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Incredible gigs and events to look forward to at the AO arena this year

From the legendary Tom Jones to the electrifying Greta Van Fleet, the AO Arena in Manchester is set to rock, groove, and entertain with an unforgettable lineup of music, sports, and cinematic experiences this season.

The AO Arena remains the biggest and best of Manchester’s live music arenas.

And it’s not just music on show, either.

This year, the AO is set to be the ultimate destination for music, sports and entertainment enthusiasts this season, with a sensational lineup of artists and events that promise unforgettable nights out.

We’re talking iconic rock bands, chart-topping artists, and even a blast from the prehistoric past.

The best part?

The AO Arena has just released more tickets, so it’s the perfect time to secure your spot at these incredible gigs.

You can get hold of them by clicking here

Whether you’re a fan of classic rock, international sport, rap legends, or holiday movie magic, there’s something for everyone.

So, fasten your seatbelts, because we’re about to take you on a whirlwind tour of some great upcoming great that you absolutely cannot miss.

Get ready to rock, groove, and cheer for your favourite teams, all under the glittering lights of the AO Arena.

Deacon Blue – 6th Oct

About the Band:

Deacon Blue, the Scottish pop-rock sensation, returns to the stage to captivate audiences with their soulful melodies and timeless hits.

The band’s music is characterised by a melodic blend of pop, rock, and folk influences, along with thought-provoking lyrics and soulful vocals.

Some of their most well-known songs include “Dignity,” “Real Gone Kid,” “Wages Day,” and “Fergus Sings the Blues.” These songs often feature themes related to working-class life, love, and social issues, resonating with a broad audience.

Why You Should Be There:

With their irresistible blend of pop and rock, Deacon Blue’s performance is a journey through musical history that will leave you singing along all night.

Blink 182 – 15th & 16th Oct

About the Band:

Blink 182, the punk-rock pioneers, are making a double appearance in Manchester, promising high-energy performances and a nostalgia trip for fans. A hugely anticipated reunion tour, over half a million fans, bought tickets in North America to see blink-182 reunite with Tom DeLonge (again), making this the band’s most successful tour of their career.

Why You Should Be There:

Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker’s onstage chemistry is legendary, and their gigs are known for their electrifying atmosphere.

Jurassic Park – 18th Oct

About the Event:

Experience the magic of the silver screen as “Jurassic Park” comes to life with a full symphony orchestra playing John Williams’ iconic score live.

The main theme of “Jurassic Park” is one of the most recognisable pieces of film music ever composed.

It is a majestic and sweeping melody played by a full orchestra, often associated with the awe-inspiring beauty of the dinosaurs and the grandeur of the park itself.

So why not go and see its full majesty for yourself?

Why You Should Be There:

Relive the thrill of the dinosaurs’ return to the big screen, but this time with a live orchestra adding an extra layer of excitement.

J Hus – 1st Nov

About the Artist:

J Hus, the UK rap sensation, is set to bring his infectious beats and lyrical prowess to the AO Arena stage.

J Hus is seen as a pioneer in the UK music scene, particularly for his role in popularising the fusion of afrobeat and other genres in British urban music.

His ability to connect with a wide range of audiences through his music has contributed to his lasting impact.

Why You Should Be There:

Witness the evolution of British rap with J Hus’s unique blend of afrobeat, dancehall, and grime.

50 Cent – 10th Nov

About the Artist:

The hip-hop legend 50 Cent is back in the spotlight, promising to deliver his classic hits and timeless rap anthems.

In 2003, 50 Cent released his debut studio album, “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” which became a massive commercial success.

The album featured hit singles like “In da Club,” “21 Questions,” and “P.I.M.P.” “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” is widely regarded as one of the best-selling and most influential hip-hop albums of all time.

Why You Should Be There:

Get ready to party like it’s your birthday as 50 Cent takes you on a musical journey through his illustrious career for what just could be the last time.

Greta Van Fleet – 19th Nov

About the Band:

Greta Van Fleet, the rock revivalists, are taking their ’70s-inspired sound to new heights, captivating audiences with their electrifying performances.

Greta Van Fleet is often associated with a revivalist style reminiscent of classic rock bands from the 1960s and 1970s, particularly Led Zeppelin.

Josh Kiszka’s distinctive and powerful vocals are often likened to those of Robert Plant, the legendary Led Zeppelin frontman.

The band’s music combines elements of blues, hard rock, and folk, resulting in a sound that harkens back to the heyday of rock ‘n’ roll with a modern twist.

Why You Should Be There:

Missed Led Zep in their heyday? Why not try the next best thing?

Experience the future of rock music as this young band channels the spirit of classic rock legends.

Home Alone in Concert – 3rd Dec

About the Event:

Enjoy the holiday season with a twist as “Home Alone” is screened with a live orchestra performing John Williams’ enchanting score.

John Williams’ score for the film “Home Alone” is a beloved and iconic part of the holiday season’s musical landscape.

The score captures the whimsical and heartwarming essence of the 1990 Christmas classic directed by Chris Columbus.

Why You Should Be There:

It’s not quite Christmas without Home Alone.

Relive the magic of Kevin McCallister’s misadventures in this heartwarming holiday classic like never before.

England Netball – 5th Dec

About the Event:

Cheer for England’s finest netball players as they take on the world in a thrilling sporting event. As part of the Vitality Netball International Test Series vs South Africa, they will take them on December 5th at the AO Arena.

Why You Should Be There:

Witness the athleticism and teamwork that make netball one of the most exciting and rapidly growing sports in the UK.

Maneskin – 19th Dec

About the Band:

Maneskin, the Italian rock sensation and Eurovision winners are set to rock the AO Arena with their bold and energetic performances.

Måneskin came to international prominence when they represented Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2021 with their song “Zitti e buoni.”

They won the competition with an electrifying performance that showcased their rock and glam-rock influences.

“Zitti e buoni” received praise for its energetic and rebellious style, and it marked a departure from the typical Eurovision entries.

Why You Should Be There: Be part of the music phenomenon that has taken Europe by storm and experience Maneskin’s powerful stage presence.

Tom Jones – 20th Dec

About the Artist:

The legendary Sir Tom Jones, with a career spanning over six decades, will grace the AO Arena with his timeless hits and undeniable charm.

He has achieved worldwide fame and is considered one of the most iconic and influential figures in the music industry.

Why You Should Be There:


This is an amazing chance to see a bona fide musical legend.

Get ready for a night of nostalgia and soulful music as Sir Tom Jones delivers an unforgettable performance.

With such a diverse and exciting lineup, the AO Arena promises to be the epicentre of entertainment in Manchester this season.

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