The 10 Best Gigs to See in the Northern Quarter this March

By Eliza Barrett | Last updated March 11th '22

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In the month that the legendary Band On The Wall FINALLY re-opens its doors again, there’s some incredible gigs you just have to see…

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St Peter’s Dream at 33 Oldham Street
Friday 18th March
St Peter’s Dream are a four-piece indie rock band emerging from Reading. Their “high energy tracks” and “electric live performances” have been making waves in the indie music scene. Since they started in early 2019 they have made a big impact across multiple scenes with shows across the country. Their sound adds a new flavour to the music they’re inspired by – High energy music with pumping grooves and thumping baselines.

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Balimaya Project at Band On The Wall
Tuesday 22nd March
The 16-piece group, Balimaya Project, was formed in 2019 by percussionist Yahael Camera Onono. He is a second generation Londoner whose rich West African musical heritage, coupled with his musical experiences in the UK, inspired him to bridge the gap between the diaspora and West Africa. The group is built on the forging of musical and cultural ties, Balimaya uses the repertoire of the Mandé people of Senegal and Mali as the bridge to bring the folkloric West African music, together with Jazz and the sounds of Black London to create something different.

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Bandit at Gullivers
Thursday 24th March
Bandit are a steadily rising, four-piece indie rock band from Liverpool, taking influence from the likes of Cage The Elephant, The Strokes and the Fontaines D.C. They are currently holding the title of being one of the UK’s ‘Hot New Bands’ on Spotify. They twist their personal experiences into unapologetic anthems.

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Bill Laurence Trio at Band On The Wall
Thursday 24th March
The expressive composer and proficient bandleader, Bill Laurence, is a London-based pianist and founding member of the Grammy award-winning fusion powerhouse Snarky Puppy. The same enthusiasm has led to the formation of Laurence’s new trio. The trio have developed a musical kinship, which has seen new ideas and instrumentation added to the sonic palette. They may have begun rooted in the acoustic, piano trio form, but all three member’s interest in synth, electronics and effects processing has brought a contemporary edge to their work.

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Gina Larner at Gullivers
Friday 25th March
Gina Larner is an American folk singer and songwriter that was born and bred in Brighton. Gina writes a variety of music to fit every side of country folk, including her album that is set to be released soon.

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Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club feat. Supergiant Live at Band On The Wall
Saturday 26th March
After 2 years, the Craig Charles Funk & Soul is finally back at Band On The Wall. The Funk inspired groove merchants are bringing you tunes to tickle your soul and riffs to blow your mind. This is the perfect excuse to head down to Northern Quarter and get your boogie on!

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Samuel Jack at Gullivers
Sunday 27th March
UK based songwriter, Samuel Jack, spent his childhood years living in Johannesburg with his father, where his passion for music began. Coupled with his father’s love for Blues, Motown, Soul and Gospel, Samuel was inspired to build a strong relationship with roots of music.

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The Mysterines at Band On The Wall
Wednesday 30th March
Barely out of their teens, The Mysterines are a force to be reckoned with in the UK rock industry. They have supported bands like Royal Blood, The Amazons and Sea Girls, as well as headlining at the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds festival. Grief, self-destruction and heartache heavily run through their new album, but are all brought together by the blackest humour. If you love to express your emotions through song, this is the concert for you.

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Pet Needs at Gullivers
Thursday 31st March
Pet Needs play fractured party music with performances that are explosive singalong anti-anthems. They began smashing sets on stages across the UK, screaming stories of disastrous job interviews, self-destruction and heading down the river on an inflatable kayak. Their music consists of screeching feedback, tangled wiry riffs, and sharp, cynic baiting lyrics that are spat and chanted at the crowds. If this is your type of tune, go down to Gullivers on the 31st to see them in the flesh and throw your head back and forth!

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Snazzback at Band On The Wall
Thursday 31st March
The 7-man band from Bristol bring a renewed and daring energy to dance music. Their music combines West African rhythms, rootsy Brazilians flavours and dubstep basslines. Snazzback’s electrifying sounds have wowed the audiences at festivals like Glastonbury, Boomtown & Shambala.

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