One of the longest running music venues, and also one of the best, is the Ritz. Situated across the road from Oxford Road train station, The Palace Hotel, The Palace Theatre and The Cornerhouse galleries and smack bang between two behemoth apartment buildings, shows the strength this building has to survive the apartment boom of the 90′s in Manchester.
You are met by its beautiful original 1920′s Art Deco frontage, which shows it is no recreation. And thanks to a facelift in 2011, the venue is still going strong.
It is a midsize venue with a capacity of around 1500, which gives you a really great vantage point from most places. There is a balcony, an amazing place to watch the bands and crowd if you are not feeling that energetic to keep up with the mosh pit. If you do feel like taking advantage of the downstairs crowd, you will definitely notice the famous spring loaded dance floor. On a trip to Manchester this is definitely worth a go.
This venue feels like it has more soul than a lot of the other venues in Manchester due to its history, and it shows it has the capability to withstand competition with so many venues around the city. The ticket prices are very reasonable which start at around £ 10.00.