Band on the Wall

Band on the Wall, Manchester: Hours, Address, Band on the Wall Reviews: 4.5/5

Band on the Wall
4.5
5:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Tuesday
5:00 PM - 2:30 AM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 2:30 AM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Friday
5:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Saturday
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
About
Band on the Wall is located on Swan Street, nestled between Manchester City centre’s bustling Northern Quarter and Ancoats districts. Our award-winning live music venue comes to life each night with a global programme of live music and DJ led clubnights by artists from around the world. Our bar is open to the public throughout, with no gig ticket needed. Band on the Wall is fully wheelchair accessible.
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More than 3 hours
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  • Shudehill • 3 min walk
  • Market St • 7 min walk
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IAN D
Wigan, UK18,888 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
My first visit on a Tuesday evening to watch Robert Jon and the Wreck. Nice intimate standing venue with a really good sound system. Excellent band and excellent venue. Good choice of beers and reasonable prices
Written 18 May 2022
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ric
3 contributions
Mar 2022
a good venue i like that you have a linked but seperate bar and a concert room so can enjoy a pint and cross to the show without having to stand in the rain ,nice beer ,nice staff except the grumpy manageress ( i think) who did her best to spoil my night but failed
Written 31 March 2022
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richard g
1 contribution
Mar 2022
Firstly, in order to obtain a membership discount a lengthy code is required. But this is absolutely pointless, given that you still have to show the membership card at the door. Why not just tick a box for member discount.

Secondly in addition to a compulsory booking fee they also charge a compulsory delivery fee .... for an electronic ticket sent by email.
Written 14 March 2022
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Hi, The membership code is used so members prices are only visible to members when booking, so non-members don't accidentally book members rate tickets. Members are asked to show their cards on the night to verify they have a valid members card. This isa system we've had in place for many years and has so far served us, and our customers well. Regarding fees, all fees are charged by our ticket agent Ticketline, and not by us. Tickets for all shows are available in-person from our box office at face value. Many thanks, Band on the Wall
Written 15 March 2022
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John E
1 contribution
Mar 2022 • Couples
We went to the first Twisted Wheel Sunday at the Band On the Wall.
It was totally over subscribed 500 people in a place that was only fit for about 300.
We went in as a group of six, the ladies got a spot in the public bar, and the guys went to the bar.
The queue was horrendous so after 40 minutes we got to the corner of the bar when the manager came up and said " have you ever been in a bar before?".
I said "what do you mean? and she said "you don't know how to queue you are blocking the fire exits".
I said that we have been queuing for 40 minutes and that there should be more bar staff. There were only two behind the bar.
She said we gave covid issues with staff and I said we'll why have you let in too many people?
At that point she said "you are being abusive" and asked the security staff to have a word with us.
We are in our seventies and we have never been treated with such disgusting behavior,absolutely clueless management with no respect for their customers. We will never go there again and everyone we spoke to said the same.
Written 13 March 2022
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Hi - on the day in question we were a number of staff down due to illness, which combined with our front of house team being new recruits due to our closure for two years meant that service was a little slower than usual. We can only apologise if service was a little slow and thank people for their patience. During busy periods we will ask customers to avoid blocking the fire exits while queuing at the bar, this is a health and safety requirement. Regarding capacity, we were categorically not over subscribed, on this or any other event. This event however was sold out hence it was busy. Many thanks
Written 16 March 2022
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Emma L
2 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
I've lived in Manchester for over 20 years and Band on the Wall has always been one of my favourite venues and a place I hold close to my heart. So many amazing gigs and nights. Last night I was let down by this venue and its door staff who quite frankly are a joke. 1st night out with my best mates since before lockdown. Stayed sensible on the drinking side in order to enjoy a good dance at the Huey Morgan and Don Letts night only to be turned away by the idiot door woman who stated that myself and a friend had drank too much. It was humiliating and totally uncalled for. As a longstanding Manchester club scene veteran I understand club eticate and know fully that neither myself or my friend were in any sort of state to have been given this treatmemt. We weren't inebriated, could talk completely straight and hold ousrelves together. We were absolutely no risk to anyone. No refund for our tickets either. The power hungry door staff need a talking too. Sad and disappointed by their very bad judgement. Also sad to say I won't be returning to this much loved venue. Do not recommend. Discriminate door staff. Saw this happen to other friendly not drunk revellers too. Hope they put a complaint on here and persue a refund. Still reeling.
Written 6 March 2022
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Hi, We have investigated your complaint and spoken to our staff who were working on that evening. Unfortunately our staff deemed you far too intoxicated on the door to allow entry. This is a licensing condition - it's against the law for us, or any licensed premises for that matter, to permit entry to people who are too drunk. We did offer you the opportunity to sober up and come back later, which you declined. We also offered you a refund, and you were then threatening and abusive to our staff. We pride ourselves on being an open, friendly and inclusive space for everyone, as outlined on our Core Values policy here: https://bandonthewall.org/visit/core-values/ I hope that in the cold light of day you understand why we couldn't let you in on that night, and you give us another try in the future. Many thanks
Written 11 March 2022
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roddymorrison1
Manchester, UK2 contributions
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
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
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
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
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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Band on the Wall is open:
  • Tue - Wed 17:00 - 02:30
  • Thu - Fri 17:00 - 03:00
  • Sat - Sun 17:00 - 00:00
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