Band on the Wall

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Band on the Wall

Band on the Wall
4.5
Temporarily closedClosed until Aug 1, 2021
About
Band on the Wall has been a cornerstone of Manchester’s thriving music and cultural landscape for over 100 years. We bring leading artists from around the world to the stage – both at our award-winning Manchester venue and nationally, through touring programmes and trailblazing creative music projects. Our unusual name harks back to the building’s days as The George and Dragon pub in the early 20th Century. Regulars would affectionately refer to the ‘Band on the Wall’ as the place where house musicians quite literally played on a stage halfway up the back wall to make room in the busy pub. 2010 – City Life, Best Night Out 2011 – NME, Best Small Venue North West 2012 – Manchester Tourism Awards, Best Entertainment Venue 2014 – Live UK Awards, Best Venue Team 2017 – Live UK Awards, Best Venue Team 2018 – City Life, Best Clubnight (Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club) 2019 – City Life, Best Live Venue 2019 – Attitude Is Everything, Live Event Accessibility
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The area
Address
How to get there
  • Shudehill • 3 min walk
  • Market St • 7 min walk
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4.5
214 reviews
Excellent
172
Very good
32
Average
2
Poor
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Terrible
7

roddymorrison1
Manchester, UK2 contributions
Fabulous music, dinner and drinks
Feb. 2020
We were lucky enough to get tickets for the Sambroso All Stars Band on 14th February. The team at Band on the Wall very kindly sorted a table and seats for us because one of our group was on crutches.
We made the most of happy hour before the gig (excellent pizza!) and the gig itself was tremendous. I love BOTW - brilliant staff and atmosphere.
Written 19 February 2020
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Stephen W
1 contribution
Manchester Soul Train
Feb. 2020 • Couples
The totally misleading advertising for this event says “ taking you on an uplifting journey filled with Funk Soul , Disco and Motown classics “ .

We arrived in anticipation of a great night and left ninety minutes later thoroughly disappointed . During that time the DJ failed to play one classic , but chose to indulge himself playing an obscure playlist - obviously thinking that was much more ‘ cool ‘ than playing the classics customers mistakenly came to dance to . As I left I mentioned this to the doormen and he replied they get lots of similar complaints . Time for action !

A terrible first visit to Band on the Wall . I suggest the powers that be replace the current DJs and find some that know what a Funk , Soul , Disco and Motown classic sounds like .
Written 11 February 2020
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Hi - sorry to hear you did not enjoy the Soul Train night. This event was not an in-house Band on the Wall event, but produced a third party promoter hiring the venue, and as such we were not in control of the music played. We will speak to the event organiser with your feedback - Band on the Wall is a multiple award-winning venue rated #1 in Manchester on Tripadvisor, and we pride ourselves on providing the best experience we can for all visitors.
Written 12 February 2020
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Karentoday
Manchester, UK40 contributions
Brilliant night out!
Feb. 2020
Great venue, friendly staff, good acoustics. I contacted the venue in advance as I was worried about standing as I have a bad back and painful knee. The venue were very understanding and reserved seats for me and my two friends. We saw Fatoumata Diawara, who was wonderful. Thank you BOTW, I've been enjoying live music with you over at least 30 years. Always excellent.
Written 11 February 2020
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andrew S
Greater Manchester, UK1 contribution
Soul train
Feb. 2020
Night was ok have to say I did expect to hear plenty of classic 70s soul ,but music was a bit obscure and not so much as a glitter ball ! only recognised about 2 songs .staff members were a bit miserable ,have to say it was not what I expected having read the advertisement .
Written 11 February 2020
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Hi - sorry to hear you did not enjoy the Soul Train night. This event was not an in-house Band on the Wall event, but produced a third party promoter hiring the venue, and as such we were not in control of the music played. We will speak to the event organiser with your feedback - Band on the Wall is a multiple award-winning venue rated #1 in Manchester on Tripadvisor, and we pride ourselves on providing the best experience we can for all visitors.
Written 12 February 2020
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Johnnyfstoke
Stoke-on-Trent, UK6 contributions
Best Small Venue in The North
Jan. 2020
A great evening watching upcoming artists in a friendly venue to see the superb Pieces of A Man @POAMmusic and @KikeAdennowo a superb Soul vocalist .
Written 29 January 2020
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Christine J
1 contribution
Buena Vista Night
Jan. 2020
Loved these guys - excellent night, fantastic musicians. They owned the room!
Come back soon 👍 many thanks
Written 29 January 2020
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Zulf A
Rochdale, UK8 contributions
Best boutique live music venue in Manchester
Jan. 2020 • Friends
Have been going to BOTW for 25 years, it is and remains my favourite for interesting and broad variety of genres.
Written 16 January 2020
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scouser38
Liverpool, UK65 contributions
Iconic music venue!
Jan. 2020 • Solo
It was my first time here to see a band called UNE and I loved the place. Great atmosphere, wonderful friendly staff and great space I can’t wait to revisit here. Highly recommend it
Written 11 January 2020
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Sarah H
1 contribution
NOT GOSPEL!!
Dec. 2019 • Couples
I love coming to BoTW, however, I recently came to the Manchester Christmas Gospel event on the14th December. We had a nice night but were very disappointed as it was NOT GOSPEL.... rather a strange selection of Soul/RnB renditions
Written 17 December 2019
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Hi - sorry to hear you did not enjoy the Christmas Gospel concert. This show was organised by a third party promoter but we'll pass your feedback on. Hope to see you at BotW again soon.
Written 18 December 2019
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andalt
Manchester, UK23 contributions
Great Venue
Dec. 2019 • Couples
Excellent place. Been going most of my life and it's still getting better. Sound is good and the staff are friendly and helpful.
Written 17 December 2019
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Band on the Wall is open:
  • Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Fri - Fri 5:00 pm - 3:00 am
  • Sat - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 am


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