Bluedot Festival: Band on the Wall Stage

  • 20.07.18 - 22.07.18
  • 12.00pm
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • Weekend Pass £16...

Band on the Wall takes over the Roots Stage at Bluedot!

Over three days at each festival, the Roots Stage will feature stunning music from South Asia, some of the most exciting emerging urban jazz talents, and a programme of afro-caribbean grooves.

Friday’s lineup is a celebration of South Asian music, and features some of India’s finest musical exports – a number of whom performed across Manchester recently as part of the recent New North and South programme. An unmissable performance will be the British-Asian supergroup Electronic Empires who were formed specially for New North and South, and perform only their second ever show, after a sold-out debut show at Band on the Wall.

Saturday will be a focus on some of the most exciting names in modern jazz, soul and global R&B, including Columbian pop sensation Lao Ra and Aaliyah Espirit, a young jazz-inspired R&B vocalist recently hyped by Gilles Peterson and Brownswood’s Future Bubblers programme.

On Sunday the lineup features artists from across Africa and the Caribbean, including a performance from celebrated reggae musican Golty Farabeau coming all the way from the Seychelles, and djembe maestro Sidiki Dembele who previously performed with the much-renowned Afrika! Afrika!

Curated by Band on the Wall, Equilibrium Arts and Lingua Franca.

The full Bluedot lineup includes the Chemical Brothers, Flaming Lips, Future Islands and more – all included in the ticket price!


Friday: Dr Gayathri Ganapathy / Anu Madhu Nambiar / Vijay Venkat / John Ball / Louise Atkinson / Electronic Empires

Saturday: Skeltr / Lao Ra / Zapatilla / Cold Callers / Jerome Thomas / AalIiyah Espirit / Baloji / Mali Hayes

Sunday: DJ Mayeva / Golty Farabeau / Sam Maitland (PapaSam Alafia) / Sidiki Dembele / Jali Nyonkoling Kuyateh