One of Manchester most iconic music landmarks have been forced into a virus based hiatus, Getintothis’ Steven Doherty has the glum news.
Manchester’s oldest music venues, Band On The Wall, have announced that they are to temporarily close their doors.
The Swan Street venue, which is one of the musical cornerstones of the Northern Quarter, was scheduled to host the likes of LOAstate, Craig Charles and Rat Boy, is now closed until April 18 at the earliest.
Although the physical venue will be shut, the good folks behind it have announced a host of events that they are planning to fill the downtime.
They will be rolling out a programme of online music ventures, including live-steaming of performances and a range of special behind the scenes content.
A YouTube choir, and online watch-alongs from gigs from their massive archive are also in the pipeline.
In the closure announcement, the venue team remained upbeat saying, “During what is undoubtedly going to be a challenging time across the entertainment, culture and hospitality sectors, it’s important that we as a society and industry support each other.
Band on the Wall has been here for over 200 years, and with the support of our amazing customers and partners, we’ll continue to play our role in the UK’s thriving music scene.”
“We are a small part of the huge, vibrant, brilliant community of venues, artists, promoters, creatives, freelancers, technical teams and front of house staff, and everyone in between, that makes up Manchester’s music community.
Together, we’ll come back stronger than ever.”
For further information and updates, we would advise you to check out bandonthewall.org as well as their various social media channels to find out more about when these online treats are to take place, and hopefully they will be back in business much sooner rather than later.