It’s no secret that the independent music scene is vulnerable these days. Venue closures are becoming common, including in our very own Manchester. Over the last few years we’ve said goodbye to The Roadhouse, Retro Bar and Sound Control; all valued venues to any band starting out in Manchester.
However, later this month much loved Manchester promoters Now Wave team up with Ruth Hemmingfield (The Deaf Institute, Gorilla, Albert Hall and Band On The Wall) and design agency PIN to open YES, a four floor venue purposefully designed to become a thriving creative space in the former auctioneer’s house on Charles Street.
Not only conveniently located, but everything YES promises sounds like any gig goers dream. Spread across four floors, it’s 250 capacity performance space “The Pink Room” boats a NASA approved sound system, which theoretically could lift gig goers off their feet; while the basement offers a more intimate, 160 capacity space.
On top of that, YES promises to be affordable, “We are very aware people’s money needs to stretch a long way,” tells Jon Wickstead of Now Wave. “That’s why you’ll always be able to get a pint at YES for cheap, and it will always be free entry into the bar and our roof terrace seven days a week”.
On top of cheap pints, the ground floor and roof terrace will also serve up pizza slices and burgers, and a chance to browse various pop up shops while enjoying a drink. Child and dog friendly, and wheelchair accessible YES boasts every element of a truly special social space, and with live shows from the likes of Gently Tender and Boy Azooga already in the bookings; YES is sure to become a thriving part of the city’s music scene.
YES will open with a weekend of live events this weekend, 21/22/23 September. Find full details here.