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You'll soon discover Manchester's prodigious clubbing scene; on arrival at the University, you'll be inundated with club night offers, each trying to outdo the other to conquer the student scene.

In Fallowfield - or 'studentville' - Robinskis, Queen of Hearts, and the Owens Park Bop can provide you with an epic student night out, while Trof, The Corner and The Chapel provide live music and renowned DJs until late.

Birthplace of the rave revolution, the 'Madchester' ethos is kept well and truly alive at Sankeys and The Warehouse Project; both converted warehouses that host national and international DJs and performers from all clubbing genres.

On the other side of the Madchester coin, legendary groups such as The Smiths, Oasis and The Stone Roses trace their indie roots back to the North West. Try South nightclub for some familiar tunes.

If you're seeking the next big thing, the Roadhouse and Night and Day offer simple, no-frills charm, where many contemporary North West bands made their nerve-wracking debuts. Nearby, Matt and Phred's rules the city's roost for live jazz.

For bigger music names, getting onto the mailing lists of the University's Manchester Academy, the Apollo and the MEN Arena is a sure-fire way to get first dibs on the latest gigs and concerts.

Outside gigs and clubs, there are plenty of ways to experience and appreciate alternative forms of music.  The vivacity and vibrancy of Manchester's classical music scene is almost unparalleled. The gleaming glass of the Bridgewater Hall hosts a phenomenal concert series, where contemporary international superstars rub shoulders with the Manchester-based Hallé and BBC Philharmonic orchestras.

If you prefer Les Misérables to Mozart, a range of show-stopping musicals can be found at the Palace Theatre, while operatic notes hit a high at Opera North, based at The Lowry.

On slightly more familiar ground, the Royal Northern College of Music showcases a diverse range of music styles, while the University's Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama is home to the celebrated Danel Quartet, with a free lunchtime concert series ensuring that even the poorest of students has no excuse not to sample something different.

Finally, the appearance and subsequent rapid growth of the annual Manchester International Festival (MIF) has marked Manchester as fertile ground for fantastical and wacky musical experiments; the 2011 MIF included acts such as Björk, Amadou & Mariam, Sinéad O'Connor, WU LYF and Snoop Dogg.