Beyond the Music

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Beyond the Music Support

Manchester City Centre BID and Manchester Accommodation BID are co-founding sponsors of Beyond the Music.

The inaugural Beyond the Music took place in Manchester from 11th-14th October 2023. It is a new change-making music conference and festival for the city, supporting next generation talent. More information at

To support the 2023 event, we delivered a series of promotional activities:

Hotel Lobby Gigs: Thursday 12th October

Visitors and tourists to the city enjoyed free music sets at a series of morning performances in hotel lobbies across the city centre. Titled ‘Dawn Chorus’, a series of intimate classical performances took place in the foyers of six Manchester hotels.

Hotel visitors waking up at the Hyatt Regency, The Midland, Moxy, Yotel, Leonardo Hotel Manchester Central and Kimpton Clocktower were treated to very special shows performed by students from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM).

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Pop-up Live Stage: Friday 13th October

Bringing Beyond The Music beyond its main hub, visitors and tourists also enjoyed live music in Exchange Square. Featuring seven performances, the line-up celebrated Manchester as a classical music city – home to three professional orchestras including The Halle and BBC Philharmonic.

The classical music programme sat alongside traditional rock and electronic music acts at the festival.

The outdoor gig was curated by The Untold Orchestra which aims to redefine orchestral music for audiences and communities in Manchester through memorable performances, creative workshops, and refreshing collaborations.


12pm Indie Pop Trio, Big Society
1pm Solo loop cello, Polly Virr
2pm R&B Duo, Mali Hayes
3pm Five poets performing spoken word, Esther Koch, Funmi Adeyo, Jack Coverdale & Reneé Stormz
4pm Electronic pop & soul vocalist, Ellen Beth Abdi
5pm Vocalist, guitar and drums playing electronic pop & soul, Yemi Bolatiwa
6.15pm The Untold Orchestra – a seven piece band playing well known hits, featuring Jenna G and Will Jacquet

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The Manchester Music Map

To support the above, a new culture map was commissioned to celebrate the city’s iconic gig venues and musical heritage.

The Manchester Music Map takes in well-known tales that people might be not-so-familiar with, and importantly shines a light on current music scenes. With no ‘end-date’, the stories can be enjoyed by tourists at any time to come.

Produced by CityCo. Written by Hayley Flynn. Hayley runs critical thinking tours of Manchester as Skyliner, as well as working as a cultural placemaker and researcher. Design by Instruct

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