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Call-out for young musicians to work alongside Everything Everything.

Call-out for young musicians to work alongside Everything Everything.

Be part of a unique opportunity at Manchester Central Library as part of the Library Live opening festivities

Brighter Sound invites emerging musicians aged 18 - 25 from across Greater Manchester to apply to be part of a unique opportunity to work on a project led by the band Everything Everything during their residency ‘Chaos to Order’.

The selected artists will respond to the theme ‘Chaos To Order’, exploring the Library as an open space which everyone can use to learn, discover, explore and create. The building will be an inspiration - the books, archives, spaces and the community which uses the library.

Jeremy from Everything Everything said “As a band, we have long been attracted to chaos. Documenting the overload of information in which we live - its overwhelming vastness, its beauties and its dangers - has been central to our work.”

You will:

  • Be part of the residency week along with professional musicians and artists
  • Collaborate with other young musicians
  • Create your own original material
  • Work alongside innovative professional artists
  • Be part of a team led by professional musicians including Liam Frost and Sara Lowes.
  • Contribute to a unique high profile national event

Who can apply?

All musicians aged 18 - 25 are invited to apply – any instrument, any genre.

The programme is aimed at “emerging and mid-career artists”. If you want to talk to us about whether this means you, please Email Us

The Everything Everything Artistic Residency will take place from 10th – 15th November 2014 inclusive, in Manchester Central Library and associated spaces.

Applicants must be available for the whole week to attend all sessions in person at Manchester Central Library.

Applicants must be aged 18 - 25.

Expenses: £120 for the week.

Application deadline: 5pm on Monday 13th October 2014

For further information and advice please contact Liam Sutcliffe on 0161 830 3899 or Email Us

Bands cannot apply together due to limited places, but may apply as, and will be judged as individual artists.

Applicants must be available for the whole week to attend all sessions in person at Central Library, Manchester.

Click HERE to apply

Just announced: The James Taylor Quartet

The James Taylor Quartet

14 February / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

We are excited to welcome the James Taylor Quartet to Band on the Wall. For a quarter of a century, the James Taylor Quartet have set the standard for the coolest sounds in funky acid jazz. On dozens of mighty albums and at their legendary gigs at home and around the world, they’ve quietly become a byword for distinguished British creativity.

But the great artists never let the grass grow under their feet and James Taylor’s impassioned musical curiosity has led to their current album, ‘Closer To The Moon' being the most ambitious and exciting project in JTQ’s illustrious history. In addition to their infectious trademark stylings, the quartet have brought together the worlds of jazz and classical music in a brilliant and unexpected marriage.

The quartet will, of course, work through their considerable back catalogue as well as showcasing this new material. Renowned for their live performances, this will be a treat.

James’ musical talent has been admired by numerous other acts: The Wonderstuff, Manic Street Preachers, The Pogues and U2 have all featured James and his distinctive Hammond sound on their albums.

'James Taylor is the best Hammond player this side of the AtlanticCraig Charles

‘James of the all-time great Hammond playersNicky Wire, Manic Street Preachers

Just announced: Frozen by Sight ft. Paul Smith (Maximo Park) & Peter Brewis (Field Music), 18th December

Frozen by Sight ft. Paul Smith (Maximo Park) & Peter Brewis (Field Music)

18 December / 20:00 / More Info / On sale soon

Now Wave and Hey! Manchester present: Frozen by Sight

Featuring Paul Smith (Maximo Park), Peter Brewis (Field Music), strings and a 9 piece band.

Frozen by Sight is the new project from Paul Smith (Maximo Park) and Peter Brewis (Field Music). Drawing inspiration from disparate musical and poetic sources the two Mercury Prize nominees have come together in a playful departure from their respective bands, with Peter Brewis’ chamber-band arrangements built up around text from Paul Smith’s travel writing, creating a restrained yet richly descriptive song suite.

Just announced: King King + special guest Lawrence Jones, 14th March

King King + special guest Lawrence Jones

14 March / 19:30 / More Info / Tickets on sale Friday, 09:00

King King is a revolutionary blues band with an electrifying rock/funk twist fronted by Glasgow blues luminary Alan Nimmo. Crowned Best Blues Band 2012 and 2013 at the British Blues Awards and winner of the Best Album 2013 at the same awards, the King King mantelpiece is becoming increasingly overcrowded.

Electrifying live performances are a King King trademark, and their meteoric success has been in no small part fuelled by a tour and festival calendar which would make lesser bands dizzy.

Aside from a full throttle series of live shows across the UK and Europe, the boys have also caused a commotion at the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, the internationally acclaimed Belgium Rhythm & Blues Festival in Peer and Glastonbury, amongst others.

With this tour, the King King juggernaut thunders on, and we can be certain of one thing - there's never been a better time to get on board.

“when it comes to the high-rolling wave of British blues, they are riding way above the surf”. Blues Matters

Acoustic Bhuna this autumn at Band on the Wall

Acoustic Bhuna

Acoustic Bhuna is Band On The Wall's acoustic showcase evening, playing host to some of the very best acoustic music that the North West has to offer.

Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, between 6 and 10pm, you will be able to see three of the regions finest acts playing for FREE in the cosy setting of Band On The Wall's Picturehouse Cafe-Bar.

Acoustic Bhuna ft. Rik Warren and Mike Pritchard

14 September / 17:00 / More Info / FREE

Rik Warren is a singer, guitarist and blues harmonica virtuoso and founder member of two of the most exciting bands on the Manchester scene at the moment; Honeyfeet and Walk. As a solo artist, Rik has a sound entirely of his own. His laconic vocals float beautifully on top of his effortless fingerpicked blues guitar, which is both energetic and melodic in equal measures. Quite simply, Rik Warren is THE Manchester bluesman!

Mike Pritchard is a walking encyclopedia of blues and folk music. A fine guitarist and singer, his live sets incorporate traditional and contemporary songs of American, English and Celtic origins.


Acoustic Bhuna ft. DBH & Friends, Richard Lomax & The Tontine and Alex Chow

05 October / 17:00 / More Info / FREE

Manchester's favourite multi-instrumental giant, DBH,returns to the Picturehouse Stage, this time to showcase his considerable skills as a blues pianist! Accompanied by the inimitable Pat Clarke on harmonica and Mickey Van Gelder on guitar, this is sure to be toe-tapping performance that will leave a smile on everyone's face!

Once again, Acoustic Bhuna will be dipping into the goldmine of acoustic talent that resides in the Lancashire hills, this time in the form of Richard Lomax and his band, The Tontine. To quote one reviewer; "Richard Lomax is a madman. As he sings his drunken, manic, sea-shanty style songs, his eyeballs roll into the back of his head, his face distorts into scowls and frowns and he wails unexpectedly, becoming more than just a mouth-piece for the songs but at one with the despair the song depicts… compelling, screwed up and brilliant."

Alex Chow is a precociously talented young guitarist and composer from Manchester who blends subtle, intricate fingerpicking with experimental sounds and loops to produce atmospheric, haunting soundscapes.


Acoustic Bhuna ft. Ghost Trains and Rachel Rimmer

26 October / 17:00 / More Info / FREE

Independent in every sense of the word, Ghost Trains are currently riding a wave of creativity, with a new single out soon and a highly anticipated 5th album to follow in the new year. Front man and song-writer Tim Ellis’s lyrics are thoughtful, his delivery direct yet subtle and the acoustic guitar melodies are executed so masterfully that they are truly worthy of getting lost within.

Rachel Rimmer is a hugely talented young singer-songwriter based in Manchester. With a crystal-clear voice and accomplished, blues-tinged guitar style, Rachel's solo material is already winning her lots of fans on the Manchester acoustic scene.


Acoustic Bhuna ft. Glass Ankle and Luciano Gerber

09 November / 17:00 / More Info / FREE

Brazilian, Pelotas-born guitarist and vocalist, Luciano Gerber is renowned for his cosmopolitan fusion of Brazilian musics - a blend of folk, bossa nova, milonga and samba, with flavourings of Arabic Music and Flamenco. In the past 8 years, he has appeared with some of Manchester's greatest musicians and at top venues including Manchester Jazz Festival, Matt and Phred's, Contact Theatre, Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Exchange.

Bright, airy and uplifting, Luciano exudes a natural radiance and Brazilian sunshine - perfectly at home in the limelight while warming audiences with a impressive vocal ability and a versatile strumming over a wide range of rhythms and feels. A real joy to behold!

Glass Ankle is the brainchild of Manchester-based Songwriter, Greg Jackson. The band's sound encompasses soaring melodies, impeccable boy-girl harmonies, oozing guitar and synth passages, and subtle experimentalism.

Having been around on the Manchetser scene since 2010, Glass Ankle have gained an impressive reputation for their distinctive and eclectic style, leading to comparisons with a diverse range of artists, including Yo La Tengo, Beach House, Gomez, Tunng, Belle and Sebastian, and 13-era Blur.


Acoustic Bhuna ft. Skutch Manos

23 November / 17:00 / More Info / FREE

Skutch Manos (formerly The Acoustic Conquistador) is a hugely talented guitarist from Lancashire whose firecracker performances at Band On The Wall have left the audience breathless and baying for more. Flamboyant, energetic and precociously talented, Skutch Manos' playing is as frenetic as it is accomplished. Igniting the evening with a solo performance.. blink and you might miss him!


Doors open at 5pm, music starts at 7:30pm. FREE ENTRY.

As a perfect accompaniment to the live music, you can tuck into one of Chef Giles' fresh, home made curries, made with locally sourced ingredients and a whole lot of love. And why not wash it all down with a refreshing pint of cask ale from our sponsors, Green Mill Brewery?

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