Weekend getaway: music in Manchester

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Looking for a quick getaway and a big music fan? The February edition of Lonely Planet magazine has five history and culture weekends in Europe. We’re going share them with you one at a time. Second on the list is Manchester's music scene.

Photo Credit: Alfred Massard

It’s been a while since a gang of lads in cagoules swaggered out of Manchester claiming to have ‘saved rock ’n’ roll’, but given the city’s musical legacy, the next saviours won’t be long coming. These streets are groaning with a pop heritage that’s a cut above most cities.

The Manchester Music Walk starts off at the Free Trade Hall, where Bob Dylan was labelled Judas for playing an electric guitar, before taking in the Hacienda and Noel Gallagher’s old house. There are also The Smiths and Joy Division tours – see where Joy Division recorded Unknown Pleasures, and pay a visit to the Salford Lads Club, immortalised in The Smiths’ famous photoshoot.

How to:

Manchester Music Tours will help organise your tour around the city, prices start at £20.

This article is reproduced from Lonely Planet Magazine, on sale now across the UK priced £3.60. Make sure you never miss an issue with a monthly subscription (available only to UK residents).

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Previous history and culture weekends:
- Monday's weekend break was D-Day beaches in Normandy