New York Times names Manchester among top places to visit in 2024

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Manchester is the only English city to feature on the New York Times list, and only one of two in the UK.

Manchester has been named as one of the top 52 places to visit in 2024 by the New York Times – and it’s the only English city that got a mention.

The list includes locations from every corner of the planet. Some have been highlighted because of their natural beauty, others for their historical significance, culinary scene, or arts offerings.

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Our great city came in at number 12 and was featured because of its rich musical tradition, recognising musicians and gigs both past and present. The articles features a picture of a gig at Band on the Wall.

Beyond the Music Festival takes place from October 11 to 14 in ManchesterBeyond the Music Festival takes place from October 11 to 14 in Manchester
Beyond the Music Festival takes place from October 11 to 14 in Manchester

The only other UK area to feature in the prestigious list is Bannau Brycheiniog in Wales. This ancient mountainous region came in a few spots below Manchester at number 18. The New York Times highlighted the national park's name change from English to Welsh, having been formerly known as the Brecon Beacons. 

Topping the list was the Path of Totality in North America, a trail that stretches across 13 states, from Mazatlán in Mexico to Maberly in Newfoundland, Canada. There are a couple of spots and events along the way where you can get a good look at the solar eclipse in April.

What does NYT say about Manchester?

The New York Times article says that music is the “core of Manchester’s gritty soul,” and mentions some of its most successful musical exports including Joy Division, Stone Roses, Oasis and Harry Styles – although he is definitely from Cheshire, not Manchester. 

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There is also considerable mention of the Co-op Live arena, opening in April and set to become the largest music venue in Britain. 

The article reads: “Stars like Liam Gallagher, Eric Clapton and Barry Manilow are booked to inaugurate the 23,500-capacity space, which will complement the reopening of concert halls like the post-punk incubator Band on the Wall and New Century, where the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Tina Turner have all graced the stage.”

There is also mention of the two music conferences taking place in Manchester in 2024, WOMEX and Beyond Music, as well as artist Laurie Anderson’s new stage performance ARK, taking place at Factory International’s Aviva Studios later this year.

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