Band on the Wall Updates Feed Events http://bandonthewall.org/ © 2014 Band on the Wall en-gb Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 <![CDATA[Picturehouse Choir Spring Sing 1st April 2015]]> Picturehouse Choir, our own 35 strong natural voice group led by Jules Gibb, host a special night of a cappella vocal music with two special guest choirs. Jules is recognised internationally for her engaging and inspirational teaching and leadership in the field of Natural Voice singing. This performance includes songs from the choir's huge repertoire including some beautiful new arrangements and some old favourites.

Doors open at 7.15 (Entrance through the Red Door)

Show starts at 7.30

"There's no choir in the world quite like this one - love it to bits!"

"Fun, relaxed, with an inspirational musical director and open to anyone and everyone who wants to sing"

This is week 10 of a 10 week course.

The group sings an amazing variety of traditional acapella songs taken from the amazon rainforest to the highlands of Scotland, plus a selection of specially created natural voice arrangements of classic songs in styles ranging from jazz, gospel and popular music.

Performance opportunities include small scale informal performances in the Picturehouse at the end of term up to large scale outdoor extravaganzas with massed voices in support of Wateraid.

"A fun, uplifting, shared musical experience" 

Jules Gibb and The Picturehouse Choir welcomes all comers, all ages, all abilities to sing and harmonise in the friendly social atmosphere of the Picturehouse at Band on the Wall.

No previous singing or musical experience necessary. No auditions needed. Try it out before you subscribe, just come along for a 'no obligations' trial session and sign-up for the term if you want to carry on.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4593/ Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:13:56 +0000
<![CDATA[March of the Mods 8th March 2015]]> Every March, people organise events up and down the UK celebrating love of all things Mod to raise money and awareness for the Teenage Cancer Trust

The Manchester instalment features no less than 8 live acts and some of the best DJs on the Mod scene and will begin with a special scooter ride-in.

Line up:

DILE

5ft Fez

The Transmitters

The Microdotts

Soldier On

ElizaP and the cheapskates

Happy Mondaze

Northern Sugar

DJs - Two Tone Tony & Martin the Mod

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4592/ Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:48:19 +0000
<![CDATA[Soul:ution ft. Dub Phizix, Marcus Intalex, Tokyo Prose, Bane and MC DRS 27th December 2014]]> Soul:ution is back to liven up the post-xmas slump.

With a stellar line up:

Dub Phizix (Estate, Soul:r, Exit, Critical, Commercial Suicide, Ingredients, Dispatch, Hospital, Samurai)

The creator of a new style of Drum and Bass music that fuses influences from all corners of the globe, Manchester based Drum & Bass producer Dub Phizix began his obsession with music over 20 years ago. By 10 years into his career, Dub Phizix was an accomplished producer, having made music in a variety of styles for MTV, BBC and Nokia. Forward to today and Dub Phizix is releasing music on his own SkeptaSonic label and other respected outlets such as Exit, Soul:R and Critical, with Mixmag calling his music 'Essential material'. His remix portfolio is also impressive with reworks for Atlantic Records, Hospital Records, Panjabi MC, Sizzla, and more. 

Marcus Intalex (Soul:r / Metalheadz)

Both as an artist and as a DJ, Marcus Intalex represents the forefront of soulful and musical Drum & Bass. Heading up the legendary Soul:r label, he has worked with artists such as Calibre and S.P.Y and has always sought to release quality music with lasting appeal. Marcus's DJ sets have earned him a reputation as a tastemaker, not afraid to test crowds with a high-quality selection from across the spectrum of Drum & Bass. A passion for House and Techno has always run deeply through his music, demonstrated by his recent success in those genres as Trevino.

Tokyo Prose (Samari)

Sam Reed aka Tokyo Prose has built an enviable foundation to a promising future in music. Initially as a duo, Tokyo Prose was discovered by DJ Presha and signed to Samurai Music as a core artist in a long-term development deal. The Tokyo Prose sound, whilst covering a lot of ground, always seeks to maintain a soulful, deep and polished aesthetic with a firm focus on musicality and groove. Tokyo Prose tunes has found himself into the crates of artists like Calibre, dBridge, DJ Marky, Presha, Lenzman, SpectraSoul, Logistics, London Elektricity, ASC and many more. Tokyo Prose DJ sets collect together the latest of Sam’s productions, alongside the freshest from the soulful side of Drum and Bass, fused with timeless classics that have shaped the way Sam produces his music.

MC DRS

With a reputation now stretching well over 15 years, DRS is a truly versatile MC, host, lyricist and recording artist. Cutting his teeth and touring worldwide with the legendary Good Looking label, his soulful style on the mic and honest lyrics are unmatched. He’s been an integral part of the Soul:r camp, recording tracks with Mist:ical, Calibre, Marcus Intalex, and Lynx, appearing as resident MC for Soul:ution and A Bunch of Cuts. Demonstrating the versatility and wide appeal of his unique style, he became part of the Toddla T Sound System as Toddla T's official MC. DRS has gained further recognition through repeatedly winning ‘Best MC ‘at the DNB Arena Awards. On top of all these achievements, DRS is also head of the Estate Recordings label in Manchester, part of hip-hop crew Broke’n’English, and a respected recording artist in his own right, with a massive debut LP ‘I Don't Usually Like MC's But’ to his name, and another on the way.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4591/ Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:15:05 +0000
<![CDATA[The Destroyers 28th May 2015]]> The Destroyers are a collection of rogues and misfits surfing a tidal wave of horns, fiddles and guitars! Rapidly exploding from the 'Balkan Brass' genre they emerge as an anarchic orchestra of blazing passion and breathtaking originality.

So enter the big top and be immersed in the winding world of the hurdy-gurdy, the sonorous land of the tuba and the exotic realm of the duduk. Be ready to be engulfed by a wall of mesmerizing virtuosity and a whirlwind of frenzied dancing!

"Out of the inane cavalcade of Balkan Gypsy sound-alikes comes a blow-your-mind original... Minimum pretence and maximum style: Out Of Babel is a sophisticated tour de force.”  Songlines

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

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4590/ Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:45:15 +0000
<![CDATA[#freegig 4th December 2014]]> Want to watch five great up-and-coming bands for absolutely free? Dawsons Music is hosting a #freegig night at Band on the Wall on Thursday December 4th so you can do just that!

It’s a great opportunity to support Manchester musicians maybe even see a new band before they break into the Industry.

Dawsons’ panel of experts will select the artists from audio and video uploads to its Facebook page. 

If you’d like to be in with a chance to play Dawsons’ #FreeGig, all the details can be found here.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4589/ Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:52:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Craig Charles Funk n Soul Club ft. Hannah Williams & The Tastemakers 31st January 2015]]> The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club returns with Hannah Williams & the Tastemakers live plus presenter, DJ, actor, jungle survivor and funkster Craig Charles manning the decks till the early hours with the planet’s funkiest tunes.

The daughter of a musically gifted minister, Hannah Williams was immersed in soulful music from the day she was born. From the genuine process of recording to tape, almost completely live, to the raw emotion of reliving personal tragedy and triumph in front of the whole band, the Hannah Williams story is told with every scream and every sigh. Backed by the “super tight, super heavy” (Soul Cellar) Tastemakers band, you can find Hannah melting hearts in one breath, and the dance-floor in another. Music is her day job, the studio is her office, and when she’s not singing, her father’s trumpet is never far from her lips…

“A funkbomb” Blues & Soul Magazine

“Stunning… Hannah's performance lifts her on a par with Adele & Amy Winehouse.” Soul Guru

“Strong and funky” Bama Love Soul

“The best in raw soul and deep funk” 1 Beat

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4588/ Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:54:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Cherry Ghost + guests 21st December 2014]]> Hey! Manchester presents Cherry Ghost for a festive special.

For the last couple of years, Simon Aldred has been in a state of wilful musical schizophrenia. Since 2007, Bolton-born Aldred has – to all intents – been Cherry Ghost, a band known for perfecting a kind of widescreen North Western country soul. Yet the third Cherry Ghost album arrives after an extensive period in which Aldred’s own music been pulled in multiple different directions.

Firstly – as a songwriter-for-hire – Aldred has helped to nurture the best of nascent British talent (including hugely tipped artists like Sam Smith and Rae Morris). Latterly – as singer and solo artist – he produced a set of critically lauded post-midnight electronic love songs under the Out Cold guise. Somewhere in the middle, there’s the small matter of the phoenix-like rebirth of Aldred’s Ivor Novello-winning 2007 single People Help The People as it went on to chart highly in 14 different countries in 2010 when it was covered by the teenage singer Birdy.

Far from muddying the musical waters, each of these diversions has only helped sharpen Aldred’s songwriting, providing a major spur for the finest Cherry Ghost album to date, Herd Runners.

Shifting from soaring, symphonic pop (Clear Skies Ever Closer) to melancholic lock-in blues (Drinking for Two) via an almost uncompromisingly hopeful rhythmic shuffle (The World Could Turn [In A Heartbeat]), Herd Runners is a sublime collection, a reminder of Aldred’s singular skill as a composer; a skill that can twist bitter loss into teary optimism (and back) in less time than it takes to toss a coin. Lyrically, the album paints Edward Hopper-esque observations of the lives of others. Where previous records would have focused on the gloomy edges of the picture, Herd Runners takes something of a longer view.

Unlike the last Cherry Ghost album (Beneath This Burning Shoreline, featured music co-written with his then-touring band), Herd Runners was written and readied for recording by Aldred alone. Much like Cherry Ghost’s debut Thirst For Romance, the record is ostensibly a solo endeavour demoed at home before being finally pieced together in the studio with the help of a few handpicked musicians. Rather than wait until the songs were completely watertight, Aldred booked the studio and engineer (Yellow Arch in Sheffield with long-term Richard Hawley collaborator Colin Elliot) for three months hence then set about fiercely working against the ticking clock he’d set for himself.

Herd Runners is Cherry Ghost’s finest record yet; ten perfectly crafted tales of heartbreak and hope. That musical schizophrenia is clearly working wonders for Simon Aldred. Expect more treats from Cherry Ghost’s back catalogue, plus one or two festive musical treats.

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

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4587/ Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:04:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Dub FX 1st May 2015]]> Dub FX built his audience through blood, sweat & busking. Taking to the street 8 years ago with a Loop Station, a few coins and his talent, a friend along the way posted his street performances on Youtube. Instantly people were enthralled by his story, nature & his unique way of creating music.

His trademark is creating rich live music using only his own performance aided by live looping and effect pedals combined with his voice.

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4586/ Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:43:11 +0000
<![CDATA[Magma 7th May 2015]]> Magma play Manchester for the first time since the ‘70s.

Since releasing their self titled debut album in 1970, French rock group Magma have captivated listeners with an explosive fusion of rock, jazz and classical composition including powerful brass and mysterious vocals devised in their own eccentric language to complete their unique sound. 

The group consists of leader Christian Vander (Drums, Vocals) Stella Vander (Vocals) Isabelle Feuillebois (Vocals) Herve Aknin (Vocals) Benoit Alziary (Vibraphone) James Mac Gaw (Guitar) Bruno Ruder (Piano) and Philippe Bussonnet (Bass). Their backgrounds in Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock and Pop mean the eight founding members are musicians with the requisite talents to bring their unique and visionary music to life.

Their 1973 album “Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh” is there most accomplished and renowned work, earning it a spot in the French edition of Rolling Stone’s Best French Rock albums list. Its influence is clear on albums like Fear of Music by Talking Heads, and draws parallels with German groups like Can and Amon Duul as well as prog and jazz fusion acts. 

Being a group with such an outlandish style and experimental music made them hard to classify, and earned them a cult status among psych and prog fans. This is their first time playing in Manchester for many years, making a must see show.

 

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4585/ Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:30:48 +0000
<![CDATA[Edward II 23rd April 2015]]> Edward II, the English roots band that uniquely blend the rhythms of the Caribbean with traditional songs from the British Isles, have been secretly working on a totally new project and will be back in 2015. Temporarily turning away from the rural songs of the middle England Morris teams, this time around the band has been delving deep into a repertoire of songs born of the industrial revolution, specifically of their home town, Manchester. Still upbeat, and with rock-steady rhythms, blazing horns, fabulous harmonies and fiery melodeon melodies, this will be a new set mixed with some of the old favourites and a familiar sound for the faithful.

The new repertoire features such unlikely classics as ‘Victoria Bridge on a Saturday Night’ and ‘A New Song on the Great Demonstration, which is to be made on Kersal Moor September 24th, 1838’, and give remarkable insights into the lives of our those living through a time of great change almost 200 years ago. Not surprisingly, many of the themes are still relevant today with songs of love, loss, poverty and political rights featuring heavily, but in the hands of Edward II, these have been turned into an uplifting celebration of the working people who really forged Manchester and transformed Britain into an Industrial powerhouse.

The songs have been completely reworked into modern roots reggae classics, featuring Glen Latouche’s seductively honeyed lead vocals at the fore and a rock solid rhythm section led by T Carthy providing the irresistible force at the rear. Of course, the band still roam free across the musical spectrum, bringing in dashes of jazz and soul alongside the reggae and folk, but always with an air of good humor and, more than anything, a desire to make you dance.

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

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http://bandonthewall.org/events/4584/ Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:13:40 +0000
<![CDATA[Just announced: March of the Mods, 8th March. 23rd April 2015]]> March of the Mods

08 March / 12:00 / More Info / Tickets on sale soon

Every March, people organise events up and down the UK celebrating love of all things Mod to raise money and awareness for the Teenage Cancer Trust

The Manchester instalment features no less than 8 live acts and some of the best DJs on the Mod scene and will begin with a special scooter ride-in.

Line up:

DILE

5ft Fez

The Transmitters

The Microdotts

Soldier On

ElizaP and the cheapskates

Happy Mondaze

Northern Sugar

DJs - Two Tone Tony & Martin the Mod

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2014/11/just-announced-march-of-the-mods-8th-m/ Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:52:53 +0000
<![CDATA[Just announced: Soul:ution ft. Dub Phizix, Marcus Intalex, Tokyo Prose, Bane and MC DRS, 27th December. 23rd April 2015]]> Soul:ution ft. Dub Phizix, Marcus Intalex, Tokyo Prose, Bane and MC DRS

27 December / 23:00 / More Info / Tickets on sale tomorrow, 9am

Soul:ution is back to liven up the post-xmas slump.

With a stellar line up:

Dub Phizix (Estate, Soul:r, Exit, Critical, Commercial Suicide, Ingredients, Dispatch, Hospital, Samurai)

The creator of a new style of Drum and Bass music that fuses influences from all corners of the globe, Manchester based Drum & Bass producer Dub Phizix began his obsession with music over 20 years ago. By 10 years into his career, Dub Phizix was an accomplished producer, having made music in a variety of styles for MTV, BBC and Nokia. Forward to today and Dub Phizix is releasing music on his own SkeptaSonic label and other respected outlets such as Exit, Soul:R and Critical, with Mixmag calling his music 'Essential material'. His remix portfolio is also impressive with reworks for Atlantic Records, Hospital Records, Panjabi MC, Sizzla, and more. 

Marcus Intalex (Soul:r / Metalheadz)

Both as an artist and as a DJ, Marcus Intalex represents the forefront of soulful and musical Drum & Bass. Heading up the legendary Soul:r label, he has worked with artists such as Calibre and S.P.Y and has always sought to release quality music with lasting appeal. Marcus's DJ sets have earned him a reputation as a tastemaker, not afraid to test crowds with a high-quality selection from across the spectrum of Drum & Bass. A passion for House and Techno has always run deeply through his music, demonstrated by his recent success in those genres as Trevino.

Tokyo Prose (Samari)

Sam Reed aka Tokyo Prose has built an enviable foundation to a promising future in music. Initially as a duo, Tokyo Prose was discovered by DJ Presha and signed to Samurai Music as a core artist in a long-term development deal. The Tokyo Prose sound, whilst covering a lot of ground, always seeks to maintain a soulful, deep and polished aesthetic with a firm focus on musicality and groove. Tokyo Prose tunes has found himself into the crates of artists like Calibre, dBridge, DJ Marky, Presha, Lenzman, SpectraSoul, Logistics, London Elektricity, ASC and many more. Tokyo Prose DJ sets collect together the latest of Sam’s productions, alongside the freshest from the soulful side of Drum and Bass, fused with timeless classics that have shaped the way Sam produces his music.

MC DRS

With a reputation now stretching well over 15 years, DRS is a truly versatile MC, host, lyricist and recording artist. Cutting his teeth and touring worldwide with the legendary Good Looking label, his soulful style on the mic and honest lyrics are unmatched. He’s been an integral part of the Soul:r camp, recording tracks with Mist:ical, Calibre, Marcus Intalex, and Lynx, appearing as resident MC for Soul:ution and A Bunch of Cuts. Demonstrating the versatility and wide appeal of his unique style, he became part of the Toddla T Sound System as Toddla T's official MC. DRS has gained further recognition through repeatedly winning ‘Best MC ‘at the DNB Arena Awards. On top of all these achievements, DRS is also head of the Estate Recordings label in Manchester, part of hip-hop crew Broke’n’English, and a respected recording artist in his own right, with a massive debut LP ‘I Don't Usually Like MC's But’ to his name, and another on the way.

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2014/11/just-announced-soulution-ft-dub-phizix-marcus-intalex-tokyo-prose-bane-and-mc-drs-27th-december/ Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:21:17 +0000
<![CDATA[Job Vacancy: Marketing & Communications Manager 23rd April 2015]]> Job Vacancy: Marketing & Communications Manager

This is a key appointment to make a significant contribution to the marketing function of the Band on the Wall music venue.  The venue has been in operation for five years since re-launch and in that time has accumulated significant amounts of audience data and event statistics.  We are looking for an individual who is familiar with mining data to maximise return, through the efficient application of use of data to target specific niche groups, through appropriate marketing tools and strategies. 

The Marketing & Communications Manager will take principal responsibility for the direction and management of the marketing and promotion of the organisation and events at the venue and selected external venues.

The post holder will contribute to company development and strategic planning through their involvement with the Senior Management Team. They will be responsible for disseminating strategy and the ethos of the company to all staff and stakeholders.

To obtain further information and an application form for this post download the attached documents or email: hr@bandonthewall.org. Completed application forms, which can be emailed, to be returned by Monday 1st December.

*Inner City Music, a registered charity (No. 516351), operates Band on the Wall and is supported by Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and Manchester City Council.

More info: http://bandonthewall.org/about/getting-in-touch/jobs/

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2014/11/marketing-and-communications-manager/ Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:22:48 +0000
<![CDATA[An Interview with Clive Gregson of Any Trouble 23rd April 2015]]>

Any Trouble

02 December / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Ahead of their gig at Band on the Wall on Tuesday 2nd December, we got in touch with Any Trouble front man Clive Gregson, to ask him about the groups reformation, their association with the Stiff Records label and his personal songwriting inspiration.

Throughout your career you’ve always toured extensively, be it with Any Trouble, Gregson & Collister or Richard Thompson; is playing live the most rewarding aspect of being a musician?

I actually enjoy all the things I get to do as a musician: writing, recording, sessions, producing, touring etc. Playing live is really good fun and very satisfying... when it all goes well! Which, of course, it usually does!

What was the biggest influence on Any Trouble’s sound when you first united as a band? As the songwriter were you influenced by anyone in particular?

I think you'd get four completely different answers if you asked the band what influenced our sound! I've always been obsessed with The Beatles, Chris's guitar hero was Tim Renwick (Sutherland Brothers and Quiver), Phil wanted to be Kenny Gradney (Little Feat) and Mel was very into Genesis. And of course we didn't sound remotely like any of those bands at all! We were essentially a fairly basic two guitar/bass/drums band who somehow got spannered into New Wave... probably because we played pretty much everything at a furious tempo. Even the "slow" songs... 

As a writer, I would say my biggest influences would have been The Beatles / Stones / Who / Hollies / Kinks and 60s pop generally, Dylan, Randy Newman etc. I also listened to a lot of folkie stuff (especially Richard Thompson/JohnMartyn/Nick Drake...) and classic soul and Motown. Also Abba, The Byrds, The Bee Gees, The Clash... all kinds of stuff. I guess it all sticks and leaves some kind of impression...

The Stiff records label has been the subject of a BBC documentary and is famed for it’s daring approach to selling music. Are you proud of Any Trouble’s association with the label, and has it given the music released in the early years longevity?

I think that being able to say "we were signed to Stiff Records" is a bit like being able to say "I was in a Merseybeat bandin the 60s"... It was a great experience....  and I've pretty much lived off that start in the music business ever since! There is undoubtedly still a great deal of interest in Stiff and the music that came out on the label... and much of it has really stood the test of time. In general, I suspect that music that is not totally connected to a trend or fashion stands a much better chance of surviving... and heaven knows, most of Stiff's acts were not particularly fashionable! And Any Trouble was probably the least fashionable of the lot!

Is time apart crucial for a band to stay exciting for all it’s members? In re-uniting have you found you still play the same way as you did in the beginning, or has being part of other projects changed Any Trouble’s approach to performance?

I think the time apart was largely dictated by circumstances. We broke up in a blaze of apathy at the end of 1984 because we'd pretty much exhausted all of our options in terms of making any money! I figured it was probably better to stop while we were still getting along... Getting back together has also largely been dictated by circumstances... we all stayed in touch and we had a chance to do a reunion record for a revitalised Stiff Records in 2007 ("Life In Reverse")... so off we went, having not played together at all in the interim! We recorded the first song for that album... and it sounded exactly like Any Trouble! That either means that we've not learned a thing in the intervening 33 years... or that we'd got it deadright first time round... I'll let the listener make their own mind up on that...

Is creating an Any Trouble setlist an easy task, and do the entire group get involved in these decisions?

I'm just about to do it... so I'll let you know later! As with most things, if the whole group got involved we'd spend days in heated debate before not reaching any kind of concensus! So I’ll bosh something together and we'll drop the obvious train wrecks at the rehearsals... I'm sure that all the fan favourites will make the cut though!

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2014/11/an-interview-with-clive-gregson-of-any-trouble/ Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:35:35 +0000
<![CDATA[Just announced: The Destroyers, 28th May. 23rd April 2015]]> The Destroyers

28 May / 19:00 / More Info / Tickets on sale tomorrow, 9am

The Destroyers are a collection of rogues and misfits surfing a tidal wave of horns, fiddles and guitars! Rapidly exploding from the 'Balkan Brass' genre they emerge as an anarchic orchestra of blazing passion and breathtaking originality.

So enter the big top and be immersed in the winding world of the hurdy-gurdy, the sonorous land of the tuba and the exotic realm of the duduk. Be ready to be engulfed by a wall of mesmerizing virtuosity and a whirlwind of frenzied dancing!

"Out of the inane cavalcade of Balkan Gypsy sound-alikes comes a blow-your-mind original... Minimum pretence and maximum style: Out Of Babel is a sophisticated tour de force.”  Songlines

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2014/11/just-announced-the-destroyers-28th-m/ Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:51:28 +0000
<![CDATA[Just announced: #freegig, 4th December. 23rd April 2015]]> #freegig

04 December / 19:00 / More Info / Free Entry

Want to watch five great up-and-coming bands for absolutely free? Dawsons Music is hosting a #freegig night at Band on the Wall on Thursday December 4th so you can do just that!

It’s a great opportunity to support Manchester musicians maybe even see a new band before they break into the Industry.

Dawsons’ panel of experts will select the artists from audio and video uploads to its Facebook page.

If you’d like to be in with a chance to play Dawsons’ #FreeGig, all the details can be found here.

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2014/11/just-announced/ Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:42:45 +0000
<![CDATA[Just announced: Craig Charles Funk n Soul Club ft. Hannah Williams & The Tastemakers, 31st January. 23rd April 2015]]> Craig Charles Funk n Soul Club

ft. Hannah Williams & The Tastemakers

31 January / 21:00 / More Info / Tickets on sale Wednesday, 9am

The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club returns with Hannah Williams & the Tastemakers live plus presenter, DJ, actor, jungle survivor and funkster Craig Charles manning the decks till the early hours with the planet’s funkiest tunes.

The daughter of a musically gifted minister, Hannah Williams was immersed in soulful music from the day she was born. From the genuine process of recording to tape, almost completely live, to the raw emotion of reliving personal tragedy and triumph in front of the whole band, the Hannah Williams story is told with every scream and every sigh. Backed by the “super tight, super heavy” (Soul Cellar) Tastemakers band, you can find Hannah melting hearts in one breath, and the dance-floor in another. Music is her day job, the studio is her office, and when she’s not singing, her father’s trumpet is never far from her lips…

“A funkbomb” Blues & Soul Magazine

“Stunning… Hannah's performance lifts her on a par with Adele & Amy Winehouse.” Soul Guru

“Strong and funky” Bama Love Soul

“The best in raw soul and deep funk” 1 Beat

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2014/11/just-announced-craig-charles-funk-n-soul-club-ft-hannah-williams-and-the-tastemakers-31st-january/ Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:00:25 +0000
<![CDATA[Just announced: Cherry Ghost guests, 21st December. 23rd April 2015]]> Cherry Ghost guests

21 December / 19:30 / More Info / Tickets on sale tomorrow, 9am

Hey! Manchester presents Cherry Ghost for a festive special.

For the last couple of years, Simon Aldred has been in a state of wilful musical schizophrenia. Since 2007, Bolton-born Aldred has – to all intents – been Cherry Ghost, a band known for perfecting a kind of widescreen North Western country soul. Yet the third Cherry Ghost album arrives after an extensive period in which Aldred’s own music been pulled in multiple different directions.

Firstly – as a songwriter-for-hire – Aldred has helped to nurture the best of nascent British talent (including hugely tipped artists like Sam Smith and Rae Morris). Latterly – as singer and solo artist – he produced a set of critically lauded post-midnight electronic love songs under the Out Cold guise. Somewhere in the middle, there’s the small matter of the phoenix-like rebirth of Aldred’s Ivor Novello-winning 2007 single People Help The People as it went on to chart highly in 14 different countries in 2010 when it was covered by the teenage singer Birdy.

Far from muddying the musical waters, each of these diversions has only helped sharpen Aldred’s songwriting, providing a major spur for the finest Cherry Ghost album to date, Herd Runners.

Shifting from soaring, symphonic pop (Clear Skies Ever Closer) to melancholic lock-in blues (Drinking for Two) via an almost uncompromisingly hopeful rhythmic shuffle (The World Could Turn [In A Heartbeat]), Herd Runners is a sublime collection, a reminder of Aldred’s singular skill as a composer; a skill that can twist bitter loss into teary optimism (and back) in less time than it takes to toss a coin. Lyrically, the album paints Edward Hopper-esque observations of the lives of others. Where previous records would have focused on the gloomy edges of the picture, Herd Runners takes something of a longer view.

Unlike the last Cherry Ghost album (Beneath This Burning Shoreline, featured music co-written with his then-touring band), Herd Runners was written and readied for recording by Aldred alone. Much like Cherry Ghost’s debut Thirst For Romance, the record is ostensibly a solo endeavour demoed at home before being finally pieced together in the studio with the help of a few handpicked musicians. Rather than wait until the songs were completely watertight, Aldred booked the studio and engineer (Yellow Arch in Sheffield with long-term Richard Hawley collaborator Colin Elliot) for three months hence then set about fiercely working against the ticking clock he’d set for himself.

Herd Runners is Cherry Ghost’s finest record yet; ten perfectly crafted tales of heartbreak and hope. That musical schizophrenia is clearly working wonders for Simon Aldred. Expect more treats from Cherry Ghost’s back catalogue, plus one or two festive musical treats.

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http://bandonthewall.org/news/2014/11/just-announced-cherry-ghost-guests-21st-december/ Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:09:12 +0000
<![CDATA[Just announced: Dub FX, 1st May. 23rd April 2015]]> Dub FX

01 May / 19:30 / More Info / Tickets on sale tomorrow, 9am

Dub FX built his audience through blood, sweat & busking. Taking to the street 8 years ago with a Loop Station, a few coins and his talent, a friend along the way posted his street performances on Youtube. Instantly people were enthralled by his story, nature & his unique way of creating music.

His trademark is creating rich live music using only his own performance aided by live looping and effect pedals combined with his voice.

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<![CDATA[Just announced: Magma, 7th May. 23rd April 2015]]> Magma

07 May / 19:00 / More Info / Tickets on sale soon

Magma play Manchester for the first time since the ‘70s.

Since releasing their self titled debut album in 1970, French rock group Magmahave captivated listeners with an explosive fusion of rock, jazz and classical composition including powerful brass and mysterious vocals devised in their own eccentric language to complete their unique sound. 

The group consists of leader Christian Vander (Drums, Vocals) Stella Vander(Vocals) Isabelle Feuillebois (Vocals) Herve Aknin (Vocals) Benoit Alziary(Vibraphone) James Mac Gaw (Guitar) Bruno Ruder (Piano) and Philippe Bussonnet (Bass). Their backgrounds in Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock and Pop mean the eight founding members are musicians with the requisite talents to bring their unique and visionary music to life.

Their 1973 album “Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh” is there most accomplished and renowned work, earning it a spot in the French edition of Rolling Stone’s Best French Rock albums list. Its influence is clear on albums like Fear of Music by Talking Heads, and draws parallels with German groups like Can and Amon Duul as well as prog and jazz fusion acts. 

Being a group with such an outlandish style and experimental music made them hard to classify, and earned them a cult status among psych and prog fans. This is their first time playing in Manchester for many years, making a must see show.

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