A huge autumn of incredible, genre-spanning live music has kicked off at Band on the Wall, as one of the city’s most famed venues continues its comeback year in supreme style.

Take a look through a few of our own highlights that’ll be happening over the next couple of months.

Ida Nielsen & The Funkbots | Fri 7 Oct

Ida Nielsen’s life was flipped upside down when Prince discovered her in August 2010. That would lead to her touring frequently with him, and playing in his bands before his tragic passing. Since then, Ida has been honing her craft as a solo artist, which has given birth to the magnificent Funkbots. Get down, get down…

!!! (CHK CHK CHK) | Sat 8 Oct

Dance punk royals !!! have been dropping big, in-your-face music for 25 years now and their latest record, Let It Be Blue, has been dreamt up with futuristic dancefloors in mind. Stick around after the gig for the official afterparty with DJ Huey Morgan.

The Hiding Magpies | Wed 12 Oct

As part of Band on the Wall’s series of free-entry gigs, The Hiding Magpies stop by with their Tom Petty-inspired rock and roll sounds. Hailing from North Manchester, the group has already earned a wave of plaudits thanks to their impressive live show.

Bob Reynolds | Thu 13 Oct

Two-time Grammy-winning saxophonist, composer and educator, Bob Reynolds, is rightfully renowned as one of jazz’s most exciting, prolific names. Along with his own work with Snarky, Reynolds has teamed up with the likes of Michael Bublé, The 1975, Idina Menzel, Josh Groban and Usher.

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly - Chronicles 15th anniversary | Sun 16 Oct

Ready to feel old? Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly’s ultimate coming of age record, The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager turned 15 last September. In a fitting celebration, Sam Duckworth is bringing the album back in its original form, complete with rhythm and horn section.

Black Roots | Thu 20 Oct

UK reggae royalty, Black Roots, bring their uncompromising message, one that saw them become pioneering figures against injustice and alienation throughout the 80s and beyond, to Band on the Wall this October. Still as vital as ever, this is one not to be missed.

The Unthanks | Fri 21 Oct

Enigmatically described as “a take on tradition that flips so effortlessly between jazz, classical, ambient and post-rock, it makes any attempt to put a label on them a waste of time” — The Unthanks will squeeze their 11-piece band into Band on the Wall for a show that promises to be as fascinating as it is impressive.

Tony Kofi & NYJO present: The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall

One of the most recorded jazz composers in history, Thelonious Monk revolutionised the genre, and The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall is one of the most famed recordings of all time.

Under the direction of Tony Kofi, another jazz icon, NYJO celebrates that powerful performance alongside a staggering collection of emerging UK talent.

A Manchester Wire Partnership post
Wed 21 Sep - Thu 27 Oct, Band on the Wall,
25 Swan St, Manchester M4 5JZ
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Thu 15 Sep 2022