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Just announced: Acoustic Bhuna ft. Rook & The Ravens Tom Metcalfe, 8th February.

Acoustic Bhuna ft. Rook & The Ravens Tom Metcalfe

08 February / 17:00 / More Info / Free Entry

Young, bold and unfathomably talented', Rook & The Ravens are a super-tight 5-piece from the Dark Peak, who play articulate, edgy, self-assured rock/folk/pop, packed with energy, hooks and harmonies. Headlining Acoustic Bhuna with their stripped-down acoustic line up, just weeks after stepping off the plane from a 3 week tour of The States. This may well be your last chance to see Rook And The Ravens before they go global!

One of the north-west's finest young folk song writers, Acoustic Bhuna is delighted to welcome Tom Metcalfe back to the Picturehouse stage. Tom's beautiful blend of flamenco guitar and folk story-telling has been making waves with audiences all around Lancashire and beyond for some time now. His songs are thoughtful, thought provoking, often understated, yet powerful tales of the changing times.

Doors open at 5pm, music starts at 6:30pm. FREE ENTRY.

As a perfect accompaniment to the live music, you can tuck into one of Chef Giles' fresh, home made curries, made with locally sourced ingredients and a whole lot of love. And why not wash it all down with a refreshing pint of cask ale from our sponsors, Green Mill Brewery?

Just announced: Band on the Wall Film Club - Marley, 6th February.

Band on the Wall Film Club - Marley

06 February / 18:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

To celebrate the day of Bob Marley’s 70th birthday, the Band on the Wall Film Club presents a special screening of Marley, the universally acclaimed biopic of Bob Marley’s life.

Tickets include free entry to reggae clubnight, Night of the Living Dread ft. Mikey DON & Wassie One plus free food!

Bob Marley's universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. Marley is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best. 

“This will give people a more emotional connection to Bob - not just as a reggae legend of mythical figure, but to his life as a man” - Ziggy Marley

“Epic & uplifting” - Empire

“RIVETING” - NY Times

This project is supported by Film Hub North West Central, proud to be part of the BFI Film Audience Network.

Just announced: Spoek Mathambo’s Fantasma, 12th March.

Spoek Mathambo’s Fantasma

12 March / 19:30 / More Info / Tickets on sale tomorrow, 9am

Fantasma, the latest project of South African innovator and creative pioneer Spoek Mathambo, is a five-man collective which weaves together electronica, hip-hop, traditional Zulu maskandi music, shangaan electro, South African house, psych-rock and punk to form a unique, original and fresh hybrid.

The godfather of ‘Bacardi House’, producer DJ Spoko joins with former Machineri guitarist André Heldenhuys, drummer Michael Buchanan and maskandi multi-instrumentist Bhekisenzo Cele to complete the line up.

Fused by Spoek Mathambo’s futurist vision, Fantasma pulls inspiration from all corners of South Africa: the sounds and spirits of townships and cities as well as the rural countryside. It is diverse not only in its membership but also in its forward-looking music, creating a sound entirely original, fresh, and unique and far greater than the sum of its diverse parts.

Just announced: LaBrassBanda Leeds & Manchester, 20 - 21 April.

LaBrassBanda

20 April / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets / The Wardrobe, Leeds

21 April / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets / Band on the Wall, Manchester

LaBrassBanda is a Bavarian brass band, inspired by Youngblood Brass Band, but with added in “Lederhosen” and Bavarian lyrics. They play a combination of Brass, reggae, Punk, Gibsy, Jazz and techno with a typical Bavarian note. The lyrics are about beer, girls and parties.

Before 2007, no-one would probably have thought it possible this kind of outfit to stand the test of the biggest European festivals. LaBrassBanda can, and have proven it at Roskilde, Hurricane and Southside, at the Sziget, as headliners at the Chiemsee Reggae, and many others. Sure, their biggest solo show at the Olympiahalle in Munich was sheer madness as well. There, in front of 10,000 people, they demonstrated arena and stadium quality.

They cast everything that characterises them into a single song: musical skill, change of tempo and rhythm, Bavarian lyrics, extraordinary arrangement, charisma, and an energy that sweeps the audience onto their feet and dancing. We can talk and write about LaBrassBanda, however to understand them, you have to see them live.

Just announced: Any Dark Night: Blank Cheque, The Madding Crowd, Black Sonic Revolver & Kindest of Thieves, 13th February.

Any Dark Night: Blank Cheque, The Madding Crowd, Black Sonic Revolver & Kindest of Thieves

13 February / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Band on the Wall has a long history presenting young bands, with the New Manchester Review and Showcase Well North of London. Any Dark Night continues this tradition, giving flourishing young acts the opportunity to play at the venue, and reach a new audience. Each night presents four of the region’s newest acts, and is just £6 in!

Blank Cheque formed two years ago, initially as a duo before expanding to a four piece with the addition of bassist Josh Taylor and drummer Adam Hockenhull. Brothers Tom & Josh Phillips play acoustic guitar and saxophone, as well as providing lead and backing vocals to complete the group’s sound. They sight a wide range of influences, from the Arctic Monkeys to jazz greats like Charlie Parker, and are all accomplished musicians themselves. They have released two EPs, both available to hear on Soundcloud, and have appeared at festivals across the UK.

Manchester four piece The Madding Crowd fuse elements of psychedelia, punk, rock n roll with impassioned poetry, in their attempt to push music boundaries, and make the best music they can. They’ve released three EP’s since forming in 2010, and have had radio play from stations across Manchester, as well as from Stuart Maconie on BBC 6 Music’s ‘The Freak Zone’. They pride themselves on their dedication to making music and their latest release “A Stitch in Time” shows their ambition and determination.

Black Sonic Revolver are a strong rock ’n’ roll outfits, who bring flavours of psychedelic rock to their forceful sound.  Since starting out as a vehicle for front man Leon Kenny to perform his songs live with full accompaniment, the band have become a tight musical unit. They released their first album last year, and received a great review from A Joyful Noise, with them proclaiming: “The spirit of rock ‘n’ roll is very much alive and well with Black Sonic Revolver”.

Kindest of Thieves is the one man rockabilly force of Christopher J. Fox. He’s taken his one man act across the North West, playing both solo shows, acoustically and electrically as well as playing with a band at several shows. He recently played a Garage Door session down in London, and has released many demo tracks in preparation for a debut release.

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