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Just announced: Banco De Gaia, 21st October.

Banco De Gaia

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

Toby Marks, the creative force behind Banco De Gaia, is one of the world’s leading exponents of globally inspired eclectic electronica. Mixing electronica with acoustic instruments and vox, his work defies genre classification.

Banco De Gaia cut his teeth on the early 90s Ambient Dub compilations (a precursor of the “chill out” marketing phenomenon). In 1994 he released his first studio album Maya on Planet Dog records, and followed this in 1995 with the critically acclaimed Last Train To Lhasa. Both albums reached No1 in the UK independent charts and featured in the national album chart top 40.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘the one with the train on’ in 2015, Disco Gecko released a limited edition version of the album and Banco put together a live 3-piece band featuring bassist James Eller (The The, Teardrop Explodes) and drummer Ted Duggan (The Beat, Seize The Day) alongside VJ Patrick Dunn. The shows were so well received that they are continuing to play live together, with a new studio album 'The 9th of Nine Hearts' planned for 2016.  We look forward to welcoming them back to Band on the Wall.

Just announced: The Souljazz Orchestra, 19th July.

The Souljazz Orchestra

19 July / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Since first arriving on the Canadian scene at the turn of the millennium, the Souljazz Orchestra has never stopped pushing the limits of its signature sound: an explosive clash of sour, jazz, afro, latin and Caribbean styles, unleashed by blaring majestic horns, dusty vintage keyboards, and an arsenal of earthquaking percussion.

Now celebrating its 14th year, the Souljazz Orchestra continues its impressive run of memorable albums while years of relentless touring have formed the Souljazz Orchestra’s live concerts into the stuff of legends - more often than not culminating in ecstatic, sweat-soaked, cathartic affairs, mixing pulsating arrangements with eruptive improvisations.

So far, the Ottawa-based sextet has been fortunate enough to bring its dynamite show to over two dozen countries across the globe, sharing bills along the way with heavyweights such as Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, and Femi Kuti and they showing no signs of slowing down – “Souljazz is more than just a band for us, it’s a way of life”

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.

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