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Just announced: Lowkey, 21-23 September.

Lowkey

21 September / 19:00 / o2 ABC2, Glasgow

22 September / 19:30 / The Rainbow Warehouse, Birmingham

23 September / 19:30 / The Wardrobe, Leeds

After a long hiatus, Lowkey is back! Known for his controversial yet incredible lyricism on real life issues, Lowkey is an English rapper and political activist of Iraqi descent who first became known through a series of mixtapes released when he was just a teenager.

After an initial hiatus following his revered mixtape releases, he returned in 2008 to wider coverage, featuring on BBC Radio and appearing at various festivals in the buildup to his first solo album Dear Listener, as well as collaborating with other famous English musicians. He released his second solo album Soundtrack to the Struggle in 2011. He retired from the music business in 2012 to concentrate on his studies, but is now back for a string of hugely anticipated and rare live performances.

Just announced: Pop Up Opera - The Barber of Seville, 29th September.

Pop Up Opera - The Barber of Seville

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

Experience opera like you’ve never seen before, as Pop-up Opera take to the stage with a daringly unfussy production of Rossini’s sparkling comic masterpiece, laying bare the characters in all their glorious eccentricity.

Witness razor-sharp timing as the ever resourceful barber, Figaro, tries to help the young Count Almaviva win the hand of the beautiful Rosina, out of love instead of his wealth. Soon the pair set about to produce many disguises for the count, and thus the farce ensues...!

Rossini's famous opera buffa is brought to life by the critically acclaimed Pop-Up Opera, sung in Italian with English captions.

Evening Standard 4*

“Buzzes with rude energy… skilfully negotiating Rossini’s outrageous vocalism”

Just announced: Friday Night Reggae presents Play a 45 ft. Macka B, 26th August.

Friday Night Reggae presents Play a 45 ft. Macka B

26 August / 21:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Friday Night Reggae returns with Play A 45, another night of deep reggae tunes that will shake the foundations of Band on the Wall, featuring long-time Band on the Wall favourite Macka B and very special guests.

Macka is one of Britain's most influential dancehall toasters, pushing the music back toward a Rastafarian political consciousness. His rough, gravelly vocals have given him an instantly identifiable sound, and his production - chiefly handled by Mad Professor - updated dub reggae techniques for the dancehall age, proving that the two sounds weren't mutually exclusive. Although the vast majority of Macka B's material is devoted to spiritual and social messages, he does lighten the mood with occasional humorous novelty material. He has shunned any aspirations for a commercial crossover, however, staying true to the sound and spirit of reggae's roots. His 1986 album ‘Sign of the Times’ still remains a milestone of British reggae, and he continues to perform and record to this day.

As aways, the venue will be transformed with visuals to inspire, reflect and entertain. This night is about good vibes and big tunes.

One Love.

Just announced: The Headhunters, 18th September.

The Headhunters

18 September / 19:30 / More InfoOn sale from 25th July 2016 at 09:00

Bill Summers - Percussion

Mike Clark - Drums

Chris Severin - Bass

Steven Gordan - Keys

Donald Harrison - Saxophone

The Headhunters are an American jazz-funk fusion band, best known for their albums they recorded as a backing band of Herbie Hancock during the 1970s. Hancock's debut album with the group, Head Hunters, is one of the best-selling jazz/fusion records of all time.

Their music is a complex blend of many styles and genres, including jazz, funk, African and Afro-Caribbean music. The group is also notable for its pioneering use of electronic instruments and effects. The band retain a strong connection to African music, with the role of percussion hugely enhanced compared to mainstream jazz, and more extensive exploration of complex polyrhythms compared to most funk.

They released their first album without Hancock in 1975, Survival of the Fittest, which featuring the hit "God Make Me Funky". This song was sampled by the Fugees, among many others, for their track "Ready or Not", and has been covered by Jamiroquai.

In 2010 the Headhunters signed with Indianapolis jazz label Owl Studios. They released Platinum, which featured many of the original members of the band with guest spots by Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, and Killah Priest, among others.

Just announced: Bill Evans Band, 12th August.

Bill Evans Band

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

CD Release show: “Rise Above”

Bill Evans is a world renowned saxophonist and producer who made his debut on the international music scene in the 1980s originally with Miles Davis, (at the age of 21 years old and recorded 6 records with Davis) which led to playing with the likes of John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Mick Jagger and Willie Nelson to name a few.

With 24 solo albums, Grammy nods, and countless collaborations and tours, Evans has continued to explore a dazzling variety of adventurous musical settings as a pioneering bandleader, consistently winning fans in the worldwide arena. Recent highlights include touring and performing with his own group, the Bill Evans Band, as well as Warren Haynes, Robben Ford, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Stern/Evans Band, Medeski Martin & Wood, and countless sit-ins with The Allman Brothers Band, Umphrey’s Mcgee, Moe, Blues Traveler, Galactic and more.

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