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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 / Tickets on sale soon

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.

Just announced: Badfinger, 22nd July.


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

70’s powerpop sensation Badfinger return to the stage! Featuring Bob Jackson, who joined the original lineup in the 70’s, the group take to the road again for a series of dates across the UK this September.

Signed to the Beatles’ Apple label Badfinger launched their career with the Paul McCartney penned classic Come And Get It and quickly followed it up with No Matter What, Day after Day and Baby Blue, all of which were Top 10 hits in UK, US and Canada.

Then there’s Without You, the classic worldwide No.1 for Harry Nilsson, Mariah Carey and many others – a Badfinger original written by Pete Ham & Tom Evans.

In addition to the band’s iconic hits, this show will feature a rich mixture of material from their back catalogue as well as previously unheard tracks.

Just announced: Help Musicians UK: Health & Wellbeing Month: Musicians Insights Evening with HMUK, MU and BAPAM

Help Musicians UK: Health & Wellbeing Month: Musicians Insights Evening with HMUK, MU and BAPAM

11 August / 18:30 / More Info / Free Entry 

Throughout the month of August, Help Musicians UK (HMUK), Musicians' Union (MU) and British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) are partnering for Health & Wellbeing Month, aimed at providing a range of events about how to look after yourself as a professional musician. Health & Wellbeing Month will see each organisation bring their own focus, expertise and priorities to the events. There will be Workshops as well as Musicians Insights evenings in locations across the UK.

Musicians Insights is a short series of free events, two of which are taking place in Manchester at Band on the Wall. Hear a first hand, personal story of a musician who’s experience affected their career and gain understanding about how various charities and services fit into the support network for a musician. Interviewed by a trained Help Musicians UK visitor and introduced by the staff who are on the frontline of help and welfare within HMUK, this intimate evening will widen perceptions of what it means to be a professional musician and gain some insight into what can be done to improve situations for the future.

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