because Jens Lekman wasn’t going to play here and we wanted him to. The show sold out and everybody was very happy.
Since then we’ve promoted shows big and small, and everywhere in between. We strive to offer something different: we use unusual, high-quality venues – our favourites are The Deaf Institute, Dulcimer and The Kings Arms, and some of the more unusual include Godlee Observatory, the Presidential Suite of the Lowry Hotel and St Ann’s Church.
We’re not completely sure but we reckon we’ve debuted the likes of Jens Lekman, Final Fantasy, Espers, Edith Frost, Vetiver, Band of Horses, The Twilight Sad, Frightened Rabbit, Menomena, Mark Kozelek/Sun Kil Moon, Efterklang, Akron/Family, Johann Johannsson, Murcof, Horse Feathers, Telekinesis, Alaska in Winter, Bowerbirds, Grouper, William Fitzsimmons, Fruit Bats, Choir of Young Believers, Emanuel & The Fear and Mountain Man, as well as countless others no doubt.
We put on artists we love, not just anyone, and we hope that you’ll love them too. If you’re a fan of some of the acts we’ve already put on, chances are you’ll enjoy our nights – so join our mailing list, above, to stay up to date.
Hey! Manchester gratefully acknowledges financial support from the PRS for Music Foundation.
If you’re interested in playing at one of our nights, contact us using the form below. We try to listen to everyone but if you play punk/hardcore/r’n’b/trance/hip hop/death metal/dadrock, chances are we aren’t interested. We get roughly a dozen requests a week so apologies if we take ages to respond.