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Just announced: Acid Mothers Temple + Dead Sea Apes, 20th October.

Acid Mothers Temple + Dead Sea Apes

20 October / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Band on the Wall welcome back the Japanese kings of psych Acid Mothers Temple.

AMT are a majestically tripped out collective producing some of the finest and most mind altering music you're likely to hear this side of Mars.

As a live act they are truly chameleon-like, continually changing their musical colours throughout their intense and frenetic set, with elements of jazz, rock and blues riding on a locomotive of psychedelic space rock that shows no sign of stopping.

Support comes from Dead Sea Apes, a  three-man instrumental leviathan from Manchester, blending desert rock, drone, garage rock, krautrock, post-rock, western soundtracks and psychedelia.

Advanced booking is recommended.

Just announced: Craig Charles Funk n Soul Club ft. The Get Up live, 25th July.

Craig Charles Funk n Soul Club ft. The Get Up live

25 July / 21:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Craig Charles’ Funk n Soul Club returns for another month at Band on the Wall, with Craig playing a fine assortment of funk, soul and feel good party grooves to keep you dancing until the early hours. This month's live band is The Getup.

As great exponents of ‘Hammond funk’, The Getup have been pumping out authentic grooves, topped with infectious melodies and horn-laden funk since 2004. Ten years on, the band have appeared in session on BBC 6 Music's Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show, and released a number of irresistible tracks. 2013 saw a string of successful 7" vinyl releases with innovative London funk and hip hop label Breakin' Bread. The new album takes that success and runs with it, with fans such as Craig Charles and legendary DJ and Latin percussion superstar Snowboy really singing the band's praises, and spinning the vinyl to dust.

The core quartet of Hammond player Mark Ashfield, drummer Mark Claydon, bassist Ian Stevens and guitarist Lee Blackmore are joined on the album by the soulful powerhouse vocals of Sabina Challenger, and the regular Getup horns that are Tristan Gaudion on trumpet and saxophonist Stephen Wilcock are augmented further by the incredible Mark Norton on baritone sax, Alex Harris on tenor sax, and Ben Greenslade-Stanton on trombone.

The Getup's unique sound can be attributed to not only their influences - Booker TCharles EarlandBrian AugerEddie Russ - but also many of those rare funk 45’s from the 50s and 60s!

Artist Focus: Robyn Hitchcock Emma Swift, 2nd June.

Robyn Hitchcock Emma Swift

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

Robyn Hitchcock celebrates his new album ‘The Man Upstairs’ with a Manchester show at Band on the Wall. The Man Upstairs sees psychedelic troubadour Robyn Hitchcock uniting with legendary producer Joe Boyd (Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, R.E.M.) for one of the most unique outings of his already quite distinctive career. The album – which arrives just one year after 2013’s acclaimed Love From London – sees the British singer/songwriter musing on mortality, masculinity, and the impossibility of forever via an unexpected intermingling of self-penned originals and “songs I wished I’d written.” Modern standards like The Doors’ “The Crystal Ship” and The Psychedelic Furs’ “The Ghost In You” are reimagined as stark and melancholy folk ballads, and then set to powerful effect alongside haunting new songs like the plaintive “Recalling The Truth.” Hitchcock’s 20th solo studio recording – give or take a few outtake, demo, and rarities compilations – The Man Upstairs is a remarkable portrait of an artist raging quietly against the dying of the proverbial light.

From plugging in Bob Dylan’s electric guitar at his infamous 1965 performance at the Newport Folk Festival to his stewardship of an array of folk heroes – including Hitchcock’s beloved Incredible String Band – Joe Boyd has been intimately involved in some of music’s milestone moments.  Boyd proposed Hitchcock made an album like Judy Collins did in 1967, an album with half originals and half covers. The record comprises equal part well-known favourites, personal discoveries, and original songs. The multi-tiered method offered the rare opportunity for Hitchcock to record as a performer, not “just another singer/songwriter laying their freshest eggs.”

Artist Focus: Soul:ution ft. Randall, Zero T, Marcus Intalex, Bane & MC DRS, 24th April.

Soul:ution ft. Randall, Zero T, Marcus Intalex, Bane & MC DRS

24 April / 23:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Soul:ution returns tonight with another stellar bill of drum n bass masters, including RandallZero T and regulars Marcus Intalex and Bane, with DRS on the mic.

The mixes are coming thick and fast with these DJ’s, due to their respective history, and prolific work. Zero T gives us a collection of his remixes from the past 15 years, including some killer unreleased edits of Roni SizeTotal Science and DillinjaTake a listen to the mix here.

Randall’s recent ‘headphone highlights’ mix for Red Bull Music Academy forages down a similarly retrospective path, selecting tracks of ‘the hardcore years’ including tunes from Unique 3 and Frequency. He gives a thorough explanation of each track, the time the track came out and the impact it had on the scene at the time. You can listen to his show here.

As always, Soul:R’s Marcus Intalex and Eastern Bloc’s Bane bring solid sets, and DRS MC’s, to keep the night moving forward and the intensity high. Don’t miss out, at Band on the Wall tonight!

Artist Focus: Meshell Ndegeocello

Meshell Ndegeocello

19 May / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Meshell Ndegeocello’s ability to dart between rap and sung vocals, jazz, funk, soul and hip hop has made her one of the most acclaimed and honoured American musicians of the last 20 years. It’s been suggested that she was a key artist in sparking the neo-soul movement, a collection of ‘90s artists like Erykah Badu and D’Angelo that incorporated Soul and Funk into their sound, giving it a fresher edge with programmed rhythms, off-kilter drums and a modern production approach. Her debut album ‘Plantation Lullabies’, released in 1993, was a major crossover success, which saw the scratch skills of producer DJ Premier and the saxophone lines of Thelonius Monk Prize winning Joshua Redman take equal importance.

Heropenness to new ideas, and combining of sounds has not only made her work diverse and interesting, but has made other artists keen to collaborate with her, and bring her bass playing and ideas to their music. She collaborated with Yerba Buena on ‘Gentlemen’, a track which made for the ‘Red Hot Riot’ compilation, a Fela Kuti tribute album, with proceeds going to African charities. She has also recently collaborated with alternative rap duo THEEsatisfaction proving the impact she has had on a younger generation of musicians, who would’ve grown up with her influence.

Her career shows no signs of slowing, and her development keeps her of interest to the active music listener. Her show at Band on the Wall in May is her first ever Manchester show, and will be a special night. Below is the aforementioned track from ‘Red Hot Riot’, an afrobeat centred, rhythmic track showcasing her vocal work and bass playing perfectly.


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