Manchester’s Northern Quarter is the city’s creative vibrant heart and is home to lively bars and restaurants, music venues, quirky shops, art galleries
and cool record shops like Piccadilly Records and Vinyl Exchange.
33 Piccadilly Records: A treasure trove for music lovers and a monument to the city’s musical culture, selling punk, dance, rock, funk, electronica
and loads more.
33 Vinyl Exchange: Even the most tight-fisted won’t leave Manchester’s largest second-hand music store empty-handed!
33 Sifters Records: A record shop immortalised in the 1994 Oasis single,
Shakermaker. This is where Noel and Liam Gallagher shopped for records as kids.
33 Radisson Edwardian Hotel: Its previous incarnation, the Free Trade Hall, was a legendary music venue. Bob Dylan famously performed one
of his first ‘electric’ gigs here in ‘66. In ‘76 the venue hosted the Sex Pistols’ first ever gig outside of London.
33 Manchester Academy: Part of Manchester University campus, it enjoys a long tradition
of hosting gigs by bands of the moment.
34 Manchester International Festival: 2007 will launch the world’s first international festival of original, new work — created by leading artists
from across the spectrum of music and the arts from 28th June to 15th July.
The Smiths — Places of Interest
35 Strangeways Prison: Provided The Smiths with the title of their album Strangeways Here We Come.
36 Salford Lads Club: Thousands of Smiths fans from around the world have made the pilgrimage to this building, which provided the background
for the band on the inside cover of their classic album The Queen is Dead.
37 Southern Cemetery: Believed to be the inspiration for the mis-spelled song Cemetry Gates by The Smiths on The Queen is Dead album.
38 The Sage Concert Hall: This futuristic-looking £70 million music centre, designed by Lord Norman Foster on a landmark waterfront site
with river views of the Tyne, encompasses a melting pot of musical style: acous