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“Alfie Boe concert 6 Dec. 2014 phenominal Alfie!!”
Review of Manchester Arena

Manchester Arena
Ranked #37 of 159 things to do in Manchester
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Owner description: Manchester Arena, managed and operated by SMG Europe, is one of the busiest venues in the world and the largest indoor arena in Europe. Since opening in 1995, the Arena has hosted the biggest names in live entertainment including U2, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Pavarotti and the record-breaking 2010/2011 residency by local comedian Peter Kay. In addition to live music, we've also staged some of the biggest events in the UK sporting calendar including several 2002 Commonwealth Games' events, the 2012 Olympic basketball warm-up match between team USA and GB, the 2008 FINA World Swimming Championships and international boxing bouts by Mike Tyson, David Haye, Joe Calzaghe and local champions Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan. We've also played a key part in Manchester's rich musical heritage with historic shows by local bands Take That, Oasis, Elbow, New Order, James, Happy Mondays, The Charlatans, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, M People, Doves, The Inspiral Carpets, The Verve, Simply Red and The Courteeners. Attracting over one million visitors each year, the 21,000 capacity Arena is a former winner of the industry's prestigious International Venue of the Year award.
Reviewed December 8, 2014

We took the metro link directly to Manchester Victoria train station and walked across the forecourt into the Manchester Phones for you arena. simple.
The show started with 6 songs from new Samoan trio Sole mio who were excellent introducing themselves as a trio comprising two brothers and a cousin.
All had operatic training and explained they get together for tours and concerts whilst still retaining their individual musical careers.
Their performance was superb and joined Alfie for one of the final songs of the evening- so off to a great start.
Alfie entertained us for over two hours and gave great value for money, singing a variety of musical greats opera and musical theatre hits which were all well received by an enthusiastic audience.
Alfie did not disappoint!
My personal highlights were his A capella version of 'Danny Boy' and guitar accompaniment for 'Bring Him Home'.
Alfie has come a long way since we originally saw him give a guest spot on the Xmas Extravaganza at the same MEN arena when he blew us away with his version of 'Nessun Dorma' a few years ago.
Alfie is fast becoming a world class performer in the entertainment business!

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Reviewed December 6, 2014

We went to the Phones4u arena last night to see Alfie Boe and the night was completely ruined by the venue, from when we arrived to when we left, parking at £12 for 3 hours is ridicules, food and drink prices were extortionate, the Arena was cold and dirty throughout including toilets and how do they get away with not having an hand rail on the steps leading down to the your seat.
When we got to our seats mine had a stain on it which was thankfully dry, but never the less disconcerting, we wont be in any hurry to return to this cold draughty place again a real spoiler for what was a great performance from Alfie.

3  Thank glenrobbo
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Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

We were here for Bryan Adams Reckless concert 23rd November and wow what a show, he was brilliant as always, we were 3 rows from front and in the centre, great seats at a premium price but worth it. The staff informed us that when the lights go down the first 15 rows will all rush forward and stand at the front, which after paying so much to be seated so close was a bit disappointing, also we noticed a lot of people who were adapt at hanging around near the front ready, well done to the staff for making them return to their seats, these people were trying to swop seats with people closer to the stage so they could grab a place up front. OMG when the lights go down its a stampede and everyman for themselves with no consideration for anyone, anyway we did manage to get close to front and thoroughly enjoyed the concert. Getting to and from the arena is straightforward and easy walking from city centre, it clears very quickly at the end as well. Really enjoyed our visit.

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Reviewed December 6, 2014

My daughter is autistic and after weeks of preparation, this was her first concert. She coped with choosing a hoodie, getting to her seat, visiting the ladies room half way through, even the queueing was a surprisingly short and easy experience thanks to the patience and friendliness of the staff. Sometimes it doesn't matter how hard I try to give my daughter some semblance of a normal life, others ignorance/impatience can ruin a whole day. Not so here, we had a fantastic time and I was amazed when two songs in, the ear defenders were taken off and put under her chair. She danced and sang and cheered. An incredible experience.

Thank Sara B
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Reviewed December 5, 2014

I have only visited the Manchester Arena once, and hopefully, won't be there again. Firstly, parking on site is expensive, secondly, it is like a football stadium once you get into the area where drinks and snacks are available, thirdly, I found it rather dangerous walking down to the seats with no handrail, obviously the same walking back up. Finally, unless you get quite near to the stage, in my opinion, you may as well wait for the DVD to be available, as I found myself watching the large screens to get a better view.

4  Thank Lymmbo
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