Band on the Wall Updates Feed Events http://bandonthewall.org/ © 2015 Band on the Wall en-gb Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[Akua Naru 12th October 2015]]> With classic boom bap hip-hop sounds, profound mastery of lyricism, socially conscious rhymes, and astonishing musicianship, it is no wonder that Naru has garnered attention and accumulated rave reviews. Being associated with artist movements such as the 90's hip hop era and acts such as Lauryn Hill & The Roots, Naru's musical and poetic gifts have been appreciated within and beyond hip hop circles and are amplified within live performance. Accompanied by her band, DIGFLO, a six-piece ensemble including drums, keys, saxophone/flute, bass, guitar, and turntables, Akua Naru has a reputation for captivating audiences, hyping crowds, inspiring many, and forcing some to counter and dispel the myths regarding what they have been taught about women and hip hop. Clearly, her music and performances are a testament to the legacy of soul music and the powerful trailblazing female artist tradition on which it builds.

The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4831/ Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:44:21 +0100
<![CDATA[Manchester Jazz Festival Afterparty ft. Kalakuta, Glowrogues and DJ Matt Halsall 8th August 2015]]> Band on the Wall present a Manchester Jazz Festival afterparty, bringing two of the most exciting bands of the festival together for a late night party, with the fantastic Matt Halsall DJing till late.

Kalakuta

Drawing their inspiration and energy from the golden age of the Nigerian, Ghanian and Ethiopian dance-floors of the 1970's, this group of up-and-coming young musicians defies anyone to stay sat down for one of their high-octane (often pretty sweaty) live shows!

Expect punchy horns, choppy guitars and wailing organs, all underpinned by a groove that will keep your feet moving all night!

Glowrogues

A new band of rising stars from Manchester and Birmingham, playing funk and hip-hop flavoured pieces by Molyneux, using electronics to manipulate the horn section sound, creating an experimental edge. Uplifting and energetic.

Followed by DJ Matt Halsall.

Click HERE to register for your FREE tickets.

The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4830/ Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:20:19 +0100
<![CDATA[Tim Bowness Band + Improvizone + Nerve Toy Trio 8th September 2015]]> On Tuesday 8th September the Tim Bowness and band (Porcupine Tree’s Colin Edwin, Michael Bearpark, Stephen Bennett and Sanguine Hum’s Andrew Booker) perform music from Tim's albums Stupid Things That Mean The World and Abandoned Dancehall Dreams, plus No-Man songs.

Support comes from Improvizone (using members of the Tim Bowness Band), Andrew Booker's acclaimed London-based Ambient-Improv collective, and North West Jazz Prog group Nerve Toy Trio.

The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4829/ Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:44:34 +0100
<![CDATA[Soul:ution - Bank Holiday Special: ft. Calibre, Marcus Intalex, Galvini, Bane & MC DRS 30th August 2015]]> Soul:ution returns for a Bank Holiday Sunday special! Manchester’s longest running liquid DNB night is back with a classic line up featuring Soul:ution icon Calibre - the liquid maestro known for his complex production values and deep, soulful grooves that nobody else can match. Often imitated but never bettered, Calibre’s sound remains his own after ten years of producing and releasing drum & bass. Prolific in the studio, yet always creative and exploring new techniques, he’s the man Marcus Intalex calls the ‘magical music machine’.

Taking control of the mic is MC DRS, respected amongst his peers as one of the most talented wordsmiths in UK music, multi-award winning DRS has shown over the years that he has a talent for writing, singing, rapping and an unrivalled ability to hold a crowd in the palm of his hand.

Soul:ution stalwarts Marcus Intalex, Galvini and Bane are all on hand to keep the tunes going into the early hours.

This is going to be a massive night, advanced booking is recommended.

Keep your eyes peeled for future Soul:ution specials!

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4828/ Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:28:37 +0100
<![CDATA[Extra Love 20th November 2015]]> Extra Love are a well established ten-piece band from Manchester who throw a variety of spices into the Reggae/Dub pot; creating their own distinctive and very danceable flavour. With big vibes, grooves to make you move your waist line, and deep bass that rolls all the way down your spine...this band is in it's natural habitat when mashing up dancefloors all over the land. Expect equal helpings of conscious music and un self-conscious dancing at an Extra Love gig...

"Extra Love are Vibes, Vibes and more vibes. They never fail to impress on levels of energy and stage presence. With a massive live following and tunes to back this up they get any dance skanking big time’' Kev Original/Dub Smugglers

Also available to book through our artist agency.

The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4827/ Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:29:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald and King Size Slim at The Grand, Clitheroe 15th November 2015]]> Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald

Skip McDonald made his name as an integral part of the Sugar Hill house band playing on the most influential early rap classics and as part of Adrian Sherwood's On-U Sound crew he has made some of the most adventurous and praised UK music of the last twenty years.

Little Axe is the return to the blues that Skip grew up with and learned from his father. McDonald, along with bassplayer Doug Wimbish and drummer Keith LeBlanc formed the house band for the pioneering rap label Sugar Hill, providing the music for some of the most seminal records of the era by Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaata, Force M.D.'s and others. From there he worked closely with Adrian Sherwood on many of projects for the On-U Sound label, as well as spearheading the band Tackhead and working with Living Colour.

Skip has been the prime mover behind Little Axe since around 1992. Under a name inspired by Bob Marley's Small Axe and gospel singer Willmer 'Little Ax' Broadnax, the debut album Wolf That House Built was a personal take on blues and dub, and was released to critical acclaim in 1994. The second Little Axe album, Slow Fuse, was also well received. Then it remained silent for far too long. In 2002 Skip's third Little Axe album Hard Grind became the first release for four years on Sherwood's revived and re-launched On-U Sound label with a mixture of raw blues and reggae. While Hard Grind no doubt will also draw comparisons to Moby's Play, it was Skip who pioneered the fusion of blues and electronic music with Little Axe.

‘dub-blues grooves that manage to be soothing yet unsettling’ The Independent

King Size Slim

The big warm tones from his resonator guitar along with a powerful and direct vocal delivery are the trademarks of singer/song-writer King Size Slim.

Add rolling grooves and percussive hooks and you have a songwriter who delivers original compositions that are steeped in a world of music that is fully conscious of its roots but at the same time has a new story to tell.

Constant touring has built Hastings based Toby Barelli (aka King Size Slim) a reputation as a powerful performer, immensely engaging, passionate and entertaining with a delivery that grips his audience. Toby was performing regularly with local bands at the age of 14, sitting in with anyone who would let him, style or genre didn’t matter, he just wanted to play. His tenacity paid off, and shortly after leaving school Toby got his first professional work. Later Toby was invited to join the Two Tone legends ‘The Selecter’. This led to four years of worldwide touring and recording with many Ska and Reggae heroes, some influences of which can still be heard in his music today.

Now performing over 150 shows a year either solo or with his 3-piece line up (featuring a potent combination of guitars, bass, percussion and backing vocals), and in the wake of his last studio album, King Size Slim has become a a ‘must see’ act on the alternative blues circuit as well as venues and festivals around the country.

“Taking lactose intolerance to new levels... I really like this record!” Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 2.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4824/ Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:14:11 +0100
<![CDATA[Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald and King Size Slim at The Ropery Hall, Barton-upon-Humber 14th November 2015]]> Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald

Skip McDonald made his name as an integral part of the Sugar Hill house band playing on the most influential early rap classics and as part of Adrian Sherwood's On-U Sound crew he has made some of the most adventurous and praised UK music of the last twenty years.

Little Axe is the return to the blues that Skip grew up with and learned from his father. McDonald, along with bassplayer Doug Wimbish and drummer Keith LeBlanc formed the house band for the pioneering rap label Sugar Hill, providing the music for some of the most seminal records of the era by Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaata, Force M.D.'s and others. From there he worked closely with Adrian Sherwood on many of projects for the On-U Sound label, as well as spearheading the band Tackhead and working with Living Colour.

Skip has been the prime mover behind Little Axe since around 1992. Under a name inspired by Bob Marley's Small Axe and gospel singer Willmer 'Little Ax' Broadnax, the debut album Wolf That House Built was a personal take on blues and dub, and was released to critical acclaim in 1994. The second Little Axe album, Slow Fuse, was also well received. Then it remained silent for far too long. In 2002 Skip's third Little Axe album Hard Grind became the first release for four years on Sherwood's revived and re-launched On-U Sound label with a mixture of raw blues and reggae. While Hard Grind no doubt will also draw comparisons to Moby's Play, it was Skip who pioneered the fusion of blues and electronic music with Little Axe.

‘dub-blues grooves that manage to be soothing yet unsettling’ The Independent

King Size Slim

The big warm tones from his resonator guitar along with a powerful and direct vocal delivery are the trademarks of singer/song-writer King Size Slim.

Add rolling grooves and percussive hooks and you have a songwriter who delivers original compositions that are steeped in a world of music that is fully conscious of its roots but at the same time has a new story to tell.

Constant touring has built Hastings based Toby Barelli (aka King Size Slim) a reputation as a powerful performer, immensely engaging, passionate and entertaining with a delivery that grips his audience. Toby was performing regularly with local bands at the age of 14, sitting in with anyone who would let him, style or genre didn’t matter, he just wanted to play. His tenacity paid off, and shortly after leaving school Toby got his first professional work. Later Toby was invited to join the Two Tone legends ‘The Selecter’. This led to four years of worldwide touring and recording with many Ska and Reggae heroes, some influences of which can still be heard in his music today.

Now performing over 150 shows a year either solo or with his 3-piece line up (featuring a potent combination of guitars, bass, percussion and backing vocals), and in the wake of his last studio album, King Size Slim has become a a ‘must see’ act on the alternative blues circuit as well as venues and festivals around the country.

“Taking lactose intolerance to new levels... I really like this record!” Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 2.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4823/ Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:11:46 +0100
<![CDATA[Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald and King Size Slim at The Old Fire Station, Carlisle 12th November 2015]]> Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald

Skip McDonald made his name as an integral part of the Sugar Hill house band playing on the most influential early rap classics and as part of Adrian Sherwood's On-U Sound crew he has made some of the most adventurous and praised UK music of the last twenty years.

Little Axe is the return to the blues that Skip grew up with and learned from his father. McDonald, along with bassplayer Doug Wimbish and drummer Keith LeBlanc formed the house band for the pioneering rap label Sugar Hill, providing the music for some of the most seminal records of the era by Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaata, Force M.D.'s and others. From there he worked closely with Adrian Sherwood on many of projects for the On-U Sound label, as well as spearheading the band Tackhead and working with Living Colour.

Skip has been the prime mover behind Little Axe since around 1992. Under a name inspired by Bob Marley's Small Axe and gospel singer Willmer 'Little Ax' Broadnax, the debut album Wolf That House Built was a personal take on blues and dub, and was released to critical acclaim in 1994. The second Little Axe album, Slow Fuse, was also well received. Then it remained silent for far too long. In 2002 Skip's third Little Axe album Hard Grind became the first release for four years on Sherwood's revived and re-launched On-U Sound label with a mixture of raw blues and reggae. While Hard Grind no doubt will also draw comparisons to Moby's Play, it was Skip who pioneered the fusion of blues and electronic music with Little Axe.

‘dub-blues grooves that manage to be soothing yet unsettling’ The Independent

King Size Slim

The big warm tones from his resonator guitar along with a powerful and direct vocal delivery are the trademarks of singer/song-writer King Size Slim.

Add rolling grooves and percussive hooks and you have a songwriter who delivers original compositions that are steeped in a world of music that is fully conscious of its roots but at the same time has a new story to tell.

Constant touring has built Hastings based Toby Barelli (aka King Size Slim) a reputation as a powerful performer, immensely engaging, passionate and entertaining with a delivery that grips his audience. Toby was performing regularly with local bands at the age of 14, sitting in with anyone who would let him, style or genre didn’t matter, he just wanted to play. His tenacity paid off, and shortly after leaving school Toby got his first professional work. Later Toby was invited to join the Two Tone legends ‘The Selecter’. This led to four years of worldwide touring and recording with many Ska and Reggae heroes, some influences of which can still be heard in his music today.

Now performing over 150 shows a year either solo or with his 3-piece line up (featuring a potent combination of guitars, bass, percussion and backing vocals), and in the wake of his last studio album, King Size Slim has become a a ‘must see’ act on the alternative blues circuit as well as venues and festivals around the country.

“Taking lactose intolerance to new levels... I really like this record!” Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 2.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4822/ Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:10:47 +0100
<![CDATA[Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald and King Size Slim at Band on the Wall, Manchester 27th October 2015]]> Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald

Skip McDonald made his name as an integral part of the Sugar Hill house band playing on the most influential early rap classics and as part of Adrian Sherwood's On-U Sound crew he has made some of the most adventurous and praised UK music of the last twenty years.

Little Axe is the return to the blues that Skip grew up with and learned from his father. McDonald, along with bassplayer Doug Wimbish and drummer Keith LeBlanc formed the house band for the pioneering rap label Sugar Hill, providing the music for some of the most seminal records of the era by Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaata, Force M.D.'s and others. From there he worked closely with Adrian Sherwood on many of projects for the On-U Sound label, as well as spearheading the band Tackhead and working with Living Colour.

Skip has been the prime mover behind Little Axe since around 1992. Under a name inspired by Bob Marley's Small Axe and gospel singer Willmer 'Little Ax' Broadnax, the debut album Wolf That House Built was a personal take on blues and dub, and was released to critical acclaim in 1994. The second Little Axe album, Slow Fuse, was also well received. Then it remained silent for far too long. In 2002 Skip's third Little Axe album Hard Grind became the first release for four years on Sherwood's revived and re-launched On-U Sound label with a mixture of raw blues and reggae. While Hard Grind no doubt will also draw comparisons to Moby's Play, it was Skip who pioneered the fusion of blues and electronic music with Little Axe.

‘dub-blues grooves that manage to be soothing yet unsettling’ The Independent

King Size Slim

The big warm tones from his resonator guitar along with a powerful and direct vocal delivery are the trademarks of singer/song-writer King Size Slim.

Add rolling grooves and percussive hooks and you have a songwriter who delivers original compositions that are steeped in a world of music that is fully conscious of its roots but at the same time has a new story to tell.

Constant touring has built Hastings based Toby Barelli (aka King Size Slim) a reputation as a powerful performer, immensely engaging, passionate and entertaining with a delivery that grips his audience. Toby was performing regularly with local bands at the age of 14, sitting in with anyone who would let him, style or genre didn’t matter, he just wanted to play. His tenacity paid off, and shortly after leaving school Toby got his first professional work. Later Toby was invited to join the Two Tone legends ‘The Selecter’. This led to four years of worldwide touring and recording with many Ska and Reggae heroes, some influences of which can still be heard in his music today.

Now performing over 150 shows a year either solo or with his 3-piece line up (featuring a potent combination of guitars, bass, percussion and backing vocals), and in the wake of his last studio album, King Size Slim has become a a ‘must see’ act on the alternative blues circuit as well as venues and festivals around the country.

“Taking lactose intolerance to new levels... I really like this record!” Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 2.

The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4821/ Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:08:40 +0100
<![CDATA[Dengue Fever 1st October 2015]]> Hey Manchester and Band on the Wall present Dengue Fever.

"A danceable, delightfully mutated mix of American surf, garage-rock psychedelia and the emotive, snaky crooning of Khmer folk music.” LA Weekly

Los Angeles six-piece Dengue Fever combine a rapturous blend of 60s Cambodian pop and psych rock grooves. Plunging headlong into their second decade as a band, Dengue Fever now find themselves as creative musicians with no boundaries, as well as label owners who make their own decisions on where, when and how to fabricate their career.

In 2013, after forming their own label Tuk Tuk Records, the band crossed over into brave new territory as both artist and record label owners. ‘The Deepest Lake’, their fifth full-length of all-new material, comes at a critical and exciting juncture in the bands career, with spectacular live experiences to match.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4808/ Wed, 1 Jul 2015 08:57:04 +0100
<![CDATA[Just announced: Akua Naru, 12th October. 1st October 2015]]> Akua Naru

12 October / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets


With classic boom bap hip-hop sounds, profound mastery of lyricism, socially conscious rhymes, and astonishing musicianship, it is no wonder that Naru has garnered attention and accumulated rave reviews. Being associated with artist movements such as the 90's hip hop era and acts such as Lauryn Hill & The Roots, Naru's musical and poetic gifts have been appreciated within and beyond hip hop circles and are amplified within live performance. Accompanied by her band, DIGFLO, a six-piece ensemble including drums, keys, saxophone/flute, bass, guitar, and turntables, Akua Naru has a reputation for captivating audiences, hyping crowds, inspiring many, and forcing some to counter and dispel the myths regarding what they have been taught about women and hip hop. Clearly, her music and performances are a testament to the legacy of soul music and the powerful trailblazing female artist tradition on which it builds.

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2015/07/just-announced-akua-naru-12th-october/ Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:56:18 +0100
<![CDATA[Manchester Youth Jazz Foundation Autumn 2015 1st October 2015]]> Manchester Youth Jazz Foundation Autumn 2015

26 September / 12:30 - 15:00
27 September / 09:30 - 17:00
More Info / Apply

Brighter Sound and Manchester Youth Jazz Foundation are looking for creative young musicians aged 11-18 to take part in a weekend course at Band on the Wall, which explores new and interesting ways into jazz composition and improvisation. Featuring noted multi-instrumentalist and improviser Richard Ormrod, this project is for anyone with an interest in developing their creative, musical and improvisation skills and in working as an ensemble to devise new and innovative music.

The course will begin on the Saturday at 12.30pm, and will consist of a group masterclass led by Richard, followed by creative sessions with a team of experienced jazz tutors providing expert support and guidance. At the end of the weekend on Sunday afternoon, there will be a short premier performance on stage at Band on the Wall.

Richard Ormrod arranges for, educates and conducts musicians of all ages and abilities, in both musicianship and improvisation at projects such as Dales Jam and the Jam Factory.

The weekend is aimed at aspiring young musicians with an interest in jazz and improvisation. If you want to talk to us about whether this means you, please contact Brighter Sound.

Click HERE to apply. Deadline for applications: Sun 13 Sept, 12pm.

Additional Event Information

  • Full event dates: Sat 26 Sept, 12.30-3pm and Sun 27 Sept, 9.30am-5pm
  • Performance: Sun 27 Sept, 4pm, Band on the Wall at 4pm.
  • Please note, applicants must be aged 11-18 and be available for the whole weekend to attend all sessions and performance.
  • Click HERE to apply. Deadline for applications: Sun 13 Sept, 12pm.
  • Price: £15.00
  • For further information and advice please contact Tim Chatterton at tim@brightersound.com.
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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2015/07/manchester-youth-jazz-foundation-autumn-2015/ Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:40:40 +0100
<![CDATA[Just announced: Manchester Jazz Festival Afterparty ft. Kalakuta, Glowrogues and DJ Matt Halsall, 8th August. 1st October 2015]]> Manchester Jazz Festival Afterparty

ft. Kalakuta, Glowrogues and DJ Matt Halsall

08 August / 22:00 / More Info / Register For Free Tickets

Band on the Wall present a Manchester Jazz Festival afterparty, bringing two of the most exciting bands of the festival together for a late night party, with the fantastic Matt Halsall DJing till late.

Kalakuta

Drawing their inspiration and energy from the golden age of the Nigerian, Ghanian and Ethiopian dance-floors of the 1970's, this group of up-and-coming young musicians defies anyone to stay sat down for one of their high-octane (often pretty sweaty) live shows!

Expect punchy horns, choppy guitars and wailing organs, all underpinned by a groove that will keep your feet moving all night!

Glowrogues

A new band of rising stars from Manchester and Birmingham, playing funk and hip-hop flavoured pieces by Molyneux, using electronics to manipulate the horn section sound, creating an experimental edge. Uplifting and energetic.

Followed by DJ Matt Halsall.

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2015/07/just-announced-manchester-jazz-festival-afterparty-ft-kalakuta-glowrogues-and-dj-matt-halsall-8th-au/ Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:23:36 +0100
<![CDATA[Just announced: Tim Bowness Band + Improvizone + Nerve Toy Trio, 8th September. 1st October 2015]]> Tim Bowness Band + Improvizone + Nerve Toy Trio

08 September / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

On Tuesday 8th September the Tim Bowness and band (Porcupine Tree’s Colin Edwin, Michael Bearpark, Stephen Bennett and Sanguine Hum’s Andrew Booker) perform music from Tim's albums Stupid Things That Mean The World and Abandoned Dancehall Dreams, plus No-Man songs.

Support comes from Improvizone (using members of the Tim Bowness Band), Andrew Booker's acclaimed London-based Ambient-Improv collective, and North West Jazz Prog group Nerve Toy Trio.

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2015/07/just-announced-tim-bowness-band-improvizone-nerve-toy-trio-8th-september/ Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:47:37 +0100
<![CDATA[Just announced: Soul:ution - Bank Holiday Special: ft. Calibre, Marcus Intalex, Galvini, Bane & MC DRS 1st October 2015]]>

Soul:ution - Bank Holiday Special: ft. Calibre, Marcus Intalex, Galvini, Bane & MC DRS

30 August / 23:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Soul:ution returns for a Bank Holiday Sunday special! Manchester’s longest running liquid DNB night is back with a classic line up featuring Soul:ution icon Calibre - the liquid maestro known for his complex production values and deep, soulful grooves that nobody else can match. Often imitated but never bettered, Calibre’s sound remains his own after ten years of producing and releasing drum & bass. Prolific in the studio, yet always creative and exploring new techniques, he’s the man Marcus Intalex calls the ‘magical music machine’.

Taking control of the mic is MC DRS, respected amongst his peers as one of the most talented wordsmiths in UK music, multi-award winning DRS has shown over the years that he has a talent for writing, singing, rapping and an unrivalled ability to hold a crowd in the palm of his hand.

Soul:ution stalwarts Marcus Intalex, Galvini and Bane are all on hand to keep the tunes going into the early hours.

This is going to be a massive night, advanced booking is recommended.

Keep your eyes peeled for future Soul:ution specials!

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2015/07/just-announced-soulution-bank-holiday-special-ft-calibre-marcus-intalex-galvini-bane-and-mc-drs/ Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:32:29 +0100
<![CDATA[Interview: Gabriel Garzón-Montano 1st October 2015]]> Gabriel Garzon-Montano

Gabriel Garzón-Montano is a US R&B singer and songwriter, born to French and Columbian parents whose broad base of musical influences have diversified his soulful style. He’s currently making big waves in the music industry, in December he recorded his first Gilles Peterson session on BBC6 Music, spent early 2015 touring stadiums with Lenny Kravitz after a personal invitation from Kravitz himself, opened for Meshell Ndegecello at the Blue Note Jazz Festival in Central Park, and the track “6 8”  was sampled by hip-hop star Drake on his 2015 mixtape "If You're Reading This It's Too Late." A saying which perfectly sums up Garzón-Montano’s rise. We spoke to Gabriel about sampling in popular music, the construction of his songs and his plans for 2015.

‘6 8’ from you EP ‘Bishouné: Alma del Huila’ was sampled by Drake on his last album; what is your opinion on sampling in hip hop and popular music, are you generally for or against the creative use of material?

I'm all for it as long as people get the credit they deserve.

Your stripped back performances on the Brownswood Basement videos really shows the details of those tracks and your nuanced keys playing, are they a pretty accurate depiction of how your first wrote and began recording those tracks, or did they come about in different ways?

The 707 is just for live stuff and sometimes I use it as a click in the studio. ‘Everything Is Everything’ was written on that keyboard using the same patch in typical singer songwriter fashion. ‘Me Alone’ started as a voice note of me singing a version of the groove. Then I programmed drums into Garageband and sung the Ooo's in, looped it and started coming up with the vocal. When I went into the studio I replayed everything.

In your SPIN magazine interview, you discuss the very different musics your parents turned you onto, with your father introducing you to salsa and cumbia and your mother introducing you to classical and avant garde. Are there any particular pieces or albums that are crucial to you from those your parents introduced to you?

Fania All Stars Live at the Cheetah and Erik Satie’s Gymnopédie No. 1.

Is collaboration important for you as a musician? When it comes to your solo material do you seek guidance or consult your peers, or is it a more solitary endeavour?

I play the music for a handful of close people. Mostly a solitary endeavour. Henry Hirsch is my main collaborator as he makes the songs sound the way they do.

What do you have planned for the rest of 2015 aside from the live dates in the UK? 

Finishing my record, Doing US tour in July, and a European tour in September. Also gonna do a song in Spanish when I get back from all this.

Gabriel Garzon-Montano

11 September / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2015/07/interview-gabriel-garznmontano/ Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:53:18 +0100
<![CDATA[Just announced: Extra Love, 20th November. 1st October 2015]]> Extra Love

20 November / 20:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Extra Love are a well established ten-piece band from Manchester who throw a variety of spices into the Reggae/Dub pot; creating their own distinctive and very danceable flavour. With big vibes, grooves to make you move your waist line, and deep bass that rolls all the way down your spine...this band is in it's natural habitat when mashing up dancefloors all over the land. Expect equal helpings of conscious music and un self-conscious dancing at an Extra Love gig...

"Extra Love are Vibes, Vibes and more vibes. They never fail to impress on levels of energy and stage presence. With a massive live following and tunes to back this up they get any dance skanking big time’' Kev Original/Dub Smugglers

Also available to book through our artist agency.

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2015/07/just-announced-extra-love-20th-nove/ Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:32:25 +0100
<![CDATA[Just announced: The Serpent Power, 17th September. 1st October 2015]]> The Serpent Power

17 September / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

The Serpent Power is a collaboration between Ian Skelly (The Coral) and Paul Molloy (The Zutons).

Having met at an after-show party in Liverpool, Skelly and Molloy discovered an instant songwriting chemistry and immediately booked a studio to begin work on their debut album. Deciding to keep the name of the former’s backing band from his Cut From A Star solo album tour, Serpent Power was born.

Opening offering ‘Lucifer’s Dream Box’ comes across like Arthur Lee jamming with 13th Floor Elevators in Midlake‘s summerhouse. At night.

Their record unravels like a darkly comic horror book; with twisted tales of alien brain abduction, phantom bogeymen, sirens, voodoo witchdoctors and waitresses come serial killers.

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2015/07/the-serpent-power/ Mon, 20 Jul 2015 10:09:33 +0100
<![CDATA[Just announced: Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald and King Size Slim Autumn Tour 2015 1st October 2015]]> Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald and King Size Slim

27 October / 19:30 / Band on the Wall, Manchester
12 November / 19:00 / The Old Fire Station, Carlisle
14 November / 19:00 / The Ropery Hall, Barton-upon-Humber
15 November / 19:00 / The Grand, Clitheroe
21 November / 19:30 / The Albany, Deptford

Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald

Skip McDonald made his name as an integral part of the Sugar Hill house band playing on the most influential early rap classics and as part of Adrian Sherwood's On-U Sound crew he has made some of the most adventurous and praised UK music of the last twenty years.

Little Axe is the return to the blues that Skip grew up with and learned from his father. McDonald, along with bassplayer Doug Wimbish and drummer Keith LeBlanc formed the house band for the pioneering rap label Sugar Hill, providing the music for some of the most seminal records of the era by Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaata, Force M.D.'s and others. From there he worked closely with Adrian Sherwood on many of projects for the On-U Sound label, as well as spearheading the band Tackhead and working with Living Colour.

Skip has been the prime mover behind Little Axe since around 1992. Under a name inspired by Bob Marley's Small Axe and gospel singer Willmer 'Little Ax' Broadnax, the debut album Wolf That House Built was a personal take on blues and dub, and was released to critical acclaim in 1994. The second Little Axe album, Slow Fuse, was also well received. Then it remained silent for far too long. In 2002 Skip's third Little Axe album Hard Grind became the first release for four years on Sherwood's revived and re-launched On-U Sound label with a mixture of raw blues and reggae. While Hard Grind no doubt will also draw comparisons to Moby's Play, it was Skip who pioneered the fusion of blues and electronic music with Little Axe.

‘dub-blues grooves that manage to be soothing yet unsettling’ The Independent

King Size Slim

The big warm tones from his resonator guitar along with a powerful and direct vocal delivery are the trademarks of singer/song-writer King Size Slim.

Add rolling grooves and percussive hooks and you have a songwriter who delivers original compositions that are steeped in a world of music that is fully conscious of its roots but at the same time has a new story to tell.

Constant touring has built Hastings based Toby Barelli (aka King Size Slim) a reputation as a powerful performer, immensely engaging, passionate and entertaining with a delivery that grips his audience. Toby was performing regularly with local bands at the age of 14, sitting in with anyone who would let him, style or genre didn’t matter, he just wanted to play. His tenacity paid off, and shortly after leaving school Toby got his first professional work. Later Toby was invited to join the Two Tone legends ‘The Selecter’. This led to four years of worldwide touring and recording with many Ska and Reggae heroes, some influences of which can still be heard in his music today.

Now performing over 150 shows a year either solo or with his 3-piece line up (featuring a potent combination of guitars, bass, percussion and backing vocals), and in the wake of his last studio album, King Size Slim has become a a ‘must see’ act on the alternative blues circuit as well as venues and festivals around the country.

“Taking lactose intolerance to new levels... I really like this record!” Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 2.

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01 October / 19:30 / More Info / Tickets on sale soon

Hey Manchester and Band on the Wall present Dengue Fever.

"A danceable, delightfully mutated mix of American surf, garage-rock psychedelia and the emotive, snaky crooning of Khmer folk music.” LA Weekly

Los Angeles six-piece Dengue Fever combine a rapturous blend of 60s Cambodian pop and psych rock grooves. Plunging headlong into their second decade as a band, Dengue Fever now find themselves as creative musicians with no boundaries, as well as label owners who make their own decisions on where, when and how to fabricate their career.

In 2013, after forming their own label Tuk Tuk Records, the band crossed over into brave new territory as both artist and record label owners. ‘The Deepest Lake’, their fifth full-length of all-new material, comes at a critical and exciting juncture in the bands career, with spectacular live experiences to match.

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