John Grant sings the songs of Patsy Cline with Richard Hawley and Band

John Grand and Richard Hawley

11 Jul 2023

The Hall, Aviva Studios, Water Street, Manchester, M3 4JQ

Age Guidance: 14+, under 16s to be accompanied by an adult aged 18+


Accessibility features available for this event: BSL Interpreting Wheelchair Access

Two of the best live artists around came together in celebration of the legendary country star.

Singer Patsy Cline paved the way for a thousand imitations – bridging pop and country with her unforgettable voice and star quality before her life was tragically cut short.

For MIF23, a pair of modern-day icons took on her repertoire for the very first time: John Grant and Richard Hawley.

Known for his searing wit, tenderness and commanding stage presence, singer-songwriter John Grant lent his commanding vocals to proceedings, while Richard Hawley and his band – often considered one of the best live acts in the UK – brought their sumptuous live sound.

Drawing from a songbook full of classics like Walkin’ After Midnight and Crazy, this was the crème de la crème of country pop from some of the finest performers around.

With songs spanning romance, heartbreak and drama – with a good dollop of joy – this was a real sonic and visual feast. Cowboy boots optional.

Image: Sully

  • Two singer-songwriters team up to breathe new life into the repertoire of a country legend

    Manchester Evening News

  • It thoroughly warrants the ovation it receives

    Silent Radio

  • Tangibly beautiful...fleeting, rare and exquisite.

    Northern Soul

Access Information

The event took place in the Hall at Aviva Studios. The full address of the venue is Aviva Studios, Water Street, Manchester M3 4JQ.

What3words is:

Aviva Studios is a new purpose-built cultural space in the heart of Manchester. The entrance to our building is through double glass doors. There are automatic doors at both entrances.

Once inside, there is step-free access to all areas of the venue. You will arrive into the Social, a large public space where there are a range of seats (including those with arms), a bar and toilets (including accessible toilets).

The bars in the Social and Hall Foyer have lowered accessible service points.

The entrance to the Hall is by lift, escalator or stairs from one side of the Social beside the brick arches. There is only one escalator, and this will take you up to the Hall before the show, and will be reversed so that you can travel down at the end of the performance.

There are accessible toilets on all public levels of the building.

Accessible toilets (a mixture of wheelchair accessible cubicles with right- or left-hand transfer as well as accessible ambulant cubicles with grab rails) are located in the brick arches in the Social.

There are additional accessible toilets located in both Hall Foyers.

You do not need a key to use the accessible toilets at Aviva Studios.

We will be using Williams WaveCAST headsets for both assisted listening and personal induction loops in the building. Unfortunately, this system was not yet in place for our MIF23 shows in the building. We are sorry for any inconvenience this caused.

This show was BSL interpreted by Tony Redshaw. The interpreter was positioned stage left.

Travel Information

The building can be approached along Water Street (coming from Quay Street) or along Liverpool Road (coming from Deansgate or Castlefield).

The Water Street route is the quickest way to arrive at our City Square entrance.

Our closest stations are:

Salford Central station: 0.4 miles

Deansgate station and Deansgate-Castlefield tram: 0.6 miles

St Peter’s Square tram: 0.6 miles

Manchester Victoria station is approximately one mile from Aviva Studios

Manchester Piccadilly station is approximately 1.3 miles from Aviva Studios

Click on the links above to find detailed access information for each station.

Free bus services stop at all city-centre stations, and near to Aviva Studios along Deansgate, Bridge St and Quay St. Buses on these free routes are wheelchair accessible. For full details of the free bus routes, please visit the TfGM website.

There is a car park approximately 0.6 miles from Aviva Studios at Water Street Car Park, New Elm Rd, Manchester, M3 4JH.

There is also a NCP car park (Manchester Spinningfields) approximately 0.5 miles away from Aviva Studios at Spinningfields, New Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3BE. It has 35 accessible bays.

There are a small number of Blue Badge spaces along Water St and Quay St. Otherwise head towards Liverpool Road, Great John St and Lower Byrom St – close to our neighbours, the Science and Industry Museum where there are a small number of additional Blue Badge spaces.

For a list of other parking bays available in the area, visit Manchester City Council website.

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