Venue Guide: Band On The Wall, Manchester

Here's what you need to know about the Manchester venue...

Address: 25 Swan Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 5JZ

Telephone Number: 0161 834 1786

Brief History

Band on the Wall has been a cornerstone of Manchester’s thriving music and cultural landscape for the greater part of a century. The unusual name harks back to the building’s days as The George and Dragon pub in the early 20th Century. Regulars would affectionately refer to the ‘Band on the Wall’ as the place where house musicians quite literally played on a stage halfway up the back wall to make room in the busy pub.

How many people does it hold?

Up to 340 for gigs and up to 450 for clubnights.

Who has played there?

The Fall, Joy Division, Mr Scruff, Gregory Porter, Bonobo, Snarky Puppy, A Certain Ratio, Paloma Faith, Will Young, Sharon Jones to name a few.

Have there been any “I was there” moments? 

There has been countless ‘I was there’ moments over the years, but recent shows with Ibibio Sound Machine, Yussef Kamaal, Cory Wong from Vulfpeck, Asian Dub Foundation and Courtney Pine are certainly ones that will live long in the memory!

How do I get there?

Band on the Wall is located in the Northern Quarter, just 10 minutes walk from Piccadilly Gardens bus station and 15 minutes walk from both Piccadilly and Victoria train Stations.

There are a number of 24-hour car parks within a couple of minutes walk from the venue.

There are also a number of bike racks outside the venue.

Where should I eat?

In their Picturehouse Bar! we serve up a range of freshly-prepared pizzas, hot and cold bar snacks and more.

Where can I stay?

There’s loads hotels and apartments just around the corner including Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Travelodge and The City Warehouse Aparthotel.

TicketWeb Tips: 

Try any of the venues incredible selection of gins from around the world!

Best place to stand?

If you want a clear view and don’t want to get too hot in the crowd, get down early for a good spot on the mezzanine, otherwise get right into the thick of the action and head to the front!

Accessibility Information

Band on the Wall is keen to promote equality of opportunity for people with disabilities and to take the necessary steps to meet their requirements. The venue is fully wheelchair accessible.

They work closely with Attitude is Everything to improve deaf and disabled people’s access to live music, whether customers, performers or staff and are proud to be the first small venue in the country to be awarded Gold Status on the Attitude is Everything charter.

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Where can you carry on the party?

Be sure to stick around after the gig for one of their excellent club nights and afterparties, otherwise, you’ve got plenty of great options on our doorstep in the Northern Quarter.

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