Rush Hour Social

Rush Hour Social is our new platform for emerging singer-songwriters of all ages, based in and around Greater Manchester. These monthly acoustic sessions take place at 5.30pm in the Stalls Café Bar at The Bridgewater Hall and provide paid opportunities for emerging artists to try out original material in front of a supportive audience. They’re also a great way for people to unwind at the end of a busy day and avoid the busy rush hour period, enjoy a drink in the bar and hear some great new music. Performances last between 45 minutes to an hour and are free to attend – no need to book.


How to apply
We are currently taking applications for the next round of Rush Hour Socials taking place from September through to December 2018. If you’re a singer-songwriter based in and around Greater Manchester, please contact

Deadline for applications: 5.30pm Monday 30 May

Our creative engagement team will review applications once the deadline has passed and will be let you know whether or not you have been selected on or before Friday 15 June. We try to get an interesting mix of artists and are committed to equal representation of men and women across the series.

A Little Bite Music

A Little Bite Music is an annual series of free, lunchtime performances running from May to September each year. It is dedicated to being a platform for up and coming musicians of all ages and genres, and we work with organisations from across the region to select performers. In addition we welcome independent applications direct from performers and make available at least four slots in the series. The 2018 series of A Little Bite Music launches on Friday 4 May and this year we have worked with Brighter Sound, Milapfest, Age Friendly Manchester, Lingua Franca World Music Agency, Fancourt Music and Chetham’s School of Music to put together a programme covering folk, classical music, traditional Hinustani classical music, indie-jazz, electronica, trip hop and latin.

How to apply
Applications for the A Little Bite Music 2018 are now closed. We will be opening the application process for the 2019 series on Monday 10 September, so please check the website closer to the time.


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