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Just announced: Dengue Fever, 1st October.

Dengue Fever

01 October / 19:30 / More Info / Tickets on sale soon

Hey Manchester and Band on the Wall present Dengue Fever.

"A danceable, delightfully mutated mix of American surf, garage-rock psychedelia and the emotive, snaky crooning of Khmer folk music.” LA Weekly

Los Angeles six-piece Dengue Fever combine a rapturous blend of 60s Cambodian pop and psych rock grooves. Plunging headlong into their second decade as a band, Dengue Fever now find themselves as creative musicians with no boundaries, as well as label owners who make their own decisions on where, when and how to fabricate their career.

In 2013, after forming their own label Tuk Tuk Records, the band crossed over into brave new territory as both artist and record label owners. ‘The Deepest Lake’, their fifth full-length of all-new material, comes at a critical and exciting juncture in the bands career, with spectacular live experiences to match.

Just announced: Akua Naru, 12th October.

Akua Naru

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


With classic boom bap hip-hop sounds, profound mastery of lyricism, socially conscious rhymes, and astonishing musicianship, it is no wonder that Naru has garnered attention and accumulated rave reviews. Being associated with artist movements such as the 90's hip hop era and acts such as Lauryn Hill & The Roots, Naru's musical and poetic gifts have been appreciated within and beyond hip hop circles and are amplified within live performance. Accompanied by her band, DIGFLO, a six-piece ensemble including drums, keys, saxophone/flute, bass, guitar, and turntables, Akua Naru has a reputation for captivating audiences, hyping crowds, inspiring many, and forcing some to counter and dispel the myths regarding what they have been taught about women and hip hop. Clearly, her music and performances are a testament to the legacy of soul music and the powerful trailblazing female artist tradition on which it builds.

Manchester Youth Jazz Foundation Autumn 2015

Manchester Youth Jazz Foundation Autumn 2015

26 September / 12:30 - 15:00
27 September / 09:30 - 17:00
More Info / Apply

Brighter Sound and Manchester Youth Jazz Foundation are looking for creative young musicians aged 11-18 to take part in a weekend course at Band on the Wall, which explores new and interesting ways into jazz composition and improvisation. Featuring noted multi-instrumentalist and improviser Richard Ormrod, this project is for anyone with an interest in developing their creative, musical and improvisation skills and in working as an ensemble to devise new and innovative music.

The course will begin on the Saturday at 12.30pm, and will consist of a group masterclass led by Richard, followed by creative sessions with a team of experienced jazz tutors providing expert support and guidance. At the end of the weekend on Sunday afternoon, there will be a short premier performance on stage at Band on the Wall.

Richard Ormrod arranges for, educates and conducts musicians of all ages and abilities, in both musicianship and improvisation at projects such as Dales Jam and the Jam Factory.

The weekend is aimed at aspiring young musicians with an interest in jazz and improvisation. If you want to talk to us about whether this means you, please contact Brighter Sound.

Click HERE to apply. Deadline for applications: Sun 13 Sept, 12pm.

Additional Event Information

  • Full event dates: Sat 26 Sept, 12.30-3pm and Sun 27 Sept, 9.30am-5pm
  • Performance: Sun 27 Sept, 4pm, Band on the Wall at 4pm.
  • Please note, applicants must be aged 11-18 and be available for the whole weekend to attend all sessions and performance.
  • Click HERE to apply. Deadline for applications: Sun 13 Sept, 12pm.
  • Price: £15.00
  • For further information and advice please contact Tim Chatterton at tim@brightersound.com.

Just announced: Manchester Jazz Festival Afterparty ft. Kalakuta, Glowrogues and DJ Matt Halsall, 8th August.

Manchester Jazz Festival Afterparty

ft. Kalakuta, Glowrogues and DJ Matt Halsall

08 August / 22:00 / More Info / Register For Free Tickets

Band on the Wall present a Manchester Jazz Festival afterparty, bringing two of the most exciting bands of the festival together for a late night party, with the fantastic Matt Halsall DJing till late.

Kalakuta

Drawing their inspiration and energy from the golden age of the Nigerian, Ghanian and Ethiopian dance-floors of the 1970's, this group of up-and-coming young musicians defies anyone to stay sat down for one of their high-octane (often pretty sweaty) live shows!

Expect punchy horns, choppy guitars and wailing organs, all underpinned by a groove that will keep your feet moving all night!

Glowrogues

A new band of rising stars from Manchester and Birmingham, playing funk and hip-hop flavoured pieces by Molyneux, using electronics to manipulate the horn section sound, creating an experimental edge. Uplifting and energetic.

Followed by DJ Matt Halsall.

Just announced: Tim Bowness Band + Improvizone + Nerve Toy Trio, 8th September.

Tim Bowness Band + Improvizone + Nerve Toy Trio

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

On Tuesday 8th September the Tim Bowness and band (Porcupine Tree’s Colin Edwin, Michael Bearpark, Stephen Bennett and Sanguine Hum’s Andrew Booker) perform music from Tim's albums Stupid Things That Mean The World and Abandoned Dancehall Dreams, plus No-Man songs.

Support comes from Improvizone (using members of the Tim Bowness Band), Andrew Booker's acclaimed London-based Ambient-Improv collective, and North West Jazz Prog group Nerve Toy Trio.

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