Manchester's revitalised Band on the Wall reaches 1 year old with soul, funk and post-punk legends in concert, October 2010

Posted: 12th August 2010
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A little while ago we reported on the re-emergence of Manchester's legendary Band on the Wall, the venue that had previously bought the very best in live music to the city for several decades. It reopened in 2009 and is now approaching its 1st anniversary, so by way of a 'happy birthday', we've gathered up some of the names helping to celebrate this auspicious occasion in October.

Polar Bear

Appearing just one day before the venue lights the birthday candles, is Mercury-nominated jazz-ensemble Polar Bear. Since that nomination, they've been busy little bees collaborating with the likes of Brian Eno, Patti Smith and Adele, as well as releasing their own fine albums, including 2010's "Peepers", released in March on the avant-jazz label Leaf. Tickets cost from £12.50 (less if you are a member)

Terry Callier

Jazz and soul crooner Terry Callier has recorded several albums since his debut on blues-label Chess in 1962. He then moved on to Prestige and Cadet before venturing into jazz-folk territory in the early 70s. In more recent years, his song "Love Theme From Spartacus" in 1998 was on every chill-out album when remixed by Zero 7 and has recently worked with Massive Attack on his 2009 set "Hidden Conversations". Here he celebrates the BOTW's 1st birthday in true smooth style on the 2nd. Tickets cost from £22.50.

Lonnie Liston Smith

Another jazz-legend appears here on the 5th, bringing with him a vast catalogue of eerie space-funk and free-jazz connections. "Expansions" is by no means his only anthem, but it is a classic although the albums "Astral Travelling", "Cosmic Funk", "Expansions" and "Loveland" are about as good as it gets. His sound proves just how much more imaginative the 70s were than just Slade and Bay City Rollers and if you saw him play at Glastonbury in 2009, you'll be clambering for this ticket. He is also playing Brighton on the 1st - tickets for both are around £17.50.

The Chameleons

The word 'seminal' gets bandied around all too often, yet Manchester's Chameleons were just that, particularly as a live unit. Blisteringly loud yet harmonious and melodic, Mark Burgess and co really brought the houses down in the 80s - but they didn't get the run of the green when it came to album sales. You can witness them at this landmark location on the 11th for just £12.50, with original drummer John Lever, under the name Chameleons Vox with another post-punk outfit with considerable chops, Artery. A blinding double-header.

Check out the full roster of gigs at Band On The Wall below - and happy birthday!

Paul Pledger