Manchester’s Lost Concert Hall which has hosted artists from around the world and thousands of adoring fans


Performances from the world’s biggest bands and hundreds of adoring fans – these images capture concerts of yesteryear at Manchester’s Belle Vue.

Opened in 1836, the Belle Vue Zoo began life as a small private collection of birds owned by gardener John Jennison – but then introduced gardens, a circus and a concert hall which are all now confined to the books of story.

And these fascinating images unearthed from our archive, Mirrorpix, capture exciting scenes from some of the concerts that took place at Belle Vue, between the 1950s and 1970s.

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Kings Hall was a renowned venue for live music with superb acoustics and seating for 5,000.

Huge names have played Belle Vue including The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and The Rolling Stones.

In the early 1970s, before the heights of Thriller and Moonwalk, then 14-year-old Michael Jackson made his Manchester debut by taking the stage with brothers Tito, Marlon, Jermaine and Jackie.

Take a trip down memory lane and see just a number of musicians and crowds at Belle Vue at the time.

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