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The Blues Kitchen reveals Concert Hall gig lineups for summer

The venue's Concert Hall will open for a series of seated experiences in May - before a star-studded lineup of live shows commence in summer.

The Manc The Manc - 1st April 2021

Upcoming BBQ, bourbon and blues music venue The Blues Kitchen has officially announced a star-studded lineup of music acts set to perform at the venue’s Concert Hall this summer.

One of Manchester’s most highly-anticipated new openings in 2021, The Blues Kitchen is set to welcome its first customers from May 20 – moving into a beautiful two-storey building on Quay Street.

Huge portions of BBQ-style food will be served at its restaurant on the ground floor – with blues, soul and jazz musicians taking to the stage seven nights a week.

The 500-capacity first-floor Concert Hall will play host to a diverse range of artists – initially opening for seated entertainment before further restrictions are lifted on June 21.

A medley of transatlantic legends and homegrown talent has been booked for the summer bill – with The Blues Kitchen’s live music programme set to “bring a flavour of the deep south” to the city with jazz, hip hop, blues, disco, house, folk, RnB music.


Roy Ayers, Crazy P Soundsystem, DJ Yoda, Evelyn Champagne King, Riot Jazz and Norman Jay have all confirmed sets, along with Slum Village, Omar, Billy Cobham and Jarrod Lawson.

When restrictions permit, live shows will be be programmed Sunday through to Thursday – with DJ-led club nights until late every Friday and Saturday. 

The Blues Kitchen is set to move into Quay Street

The Blues Kitchen will specialise in “flavours of the deep south”

The Blues Kitchen will also have a bespoke ‘Danley Sound Labs’ sound installation to deliver superb audio quality for the events programme – backed by lead designer Tom Danley (who spent time working for NASA).

The specialist equipment has been deployed at globally-renowned festivals including Glastonbury’s Temple Stage, We Out Here, and Outlook & Dimensions Festivals. 

Sam Smith, Venue Programmer for The Blues Kitchen Manchester, said: “Manchester’s music scene is what always has and continues to put the city on the map.


“Curating the summer line-up for the Concert Hall has been a really exciting opportunity to put a really diverse range of artists up on our stage – from local to global, across a variety of genres, there’s definitely something for everyone.

“Our state-of-the-art sound system also means each gig is going to make for an incredible experience!” 

Tickets for all shows will go on sale at 12pm on April 7 to those exclusively signed up to The Blues Kitchen Manchester (you can register here)

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