The MEN Arena
The MEN Arena Manchester Reviews
The MEN Dec 19, 2009
The MEN Arena is a mixed use arena in Manchester, used for sports, gigs and comedy. I will endeavor to review it, and not the band I saw.
The MEN is a bit confusing when you go in. It has helpfully put the merchandise stands out of the way in little rooms, but they have hidden the cloack room somewhere and I never did work out where to put my coat. the bar queues are a little epic, but they make up for it by having roving people wth beer kegs on their backs. I didn't get much change out of eight quid for two beers - it's possibly worth planning on drinking before the gig rather than during!
The Arena itself is pretty big, although I don't see bands in arenas often so I don't have much of a comparison. I thought the sound system and light show were excellent, alhtough my slightly more critical friend feels that the MEN suffers from its multipurpose nature and that teh acoustics could have been better. Frankly, at my height, I was just grateful for the enormous great screens!
I would definately see bands here again.
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