Band On The Wall REOPEN

Band On The Wall the venue which helped launch the careers of bands likes Joy Division, Buzzcocks and The Fall was reopened yesterday (September 25).

The venue which is on Swan Street, Ancoats has been part of the Manchester music scene since the 1930s and after major refurbishment is reopening its doors.

"Joy Division flourished during three low-key Band On The Wall gigs." Wrote music writer Mick Middles in his book 'Factory - The Story Of The Record Label'.

"Pete Hook, his bass hovering just inches above the floor; [Ian] Curtis, just beginning to swerve and jerk in an intriguing manner; [Bernard] Sumner, stock-still and nervous; [Stephen] Morris, intense and tightish. Joy Division had become a band." Middles continued to write.

Opening tonight with a line up featuring Mica Paris the venue will once again be returning to its roots of hosting an eclectic range of music from around the world.

Tonight (Saturday 26) sees one of Factory Records old acts A Certain Ratio play, while other artists from all over the world and from all genres of music are set to play the venue during its first month of being open.


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