The road to the best day of your year starts here – SAVE THE DATE – Bank Holiday Sunday May 6th……
We’re super excited to announce that for the first time, Band on the Wall will be curating and hosting a stage at one of our favourite new music and art festivals, the epic Sounds from the Other City!
Marking the festival’s 14th annual celebration of new music and performance on Chapel Street, this year’s line-up of selectors includes old favourites, cult classics, and some new blood – all in-keeping with the usual otherworldly feeling that makes the early May bank holiday in Salford so special.
Werkha is Tom A. Leah, a Mancunian in Glasgow, via rural Cumbria.
First adopting the alias in 2012, Tom’s time so far as Werkha has seen him craft a singular sonic portfolio; exploring a vast array of live instrumentation, band arrangement, electronic production, DJ and remix work.
Like his busy schedule, Werkha’s productions demonstrate an infectious energy, curiosity, and enthusiasm for exploring the ways in which sound can traverse time and space, taking in transatlantic jazz and soul, diasporic West African percussion, trembling Chinese guzhengs, rolling Lancashire hillsides and vibrating urban tenements.
Werkha’s virtuoso live band, fronted by regular collaborator Bryony Jarman-Pinto, alongside Matt Davies (kit), Alan Keary (bass), Dom Morris (FOH), have been busily honing their craft for a while now, playing clubs and festivals across Europe, alongside high profile support tours with Bonobo and Chet Faker.
“He’s the future,” – that’s how BBC Radio 1 DJ and tastemaker Mistajam described XamVolo. It’s a fair assessment. In the last 12 months, the 23-year-old artist has risen to the attention of critics and music fans the world over thanks to his impressionist reimaginings of neo-soul, jazz and pop. He’s played Glastonbury, sold out a headline London show, and been compared with everyone from D’Angelo to Anderson Paak. Now, he’s on the cusp of releasing an inventive concept EP, with the promise of a debut album titled ‘All the Sweetness on the Surface’ to follow quickly after.
A cocktail of Ian Dury, Happy Mondays and Patti Smith, Suzi Wu, aka 19 year old North Londoner Suzie McDermott, has clearly been hugely influenced by the visceral connection between pop, performance, personal empowerment and self-education. With only two songs from her debut EP already released, Suzi’s captivating storytelling and refreshingly unique sound has found her fans across the board, earning her ‘World Record’ and ‘World First’ on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, BBC Radio 1 support from Huw Stephens, Annie Mac and Phil Taggart, a top 10 spot on the UK Spotify viral chart and a number 1 on Hype Machine.
Alxndr London’s world exists in a spiritual plane. A universe shared through music. The listener is invited to partake as a silent passenger, navigating innumerable worlds and planets are encountered and through the fabric of time. We see reality as it could be in 2023 if we stay true to our course. These are the fables of a pilgrims progress.
Singer/songwriter rosebud is definitely one to watch. Her delicate RnB has won her praise from BBC Introducing Manchester earlier this year, just check out her acoustic rendition of ‘River I Run’ for an idea of her versatility.
HIGH HOOPS AFTERPARTY
We’ll be keeping the vibes flowing til late with High Hoops DJs, welcoming all races, genders, nationalities and sexualities on one dance floor. House, Disco, Techno, Electro and everything in between.