It’s that time of year when everyone’s thoughts turn to giving. And at The Met we firmly believe that the best thing you can give someone is a brilliant time. So give them tickets to a gig, show or comedy night in Bury this Christmas.

Throughout 2020 we have big names and rising stars, familiar favourites and challenging new artists. And if you can’t pick for them, we also do Gift Vouchers – the perfect choice for someone who needs a night out but you wouldn’t dare choose on behalf of!

Our guide below will help you choose – or you can browse What’s On for the full selection.

For someone who loves a singalong?

How about GaGa – a tribute to Queen on Saturday 18 January? It’s a tribute to the music of a legendary band played as it should be. Or Jean Genie; an always-popular tribute to the music of David Bowie? The Jerseys are a tribute to the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons who have sold out shows at The Met for the last two years; they return this year on the 13 and 14 February for a two-night stand.  Or 60s hitmakers The Manfreds visit in March with original singer Paul Jones and a truckload of classic songs.

For the eclectic music fan?

Charismatic Nashville-based and issues-driven Americana comes our way with Della Mae for Independent Venue Week in January (look out for more announcements about that soon). Or in March the unique collaboration of Yorkston Thorne Khan come to town; singer-songwriter meets the worlds of jazz and Indian classical music in a thrilling and unpredictable fusion. There are few British bands more underrated yet iconic in the last 40 years than The Blockheads, who play here in March, or Grace Petrie is fast becoming one of the most urgent voices emerging in contemporary folk music.

So they think they’re funny?

Our regular First Thursday Comedy nights are almost always sell-out successes, so get tickets now if you want to send someone for a night of laughs. We’ve got brilliant stand-up shows from Mitch Benn, Stephen Bailey and Bernard Wrigley on sale now.  Or if someone really fancies themselves as a joker, why not sign them up for our Stand Up Comedy Workshop in February; it has to beat them reading out the Christmas cracker jokes.

Let Them Decide

We also do Gift Vouchers; let them make their own plans – you just have to pay for it. We sell physical vouchers, or you can send a voucher (for any amount) to the intended recipient’s email directly, complete with personalised message, to arrive whenever you like.

Check Out What's On This Christmas

Our guide to December at The Met, with plenty of festive music and the perfect first family Christmas show.

Christmas at The Met

Met gift vouchers make fantastic Christmas presents

Treat your friends and family to a unique night out. Buy online or from the ticket office on 0161 761 2216.

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Browse Our Full Range of Events

There are hundreds of gigs, shows and theatre productions each year at The Met, with more on sale all the time. Browse What’s On for more ideas.

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The Met’s Christmas Gift Guide

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Ga Ga – A Tribute to Queen

No wigs, no make-up and definitely no false moustaches - just a host of massive Queen songs played like they were meant to be.

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Introduction to Sound Recording

Led by The Met’s professional Recording Studio Manager, this course teaches techniques and skills for studio sound recording.

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Mitch Benn: Ten Songs To Save The World

Join the country's leading musical satirist as, guitar in hand, he identifies the world's problems and proposes (semi-serious) solutions.

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Jean Genie

Jean Genie performs all of David Bowie's greatest hits.

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Della Mae

Nashville-based string band Della Mae are a charismatic live act featuring some of the finest players in bluegrass, Americana and beyond.

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Stand-Up Comedy Workshop

Presented by Kevin Precious, a former teacher turned stand-up comedian, Kevin has performed at many of the top clubs in the country, as well as performing solo shows at a number of...

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The Jerseys – Oh What A Nite!

Join Oh What A Nite! as we celebrate the timeless music of the one-hundred-million album selling Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

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The Manfreds

Fifty-five years on from their 1960s heyday, The Manfreds return to perform their hits.

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Yorkston Thorne Khan

Folk meets jazz and Indian classical music in this remarkable collaboration between James Yorkston, Jon Thorne and Suhail Yusuf Khan.

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The Blockheads

Starting as the band behind Ian Dury, the Blockheads are the band that brought you Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, plus many others.

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Stephen Bailey: Can’t Be Bothered

“An outrageous, hilarious hour of comedy. Stephen Bailey is a superstar in the making” British Comedy Guide

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Bernard Wrigley

Bernard Wrigley (known as The Bolton Bullfrog) comes to The Met to perform his unique blend of songs, stories, monologues, very silly one verse poems and guitar playing.

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Grace Petrie and The Resistance Band

Grace Petrie returns with her uniquely warm and witty take on life, love and politics.

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