The Ritz (Manchester)
The Ritz (1927-2015)
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The O2 Ritz (originally known as The Ritz) is a live music venue on Whitworth Street West, Manchester, England. Built in 1927, it was designated a Grade II listed building in 1994. The venue is notable for its sprung dance floor. The Ritz was taken over by HMV in 2011 and given a £2 million refurbishment.
Acts which have played at the venue include The Beatles, The Damned, R.E.M., The Stone Roses, Arctic Monkeys, The Smiths, Snow Patrol, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, Happy Mondays, Adam Ant, Dropkick Murphys, Bad Religion, Dead Kennedys, Sublime with Rome, Swans, Liam Gallagher and Peter Hook, Dodgy.
The venue also occasionally hosts events run by third-party entertainment brands such as Propaganda, GoGo, Voodoo and Erasmus Parties. The current nightclub event on Saturday is Projekt. In 2015, the venue was acquired by Live Nation, and re-branded as O2 Ritz Manchester, as part of the O2 Academy Group.
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- News, Manchester Evening (6 September 2011). "The Ritz to spring back to Manchester's nightclub scene – complete with bouncing dancefloor".
- "Live Nation re-brands 3 ex-MAMA venues as 'O2' in the UK - Music Business Worldwide". 12 October 2015.