Artists ranging from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to Jethro Tull and Kylie have all played Manchester’s Apollo Theatre down the years. The Ardwick Green theatre, now known as the O2 Apollo Manchester, was almost the Beatles’ second home in the 1960s as they gave so many concerts there!

See how well you remember the Fab Four and all the other artists who appeared at the Apollo in our latest nostalgia quiz – and compare your score with friends.

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In what year was the Apollo Theatre opened as a multi-purpose cinema and variety hall by the famous actress Margaret Lockwood?

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The Beatles made one of their appearances at the Apollo in November 1963. Ringo Starr was their drummer, having joined the band in 1962. But who was the drummer before him?

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Over-excited fans had to be carried out of the Apollo when the Rolling Stones played there in September 1966. What was the group’s first UK Number One single?

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The band Roxy Music were frequent visitors to Manchester. Who was their highly influential synthesizer player who left after two years in 1973 to pursue his own career

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Aussie superstar Kylie performed a memorable concert at the Apollo in March 2001 on her ‘On a Night Like This’ tour. What character did she play on Australian soap Neighbours?

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Heavy metal group Iron Maiden have played a number of gigs at the Apollo down the years. In what year did their album Number of the Beast go to Number One in the UK charts?

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Marillion appeared at the Apollo in March 1983. What was the name of their lead vocalist from 1981 to 1988?

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His real name is Derek William Dick

In what year did Apollo Theatre performers Duran Duran achieve their first UK Number One with the single Is There Something I Should Know?

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Irish band Thin Lizzy, who played the Apollo in the 1970s, based their single The Boys Are Back in Town on their visits to Manchester. What was the highest position it reached in the UK charts when it was released in 1976?

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Who was the lead singer of Jethro Tull, who brought their mixture of blues rock and folk rock to the Apollo?

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