The biggest gigs and festivals coming to Manchester in June 2023 – and how to get tickets

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Dean Hadcock Dean Hadcock - 31st May 2023

June is shaping up to be the biggest month of music Manchester has had this year, with the return of festivals like Parklife, Outbreak and Sounds Of The City at Castlefield Bowl plus some massive gigs.

We’ve got huge stadium shows by the likes of Coldplay and Arctic Monkeys, who’ll be performing on the same night.

Elton John will finally make his arrival on the live stage after his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour was delayed many, many times.

And then there are the smaller acts ready to take over stages like YES, New Century, and the Albert Hall.

It’s all amidst some pretty inconvenient train strikes through – here’s the latest travel advice if you’re going to a big Manchester gig in June.


Below we’ve selected some of our favourite Manchester gigs this June, which will be coming to a venue near you.

Coldplay – 31 May, 1 June, 3 June, 4 June

Coldplay are at Etihad stadium in Manchester this week.
Coldplay are at Etihad stadium in Manchester this week. Credit: Publicity picture

What: Coldplay will finally touch down in Manchester this month for their long-awaited Music of the Spheres World Tour. The group, fronted by Chris Martin, will be performing a whopping four nights at the 60,000-capacity Etihad Stadium, home ground of Manchester City.


Where: Etihad Stadium, Ashton New Road, M11 3FF

Support act: Chvrches and Porij.

Tickets: Keep checking See Tickets here for any last-minute releases.


Everything you need to know for Coldplay in Manchester.

Elton John – 31 May, 2 and 3 June

Elton John is coming to the AO Arena in Manchester.
Elton John is coming to the AO Arena in Manchester. Credit: Publicity picture

What: Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road tour is finally set to arrive in Manchester this June after being rescheduled for health reasons, with three gigs at the AO Arena. It’s set to be his last-ever tour and has around 300 dates – so you can imagine what the demand for tickets has been like…

Where: AO Arena, Hunts Bank, M3 1AR

Tickets: Priced between £51 and £899 (that is not a typo), tickets are very much sold out, but you might be able to get some resale tickets. Keep an eye on Ticketmaster here.

Everything you need to know for Elton John in Manchester.


Arctic Monkeys – 2 and 3 June

Arctic Monkeys. Credit: Zackery Michael

What: Alex Turner and co will be back in Manchester this month for two massive shows. It’s part of their biggest-ever UK and Irish tour in support of their seventh studio album, The Car. You can expect to hear all their record-breaking hits like ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’ and ‘When the Sun Goes Down’, as well as newer material from their 20-year music career.

Where: Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground, M16 0PX

Support act: The Hives and The Mysterines.

Tickets: There are still a few tickets available for Arctic Monkeys – check See Tickets for the latest.

Everything you need to know for Arctic Monkeys in Manchester.


Courteeners – 9 June

Courteeners. Credit: Michael Clement

What: It just wouldn’t be summer without the absolute scenes that occur every time Courteeners play a hometown gig, so their Heaton Park show is right on schedule. The concert will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the band’s seminal debut album St Jude (which they’ll play in full), back in the city where it all began.

Where: Heaton Park, Middleton Road, Higher Blackley M25 2SW

Support act: DMAs, The Snuts, and Brooke Combe

Tickets: From £55 with See Tickets.

Parklife Festival 2023 – 10 and 11 June

Parklife Festival Line-up.

What: Every year we say the same thing – it’s bigger and better than ever before. This year is no different, with a huge line-up spanning two days and headline performances from The 1975, Fred Again, and local lad Aitch. It’s easy to see why Parklife is one of the biggest festivals in the North, at a capacity of 82,500.


Where: Heaton Park, M25 2SW

Tickets: Only Sunday tickets remain – check See Tickets for the latest.

Roger Waters – 10 June

Roger Waters.

What: He’s better known for being, as he would put it, the creative genius behind Pink Floyd, but 57 years after the band’s formation, Roger Waters is still going strong with his ‘This Is Not A Drill Tour’ sending him all over the world. Now he’s arriving in Manchester on Saturday 10 June and after his recent appearances in the news, we’re interested to see what he’s got up his sleeve…

Where: AO Arena, M3 1AR

Tickets: It’s very close to all sold out – check See Tickets for the latest.


The Weeknd – 10 June

The Weeknd.
The Weeknd. Credit: Facebook

What: After completely selling out his After Hours til Dawn tour in the USA, The Weeknd announced a new leg across Europe and Latin America. We’ll have him for one night only.

Where: Etihad Stadium, Ashton New Road, M11 3FF

Support act: Kaytranada and Mike Dean

Tickets: There are actually still some tickets available, as well as resale tickets – but with prices starting from £247.35, they ain’t cheap.

Dope Lemon – 13 June

Dope Lemon.

What: Angus Stone has been making indie-surf-rock music under the pseudonym of Dope Lemon since his debut album ‘Honey Bones’ in 2016. He played at the O2 Ritz last year after the release of his previous album ‘Rose Pink Cadilac’ but now he’s returned, this time to the beautiful Albert Hall for a Tuesday night show on 13 June.


Where: Albert Hall, M2 5QR

Tickets: Tickets still remain and are only £27.40 – check See Tickets for the latest.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – 15 June

Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

What: The New Zealand psychedelic rock band last played gigs in Manchester way back in 2018, a hefty FIVE years ago. Since, Unknown Mortal Orchestra have released their fifth studio album ‘V’ back in March, with them teasing it in 2021 with the release of the single ‘That Life’. It’s good to have them back in the music capital of the UK, it’s been a long time coming.

Where: Albert Hall, M2 5QR

Support act: Makeness


Tickets: Some tickets still remain – check See Tickets for the latest.

Soup! – 16 June

What: Manchester post-punk band Soup! are making a storm in the underground music scene and are slowly but surely creating a name for themselves. They play their headline show in the basement of YES, Friday 16 June and if you’re looking for a new, young and exciting band to follow, these are definitely your guys (we’ve linked their latest single below).

Where: YES (The Basement), M1 7DB

Support act: Divorce Fiance and Vincents Lasts Summer.

Tickets: Priced at only a tenner, it’d be hard to say no – check See Tickets for the latest.


Circa Waves – 17 June

Circa Waves.

What: They’re only from down the road and yet they haven’t had a headline show here in Manchester for three years. They released their latest album ‘Never Going Under’ at the start of the year and have been gearing up for this massive gig at the O2 Victoria Warehouse since.

Where: O2 Victoria Warehouse, M17 1AB

Support act: Courting

Tickets: You can still buy tickets, with the CD bundle also still available – check See Tickets for the latest.

Kurt Vile & The Violators – 19 June

Kurt Vile.

What: Indie-folk singer Kurt Vile returns with his band The Violators to the newly refurbished and recently opened New Century. It’s bound to be one of the coolest gigs in Manchester this June.


Where: New Century, M4 4AH

Support act: King Hannah

Tickets: There’s still a bunch of tickets left costing £30 – check See Tickets for the latest.

Kelis – 21 June


What: Kelis fans new and old rejoice, as the international chart-dominating artist, best known for her songs Milkshake and Millionaire, returns to headline Manchester after a long nine years since her last show here.

Where: Albert Hall, M2 5QR


Tickets: Tickets are still available – check See Tickets for the latest.

Goo Goo Dolls – 23 June

Goo Goo Dolls.

What: They formed in the 80s but found massive commercial success in the 90s as an alt-rock band, with their most popular song ‘Iris’ at one billion streams on Spotify. They’re still making music with their latest album dropping last year and they’re new tour finding them at the Academy on Friday 23 June.

Where: Manchester Academy, M13 9PR

Support acts: Those Damn Crows

Tickets: Tickets remain but will cost you £43 – check See Tickets for the latest.


Outbreak Festival 2023 – 23, 24 and 25 June

Outbreak Festival 2023 Line-up.

What: Originating in Sheffield but finding its home in Manchester last year, Outbreak is a hardcore punk and alternative music festival taking place at Depot Mayfield where Warehouse Project is usually hosted. Massive acts will be headlining like Death Grips, Denzel Curry, Converge, and more.

Where: Depot Mayfield, M1 2PY

Tickets: Day and weekend tickets are still available – check See Tickets for the latest.

The Lathums (Sound Of The City) – 30 June

The Lathums. Credit: Ewan Ogden.

What: The Wigan lads recently released their latest album ‘From Nothing To A Little Bit More’ and will be celebrating in the best way ever, by headlining the outdoor venue Castlefield Bowl for Sound Of The City 2023.

Where: Castlfield Bowl, M3 4JR


Support act: Sundara Karma and The Royston Club

Tickets: There are still tickets left but wheelchair and accessible seating have sold out – check See Tickets for the latest.

Featured image: Parklife 2022, Jody Hartley