Music

Review: Despite technical issues Holy Fuck storm Colston Hall

22nd August 2017

Despite challenging technical issues throughout, Canada’s Holy Fuck pull off a remarkable show that showcases the very best of their extensive back catalogue, with a welcome sprinkling of fresh new tunes for good measure.
Following a flurry of releases between their eponymous ….

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Review: A pre-Glasto treat from Lisa Hannigan at Marble Factory

24th June 2017
 

Already boasting a well-regarded music scene, one further advantage held by the city of Bristol is that – either right before or during the frolics of the Glastonbury Festival – a coincidence of geography places it as a natural pit-stop for artists imminently bound for Wort….

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Review: The return of Manic Street Preachers at Bristol Sounds

22nd June 2017  
 

For the second evening of Bristol Sounds, fans gathered for a perfect summer’s night on the harbourside; ciders in hand. The Amphitheatre buzzed with a sense of intent from a crowd who were there for one reason only; to reunite with the Welsh trio, Manic Street Preachers,….

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Review: Bonobo's blistering show to open Bristol Sounds

21st June 2017
 

After several sweltering days of British Sunshine, this year’s Bristol Sounds – the rebranded form of its erstwhile incarnation as Bristol Summer Series – kicked off just a matter of hours after the met office confirmed that the UK had been basking in its hottest June day i….

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Photo Gallery: Love Saves the Day 2017

After another magical, love-filled weekend of music, we decided to pick out our favourite photos from Love Saves the Day 2017. Featuring mild nudity, cute kids and plenty of dancing.
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Review: Yet another live music bonanza for Dot To Dot '17

27th May 2017

It’s the spring bank holiday once more and we’re all set for the Bristol instalment of Dot To Dot’s twelfth annual bonanza of live music. The precise stats are as follows: during a crammed 12 hour schedule, 160 acts will be performing on 20 separate stages across 15 venues through….

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Review: Ron Sexsmith's songwriting showcase warmly received at St. George's

21st May 2017

“I don’t have any hits per se but there are certain songs that I’m expected to play.” Ron Sexsmith’s mid-set introduction to his 1997 song ‘Strawberry Blonde’ serves as a fairly accurate summation of the Canadian singer-songwriter’s unassuming career. While forever in the commerci….

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Dot To Dot 2017 Preview: Our Top 5 Festival Picks

20th May 2017

The spring bank holiday looms and, for music fans in Bristol, that means only one thing. Err, well it actually means two things but, if your predilections are guided more towards bands and booze than the dance and drugs (allegedly) of Love Saves The Day over in Eastville Park, it’s ….

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Gallery: Declan McKenna at Thekla

15th May 2017
Here’s some snaps of Declan McKenna’s thrilling Bristol show. You can read our review of the show here.

Photos by Karina Jacenko

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Review: Declan McKenna - a youthful artist-audience love in at Thekla

15th May 2017

The sea of adolescent faces singing and swaying along to a succession of cheesy pre-show pop hits (‘Like A Prayer’, ‘It Wasn’t Me’), and the palpable sense of a giddy teenage adulation, give the impression that one has wandered into a dystopian hybrid of sixth form disco and One Di….

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Preview: Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter Ron Sexsmith comes to St George's

16th May 2017

In the first of a quick-fire UK tour of just four shows in support of thirteenth studio album The Last Rider, acclaimed singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith performs at St. George’s this weekend. Though perpetually at fringes of commercial notoriety during a thirty year recording career, ….

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Steve Henderson - Silver Birch EP Launch

25th April 2017

If you were to ask anyone involved in Glastonbury’s bustling music scene about Steve Henderson the response will undoubtedly be positive. When it comes to live music in Glastonbury, it’s rare a night passes without some kind of shindig and Henderson’s efforts as a facilitator h….

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Review: Happyness Impress at The Louisiana

19th April 2017

With availability of tickets at a minimum in the hours leading up to this evening’s performance, an annotated scrawl on the chalkboard at the foot of the staircase to The Louisiana’s gig room denotes that Happyness’ Wednesday night show has achieved sold out status. Further endo….

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Review: Samantha Crain Sparkles at The Louisiana

2nd April 2017

Considering that Samantha Crain is currently touring on the back of derisively titled album You Had Me at Goodbye and the fact she kicks off tonight’s show with her sardonic ode to “resting bitch face” – the gorgeous folk-pop of ‘Antiseptic Greeting’ – one could be forgiven for j….

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Dot To Dot Festival 2017 - Second wave of bands announced

1st April 2017

Dot to Dot returns to Bristol this Spring Bank Holiday weekend for its twelfth annual festival and it promises to be yet another extravaganza of live music from some of the best up and coming talent around. With last year’s event boasting an incredible 160 acts playing on 20 stages….

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Preview: Samantha Crain at The Louisiana - Sunday 2nd April

30th March 2017

Folk singer-songwriter Samantha Crain comes to The Louisiana this weekend in support of new album You Had Me At Goodbye, the slyly comic title of which highlights the playful wit that underpins the Oklahoman artist’s Americana tales of heartbreak and austerity. After releasing her….

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Love Saves the Day 2017: Who to see

28th March 2017

With the almost-full line-up for this year’s Love Saves the Day festival now announced – including Arcadia Afterburner and secondary stages – we thought we’d take a minute to pick out the highlights. Whether you want to gurn under flamethrowers or boogie on rollerskates, these are….

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Review: Laura Marling's sell out return to Colston Hall

9th March 2017

It’s a fraction over a year since Laura Marling last appeared at Colston Hall with a typically assured performance to close 2016’s BBC 6 Music Festival. On the back of that appearance and with a reputation that ostensibly grows more favourable as her output expands, the precociou….

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Review: Glastonbury Calling 2017

The vision was simple – one ticket giving music loving punters access to six venues in Glastonbury where they could enjoy wall to wall performances from leading talent from across the south west. In only its second year, just having Laid Blak on the bill was a huge stamp of approval and a tip of t….

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Review: The Orwells enthusiastically received despite technical mishaps at Thekla

4th March 2017

“There’s always one show every tour where nothing works and you’re at that right now” says guitarist Matt O’Keefe towards the end of an evening fraught with technical difficulties. However, this being a night equally filled with audience pandemonium and a boisterous Saturday even….

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Review: Neon Waltz - Purveyors of Indie Promise at The Louisiana

                                  26th February 2017

It was early in 2015 when Neon Waltz’s hitherto best tune ‘Bare Wood Aisles’ achieved the endorsement of indie rock royalty with the song appearing on a Noel Gallagher curated playlist on Spotify. Though later that year the Caithness six-pie….

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Review: Cabbage with a side of saturday night chaos at Thekla

18th February 2017

With attention-grabbing garage-punk tunes laden with lyrics of glib juvenilia and political nihilism, and certainly the most ingenious vegetable based anti-name in modern music, a sold out nationwide tour is considerable evidence of the growing buzz surrounding Manchester fiv….

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Preview: Stornoway's Farewell Tour Heads To Colston Hall

You may have heard the news that Oxford’s indie folksters Stornoway are calling it a day. After more than ten years playing together the band have decided that now is the right time to end and they will be saying goodbye to Bristol on Tuesday 28th February as part of their Farewell Tour of the ….

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Glastonbury Calling - February 25th: Somerset town's one day multi-venue festival returns!

15th February 2017

1 day, 6 of Glastonbury’s impressive gig venues and the musical talents of 42 artists including the mighty Laid Blak – following the success of their first ‘dot to dot’ style festival, Glastonbury Calling is back for a second year. The premise is simple – pay a tenner for a ….

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Gallery: Billy Bragg & Joe Henry at St George's

17th January 2017
Check out our full gallery capturing Billy Bragg & Joe Henry’s brilliant performance at St George’s.
All photographs by Karina Jacenko. 

Read our full review of the show.

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