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Just announced: Swindle Live BPM DJs, 6th November.

Swindle Live BPM DJs

06 November / 20:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Band on the Wall welcome one of the most interesting new minds in music, Swindle, dubbed the ‘Herbie Hancock of improvised grime’.

“I don’t think about genre at all because I was never raised like that,” says the man known as Swindle. “Genre/schmenre. Music is everything and everything is music.” A huge part of his appeal is the array of genres he floats through within his albums and frenetic live shows, easing his way through dubstep, grime, hip-hop, funk and jazz. His records constantly surprise, making some gloriously sudden left turns to take you towards a completely different sonic destination. Swindle operates on the super-sharp cutting edge of now, he’s also got a canyon-deep appreciation of what’s gone before, clearly inspired by other open-headed folk like Stevie Wonder and Prince.

This is an artist who could be a British Timbaland, a British Pharrell, someone who could bring underground innovation right to the heart of the mainstream – so would you like him to do that, or would you prefer he capitulated and just made Ikea flat-pack beats?

Bringing the beats until the early hours are Manchester’s own BPM, who bring a dedication to good vibes all round, a commitment to showcasing what is really pushing it in UK urban/dance music, from old skool garage to future garage, two step, UK funky, grime and bass music with 140BPM!!!

Check out Swindle’s Boiler Room session at Fabric.

Just announced: Son Yambu, 28th January.

Son Yambu

28 January / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Son Yambu play authentic Cuban son, the intoxicating fusion of Spanish and African rhythms that gave rise to salsa.  The band features a new generation of Cuban musicians who are all passionate about maintaining the traditions of the genre, continuing the Buena Vista legacy that put Cuban music back on the map in 1997.  They give this irresistible music a contemporary edge, bringing their audiences a truly, sensational, authentic Latin music experience.

'Absolutely tremendous…. if you don't start to move to this there is no hope for you!

Extraordinary music.’   Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3

Just announced: Gyptian, 21st November.

Gyptian

21 November / 20:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

When Gyptian hit the scene in in 2006, he immediately earned comparisons to the great Gregory Isaacs for his mixture of conscious reggae and sultry lovers rock. That same year saw Gyptian take home the “Most Promising Entertainer” title at the International Reggae and World Music Awards in New York City, an honour he has certainly lived up to in the years since.

Gyptian has layers and multiple facets to his artistry. There’s the conscious reggae singer who listeners first came to know on his breakthrough 2005 hit ”Serious Times.” Then there’s the champion lover who captivated females worldwide with his crooning on “Hold You,” the sultry island pop smash that topped charts globally in 2010, certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over 500,000, becoming the first reggae single to attain that status since Damian Marley’s “Welcome To Jamrock” in 2005.. The song caught the attention of rap superstar Nicki Minaj, who jumped on the remix.

Gyptian brings a musically diverse set that takes the audience from dancehall to soca to global pop sounds.

“For me, there’s no boundaries in music. Pick one—there is a Gyptian song in that category for you.” Gyptian

Just announced: Tanya Tagaq, 3rd September.

Tanya Tagaq

03 September / 19:00 / More Info / Register For Free Tickets

Brighter Sound presents the award-winning singer Tanya Tagaq for a special performance at Band on the Wall. This is a rare opportunity to watch a performance by a singer who has reinvented the traditions of Inuit throat singing.

Tanya will perform songs from her award-winning album Animism. The performance is free and open to the general public.

Tanya will also lead a one-off masterclass, open to all female musicians aged 11-24 as part of Here Come the Grrrls. Book your place on the masterclass here.

“the polar punk who makes Björk sound tame” – Homa Khaleeli, The Guardian

Tanya Tagaq is an award-winning Canadian singer, songwriter and visual artist. She is possibly the only solo female artist to successfully take the indigenous female tradition of Inuit throat singing, and reinvent it using innovative contemporary vocal techniques.

She has collaborated with a number of acclaimed musicians including Björk, the Kronus Quartet and Mike Patton, and has earned widespread critical acclaim for her album Animism, including winner of the Polaris Music Prize 2014 (Canada’s Mercury Prize equivalent), Aboriginal Album of the Year (Juno Awards, 2015) and “Pushing the Boundaries Award 2014” (Canadian Folk Music Awards).

Tanya is a truly unique artist who has become successful on her own terms, without compromise. She is a powerful advocate for her native culture, creativity and modern femininity.

Watch Tanya singing on YouTube, listen on SoundCloud and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

“Tagaq projects sounds that carry the imprint of the body’s secret contours and recesses, delving far beyond personal utterance, out beyond human identity, to summon voices from the flesh cavity haunts of animal spirits and primal energies” – The Wire

Just announced: A Queer Revue! 2nd October.

A Queer Revue!

02 October / 22:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

A Queer Revue! at Band On The Wall…

Welcome to a very special night of music, film, dance and drag. A Queer Revue! gathers together some of the most outrageous and talented from Manchester’s celebrated Queer underground for your entertainment and inspiration!

Behold a showcase of famous faces and bright new talents united in Manchester’s historic Band On The Wall venue for an explosion of Queer creativity and experimental fun!

Join us for early doors in the beautiful Picturehouse Bar at Band On The Wall for themed cocktails, poetry and daring films on the big screen before we fling open the doors to the main arena for an evening of dancing and performance.

THRILL to musical selections by DJs from legendary parties Bollox, Cha Cha Boudoir and Off The Hook…!

GASP at star performances from Anna Phylactic, Joshua Hubbard, Lill, Tom Kuzniar and more to be announced…!

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, she’s your hostess for the evening… as seen on Stage, TV, Grindr and Tinder… she’s the siren from Salford… don’t swipe left, swipe right… her Love Will Tear You Apart … it’s Joyce D’Vision…!

Welcome to Queer Manchester… let’s make a big song and dance about it…!

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