From the Hallé the Warehouse Project, Manchester has a musical pedigree that makes it the envy of most other cities. And while, to some extent, this long and celebrated history acts as a deadweight it struggles to shake, the city tries to move on, reinventing itself every few years. These days, bands such as Elbow, Delphic and Everything Everything represent Manchester’s guitar-based music, while the spirit of Factory lives on through a thriving underground club scene (see Hoya Hoya, Hit & Run, Drunk At Vogue and Wet Play), as well as the world-renowned Warehouse Project. To taste Manchester’s current live musical offering, pay a visit to the impressive Deaf Institute, jazzy Band on the Wall, intimate Castle Hotel, or new kid of the block Gorilla; if a huge soundsystem is more your thing, head to the Berlin-style basement Soup Kitchen, cavernous Roadhouse, backstreet dive Kraak or industrial-chic Islington Mill. Or for a a civilised night out, catch the Hallé (155 years young) or the BBC Philharmonic at the Bridgewater Hall, RNCM or The Lowry. Whatever your musical taste, Manchester has it covered.