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Just announced: Spring King - album launch, 10th June.

Spring King - album launch

10 June / 19:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Following a year that saw them pick up support from the likes of The Guardian, Stereogum, NME, DIY and The Line of Best Fit, being playlisted at both Radio 1 and 6 Music, and touring with Courtney Barnett, Slaves and FIDLAR, Manchester’s Spring King are now set to launch their debut album with a special show at Band on the Wall.

The first 100 people to “pre-order album” from Piccadilly Records, will get the chance to purchase a limited number of £12 album bundles that include a wristband too the launch party.

Please note 150 tickets will also be available to purchase priced at £8 each - click ‘Buy Tickets’ above.

First come first served!

Just announced: Soul:ution ft. Doc Scott, Marcus Intalex, Bane & MC DRS, 29th July.

Soul:ution ft. Doc Scott, Marcus Intalex, Bane & MC DRS

29 July / 23:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Manchester’s original liquid DnB night returns to Band on the Wall for a summer special featuring luminary DJ and producer Doc Scott.

Doc Scott is as much part of the history of Drum and Bass as any other figure you care to name’, a statement which is testament to his influence” Hyponik

Taking control of the mic is MC DRS, respected amongst his peers as one of the most talented wordsmiths in UK music, multi-award winning DRS has shown over the years that he has a talent for writing, singing, rapping and an unrivalled ability to hold a crowd in the palm of his hand.

Soul:ution stalwarts Marcus Intalex and Bane are all on hand to keep the tunes going into the early hours.

Just announced: Film Screening - Far Off Sounds ‘Season 2’, 4th June.

Film Screening - Far Off Sounds ‘Season 2’

Described as “the infinite story of music on Earth" by Attic Magazine, Far Off Sounds is a web series about obscure and unusual musical experiences. Filmmakers Nick George and Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman crawl into the nooks and crannies of global culture to film music in scenarios as varied as a Kentucky snake-handling church band recital, a Ghanaian chief's funeral, and a Detroit noise-musician/aquarium manager's rehearsal.

We’ll be playing an exclusive directors cut of all seven new episodes back to back, followed by DJs playing far out sounds.

SEASON TWO EPISODES

Iasos:

Iasos (one word, like Madonna, pronounced "ee­-ah-­sose") began receiving music in his head from another dimension when he was at Cornell in 1965. He called it 'Paradise Music', and it was unlike anything he had ever heard. These incoming signals, and his efforts to translate them into tangible sounds for human ears, set him squarely on his life's journey. Today, Iasos is recognized as one of the fathers of 'new age' music. We visited him in Marin County, California, where he took us on a hike, told us about his life, and debated with us about heavy metal music.

The Tuvan Masters:

Khoomei music is an ancient traditional practice in the steppes of Tuva, a country nestled between Mongolia and Russia. For thousands of years, herders and farmers there have taught their children to sing in the khoomei way, an indescribable and haunting sound sometimes called 'throat singing'. Huun Huur Tu,a group that formed in the 80's as a backlash to Soviet anti­traditionalist pressure in Tuva, are the undisputed worldwide masters of khoomei music. Bearing the beauty of their voices and an assortment of instruments whose names we don't know (including a pair of shakers made from bull testicles and a percussion piece made of horse hooves), they act as ambassadors to an ancient way of living and being. We met them at Royce Hall in Los Angeles for a stirring performance and interview.

Mister Moonbeam:

Walk along Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles at night and, if you're lucky, you'll see a small crowd gathered around a glowing storefront, mesmerized. Pick up your pace, and you'll begin to hear the emotive alien pop music of Mister Moonbeam. As you join the crowd, you'll see him sitting behind the storefront window, in the space normally reserved for mannequins, surrounded by the glittering fabric and dancing lightbulbs of his own design, playing a drum machine with his feet as he strums an electric guitar and sings into a mysterious oblong object he calls the Magic Flute. A Gulf War veteran, motorcycle gang member, stockbroker, chimney sweep, inventor, and musician, when we stumbled on his music, we had to find out what brought Mister Moonbeam from his hometown in rural Alaska to a storefront in Los Angeles's Echo Park.

Microtonal Man:

In 2015, LA musician John Schneider won a Grammy for his album performing music composed by the midcentury genius Harry Partch, the inventor of microtonal music. Why has Schneider, a music theory professor and radio host, devoted essentially his entire adult life to reproducing the strange instruments and music of a man he never met? We dive in deep to learn about Partch, what microtonal music is, and to hear John playing it for us on his couch at home and in the massive Redcat Theater in downtown LA.

The 2015 National Hollerin’ Contest:

First held in 1969 in Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina, the annual National Hollerin’ Contest is a daylong celebration of Southern American cultural heritage and preservation of an archaic

means of long­distance communication. Originally a method of delivering messages to workers out in the fields, contestants project their loudest, most entertaining vocal exclamations out into the audience to be judged accordingly. The result is a confounding mix of sophisticated vocal technique and wildly free outbursts.

The Space Lady:

The Space Lady, aka Susan Dietrich Schneider, became a staple of the Bay Area outsider music scene after years of busking the streets out of necessity. Her ethereal, echo­laden arrangements transform popular interstellar standards “Major Tom” and “Radar Love,” while originals like “Synthesize Me” have won her a new generation of starry­eyed admirers via her recent “greatest hits” compilation. Far Off Sounds hangs out in LA with Susan for a few days, filming performances on the street and on the stage, as we find out what circumstances brought Susan to live such a unique life.

Dancers Without A Stage: Jakarta’s Last Jaipong Club:

Under a bridge near a train station in Jakarta, Indonesia, an outdoor nightclub is the last of its kind, keeping a traditional Sundanese art­form called Jaipong alive. Jaipong, originally a village ritual associated with prostitution, is a mixture of martial arts and live music. The mostly male audience takes turns dancing with the Ronggeng (female dancers) and Sinden (singers), as the music is played with a ferocious tenacity, cycling through relentlessly repetitive hypnotic patterns. We tranced out into the early morning with the Japing group and spoke with the club owner to find out what keeps the club alive.

Just announced: AJ Croce, 27th September.

AJ Croce

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

From his debut as a jazz influenced blues-based artist to his evolution into a pop music iconoclast, singer-songwriter A.J. Croce has travelled a circuitous musical road.

The son of legendary singer-songwriter Jim Croce, A.J.’s career began with his first tour at age 18 opening up for B.B. King. In the span of a 20 -year career, A.J. has headlined festivals, concerts and major listening venues worldwide. He has been seen and heard on shows including Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien and Austin City Limits and he has shared the stage with an innumerable list of eclectic artists from Willie Nelson to Ray Charles, Béla Fleck to James Brown, Lyle Lovett to Morphine, and Rod Stewart to Ben Harper.

A loyal and appreciative audience and glowing press from Rolling Stone to the New York Times confirms the appeal of A.J’s genre-spanning music, with six of his albums positioned in various radio charts including the Top 40, AAA, Americana, College, and Jazz. An ivory-searing New Orleans piano style established an essential juju, but his exploratory pop gems revealed a spectrum of influences from art rock to Americana and beyond.

“A.J. Croce has wisdom beyond his years. With his music, he represents his generation with a profound sense of honesty in his lyrics and quality in his delivery. The future of entertainment is safe in his hands!” — Willie Nelson

“One of the greatest young songwriters” — Rolling Stone

“In such a crowded music universe it is a pleasure to witness triple uniqueness; Pianist, songwriter, singer and at such a level. And who does he sound like?...The answer is; himself…A.J. Croce.” — Allen Toussaint

The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.

Just announced: KING, 11th November.

KING

11 November / 19:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Twins Paris and Amber Strother and musical sister Anita Bias are dream-pop trio KING. In 2011, KING independently released their debut EP to much acclaim – The Story, Supernatural and Hey made up the 3-piece introduction to their carefully crafted sound. Fueled by word of mouth excitement and social media posts from supporters including Prince, Gilles Peterson, Erykah Badu, Solange, Nile Rodgers, Sam Sparro, Janelle Monae, Questlove and a host of others, their story and songs have spread wide and made new fans of many.

KING’s eclectic sound is relatable yet not simply defined. Though they play with the boundaries of their many influences, throughout each song is the common thread of a certain soulful authenticity. The smooth vibe, intricate production, and harmonic style of their music evolved beautifully in their home studio, a product solely of the three women and a result of their Minneapolis and Los Angeles roots.

Paris produces KING’s songs, while Amber and Anita are the primary singers. The three work together on songwriting and arrangements to create their unique sound, garnering such accolades as NPR’s Song of the Day, Billboard’s 10 Best R&B Songs of 2014, The Guardian’s New Band of the Day and Best Albums of 2013, Metro UK’s Singles of the Week and the 55th GRAMMY Award for ‘Move Love’, their collaboration with Robert Glasper on his Best R&B Album ‘Black Radio’.

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