Dawsons Music Manchester

30 Portland Street
Manchester
M1 4GS
Opening Times
Monday 9.30 - 17.30
Tuesday 10.00 - 17.30
Wednesday 9.30 - 17.30
Thursday 9.30 - 17.30
Friday 9.30 - 17.30
Saturday 9.30 - 17.30
Sunday 11.00 - 17.00

Manchester Music Shop

Manchester was once described by social commentator Brian Redhead as “…where the modern world was born”, and is one of the UK’s major centres of cultural activity. Home to two highly regarded symphony orchestras (the Halle and the BBC Philharmonic), Manchester is a thriving centre for classical music.

However, it was the contemporary music scene that truly put Manchester on the musical map. Whilst the Smiths and Joy Division made the 1980s their own, the city stole headlines again in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s with the Madchester scene. The list of Manchester musical achievements goes on and on.

The Best Guitar Shop in Manchester

The Manchester Guitar Shop is simply the guitar store to visit in Manchester. Dawsons Music is proud to be a part of this wildly creative and unique music scene. Opening its doors in 2003, Dawsons Manchester is spread across two floors in a stunning glass-fronted building and offers an incredible range of guitars and guitar related equipment. The upper floor is a haven for all things guitar related, generally holding over 500 guitars.

Dawsons are one of the UK’s leading Gibson dealers, and our Manchester store has an impressive showing of Gibson guitars, from entry level guitars for beginners to limited edition Custom Shop Gibson guitars. In addition, Manchester has a comprehensive selection of electric guitars, acoustic guitars and bass guitars from Ibanez, Fender, Taylor, Martin, Yamaha and many more. In addition, if you find yourself in Manchester looking for a new guitar amp, come and see our range from Marshall, Blackstar, Orange, Fender and Vox.

Note: Unfortunately, this store can no longer provide guitar servicing or repairs.

Piano & Keyboard Manchester Showroom

The piano showroom in Manchester encompasses a Yamaha Homeworld, one of only a few across the North-West. This offers a wide range of acoustic & digital pianos, alongside and a keyboard centre, with everything from beginners’ home keyboards and stage pianos, to the full range of Clavinova & Arius digital pianos. This certainly is the place to come for Yamaha keyboards & pianos in Manchester. A wide selection of digital pianos from Roland also feature, alongside models from Korg and Kawai. A range of acoustic pianos is stocked, with models from Yamaha and Perzina popular. The store also regularly has refurbished pianos available at very attractive prices.

Recording & DJ Equipment

The pro-audio department has an extensive range of hi-tech, recording and DJ equipment, which modern producer may need to realise their musical vision. A wide selection of audio interfaces, software, microphones, headphones, MIDI controllers and digital recorders cater for any recording need, whilst an impressive range of synthesisers provide for those who like to perform. For those who prefer to play music rather than create it (or who like to do both), Dawsons Manchester has a rapidly expanding DJ section, which can form a sound base for all local DJs. The department features great demo facilities, with synthesisers available to try, a Time and Space software demo station, Focusrite-Ableton demo station, plus DJ controllers available to try. Brands stocked include, Focusrite, Nord, Numark, Novation, Pioneer DJ, Roland, SE, Shure, Zoom and many more.

Drum Shop

Drummers are equally well catered for, with the full range of Roland V-Drums available to try, and digital drums from Yamaha and Alesis. In terms of acoustic kits, Tama, Mapex, Pearl and Yamaha models all figure, along with a wide selection of Meinl percussion, and a comprehensive range of accessories.


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Being a Musician in Manchester

As the city responsible for so many of music's most influential acts over the years, Manchester needs little in the way of introduction. It is a city which exudes cultural heritage, from the stages of the stadiums to the multitude of intimate venues dotted around the centre's side streets.

As a musician in Manchester, you'll find inspiration on every corner. And, if you perform your music live, you'll find yourself spoilt for choice for venues. Perennial favourites like the Soup Kitchen (Spear Street) and Night & Day Cafe (Oldham Street) feature on the tour line-up of many established bands, as well as offering regular opportunities for more up and coming acts to get their foot in the door.

Famous old venues like Band on the Wall (Swan Street) are steeped in musical history and regularly welcome touring bands from around the world. As with any city worth its salt, Manchester is home to a number of large venues which regularly host the real big names; Manchester Arena is perhaps the best known, while the atmospheric Albert Hall on Peter Street boasts a breath-taking music hall which elevates regular gigs into a truly unique experience.

Manchester is also home to some of the coolest 'small' venues in the country. Place like the Deaf Institute, just off Oxford Road, and Matt and Phreds (Tib Street) offer something different to the norm, and are popular with the city's large student population. Both host shows most nights of the week, and both offer the chance to stumble across a new musical discovery from a range of genres.

There's some unique temporary venues which pop up from time to time too. The Castlefield Bowl, on Rice Street, hosts the annual Summer in the City show, which has attracted some big names to play in a glorious open-air setting. The Victoria Warehouse, on Trafford Wharf, is another. This giant multi-purpose venue features everything from festivals to club nights, and its annual Halloween bash has to be seen to be believed.

Aside from gig venues, there are plenty of useful resources for musicians in Manchester. The city is well stocked for rehearsal and practice space; the Bone Rooms, on Bradford Road, is home to many fledgling bands and offers affordable rates and gear on hand to hire if required. Silver Lining Studios, in Denton, offers rehearsal space and has a lively calendar of events and seminars teaching a range of musical and recording techniques.

MCR Music Rooms is a great resource for finding a more long-term practice solution too. There are plenty of spaces available in the city for setting up a creative space which you can return to whenever you like. MCR Music Rooms does a superb job of highlighting where these spaces are, and gives you the chance to 'buddy up' with other artists to share on costs.

Finally, Blueprint Studios is a fantastic location for bands to rehearse and record in the city centre, in an amazing old building complete with dedicated rehearsal spaces and a rigged hall for live shows and session recording.