Music in Manchester

Listen to Ella talking about Manchester, a city in the north of England with a very exciting music scene.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.


Interviewer: Hi, Ella!

Ella: Hello!

Interviewer: Thanks for talking to me today. What do you want to talk about?

Ella: Well, I love music. So I'd like to talk about music.

Interviewer: Fantastic.

Ella: As you might be able to tell, my accent isn't from the UK. I was born in Canada but I live in Manchester now and I'm so happy that I do because I love the music scene there. It's really interesting: the history that's come from the acid house movement through bands like the Happy Mondays, the Dillons, through the culture of clubbing that came from the Hacienda has now left this really cool community of artists of all different genres who still gig and perform there in Manchester. It's really cool hanging out in the Northern Quarter. It's an area that used to be mills back in the industrial era of Manchester but now it's turned into coffee shops and clubs and restaurants.

Interviewer: Cool! And do you make music yourself?

Ella: Yes. I play guitar and piano and I sing. And getting to play with the other musicians there has introduced me to playing a lot more electronic instruments as well, like drum sequencers, playing with Ableton and playing with DJs. What's really interesting about Manchester is the musicians in Manchester focus a lot more on what they love to make than, in my opinion, musicians in London. Musicians in Manchester really like to focus in on the time they spend in the studio and the time they spend creating, forming smaller and smaller communities to hone into a weird or specific sound, whereas in London people are a lot more out and about, and they like performing and socialising and being around each other.

Interviewer: Mmm. Do you think you'll stay living in Manchester for a long time or are you planning to go back to Canada?

Ella: I really like Manchester. I think I'll stay there because the smaller population has meant that the community is a lot more connected and we see each other by circumstance a lot more frequently. So, yes, I would like to stay in Manchester!

Interviewer: Great. Thank you very much for talking to us.

Ella: Yes – thank  you.

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Submitted by thanh_ng93 on Sun, 31/10/2021 - 03:59


For me, music is one of the most important things of my life. Music makes me feel relaxed after hard-working days and help my recovery from depression. I am a real Kpop fan. GOT7 is my favorite band all the time. I've supported them for 6 years. I am here to improve my English skills and hope that I can talk to my idols fluently. Amazing website. Thanks a lot.

Submitted by Torrent on Wed, 17/02/2021 - 17:28

Nowadays I love listening to music on Spotify and Youtube Music. I like the Internacional Pop Music. My favorite singers are Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Billie Eilish, Rita Ora, Sam Smith, Camilla Cabelo and others. When they play I travel to a soft place and think about everything. There is one more detail. I only listening to music as loud as I can. My family hate when I begin turning on my sound device.

Submitted by Gostlady on Mon, 08/02/2021 - 21:34

Yes, I like music. In my country we can find a lot of types of music like modern, classic and indigenous music. I don´t like to go to clubs for listening music I prefer to listen it in my home.

Submitted by Enrique Rangel on Sat, 12/12/2020 - 20:17

I love music and it's something terrible for me that I'm not able to play any instrument. Normally I visit pub with live music and bands, I don't like regeton but I really love rock and indy. I hope these new generation came with good music and the new reborn for rock music.
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Submitted by danisep on Thu, 05/11/2020 - 23:30

To me music is one of the best life's pleasures, I love the guitar sound, when I was teen I used to play electric guitar at church and still play when I have free time, my favorite genre is hard rock also I listen to any others genres because I enjoy discovering new sounds, bands and singers preferably in English

Submitted by Dolores Garsetz on Sat, 31/10/2020 - 20:00

I love music very much. In fact, I love very different music genres, actually my friends say that I am very eclectic choosing different songs on my playlists. As a physiotherapist working with elderly people, many of them with dementia like Alzheimer´s desease, music is an essential tool to use everyday. It is really amazing to realize how old wellknown songs can litteraly turn people to do things like singing, dancing, even changing their whole mood. It is just like trying to find out the right key to press on, in order to get them more aware of the environment they are living in, people around them and of course, the familiar sounds of their lives.

Submitted by maede99 on Tue, 01/09/2020 - 16:31

i think music is one the important part of our life. it can give us energy when we are not actually in a good mood! or maybe sometime it can make us feel hopeless! so yes! i really fond of music but i don't have any special favorite singer or favorite type of music! i like to listen all of them! it depends on my mood that what kind of music i enjoy that day.

Submitted by mcambindo22 on Sat, 29/08/2020 - 18:08

I like music a lot, I'm from Colombia and its known as salsa capital as well as vallenano, cumbia, porro and so on. There different kind of instruments related whit these genres, but most common are piano, accordion, guacharaca, guitar, tamboora.

Submitted by Annelin on Tue, 18/08/2020 - 08:29

I like music. When I was younger I played the piano. It was amazing. But now, unfortunately I don't have time to play. I want to play again.

Submitted by senes19 on Tue, 23/06/2020 - 13:28

Normally I like to listen music. I would like to attend concert. But I have no abilities to play any music instrument. In my country, street music and rap is becoming more and more widespread. And in addition, using social media is getting larger. Thanks to YouTube you can establish a cannal and you can share your talents with your environments.

Submitted by Someone1103 on Sun, 21/06/2020 - 06:58

Yes ,I do.The people in my country like listening to musics and in my opinion they like classic and pop music types.Also I love listening to musics and my favourite singers are Ed Sheeren and Ariana Grande.
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Submitted by ElisaAl on Mon, 18/05/2020 - 20:21

Yes, I do. I like listening to music. I like going to clubs most of all, dancing and listening to music at the same time)
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Submitted by OlaIELTS on Sat, 16/05/2020 - 19:12

Yes. I does. I plays westernized music where I live. Yes. I does.
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Submitted by nicky62 on Thu, 30/04/2020 - 02:12

in transcript the word acid home and in task 2 there is hacienda , what does it mean?

Hello nicky62,

The correct name is acid house (not home), though most people just call it acid, and it is the name given to a particular style of music which was popular in Manchester in the 1980s:


The Hacienda was a very well-known club in Manchester:



The LearnEnglish Team

is a name for a place, in spanish the meaning for hacienda is where you will find a building inside a huge area, the hacienda is autosustainable.
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Submitted by Ahmed K on Sun, 26/04/2020 - 14:01

i like music very much . it gives me alot of power that make me encouraged here in egypt we got quiet alot of different kinds of music but the most famous ones are the folk music . here it has started to take a new innovative path especially during latest years after the widesprad of the internet and youtube channels which is like a big platform for the folk musicians to show their talents in writing and composing their songs also i love to listen to english bands like "rise against , imagine dragon, ....etc "

Submitted by raxmatovdilmurod on Thu, 23/04/2020 - 16:24

I really like the music. I used to listen the music everyday. I would like to listen to the english music and my favoriete singers are Lana Del Rey, Sia, Ed shereen and Sam Simith and also Adele. In my country musicians usually sing the folk music.
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Submitted by Uche_Blessing on Mon, 24/02/2020 - 19:09

Yes I do...very much, I suppose. Music brings calmness of mind and soul. It's my way of getting psychological relief..or should I say, healing? Where i live, people play POP, Rap etc music...I've never been good at identifying music genres anyway. I just personally love anything slow, serene, gentle, soothing etc. So i guess that should be RnB...Blues etc.

Submitted by saied tarek on Wed, 19/02/2020 - 17:02

music is the best thing ever i prefer many genres as edm or pop and trap

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