Band on the Wall
Band on the Wall
4.5
4:00 PM - 11:45 PM
Tuesday
5:00 PM - 11:45 PM
Wednesday
4:00 PM - 11:45 PM
Thursday
4:00 PM - 11:45 PM
Friday
4:00 PM - 11:45 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 11:45 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 11:45 PM
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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Kevin C
    Holmfirth, United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mary delivers!
    Our first visit to Band On The Wall, although not our first attendance at. Mary Coughlan gig. We were very impressed with the venue and truly moved and delighted with Mary and her two colleagues on stage. An utter joy from beginning to end.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Caroline B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Manchester icon!
    My favourite venue in Manchester by a long way! Band on the Wall is a regular port of call for artists from overseas on tour in the UK. I've seen so many amazing gigs here in the past few months, including several bands from West Africa and the Caribbean. And it just gets better and better. The venue is recently renovated, super-friendly, draws a great multi-generational crowd, and is a very easy place to go on your own. There are few places where you can get so close up to the stage, whether seated or dancing. It's also within very easy walking distance from the station and main bus and tram stops. Basically, it rocks!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 1, 2023
  • thingsweliketoo
    Macclesfield, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such a good vibe!
    Such a good vibe! I've been going to BotW for 25 years and it never disappoints. Some absolutely world-leading live gigs and the staff are always super-friendly. The main thing is that it seems to attracts a fabulous mixed crowd. All ages and backgrounds. The power of soulful music!
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 2, 2023
  • scott s
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Band on the wall/ The Whistling Donkeys - Awesome experience!
    Fantastic evening watching The Whistling Donkeys. I phoned the venue beforehand to reserve seats on the balcony. Nothing was too much trouble. Fantastic seats in tbe middle. The Wh8stling Donkeys were awesome, the venue was brilliant, sound at atmosphere was amazing. Would definatly recommend a visit. And go again.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 3, 2023
  • panda54
    United Kingdom42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really good venue for ‘off the wall’ music
    I was there for a gig from a Swiss jazz genius (Nik Bärtsch) and his band (Ronin). They rarely visit the UK and Manchester was the closest to home near Edinburgh. BotW was a very pleasant bonus to my trip from the start - booking easy, comfy bar, friendly & efficient staff and a good space for the performance. Everything about the venue made the evening a great experience.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 14, 2023
  • Mark M
    Lancaster, United Kingdom109 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top venue.
    Top venue. Great sound. Visited many times recently. Just a minor gripe. Charley Crockett last night. Onstage at 9.20pm? Please can we get artistes during the week on earlier. My last train home leaves at 10.20pm. It was his only gig in the north of england and many people travelled in by train. You are a 15 minute walk to the nearest station. I saw about half the gig before I had to leave to get my train. Other than that. You rock.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 5, 2023
  • John A
    Worksop, United Kingdom1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Graham parker gig.
    Went to see Graham parker here was my first visit. Had a accessible seat booked upstairs. Very good view. Staff very good with a nice bar. Only downside is the toilets are situated downstairs. Great place for a gig.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 2, 2023
  • Michelle M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best in Town (Manchester)
    Was out for a night out on Saturday 9th December. I had an amazing night beautiful vibes as always when I go Band on the wall. The place is looking great and extremely spotless I could even see my face in the toilet! I’ll be back for Trevor Nelson in the next couple weeks ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 16, 2023
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John E
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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 March 13, 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 March 16, 2022
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Stephen W
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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 February 11, 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 February 12, 2020
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Adam P
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
Watched Sammy Rae here on 27/01/2023. Show was excellent, and the venue was fantastic. You can get right up to the front if the stage, which is always a plus for us. The bar area is nice, my drink (an old fashioned) took a little while to make while the bartender was being trained, but that's to be expected with new staff sonetimes, so no worries there.

Only letdown was that we arrived early, had a drink in the bar, and then as soon as people started lining up for the venue we headed outside in the cold to make sure we could get near the front. But we later learned that they let a few people in from the bar area before doors opened, effectively allowing them to queue jump. These people then hogged the best spots at the front of the stage for the whole show. I've never been to a venue where they let people in early like that, especially with a hundred people already waiting patiently outside in the cold.
Written January 28, 2023
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Emma L
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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 March 6, 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 March 11, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

richard g
7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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 March 14, 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 March 15, 2022
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Caroline B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
My favourite venue in Manchester by a long way! Band on the Wall is a regular port of call for artists from overseas on tour in the UK. I've seen so many amazing gigs here in the past few months, including several bands from West Africa and the Caribbean. And it just gets better and better. The venue is recently renovated, super-friendly, draws a great multi-generational crowd, and is a very easy place to go on your own. There are few places where you can get so close up to the stage, whether seated or dancing. It's also within very easy walking distance from the station and main bus and tram stops. Basically, it rocks!
Written August 1, 2023
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Mark M
Lancaster, UK109 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
Top venue. Great sound. Visited many times recently. Just a minor gripe. Charley Crockett last night. Onstage at 9.20pm? Please can we get artistes during the week on earlier. My last train home leaves at 10.20pm. It was his only gig in the north of england and many people travelled in by train. You are a 15 minute walk to the nearest station. I saw about half the gig before I had to leave to get my train. Other than that. You rock.
Written September 5, 2023
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thingsweliketoo
Macclesfield, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Such a good vibe!
I've been going to BotW for 25 years and it never disappoints.
Some absolutely world-leading live gigs and the staff are always super-friendly.
The main thing is that it seems to attracts a fabulous mixed crowd. All ages and backgrounds. The power of soulful music!
Written August 2, 2023
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Kevin C
Holmfirth, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Our first visit to Band On The Wall, although not our first attendance at. Mary Coughlan gig. We were very impressed with the venue and truly moved and delighted with Mary and her two colleagues on stage. An utter joy from beginning to end.
Written August 1, 2023
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scott s
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Fantastic evening watching The Whistling Donkeys. I phoned the venue beforehand to reserve seats on the balcony. Nothing was too much trouble. Fantastic seats in tbe middle. The Wh8stling Donkeys were awesome, the venue was brilliant, sound at atmosphere was amazing. Would definatly recommend a visit. And go again.
Written August 3, 2023
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