The Ritz (Manchester)

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O2 Ritz (Manchester)
Manchester Ritz
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Address Whitworth Street
Manchester
England
Owner MAMA & Company
Type General Admission (Standing)
Capacity 1,500
Construction
Rebuilt 2011
Website
o2ritzmanchester.co.uk/

The Ritz is a live music venue on Whitworth Street West, Manchester, England. Built in 1927, The Ritz was designated a Grade II listed building in 1994.[1] The venue is notable for its sprung dance floor.[2] The Ritz was taken over by HMV in 2011 and given a £2 million refurbishment.[3]

Bands which have played at the venue include The Beatles, The Damned, R.E.M., The Stone Roses, Arctic Monkeys, The Smiths, Snow Patrol, Happy Mondays, Adam Ant, Dropkick Murphys, Bad Religion, Dead Kennedys and Beady Eye.

American pop girl group Fifth Harmony performed their concert at the venue on 4 November 2015 as part of the European leg of their extended Reflection Tour.

The venue also occasionally hosts events run by third-party entertainment brands such as Propaganda, GoGo and Erasmus Parties. The current nightclub event on Saturday is Lightboxx. In 2015, the venue was acquired by Live Nation, and re-branded as O2 Ritz Manchester, as part of the O2 Academy Group.[4]

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Coordinates: 53°28′28″N 2°14′35″W / 53.474494°N 2.24297°W / 53.474494; -2.24297