Band on the Wall is set to fling open its doors once more this March, unveiling a long-awaited £3.5 million expansion project.

An unequivocal Manchester institution, it marks a welcome new chapter in the venue’s 200-year history in the city.

The changes will see the building’s main room capacity extended to 500, along with a floor dedicated to Band on the Wall’s innovative learning initiative, World of Music—a broad and integrated programme of heritage, music, learning and research projects.

Previously occupying just two rooms, the learning facilities now take over the whole top floor of the venue, with one large main group space, two breakout group rooms and a state-of-the-art AV suite where budding creatives can record music, interviews, podcasts and film.

A new stage will also host smaller capacity shows in the bar space, which will double up as a community space open free to the public during the day.

The previously scaffolding-laden Cocozza building, which dates back to the 1860s and adjoins on to the back of Band on the Wall, has formed a key part of the reinvention. The historic structure is the earliest surviving local example of commercial chambers, though had previously been left to deteriorate since closure in 1972.

To mark the grand reopening, a stellar lineup of talent has already been confirmed, featuring shows by Binker & Moses, Ibibio Sound Machine, Balimaya Project, Emma Jean Thackray, Jazzanova, Bill Laurance, Asian Dub Foundation and many more. Check out all the confirmed acts here.

Gavin Sharp, CEO of Band of The Wall, said: “Band on the Wall has always been bigger than just a venue, and over the last two years we’ve been very busy working on our expansion project – including an increased main venue capacity, new café bar, a second smaller performance space, and significantly enhanced and expanded learning facilities to support our exciting and brand-new learning programme, World of Music. We are delighted to open our doors once again this March, and we look forward to welcoming guests back to our newly improved venue.”

Tue 1 Mar, Band on the Wall,
27 Swan St, Manchester M4 5JZ
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Thu 13 Jan 2022