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O2 Ritz has been at the heart of the Manchester social scene for almost 90 years. Built in 1928, this Grade II listed venue was once one of the most popular ballrooms in the country, and now has become an essential destination for touring acts of all genres. Since the 1950s when it was converted into a live music venue, the building has attracted some of the all-time great performers, including The Beatles and Frank Sinatra, and in the 1980s and 1990s with the Manchester music scene booming, the venue hit the spotlight with legendary gigs from The Smiths, Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses.
In 2011 the venue was extensively refurbished with £2 million spent on state of the art soundproofing, new sound and lighting equipment and the capacity increased to 1,500. O2 Ritz Manchester is undoubtedly one of the best places to watch live music in the city and in recent years, audiences have flocked to see outstanding live shows from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Royal Blood, The Maccabees, Arctic Monkeys and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. The venue has also proved itself as a versatile entertainment space, staging professional wrestling events and regular club nights including national brand, ‘Ultimate Power’.
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We operate our own guest list and box office from the venue entrance and provide staffing for this from 30 minutes before doors. We will happily deal with all your guest lists from our box office.
Please respect the curfew issued for the show. There are regular club nights Fridays and Saturdays as well as occasional club nights during the week. Please check in advance with the venue management, as this will mean a quick change over, a strict curfew and again a quick load out.
The merchandise area is located at the house right side of the venue in the back corner.
The Venue Management and Head of Security, provided by Showsec, will do a security briefing around one hour before doors opening, which will include show stop measures. Any issues relevant to the show need to be raised at this point.
Local crew is booked in house, please contact venue for details.
Dressing Room 1 - behind stage with en-suite w/c & Shower facility
Dressing Room 2 behind stage
Dressing Room 3 at Front of Building
2nd Separate shower and w/c behind stage
Please contact venue for details.
A Front of Stage Barrier is installed permanently at The Ritz. This is an industry standard MOJO Crowd Control Barrier and runs the full width of the stage. This barrier has to be in place for all shows. No equipment will be allowed to be stored/placed within the ‘PIT’ in between the Stage front and the barrier. The Barrier is placed 1.4m away from the stage and allows clear access during the show.
There is no parking at the venue what so ever. Please contact the Venue Management for details of a number of options for local car parks. For production parking there is an open-air car park around 10 minutes way. This is £10 per day and needs to be booked in advance.
On arrival please park facing down the road with the Ritz on the Right Hand Side of the Bus. This will leave your trailer towards the load in doors allowing for an easier load in/load out. Landline power is a 16a 1ph Ceeform located 2 meters up on the wall to the left of the Front Doors. Under no circumstances must either of the residential garage access be blocked.
THERE IS NO PARKING FOR TRUCKS AT THE RITZ, IT IS A DROP AND GO. THIS IS NOT NEGOTIABLE. Please see the STS Information page for parking details
For further Technical Specifications please contact the venue.