Band on the Wall

Kate Feld
Manchester music venue, Band on the Wall
Image courtesy of Band on the Wall

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.

  • 25 Swan Street
  • Manchester
  • M4 5JZ
  • View map

Opening Hours

  • Mon: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Tue: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Wed: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Thu: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Fri: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Sat: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Sun: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit

Admission Charges

Free (admission to events varies)

Services and Facilities

Cafe, Bar, Music Venue

Commercial and hire services

For Hire

Things to do at Band on the Wall

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Exhibitions 10 November–15 December 2018, FREE

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Exhibitions 5 November–19 December 2018, FREE

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