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World On Your Street: The Global Music Challenge
On Your Street: Manchester
Discover the music of the world on your doorstep. Try out the local venues suggested by visitors to this website. Send us your review:
Describe the atmosphere and live music at a local pub, restaurant, festival, church or temple, club night... inspire other people to check it out!
Venue Music Review
Band on the Wall,
25 Swan Street, Manchester, M4 5JZ.
0161 8341786
Jazz, blues, reggae chilled out@ Manchester (David Hunter)

Low key venue, small and intimate – bit smokey sometimes – but great atmosphere – close proximity to the bands / artists who are performing – small dance space next to the stage (Dorothy Teague)

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All FM97.6 radio station
caters for mixed community in Longsight, Levenshulme & Ardwick, Manchester
Bangra, Bollywood, Reggae, Dub, Indie & charts - plus programs in languages of local residents All FM is a bit cheesy and totally uncool but is building up a loyal fan base in the area. It serves a poor, inner city area that's so grim we are being "Urban Renewed". There are many different nationalities / cultures catered for and it uses music to unite. We have a terrible gun / violence problem and music is used to challenge this culture. Music to unite a fragmented community (Louise Ellis)

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Making Music (National Federation of Music Societies) I run a website for the NW England region of Making Music (National Federation of Music Societies) (Jim Flint)

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The Iguana Bar
Manchester Road
0161 881 9338
worldfusion The Iguana Bar has free live world music every Sunday as well as good continental lager and bar snacks late into the evening. The atmosphere is relaxed and the crowd is equally good at dancing as it is at listening. You can expect to bump into any age group in there which is what makes the venue so special. In fact the punters are as eclectic as the music which runs from 9-11.30 pm ( the bar has a late license).

Recent acts have included Cajun, Irish, Turkish, Egyptian and flamenco. You need to arrive early if you want a seat for popular acts like the Paula Darwish Country and Eastern Band (Turkish, Kurdish & English fusion or the Nile Band (Arabic pop).

If you are lucky you will catch a brilliant performance from bar owner and bouziki maestro Pascal Pascalis who often joins in the live music. You will forget you have to go to work the next day and imagine yourself a million miles away from the rainy night outside. You can check out the listings on the Iguana website (Alex Huseyni)

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