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Just announced: Manchester’s Christmas Gospel, 2nd December.

Manchester’s Christmas Gospel

02 December / 19:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Welcome in the festive season at Manchester’s Christmas Gospel. Come and enjoy some of the UK’s finest gospel vocalists, singing popular Christmas songs.

You will be musically entertained by:

Wayne Ellington: International gospel artist, Professional vocal coach and founder of Manchester Inspirational Voices.

Michelle John: Solo gospel artist, lead vocalist and professional backing singer.

Faye Simpson: Established solo gospel artist, lead vocalist and respected backing singer.

Phebe Edwards: International soul/gospel artist. Lead vocalist.

Daniel Thomas: Professional vocal coach and choir instructor.

Over the last two years, the event has grown in size and talent. This is going to be an evening of uplifting vocals, amazing professional singers and a Christmas not to forget.

Just announced: Jesse Royal, 15th July.

Jesse Royal

15 July / 20:00:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Jesse Royal is one of Jamaica's most important and charismatic new stars, alongside contemporaries such as Chronixx and Protoje, Jesse Royal is spearheading the roots reggae revival.

The Small Axe last hit Band on the Wall when he rolled into town supporting Mad Professor. Since then his star has risen phenomenally, working with Damian Marley and guesting on tracks for Major Lazer and Protoje among many others.

This promises to be a huge night in the reggae calendar, get your tickets quick.

Just announced: Amani Live

Amani Live

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04 December

In partnership with Brighter Sound and Community Arts North West, Amani Creatives brings the much anticipated return of Amani Live; a monthly contemporary African music event in the relaxed surroundings of the Picturehouse Bar at Band on the Wall, featuring music, storytelling, spoken word, dance, visual art and food from the African diaspora.

Bigger and better, this year’s Amani Live will share some of the hottest new talent from the North West taking you on a journey of discovery into the myriad of traditional and contemporary art forms from the African continent and beyond.

From the traditional sounds of Congolese Soukous, Tanzanian Taarab, Cameroonian Makosa, Rwandan Intore, Schelles’ Segasega, Algerian Rai, Caribbean Islands’ Zouk, Western Africa Highlife, Zimbabwean Jit, Angolan Anzoto to contemporary crossover genres such as Afro-Jazz, African World Music, African Classical, R&B and Hip Hop, Amani Live offers a snapshot of the huge cultural influence of Africa.

This month’s featured artists and performers:

Afrika Love

A collaborative live Zimbabwean music between AFICI Projects and ARIMBA MARIMBA

Irresistibly groovy beats from the Southern regions of Africa using traditional instruments including Marimba, vocals, percussions and dance. 

Chanje Nkunda

Modern star piet, Chanje Nkunda will perform some of her prominent pieces which are being acclaimed nationally and internationally.

Marechal Nekongo

Introducing the combatant artist with his revolutionary messages of liberation and hope; a perfect fusion of authentic Congolese Soukous and contemporary Congolese Diaspora music.

From as little as £1, you can also savour African cuisine including vegetarian versions of the famous Cameroon Poulet DG and Rwandan Bitoke and BBQ fish and meat plus exotic plantain crisps and bichaichai tea.

Additional information

  • Dates: 1 May, 5 Jun, 3 Jul, 7 Aug.
  • Times: 4.00-6.30
  • Price: £5 (under 12 free)

For further information

Just announced: Sharon Robinson, 30th August.

Sharon Robinson

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

Grammy Award-winning songwriter Sharon Robinson has garnered critical acclaim and mesmerised audiences with her smouldering performances. In 2015 she wrote and produced her second solo album, Caffeine, a collection of new compositions encompassing soul, rhythm and blues, folk and jazz.

For thirty years, Sharon has been associated with Leonard Cohen as a co-writer, producer, and vocalist. She co-wrote and produced Cohen’s 2001 album, Ten New Songs, (one of Rolling Stone’s “Top 100 Albums of the Decade”), and co-authored the Cohen classics, Everybody Knows and Waiting for the Miracle. A Grammy-winning songwriter, Sharon’s work has been covered by artists as diverse as Patti LaBelle, Don Henley, Aaron Neville, and Roberta Flack to name a few.

“Everybody knows Sharon Robinson, even if they don’t realise it” The Guardian

Just announced: Avery Sunshine, 1st July.

Avery Sunshine

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

Avery Sunshine is a mercurial singer and composer who blends soul, gospel, R&B and jazz in her signature mix.

Rooted in gospel, she reaches deep into that cornucopia of styles and sounds and sings songs which articulate the complexities of life with a luminous and telling insight. Fluent in many musical languages from soul and house, to classical and hip hop, this is not a show to miss.

Before releasing her debut album in 2010, Avery had already built up an impressive list of credits; after starting her musical career as a choir leader, she went on to supply vocals for Paramount Picture’s The Fighting Temptations, was sought out by Jennifer Holiday to be choral director for the theatrical production of DREAMGIRLS, and starred in I Dream, directed by Jasmine Guy, a musical theatre production based on the life of Martin Luther King.

Since starting her solo career, Avery*Sunshine has shared the stage with Ledisi, Kem, Musiq Soulchild, Eric Benet, Rachelle Ferrell, as well as performing on Later…With Jools Holland and opening for BB King at The Royal Albert Hall. In 2010, Avery won Best New Artist at the Reader’s Choice Awards.

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