Music

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.
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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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