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Just announced: Shake Rattle & Roll Summer 2015, starts 25th April.

Shake Rattle & Roll Summer 2015

25 April - 04 July / 10:00 - 11:50 / More Info / £5 per family, per session

Explore instruments, create sounds, sing songs, dance, move, socialise and make a big noise!

These sessions give children the opportunity to explore, learn and build musical skills and understanding. They also give parents a chance to learn new songs and lots of musically interactive activities and games to continue to sing and play at home.

The mornings have two sessions, each 50 minutes long. They are led by the brilliant Beth Bishop with musical support from Gemma and Sophie and take place in the Picturehouse Cafe/Bar at Band on the Wall. The first session (10am) is designed for ages 0-2 and the second (11am) is for ages 2-4, both with parents. Feel free to attend whichever session is best for you. The age range is flexible.

Shake, Rattle and Roll includes some original songs, and lots of old favourites! The sessions have become very popular with parents who want to enjoy a music experience with their little one in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. There are lots of instruments to explore and lots of new friends to meet!

Instruments, changing facilities, floor mats, comfy chairs & refreshments are all provided!

These music sessions can:

  • Help to develop communication, language and speech
  • Improve coordination and motor skills
  • Build social skills (amongst parents too!)
  • Encourage self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Support exploration, play and learning in a safe environment
  • Promote the parent / child bond with activities to do at home

They incorporate dance, movement and actions, use toys, puppets and props!

Above all they are a fun activity for families to share!

Beth Bishop has worked as a music leader since 2002 specialising in Early Years and working widely with children and young people. She has composed songs, created and resourced her own programmes and has run training for other professionals in Early Years music provision.

  • Venue: The Picturehouse at Band on the Wall
  • Days: Saturdays
  • Session 1: 10.00-10.50am (age 0-2)
  • Session 2: 11.00am-11.50pm (age 2-4)
  • Dates: April 25th. May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd. June 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th. July 4th.


£5 per session (all prices are per family group). Please pay session organiser when you arrive.

Just announced: The Earlies, 29th July.

The Earlies

29 July / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Band on the Wall welcome back sonic explorers The Earlies + special guests.

It's now over 10 years since the Lancashire/Texan collective released their highly praised debut album 'These Were The Earlies' described by Pitchfork as "a deliriously ambitious record packed with neo-psych lullabies and swooning choruses.", now they're back for a summer of live shows, which will include classic Earlies and new material comprised of "an album's worth of riffs in keys and tempos".

The Earlies combine the composing and arranging talents of Christian Madden and Giles Hatton (Lancashire) with John Mark Lapham and Brandon Carr (Texas), who lay the foundations for a gloriously organic live band spectacle, featuring an additional cast of seven more musicians. Over the years they have built an impressive reputation for their uncompromising set up, on-stage banter and sound which combines layered vocal, experimental sounds, and more traditional instruments to produce a unique pop sound where sonic exploration can still take place.

After a hiatus brought about by the transatlantic gulf between its members, the band are back for a handful of live dates and are sure to captivate audiences with their blindly optimistic sound that brings together elements of prog rock, folk, country and psychedelic pop.

Band members certainly haven't been resting on their laurels during the break, with members Nicky and Christian Madden forming TOKOLOSH with Liam Frost and The Whip's Nathan Sudders, whilst Sara Lowes has become a huge BBC 6 Music favourite, her recently released second Album 'The Joy of Waiting' has received excellent reviews from Mojo, Q Magazine and The Independent.

The Earlies last appearance at Band on the Wall saw them perform with Scottish folk pop maverick King Creosote in early 2011. We welcome back the full line up for what promises to be a truly unique show, featuring special guests and new musical creations.

Just announced: The Beat ft. Dave Wakeling, 10th September.

The Beat ft. Dave Wakeling

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

You just can’t stop The Beat!

One of the biggest bands of the 2-Tone movement, The Beat will head out on tour this autumn to celebrate the 36th anniversary of their first ever show.

Led by Dave Wakeling, the legendary ska troupe will hit the road for a month-long trek calling in at Band on the Wall 10th September.

Formed in Birmingham in 1978, the Beat (known in North America as the English Beat) have released three albums to date, ‘I Just Can’t Stop It’, ‘Wha’ppen?’ and ‘Special Beat Service’ and are known the world over for a string of hit singles, including “Mirror in the Bathroom”, “Too Nice To Talk To”, “Can’t Get Used To Losing You”, “Hands off She’s Mine” and “All Out To Get You”. Their songs of peace, love and unity fuse ska, pop, reggae and punk rock and their dynamic live show has garnered them a loyal following at home and abroad.

Their fourth album, ‘Here We Go Love’ is being released later this year.

Just announced: Band on the Wall Film Club - Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay Premiere, 9th May.

Band on the Wall Film Club - Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay Premiere

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

Band on the Wall Film Club screens the Manchester premiere of Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay.

A new documentary tracing the origins and development of industrial music featuring many of its leading artists.

Q&A with directors Amélie Ravalec and Travis Collins.

Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay traces the origins of Industrial music, taking you on a journey through the crumbling industrial cities of Europe to America’s thriving avant-garde scene. Starring Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, NON, SPK, Test Dept, Clock DVA, Re/Search and many more.

Since its inception in the late 70’s, Industrial music has come a long way from its origins as an obscure, extreme and taboo movement of passionate and creative DIY artists and musicians. Whether factory workers, students or unemployed, industrial music pioneers were all educated, artistically minded and politically aware artists who started with little to no musical background and went on to inexorably alter the course of popular music; this fast moving documentary explores their stories and charts the evolution of a scene that started as counter culture rejection of major labels, mass media and popular culture but soon began to influence and infiltrate all of these spaces.

Just announced: Sid Griffin, 5th June.

Sid Griffin

05 June / 19:00 / More InfoOn sale from: 27th March 2015 at 09:00

Sid Griffin is the ex-leader of the Long Ryders, a foundation stone of Alt-country and an important link in the chain of Americana. He is currently the main man behind the Coal Porters. He is performing solo for the first time in several years after releasing his highly-acclaimed solo album, The Trick Is To Breathe, which was Uncut magazine’s Americana Album Of The Month late in 2014 and appeared on many Best Of lists at the year’s end. 

An author of four books including the Amazon best-selling music tome Million Dollar Bash: Bob Dylan, The Band & the Basement Tapes, Sid also wrote the liner notes for the recent Basement Tapes box set of Dylan’s legendary 1967 sessions. Sid is also heard frequently on BBC6 Music’s Radcliffe & Maconie show where he is “Resident Musicologist”.

For this new series of solo performances Sid Griffin will be playing as a solo in across Europe and his native Kentucky before his Band on the Wall appearance so he should be in topnotch form, his legendary skills as a raconteur refreshed and his acoustic 12-string guitar work at fever pitch.

“Sid Griffin was playing Americana years before the term was invented and that pioneer spirit shines on in his current music” Billy Bragg

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