Published: 20th May 2019

Manchester’s music venues are part of the city’s lifeblood, evoking names such as the Free Trades Hall in 1976 that famously gave rise to The Buzzcocks, Joy Division and The Smiths. However, since the city’s regeneration was sparked by the Arndale bombing in 1996, Manchester has embarked upon a controversial private developer-led approach focused on its city centre. In recent years much-loved small venues such as the Roadhouse, Jilly’s Rockworld and Sound Control have closed down and are being replaced with Tesco branches and luxury student accommodation. What impact is this having on the culture of the city? Is Manchester’s claim to ‘do things differently’ still standing up? New Start spoke with those involved with the city’s cultural venues to get a sense of how the ground has shifted. ‘Another struggle awaits’ The Star and Garter. Copyright – Gerald England. Opening in 1803, The Star and … (To read the full article, subscribe below)