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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


Written by shelleyhanveywriter

April 28, 2010 at 2:01 pm

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