Nestled just north of Manchester's city centre lies the highest seating capacity indoor venue in the UK, and the second largest in the European Union - Manchester Arena. At 21'000 strong, the arena has become one of the world's busiest since its opening in 1995. It has hosted every thing from the Commonwealth games to international boxing to huge musical acts like Janet Jackson, Beyonce and Britney Spears.
In May 2017 the venue fell victim to a lethal terror attack at the end of Ariana Grande's Dangerous Woman Tour and was forced to close until September. It was reopened with a special benefit concert headlined by local Noel Gallagher, showing that Manchester is stronger than ever.
Today, it maintains its status as one of the city's prominent places for live music from the biggest names of the industry. Its presence in the city has helped boost local acts like Take That, New Order and Oasis over the years, where Manchester is known for its live music. It has also won the International Venue of the Year in previous years, showcasing its prestige as a top music venue across the world.