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Just announced: The Beat ft. Dave Wakeling, 10th September.

The Beat ft. Dave Wakeling

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

You just can’t stop The Beat!

One of the biggest bands of the 2-Tone movement, The Beat will head out on tour this autumn to celebrate the 36th anniversary of their first ever show.

Led by Dave Wakeling, the legendary ska troupe will hit the road for a month-long trek calling in at Band on the Wall 10th September.

Formed in Birmingham in 1978, the Beat (known in North America as the English Beat) have released three albums to date, ‘I Just Can’t Stop It’, ‘Wha’ppen?’ and ‘Special Beat Service’ and are known the world over for a string of hit singles, including “Mirror in the Bathroom”, “Too Nice To Talk To”, “Can’t Get Used To Losing You”, “Hands off She’s Mine” and “All Out To Get You”. Their songs of peace, love and unity fuse ska, pop, reggae and punk rock and their dynamic live show has garnered them a loyal following at home and abroad.

Their fourth album, ‘Here We Go Love’ is being released later this year.

Just announced: Band on the Wall Film Club - Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay Premiere, 9th May.

Band on the Wall Film Club - Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay Premiere

09 May / 19:00 / More Info / Tickets on sale soon

Band on the Wall Film Club screens the Manchester premiere of Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay.

A new documentary tracing the origins and development of industrial music featuring many of its leading artists.

Q&A with directors Amélie Ravalec and Travis Collins.

Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay traces the origins of Industrial music, taking you on a journey through the crumbling industrial cities of Europe to America’s thriving avant-garde scene. Starring Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, NON, SPK, Test Dept, Clock DVA, Re/Search and many more.

Since its inception in the late 70’s, Industrial music has come a long way from its origins as an obscure, extreme and taboo movement of passionate and creative DIY artists and musicians. Whether factory workers, students or unemployed, industrial music pioneers were all educated, artistically minded and politically aware artists who started with little to no musical background and went on to inexorably alter the course of popular music; this fast moving documentary explores their stories and charts the evolution of a scene that started as counter culture rejection of major labels, mass media and popular culture but soon began to influence and infiltrate all of these spaces.

Just announced: Sid Griffin, 5th June.

Sid Griffin

05 June / 19:00 / More InfoOn sale from: 27th March 2015 at 09:00

Sid Griffin is the ex-leader of the Long Ryders, a foundation stone of Alt-country and an important link in the chain of Americana. He is currently the main man behind the Coal Porters. He is performing solo for the first time in several years after releasing his highly-acclaimed solo album, The Trick Is To Breathe, which was Uncut magazine’s Americana Album Of The Month late in 2014 and appeared on many Best Of lists at the year’s end. 

An author of four books including the Amazon best-selling music tome Million Dollar Bash: Bob Dylan, The Band & the Basement Tapes, Sid also wrote the liner notes for the recent Basement Tapes box set of Dylan’s legendary 1967 sessions. Sid is also heard frequently on BBC6 Music’s Radcliffe & Maconie show where he is “Resident Musicologist”.

For this new series of solo performances Sid Griffin will be playing as a solo in across Europe and his native Kentucky before his Band on the Wall appearance so he should be in topnotch form, his legendary skills as a raconteur refreshed and his acoustic 12-string guitar work at fever pitch.

“Sid Griffin was playing Americana years before the term was invented and that pioneer spirit shines on in his current music” Billy Bragg

Just announced: Harmonica Course Summer 2015

Harmonica Course Summer 2015

Starts 21 April / More Info / Enrol

A whole new ten week course for harmonicists of all standards! Three harmonica classes: Beginners; start from scratch. Beginners Continued; extend your new-learned skills. Intermediate-Advanced; brush up on your existing techniques and repertoire and push yourself to new heights. This ever popular course has something for every aspiring harmonica player.

"Excellent value for money, recommend to anyone who would like to learn basics."

Easy to learn, fun to play, cheap to get started on and widely used in many styles from folk to classical; with a Harmonica you carry a world of music in your pocket. Tutor and all round guru Mat Walklate will dispel the myths and reveal the mysteries.

"A fun, informal, and very well-taught introduction to the harmonica. The balance between an informal environment and transfer of musical skills was very well struck."

Beginners learn the fundamental techniques and some simple blues, country and folk tunes (with a bit of Beethoven thrown in). All lessons are taught on diatonic harmonicas in C. The Hohner Silver Star is a good starter model. Available from our online store HERE.

"Mat is a great teacher, and I will definitely be signing up for the next course."

Beginners Continued class for those who want to consolidate and build on fundamental techniques whilst learning new accessible tunes.

Players who have progressed to an Intermediate and Advanced level will learn more complicated tunes and techniques (such as note-bending) and some aspects of music theory.

This great series of classes run over 10 weeks is led by the renowned blues and Irish traditional harmonica virtuoso and teacher Mat Walklate. Mat currently plays with the Irish traditional group, The House Devils. Course materials for all three levels including recordings and written reference sheets are available onlineHERE. The access password is available on request from the course tutor or contacting the Creative Learning dept at

This course is open to all ages and abilities and will be great fun. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Venue: Education Room 1 at Band on the Wall

Day: Tuesdays

Dates: April 21, 28. May 5, 12, 19. June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Times: Beginner 6-7pm. Beginner Continued 7-8pm. Int / Adv 8pm-9pm.

Price: Full £70, Conc £50

Hohner Silver Star harmonicas in C (standard beginner instrument) available to buy HERE

Just announced: Sing City Summer 2015 & Sing City Writes Performances

Sing City Summer 2015

Starts 22 April / More Info / Free Entry


Sing City: Summer 2015

Sing City: opportunities for young vocalists and songwriters. Broaden skills, collaborate and perform. Learn to sing and harmonise, develop vocal skills and share ideas, write new music and of course make new friends. 

Our Sing City sessions continue to build, develop and nourish the talent of young people by incorporating regular performance opportunities into our programme. Sessions are led by a team of expert vocalists and music educators who all work professionally in the music industry, this fantastic team includes Sara Lowes (Solo artist and composer) and Yvonne Shelton (Gloria Estefan, Simply Red, George Michael).

At the end of every month, there is a Sing City Writes night where everybody comes together to perform live on stage, to an invited audience, at Band on the Wall. 

Sing City is open to young people aged 13 - 18.

Contact: to enquire and book a place.

Day: Wednesday

Session Dates: April 22nd. May 6th, 13th, 20th. June 3rd, 10th, 17th. July 1st, 8th, 15th.

Sing City Writes performances: April 29th. June 24th.

Session Times: 6.00-8.00pm

Performance Times: 7.00-9.00pm

Venue: Band on the Wall Main Venue



Sing City Writes Summer 2015 (Performance)

29.04.15 / 18:30 / More Info / £2 on the door

24.06.15 / 18:30 / More Info / £2 on the door

'Sing City Writes' is the first under 18's night at Band On The Wall. A perfect chance for all Sing City participants to showcase their material, both solo and collaborative in a brilliant venue in front of an invited audience of friends and family.

The night has successfully partnered up with other musical and creative projects from across Manchester to meet up and share a growing body of work. Likeminded young people are encouraged to work together and collaborate on new ideas, with key support from our team of professional musicians and practitioners. So far we have successfully shared the night with the wonderful PowerHouse Project , Z Arts Saturday Allsorts and The Whitworth Young Contemporaries . As well as special guest performances from Chris Royal (BBC's The Voice) Lei Jennings and Young Manchester Band The Korsair.

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