View from the Moon: Free Entry Family Friendly Global Music Weekender

Join us at Band on the Wall for View From the Moon, a free entry family-friendly weekender celebrating a world of music.

Taking place on 13-15th January over two stages, this weekender features music from around the world by some of our favourite emerging and under-the-radar artists.

This celebration of global music is suitable for all ages and tastes – there’s something for everyone!

From the amazing Seychellois reggae sounds of the Golty Farabeau Band, to the uplifting African dance music of Zee Guveya & The Heritage Survival, and the irrepressible Kanda Bongo Man, alongside a series of dance workshops for all the family; this will be a celebration of what makes Manchester a truly international city and one of the best places in the world for live music.

Free entry for all ages and we have a wide range of special food and drink deals on throughout January, so this is the perfect wallet-friendly New Year family treat.


Kanda Bongo Man
Golty Farabeau & the E&I Band
DJ Mayeva
Jali & John
Magaly Flores
Papa Sam Alafia
Kanchan Maradan & Hamit Walia
Zee Guveya & The Heritage Survival

Sunday Headline Show Added: Kanda Bongo Man!

Wrapping up our View from the Moon Weekender in style, Kanda Bongo Man returns to Band on the Wall!

Kanda Bongo Man is the Soukous superstar in the continent of Africa. His music has always been driven by optimism and happiness; it contains melodies that curl through the patterns like vines on a trellis.

Kanda is the man, who gave the world Kwasa Kwasa, the infectiously charged Congolese dance style. And, he is credited as being one of the pioneers of modern Soukous. He is, according to his fans, an icon, the one who brought Soukous to them. He has performed throughout the continent of Africa, in Australia, Europe, in the Middle East, in Canada, and of course in the USA. He met with so many African heads of states as the leading “ambassador” of popular culture in Africa.

Free Entry!

January is a tough month, especially at this time of rising costs. So we’ve decided to spread a little sunshine and make our View from the Moon family friendly global music weekender this weekend completely free, thanks to the kind support of our friends at the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Ticket buyers will receive a refund – so bring your friends, family and your little ones and join us at Band on the Wall for a weekend of incredible music from all corners of the globe, suitable for all ages!

Set Times

Friday (Venue) 20:00 – Golty Farabeau & The E&I Band – Seychellois Reggae
Friday (Bar) 21:30 – DJ Mayeva – Caribbean Beats
Saturday (Bar) 15:30 – Jali & John – Gambia Kora duo
Saturday (Bar) 17:00 – DJ Mayeva – African Sounds
Saturday (Venue) 18:00 – Magaly Flores – Flashdance Workshop
Saturday (Venue) 20:00  – Zee Guveya & The Heritage Survival – Chimurenga Music from Zimbabwe
Sunday (Bar) 15:00  – Papa Sam Alafia – Workshop
Sunday (Bar) 17:00  – DJ Mayeva – World Beats
Sunday (Venue) 18:00  – Kanchan Maradan & Hamit Walia – South Asian Kathak Dance & Tabla
Sunday (Venue) 20:00  – Kanda Bongo Man – Congolese dance party legend

Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.