Britain’s Best Small Venue Shortlist – Manchester Band On The Wall

The shortlist in NME‘s search to find Britain’s Best Small Venue in association with Jack Daniel’s JD Roots has been revealed.

Thousands of votes were cast for hundreds of venues across the country, but the list has now been whittled down to just 10 regional winners. Now it is your chance to vote for the overall winner.

And this week, we’re helping you along by profiling the ten shortlisted venues. Here, it’s the turn of Manchester’s Band On The Wall.


To tell us who you think should be the overall winner of Britain’s Best Small Venue in association with Jack Daniel’s JD Roots, go to Voting is open until May 28.

The winner will be announced in the June 8 issue of NME, on sale June 5, alongside a very special gig announcement for the winning venue.

Manchester Band On The Wall – Regional winner – Northwest
Location: 25 Swan Street, Manchester, M4 5JZ
Manager: Rosanna Freedman
Capacity: 320
Most memorable moment: In 1982, Icelandic punk band Purrkur Pillnikk supported local legends The Fall for three nights at the venue. Legend has it that they were joined onstage by a 17 year-old Bjork.
Best fact: The venue was at the forefront of Manchester’s post-punk boom years, and The Fall, The Buzzcocks and Joy Division played some of their earliest shows here. Rob Gretton and Tony Wilson are said to have mapped out the strategy for ‘Unknown Pleasures’ while sitting at the bar.
Why does this venue deserve your vote?: First as a jazz club and then during the post-punk explosion, Band on the Wall is a venue with a rich history, and it continues to thrive today. It’s also operated by a registered charity, so most of the profits find their way back into the local community.