Music

Review: The Downs, Bristol delivers another musical Shangri-La in fourth annual festival

30th August 2019

 
After an ominous mid-morning downpour which may have given PTSD flashbacks to those with memories of near death-by-drowning at the festival’s inaugural washout of 2016 , the late August sunshine combined with a pleasurable breeze make it near perfect festival conditions u….

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Preview: The Downs, Bristol returns in style with star-studded 2019 line-up

24th August 2019

While keen festival goers may soon be experiencing some pre-autumn blues with festival season soon grinding to a halt, Bristol music fans can seek solace in the fact that the city’s largest one-day music extravaganza is still to come. Next weekend sees The Downs, Bristol return f….

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Review: Skunk Anansie's storming, crowd surfing sell out at O2 Academy

19th August 2019
 

Having experienced their commercial pomp somewhere within the slightly bloated jubilance of Britpop and Cool Britannia, it’s perhaps easy for memories of Skunk Anansie’s politically-tinged hard rock to be somewhat lost within a retrospective haze of New Labour, contrived ….

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Review: The Specials raise spirits at soggy harbourside show

19 July 2019
 

Twenty-four hours ago within this very amphitheatre, Bernard Sumner was predicting that it was going to “piss down” for tonight’s Specials performance. Last night’s New Order gig was in the context of a sun-baked Bristol harbourside but, after a day of torrential rain, Sumn….

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Review: Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts - loquacious anti-tunes and comic book charm at The Exchange

25th June 2019
 
The fact that he responded personally from his own email account to arrange my +1 guestlist slot for tonight’s show highlights something rather unique about Jeffrey Lewis. While also not adverse to stewarding his own merch stand and sleeping in fans’ houses during tours, it’s….

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Love Saves the Day Review: teenagers, gurners and another weekend of world class electronic music

 Another year, another chance for Bristol festival mainstay Love Saves the Day to add to its outstanding legacy for promoting world class electronic music, top notch production, and unbeatable people watching. While underground music aficionados can revel in thumping soundsystems and a line-up t….

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Love Saves the Day - Who to see and when

Love Saves the Day is back this weekend with an absolutely incredible line-up. Spanning DnB, House, Pop, Disco and more, this year’s festival has something for absolutely everyone. To save you the heartache of choosing between an array of beautiful acts, we’ve come up with a spotter’s guide for wh….

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Review: Stella Donnelly's infectiously engaged performance graces Thekla

24th April 2019
 
“I’ve been here before; I played The Louisiana and there were about four people there” says sprightly Australian singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly as she expresses her gratitude for the significantly larger crowd she’s drawn this evening. If one combines the reality of recen….

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Preview: Love Saves the Day announces more lineup additions

With an already heavyweight lineup and tickets heading towards being sold out, Bristol festival season mainstay Love Saves the Day has made further additions to the artists playing over the weekend.

Fresh from releasing smash single ‘Roll The Dice’ (which features the already announced Lily All….

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Review: Results of a misspent youth - Cherry Glazerr at Thekla

4th April 2019
 

There is a cool glaze of music rock heads crowding towards the stage at Thekla to see the rock band Cherry Glazerr. With an inflatable cherry being blown up I expected that Cherry Glazerr would not be the typical rock band. Formed in 2013 by front woman Clementine Creevy,….

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Review: Guitar wizards bolster blues element of Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival '19

Kirk Fletcher – Saturday 23rd March, 3:30-5pm at Anson Rooms
 

“The thing about festivals like this is that they attract some of the best in the world”. This statement – uttered in introduction to Kirk Fletcher’s Saturday afternoon performance on day two of this year’s Bristol Internati….

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Preview: Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival 2019

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Now in its seventh year and experiencing an annual 50% increase in audience numbers, the Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival has gradually announced itself as one of the city’s biggest music events. With Colston Hall currently in the midst of its huge £48.8 million rejuvena….

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Review: The Orielles' mixed brand of indie pop delights at The Fleece

24th February 2019
 

After securing a deal with Heavenly Records last year and now a little over a week on since the release of debut album Silver Dollar Moment – a record praised as “a garage rock masterclasss” in a four star Guardian review – it must be an exciting time to be a member of ….

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Review: Cult 90s alternative rockers The Lemonheads' catalogue spanning SWX show

18th February 2019
 

It’s been two and half decades since The Lemonheads enjoyed the pinnacle of their albeit rather modest commercial success in the 1990s – a time when frontman Evan Dando formed a hefty crack habit, befriended and collaborated with Noel Gallagher and was labelled amongst ….

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Review: White Denim - a rare breed of airtight live performance at O2 Academy

12th February 2019
 

 
It’s a surprising start to the evening as the sound of 1997’s ‘Encore Une Fois’ by Sash! rings out over the speaker system as the introductory interlude for Texas rock four-piece White Denim to stroll on to the stage. It’s a desultory choice for sure; the Austin….

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Review: The Wave Pictures' faultless musical engine purrs at The Exchange

29th January 2019

 
Having hovered amidst the live music circuit for close to two decades, it seems that a relentless touring schedule and a hectic spree of album releases has, over the last couple of years, finally seen the Loughborough rock group emerge more visibly from their ‘cult’ st….

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Album Review: Busking Beyond Borders - David Fisher

8th December 2018
 

The product of three years spent busking on the streets of Europe – including every country in the European Union – and beyond, David Fisher’s Busking Beyond Borders adroitly captures the beauty, magic and unpredictable thrill of life on the road. In March 2015, the Birm….

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Review: Alela Diane concludes European tour with polished St George's performance

20th November 2018 
 

 
Having played London’s Union Chapel the previous evening, it’s the similarly ecclesiastical setting of St George’s that plays host to Oregan-based performer Alela Diane’s final show of a 15 date European tour. There’s even a brief moment of synchronicity when, ….

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Review: Snail Mail at Thekla - earnest indie rock for a new generation

31st October 2018
 

Having read the near universal praise heaped upon this summer’s debut album Lush, the impression holds that Snail Mail – the vehicle for 19 year old Baltimore based singer-songwriter Lindsey Jordan – occupies a space somewhere between indie-rock prodigy and even the nasc….

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Review: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and Paul Weller at The Downs Festival

1st September 2018
 

In its third year after hometown heroes Massive Attack provided the soundtrack to torrential downpours – and the unsustainable mass surge to the bars as thousands fled for beer and shelter – in their headlining the inaugural event in 2016, the Downs Festival appears to ….

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Preview: The Downs, Bristol returns with most impressive line up to date

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September – and thus the end of this most un-British of hot summers – looms ominously, but Bristolian music fans can seek comfort in the fact that this coming Saturday 1st September is the third annual instalment of The Downs festival, Clifton. After previously hosting home….

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Review: Echo & The Bunnymen top nostalgic bill for opening Skyline Series show

22nd July 2018
 

It’s a pure case of balmy Friday night splendour as the first instalment of the newly introduced Skyline Series plays host to a nostalgia inducing triumvirate of Peter Hook & The Light, The Jesus & Mary Chain and Echo & the Bunnymen. The fact that tonight’s orig….

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Review: Cracking into the live music monster at Dot To Dot '18

26th May 2018
 

En route to Bristol city Centre, it’s rather concerning for one to note that the callow revellers – clad in glittery festival garb and clutching cans of alcohol – bound for Love Saves The Day at Eastville Park are surely getting younger every year. It has the vibe of a sligh….

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Preview: Dot To Dot 2018 - Our Top 5 Picks

20th May 2018

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Next Saturday sees the return of the spring bank holiday annual feast of music as the 2018 edition of Dot To Dot Festival makes its way to Bristol. The line up, stages times and venues have been finalise….

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Review: Undersong at Barton Hill Settlement, Mayfest

19th May 2018

Verity Standen has a gift for producing the most unsettlingly beautiful, intimate shows for Mayfest. Two years ago, HUG left many an audience member in tears, whilst a year before that Symphony offered the most affecting private performances on the Bristol Old Vic stage.
This yea….

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