What’s on in Manchester: November 2012

By Matt Davies

Your definitive guide to what’s on in and around Manchester this November.

October 27 to November 4

Science Festival, Museum of Science and Industry

Now in its sixth year, the Manchester Science Festival provides a unique opportunity for people to delve in to the unknown and explore the sciences through art, fashion and film.

Art meets science, with The Wasted Works exhibition featuring cushions made from human body fat and a sculpture made from donated baby teeth – just some of the many items on show.

For more information on the exhibition and on events as part of the festival

November 1 to 3

Ed Sheeran, 02 Apollo

The young Halifax singer/ songwriter arrives in Manchester as the Brit Awards Best British Male solo Artist following on from his hugely successful debut album Plus.

Hit singles You Don’t Need Me, I Don’t Need You, The A-Team, Drunk and Small Bump can all be expected as Sheeran brings his own unique style of music to three gigs at the Apollo.

For details of his tour visit:

November 1

Muse, Manchester Arena

English rock giant’s Muse visit the city on the back of sixth album 2nd Law and being named as the Q Awards as Best Act In The World Today.

Muse have sold more than 15 million albums worldwide and visit Manchester as part of a global 2012 tour.

Further information about the tour and tickets can be found at:

November 5

Bonfire Night, Various Locations across the city

Manchester Council has organized events at Heaton Park, Platt Fields Park and Wythenshaw Park and all have proved to be very popular in the past with 150,000 people at last year’s events.

Funfairs and market stalls can be found at some of the park venues with plenty on offer to entertain children and grown-ups alike.

Events will also be taking place at parks around the region in the days leading up to the main shows on Monday 5.

Details of displays and events around your part of the city can be found here:

Photo above thanks to Bayasaa.


November 8

Lost Prophets, 02 Apollo, £26

Welsh rock band Lost Prophets have released five albums – the most recent in April – since their first album just over ten years ago.

The six-piece have had two top 10 hits in the UK, notably Rooftops and Last Train Home.

Tickets and tour information can be found at:

POUTING: Lost Prophets coming to the 02 Apollo

November 8 to 10

Ross Noble Stand-Up, Palace Theatre, £27.50

Noble has recently released a horror movie called Stitches and is known for his improvised and often surreal comedy.

The Northumberland comic has appeared on television shows Have I Got News For You, Room 101 and Live At The Apollo.

Tour information can be found at: and tickets can be bought via Ticketmaster at:

November 9

Christmas Lights switch on, Albert Square, Free

Expect fireworks and performances from The Wanted and Misha B to kick-start the preparations for Christmas in the city.

Wrap up well and get down to Albert Square to enjoy lots of live music, mass sing-alongs and plenty of festive stalls, not to mention the Christmas lights being switched on.

November 10

Medicinal Music for Malawi, 2022nq, Northern Quarter

Live African band, funk, reggae, and DMC turnablists – everything is of on offer here in this musical charity event aimed at raising both awareness and funds to improve medical conditions in Malawi.

Line-up includes Zee Guveya & The Heritage Survival Band, Dash, Jim Bane and Johnny One Move.

Time: 9pm – 3am, tickets: £10/£7 NUS. Visit here for more information:

November 11

Remembrance Sunday, Various Locations

Across the city, people will pause and remember the loss and sacrifice of the nation’s armed forces past and present.

A two minutes silence will be observed at 11am, followed by a march by military, ex-services and civilian units past the saluting base in Albert Square.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Elaine Boyes will take the salute as part of an open air service.

Church services will be held across the city to remember the fallen from both World Wars and other conflicts since.

November 12 to 24

Green Day’s American Idiot Musical, Palace Theatre, £17.50 – 43.50

Based on Green Days award-winning album, this musical arrives straight from Broadway and describes the journey of a trio of lifelong friends.

Featuring hits from American Idiot, the show at the Palace Theatre highlights a choice between following dreams and staying in the safety of suburbia.

For more information and tickets visit:

November 13

Radio 1xtra Live, 02 Apollo, Free (but £2.05 ticket handling charge)

Since starting life in 2008, 1xtra Live has featured a host of big stars from the music industry performing live and this year is no different.

Rita Ora, Misha B, DJ Fresh, Wiley and Daley will all be performing in Manchester, with the 1xtra tour also visiting London, Liverpool and Birmingham.

Tickets are available from October 30 online at: or by calling the Apollo Box Office on 08444 777 677.

November 13 and 14

The Killers, Manchester Arena, £38 – £49

American Rock band The Killers have just released their fourth studio album, Battle Born, and have sold over 15 million albums worldwide since forming in 2001.

Brandon Flowers’ band is often remembered for singles from their 2004 debut album Hot Fuss: Mr Brightside, Somebody Told Me and Smile Like You Mean It.

Hit single Human from album Day & Age and Bones from Sam’s Town have also received widespread radio coverage.

For tour information and tickets visit:

FOURTH ALBUM TOUR: Brandon Flowers and rest of The Killers


November 15

Manchester Police & Crime Commissioner Election and Manchester By-Election, across the city

The middle of November sees Manchester’s residents given the opportunity to vote for the cities first ever Police and Crime Commissioner and in a Manchester By-election.

The landmark election comes in the wake of The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 which replaces police authorities in the country with elected Police and Crime Commissioners.

Five candidates are up for the position including a Labour, Liberal Democrats, Conservative and UKIP candidate.

The Manchester Central Constituency By-Election will also take place on November 15.

Manchester residents that are not already registered can find an application form here:

Or alternatively by emailing:[email protected] or by calling 0161 2341212.

More information on the Police elections can be found here:

November 16

Jason Byrne, 02 Apollo, £20.25

Dublin born comic Jason Byrne visits Manchester as part of his People’s puppeteer tour and offers a unique blend of observational off-the-cuff comedy.

The 40-year old has performed in 14 Edinburgh shows to date, making him a prolific performer on the comedy circuit.

He has also appeared in Live at the Apollo and Dave’s One Night Stand to name but a few.

For more information and tickets visit:


November 16

Beth Hart, HMZ Ritz, 7pm

With her blues and jazz-inspired careering encroaching on the 20 year mark, American singer-songwriter Beth Hart ventures into The Ritz equipped with nine albums and cult-classic LA Song – which was memorably aired during the final season of Beverley Hills, 90210.

With new album Bang Bang Boom Boom gaining positive reviews from critics across the globe, Manchester’s music audience are set for a special encounter with this exceptional artist.

For more information, please visit


November 17 to January 12

Peter Pan, Bolton Octagon, £9.50 – £22 varying by performance time and date

You can always be whisked away on a festive journey to Neverland this Christmas season, in this new adaptation based on the book by J.M Barrie.

The adventures of Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinkerbell and Captain Hook are told through an enchanting mix of live music and young performers, taking you on a journey to a fantastical land.

More details of the show and ticket information can be found at:

November 17

Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, 02 Apollo, £39.75

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Later… with Jools Holland and a fifth collaboration album The Golden Age Of Song is due at the start of December.

He also performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert in the summer and his 20-piece orchestra plays to over 500,000 people each year.

A chance to see the pianist, bandleader, singer and composer should certainly not be missed, with Jools Holland renowned for striking piano solos and impeccable live performances.

For more information about the tour and for ticket, visit:

November 18

Feeder, Academy, £22.75

Since forming in 1994, this Newport three-piece have released eight studio albums and three compilations.

Comfort in sound, the album written in 2003 after the death of Jon Lee catapulted the band on to the main stages of Reading and Leeds Festivals and there has been plenty of success since.

Feeder come to Manchester Academy with Virgin Mary’s and Sound of Guns in support, as part of their 2012 tour.

More details about the band and their gigs can be found at:

November 23

Warehouse Project – Hospitality, £22.50

Netsky and High Contrast are two main acts to look out for here, but there’s also a swarm of other DJ’s and performers doing their thing throughout the night.

Camo & Krooked, London Elektricity and Danny Byrd are among the acts at the Warehouse Projects new venue at Victoria Warehouse as part of a drum and bass marathon.

Hospitality’s reputation as a world-wide D&B label marks this event out as offering the very best of what the genre has to offer.

Find more information and tickets at

November 24

Ricky Hatton’s comeback fight, Manchester Arena, £14.95

The fight sold out within 48 hours of tickets going on sale, but pay-per-view channel Primetime TV is showing The Hitman’s comeback fight live.

Hatton last fight was in May 2009 against Manny Pacquiao and Hatton was floored twice before being knocked out in the second round.

Vyacheslav Senchenko is his opponent in the comeback bout, with Hatton’s record currently standing at 47 fights with 45 wins (32 by KO) and two defeats.

Primetime TV is screening the fight live at a cost of £14.95.

RETURN: Ricky Hatton makes comeback after 2009 defeat

November 24

Al Murray, The Lowry, Salford Quays, £25.50

The Pub Landlord visits Salford Quays to deliver his stand-up persona to the people of Manchester as part of his The Only Way Is Epic tour.

Following on from a hugely successful last tour, expect the Landlord to divulge everything great about Great Britain and everything wrong with it as well.

Al Murray has also appeared in ITV’s Al Murray’s Happy Hour and as a host on Live At The Apollo as well as a whole host of other television and radio performances.

To discover more about the Pub Landlord, visit:


November 25

Mean Fiddler & Jazz Café in association with Universal Attractions presents, HMV Ritz, 7pm

Bobby Womack Ft. Damon Albarn / Richard Russell

Legendary American soul and R&B singer Bobby Woman joins forces with Blur and Gorillaz front man Damon Albarn and founder pioneering English record label XL Richard Russell for a one-off night that rarely graces Manchester.

With such an amalgamation of musical talent huddled under one roof, the night has ‘unforgettable’ firmly etched in its character – and that’s before it’s even arrived!

For more information, please visit


Throughout November

Picasso and sport, Football Museum

The Football Museum unveiled its latest piece of memorabilia at the end of October, and the opportunity to see Picasso’s Footballeur will exist throughout the month.

The piece might only be eleven inches tall, but it showcases the artists little known affiliation with football.

A private collector acquired the piece at a high profile auction earlier in the year and now the museum will showcase Picasso’s sculpture for the next 12 months.

Other mementos from the footballing world can also be seen at the museum in Cathedral Gardens.

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