Manchester music

Manchester obviously has a rich musical heritage, but there’s an incredible music scene here at the moment both which we’re proud to be a part of. There’s a brand new film that’s been made celebrating this called Manchester: Beyond Oasis that features music by and interviews with some of these local artists, and we were delighted to be asked to be involved. Check out the film below – you might recognise the music at the very start…

Manchester: Beyond Oasis – Full Documentary (2012) from SeriousFeather on Vimeo.

Whilst on the subject of Manchester, let us remind you that its the Manchester Jazz Festival this week! And the rain has come out especially… There’s some awesome stuff going on over the next few days though, check out Anton’s post on the Efpi website for some top tips on who you shouldn’t miss.

Posted by Ben on 16/07/2012 at 13:30 in news and tagged , , , . Leave comments here.

RNCM album launch preview

Ahead of the first of the launch shows for Big Ideas in Manchester next week, I did a short interview with the guys from the RNCM about our influences and our beginnings in Manchester – check it out below. Should also say that I had a cold at the time hence the slightly snotty quality to my voice, sorry…

Posted by Ben on 09/02/2012 at 13:42 in gigs, misc and tagged , , , , . Leave comments here.


Thanks to everyone who came down to our gig at Turner Sims in Southampton over the weekend, it was a great way to kick off our tour! It was also the first time that copies of ‘Big Ideas‘ were available for sale, so a pretty exciting moment for us…

Thought I’d share this photo of Anthony and Simon in our ‘tour bus’ on our journey down – we’ll be trying to post as many pictures, videos and other interesting things as we can. Keep an eye on our tumblr page which is where we’ll upload most stuff, or follow @beatspiecesband on twitter where all the tumblr posts will be automatically tweeted – for a more personal touch follow me (Ben) @beatsnpieces

See you at the next gig in Manchester on Feb 16th!

Posted by Ben on 30/01/2012 at 22:35 in gigs, misc and tagged , , , , , . Leave comments here.

2012 gigs – part 1

Really excited to announce our first set of dates in the UK in 2012 – in these first 5 dates we’ll be travelling the length of England from Southampton to Gateshead, with stops in Barnstaple, London and Manchester along the way. The Manchester and London gigs will also be launch events for our debut album (released in the same week as the gigs), both held at venues very close to our hearts…

Full list of 2012 dates (so far…) as follows:

28th January – Turner Sims, Southampton (details/tickets)

16th February – RNCM, Manchester (details/tickets)

20th February – Ronnie Scott’s, London (details/tickets)

24th March – The Sage, Gateshead (Gateshead International Jazz Festival) (details/tickets)

28th March – Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple (details/tickets)

More dates to be announced so keep an eye on our gigs page, and full details on the album release to follow very very soon…

Posted by Ben on 13/12/2011 at 13:35 in gigs, news and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Leave comments here.

band on the wall EP release & launch party


Very excited to announce details of the release of a live EP next month, which was recorded in June at Band on the Wall in Manchester. You’ll be able to download it from our online shop on Monday 17th October, and there will be an extremely limited edition physical release available alongside the download – more details to follow soon!

We’ll be launching this EP with a big old knees up back at Band on the Wall on Thursday 20th October – tickets available NOW… If you were there in June for the recording, you’ll know that it was a really special night and this promises to be another amazing evening. This will also be our last Manchester date of 2011 which has been an incredible year for us (European Young Artists’ Jazz Award, Ronnie Scott’s twice, live recording etc etc!) so there’ll definitely be a party atmosphere!

See you there…

Posted by Ben on 21/09/2011 at 13:57 in gigs, news and tagged , , , . Leave comments here.

band on the wall roundup

Although I’ve written about the Band on the Wall gig last week on facebook and twitter, I thought it would be nice to put something up here too with a couple of photos from the day. Thanks again to everyone who came for making it such an amazing night (we had a great time, sounded like you did too?!) and thanks to everyone at Band on the Wall for helping it all happen…

Also I have a few posters left over so if you’d like one, just make a donation of £3 or more to cover postage using the yellow ‘Donate’ button on the right (include your address) and I’ll send you one – first come first served!




Posted by Ben on 21/06/2011 at 12:14 in gigs, misc and tagged , , . Leave comments here.

Band on the Wall poster

This time in 4 weeks I’ll probably be nursing a massive hangover as it will be the morning after the night before – the night before, of course, being Monday 13th June which is when we’ll be doing a really special live recording at the legendary Band on the Wall in Manchester. If you haven’t already don’t forget to get your tickets!

Adding to the excitement, here’s the poster design that you’ll shortly be seeing around and about Manchester, designed by Efpi Records‘ Artist in Residence Angela Guyton. I’ll buy a drink at the gig for the first person to tweet @beatsnpieces or facebook (here) a photo of one in the wild, so keep an eye out!

botw poster

Posted by Ben on 17/05/2011 at 13:07 in gigs, news and tagged , , , , , . Leave comments here.

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