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Band on the Wall

Band on the Wall is a not-for-profit, award-winning music venue based in the city centre of Manchester. Presenting an internationally acclaimed programme of world class artists at the venue, Band on the Wall also programmes music into other venues including Brewery Arts Centre Kendal and tours nationally. Additionally, Band on the Wall runs a dynamic learning and participation programme in collaboration with partners such as Brighter Sound. The venue is also a centre for accredited music industry degree, BTEC and diploma courses run by The Manchester College. The venue has recently named Best Small Venue North West by NME Magazine.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £173,656
  • 2013-2014: £145,349
  • 2014-2015: £99,093

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Magic Band - Live at Band on the Wall

Sharing the vision of celebrating the music of the late Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart), the group features original members John "Drumbo" French, Mark "Rockettee Morton" Boston, & Denny "Feelers Rebo" Wallry. Think albums such as Safe As Milk, Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) and Lick My Decals Off, Baby and you realise just how special this band are. Indeed their avant-garde, unfathomable, seminal album Troutmask Replica is regularly cited as one of the greatest albums of all time. Its classic gnarled psychedelic blues tracks influenced and spurred on new generations of musicians. Like the The Velvet Underground they launched a 1,000 bands, Tom Waits, Sonic Youth, The Kills, Edgar Broughton Band, Franz Ferdinand, The White Stripes, PJ Harvey, Beck and The Black Keys have all cited Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band as a major inspiration for their own musical directions.

Band on the Wall Foundation.

Creating Opportunity Through Music Come and support us www.bandonthewallfoundation.wordpress.com

Roy Ayers Ubiquity Thu 19th December 2013

Band on the Wall is delighted to present the funk and soul giant, and hailed prophet of acid jazz, Roy Ayers and his acclaimed Ubiquity band. Vibraphonist/vocalist Roy Ayers is among the best-known, most-loved and respected jazz/R&B artists on the music-scene today. Now in his fourth decade in the music business, Ayers, known as the Godfather of Neo-soul, continues to bridge the gap between generations of music lovers. In the '60s he was an award-winning jazz vibraphonist, and transformed into a popular R&B bandleader in the '70s/'80s. Today, the dynamic music man is an iconic figure still in great demand and whose music has been sampled by music industry heavyweights, including Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, 50 Cent, A Tribe Called Quest, Tupac, and Ice Cube. Roy Ayer's Ubiquity Roy Ayers---Vibes Donald Nicks---Bass Jamal Peoples---Keyboard John Pressley---Vocals & Road Manager Troy Miller---Drummer Filmed for Band on the Wall by Busha Productions

Eric Roberson

Eric Roberson with a message to Manchester ahead of his Band on the Wall show on February 8th 2013.

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Bombino live at Band on the Wall

Presented by Band on the Wall and Root Music, this concert was recorded live at Band on the Wall in November 2013. Every year or so world music throws up a new global star in the making and 2013 looks like being Tuareg guitar genius Omara "Bombino" Moctar's year. Born and raised in Niger, Bombino is a member of the nomadic Tuareg Ifoghas tribe. His stunning new album, Nomad, has met with overwhelming critical acclaim and showcases Bomino's maturing songwriting skills alongside his sweet vocals and scintillating guitar playing. Produced by Dan Auerbach from The Black Key's who has brought a little gnarly garage crunch to Bombino's rolling desert blues to create an early contender for 'album of the year'

Cornel Campbell featuring Soothsayers

Cornell Campbell is widely considered to be one of the finest voices to have emerged out of reggae's golden years in the 1970s performed at Band on the Wall Fri 22nd November 2013 Filmed and audio mix by Busha Productions

Support the Band on the Wall Foundation

Band on the Wall, the legendary and award winning Manchester live music venue, launch their new Foundation in 2013. We are targeting company executives and business leaders as they hope to raise real cash through corporate funding and sponsorship to support the Foundation. CEO, Gavin Sharp said:- Making music transforms lives. With a target of £1 million, The Band on the Wall Foundation aims to work with communities facing enormous challenges to provide an accessible music programme and a sustainable learning centre for young people and emerging musicians. It will give a musical voice to children and young people who are disadvantaged by economic deprivation, low educational achievement, crime, poverty and isolation. By providing opportunities for them through music, we can make a positive difference to their lives.

Wall of Sounds Artistic Directors Series 2013: Featuring Snarky Puppy

Wall of Sounds week long residency with Snarky Puppy and local musicians. Filmed by Band on the Wall TV

This is Band on the Wall

Insight into Manchester music venue Band on the Wall. Produced by Band on the Wall TV

AfroCubism (new version)

This version of the film has been re edited for inclusion in this years Womex World Music Expo held in Cardiff in October. Band on the Wall present a series of films about African music concerts which took place in Manchester from June to September, as part of the London 2012 Festival, called We Face Forward. The first musical event to be featured -- with Grammy-nominated act AfroCubism -- took place at The Bridgewater Hall on 3rd June. AfroCubism was a project which was first conceived in 1996. The plan was to bring Cuban musicians and their Malian counterparts together to record in Havana and explore their shared musical history. But the Malians didn't make it to Cuba and so an exclusively Cuban album was recorded instead and so began the legend that became the multi-million selling Buena Vista Social Club. At this gig, we finally see the Malians and the Cubans united on stage together. The all-star cast of world class musicians includes Buena Vista original Eliades Ochoa alongside Toumani Diabaté, Djelimady Tounkara, Bassekou Kouyate and Kasse Mady Diabaté. Eliades Ochoa and Djelimady Tounkara tell the incredible story of how AfroCubism finally got together. Filmed by Band on the Wall TV

This is Band on the Wall

This is a promotional video for Band on the Wall, a not-for-profit award-winning live music venue based in city centre Manchester. As the winner of The Manchester Tourism Awards' Best Entertainment Venue 2012, NME's Best Small Venue North West 2011 and Manchester Tourism Awards Best Night Out 2010, enjoying a night out in this world-famous and friendly atmosphere should be an essential part of any visitor's schedule. Featuring an acclaimed international programme of jazz, world roots, folk, soul and reggae most nights of the week, this is Manchester's favourite live music venue. It is home to Mr Scruff's legendary 'Keep it Unreal' monthly residency and The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club and boasts two bars and a great value food menu. But Band on the Wall is more than just a night spot. It is owned and operated by the registered charity Inner City Music Ltd, which allows all profits to be invested back in to a variety of creative learning programmes and music outreach projects.

This is Band on the Wall TV

Video showcase from Band on the Wall TV

Music Industry Courses at Band on the Wall, Manchester

Trailer for Music Industry Courses at Band on the Wall. Filmed & Edited by Band on the Wall TV

We Face Forward: Art From West Africa Part Two

We Face Forward is a season of contemporary art and music from West Africa, which took place at various city centre venues in Manchester between June and September 2012. It included a travelling art bus and featured painting, photography, textiles, sculpture, video, music and sound work from 32 artists from nine West African countries. Band on the Wall TV presents footage from the festival, including Manchester Art Galleries Director, Dr Maria Balshaw and a selection of the artists talking about the We Face Forward exhibitions. The film is accompanied by music from Senegalese kora maestro Diabel Cissokho, who performed on the launch night of the festival and later as part of the concert programme. Filmed by Band on the Wall TV

We Face Forward: Art From West Africa Part One

We Face Forward is Manchester's dazzling summer season of contemporary art and music from West Africa, which took place at various city centre venues between June and September. It involves a travelling art bus and features painting, photography, textiles, sculpture, video, music and sound work from 32 artists from nine West African countries. Band on the Wall TV presents footage from the festival including a selection of the artists installing and talking about their work with music by The Endless Journey, a group of musicians from Niger who performed at The Royal Northern College of Music as part of the festival's music events programmed by Band on the Wall. This video features Emeka Ogboh (Nigeria), Meschac Gaba (Benin), Pascale Marthine Tayou (Cameroon), Barthélémy Toguo (Cameroon), Aboubakar Fofana (Mali), Victoria Udondian (Nigeria), Nii Obadai (Ghana), Amarachi Okafor (Nigeria), Georges Adéagbo (Benin), Romauld Hazoumè (Benin), Duro Olowu (Nigeria) and Creative Hands Foundation. Filmed by Band on the Wall TV

Carlou D

Band on the Wall present a series of films about African music concerts which took place in Manchester from June to September, as part of the London 2012 Festival, called We Face Forward. Taking the essence of the Baay Fall philosophy, the outspoken qualities of hip-hop, and musical elements of jazz, soul, rap and acoustic roots, Carlou D is an illuminating presence on stage, making him one of Senegal's next great musical exports. Filmed by Band on the Wall TV

Jaliba Kuyateh

Band on the Wall present a series of films about African music concerts which took place in Manchester from June to September, as part of the London 2012 Festival, called We Face Forward. This concert features Gambian musician Jaliba Kuyateh, which took place at Band on the Wall on 29th June. Jaliba Kuyateh, often known as the King of The Kora, has made the ancient and very traditional music of the Mandinka into what is sometimes called kora pop. Here he performs with his group The Kumareh Band. Filmed by Band on the Wall TV Edited by Graphic Quarter

Diabel Cissokho

Band on the Wall present a series of films about African music concerts which took place in Manchester from June to September, as part of the London 2012 Festival, called We Face Forward. This featured concert-- with Senegalese kora maestro Diabel Cissokho -- took place at Band on the Wall on 3rd August. One of Senegal's most loved musicians who, along with his incredible band, blends traditional rhythms with bluesy West African melodies and upbeat dance grooves. Part of the great line of Cissokho griots, Diabel Cissokho's virtuosity and versatility on the harp-like kora is astounding. Collaborating with everyone from Kandia Kouyate and Pee Wee Ellis to bluesman Ramon Goose -- and even a long stint as Baaba Maal's kora player -- Diabel's 'resonant voice and rocking kora style' (Songlines) have been welcomed everywhere from WOMAD and Glastonbury to London's Barbican. Filmed by Band on the Wall Tv

Dele Sosimi

Band on the Wall present a series of films about African music concerts which took place in Manchester as part of the London 2012 Festival, called We Face Forward. Since his early discovery as a 16-year old keyboardist by world-famous Fela Kuti, who brought him into his band Egypt 80, Dele Sosimi rose to prominence as musical director of the 30 piece band during the 80s and 90s. Whilst at the helm he hatched a plan for a new more aggressive sound, featuring shorter songs and tighter arrangements with Fela's son Femi Kuti. The result was the band Positive Force, with whom he toured globally for a decade, honing his craft and exploring all the richness of this amazing music. Dele Sosimi stands out as one of the most active musicians currently on the Afrobeat scene worldwide. His band Afrobeat Orchestra recently gained international acclaim through their performance in Fela! the famous Broadway musical. Filmed by Band on the Wall TV

Seckou Keita

Band on the Wall present a series of films about African music concerts which took place in Manchester from June to September, as part of the London 2012 Festival, called We Face Forward. The third concert to be featured -- with Seckou Keita, Senegal's master of the kora, Africa's magical 21-stringed harp -- took place at The Printworks on 23rd June. Born into a traditional Griot family, where music and stories are passed down through generations from father to son, Seckou was destined to take up this traditional instrument. He is one of the few champions of the less-known and rhythmically rocking kora repertoire from Casamance in southern Senegal. This very special concert coincided with Manchester's Olympic Torch Relay event and proves why Seckou Keita is recognised as a multi-talented, charismatic live performer. Filmed by Band on the Wall TV

The Endless Journey

Band on the Wall presents a series of films about African music concerts which took place in Manchester from June to September as part of the London 2012 Festival, called We Face Forward. Musicians from two of Niger's leading groups -- Etran Finatawa and The Mamane Barka Ensemble -- performed at The Royal Northern College of Music in July. The Endless Journey is the title of a touring event that is a live music show, a documentary film and a photographic exhibition recounting the musicians' attempts to stem the haemorrhaging of Niger's cultural heritage in a powerful music performance accompanied by images and film. In partnership with the Womad Foundation, a creative learning experience for schools has been put together which is led by the musicians of Endless Journey to educate and inspire children to value their cultural heritage by meeting extraordinary musicians who have travelled and performed their traditions worldwide.

Femi Kuti

Band on the Wall present a series of films about African music concerts which took place in Manchester from June to September, as part of the London 2012 Festival, called We Face Forward. This concert and interview features is Femi Kuti and The Positive Force. Emerging from the giant shadow that his father, Fela Kuti cast, Femi is the true heir to the Afrobeat crown, his music reaching across the globe with a powerful and distinctive voice. Like his contemporaries, Amadou & Mariam and Baaba Maal, this is a jubilant, funky music and dance mix. Filmed by band on the Wall TV

AfroCubism

Band on the Wall present a series of films about African music concerts which took place in Manchester from June to September, as part of the London 2012 Festival, called We Face Forward. The first musical event to be featured -- with Grammy-nominated act AfroCubism -- took place at The Bridgewater Hall on 3rd June. AfroCubism was a project which was first conceived in 1996. The plan was to bring Cuban musicians and their Malian counterparts together to record in Havana and explore their shared musical history. But the Malians didn't make it to Cuba and so an exclusively Cuban album was recorded instead and so began the legend that became the multi-million selling Buena Vista Social Club. At this gig, we finally see the Malians and the Cubans united on stage together. The all-star cast of world class musicians includes Buena Vista original Eliades Ochoa alongside Toumani Diabaté, Djelimady Tounkara, Bassekou Kouyate and Kasse Mady Diabaté. Eliades Ochoa and Djelimady Tounkara tell the incredible story of how AfroCubism finally got together. Filmed by Band on the Wall TV

Mario Biondi Sun 25th November 2012

Born in Bitetto, Italy, the son of a popular song singer, during his youth sang in various small choirs. Years after he accompanied Franco Califano, Peppino Di Capri, Fred Bongusto, Rosario Fiorello and others on their Concert tours. After a long series of participations with Italian and international artists, and a small production of disco music, during 2006 he achieved success with the Schema Records album Handful of Soul. In November 2009 Mario Biondi released "If" and the first single "Be Lonely" on the Tattica label. The album shot up the charts and went triple - platinum. Since then he has gone from strength to strength packing auditoriums across the world. His deep and warm voice recalls the legendary interpreters of soul and rhythm and blues music. Referencing greats like Barry White, Issac Hayes and Lou Rawls, at the same time he gives his own spin to the soul and jazz genres. Filmed by Band on the Wall AV Uint ( Panasonic pan & tilt camera and handheld) Clive Hunte

Soul Rebels Wed 25th July 2012

Hailing from New Orleans, the Soul Rebels' jazz-flecked music is the blood that pumps through that city's body coupled to funk, ska, hip-hop, with harmony vocals and more catchy horn lines and solos than you can shake a stick at. "The most adventurous of all the New Orleans brass bands...The Soul Rebels are the missing link between Louis Armstrong and Public Enemy." Village Voice "Utterly uninhibited hip-hop hybrid, not to be missed" Rolling Stone Magazine Following their jaw-dropping concert at Band on the Wall last year, Soul Rebels have gone from strength to strength. They now receive massive attention wherever they paly their intoxicating mix of traditional New Orleans jazz brass flecked and rippled with hip hop and funks flavours. If jazz music is the heart of New Orleans, then the Soul Rebels' music is the blood that pumps through the city's body. The Soul Rebel embrace the rich jazz traditions of their homeland but add life-affirming vocals and hip shaking grooves aplenty. Couple those elements to funk, ska, hip-hop, with harmony vocals and more catchy horn lines and solos than you can shake a stick at. Filmed by Band On The Wall AV Unit on Wed 25th July 2012

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