Legendary Manchester gig venue shortlisted as one of the best in the country

"It’s great to be recognised and for us to be shouting about the positive things that we do and have done for the past 31 years."

Georgina Pellant Georgina Pellant - 8th March 2023

One of Manchester’s most iconic gig venues has been shortlisted in the prestigious Music Venue Week Awards.

The Northern Quarter’s Night & Day Cafe has had a tough of time of it this last year as it battles a Noise Abatement Notice, despite having been a fixture of the city centre’s music scene for over thirty years.

But through adversity comes strength. And apparently, a bit of good luck, because the venue has just been shortlisted for a big award – and is up against big names from across the UK.

The intimate venue on Oldham Street is hoping to cinch the title of Grassroots Venue 2023, going up against the likes of Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, The Windmill in Brixton, Leadmill in Sheffield and The Globe in Newcastle.

Night & Day. Credit: Supplied

Supported by the Music Venue Trust, the awards celebrate and recognise the achievements of the entire music industry across 25 different categories.


The awards will champion the country’s best marketing teams, retailers, promoters, record labels, venues, radio shows, ticketing companies and more.

“We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for the Music Venue Week Grassroots Venue 2023 award. It’s an absolute honour for Night & Day to be recognised amongst some of the very best grassroots venues in the UK” says Ben Smithson of Night & Day Cafe.  

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Smithson continued: “The award comes at a time when live music and grassroots venues continue to face challenging times.

“In addition to this, Night & Day still remarkably has a Noise Abatement Notice served upon us. We’re currently working with Manchester City Council and hope that things will get sorted very soon.” 

“It’s great to be recognised and for us to be shouting about the positive things that we do and have done for the past 31 years.


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“We’re up against some amazing iconic venues so we’ll need every one of your votes please!”

The winner will be announced live on stage at the Music Week Awards ceremony, London in May. Voting is now open until the end of March at the Music Week Awards website here 

Feature image – Supplied