Band on the Wall

Band on the Wall
25 Swan Street, Manchester, M4 5JZ
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Band on the Wall

A not-for-profit venue run by charity Inner City Music that aims to present the best in world music. Live music and club nights cover a wide range of genres including acoustic, rock, ska, funk, reggae and jazz. As well as live events they run an education programme of inspiring, non formal learning; work with Manchester University to offer accredited courses in music industry skills and are the base for Band on the Wall TV. The venue boasts a picturehouse, cafe bar, meeting rooms and breakout spaces as well as an extensive archive of audio-visual recordings of past performances.

Band on the Wall is located in the Northern Quarter just 10 minutes walk from Piccadilly Gardens Bus Station and 15 minutes walk from Piccadilly and Victoria Railway Stations. There are no parking spaces at the venue.

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The Albion Christmas Band

The Albion Christmas Band consists of three Fairport Convention alumni and singer Kellie White.

Thu 15 Dec

£18.50 / 01618 341786

Banco De Gaia

High energy electronica from Banco de Gaia.

Fri 21 Oct

£15 adv / 01618 341786

By The Rivers

Self-penned reggae tunes with positive messages from the Leicester-based six-piece.

Fri 9 Dec

£9 / 01618 341786

Charlie Hunter

The guitarist from San Francisco offers an exciting combination of jazz, rock and blues with his three-piece backing band.

Sun 20 Nov

£15 / 01618 341786

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Coco Mbassi and Amani

Cameroonian singer-songwriter, who's African roots extend towards gospel, classical, soul, jazz, pop and Latin sounds.

Sat 10 Dec

£10 / 01618 341786

The Comet Is Coming

The Mercury-nominated London-based outfit presents its fusion of jazz, funk and electronica.

Sun 11 Dec

£12.50 / 01618 341786

The Cookers

This exciting all-star septet summons up an aggressive mid 60s spirit with a potent collection of expansive post-bop originals marked by all the requisite killer instincts and pyrotechnic playing expected of some of the heaviest hitters on the scene today. Experience counts, especially in jazz. The more time musicians…

Tue 15 Nov

£20 adv; £18 early bird / 01618 341786

Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles

The US pianist, organist, producer and Snarky Puppy member tours with his band. Not suitable for under 16s.

Wed 2 Nov

£18; £14–£16 adv / 01618 341786

Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club ft. Hannah Williams & The Tastemakers

The BBC radio host and Red Dwarf star delivers his funk and soul set alongside special guests performing live.

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Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club

The TV actor and BBC 6 Music demonstrates his deep love of funk, soul and R&B.

Sat 29 Oct

£17 / 01618 341786

A funk and soul set plus a live electronic, soul and hip hop performance from Family Ranks.

Dar Williams

American singer-songwriter and guitarist performs folk-pop and alternative country.

Sun 27 Nov

£14.50; £12.50 adv; £10.50 early bird / 01618 341786

Devo D & PIC Crew Big Birthday Bash

A huge birthday party with a roster of special guests spinning a mix of soul, R&B, reggae and dancehall. Guest DJs include Owen D, Matt Blakk, the Pic Crew, Mafa T, Robbie D and DJ Stretch.

Fri 4 Nov

Dubioza Kolektiv

The Bosnian outfit, and notorious leaders in the fight for social change, deliver their fresh take on hip hop, reggae, dub, rock and Bosnian folklore.

Tue 29 Nov

£15 / 01618 341786

Folk Group: Live Picturehouse Session

Brighter Sound presents an evening of traditional Irish folk music with Emma Sweeney on fiddle, Paul Cowham on guitar and the Brighter Sound Folk Group.

Wed 30 Nov

Picturehouse Bar

Free / 01618 341786

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George the Poet

Words from poet George Mpanga, who is known for his socio-political verse and urban beats.

Sun 23 Oct

£15 adv / 01618 341786

High Hoops Presents Mood II Swing

House, disco, techno, electro and everything in between from house music duo Mood II Swing, otherwise known as songwriter-producer Lem Springsteen and composer-producer John Ciafone.

Fri 3 Feb 2017

£10 / 01618 341786


Scottish soulful pop singer-songwriter Horse McDonald is accompanied by her full band for a performance of songs from her extensive back catalogue. With support from Sandra Macbeth.

Thu 3 Nov

£17.50 adv / 01618 341786

How To Dress Well

An atmospheric, drone-infused blend of R&B, ambient music and experimental electronica from musician and producer Tom Krell.

Thu 24 Nov


Jazz-funk and acid jazz by the well-established band, led by Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick.

Thu 17 Nov

£27.50; £25 adv; £23 early bird / 01618 341786

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Kindred The Family Soul

Hailing from Philadelphia, the dup performs neo-soul material.

Tue 22 Nov


The twins Paris and Amber Strother, plus Anita Bias, who are based in Los Angeles, perform their contemporary R&B material, mixed with elements of other genres.

Fri 11 Nov

£14.50; £10.50–£12.50 adv / 01618 341786

Laurence Jones

Singer-songwriter/guitarist playing energetic modern blues-rock.

Fri 25 Nov

£13.75 / 01618 341786

Lovers Rock Monologues

Music and theatre presented by Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson and Victor Romero Evans, telling hte Lovers Rock tale.

Sun 30 Oct

£15 adv / 01618 341786


Traditional folk quartet.

Tue 25 Oct

£12–£14 adv / 01618 341786

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Magnus Ostrom

The jazz drummer, a former member of seminal contemporary jazz outfit Esbjorn Svensson Trio, performs work from his LP Parachute, supported by guitarist Andreas Hourdakis, Thobias Gabrielson on bass and keys, and Daniel Karlsson on piano and keys.

Sun 29 Jan 2017

£15 / 01618 341786

The Manchester College - Musical Theatre Cabaret

Students studying Musical Theatre at the college present a cabaret showcase.

Mon 21 Nov

£4 ( £3) / 01618 341786

The Manchester College Musical Theatre Open Mic Night - Halloween Special

Students from the college present an acoustic open mic night with a Halloween theme.

Martin Taylor

Solo performance by the virtuoso guitar player.

Thu 27 Oct

£21; £18.50 adv; £16.50 early bird / 01618 341786

Maxi Jazz & The E-Type Boys

Faithless frontman Mazi Jazz leads a blues, funk and dub combo.

Tue 6 Dec

£20 / 01618 341786

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Mayer Hawthorne

The songwriter performs soul music, including tracks from his fourth album, Man About Town.

Fri 18 Nov

£15.50 / 01618 341786

The Mouse Outfit

Hip hop and rap nonet featuring Dr Syntax and Sparkz.

Fri 23 Dec

£10 / 01618 341786

The Necks

The Australian piano trio perform to celebrate their 30 years of making music together.

Tue 8 Nov

£16.50 / 01618 341786

New Year's Eve Funk & Soul Party

Seven-piece funk outfit the Haggis Horns headline a full live show which also features residents and guest DJs.

Sat 31 Dec

£20 / 01618 341786

Richard Hawley Presents Disgraceland ft. Henri Herbert Live

A new night of live music and DJ sets curated by producer, songwriter, guitarist and bona-fide national treasure Richard Hawley. Tonight we present a live performance from the Jim Jones Revue's Henri Herbert, plus a DJ set from Richard Hawley. Henri Herbert is a piano-playing phenomenon, and one of the best and most…

Fri 16 Dec

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Robert Glasper Experiment

The American pianist revisits his electric side following his 2015 acoustic trio gigs, adding a DJ to the line-up, to expand and enhance his highly-acclaimed jazz material.

Wed 16 Nov

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Goodtime folk with a mix of traditional, contemporary, Klezmer and Celtic by the Bristol-based band.

Thu 10 Nov

£13 / 01618 341786

Skye And Ross from Morcheeba

The duo performs trip hop, electronica and folk rock from the album Skye Ross as well as some of Ross's material from Morcheeba.

Fri 4 Nov

Slow Club

Sheffield based duo Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor play ethereal folk-rock and indie-pop.

Fri 28 Oct

£12.50 / 01618 341786

Smoove & Turrell

A seductive take on Motown, funk and acid jazz from this Geordie vocal duo.

Sat 12 Nov

£14 / 01618 341786

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The Steve Rothery Band - Ghosts And Garden Parties

Marillion founder member and guitarist Steve Rothery and his outstanding band return to play tracks from his highly acclaimed solo album 'The Ghosts of Pripyat' followed by a selection of rarely heard early Marillion classics. Support by guitarist Dave Foster and his band Doors 7.30 pm Support 8.00 pm SRB 9.00 pm


Calibre, Bane and MC DRS supply drum'n'bass.

Sat 12 Nov

£10 / 01618 341786

Talib Kweli

Brooklyn rapper on the alternative hip-hop scale who has collaborated with the likes of Mos Def and Madlib.

Thu 8 Dec

£18 / 01618 341786


Poet-guitarists and rock soul rebels from the Southern Sahara desert. Their music expresses the aspirations of their people, the Kel Tamashek or Touareg of the southern Sahara desert.

Sun 6 Nov

£26 / 01618 341786

When Sound Systems Ruled The Dancehall

Six iconic sound systems come together for an unforgettable night for all reggae fans, featuring music by Classic Sound, Hussla, Baron Turbo Charge, King Taurus, Jah Guide, Megatone and more.

Sat 19 Nov

£15; £10 adv / 01618 341786

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