Has the festive season left you strapped for cash? We’ve got your back with loads of great free entry events taking place this Winter, so save some pennies and come down to Band on the Wall to catch some amazing performances from emerging musicians you need to know, sample some delicious brews and boogie to some Tropical sounds.
FREE JAZZ SHOWCASE // 15 & 20 JANUARY, 12 FEBRUARY
Free Jazz is our free entry jazz, electronic, hip-hop, funk, soul and experimental showcase, featuring sixteen envelope-pushing acts. We’re thrilled to welcome three incredible lineups, including multi-instrumentalist collective Oystercatcher, ambient jazz/hip-hop band Mayling, multi-instrumentalist Aeon Fitch and more. Sign up for free entry here.
FREE VIBES INDIE MUSIC SHOWCASE // 10, 17 JANUARY & 14 FEBRUARY
We’ve got three more editions of our popular indie music showcase Free Vibes this month and next. We’ve teamed up with local tastemaker Shell Zenner (Amazing Radio/BBC Introducing) to bring you three tasty lineups including a Valentine’s special, with live sets from the likes of neo-psychedelic band Sioux, R&B/hip-hop artist le-naSty, punk and garage rock three-piece The C33s and loads more.
INNER CITY WAVES URBAN MUSIC SHOWCASE // 31 JANUARY
31st January sees the 16th edition of our hip-hop, r&b and urban music showcase Inner City Waves with a huge lineup featuring Manchester producer Kill Miami, 20-year-old vocal powerhouse Caiine, soulful vocalist Jermaine Peterson, singer/songwriter Tsana, hosted by NTS Radio’s Meme Gold, who also DJs.
Find out more and sign up for free entry here.
FAT FREE SHOWCASE // 24 JANUARY
We team up with the good people of Fat Out to present the very first ‘Fat Free’ showcase, featuring artists spanning jazz, Sufi songwriting, spoken word and haunting electronica, including Trianglecuts, Errant Monks, Sarah Yaseen and Locean. Find out more and sign up for free entry here.
LIVE LOUNGE // 13 JANUARY
Join us in the Band on the Wall bar for Live Lounge – a delightful evening of intimate live music from Fraction Project, the new project from keys player and drummer of the Tom Barber Trio, Tom Barber himself! Sign up for free entry here.
FREE DISCOLYPSO CLUBNIGHT // 18 JANUARY
Tropical clubnight Discolypso returns to Band on the Wall for a huge free party. Discolypso captures the true essence of an authentic Caribbean dancefloor, fusing together Nigerian and Ghanaian Afrobeat with American Afro-Latin music and Caribbean disco boogie. Entry is free so come on down and have a dance!
FIRST CHOP TAP TAKEOVER // 19 JANUARY
Get down to the Band on the Wall bar for a tap takeover from Manchester brewery First Chop and friends! The First Chop folks will be bringing their best keg, cask, cans and special brews, with plenty of free samples. Sign up for free entry here! But that’s not all, DJ Nick Sinna and a special guest TBA will be spinning heavy reggae, dub and sound clash bangers from 3 – 9pm.
BEATNIKZ REPUBLIC ‘MEET THE BREWER’ // 23 FEBRUARY
Manchester microbrewery Beatnikz Republic bring their delicious, daring beers to Band on the Wall 6-10pm, with free samples available and Beatnikz beat selections all night long!