The AO Arena (formerly Manchester Arena) opened in 1995 and is the main live entertainment venue in the city.
Events here range from rock and pop concerts to comedy, boxing and children’s shows.
It has previously been named after commercial sponsors. Former names include the NYNEX Arena, Manchester Evening News (MEN) Arena, and the Phones 4u Arena.
Events - What's On - AO Arena
A selection of upcoming shows and events at AO Arena are listed below. Tickets can be purchased here.
|Friday 3rd December 2021 7:30 pm||James & Happy Mondays|
|Saturday 4th December 2021 7:30 pm||Bugzy Malone|
|Sunday 5th December 2021 7:00 pm||D Block Europe - Prime View|
|Sunday 5th December 2021 7:30 pm||D Block Europe|
|Monday 6th December 2021 7:00 pm||Tom Jones VIP Packages|
|Monday 6th December 2021 7:30 pm||Tom Jones|
|Thursday 9th December 2021 7:00 pm||Gary Barlow - Prime View|
|Thursday 9th December 2021 7:30 pm||Gary Barlow|
|Friday 10th December 2021 7:30 pm||The Human League - Dare 40|
|Saturday 11th December 2021 7:30 pm||Madness|
|Thursday 16th December 2021 6:30 pm||Michael Ball & Alfie Boe - Together At Christmas|
|Thursday 16th December 2021 6:30 pm||Michael Ball & Alfie Boe - Together At Christmas - VIP|
|Saturday 18th December 2021 12:00 am||World Championship Boxing|
|Sunday 19th December 2021 8:00 pm||SHAGGED MARRIED ANNOYED with Chris & Rosie Ramsey|
|Wednesday 22nd December 2021 8:00 pm||Bill Bailey: En Route To Normal|
|Thursday 30th December 2021 5:30 pm||L.O.L. Surprise! Live|
|Sunday 2nd January 2022 10:30 am||L.O.L. Surprise! Live|
|Sunday 2nd January 2022 2:00 pm||L.O.L. Surprise! Live|
|Saturday 29th January 2022 2:30 pm||Strictly Come Dancing Live|
|Saturday 29th January 2022 7:30 pm||Strictly Come Dancing Live|
|Sunday 30th January 2022 1:30 pm||Strictly Come Dancing Live|
|Sunday 30th January 2022 6:30 pm||Strictly Come Dancing Live|
|Friday 4th February 2022 8:00 pm||James Blunt|
|Sunday 6th February 2022 7:30 pm||Simply Red|
|Sunday 6th February 2022 7:30 pm||Simply Red - Official Premium Ticket and Hotel Experiences|
|Thursday 24th February 2022 7:30 pm||Dave - We're all alone in this together UK tour 2022|
|Friday 25th February 2022 8:00 pm||John Bishop: Right Here, Right Now|
|Saturday 26th February 2022 8:00 pm||John Bishop: Right Here, Right Now|
|Wednesday 2nd March 2022 7:30 pm||The Lumineers|
|Sunday 13th March 2022 7:30 pm||The Wanted|
|Friday 18th March 2022 7:30 pm||Stereophonics|
|Saturday 19th March 2022 7:30 pm||Stormzy|
|Sunday 20th March 2022 4:00 pm||COKO FESTIVAL FT BURNABOY + FIREBOY .|
|Thursday 24th March 2022 7:30 pm||Hans Zimmer Live 2022|
|Friday 25th March 2022 7:30 pm||Planet Earth II|
|Friday 1st April 2022 7:00 pm||Jeff Wayne's the War of the Worlds - Prime View|
|Friday 1st April 2022 8:00 pm||Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds|
|Friday 1st April 2022 8:00 pm||Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War Of The Worlds - VIP Packages|
|Saturday 2nd April 2022 7:30 pm||Royal Blood|
|Friday 8th April 2022 7:30 pm||Bastille|
|Saturday 9th April 2022 6:00 pm||Ghost - Imperatour - Europe 2022|
|Thursday 14th April 2022 7:00 pm||2022 Cazoo Premier League Darts|
|Friday 15th April 2022 7:30 pm||Dua Lipa: Future Nostalgia Tour|
|Friday 15th April 2022 7:30 pm||Dua Lipa: Future Nostalgia Tour - VIP Packages|
|Wednesday 20th April 2022 8:00 pm||Andre Rieu|
|Saturday 23rd April 2022 7:00 pm||Craig David - Prime View|
|Saturday 23rd April 2022 7:30 pm||Craig David|
|Sunday 1st May 2022 7:00 pm||Blondie - Prime View|
|Sunday 1st May 2022 7:30 pm||Blondie with special guest Johnny Marr - Against The Odds|
|Monday 2nd May 2022 7:30 pm||Tool|
|Wednesday 4th May 2022 7:30 pm||Shawn Mendes: Wonder: The World Tour|
|Friday 6th May 2022 7:00 pm||Little Mix - Prime View|
|Friday 6th May 2022 7:30 pm||Little Mix|
|Saturday 7th May 2022 1:30 pm||Little Mix|
|Saturday 7th May 2022 7:00 pm||Little Mix - Prime View|
|Saturday 7th May 2022 7:30 pm||Little Mix|
|Sunday 8th May 2022 7:00 pm||Gregory Porter - Prime View|
|Sunday 8th May 2022 7:30 pm||Gregory Porter|
|Thursday 12th May 2022 8:00 pm||Stratagem with Alan Partridge Live|
|Friday 13th May 2022 8:00 pm||Stratagem with Alan Partridge Live|
|Tuesday 17th May 2022 7:00 pm||Bryan Adams - Prime View|
|Tuesday 17th May 2022 7:30 pm||Bryan Adams|
|Wednesday 18th May 2022 6:00 pm||Whitesnake, Foreigner + Europe|
|Wednesday 18th May 2022 6:00 pm||Whitesnake, Foreigner + Europe - Vip Packages|
|Thursday 19th May 2022 8:00 pm||RuPaul's Drag Race: Werq The World Tour 2022|
|Friday 20th May 2022 7:00 pm||Pet Shop Boys - Prime View|
|Friday 20th May 2022 7:30 pm||Pet Shop Boys|
|Friday 20th May 2022 7:30 pm||Pet Shop Boys - Vip Experiences|
|Saturday 21st May 2022 7:30 pm||The Script|
|Friday 27th May 2022 7:00 pm||Alice Cooper & the Cult|
|Saturday 28th May 2022 7:30 pm||Years & Years|
|Monday 30th May 2022 8:00 pm||Queen + Adam Lambert - the Rhapsody Tour 2022|
|Monday 30th May 2022 8:00 pm||Queen + Adam Lambert - The Rhapsody Tour 2022 - VIP Packages|
|Tuesday 31st May 2022 8:00 pm||Queen + Adam Lambert - the Rhapsody Tour 2022|
|Tuesday 31st May 2022 8:00 pm||Queen + Adam Lambert - The Rhapsody Tour 2022 - VIP Packages|
|Thursday 2nd June 2022 8:00 pm||Magic Mike The Arena Tour|
|Sunday 5th June 2022 12:00 am||Celine Dion|
|Monday 6th June 2022 12:00 am||Celine Dion|
|Tuesday 7th June 2022 7:30 pm||Billie Eilish: Happier Than Ever, the World Tour|
|Wednesday 8th June 2022 7:30 pm||Billie Eilish: Happier Than Ever, the World Tour|
|Saturday 11th June 2022 7:00 pm||Alicia Keys - Prime View|
|Saturday 11th June 2022 7:30 pm||Alicia Keys: ALICIA The World Tour|
|Saturday 11th June 2022 7:30 pm||Alicia Keys: ALICIA The World Tour - VIP Packages|
|Monday 13th June 2022 7:30 pm||Billy Idol & the Go-Go's|
|Tuesday 14th June 2022 7:30 pm||Diana Ross - UK Thank You Tour 2022|
|Tuesday 14th June 2022 7:31 pm||Diana Ross - Official Vip Ticket Experiences|
|Thursday 16th June 2022 7:30 pm||Barry Manilow|
|Tuesday 28th June 2022 7:30 pm||Aerosmith: European Tour 2022|
|Tuesday 5th July 2022 7:30 pm||Kings of Leon|
|Thursday 1st September 2022 6:30 pm||Snoop Dogg|
|Monday 12th September 2022 7:30 pm||Machine Head & Amon Amarth: THE VIKINGS & LIONHEARTS TOUR 2022|
|Tuesday 20th September 2022 8:00 pm||Joe Lycett: More, More, More!|
|Thursday 22nd September 2022 7:30 pm||Professor Brian Cox|
|Saturday 24th September 2022 7:00 pm||Blue Official VIP Ticket Experiences|
|Saturday 24th September 2022 7:30 pm||Blue|
|Thursday 29th September 2022 7:30 pm||Swedish House Mafia: Paradise Again Europe Tour 2022|
|Friday 30th September 2022 7:30 pm||Four Tops and Temptations|
|Saturday 1st October 2022 7:30 pm||Parkway Drive|
|Monday 10th October 2022 7:00 pm||The Weeknd - Prime View|
|Monday 10th October 2022 7:00 pm||The Weeknd: The After Hours Tour - VIP Packages|
More events may be listed on the official AO Arena website (see the information section at the end of this page).
Box Office & Tickets
Tickets can be purchased online from Ticketmaster or Eventim, the Manchester Arena’s official booking agent. Booking fees apply.
The maximum capacity of the Manchester Arena is 21,000, making it the biggest indoor arena in the UK.
The layout and capacity varies with the event being staged. For example, at a boxing match all the seats in both the upper and lower tiers can be available. At a music concert no seats are offered behind the stage.
Other major indoor arenas in the UK include the Echo Arena Liverpool (11,000), the O2 Arena in London (20,000), and Genting Arena (NEC) in Birmingham (15,700).
Location, Directions & Parking
The Manchester Arena is situated at the northern end of Manchester city centre, right next to Manchester Victoria Train Station.
Train & Metrolink
There’s a direct link to the Manchester Arena from Manchester Victoria Train Station and Victoria Metrolink Station. Visitors arriving at Manchester Piccadilly Train Station can walk or catch the Metrolink tram to Manchester Victoria.
Bus & Coach
The Shudehill Interchange is just 400 yards from the Manchester Arena.
To get to the Manchester Arena by car leave the M60 motorway at Junction 17. Then follow the A56 directly to the venue.
Visitors with satellite navigation systems should note that the postcode for the MEN Arena is M3 1AR.
The official onsite car park is operated by NCP. It is a manned, 24-hour multi-storey car park with over 950 spaces. The entrance is on New Bridge Street (turn left from the A56 just before the arena).
Other NCP car parks nearby include Manchester Printworks and the Manchester Arndale.
For details of charges visit the NCP website and search for parking spaces. Use the postcode for the Manchester Arena M3 1AR.
Smoking is not allowed anywhere inside the Manchester Arena. Furthermore, visitors are not permitted to leave the building to smoke and re-enter. Electronic cigarettes are also prohibited.
Professional cameras with interchangeable lenses are prohibited. Small digital cameras are permitted by most promoters.
Small bags are allowed but may be searched. Large bags and backpacks are strictly forbidden. Patrons are not permitted to bring food, drink, golf umbrellas and banners into the venue.