Music

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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Doug Hream Blunt brings his unique funk to Mayfest @ The Cube with some new friends

12th May 2018

Musical success came later in life to Doug Hream Blunt than most.
But then this is a performer who only started playing in bands when he was 35.
His is a story that has become ever more common in more recent years. The late bloomer plucked from obscurity with a full back catalogue….

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Review: Drenge host boisterous Grand Reopening at The Lantern

27th April 2018

Rather than making reference to their touring an album of new material, Sheffield rock outfit Drenge’s ‘Grand Reopening Tour’ alludes to a three year hiatus – both in terms of a headline UK tour and the release of a new record – and emergence from a brief stay in the musical wil….

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Review: Fredo's post-snowpocalyptic sell-out at Marble Factory

3rd March 2018

 
 

Hailing from the notoriously rough and tough Mozart Estate in North West London, profligate drug peddler come successful grime artist Fredo – after a forced cancellation in Birmingham an evening earlier – braved the snowpocalypse and arrived in Bristol to resume h….

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Review: The Mavericks' kick off European tour with sparkling Colston Hall performance

2nd February 2018

Considering that their 1998 single ‘Dance The Night Away’ peaked at number 4 in the UK while experiencing an enduring chart presence of 18 weeks, The Mavericks hold the misfortune that British audiences, by and large, would bestow upon them that most ignominious of epithets: t….

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Review: Shed Seven at O2 Academey

14th December 2017
 

To be alive in the UK in the 90’s was fun.
The second “love generation” knew how to party and weren’t afraid to embrace hedonism.
This after all was an era that produced the countries last generation of prototypical rock stars, before filters (be it Instagram or oth….

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Review: Mac Demarco and a night of introspective hedonism at O2 Academy

26th November 2017
 

When a deep, robotic voiceover jokingly introduces Mac Demarco as “45% a giant and riddled with disease” as he enters the stage carrying a three can stack of Stella Artois, it’s very much in keeping with the Canadian singer-songwriter’s appealing goofball persona. Howev….

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Review: Bad Sounds = Good Times at Thekla

8th November 2017
 

In addition to selling out tonight’s show, the pre-gig sighting of several of the band’s T-shirts among the crowd– including those consecutively adorned by five teenage friends in the front row – is further testament to Bad Sounds’ thriving Bristolian fan-base. On this e….

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Review: Richard Thompson's folk tunes and guitar wizardry master Colston Hall

14th October 2017

 
 

A full fifty years have passed since singer-songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson made his debut as a recording artist with folk rock juggernaut Fairport Convention in 1967. Since then Thompson has – via marriage and divorce to ex-wife Linda Thompson, a ‘70….

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Review: Party for Pete - fundraising spectacular bids farewell at The Fleece

1st October 2017

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
After a fruitful fundraising period of five years – a time in which eight previous gigs have featured 65 musical acts and raised an outstanding £15,000 for St Peter’s Hospice – Party for Pete returned….

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Preview: Party for Pete Fundraiser Returns to The Fleece

24th September 2017

Now in its fifth consecutive year, the live music and fundraising spectacular of Party for Pete returns to The Fleece next Sunday 1st October. Raising funds for St Peter’s Hospice, all proceeds from the packed all day schedule of local live music performances will help support….

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Review: Alvvays' world class indie pop thrills Thekla

9th September 2017
 

 
After their 2014 self-titled debut album revealed a highly promising act armed with a considerable knack for melodic, reverb drenched indie-pop gems, it seemed to take an age – a perception ultimately exacerbated by a seemingly interminable gestation period in ….

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Preview: The Downs Festival Returns for Second Annual Event

24th August 2017

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
After hosting hometown heroes Massive Attack for its inaugural event in 2016 – and selling all 27,000 tickets within two hours of going on sale in the process – the Downs Festival returns for its seco….

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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.
It’s been a good while since we last saw them in Bristo….

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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.
Saturday

Sunday

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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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