Band On The Wall – January to April dates

The latest event programme for award-winning Manchester venue Band On The Wall has caught my attention. In fact, it’s worthy of the attention of any fan of soul, reggae, folk, flamenco, drum’n’bass, house, afrobeat, blues and hip hop. There’s more genres to mention but I could be here all night.

Anyway, I’ve picked three nights to preview here. For those who want to find out more about the other 75 – yes, 75 – shows, performances and events taking place up until the end of April, check out Band On The Wall website.

RagTag ft. the Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra, Phil Asher and Irfan Rainy

An exclusive, tasteful and vibe-filled night reminiscent of what I imagine a 1970s New York loft party to have been like. Everyone dances too. RagTag moves from Kraak gallery to the larger but no less exciting surroundings of BOTW.  It’s perfect for the 9-piece Leeds based band with the most amazing name, whose funk, jazz and Afrobeat tunes have featured on BBC6 Music and filled venues like Plan B in London and The Wardrobe in Leeds. Alongside Restless Soul’s Phil Asher and RagTag’s Irfan Rainy, now it’s Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra’s turn to keep the RagTag dancers happy.

Friday 3rd of February, 9pm, £8

The Pharcyde 20th Anniversary of Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde

I was 7 years old when The Pharcyde’s debut album was released but I was lucky enough to get into their music several years later. The humour, intelligence and jazzy beats of Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde is, as far as I’m concerned, is why it went Gold in the US album charts and it’s why people liked them. They still do.  Well I do. Really looking forward to this one.

Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th of March, 7.30pm both nights, £20

EDIT: This event has disappeared from the Band On The Wall website but there’s plenty of others going on in March, including free reggae rave, Night Of The Living Dread on Saturday 17th of March  and Mr Scruff’s Keep It Unreal on Saturday 3rd of March.

Avery Sunshine plus support from Thabo & The Real Deal

This lady has a voice and a sense of fun that I’m dying to witness live.  Watch this performance of ‘Ugly Part Of Me’ to find out exactly what I mean. Extremely good.

Huddersfield soul band Thabo & The Real Deal will be supporting and deservedly so. That voice…

Friday 9th March, £15

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