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What's On at the AO Arena, Manchester

The AO Arena Manchester, also known as Manchester Arena, opened in 1995.  It’s one of the busiest venues in the world and one of the largest in Europe.  Its capacity of 23’000 attracts over a million visitors each year, hosting the biggest names in live entertainment, music artists, comedians, musical theatre concerts, dance shows, sports, and circus.

AO Arena’s premier international artists include U2, Madonna, Pavarotti, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, and Beyonce and Manchester’s rich heritage include Take That, Oasis, Elbow, James, Simply Red and Peter Kay’s record-breaking residency. 

AO Arena hosted Commonwealth Games and international boxing with Mike Tyson, David Haye, Joe Calzaghe, local champs Ricky Hatton, Amir Khan, Anthony Crolla.  Events and productions coming up include Peter Kay, Take That, World Cup Of Tennis, Les Mis Arena Spectacular.  See what's on at the AO Arena Manchester below and book tickets online.

The AO Arena Manchester, also known as Manchester Arena, opened in 1995.  It’s one of the busiest venues in the world and one of the largest in Europe.  Its capacity of 23’000 attracts over a million visitors each year, hosting the biggest names in live entertainment, music artists, comedians, musical theatre concerts, dance shows, sports, and circus.

AO Arena’s premier international artists include U2, Madonna, Pavarotti, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, and Beyonce and Manchester’s rich heritage include Take That, Oasis, Elbow, James, Simply Red and Peter Kay’s record-breaking residency. 

AO Arena hosted Commonwealth Games and international boxing with Mike Tyson, David Haye, Joe Calzaghe, local champs Ricky Hatton, Amir Khan, Anthony Crolla.  Events and productions coming up include Peter Kay, Take That, World Cup Of Tennis, Les Mis Arena Spectacular.  See what's on at the AO Arena Manchester below and book tickets online.

What's On at the AO Arena, Manchester

Peter Kay

AO Arena, Manchester
Friday 26 July 2024 - Saturday 20 September 2025
One of Britain's best loved comedians, Peter Kay is finally returning to stand-up comedy with his first live tour in twelve years - a tour which still officially ranks in the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest selling comedy tour...

The National Lottery's Team GB Homecoming

AO Arena, Manchester
Saturday 17 August 2024
Doors 18:00 Guests to be seated by 19:15...

Maverick City Music + Kirk Franklin

AO Arena, Manchester
Sunday 25 August 2024
Maverick City and Kirk Franklin are among the very best in the Christian Music world. They have each broken through all the old boundaries between the gospel and worship genres in a short time. They won GRAMMY awards, had hit songs that wil...

Davis Cup Finals 2024

AO Arena, Manchester
Tuesday 10 - Sunday 15 September 2024
  Manchester's AO Arena will once more be the host of the Group Stages of the Davis Cup Finals in 2024. The event, widely regarded as the men's "World Cup of Tennis'" will enable fans to see some of the world's best players, with Britain ...

BBC Planet Earth III Live in Concert

AO Arena, Manchester
Sunday 6 October 2024
Following on from the critically acclaimed and successful Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II Live in Concert arena tours, the much-anticipated Planet Earth III Live in Concert will include specially selected breath-taking footage from the l...

Chris Stapleton

AO Arena, Manchester
Wednesday 16 October 2024
Fresh from performing the U.S. National Anthem at Super Bowl LVII, one of Nashville's most revered craftsmen returns with his new show Chris Stapleton's All-American Road Show Goes Across The Pond (featuring special guest Marty Stuart ...

Alice Cooper

AO Arena, Manchester
Thursday 17 October 2024
Rock 'n Roll Hall of Famer and shock rock legend Alice Cooper returns to Europe. Renowned for his unforgettable live shows, we can anticipate a dark, twisted trip through goth, psychedelia, macabre theatre and straight up rock anthems, incl...

Becky Hill

AO Arena, Manchester
Sunday 20 October 2024
Fresh from earning her third consecutive BRIT Award nomination for Best Dance Act, former The Voice UK contestant Becky Hill has cemented her status as one of dance music's most influential voices and the genre's leading boundary-breaking f...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

AO Arena, Manchester
Tuesday 5 November 2024
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are an Australian rock band formed in Melbourne in 1983 by vocalist Nick Cave, multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey and guitarist-vocalist Blixa Bargeld. They were formed after the break-up of the Birthday Party and...

Journey

AO Arena, Manchester
Friday 8 November 2024
Founding member and legendary guitarist Neal Schon returns with the latest line-up of classic rock band Journey, which includes longtime keyboardist Jonathan Cain and Arnel Pineda, the vocalist since 2007. One of the most popular American ...

Deep Purple

AO Arena, Manchester
Saturday 9 November 2024
Pushing the boundaries of time, after five decades of records and 120 million albums sold, Ian Paice, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and Don Airey continue to travel the scope of hard rock - the textures and nuances of their recent works are anyt...

The Corrs

AO Arena, Manchester
Monday 11 November 2024
Irish Celtic infused pop icons, The Corrs announce an eight-date UK & Ireland tour titled 'Talk On Corners' in November 2024. Performing tracks from the acclaimed album plus a selection of their greatest hits to fans all over the United...

London Grammar

AO Arena, Manchester
Tuesday 12 November 2024
  The chart-topping Nottingham trip hop, indie pop trio return. Drawing comparisons to Florence Welch and Judie Tzuke for her throaty, brooding vocals, singer Hanna Reid is a commanding presence, delivering her emotionally affecting lyrics...

Black Stone Cherry

AO Arena, Manchester
Friday 22 November 2024
UK chart-topping proud Kentucky hard rockers, Black Stone Cherry, are back with their urgently-emotive pop-rock hooks; heartfelt, redemptive lyrics; headbanging riffs; powerful dynamics; thunderous drums; and thrilling musicianship. In the...

Falling In Reverse

AO Arena, Manchester
Wednesday 4 December 2024
Las Vegas rap metal act Falling in Reverse make anthems that provoke and inspire. Unnervingly ahead of the pack and yet always decisively right on time, their mix of bombastic declarations and intimate confessions connect with diverse crowd...

The Human League

AO Arena, Manchester
Friday 6 December 2024
Pioneers in the UK's new wave movement, The Human League were formed in 1977 by synth duo Martyn Ware and Ian Marsh. Following a short stint as The Future, and joined by Philip Oakley and Adrian Wright, The Human League released their debut...

Pete Tong - Ibiza Classics

AO Arena, Manchester
Saturday 7 December 2024
With an unmatched ear for new talent, Dartford DJ Pete Tong has had a huge influence in the world of dance music. He started out as a journalist and radio DJ in Kent before working for London Records where he was responsible for signing art...

Jacob Collier

AO Arena, Manchester
Sunday 8 December 2024
The history-making multi-Grammy winning London singer and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier announces his biggest world tour to date, exploring the limitlessness of orchestral and choral music, taking the audience on a journey through ev...

Disney On Ice - Road Trip Adventures

AO Arena, Manchester
Wednesday 11 - Sunday 15 December 2024
Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey Mouse and his Disney friends embark on a wild ride with unexpected hijinks and magic at every turn when Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures skates into your hometown! Embark on a wild ride t...

Les Misérables - The Arena Spectacular

AO Arena, Manchester
Thursday 26 - Sunday 29 December 2024
Les Miserables The Arena Spectacular will embark on a World Tour to over 15 countries and regions from September 2024. Expanded from the beloved musical phenomenon, now entering its 39th revolutionary year in London, this spectacular produc...

James Blunt

AO Arena, Manchester
Saturday 15 February 2025
James Blunt's 2005 single You're Beautiful catapulted the former British Army officer into the spotlight. The track was the second single from his 11x Platinum-selling debut album Back To Bedlam, and hit the No.1 spot on the official UK...

Gabrielle

AO Arena, Manchester
Saturday 12 April 2025
One of the UK's most successful singer-songwriters, Gabrielle returned to the top of her game with her 2018 album 'Under My Skin'. The album debuted at #7 on the Official Album Chart and represented her highest-charting studio set since 'Ri...

The Original Harlem Globetrotters

AO Arena, Manchester
Wednesday 23 April 2025
The Harlem Globetrotters 2024 World Tour is coming with a game like never before! Your favourite Globetrotter stars are bringing out their amazing basketball skill, outrageous athleticism and a non-stop LOL good time. Join the Globetrotters...

Paul Smith

AO Arena, Manchester
Friday 25 - Saturday 26 April 2025
Liverpool comedian Paul Smith, who is best known for the many viral social media clips of his lightning quick audience interaction, is back with his biggest and funniest tour show yet, "Pablo". The show features hysterics from start to fi...

Torvill & Dean

AO Arena, Manchester
Friday 2 - Sunday 4 May 2025
World-renowned figure skating duo Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, best known as simply Torvill & Dean, are world-famous figure skaters and former British, World, European and Olympic champions. In 2024, they announced their retirement ...

Twenty One Pilots

AO Arena, Manchester
Sunday 11 May 2025
Grammy Award-winning Ohio electopop duo Twenty One Pilots are best known for their Platinum-selling UK hits "Stressed Out", "Heathens" and "Ride". The duo are most frequently labelled as alternative hip hop, borrowing from a wide variety o...

Jimmy Carr

AO Arena, Manchester
Tuesday 16 December 2025
Star of the UK's most streamed Netflix comedy special of 2021, Jimmy is back on the road with a brand new show, Laughs Funny. Jimmy's show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things. Terrible things that might have affected you or pe...
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