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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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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