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Just announced: King King + special guest Lawrence Jones, 14th March

King King + special guest Lawrence Jones

14 March / 19:30 / More Info / Tickets on sale Friday, 09:00

King King is a revolutionary blues band with an electrifying rock/funk twist fronted by Glasgow blues luminary Alan Nimmo. Crowned Best Blues Band 2012 and 2013 at the British Blues Awards and winner of the Best Album 2013 at the same awards, the King King mantelpiece is becoming increasingly overcrowded.

Electrifying live performances are a King King trademark, and their meteoric success has been in no small part fuelled by a tour and festival calendar which would make lesser bands dizzy.

Aside from a full throttle series of live shows across the UK and Europe, the boys have also caused a commotion at the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, the internationally acclaimed Belgium Rhythm & Blues Festival in Peer and Glastonbury, amongst others.

With this tour, the King King juggernaut thunders on, and we can be certain of one thing - there's never been a better time to get on board.

“when it comes to the high-rolling wave of British blues, they are riding way above the surf”. Blues Matters

Acoustic Bhuna this autumn at Band on the Wall

Acoustic Bhuna

Acoustic Bhuna is Band On The Wall's acoustic showcase evening, playing host to some of the very best acoustic music that the North West has to offer.

Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, between 6 and 10pm, you will be able to see three of the regions finest acts playing for FREE in the cosy setting of Band On The Wall's Picturehouse Cafe-Bar.

Acoustic Bhuna ft. Rik Warren and Mike Pritchard

14 September / 17:00 / More Info / FREE

Rik Warren is a singer, guitarist and blues harmonica virtuoso and founder member of two of the most exciting bands on the Manchester scene at the moment; Honeyfeet and Walk. As a solo artist, Rik has a sound entirely of his own. His laconic vocals float beautifully on top of his effortless fingerpicked blues guitar, which is both energetic and melodic in equal measures. Quite simply, Rik Warren is THE Manchester bluesman!

Mike Pritchard is a walking encyclopedia of blues and folk music. A fine guitarist and singer, his live sets incorporate traditional and contemporary songs of American, English and Celtic origins.

 

Acoustic Bhuna ft. DBH & Friends, Richard Lomax & The Tontine and Alex Chow

05 October / 17:00 / More Info / FREE

Manchester's favourite multi-instrumental giant, DBH,returns to the Picturehouse Stage, this time to showcase his considerable skills as a blues pianist! Accompanied by the inimitable Pat Clarke on harmonica and Mickey Van Gelder on guitar, this is sure to be toe-tapping performance that will leave a smile on everyone's face!

Once again, Acoustic Bhuna will be dipping into the goldmine of acoustic talent that resides in the Lancashire hills, this time in the form of Richard Lomax and his band, The Tontine. To quote one reviewer; "Richard Lomax is a madman. As he sings his drunken, manic, sea-shanty style songs, his eyeballs roll into the back of his head, his face distorts into scowls and frowns and he wails unexpectedly, becoming more than just a mouth-piece for the songs but at one with the despair the song depicts… compelling, screwed up and brilliant."

Alex Chow is a precociously talented young guitarist and composer from Manchester who blends subtle, intricate fingerpicking with experimental sounds and loops to produce atmospheric, haunting soundscapes.

 

Acoustic Bhuna ft. Ghost Trains and Rachel Rimmer

26 October / 17:00 / More Info / FREE

Independent in every sense of the word, Ghost Trains are currently riding a wave of creativity, with a new single out soon and a highly anticipated 5th album to follow in the new year. Front man and song-writer Tim Ellis’s lyrics are thoughtful, his delivery direct yet subtle and the acoustic guitar melodies are executed so masterfully that they are truly worthy of getting lost within.

Rachel Rimmer is a hugely talented young singer-songwriter based in Manchester. With a crystal-clear voice and accomplished, blues-tinged guitar style, Rachel's solo material is already winning her lots of fans on the Manchester acoustic scene.

 

Acoustic Bhuna ft. Glass Ankle and Luciano Gerber

09 November / 17:00 / More Info / FREE

Brazilian, Pelotas-born guitarist and vocalist, Luciano Gerber is renowned for his cosmopolitan fusion of Brazilian musics - a blend of folk, bossa nova, milonga and samba, with flavourings of Arabic Music and Flamenco. In the past 8 years, he has appeared with some of Manchester's greatest musicians and at top venues including Manchester Jazz Festival, Matt and Phred's, Contact Theatre, Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Exchange.

Bright, airy and uplifting, Luciano exudes a natural radiance and Brazilian sunshine - perfectly at home in the limelight while warming audiences with a impressive vocal ability and a versatile strumming over a wide range of rhythms and feels. A real joy to behold!

Glass Ankle is the brainchild of Manchester-based Songwriter, Greg Jackson. The band's sound encompasses soaring melodies, impeccable boy-girl harmonies, oozing guitar and synth passages, and subtle experimentalism.

Having been around on the Manchetser scene since 2010, Glass Ankle have gained an impressive reputation for their distinctive and eclectic style, leading to comparisons with a diverse range of artists, including Yo La Tengo, Beach House, Gomez, Tunng, Belle and Sebastian, and 13-era Blur.

 

Acoustic Bhuna ft. Skutch Manos

23 November / 17:00 / More Info / FREE

Skutch Manos (formerly The Acoustic Conquistador) is a hugely talented guitarist from Lancashire whose firecracker performances at Band On The Wall have left the audience breathless and baying for more. Flamboyant, energetic and precociously talented, Skutch Manos' playing is as frenetic as it is accomplished. Igniting the evening with a solo performance.. blink and you might miss him!

 

Doors open at 5pm, music starts at 7:30pm. FREE ENTRY.

As a perfect accompaniment to the live music, you can tuck into one of Chef Giles' fresh, home made curries, made with locally sourced ingredients and a whole lot of love. And why not wash it all down with a refreshing pint of cask ale from our sponsors, Green Mill Brewery?

Just announced: Terry Christian's Mad Manc Cabaret Northerners with Attitude, 17th October.

Terry Christian's Mad Manc Cabaret

17 October / 19:30 / More Info / Tickets on sale tomorrow, 09:00

Award winning TV and radio presenter and supermanc Terry Christian presents the Mad Manc Cabaret.

With interviews and live performances from poets, comedians, musicians in a no holds bar show that’s as Mancunian as waiting for a bus in the rain.

It will be The Word, but live on stage, in Manchester.

This month, Terry is joined by:

Stella Grundy of Intastella and now the acclaimed one woman play “Rise and Fall Of A Northern Star”

Manchester’s answer to Aretha Franklin – Primal Scream and ACR vocalist, Denise Johnson

Vini Reilly of Durutti Column

Salford’s performance poet JB Barrington – hailed as the new John Cooper Clarke

Belfast’s number 1 rapper (and honorary Mancunian) Jun Tzu

Plus more big names to be announced soon 

Tickets to this show include FREE ENTRY to Terry Christian’s Northerners With Attitude club night from 11pm

Terry Christian's Northerners with Attitude

17 October / 23:00 / More InfoTickets on sale tomorrow, 09:00

Award winning TV and radio presenter and supermanc Terry Christian presents Northerners With Attitude.

Terry and special guest DJs play an eclectic mix of the music that made Manchester.

Expect to hear:

Happy Mondays, The Smiths, New Order, Joy Division, James, 10CC, The Fall, The Buzzcocks, The Charlatans, The Stone Roses, Dove, The Chemical Brothers, Delphic, Courteeners, 808 State and many more.

Just announced: Craig Charles Blackpool Christmas Ball 2014, 13th December.

Craig Charles Blackpool Christmas Ball 2014

13 December / 19:30 / More Info / Tickets on sale soon

Get down to Britain’s biggest and funkiest Christmas Party as the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club presents UK soul pioneers and multi Grammy award winners, Soul II Soul ft. Caron Wheeler and Jazzie B plus full live band.

Expect a night featuring all their global hits that include Back To Life, Keep On Movin’, Joy and A Dream's A Dream.

Followed by BBC R6 DJ and much loved star of Red Dwarf and Coronation Street Craig Charles manning the decks in The Empress Ballroom for a funky dance-floor christmas party like no other!

Advance booking recommended for what promises to be the event of the year!

DJ Yoda in association with Wall of Sounds Presents: Breakfast of Champions, 19th September.

Breakfast of Champions

19 September / 21:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

DJ Yoda in association with Wall of Sounds Presents: Breakfast of Champions.

On the 15th September DJ Yoda will meet with 13 carefully selected musicians, vocalists and visual artists to work together over 5 intense days to create a new and totally original performance live at Band on the Wall on Friday 19th September 9pm - 2am.

Over 150 applications were submitted to take part in this residency, we've now chosen what we believe to be some of the finest artists from across the country. The week will involve high level musical composition, experimentation & performance aimed to support and push the artistic development of these emerging professional musicians.

Each artist brings their own experiences, musicality and genre specialisms, and have already made significant impact in their field. We believe that under the direction of DJ Yoda, whose music is dynamic, richly humorous and assertively innovative, we will create a performance to exceed all expectations.

Supporting DJ Yoda will be The Mouse Outfit collaborator Sparkz, rapper Truthos Mufasa rising hip hop star Rex Domino, visuals expert Zach Walkr, rounding off the team is the classically trained string musician Lachland Radford from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Come and watch this fantastic performance, tickets are available to buy online HERE, or in person at the Band on the Wall box office. There are a limited number of early bird tickets left so grab one quick.

The Wall of Sounds Artistic Directors Series is funded by Arts Council England and produced by Brighter Sound in collaboration with Band on the Wall.

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