Band on the Wall represents a real musical success story for the city of Manchester. Funded by both the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Arts Council, the £4 million venue opened in 2009 after years in disarray; like many previously abandoned tenancies in the city, it has a rich history intertwined with the textile industry, but has always been a fertile ground for live music. The name is attributed to the tall stage fixed behind the bar during the 1930s, and while the venue isn’t quite as bustling nowadays, you still can’t miss it thanks to the pulsating neon graphic equaliser adorning the outside wall.
Having been refurbished and engineered exclusively with live music in mind, Band on the Wall has one of the best reputations in the city for shows and clubnights. The venue is spacious, with both a huge wooden dancefloor and a series of snug balconies in the round. The music programming leans towards world and experimental, and has won regular acclaim for its support of jazz, for which it’s regarded as one of the best venues in the UK. As such, it generally attracts a more mature and conscientious audience than other clubs in the city.
Nonetheless, weekends at Band on the Wall see some of the most successful and consistent clubnights in the city. BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Craig Charles sells out on a monthly basis with his Funk and Soul Club, usually featuring a live act or guest DJ alongside his crate-digging sets. DJ Yoda is another regular genre-hopper on the stage, while Marcus Intalex’s Soul:Ution residency takes the club’s epic system to its limits with fresh and classic DnB.
Located at the far end of the Northern Quarter, Band on the Wall is surrounded by offbeat drinking spots such as Bar Fringe, and the venue’s own Picturehouse bar and café promises great beer and homemade curries.
Band On The Wall
|Venue name:||Band On The Wall|
25 Swan Street
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Craig Charles Funk n Soul Club
Glorious 1970s funk and 1960s soul as Craig Charles (BBC 6 Music) DJs and hosts Michigan funk outfit, Third Coast Kings.Sat October 25th 2014 - Sat October 25th 2014READ MORE25 Swan Street Manchester Manchester M4 5JZ
Expect the best in deep and dark drum 'n' bass from special guest Doc Scott, alongside Soul:ution residents Marcus Intalex and Bane.Fri October 31st 2014 - Fri October 31st 2014READ MORE25 Swan Street Manchester Manchester M4 5JZ
Mr Scruff Keep It Unreal
A melting pot of jazz, soul, hip hop, funk, disco, deep house, reggae, Afrobeat and Latin.Sat November 1st 2014 - Sat November 1st 2014READ MORE25 Swan Street Manchester Manchester M4 5JZ
The singer-songwriter and musician, Joseph Amp Fiddler, performs his funk, soul, dance and electronica material.Electro Sun November 2nd 2014 - Thu November 20th 2014READ MORE25 Swan Street Manchester Manchester M4 5JZ
This Tuareg-band - winners of Songlines Best Group of 2014 Award - plays Malian music mixed up with blues and rock.World Tue November 4th 2014 - Tue November 4th 2014READ MORE25 Swan Street Manchester Manchester M4 5JZ
Nightmares On Wax
Experimental hip hop, rap, soul and dance music by the Leeds-born, Ibiza-based composer, performer and DJ, George Evelyn.Hip hop Sat November 8th 2014 - Sat November 8th 2014READ MORE25 Swan Street Manchester Manchester M4 5JZ
Kindred The Family Soul
The Philadelphia-based married couple of Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon perform R&B and contemporary soul. With support from Quentin Moore.R&B Fri November 14th 2014 - Fri November 14th 2014READ MORE25 Swan Street Manchester Manchester M4 5JZ
Seun Kuti And Egypt 80
The Nigerian-based outfit, led by the son of Fela Kuti, performs politicised, booty-shaking Afrobeat.World Thu November 20th 2014 - Thu November 20th 2014READ MORE25 Swan Street Manchester Manchester M4 5JZ