Theatre

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….

Read more

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….

Read more

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….

Read more

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,….

Read more

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….

Read more

Preview: Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival 2019

(Josh Smith)
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….

Read more

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 ….

Read more

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 ….

Read more

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….

Read more

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….

Read more

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….

Read more

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, ….

Read more

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….

Read more

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 ….

Read more

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

(Credit: Getty Images)
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….

Read more

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….

Read more

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….

Read more

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….

Read more

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….

Read more

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….

Read more

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….

Read more

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….

Read more

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….

Read more

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….

Read more

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….

Read more