Band on the Wall, 25 Swan Street, Manchester, M4 5JZ – Visit Now
It was the place with the funny name hanging on up there in the city’s Northern badlands. Edgy, hard, grotty, a bit studenty. Renowned as the stage where young and hungry Manchester bands like Joy Division and The Buzzcocks played early gigs, and where a whole generation of music lovers developed an appreciation for the jazz and world music they couldn’t see live anywhere else in town. And then, in 2005, it closed.
Although some swore it would never happen, a reinvented Band on the Wall opened in 2009. The fine Victorian bones of the building were revealed and a new sound system installed, along with all manner of shiny new AV kit. The biggest surprise was the bright and stripped-down new Picturehouse space – for daytime chilling, art and smaller events – adjoining the concert hall.
BOTW has the hefty challenge of keeping the joint’s myriad tribes happy and has always been a bit eclectic in its booking policy.
Some people are bound to say it isn’t the same and inevitably there will be those ready to bitch about slick transformations somehow robbing cherished old venues of their soul. They’re entitled to their nostalgia trips, but we’re excited about having another place to see good live music in this town. Long may it rock.
Admission ChargesFree (admission to events varies)
Services and FacilitiesCafe, Bar, Music Venue
Commercial and hire servicesFor Hire