Andre Rieu at Manchester AO Arena: Full information including door times, timings and set list

Everything you need to know ahead of Andre Rieu’s concert at AO Arena in Manchester including set list and door times

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André Rieu is finally coming to Manchester and the AO Arena this weekend together with his orchestra. The Dutch violin superstar has brought classical music to millions and helped make waltz an international sensation.

Regularly selling more tickets than pop and rock stars, Rieu’s shows include a mix of classics, waltzes, opera and film music together with pop songs. As one of the most successful violinists and conductors in the world, he performs live for more than half a million annually.

With him on his concert in Manchester he is bringing his Johann Strauss Orchestra, the world’s biggest private orchestra. Here is everything you need to know ahead of the big show this weekend on Friday May 12.

What time does Andre Rieu at AO Arena start and who is the supporting act?

According to AO Arena, doors will open to the event at 6pm, with the event starting at 7.30pm. It is recommended to come to the arena early to ensure you don’t miss out on the show.

How to get last minute tickets for Andre Rieu at AO Arena

Last-minute tickets are available on Ticketmaster for Andre Rieu at AO Arena in Manchester. At the time of writing, there are standard tickets available across almost all sections.

Andre Rieu predicted setlist

Dutch violin legend André Rieu is set to perform at Manchester AO Arena this Friday.Dutch violin legend André Rieu is set to perform at Manchester AO Arena this Friday.
Dutch violin legend André Rieu is set to perform at Manchester AO Arena this Friday.

Looking at all shows Andre Rieu has performed so far this year, this is the average setlist:

  1. March on Stage

  2. Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare) (Domenico Modugno cover)

  3. Ballade pour Adeline (Richard Clayderman cover)

  4. Amen

  5. Oh Happy Day

  6. When the Saints Go Marching In ([traditional] cover)

  7. I Will Follow Him (Peggy March cover)

  8. An der schönen blauen Donau (The Blue Danube), op.314 (Johann Strauss cover)

  9. I Belong to Me (Pia Douwes cover)

  10. Scotland the Brave (Cliff Hanley cover)

  11. Can't Help Falling in Love (Elvis Presley cover)

  12. Boléro (Maurice Ravel cover)

  13. Radetzky March, op.228 (Johann Strauss cover)

  14. Eviva España (Samantha cover)

  15. Marina (Rocco Granata cover)


AO Arena parking

If you are planning on getting to AO Arena by car, CitiPark provides an on-site car park with 958 spaces. During the event, the car park is manned by the events team ensuring parking goes smoothly throughout the night.

If you don’t want to drive in the city centre, there are several Park and Ride facilities that will take you to the arena. The following Park and Ride facilities are free to use with a valid Metrolink ticket and will take you to AO Arena:

  • West of Manchester, Ladywell, 250 spaces (Pilgrims Way, Salford, M50 1AW) – 25-minute journey to city centre

  • South of Manchester, Hollinwood, 202 spaces (Hudson Street, Failsworth, OL9 7LG) – 20-minute journey time to city centre

  • East of Manchester, Ashton Moss, 200 spaces (Alexandria Drive, Ashton, OL6 7UB) – 30-minute journey time to city centre

  • South of Manchester, Sale Water Park, 316 spaces (Rifle Road, Sale, M33 2LX) – 25-minute journey time to city centre

More information on parking, public transport and more can be found here.

Where can I eat near Manchester AO Arena?

With AO Arena located in central Manchester at Victoria Station, finding somewhere to eat is easy. With plenty of restaurants and bars around, you can find tips on where to get your pre-show meal here.

Prohibited items

The following items are prohibited at AO Arena:

  • Glass, cans, aluminium bottles or thermoses of any kind including liquid products which can be consumed.
  • Flammable liquids in any container
  • Laser pens/pointers
  • Video cameras, recording devices and professional cameras
  • Laptop computers, tablet devices, Go Pros or tablets with filming and recording capabilities
  • Large/golf/metal tipped umbrellas
  • Knives or weapons of any kind
  • Illegal drugs or substances
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Signs, banners or flags on poles, staffs or selfie sticks
  • Animals (except ADUK registered service dogs)
  • Air horns, whistles, cowbells or other noise-making distractions
  • Projectiles (frisbees, beach balls, footballs etc)
  • Aerosol cans (hairspray, deodorant etc )
  • Fireworks, confetti, glitter bombs or flares
  • Balloons
  • Use of wheeled footwear, skateboards
  • Food and drinks
  • Helmets and full face masks 
  • Large studs and chains

How to contact AO Arena

You can find information on how to contact AO Arena here.

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