“This is Manchester. We do things differently here.” The famous words of Factory Records co-founder Tony Hall ring truer today then ever on the streets of Manchester.

There’s never a dull moment, with huge festivals, sell-out shows, Premiership football matches and international megastars vying for your attention. It’s a pick ‘n’ mix of fresh clubs, eateries and boutiques.

Whatever your niche, you’ll find it – from hidden gems like the Portico Library and Ancoats Peepholes to the BFI’s mediatheque (watch one of 2000 film and TV titles for free) to a buzzing circus scene to get involved in.