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Just announced: Cory Henry - The Revival Project, May 2016.

Cory Henry - The Revival Project

14 May / 19:00 / Howard Assembly Rooms, Leeds
16 May / 19:30 / St. Philip’s Church, Salford
17 May / 19:00 / Union Chapel, London
18 May / 19:30 / Bristol Colston Hall (The Lantern)

Band on the Wall presents Cory Henry, The Revival Project. As well as being a member of Grammy Award-winning collective Snarky Puppy, Cory is an in-demand, multi-instrumentalist and producer, long-term member of Snarky Puppy and an artist who has worked with innumerable high-profile musicians such as Kenny Garrett, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Glasper and The Roots.

The Revival, his latest release and touring project, showcases Henry’s deep musical roots in gospel, jazz and soul. Although The Revival setlist draws from a well-known canon (from old gospels to Stevie Wonder), Henry stretches and pulls, driving the songs into unfamiliar territory and coming up with altogether new takes. “I play these songs pretty often, but I turn on to different aspects — it can be different from night to night,” he says. “It’s like my version of Art Tatum: he has many records with similar songs, but each record is different. He improvs them differently. I’m taking that approach.”

Working off his instrument of choice — the Hammond B-3 organ — Henry’s improvisation is on full display: at times playful, soulful and powerful, nodding to musical influences but greatly expanding on the sound. He seems to capture the breadth of the jazz and gospel idioms and produce something altogether new.

Just announced: Oh Bacchanal! ft. J Rus, Jamie Barrett and Faro, 9th April.

Oh Bacchanal! ft. J Rus, Jamie Barrett and Faro

09 April / 23:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Oh Bacchanal! returns to Band on the Wall with an even juicier dose of fun-filled party madness! This time joined by two of the most surefire party selectors around…

J Rus is the founder of Frontin’; a clubnight known for its all-encompassing carnival sound. His DJ sets span everything from groovy soca to garage; ragga to disco with a healthy dose of UK funky and grime thrown in. His original productions impressively distill the most danceable elements all of these styles - expect to get wrapped up in J Rus' riddims and remixes.

Jamie Barrett is a bashment aficionado of the highest distinction. Mastermind behind the Southend rave Jook So, his impeccably up-to-the-time of coverage of dancehall, bashment and one drop has kept us dazzled and delighted for a while now and we couldn’t be more excited to host him at Band on the Wall for his Manchester debut.

Expect all your carnival favourite sounds; huge Afropop hits from the likes of Tiwa Savage and AKA, dancehall dynamite from artists such as Kalado and Mavado and the grooviest soca from the specialists, Olatunji and Alison Hinds. And so much more….

Residents Bacchanal Bigfoot and Bacchanal Ronin will be keeping the dance bubbling from start to finish, hosted by the original vibes-controller, Faro! Kickout!

Just announced: A Queer Revue!, 1st April.

A Queer Revue! 

01 April / 23:00 / More Info  / Buy Tickets

A Queer Revue! presents… a Trans Takeover Special!

Queer Contact hostess extraordinaire Grace Oni Smith, of BORN and the Family Gorgeous, will be joined by the sensational Trans activist, icon, performer and theatre maker, Kate O’Donnell…! These two fabulous women will be performing on stage as well presenting a radically cool line-up of LGBT artistes for your pleasure. Expect more Telephone Poetry and timeless pop, dancing and drag, music and mischief, vaudeville and vigour, performance and partying, by and for beautiful people of all genders. Music from DJ Greg Thorpe of Off The Hook and Drunk at Vogue plus very special guest DJ, all the way from Belfast, Ms Venus Dupree…!

See you in April, Ashley…!

Just announced: Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club ft. New Street Adventure live, 30th April.

Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club ft. New Street Adventure live

30 April / 21:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club returns with New Street Adventure playing live, and Craig Charles providing the tunes.

Since forming in 2007, New Street Adventure have undergone many changes of line-up and style on the way to their current juncture. In this time they’ve developed a distinct sound, which infuses Motown and Stax influences with a modern British songwriting style and sensibility. Their core rhythm section provides solid funk grooves with lead vocalist Nick Corbin provides the catchy vocal hooks. Their sound is a tasteful balance of their eclectic taste and modern awareness.

Since signing with Acid Jazz in 2013 they’ve released their first full length album “No Hard Feelings” from which the singles “Be Somebody” and “On Our Front Door Step” have been released and have had plenty of radio play on BBC London and from Craig Charles too.

Renegade Brass Band + DJ Agent J (In the Loop/Groovement)

Renegade Brass Band

+ DJ Agent J (In the Loop/Groovement)

01 May / 20:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Combining 8 horns with 2 percussionists, scratch DJ and live MC, Renegade Brass Band mix funk, hip-hop and jazz with a raw brass sound and high-energy live show. RBB have already established a big live reputation as a headline act, and have played packed-out shows at venues around the UK and Europe, and in the last year, they have supported acts including De La Soul, Grandmaster Flash, Public Enemy, The Cat Empire, The Apples, Quantic, Craig Charles and many more.

A hit with festival crowds across Europe, the band have played at festivals including Secret Garden Party, Sea Sessions Ireland, Tramlines, Kendal Calling, and several times at Soundwave Croatia, warming up for artists such as hip-hop and cut-up legends DJ Shadow and DJ Yoda.The band released their debut album, ͚RBB: Rhymes, Beats & Brass͛ in August 2014, which saw them develop their hard-edged brass sound, and followed it up with their 2015 ͚RBB: Rhymes, Beats & Brass (Remixed), featuring collaborations with artists such as Hugo Kant, Colman Brothers and Tall Black Guy.In October, they did a live session for BBC6 Music͛s Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show, and had airplay from BBC6 Music, BBC Radio 2 and Radio 1.

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