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Just announced: Vanessa Carlton, 6th May.

Vanessa Carlton

06 May / 19:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Vanessa Carlton’s evolution as a songwriter and live performer is remarkable. Having burst onto the music scene in 2002 with her hit single "A Thousand Miles.”, one of the biggest singles of the early 2000s, she spent subsequent years sidelining her pop persona to create earnest, near avant-garde music which retains her honeysuckle vocals and delicate piano licks. The UK release for her critically acclaimed fifth studio album, Liberman via Dine Alone Records is due in May 2015. Liberman's simple instrumentation mixed with poignant lyrics showcase a new side to Carlton's already accomplished songwriting.

"She should share a stage with Perfume Genius. They both have beautiful voices and something to say.” Pitchfork

Just announced: DavidB & Ni-Cola live... for one night only, 10th April.

DavidB & Ni-Cola live... for one night only

10 April / 19:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

For one night only you can experience MOBO nominated artists DavidB & Ni-Cola live. These incredible artists will be headlining their own show bringing you their hits, electrifying stage presence, powerhouse vocals, backed by some of the finest musicians and some very special guests.


With a MOBO Award Nomination, BBC introducing feature, 3 Music Video Awards, Music Week feature, Sold Out concerts, a unique voice and musical arrangements that have been described by many as 'soothing', 'uplifting', 'melted-chocolate' and 'waterfalls'; DavidB is not waiting for validation from music moguls before living his dreams! His 8-track EP, which is OUT NOW, is about encouraging people to do the same and is aptly titled 'Care About The Journey'. This R&B artist draws inspiration from the likes of Brandy, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, and Emeli Sandé. DavidB's aim is to inspire the world with great melodies and uplifting messages. Speaking of an artist that's more than just the music, DavidB candidly tells his journey thus far in his Documentary - 'I'm Still Here'. Allow this novel artist take you on a venture to DavidB.


The "Lil lady with the big voice" has performed to a crowd of 30,000 in California, toured on a 20 date US college tour across Ohio, Baltimore and Alabama playing at the world renowned Tuskeegee University, and even had a date named after her "The british are coming day" October 2010. With two incredible independantly released albums “Love Out Loud’ and "My Passion His Heart", presented the Mancunian with futher accolades receiving two nominations for the prestigious MOBO award for “Best Gospel Act” in 20j12 and 2015 and also a nomination for the Urban Music Awards (UMA's) in 2015 for "Best Gospel Act", just narrowly missing out she is now flying her MOBO flag high and 2016's bar has been set very high for the award winning singer, who is also the first cousin of X factor finalist Misha B. This urban Gospel talent recently performed at the “Barbados Gospel Festival” in (2014) alongside, Tye Tribbett, Damita Haddon, and Hezekiah Walker, and then made  her political debut performance at the “House of Commons” Ni-Cola is excited to perform songs from a decade of her music and has some surprises set for the night.

Ni-Cola has shared the stage with several UK/International artists Misha B, Damita Haddon, Tye Tribbet, Hezekiah Walker, Marvia Providence, Chevelle Franklyn, Sherwin Gardner, St Matthew, Stitchie, Ron Kenoly, Muyiwa, Noel Robinson, Israel Houghton, Junior Tucker, Lisa McClendon

"We look forward to sharing our music with old and new fans, this event is open to all who want to have a great night out enjoying the sounds of uplifting and inspirational live music."

Just announced: Young Musicians Week Spring 2016, 15-19 February.

Young Musicians Week Spring 2016

15 - 19 February / More Info / Free Entry

Brighter Sound presents Young Musicians Week, a five-day songwriting and production residency for 13-18’s.

Explore music, record, develop skills and collaborate in a week of workshops, masterclasses and 1-to-1 sessions this February half term. We’re delighted to welcome guest artists including Elbow’s drummer Jupp, guitarist Natalie McCool, former BBC Radio 1Xtra presenter Jenna G and Manchester producer Burgaboy for an exciting programme for all young musicians.

Develop your vocal technique in a 1-to-1 session with expert tutor Yvonne Shelton

Brush up on your guitar skills in a masterclass with Natalie McCool, one of the North West’s most exciting musicians

Take part in a group drumming tutorial with Jupp, drummer for the Mercury Music Prize winning band Elbow

Get the inside know-how on making it in today’s music industry from drum and bass vocalist and former BBC Radio 1Xtra presenter Jenna G

Work on your songwriting and recording skills with musician Liam Frost

Book a slot at Band on the Wall’s state of the art recording studio with resident producer Burgaboy.

Join Manchester’s collective Inna Voice for a workshop and masterclass focused on lyricism and spoken word

Explore a new genre of music with psychedelic folk singer-songwriter Avital Raz.

Free but must book in advance. More information: ​


Full programme

Half term: Mon 15 – Fri 19 Feb, 10am-4pm, Band on the Wall

Mon 15 Feb 

Main venue

10.30am – 12pm: Songwriting masterclass with Liam Frost.

1 – 4pm: Songwriting and recording workshop with Liam Frost and Brighter Sound practitioners.

Education Room One

10am – 4pm: 1-to-1 vocal tuition with Yvonne Shelton. 1 hour slots from 10am. Five available, must sign up separately here.


Tues 16 Feb

Main venue

10.30am – 12pm: Guitar masterclass with Natalie McCool.

1 – 4pm: Guitar workshops with Natalie McCool and Liam Frost.

Education Room One

10am – 4pm: 1-to-1 vocal tuition with Yvonne Shelton. Five one hour slots available, must sign up separately here.


Weds 17 Feb

Main Venue

10.30am – 12pm: Inna Voice masterclass and workshop.

Picturehouse Café/Bar

1 – 4pm: Small group drumming tuition with Elbow’s Jupp. Must sign up separately here.


Thurs 18 Feb

Main Venue

10.30am – 12pm: Indian Fusion masterclass with Avital Raz.

1 – 4pm: Avital Raz and Liam Frost lead a songwriting and composition workshop in response to the morning masterclass.


10am – 4pm: Resident Producer Burgaboy opens up the Band on the Wall studio for recording. Solo and group slots available, must sign up separately here.


Fri 19 Feb

Main venue

10am – 12pm: Music Industry masterclass with BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Jenna G.


10am – 4pm: Resident Producer Burgaboy opens up the Band on the Wall studio for recording. Solo and group slots available, must sign up separately here.


Young Musicians Week

Mon 15 Feb – Fri 19 Feb

10am – 4pm

Band on the Wall


Free, info:

Just announced: Friday Night Reggae presents Train to Zion, 26th February.

Friday Night Reggae presents Train to Zion

26 February / 21:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

A Train to Zion is the third installment of Friday Night Reggae, a night truly going from strength to strength, January saw reggae legends Horace Andy and Prince Hammer join in to celebrate the party. February’s event is an Extra special occasion - Doors open early for a full lineup of selectas and bands, with an album launch for Extra Love’s new album “ Out of the Dark".

Extra Love are a ten-piece band from Manchester who throw a variety of spices into the pot; creating their own distinctive and very danceable flavour. With big grooves to make you move your waist line, and deep bass that rolls all the way down your spine… this band is in its natural habitat when mashing up dancefloors all over the land. Joining Extra Love is the experimental and hard hitting Kalyan.

"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’' Dub Smugglers

Guest DJ Dom Blood and Fire aka King Spinna is on hand to keep the riddims coming fast and furious.

As ever The Mighty Bush Band bring you a selection of killer riddim tracks which will be dubbed and manipulated live at the controls.

“Them bad wicked band dropping riddims after riddims” Prince Hammer

This night is about big tunes and good vibes

Just announced: Johnny Clarke & the Dub Asante Band + Blood and Fire Selectors, 27th March.

Johnny Clarke & the Dub Asante Band

+ Blood and Fire Selectors

27 March / 20:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Johnny Clarke is the prototype 'dancehall' singer of his day, setting the foundation for future generations to come with versioning, recutting and transforming old themes into something new and current. He pioneered this thirty years back but his work still stands as an everlasting monument for an era that seemed to be almost too good to be true. He took Jamaica and the reggae scene by storm when it needed it the most; presenting a fresh, youthful and energetic style and a crisp voice.

He comes to Manchester with the premier reggae backing band Dub Asante, who’ve brought the vibes for everyone from Max Romeo to Horace Andy and many more.

Blood and Fire selectors will be on hand to keep you dancing all night.

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