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Just announced: Band on the Mall Semi-Final, 5th March.

Band on the Mall Semi-Final

05 March / 19:30 / More Info / Free Entry

Manchester Arndale and Band on the Wall have teamed up to launch a regional competition to find emerging student bands.

The competition is open to bands of two or more members over the age of 16. At least one member of the group must be in full-time education at the time of entry. The competition is open to Greater Manchester students only.

Click here to enter. Closing date, 13th February.

All entrants will have their music heard by industry experts, with the winning act selected at Manchester Arndale’s annual ‘Student Spring Break’ event on Tuesday, 21 April 2015.

The winning band gets the chance to perform their own winners gig at Band on the Wall. The winning band will also be entitled to four days studio experience at Blueprint Studios with the objective of producing one song which can be released.

Four ‘semi-finalists’ will be selected from submitted entries by the competition judges. Tonight, play live at Band on the Wall and the competition judges will select two finalists.

Just announced: Theatre Bench presents Julie Atherton 'Rush of Life' Album Launch, 15th February.

Theatre Bench presents Julie Atherton 'Rush of Life' Album Launch

15 February / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Theatre Bench present the launch event for theatre star Julie Atherton’s new album ‘Rush of Life’.

Julie Atherton is one of the West End’s most versatile entertainers, her credits include in Mama Mia, Fame and Sister Act: The Musical. In the land of musical theatre, she is known as the queen of new writing. As well as showcasing her remarkable vocals, Atherton's latest studio album Rush Of Life features material by some of the industry's most exciting new writing talents. With the exception of George Maguire, who features twice on the album, all the tracks are written by a different composer. This does not however result in a mix-mash of styles, rather a contemporary and idyllic blend of complementary songs.

"Rush Of Life is such a refreshing album. It may be by one of our finest West End stars, but it certainly isn’t a stereotypical musical theatre album - it couldn’t be more different!” West End Frame

Just announced: RNCM Northern Sessions, 9th and 11th June.

RNCM Northern Sessions

09 June / 19:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets
11 June / 19:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

12 bands from the RNCM Popular Music degree play over 2 nights. 
The evening will feature an eclectic mix of soul, funk, fusion and R&B - a unique opportunity to see some of the most talented musicians in the UK performing original material in a one night only performance at Band on the Wall.

Just announced: Acoustic Bhuna ft. Rook & The Ravens Tom Metcalfe, 8th February.

Acoustic Bhuna ft. Rook & The Ravens Tom Metcalfe

08 February / 17:00 / More Info / Free Entry

Young, bold and unfathomably talented', Rook & The Ravens are a super-tight 5-piece from the Dark Peak, who play articulate, edgy, self-assured rock/folk/pop, packed with energy, hooks and harmonies. Headlining Acoustic Bhuna with their stripped-down acoustic line up, just weeks after stepping off the plane from a 3 week tour of The States. This may well be your last chance to see Rook And The Ravens before they go global!

One of the north-west's finest young folk song writers, Acoustic Bhuna is delighted to welcome Tom Metcalfe back to the Picturehouse stage. Tom's beautiful blend of flamenco guitar and folk story-telling has been making waves with audiences all around Lancashire and beyond for some time now. His songs are thoughtful, thought provoking, often understated, yet powerful tales of the changing times.

Doors open at 5pm, music starts at 6:30pm. 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: Band on the Wall Film Club - Marley, 6th February.

Band on the Wall Film Club - Marley

06 February / 18:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

To celebrate the day of Bob Marley’s 70th birthday, the Band on the Wall Film Club presents a special screening of Marley, the universally acclaimed biopic of Bob Marley’s life.

Tickets include free entry to reggae clubnight, Night of the Living Dread ft. Mikey DON & Wassie One plus free food!

Bob Marley's universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. Marley is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best. 

“This will give people a more emotional connection to Bob - not just as a reggae legend of mythical figure, but to his life as a man” - Ziggy Marley

“Epic & uplifting” - Empire

“RIVETING” - NY Times

This project is supported by Film Hub North West Central, proud to be part of the BFI Film Audience Network.

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