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Band on the Wall

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As it looked in the '80s, before the re-vamp

I finally got around to visiting this great live music and arts venue in The Northern Quarter (Manchester) a couple of weeks ago.

I went to review the second night of ex-Lamb vocalist Lou Rhodes’ residency and I loved both place and performer.

Located on Swan Street, the venue is a not-for-profit arts and live music space, run by registered charity Inner City Music. Just inside there is a quirky little Cafe Bar called The Picturehouse, serving delicious treats and those all important pre-show drinks.  The performance space itself is intimate, moody yet airy; perfect for the 300-capacity style of show that they house.

I think this is just what Manchester has been lacking over the past few years; a laid back, quirky venue that’s central and suits the type of performer that it hosts. Good to see more building up though; The Ruby Lounge is another great example. The MEN Arena is great for those high-profile, international and homegrown extravaganzas, don’t get me wrong, but there’s something a bit special about being surrounded by like-minded people, listening to an artist who can actually see not just hear the audience’s reaction.

Check out upcoming shows on their official website www.bandonthewall.org

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Written by shelleyhanveywriter

April 28, 2010 at 2:01 pm

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