The Ritz (Manchester)

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O2 Ritz
The Ritz (1927-2015)
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AddressWhitworth Street
Manchester
England
Owner Academy Music Group
Capacity 1,500
Website
Venue Website

The O2 Ritz (originally known as The Ritz) is a live music venue on Whitworth Street West, Manchester, England. Built in 1927, it was designated a Grade II listed building in 1994. [1] The venue is notable for its sprung dance floor. [2] The Ritz was taken over by HMV in 2011 and given a £2 million refurbishment. [3]

Manchester City and metropolitan borough in England

Manchester is a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England, with a population of 545,500 as of 2017. It lies within the United Kingdom's second-most populous built-up area, with a population of 3.2 million. It is fringed by the Cheshire Plain to the south, the Pennines to the north and east, and an arc of towns with which it forms a continuous conurbation. The local authority is Manchester City Council.

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Acts which have played at the venue include The Beatles, The Damned, R.E.M., The Stone Roses, Arctic Monkeys, The Smiths, Snow Patrol, Happy Mondays, Adam Ant, Dropkick Murphys, Bad Religion, Dead Kennedys, Sublime with Rome, Swans, Liam Gallagher and Peter Hook, Dodgy.

The Beatles English rock band

The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The line-up of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr led the band to be regarded as the foremost and most influential in history. With a sound rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the group were integral to the evolution of pop music into an art form, and to the development of the counterculture of the 1960s. They often incorporated elements of classical music, older pop forms, and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways, and in later years experimented with a number of musical styles ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock. As they continued to draw influences from a variety of cultural sources, their musical and lyrical sophistication grew, and they came to be seen as embodying the era's sociocultural movements.

The Damned (band) British rock band

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R.E.M. American alternative rock band (1980–2011)

R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by drummer Bill Berry, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and lead vocalist Michael Stipe. One of the first alternative rock bands, R.E.M. was noted for Buck's ringing, arpeggiated guitar style, Stipe's distinctive vocal quality and obscure lyrics, Mills' melodic basslines and backing vocals, and Berry's tight, economical style of drumming. R.E.M. released its first single—"Radio Free Europe"—in 1981 on the independent record label Hib-Tone. The single was followed by the Chronic Town EP in 1982, the band's first release on I.R.S. Records. In 1983, the group released its critically acclaimed debut album, Murmur, and built its reputation over the next few years through subsequent releases, constant touring, and the support of college radio. Following years of underground success, R.E.M. achieved a mainstream hit in 1987 with the single "The One I Love". The group signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1988, and began to espouse political and environmental concerns while playing large arenas worldwide.

The venue also occasionally hosts events run by third-party entertainment brands such as Propaganda, GoGo, Voodoo and Erasmus Parties. The current nightclub event on Saturday is Projekt. In 2015, the venue was acquired by Live Nation, and re-branded as O2 Ritz Manchester, as part of the O2 Academy Group. [4]

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References

  1. Historic England. "The Ritz Dance Hall (1254888)". National Heritage List for England . Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  2. "www.visitmanchester.com". Archived from the original on 2006-10-17.
  3. News, Manchester Evening (6 September 2011). "The Ritz to spring back to Manchester's nightclub scene – complete with bouncing dancefloor".
  4. "Live Nation re-brands 3 ex-MAMA venues as 'O2' in the UK - Music Business Worldwide". 12 October 2015.

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