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Band on the Wall c. 1959
The George & Dragon pub in 1959, prior to it becoming Band on the Wall in 1975.
Buzzcocks 'Best in Good Food'
Buzzcocks played at Band on the Wall on 8th November 1976. A recording from the concert found its way onto the 1978 bootleg 'Best in Good Food'.
Buzzcocks Review in Ghast Up Fanzine
Page 7 of Ghast Up fanzine Issue 2. Featuring a review of Buzzcocks at the Band On The Wall on Monday May 2 1977, when Howard Devoto rejoined them on stage for the encore by Paul Morley.
Courtesy of Manchester District Music Archive
The Fall - Manchester Musician's Collective
The Fall perform at Band on the Wall as part of the Manchester Music Collective's event.
The Elite - Manchester Musician's Collective
A flyer for Manchester Musician's Collective events in April 1978, featuring live performances from The Elite and The Mekon (later known as The Manchester Mekon) live at Band on the Wall.
Manchester Musician's Collective Sunday concerts
A flyer for a series of Sunday concerts from the Manchester Musician's Collective at Band on the Wall. Shows featured The Fall, Passage and Steve Beresford, a London based musician known for his improvisation work, making a guest appearance. The 30th April gig is also notible for being The Elite's first as a trio.
Joy Division play Band on the Wall
Joy Division played more frequently on the nights organised by Manchester Musicians’ Collective at Band on the Wall but they made at least one Monday Rock Club appearance for New Manchester Review, September 4, 1978. This elementally simple, yet effective, poster for the date is reproduced courtesy of Manchester District Music Archive.
Joy Division cutting
A press cutting on Joy Division from around the time of the release of their debut EP, detailing their appearances at Band on the Wall with the Manchester Musicians Collective.
A Certain Ratio - Manchester Musician's Collective
The listings for Manchester Musicians Collective events in January 1979, featuring A Certain Ratio, The Not Sensibles, Slight Seconds and The Vibrant Thigh among others.
Manchester indie-rock outfit Crispy Ambulance were closely associated with the Manchester Musicians Collective and Manchester post-punk scene, signing with Factory records alongside Joy Division, Section 25 and A Certain Ratio. Here they play live at Band on the Wall on a Manchester Musicians Collective night. Photo credit Colin Seddon.
Joy Division - Manchester Musician's Collective
Joy Division make an appearance at Band on the Wall with the Manchester Musicians Collective. The collective was home to a number of Manchester musicians and outfits, and also included on this flyer are The Manchester Mekon and Vibrant Thigh.
The Things - Manchester Musician's Collective
A flyer for Manchester Musician's Collective events at Band on the Wall during April 1979, featuring Spherical Objects, The Things and Picture Chords among others.
Spherical Objects - Manchester Musician's Collective
A flyer for April MMC events including Spherical Objects, Vibrant Thigh and God's Gifts all playing live.
Vibrant Thigh - Manchester Musician's Collective
A flyer for Manchester Musician's Collective events at Band on the Wall during June 1979, including performances from IQ Zero, Vibrant Thigh and others.
Vibrant Thigh poster
A poster for Vibrant Thigh's show at Band on the Wall on 26th June 1979, with support from Manchester Mekon and John Biet.
Crispy Ambulance - Manchester Musician's Collective
Flyer for Manchester Musicians Collective events at Band on the Wall during July 1979, including Crispy Ambulance, The Hoax and Vibrant Thigh.
Monday Night Rock Club
Poster for Monday Night Rock Club, which began on 7th March 1977 and adapted to include a variety of music in it's ecclectic program.
Band on the Wall brochure Sep '82
The programme for the month of September included several Manchester groups, such as Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias, Dislocation Dance and Well Knit Frames alongside jazz trumpeter Nat Adderley and former Velvet Underground vocalist Nico.
Big Flame + The Floating Adults, NME Review
Courtesy of Manchester District Music Archive
The Glee Company, NME Review
Courtesy of Manchester District Music Archive
The Challengers, NME Review
Courtesy of Manchester District Music Archive
Foot Patrol c. 1985
Foot Patrol were a Manchester dance crew active during the late '80s. Their style derivative from Jazz-Funk and Disco scenes, but they became known for their activity in a burgeoning house music scene. Here's a press shot of them taken at Band on the Wall c. 1985.
"the original House music foot shufflers" (Greg Wilson)
Special 20 MEN review
A Manchester Evening News review of Special 20's show at Band on the Wall. Although annotated with 'Jun 1985', our records indicate that Special 20 played live on 5th January 1985.
June / July Listings, 1985
Band on the Wall jazz, September 1985
A flyer for jazz events at Band on the Wall, including Kalima (formerly known as Swamp Children) and Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia among others.
Bamford Blues Band, MEN Article
Courtesy of Manchester District Music Archive
Bamford Blues Band MEN
Photo of Bamford Blues Band at Band on the Wall within a Manchester Evening News article.
An MEN article about Munch Manship, who has led jazz classes and saxophone lessons at Band on the Wall for decades.
The Lonesome & Penniless Cowboys flyer
A flyer for the folk/roots fusion outfit playing live at Band on the Wall in 1987, before parting ways in the early '90s.
Steve Morris & Nappy Brown
Club owner Steve Morris photographed with R&B singer Nappy Brown following his show at Band on the Wall.
World Music at Band on the Wall, Summer 1988
An advert placed in the July, 1988 addition of City Life magazine, featuring Batacuda ensemble Inner Sense Percussion, highlife guitarist and singer S. E. Rogie and Moroccan-jazz fusion band Arabesque.
Festival season 1988
A flyer for festival season at Band on the Wall in 1988, featuring Desmond Dekker and Barbara Thompson's Paraphenalia among others.
Hulio Ridiculo, a band from Manchester who were active between 1989 and 1995, and played at Band on the Wall on 7th August 1990 alongside The Perfect Name.
Mervyn Africa Quartet flyer
A flyer for Mervyn Africa Quartet at Band on the Wall, featuring bassist Michael Mondersir, trumpeter Dave Defries and percussionist Nana Tsiboe. Marvyn Africa played with South African artists like Hugh Masekela and Dudu Pukwana before establishing the quartet, and having been educated in music in South Africa, resides there today.
Carlos Ward Quartet performed live at Band on the Wall on 20th June 1991. Courtesy of Sefton Samuels photography.
Saxophonist Jim Pepper & Brian Abrahams Quartet appeared live at Band on the Wall on 5th September 1991. Photograph courtesy of Sefton Samuels photography.
Band on the Wall listings
LIstings from Uptown magazine, for Band on the Wall shows between 25th June and 6th July.
Fatala Stockport Express Feature
A feature on Fatala, a 22-piece dance band from Guinea, led by Yacouba 'Bruno' Camara, ahead of their show at Band on the Wall 15th July 1992.
Ali Farka Toure Metro feature
A feature on Malian guitarist Ali Farka Toure in Metro ahead of his show at Band on the Wall on 10th July 1992.
Guo Yue Metro
A feature on Chinese Flautist Guo Yue from Metro ahead of his show at Band on the Wall.
Julian Joseph Quartet performed live at Band on the Wall on 24th September 1992. Courtesy of Sefton Samuels photography.
Phil Collins back the Band
An article from Uptown explaining how Band on the Wall was among 28 venues backed by a live music insentive, arranged by Phil Collins, the Musicians' Union and Arts Council.
Inner Sense Percussion in Uptown
An article on Manchester's Batacuda specialists Inner Sense Percussion Orchestra, who played at the venue on 9th December 1992.
Comedy off the Wall
A preview of Comedy off the Wall, a comedy night which ran at Band on the Wall in 1992 and 1993, featuring legendary performers and comics like John Hegley, Steve Coogan and the late great Caroline Aherne.
Citizen Fish flyer
Flyer for Ska-punk group Citizen Fish at Band on the Wall, with support from all-female outfit Spitboy.
Made in Hong Kong play Band on the Wall
Made In Hong Kong Photo taken by 'unknown'.
Courtesy of Manchester District Music Archive.
Jon Cleary review
A review of Jon Cleary Trio live at Band on the Wall on 8th June 1994, published in Blues & Rhythm in August of that year. "An act not to be missed"
Ancoats Vista Social Club
An all-day latin music special at Band on the Wall as part of the Northern Quarter Street Festival.
Flyer for Louisiana bluesman Larry Garner at Band on the Wall, plus a ticket from the night.
On 15th June 1996, Manchester City Centre fell victim to a tragic bombing on Corporation Street. At the time, The Greater Manchester Police issued an official police notice to buildings and establishments in the city centre, requesting any planned events be cancelled. Here’s a photo of the police notice we received on that day, now framed above the venue box office.
Band on the Wall listings December/January 1997
The brochure cover for Band on the Wall's 1997 winter listings. Appearing at the club over the two month period were folk performers John Renbourn and Dick Gaughan, jazz saxophonist Andy Sheppard with his 'Moving Image' Quartet and legendary American songwriter Terry Callier among others. Meanwhile, clubs were rich and varied with The Big Chill New Years Eve party featuring the Hospital Records Soundsystem, African and Latin dance from Club étoile, reggae from roots&dub and jazz and funk from the Freshly Squeezed live acts and DJ Mike Chadwick.
One Tree Island flyer
A flyer for One Tree Island at Band on the Wall, which featured Free Agents live and DJ Monkey Pilot.
Le Petit Orb flyer
Flyer artwork for Le Petit Orb, a night established by Alex Paterson of The Orb.
Rizwan Qawwali Group & Ananda Shankar
Flyer for Rizwan Qawwali Group and Ananda Shankar's collaboration with State of Bengal in July 1998.
Leon Thomas & Roy Ayers
Flyer for Leon Thomas' and Roy Ayers' shows at Band on the Wall in November, 1998.
Toolshed, a night and live outfit formed by Graham Massey of 808 state, with guest Matt Herbert.
A flyer for the Mumbug night at Band on the Wall, featuring a host of emcees and DJs.
A unique, bookmark-esque flyer for Optical Funk, featuring DJs John Stammers, Caseul and and Bobby Sixkiller.
Crispy Ambulance Toolshed flyer
A flyer for the Toolshed night at Band on the Wall, which saw the return of Manchester post-punk band Crispy Ambulance, as well as PiL's Jah Wobble joining the house band.
A flyer for Optical Funk, an infrequent club night that incorporated live music and visuals. This night showcased Salford University acts, and featured Eyes Down DJ Jon K.
Cinematic Orchestra live at Band on the Wall for the Optical Funk club night.
Flyer for Circle live at Band on the Wall on Halloween with Polly's Overload supporting.
Eyes Down NYE flyer
Flyer for New Years Eve at Band on the Wall, with Mark Rae and Henry Smithson and others joining Eyes Down residents.
Flyer for Burning Spear at Band on the Wall on 8th August 2001 as part of his UK tour.
The Poets of Rhythm flyer
A flyer for Ninja Tune's Poets of Rhythm appearing live at Band on the Wall on 23rd November 2001.
March / April Brochure
Johnny Clarke & Dub Asante Band
Poster for Reggae vocalist Johnny Clarke playing live at Band on the Wall and across the UK with Dub Asante Band in spring 2002.
Tony Allen flyer
A flyer for Tony Allen & Afrobeat 2000 at Band on the Wall on 23rd March 2002.
C'mon Feet flyer
A flyer for club night C'mon feet, which is a brilliant pastiche of the cover for A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders.
The Alarm flyer
Flyer for The Alarm's resistance tour, which saw them stop at Band on the Wall on 22nd May 2002.
Flyer for Boom Bocks ft. Geiom + Morgan Caney, Christ, Joni and DJs Benbecula, CCO and Error plus DJ Ennui.
Da Fugitivz flyer
A flyer for Gambian hip hop outfit Da Fugitivz, who gave a live performance and workshop for young creative at Band on the Wall on 30th January and 1st February.
Eyes Down ft. Abdul Forsyth & Charlie Dark
Flyer for Eyes Down at Band on the Wall, featuring resident DJs Jon K and Kelvin Brown alongside guests Abdul Forsyth & Charlie Dark. The headliners very nearly didn't make it...
Stephen Fretwell flyer
Flyer for Stephen Fretwell & His Band live at Band on the Wall on 19th March 2003.
Buzz FM (Pirate Radio) Party
Highlights of the program at Band on the Wall for May 2003, including reggae outfit Nucleus Roots among others.
Some Kind of Party flyer
A party thrown at Band on the Wall in the wake of a band cancellation.
Subtub ft. Terri Walker flyer
A flyer for a Subtub night at Band on the Wall, featuring Terri Walker live.
Eyes Down ft. Kyoto Jazz Massive
Flyer for Eyes Down ft. Kyoto Jazz Massive and resident DJs Jon K & Kelvin Brown.
Soweto Kinch flyer
A flyer for Soweto Kinch's show at Band on the Wall, which later won jazz gig of the year in City Life's 20th Anniversary special issue.
Soul:ution First Birthday
A poster for the Soul:ution first birthday featuring High Contrast, founder and resident DJ Marcus Intalex, Calibre, Catalyst, MD, DRS and Stamina.
Eyes Down Phuturistix album launch
Flyer for the Phuturistix album launch at Eyes Down. Phuturistix featured Zed Bias, Injekta and Dr J, with Manchester's Jenna G and DRS also on the night.
A flyer for Broke'n'english (a Manchester crew led MC's DRS and Konny Kon) at Band on the Wall, celebrating the release of their label, Estate recordings.
Eyes Down flyer
A flyer for Eyes Down, featuring residents Jon K and Kelvin Brown plus MC DRS and Changeling on visuals as always.
Lee 'Scratch' Perry + Mad Professor
Flyer from Lee 'Scratch' Perry's show with Mad Professor at Band on the Wall on 25th November 2003 with support from LUVDUB DJs.
City Life Club of the Year 2003
A cutting from City Life, who named Band on the Wall as the Club of the Year in 2003.
Eyes Down ft. Dego poster
A poster for Eyes Down ft. Dego (4Hero/2000Black) and residents Jon K, Kelvin Brown and DRS.
Detroit's Amp Fiddler playing live at Band on the Wall at the Electric Souls night. Photo credit G. Forster.
Homespun ft. Heavy Load, Jason Fula, Gumbo-Ya Ya...
Flyer for Band on the Wall's Homespun club night, dedicated to showcasing upcoming artists and DJs from the North West region, spanning RnB, reggae, hip hop, funk, jazz, soul and more. This night featured Heavy Load, a group fronted by 808 state and Incognito vocalist Barrington Stewart.
Eyes Down ft. Jazzanova live poster
A poster for Eyes Down ft. Jazzanova live and residents.
Flyer for De Lata's UK tour which saw them perform at Band on the Wall on 8th April 2004.
Dom Blood & Fire AKA King Spinna
Reggae legend Horace Andy played live at Band on the Wall on 21st April 2004. Dom Blood & Fire was guest selector on the night, photographed here by G. Forster.
A flyer for nu jazz/soul singer Alison Crockett, who performed live at Band on the Wall on 2nd May.
Wild Billy Childish flyer
A unique beer mat flyer for 'Walking My Troubles Away', a show which featured Wild Billy Childish & The Buff Medways, Robert Jones Fuller and DJ Andy Votel.
Estate Agents flyer
Estate recordings third night at Band on the Wall, celebrating the release of the second label EP.
Congo Natty flyer
A flyer for jungle legend Congo Natty appearing at Band on the Wall to celebrate ten years of Congo Natty music.
Mbilia Bel flyer
A flyer for Mbilia Bel's 2004 UK tour, which saw her stop at Band on the Wall on 16th October.
Los Amigos Invisibles
Flyer for Los Amigos Invisibles 2004 UK tour, which saw them playing live at Band on the Wall on 21st October 2004.
Flyer for Aïwa's first UK tour in 2004. The group, founded by Iraqi brothers Wamid and Naufalle Al Wahab, fused traditional middle eastern music with modern Western musical styles.
C'mon Feet ft. Klashnekoff
Flyer artwork for C'mon Feet at Band on the Wall, featuring Klashnekoff launching his album The Sagas of Klashnekoff.
Soul:ution ft. Klute - November 2004
A poster for Klute's 'No One's Listening Anymore' LP launch party at Soul:ution, featuring DJs Calibre, Marcus Intalex, Catalyst, MD and DRS.
Eyes Down NYE
Eyes Down hosted a NYE party at Band on the Wall, with guest DJ Benji B headlining, and resident DJs Jon-K and Kelvin Brown joined by Manchester MC DRS.
Band on the Wall renovation
The unfinished exterior of Band on the Wall during closure for renovation. Photo credit Joe Walsh.
Keep It Unreal housewarming party
Artwork from Mr Scruff's first 'Keep It Unreal' clubnight at Band on the Wall.
Keep It Unreal NYE party
Artwork from Mr Scruff's first 'Keep It Unreal' NYE clubnight at Band on the Wall.
Rafters Reunion pt. 2
Flyer from Rafters Reunion pt. 2 at Band on the Wall, featuring DJs Colin Curtis, Mike Shaft and Hewan Clarke.
Eastern Bloc Records 25th anniversary
Flyer from Eastern Bloc's 25th Birthday party at Band on the Wall, featuring Eastern Bloc resident DJs and special guests.
Soul:ution ft. Bailey, Calibre and more
Flyer from Soul:ution, the monthly Drum n Bass night at Band on the Wall, featuring resident DJ Marcus Intalex alongside guests Bailey, Calibre, Hit & Run DJs and MC DRS.
C'mon Feet presents DJ Woody's Turntables in Technicolour
Flyer for the C'mon Feet hip hop club night at Band on the Wall, featuring turntablist DJ Woody, Cannon Playaz, C'mon Feet residents and host Dr. Syntax.
Stretch Disco launch
Flyer for the launch of Stretch Disco, a free entry night featuring Cosmic Boogie, Niel (Love to Fly) and Dan Soulsmith.
In the City: Mount Kimbie
Poster for Now Wave's 'In the City' day festival at Band on the Wall, featuring Mount Kimbie, Walls, D/R/U/G/S, worriedaboutsatan and Becoming Real.
Stretch Disco presents A Guy Called Gerald
Screen printed poster designed by new analog. The identity for Stretch Disco was based on the window surrounds in Band on the Wall (it's all in the proportion). Was a great nigh
Sun Ra Arkestra
Sun Ra was one of the most renowned names in jazz, thanks to his conceptual take on avant-garde music which explored philosophies of space travel, Afrofuturism and ancient Egypt. A highly enigmatic figure, Sun Ra professed he was from outer-space and preached peace and meditation, and this wisdom is reflected in his boundary pushing and explorative music.
Continuing this tradition of musical exploration, the Sun Ra Arkestra performed at Band on the Wall under the direction of Marshall Allen, with the group playing improvisational and free-thinking jazz to genious effect.
Thurston Moore & Michael Chapman
A gig poster for a Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore and seminal folk musician Michael Chapman who played Band on the Wall in early 2013. They played two separate sets, followed by a joint performance to conclude the night.
One of the most beloved reggae bands of all time played Band on the Wall back in 2013. Performing tracks from classic albums such as Showcase, Red and Sinsemilla to name a few, Black Uhuru brought roots grooves and bass heavy rhythms from Jamaica all the way to Manchester.
The Pretty Things
Seminal group The Pretty Things took their blend of psychedelia, freakbeat and rhythm & blues to Band on the Wall in September 2013.
Acid Mothers Temple
Not the first performance at Band on the Wall from Japanese psych-rock outfit Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO and it certainly won't be the last. This show however, is notable for featuring a support slot from Manchester math-rockers Cleft.
A poster for Ozric Tentacles' performance at Band on the Wall in 2013. The Somerset space-rockers are notorious for their amazing live shows, which are often accompanied by ridiculously trippy visuals.
A prime example of Band on the Wall's commitment to offering something different by way of new musical experiences; Mad Professor's performance showcased on the spot mixing of his live band The Ariwa Posse. The unique set featured improvised heavy-dubs, danceable rhythms, bizarre effect manipulations and psychedelic sampling to create a sonic journey into the sounds of Jamaica and beyond.
The event also included sets from Jesse Royal and DJ Mikey Don.
Earlies poster by New Analogue Posters created for the band's performance at Band On The Wall in 2015.
The poster was printed on A2 paper and limited to a print run of 35 copies.
A poster for the Horsebeach show, featuring the beautifully psychedelic album art from their record II.
LTJ Bukem & MC Fox
A poster for drum n bass pioneer LTJ Bukem's show here in 2016. Known for his relaxed style, Bukem blends mellow jazz-fusion with breakbeats to create a uniquely atmospheric take on the genre.
On the mic for the night was MC Fox, a legend in the Manchester music scene who is at the forefront of bass music's rise to prominence.
Read more about Fox's role in the scene in the article below.
Edward II album launch at Manchester Central Library
On Friday 18 February 2016, English roots musical collective Edward II launch their album 'Manchester’s Improving Daily' with a special show Manchester's Central Library. Manchester's Improving Daily is a collection of rare and historic songs, known as the Manchester Broadside Ballads, dating back over 200 years to the Industrial Revolution.
Manchester's very own GoGo Penguin sold out their first date at Band on the Wall, so another concert was added immediately due to huge demand.
The trio, signed to the distinguished Blue Note label, are one of the hottest names in modern jazz. They've received acclaim from all corners of the music press thanks to genre-blending albums Man Made Object and the Mercury Prize nominated V2.0.
Ex-Organized Konfusion member Pharaohe Monch delivered an extremely well-received set of boom-bap beats and biting social commentary to the Manchester crowd.
Dead Prez perform at Band on the Wall
A picture of political hip hop stars Dead Prez's set here early in 2016. You can view the rest of the pictures from the gig by flicking through the slideshow found in the link below.
Turntablist legend DJ Krush plays Band on the Wall
Here is an exceptionally designed poster for DJ Krush's show in 2016. The enormously influential producer is known for his cinematic variety of instrumental hip hop which incorporates trip hop with the sounds of Japan. Hugely influential, it's difficult to imagine beat-making superstars such as DJ Shadow and J Dilla rising to prominence if it wasn't for the work of Krush.
Smif 'N' Wessun
Here at Band on the Wall, we're no strangers to putting on the best hip hop. Smif 'N' Wessun played here in 2016, performing hits from their gritty classic Dah Shinin', an underground phenomenon which became one of rap music's most underrated records.
Check out our interview with the group on the '+MORE' link below.
A poster for dream pop artist Wild Nothing's show at Band on the Wall in the Summer of 2016 in support of his album Life of Pause.
A poster for hip hop musician Saul Williams performance at Band on the Wall. Williams also played the venue in 2010 as part of the Manchester Literature Festival.
Flyer for drum n bass artist Dillinja's show at Band on the Wall with support from MC Longman, Devious D and Jim Bane. Releasing a number of classic singles on a variety of labels throughout the years (including Goldie's revered Metalheadz), there are few artists as legendary as Dillinja in the drum n bass and jungle sphere.