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Just announced: Ozric Tentacles + Project RnL, 19th February.

Ozric Tentacles + Project RnL

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

Ozric Tentacles are, simply put, legends of the UK underground.

One of the most influential bands to emerge from the UK's festival scene, "The Ozrics" layer ambient and ethereal landscapes with freeform dub trips, incredible rave grooves, and psychedelic progressive rock. Their aim is not just to make truly unique and culturally diverse music, but to harmoniously unite all in attendance, and create portals for astral travel. Most fans and listeners report feelings of euphoria, an immediate connection to nature as well as others around them, and intense feelings that they have transported to other dimensions or met with other-worldly beings. It's an open exploration of music and the soul.

In their 30 + years, the Ozrics have experienced the vicissitudes of the rock and roll life. The band has flourished through a number of line-up changes, spawned several side projects (including Eat Static and Nodens Ictus), created their own record label (Dovetail & Stretchy), put out close to 30 albums, scored a hit record, and sold over a million albums world-wide. And yet, the basic motivation behind the band's existence has never wavered.

A campfire at the Stonehenge free festival in 1983 witnessed the birth of Ozric Tentacles. It was there that synth player Joie Hinton, stumbled upon brother’s Ed Wynne (guitar) and Roly Wynne (bass), performing in a band known at the time as Bolshem People, along with drummer Nick 'Tig' Van Gelder (Jamiroquai). From that very first jam session, a healing musical presence was evoked that has since been a trademark of the Ozric Tentacles. It's a signature blend of hippy aesthetics and raver electronics with spiralling guitars, textured waves of keyboards, midi, samplers, and super groovy bass and drum rhythms. Having no vocals or lyrics, the multi-ethnic musical references leave the underlying meaning of each song or improvisational moment entirely up to the listener’s own interpretations.

Just announced: Jazz Foundations Spring 2016

Jazz Foundations Spring 2016

14 January - 03 April / 18:15 - 21:30 / More Info / Enrol

Brighter Sound presents Jazz Foundations. Under the direction of saxophone legend Munch Manship this long running and popular jazz group continues it's exploration of the jazz repertoire for another ten sessions plus a full evening performance on Sunday 3 April 2016 at Band on the Wall.

Jazz Foundations offers a chance to blow through and rehearse new arrangements of great compositions in a mixture of jazz styles from Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman to Tom Harrell, Stan Kenton and Benny Carter. Our specially devised and arranged charts are adapted to suit any instrumentation and offer solo opportunities for all the group. Sessions take place in a friendly and supportive atmosphere in the Education Room above the Main Venue at Band on the Wall. New members welcome, all ages and instruments. Some reading skills are necessary for horn players and keyboards and would be useful (but not essential) for bass, guitar and drums.

We now offer TWO Thursday Jazz Foundations sessions.

6.15 - 7.45pm Beginners

8.00 - 9.30pm: Intermediate / Advanced

“The course is an enjoyable learning experience where musicians who enjoy jazz come together to learn and practice the skills needed to improve their playing."

Please note that we provide a drum kit, a keyboard and a vocal mic with small PA. Rhythm section players (bass, drums, keys) may be required to play alternate numbers if the group has more than one of each subscribed.

Beginners are players who have little or no experience of playing jazz styles or improvisation and want to build confidence and learn basic chart reading and ensemble skills.

Intermediate / Advanced players are those who have been playing jazz for more than two years, are confident readers and have reached a moderate standard of playing.

"...very relaxed, so nobody should have any fears or inhibitions if they are not yet a highly accomplished musician."

If you are unsure which class you should be in, sign up for one and we can switch where necessary.

This is a ten week course of rehearsals plus a performance.

If you have any queries please email

Additional event information

Full course dates: Thurs: 14, 21,28 Jan. 4, 11, 25 Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24 Mar.

Times: Beginners: 6.15-7.45pm. Intermediate / Advanced: 8-9.30pm

Performance: Sun 3 Apr, 8pm, Band on the Wall. FREE ENTRY

Venue: Education Room 1 at Band on the Wall

* Under 16s welcome if accompanied by a responsible adult.

Just announced: Music Works: Understanding Music Theory Spring 2016

Music Works: Understanding Music Theory Spring 2016

12 January - 15 March / 19:00 - 21:00 / More Info / Enrol

Brighter Sound presents Music Works…Understanding Music Theory. A new course for spring 2016 for practicing musicians of all genres and levels.

Knowledge is power so power what you play! Develop and improve understanding of music theory to enhance the way you play and write. A series of eight weekly sessions with guitarist, composer and teacher, Neil C Young and introducing the enigmatic “DR SMITH”.

Theory is at work every time we tune into music. Whether that is pressing play on a track, hitting a drum, singing, playing an instrument or even listening to the world around us. As soon as we organise sound into a beginning, a middle and an end, seven musical elements kick into action that create the marvel that is music. 

The course divides and explores these elements into categories: Dynamics, Rhythm, Structure, Melody, Instrumentation and Harmony; hence, DR SMITH. 

Working through these elements using your creative skills as practicing musicians you will quickly gain a deeper practical understanding of how they work and combine to form the tracks that you know and compose. PLEASE BRING AN INSTRUMENT TO PLAY IF YOU CAN.

Areas covered include:

  • Rhythm and notation
  • Tonalities
  • Using musical structure and form
  • Developing an arrangement
  • Dynamics, instrumentation and texture
  • Playback and uses of theoretical knowledge in performance and creative settings.

  • Course Details

    • Day: Tues
    • Times: 7-9pm
    • Dates: 12, 19 Jan. 2, 9, 23 Feb. 1, 8, 15 Mar.
    • Price: £80 full course or £15 per 2 hour session (booking fees apply)
    • Venue: Brighter Sound Workshop Room at Band on the Wall

    Any queries please email

    Just announced: BC Camplight, 22nd April.

    BC Camplight

    22 April / 19:30 / More Info / Tickets on sale 10:00, 27 November

    Hey! Manchester and Now Wave present BC Camplight.

    Philadelphian turned Mancunian BC Camplight (Brian Christinzio) was banned from the UK last January on the eve of releasing what should have been one of the most celebrated records in recent years. How To Die In The North (Bella Union) was praised as a bold maniacal psych masterpiece which showcased Christinzio’s singular twisted talents for genre-melding songwriting and psychoactive production.

    However, the country-less Christinzio was forced to watch the ill-fated campaign deteriorate from the sidelines following his expulsion from his home and most supportive territory. Despite continuing to tour in America and mainland Europe, Brian felt the spirit of the record left him when he left his beloved adopted home town. But now the former War On Drugs live member turned rogue cult figure is coming home.

    Anyone who has seen BC Camplight on stage will tell you this prodigious live experience should not be missed. Full Dates for BC Camplight’s ‘Band in the UK’ tour will be announced in the coming weeks.

    Just announced: DJ KRUSH, 18th March.


    18 March / 20:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

    Band on the Wall welcomes the Godfather of the electronic beats scene, DJ KRUSH.

    Despite his enormous influence, DJ KRUSH has always been a live performer at heart, honing his skills to perfection throughout the years and now capable of building layer after layer after layer of drum samples to the point where his audience have no choice but to completely lose it and immerse themselves fully in the wonderful, dark, and downright genius world of DJ KRUSH.

    KRUSH began pursuing his solo career after the break-up of the group in 1992, and soon grabbed people's attention as the first DJ to use turntables as live instruments, doing sessions with live musicians on stage. He released his debut album "KRUSH" in January 1994, and has since then released numerous records around the globe. All his solo releases have ranked high in various charts in & out of Japan, and his 6th album "Zen" had been highly acclaimed and awarded the Best Electronica Album in 2002 AIFM Awards (US).

    He continues to transcend all barriers, leaving distinctive footsteps of his own, achieving ever-increasing acclamation as an international artist. 

    KRUSH's evolved deep sound resonates through the world.

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