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Further to our news piece back in October - the Gumdrop chewing gum collection bins have been a great success in reducing the damage to our floors. Thank you to all of you considerate enough to use them.

It therefore gives us great pleasure to present a video of Papa Guns playing with plectrums made from recycled chewing gum. Papa Guns comprise of Adam and Alex - who you may recognise from working in the venue. Like many of our staff they are talented musicians who further their craft by soaking up the great music that is provided most evenings at the Band on the Wall.


Gumdrop bins in the venue collect waste chewing gum, these bins are sent back to Gumdrop who use a highly secret method of recycling gum into useful pink everyday products. If you send them a picture of your best air guitar impression, they will send you a plectrum..

You can also have a look at what Gumdrop are doing on facebook

Chewing gum waste is a major blight on the streets and floors of the UK and costs millions of pounds of public money to remove. With the reduction of local council budgets from central government, street cleaning has borne the brunt of these cuts and as a consequence the streets of our cities are increasingly unsightly.

All of us can do our bit in reducing rubbish around our cities and gum users particularly should consider the disproportionate cost of what is a healthy habit. This is why Gumdrops are so good as a receptacle for this waste, because they are specific to this type of rubbish they highlight the fact that it shouldn’t be acceptable to spit out gum on the ground.

From the Band on the Wall’s point of view people using Gumdrops keeps the venue looking good for visiting musicians and customers, which helps us attract hirers for weddings and so on. Saving our carpet from early disposal is itself a significant reduction in waste.

So thankyou once again if you have used our little pink gumdrops, you are helping make music.

Band on the Wall is a member of MAST - Manchester Arts Sustainability Team - and is working with other local cultural organisations reducing the carbon footprint of venues in Manchester. For further information check out On the Platform.

Just announced: Discovery - 100% Live, 13th September.

Discovery - 100% Live

13 September / 20:00 / More Info / Tickets on sale Thursday, 09:00

Fresh from recreating DJ Shadow’s ‘Endtroducing’ and Mr Scruff’s ‘Keep it Unreal, a slimmed-down six-piece Introducinglive now sets its sights on Daft Punk’s 2001 seminal album, ‘Discovery’ – a truly daft undertaking.

‘Discovery’ is one of the greatest, fastest, craziest electronic albums ever. A mix of uptempo beats, hyperactive synth lines, robotic vocals, and complex samples, its recreation on stage is a feat of determination, hard graft, and musical heroism.

Expect robotics and lasers. Expect a stunt guitarist, samples triggered by increasingly blurry hands, and sixty-one minutes of unbelievable drumming. Just don’t expect to be able to stop dancing.

Just announced: Paco Pena Requiem for the Earth, 08, 09, 10, 14 October.

Paco Peña Requiem for the Earth

08 October / 19:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets / Birmingham Town Hall
09 October / 19:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets / Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
10 October / 19:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets / Leeds Town Hall
14 October / 19:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets / Manchester Bridgewater Hall

Considered one of the world’s greatest Flamenco artists, Paco Pena brings his astonishing flamenco company to Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester for this internationally-acclaimed production.

Paco Peña’s Requiem for the Earth, commissioned for the 2004 Salisbury Festival, is a powerful musical expression of the idea that our existence on this earth is ephemeral. In due time we all pass away, and most of us live in the expectation that a new generation will take over, and that life, as we know it, will continue as if for ever. But Paco’s flamenco requiem takes us beyond the traditional Catholic liturgy, with its Lux Aeterna, its Dies Irae, Libera Me and Agnus Dei, for whereas the Requiem Mass expresses the hope that contrite souls will find their place in heaven on the Day of Judgement, and hence a faith in life everlasting, Paco’s requiem is a requiem for life on this planet.
How apt is Paco’s use of flamenco as a vehicle for a requiem for the earth: the Córdoban poet Ricardo Molina suggests that flamenco is rooted in the earth of Andalucía like a tree that draws its sustenance from the history of that soil. The flamenco singer’s voice tells us poignantly of the essential materials of life; and whereas other dance forms, including classical ballet, may take us into the ether, into a place above us, flamenco rises from the ground as an affirmation of our own origins from the Earth itself. There is passion, despair and joy in flamenco, but not spirituality or lofty purpose. Flamenco deals with the day to day, with survival in a harsh world. It speaks of our surroundings in a powerful, pragmatic language and an outburst of feeling.
In Misa Flamenca (1988), the poignant lament of the flamenco singer rasps against the more rounded, less syncopated sound of the choir. The resulting tension lends authenticity to both elements, the flamenco and the liturgical. Paco’s Requiem for the Earth is no less dramatic and adds a powerful voice to the words, whether for the Christian or indeed for those concerned with the Earth. In it, we are faced with our collective responsibility for having damaged the fabric of life to the point where our actions may well prove cataclysmic to ourselves as well as to other forms of life. Paco’s requiem expresses his grave concerns for humankind; it also encourages us to invest some hope in the future, above all in telling us that we must act now to save our planet.

Just announced: Craig Charles Funk n Soul Club feat London Afrobeat Collective live, 26th July.

Craig Charles Funk n Soul Club feat London Afrobeat Collective live

26 July / 21:00 / More Info / Tickets on sale tomorrow, 09:00

A sensational night as BBC Radio 6’s Funk & Soul Show goes live, featuring a live set by LAC, and DJ, actor and funkster-about-town Craig Charles manning the decks.
Bringing afrobeat dancing into the 21st Century, festival favourites London Afrobeat Collective blend the best of Fela Kuti’s original philosophy with a world of diverse current sounds.

An incendiary live act with bass-heavy rhythms guaranteed to make you move. 2013 saw LAC take the festival circuit by storm, building on their stunning debut when Michael Eavis personally invited them to open the West Holts (formerly the Jazz World stage) at Glastonbury. The band has staged rip-roaring performances at Bestival, Secret Garden Party, Green Man, Shambala, Standon Calling and Wilderness festivals, not to mention performing tracks with indie stars Bombay Bicycle Club at Bestival, Latitude, Reading and Glastonbury.

Mr Scruff celebrates his 15th anniversary on June 7th

Mr Scruff Keep It Unreal 15th Anniversary

07 June / 10:00 / More Info / Tickets on sale tomorrow, 09:00

Celebrating 15 years of the monthly Manchester residency!

Scruff will be at the controls for 5 hours, serving up a melting pot of jazz, soul, hip hop, funk, disco, deep house, reggae, afrobeat, latin, and plenty of goodies that don’t fit into any category.

To listen to Mr. Scruff tunes & tons of mixes, check the Scruff SoundCloud page

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