Do you know your REM from your LCD? Do you know who’s who in The Who? Have guilty feet got no rhythm?

If you fancy putting your music knowledge to the test and being part of a special one-off evening with one of the UK’s best-loved comedy actors, John Thomson, then come along to the Forever Manchester Pop Music Quiz at The Plant Room at Freight Island on Thursday 21st September 2023.

It’s the perfect opportunity for a night out with friends or a chance to get the office together and raise some money for Forever Manchester to fund and support community activity across Greater Manchester.

Following its success last September, the Forever Manchester team are bringing back its Pop Music Quiz event with comedian, actor, narrator and all-round fabulous TV personality, John Thomson as MC/quiz master. He was a long-standing cast member for the cult British comedy The Fast Show and became well-known for his role as Pete Gifford in the ITV hit comedy drama Cold Feet.

John Thomson is already familiar with Forever Manchester, having headlined its fundraising comedy nights, plus he is regular MC at the Pop Quiz at The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre in Chorlton, which is organised by Forever Manchester Ambassador Alison Bell.

The themes for the Pop Music Quiz rounds will include topics such as Manchester Music, Novelty Records, Real Names and a Lyrics round where John puts his own stamp on the quiz with his brilliant impersonations, including vocal visits from Sylvester Stallone, Tommy Cooper, Christopher Walken, and even our own Tony Wilson, to name just a few. John is also an ace drummer, with many other musical talents as well – who knows, he might even treat the quiz teams to his human beatbox skills!

Feeling up to the challenge? This Pop Music Quiz event is not your average pub quiz. To claim the top spot, the winning team needs to be equipped with an impressive knowledge of popular music from all eras and genres. There will be prizes on the night – one for the winning team and several individual *spot prizes* throughout the evening where John will shout out one-off questions to the captive audience.

Winning Prize

The AO Arena have kindly donated our winning team 6 tickets to see Elf The Musical on Sunday 24th December 2023.

Based on the hit Will Ferrell holiday classic, the hit Broadway and West End show is coming to Manchester’s AO Arena, just in time for Christmas! Get ready to experience the magic and wonder as one of your favourite holiday films comes to life. As far as Christmas theatre tickets are concerned, Elf is on the top of the nice list!

Event Information:

Thursday 21st September 2023
The Plant Room at Freight Island

Baring St, Manchester M1 2PZ

Doors: 6pm
Quiz Starts: 8pm (with an interval)
Quiz Ends: Approx. 10.30pm

A table is £90 with 6 people per team (£15 each)

Individual tickets are also available to buy for smaller teams.

Please note: Eventbrite will charge a booking fee. If you are a business supporter buying a table of 6 and wish to avoid this, please contact and we will invoice you directly.

The bar will be open throughout the evening, with table service during the quiz.


All proceeds go to Forever Manchester to fund and support community activity across Greater Manchester. Click here for more information.

Getting There

The nearest train station is Piccadilly Station and we’re a short 2-minute walk away.

By car, enter into your Sat Nav M1 2PY – 11 Baring Street Manchester.

There are 3 car parks close by located on Baring Street and Buxton Street.

About Your Host

John Thomson is a much loved comedian, narrator and actor. He was a long-standing cast member for the cult British comedy The Fast Show and became well-known for his role as Pete Gifford in the ITV hit comedy drama Cold Feet.

During his career he has also gathered a number of awards for his work as a stand-up comedian, comedy writer and actor, including a Perrier Comedy Award for his work at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

John is already familiar with Forever Manchester  having worked with us a number of times, and returns as host, having been quiz master at last year’s event.

In 2019 he headlined our Forever Funny Comedy Night, which helped raise £2,700. The following year, during lockdown, he was part of a group of local celebrities who asked questions in our Big Quiz of the Year which raised money for community groups who were supporting people through the Covid pandemic.

The Pop Music Quiz forms part of our fundraising campaign to raise £50,000 between now and Christmas to fund and support community activity across Greater Manchester. Find out more:


Date added: 4th August 2023
Last updated: 6th September 2023