Great Jackson Manchester’s Music Scene Is Blowing Up With Sounds Of The City 2021 at the Castlefield Bowl

Sounds of the City is back in 2021 taking over Manchester’s thriving music scene at Castlefield Bowl for a series of headline concerts, featuring Dermot Kennedy, Kaiser Chiefs + Razorlight, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, The Streets, Haçienda Classiçal and Snow Patrol. Manchester's Castlefield is home to this outdoor music and entertainment venue which has played host to a number of packed out gigs, making the city and areas like Great Jackson Street a prime location hotspot for party goers and music lovers.

A concrete amphitheatre lined on the canal, Salford’s Castlefield Bowl is an unconventionally charming spot. Sounds Of The City has established itself as a staple part of the Manchester music scene with some of the most widely acclaimed live artists taking to the stage.  Castlefield Bowl boasts a reputation that attracts some of the biggest acts from around the globe.

Despite its grand scale, and with it the space to dance your heart out, Castlefield Bowl still manages to retain that magic sense of community usually reserved for smaller venues. A summer evening here can really steal your heart, and the unifying force bringing people together through music is the backbone of what makes Manchester a truly captivating city.

Castlefield Bowl in the heart of Manchester City Centre has hosted over the years sold out shows from the likes of Chic, New Order, Arcade Fire, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Rag N Bone Man, Last Shadow Puppets, catfish And the Bottlemen, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, Paolo Nutini, James, Pixies and The Courteeners. With an 8,000 person capacity, the arena is used for this annual music festival, a series of concerts which brings a number of one-off shows from big names in music. It also hosts other big name artists from around the globe.

Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak and the government measures implemented to limit its spread, renowned concert series Sounds Of The City has announced that their summer 2021 shows have been rescheduled. The subsequent headline shows will now take place on the following dates in September 2021 

As you soak in the summer sun and clear blue skier, you’ll be absolutely desperate to bask in the electrifying musical ambiance of the city of Manchester. To make the experience even better, the best bars in the country are also found in Manchester, so before the show, just round the corner from the Castlefield Bowl, is a wonderful selection of pubs to grab a pre-show drink!

Sounds Of The City's 2021 line-up

Dermot Kennedy | Tuesday 21st September   

Kaiser Chiefs + Razorlight | Wednesday 22nd September

Paul Heaton &Jacqui Abbott | Thursday 23rd September

The Streets | Friday 24th September

Haçienda Classiçal | Saturday 25th September

Snow Patrol | Sunday 26th September

Other Music Venues in Manchester, music capital of the UK 

The music capital of the UK doesn’t fail to deliver thanks to its abundance of wonderful venues, both grandiose and intimate, so we’re here to round up the best of the bunch based on size and reputation, but all embodying the local passion for the inclusivity that live music can create.


Packing a hefty punch for a venue that only opened in September 2018, YES is one of Manchester’s rising stars for hosting talent from across the UK. Opened as a flash four-floored haven by independent promotional company Now Wave, YES wasted no time in recruiting heavyweights from all genres, including Streets frontman Mike Skinner, indie doom-pop act Insecure Men, psychedelic sons Toy and soul singer Curtis Harding. Whilst most acts steal fans hearts in the delightfully ambient pink room (seen above), there is also a basement that reverberates the vibe of northern quarter’s Soup Kitchen, where frequenters can enjoy DJ sets from the hottest local DJ’s and MC’s.

On the ground floor you’ll find a pizza bar that before 7pm throughout the week sells £1 slices, meaning that gig goers can grab a cheap treat before heading upstairs.  The acoustics are tight, and the atmosphere is always electric. In YES’ bid to incorporate everybody, they are in serious contention for being crowned Manchester’s best live venue.


The creation of ex One Night Only bandmates and brothers George and Jimmy Craig, Jimmy’s fronts itself as a ‘Rock N’ Roll’ bar on the outskirts of Manchester’s northern quarter. Yet, that label doesn’t quite do it justice. The bar incorporates a contemporary feel, from the lavish cocktail list and a student crowd, to the magnificent rock memorabilia and maroon coated décor. Whilst not leading the lines for securing big names, Jimmy’s effortlessly cool interior is a hotspot for the rising stars of the Manchester music scene, an ethos that can be lost in the stature of the city.

As an added bonus they also host a night dedicated to spoken-word poetry. Jimmy’s makes the list for the famed irresistible attractions: cheap gig tickets, reasonable pints, great snackage and a community atmosphere.  The performance area may be intimate, but the sound is enormous. The true joy of Jimmy’s is that every gig feels like a shared experience, where the crowd and performers are bound together in honour of the very essence of music.

The city of Manchester takes pride in its roaring music scene enhanced by a range of entertainment and party venues. This is taken advantage of by the vast majority of young professionals and university students living in the city. Manchester being a music arena is one of the highlight points making it a serious property investment hotspot for savvy property investors. Areas like Great Jackson Street, being right in the heart of the City Centre and just a stone throw away from the best pubs and music venues in the area is only going to appreciate in property value as time goes by, thanks to the flourishing party and entertainment scene that is perfect for leisure and unwinding of the thriving young population of  the city.

Read more about our Great Jackson Street, Manchester Property Investment Hotspot series below or if you’re interested in running through our local Great Jackson Street new build developments chat with the team on 02079236100 or book a time.

Brett Alegre-wood
August 18, 2021

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