New Century: Reviving an icon

We are proud to present the addition of Manchester’s legendary New Century to our growing collection of venues and locations

In the 1960s, New Century hosted Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, The Bee Gees and Tina Turner. In the 1980s, it was adopted by the Madchester scene, fostering such homegrown talent as The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays. Truly Manchester music royalty, the space has been restored and reimagined for a new generation of cultural makers and musicians.

The hall is the heart of New Century House, considered one of the finest modernist towers in the United Kingdom. The Grade-II listed building was taken on by the architects Sheppard Robson, who were tasked with the sensitive restoration of the building’s historic features, such as the external glazed curtain walling and internal timber panelling.

The interiors were taken on By Sheila Bird Studios, who focused their approach on mid-century glamour, with geometric mirrors on the walls, and intricate original murals. One of the most striking new additions to the space is the ‘disco ceiling’, which spans the length of the dancefloor. As much sculptural installation as lighting, the ceiling creates a responsive technicolour display, the perfect companion to the mid-century finishings and furniture.

Next door to the venue is the Kitchen, which houses five revolving independent food operators, alongside pizza and coffee bars in an exquisite mid-century setting. A central bar creates a social hub that transforms from morning coffees to post-performance drinks.

New Century will host a diverse series of music, comedy and performance. In addition, we’re thrilled to offer exclusive use of the space. The unique multipurpose event space would be a fantastic venue for conferences and community events and, of course, for a good old-fashioned disco.