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New Picturehouse opening times


Located adjacent to Band on the Wall’s legendary venue, our excellent bar, The Picturehouse is open everyday from 5pm-11pm* (with food served until 9pm), for post-work & pre-gig food, drink and good vibes! Housed in a Grade 2 listed former cinema, The Picturehouse combines a great selection of drinks; delicious wholesome food; curated selections of music PLUS our new programme of pub quizzes, acoustic nights and DJ sessions. Come down and join us! 


*Opening times may vary on club nights

Just announced: Folk Group & Indian Fusion Lab Performance, 6th July.

Folk Group & Indian Fusion Lab Performance

06 July / 20:00 / More Info / Free Entry 

Brighter Sound presents an evening of Irish traditional folk music with an Indian twist! Emma Sweeney (fiddle) Paul Cowham (guitar) and the Brighter Sound Folk Group. Playing for the first time in the Picturehouse Bar, the group of accordions, fiddles, flutes and whistles, guitars and cello play a selection of traditional jigs and reels learned over the past 8 weeks as part of a course at Band on the Wall. Relax, enjoy a drink or two and sample the hot food on offer.

Session starts at 8pm.

Entry is FREE

Just announced: Incognito, 17th November.


17 November / 19:30:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

The enduring success of Incognito is one of the great stories of UK music during the last four decades, and we welcome the shining stars of acid jazz, soul and funk back to Band on the Wall for another night of dancefloor-friendly new material and choice cuts. Look at the recent history of soulful UK artists and you will find any number of short-lived acts that have achieved pop success. Narrow it down to those that have created a uniquely British sound and have endured as a global phenomenon on their own terms, and the list becomes short. Dues, then, to Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick and Incognito, who formed in 1979 and have been wowing audience around the world ever since.

Incognito’s breakthrough 1991 hit was a cover version of the Ronnie Laws tune Always There, featuring Jocelyn Brown, which made No. 6 in the UK. The group's 1992 single, Don't you worry 'bout a thing saw similar success, reaching No. 19 in the UK. They have been a favourite of various remixers, including Masters at Work, David Morales, Roger Sanchez and Jazzanova, and have released several albums consisting almost entirely of remixes.

Band on the Wall's Beer & Blues Weekend - all you need to know!

Beer & Blues Weekend: 22-23 July 2016

Band on the Wall's annual Beer & Blues Weekend returns on 22-23 July with an outstanding lineup of UK blues talent and a 20 pump bar serving a variety of guest ales from local breweries Seven BrothersWilson PotterGreen Mill and First Chop.

Here’s everything you need to know about the weekend:

We kick off on Friday night with Big Boy Bloater & The Limits, fronted by powerful vocalist and virtuosic guitarist Big Boy Bloater. Bloater cut his teeth in R&B six-piece the Southside Stompers, before taking centre stage in his own blues outfit. Jools Holland cited him “one of the greatest bluesmen of our time” and DJ Mark Lamarr put down the funds for a vinyl run of the single Whammy, just so he could own a copy! Support on Friday Night comes from Chris ‘King’ Robinson. 

Winner of the 'Best Female Vocalist’ prize at the British Blues Awards, Jo Harman gets us rolling on Saturday. She recently recorded a new album in Nashville with producer Fred Mollin (Carole King, Barbra Streisand), and this young talent is already giving artists 30 years her senior a run for their money.

As Jo Harman’s set adjourns, we have afternoon acoustics courtesy of two North West’s most erudite bluesmen, Serious Sam Barrett and SJ Downes, live in our Picturehouse Bar. These afternoon sessions take you through to the final headline act of the weekend; a special collaboration between Connie Lush and Kyla Brox.

Connie Lush recently returned from a European tour, and like Brox is nominated for 'Best Female Vocalist' at the 2016 British Blues Awards. Her album Renaissance, released late last year, also finds itself in the Best album category, confirming her performance and recording pedigree. Brox is known to many as a soulful and emotive vocalist; the daughter of pianist and bluesman Victor Brox, whom she first appeared on stage with at Band on the Wall at the age of 12. Her latest album Throw Away Your Blues is an affirmation of her talents, with BluesDoodles giving the album a 10/10 rating.

Lush and Brox are set to perform spellbinding individual sets, but expect fireworks when the two bands join forces for a spectacular finale…

Individual session tickets and weekend passes on sale now. Discount available for Band Pass and CAMRA members.

Buy NowFriday / Saturday (Session 1) / Saturday (Session 2)

Just announced: Beginner Guitar Autumn 2016 Wed 1 to 1, 14 September - 30 November

Beginner Guitar Autumn 2016 Wed 1 to 1

14 September - 30 November / 17:30 / 18:30 / 19:30 / More Info / Enrol

Beginner Guitar 1-to-1 Course Autumn 2016: Wednesdays

Brighter Sound presents its popular classic ten week courses for beginner guitarists at Band on the Wall. Learn to play the guitar in the way you want. Personalised 1-to-1 tuition with Noel Maher in the easy informal setting of the Brighter Sound workshop room at Manchester’s greatest live music venue.

"My lessons are relaxed and informal and cater for all levels and abilities. My approach is to personalise the learning for each student, catering for any musical style but at the same time to offer a structured, progressive way of learning and exploring creative sides of the guitar." - Noel Maher

Open to adults and young people over 16*; a great 1-to-1 course of personalised lessons for all levels - from beginners to advanced.

The course covers all the fundamental guitar skills and techniques, whilst remaining flexible enough to accommodate any students' individual abilities and personal musical tastes.

Lessons are taught in two five week 'blocks'

During the first block (Sep-Oct) beginners learn fundamental techniques to play some well known melodies and chord patterns, and how to read basic guitar musical notation.

The second five weeks (Nov-Dec) will expand on what has already been learned, introducing some more diverse and interesting tunes, techniques and elementary theory.

After ten weeks, beginner students will have developed the skills and knowledge to develop their guitar playing independently and with confidence, and are welcome to return for further blocks of lessons at any time.

Noel Maher is an accomplished solo acoustic guitarist and teacher and performs as a solo artist regularly in Manchester. He was taught folk guitar by his dad, going on to explore styles ranging from Metallica to classical. He now specialises in fingerstyle techniques learning from greats such as Andy McKee, Erik Mongrain and Pierre Bensusan. He is passionate about passing on his knowledge and love for all things guitar.

Additional event information

Block 1 (Sep-Oct)

  • Day: Wednesdays
  • Dates: 14, 21, 28 Sep. 5, 12 Oct.
  • Times: 45 minute 1-to-1 lessons available from 5.30pm, 6.30pm, 7.30pm.

Block 2 (Nov-Dec)

  • Day: Wednesdays
  • Dates: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Nov.
  • Times: 45 minute 1-to-1 lessons available from 5.30pm, 6.30pm, 7.30pm.
  • Venue: Brighter Sound Workshop Room at Band on the Wall
  • Price: £100 per block of FIVE 1-to-1 lessons. Pay for either five at a time or all ten at once to guarantee the same time slot.

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