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.
|Wednesday 21st April 2021 7:30 pm||Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds|
|Saturday 5th June 2021 7:30 pm||Gerry Cinnamon|
|Sunday 6th June 2021 7:30 pm||Alicia Keys: ALICIA The World Tour|
|Sunday 6th June 2021 7:30 pm||Alicia Keys: ALICIA The World Tour - VIP Packages|
|Friday 18th June 2021 6:30 pm||Diana Ross - Official Vip Ticket Experiences|
|Saturday 14th August 2021 5:00 pm||Giants Live: World Open|
|Thursday 16th September 2021 7:30 pm||Dua Lipa: Future Nostalgia Tour|
|Thursday 16th September 2021 7:30 pm||Dua Lipa: Future Nostalgia Tour - VIP Packages|
|Saturday 18th September 2021 7:30 pm||Blossoms|
|Thursday 23rd September 2021 7:30 pm||McFly|
|Friday 24th September 2021 7:00 pm||Genesis - Prime View|
|Friday 24th September 2021 7:30 pm||Genesis - Official Premium Ticket and Hotel Packages|
|Friday 24th September 2021 7:30 pm||GENESIS - The Last Domino?|
|Saturday 25th September 2021 7:00 pm||Genesis - Prime View|
|Saturday 25th September 2021 7:30 pm||Genesis - Official Premium Ticket and Hotel Packages|
|Saturday 25th September 2021 7:30 pm||GENESIS - The Last Domino?|
|Saturday 2nd October 2021 7:30 pm||Deep Purple|
|Tuesday 5th October 2021 7:30 pm||Four Tops and Temptations|
|Saturday 16th October 2021 7:00 pm||Simply Red - Official Premium Ticket and Hotel Experiences|
|Friday 22nd October 2021 8:00 pm||Alanis Morissette|
|Wednesday 27th October 2021 7:30 pm||Bon Iver|
|Friday 29th October 2021 7:30 pm||Professor Brian Cox|
|Saturday 30th October 2021 7:00 pm||Elton John|
|Saturday 30th October 2021 7:00 pm||Elton John - Prime View|
|Tuesday 9th November 2021 7:30 pm||Blondie with special guest Garbage - Against The Odds|
|Thursday 11th November 2021 7:00 pm||Steps - Official VIP Ticket Experiences|
|Thursday 11th November 2021 7:30 pm||Steps - What the Future Holds Tour|
|Friday 12th November 2021 7:00 pm||Steps - Official VIP Ticket Experiences|
|Friday 12th November 2021 7:30 pm||Steps - What the Future Holds Tour|
|Saturday 13th November 2021 7:30 pm||RICK ASTLEY - A FREE CONCERT FOR THE NHS & FRONTLINE STAFF|
|Friday 19th November 2021 7:00 pm||Elton John|
|Friday 19th November 2021 7:00 pm||Elton John - Prime View|
|Tuesday 23rd November 2021 7:00 pm||JLS - Prime View|
|Tuesday 23rd November 2021 7:30 pm||JLS|
|Wednesday 24th November 2021 7:00 pm||JLS - Prime View|
|Wednesday 24th November 2021 7:30 pm||JLS|
|Saturday 27th November 2021 7:00 pm||Pete Tong presents Ibiza Classics - Prime View|
|Saturday 27th November 2021 7:30 pm||Pete Tong presents Ibiza Classics|
|Monday 29th November 2021 7:00 pm||The Offspring|
|Wednesday 1st December 2021 7:00 pm||Elton John|
|Wednesday 1st December 2021 7:00 pm||Elton John - Prime View|
|Friday 3rd December 2021 7:30 pm||James & Happy Mondays|
|Sunday 5th December 2021 7:30 pm||D Block Europe|
|Thursday 9th December 2021 7:30 pm||Gary Barlow|
|Friday 10th December 2021 7:30 pm||The Human League - Dare 40|
|Thursday 16th December 2021 6:30 pm||Michael Ball & Alfie Boe - Together At Christmas|
|Thursday 16th December 2021 7:00 pm||Michael Ball & Alfie Boe - Together At Christmas - VIP|
|Wednesday 22nd December 2021 8:00 pm||Bill Bailey: En Route To Normal|
|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|
|Sunday 6th February 2022 7:30 pm||Simply Red|
|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|
|Saturday 5th March 2022 6:30 pm||Snoop Dogg|
|Wednesday 9th March 2022 7:30 pm||Ozzy Osbourne|
|Wednesday 9th March 2022 7:30 pm||Ozzy Osbourne: No More Tours 2 - VIP Packages|
|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|
|Thursday 14th April 2022 7:00 pm||2020 Unibet Premier League Darts|
|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|
|Friday 6th May 2022 7:30 pm||Little Mix|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Thursday 16th June 2022 7:30 pm||Barry Manilow|
|Tuesday 28th June 2022 7:30 pm||Aerosmith: European Tour 2022|
|Monday 10th October 2022 7:00 pm||The Weeknd: The After Hours Tour - VIP Packages|
|Monday 10th October 2022 7:30 pm||The Weeknd: The After Hours Tour|
|Saturday 15th October 2022 7:30 pm||Jason Manford|
|Friday 11th November 2022 7:00 pm||Hits Radio Live|
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.
Tourist attractions and things to do near AO Arena include:
- The Printworks (0.2 miles) - State-of-the-art entertainment complex. Cinema, bars, restaurants and more.
- Royal Exchange Theatre (0.4 miles) - Home of Manchester’s leading theatre company.
Cinemas near AO Arena include:
- Vue Manchester Printworks (0.2 miles) - 23-screen cinema at the Printworks. View movie listings and times.
Places to shop near AO Arena include:
- Corn Exchange (0.2 miles) - Dining destination in Manchester city centre.
- Manchester Arndale (0.4 miles) - Large shopping centre in Manchester city centre.
Restaurants and places to eat and drink near AO Arena include:
- Alston Bar and Beef (0.2 miles) - Steakhouse and gin bar at the Corn Exchange, Manchester. Close to Manchester Cathedral, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, the Printworks, and the National Football Museum.
- Mowgli Street Food (0.2 miles)
- Chiquito (0.2 miles)
- Pho (0.2 miles)
- Gino D'Acampo (0.2 miles)
- Wahaca (0.2 miles)
- The Old Wellington (0.2 miles)
- Hard Rock Cafe (0.2 miles)
- The Pasta Factory (0.3 miles)
- EastZEast (0.3 miles)
- This and That (0.3 miles) - Unpretentious Indian cafe in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Offers a simple menu that changes daily. Specialises in rice and three curry dishes. Located close to the Printworks and Manchester Arndale.
- Dough Pizza Kitchen (0.4 miles)
- TGI Fridays (0.4 miles)
- Luck, Lust, Liquor and Burn (0.4 miles)
- Lunya (0.4 miles)
- TNQ Restaurant and Bar (0.4 miles)
- 63 Degrees (0.4 miles)
- The Botanist (0.4 miles)
Hotels near AO Arena include:
- Park Inn by Radisson Manchester City Centre (0.2 miles)
- Hotel Indigo Manchester - Victoria Station (0.2 miles)
- The Mitre Hotel (0.2 miles)
- Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel (0.3 miles)
- Holiday Inn Express Manchester City Centre - Arena (0.4 miles)
Nearby Transport Links
Transport links near AO Arena include:
- Shudehill Bus Station – Shudehill Interchange (0.3 miles) - Bus and coach station in Manchester city centre.
Nearby Train Stations
Train stations near AO Arena include:
- Manchester Victoria Train Station (0.1 miles) - The second largest train station in Manchester.
Nearby Metrolink Stations
Metrolink stations near AO Arena include:
- Victoria Metrolink Tram Stop (0.1 miles) - Metrolink stop at Manchester Victoria Train Station.
- Exchange Square Metrolink Tram Stop (0.2 miles) - Metrolink stop in Manchester city centre.
- Shudehill Metrolink Tram Stop – Shudehill Interchange (0.3 miles) - Metrolink stop in Manchester city centre.
Map showing location of AO Arena.
Address and postcode