Visitors and shoppers can enjoy free music sets in Manchester city centre this week and here’s where to find them….

Oct 9, 2023

New global music conference and festival Beyond The Music lands in the city this Wednesday (11 October) and is looking to strike a chord with shoppers, visitors and tourists with a pop-up live music stage in Exchange Square and a series of special one-off pop-up performances in hotel lobbies across the city centre.

Bringing Beyond The Music, beyond its main hub at Manchester Central, founding member and sponsor of the event, Manchester Accommodation Business Improvement District has organised the free-to-attend daytime music sets in Exchange Square this Friday (13 October).

Featuring seven performances, the line-up will celebrate Manchester as a classical music city that isn’t just the home of Oasis, The Smith, Blossoms and Aitch, but also three professional orchestras including The Halle and BBC Philharmonic. The classical music programme will sit alongside the traditional rock and electronic music acts at the festival and seeks to promote Manchester’s musical diversity.

The live music stage is being programmed by Sam Davies from collaborative ensemble, The Untold Orchestra, which aims to redefine orchestral music for audiences and communities in Manchester, through memorable performances, creative workshops, and refreshing collaborations, all focused on positive social change. Seven performances will take place throughout the day from 12pm – 7pm, kicking off with smaller ensembles and closing with a full band.


  • 12:00: Indie Pop Trio, Big Society
  • 13:00: Solo loop cello, Polly Virr
  • 14:00: R&B Duo, Mali Hayes
  • 15:00: Five poets performing spoken word, Esther Koch, Funmi Adeyo, Jack Coverdale & Reneé Stormz
  • 16:00: Electronic pop & soul vocalist, Ellen Beth Abdi
  • 17:00: Vocalist, guitar and drums playing electronic pop & soul, Yemi Bolatiwa
  • 18:15: The Untold Orchestra – a seven piece band playing well known hits, featuring Jenna G and Will Jacquet

*Performances will be approximately 40 mins long.

The Manchester Accommodation Business Improvement District, which works on behalf of city centre hotels and serviced apartments, has also commissioned a Dawn Chorus – a series of intimate classical performances in the foyers of six Manchester hotels close to the conference at the start of day two of the festival on Thursday (12 October).

Hotel visitors waking up at the Hyatt Regency, The Midland, Moxy, Yotel, Leonardo Hotel Manchester Central and Kimpton Clocktower will be treated to a series of very special shows performed by students from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). The performances will take place between 8-10am at Hyatt Regency and The Midland and 9-11am at all other venues.



About the Manchester Accommodation BID

The Manchester Accommodation BID is a ground-breaking new initiative led by the city’s hotel and serviced apartment providers to help create new events and additional activities that will attract more people to visit and stay in Manchester and Salford.

At its core, the Manchester Accommodation BID will deliver better visitor experiences and additional activity to drive more staying visitors. It will allow Manchester to better compete in a global market and grow overnight visits at a time when an unprecedented level of supply is set to join the Manchester and Salford accommodation market, with an additional 5,850 confirmed new bedrooms incoming across the city-region over the coming years.

Manchester Accommodation BID activities are funded by the City Visitor Charge; a supplementary £1 Charge per room/unit per night for guests, added to the final accommodation bill. The Charge is collected from all paid accommodation establishments that fall into the Manchester ABID zone and has been applicable to all bookings from 1 April 2023.

Funds will be used to: amplify marketing campaigns that drive overnight stays; help secure large-scale events, conferences, and festivals in low-season months; improve guest welcome and street cleanliness; and provide opportunities to futureproof the city’s growing accommodation sector and wider visitor economy.


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