OMI Architects


Band on the Wall


After a two year project to reconfigure and refurbish the venue, Band on the Wall is once again open. The capacity has increased from 340 to 520 with the derelict Cocozza building to the rear of the property being brought back into use.

A registered charity since 1984, the driver for the transformation of the venue was to create a collaborative hub for young people, the local community and Manchester’s creatives, and to celebrate the cultural diversity of Greater Manchester. There is now an entire floor dedicated to Band on the Wall’s innovative learning programme, World of Music.

Designed with accessibility in mind, the ground floor step-free entrance leads into both the venue’s main performance space, as well as access to the brand new grand and ambient bar space. The new bar has a new stage for smaller capacity performances of up to 80 people. The bar will now also open during the day to serve as a community space.