Built in 1928 by architects Cruickshank and Seaward, our Grade II listed venue was originally a dance hall with a sprung dancefloor and revolving stage and was one of the most popular destinations in Manchester during the 1930s and 1940s.
With the emergence of pop and rock ’n’ roll, O2 Ritz Manchester was transformed into a live music venue, hosting shows from some of the greats including The Beatles and Frank Sinatra.
O2 Ritz Manchester also hosted the Dancing In The Dark night with Phillip Moss throughout the 1950s and 1960s, who was the band master for 17 years and known as ‘The King of The Ritz’.
With the Manchester music scene hitting a high point in the 1980s and 1990s, the venue hit the spotlight with legendary performances by the likes of local heroes, The Smiths and Happy Mondays to R.E.M. and The Stone Roses.
In recent years, the venue has seen outstanding live sets from artists including Arctic Monkeys, Future, Gary Numan, Ian Brown, Wilko Johnson, The Maccabees and Method Man and Redman.