Access Manchester

In the late 1970s punks, new wavers and new romantics made their way down to The Rafters venue to listen to breaking bands such as Joy Division, Depeche Mode and The Fall. The site was chosen as a location in the cult film 24 Hour Party People, which chronicled the Manchester scene headed by Tony Wilson, while later the venue became Jilly’s Rockworld. Fast forward to 2017 and the site is now an amazing music education facility, complete with a performance theatre and rehearsal rooms. Down the road at Hulme Street, in a converted mill, you will find our dedicated media and business centre.

Access Manchester is the right choice if you want to get creative in a fun and friendly place. We’re approachable, so your voice can be heard, and you’ll be mixing with other like-minded people. Located at two sites, we have great facilities and experienced tutors to help you on your way and we’re connected into the the capital’s creative scene to give you the best opportunities. Why would you go anywhere else?

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. Our Facilities

Performance Theatre
Here you will be able to promote gigs, perform on stage, or do the sound and light. Now, if that's not spoilt for choice, we don't know what is!
Apple Mac Music Tech Suites
Create top tunes with Logic and Ableton in our fantastic iMac tech suites.
Apple Mac Media Suites
Create images and video in media studios and explore the Adobe Creative Cloud universe in our dedicated media suite.
Games Lab
Put on the white coat and get into serious game creation with Unreal Engine, Unity and other asset creation software.
Band Rehearsal Studios
Create amazing music in our fully kitted-out rehearsal studios at nearby Rooz Studios, featuring PAs, drum kits and amps. All you need is yourself and your instrument!
Digital Recording Studio
Lay down your best tracks in our state-of-the-art digital studio, or be the one at the controls behind the desk.
Chill Out Zone
Relax and chat in our sociable communal area.
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Games Taster Day: Manchester
Saturday 21st October
11am-3pm
OPEN DAY: Birmingham, Bristol, Lincoln, London, Manchester & Norwich
Wednesday 25th October
3pm, 4pm, 5pm or 6pm
Street Photo Workshop: Manchester
Saturday 9th December
11am-3pm
Taster Day: Manchester
Monday 18th December
10am-3pm
Taster Day: all locations
Saturday 24th February 2018
10am-3pm

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