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Oh boy oh boy, we’re plummeting headfirst into the full throes of festival season now and I’m still alive. Just. May saw ATP (curated by Animal Collective) at Butlins Minehead, which is featured on this month’s Snapped page, and Primavera Sound in Spain, which hosted the first Pulp reunion gig – which I’ve only been waiting 10 years for! OK, so Jarvis gave us a little taster at the JD Birthday gig in London last year with a solo rendition of Something Changed but this was something else! Sadly, it meant that I had to miss Bristol Dot to Dot but these things happen. This month, I’m looking forward to Wychwood Festival in Cheltenham – which has a distinctive Britpop vibe to it with the Charlatans and the Bluetones playing. Though we’re really there to see those hilarious local lads, Thrill Collins. Festivals aside, there are some pretty good touring bands visiting the region including Ed Sheeran, Battles and Tellison, who we’ve interviewed in this month’s mag. You gotta love living round here. So much going on and not even a sniff of all that Glastonbury hype! www.247magazine.co.uk
Features Ed Sheeran 08
From coach surfing with A List celebs in LA to caning the UK touring circuit, Ed Sheeran’s done a lot in his modest 21 years on this earth.
The New York sound pioneers play a one off gig in Cardiff this month but return to the region to help curate ATP in December.
Eject Pilot Eject 10
South Wales newcomers talk about recording their EP in the Manic Street Preachers’ studio and why Robbie should leave Take That.
The London-based Tellison lads tell us why Bristol will always mean party times for them (and ultimately why you should head down to The Croft to see them this month).
The Computers 12
The Exeter lads talk about their album and working with John Reis
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis 13
Scarlett Barrett graduated from Bournemouth Arts University College with a BA(Hons) Illustration in 2009. She left the Westcountry to move to London but still spends a lot of her time in her native Dorset. She has worked on exhibitions across the south as well as private commissions and personal technique. She takes her inspiration from a wide range of sources, including Ballet, particularly the work of Rudolph Nureyev, reading, currently she’s fascinated with the philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand and architectural fashion design and the paintings of the PreRaphaelites. She looks up to Paul Rand and his epic functionality. The exquisite Miuccia Prada, such dedication to her craft. Website: Scarlet-tallulah.blogspot.com scarletbarrett.co.uk www.247magazine.co.uk
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Hotly-tipped London based brother/trio play Exeter
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WIN TICKETS TO BILL BAILEY IN CARDIFF IN NOVEMBER Following a sell out West End run, Westcountry’s much-loved comic and musician Bill Bailey is to take his live show Dandelion Mind on a national UK arena tour, which stops off at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena on November 10. Tickets cost £29.50+bf from 029 20 22 44 88. To be in with a chance of winning a pair, see www.247magazine.co.uk WIN TICKETS TO GET LOADED IN THE PARK IN LONDON London’s Clapham Common is shaking off it’s seedy politician shagging image to host this year’s Get Loaded featuring some of the hottest musical property, including British Sea Power, Patrick Wolf, Connan Mockasin, Los Campesinos, Darwin Deez, Razorlight, The Cribs, Noisettes and more. Further info and tickets (£35+bf) at www. getloadedinthepark.com To win a pair of tickets to the event, which takes place on June 12, and a free drink off Razorlight (!!) see www.247magazine.co.uk WIN TICKETS TO THE SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX IN CARDIFF Fast and furious, the FIM Doodson British Speedway Grand Prix at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium is right up there with the biggest events on the British motorsport calendar – and we’re giving two lucky readers plus a guest the chance to be there! This year’s event (June 25) promises to be part of one of the most competitive GP seasons ever - with four World Champions: Tomasz Gollob, Jason Crump, Nicki Pedersen and Greg Hancock, among those battling for the title. Tickets from £29+bf at www.speedwaygp.com To enter see www.247magazine.co.uk WIN POP COMPILATION CDS If you’re like us and prefer hard copies of music to downloads, take note of this here competition. We’ve bagged a bunch of mix CDs to give away. If pop music is you’re thing, then check out Pop Party presents School Of Pop, which features music from Lady Gaga, Jessie J, JLS, Justin Bieber, Black Eyed Peas and more. Alternatively, why not go for the perfect Fathers’ Day gift – Violent Veg presents 40 Favourite Songs for Dad. It includes tracks from The Killers, Supergrass, Gomez, Radiohead, Kasabian, Buzzcocks and more. To enter the comp see www.247magazine.co.uk
Bristol Zoo Gardens has hosted a number of live music events in the past but this year they’re going all out with a bloomin marvellous one day event on June 11. They’ve joined forces with the Wiltshire-based WOMAD (of WOMAD festival fame) to pull together an exciting line up of world artists, including Gabby Young And Other Animals (former 247 Magazine cover stars), Alejandro Toledo & The Magic Tombolinos, Rua MacMillan, Muntu Valdo, Siyaya and Biram Seck. Tickets cost £20, gates open at 6pm. More info at www.bristolzoo.org.uk Across the border that weekend, we have Escape Into The Park, Wales’ biggest dance festival. Headlining the one day event at Singleton park, on June 11, is Chipmunk and Tinchy Stryder. They are joined by Eddie Halliwell, Pendulum, Headhunterz and more. Tickets £41.50 +bf from www.escapefestival.com
T4 on the beach
It’s one of the highlights of the summer for Weston-super-Mare and this year’s T4 on the beach looks set to be another corker for 50,000 pop fans. Playing this years event, on July 10, we have McFly, Jessie J, The Wanted, Tinchy Stryder, Jason Derulo, Chipmunk, NDubz, Example, Katy B, The Wombats, The View , Nicola Roberts (Girls Aloud) and more. You can also expect to see the Skins crew, Misfits, Inbetweeners and TV’s Gok Wan as well as a smattering of celeb punters. More info at www.channel4.com/t4
Bristol Pride is back
Organisers of this year’s Bristol Pride Festival (July 9-17) have secured international superstar Kelis to headline one of the key events, Pride Day on July 16. The festival celebrates diversity and promotes equality among gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Bristol Pride will showcase some top notch music, film and theatre in various venues across the city, throughout the week. More info at www.pridebristol.org
NME Small Venue Awards
We’ve had a million and one Facebook messages about this from a range of venues across the region so we thought we’d best give it a plug – yes, the hunt is on for the UK’s best small venue in the latest NME awards shebang. Venues shortlisted for this year’s prize, which will be decided on June 14 include Clwb Ifor Bach and the Millennium Music Hall in Cardiff, The Garage and Sin City in Swansea, Gloucester Guildhall, Bath Moles and Bristol Thekla. Voting closes on June 10. More info at www.nme.com/ smallvenues
Bath goes festival crazy
Bath Fringe Festival is back for the first half of the month with hundreds of varying performance, including music, street art and theatre. Running until June 12, the festival is in its anniversary year so promises to be bigger and better than ever. Musical highlights include Robyn Hitchcock and CW Stoneking, while Political satirist Rory Bremner will undoubtedly pull in a crowd. More information at www.bathfringe.co.uk The fringe festival coincides with the Bath International Music Festival, which this year plays host to Billy Bragg and Mark Kermode forming part of the biggest and most varied collection of artists and performers in the festival’s 63-year history. More information at www. bathmusicfest.org.uk
Festival fun at Bestival
BBC Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank’s multi award-winning Bestival returns to sunny Isle of Wight climes this September. Voted Best UK Major Festival in 2010, tickets are still available but selling super-fast and are now only available via travel partners Red Funnel, Wightlink and Big Green Coach Company (get in quick!). As ever, this is a weekend filled with fun for all ages – music from The Cure (a UK exclusive), Pendulum, Brian Wilson, Primal Scream, Robyn, Fatboy Slim and The Village People (!). More info and tickets at www.bestival.net
There aren’t many 20-year-olds who can say they’ve performed with some of America’s most famous R&B singers, especially not many unassuming quietly intelligent red heads – but then there’s nothing average about Ed Sheeran, whose first headline UK tour sold out within minutes. Laura Williams finds out more… There aren’t many 20-year-olds who can say they’ve performed with some of America’s most famous R&B singers, especially not many unassuming quietly intelligent red heads – but then there’s nothing average about Ed Sheeran, whose first headline UK tour sold out within minutes. Laura Williams finds out more… It was at an urban poetry open mic night in LA where Ed got one of his lucky breaks, impressing Oscar-nominated actor Jamie Foxx so much that the Hollywood star put Ed up in his LA home for a bit. Ed carried on playing at the local open mic nights and recalls being asked to duet with Grammy award winning singer Bobby Brown on his hit My Perogative. He said: “I didn’t know the song, I do now, but mainly cos Britney Spears covered it.” He added: “LA was a different scene. Over here I’m in the singer/songwriter scene and there I started out with an urban poetry night. I was the only white person there, the only English person there, the only person with a guitar and the only red head. It was intimidating to a point but I did an urban night in Oxford Circus once, with 300 people staring at me, willing me to fail. That was far more scary. In London it’s a bit more personal. I could’ve gone down badly in LA and got a plane home.” More recently, Ed found himself hauled up in a cottage in Wales with local singer/songwriter Amy Wadge to create the EP ‘Songs I Wrote With Amy’. He said: “I spent a bit of time in Trefforest with Amy. I found it really inspiring and we wrote a lot of music there, we recorded an EP of songs together and there were five tunes, we literally wrote in a day and a half and I would class them as some of my good songs.” He added: “I go back for a weekend here and there.” While his debut album is yet to come out, Ed, who is certainly no stranger to touring is heading off on a sell out UK headline
tour. In 2009 he did 312 gigs in one year, smashing the record of most established bands (even The Bluetones). He said: “I used to live above a pub that did an open mic night and over the road there was an acoustic night so every Thursday I did two gigs. I’d meet people who’d put on gigs across the country and be doing acoustic nights etc. I remember playing Mr Wolf’s and The Croft in Bristol and Hush in Cheltenham. I have done so many support tours and those are a given. You know that you don’t have to sell tickets, you turn up and play to somebody else’s fan base; so it’s always a fear when you tour on your own that you won’t sell tickets but the response to this tour has been fantastic, we keep adding dates. I want to get to a point where the gig ends and the venue is like, everyone has to go, but the people want me to play more songs.” As with most modern musicians, Youtube has proved an integral part of Ed’s rise to fame. But you won’t see Ed spending his label’s money on extravagant short films, no siree, the video for his latest single A Team was produced for a modest £20 by a friend. As we went to print it had over 1.5million hits. Ed said: “The video was shot by a friend, Ruskin, and featured another friend, Selina. He said let’s shoot a music video. I would like to say I had a lot to do with the video but I was recording myself. Ruskin came to me and said we need a budget for this video and I said how much, expecting it to be a few hundred, and he said £20 should cover it, we need to buy some tights and mascara! When I first saw it, I was really impressed. I really want to shoot two more songs with him. Youtube is one of the main reasons I have blown. I hate to admit that I’m a Youtube act, but yeah, I am.” He added: “No-one’s really selling records anymore and people are making careers out of being live acts and you have to be seen to be real. No-one is going to buy your stuff if they don’t like you.”
If you missed Ed Sheeran at Bristol Dot 2 Dot, catch him at Bath Moles on June 15 as well as Glastonbury Festival, Barn on the Farm in Gloucestershire or at Wakestock and Croissant Neuf in Wales. More info at www.edsheeran.com 8|
Battles Battles are one of those quietly celebrated underground bands who’ve been going for much longer than you’d imagine. They’ve gained a bit of a cult status and are often hailed as the music critic’s choice. They’re heading to Cardiff and Bristol this month and will be back in the region to curate one of the December ATPs in Minhead. So just what can we expect from them this year?
They’re coming up to their 10th anniversary, having formed in New York City in 2002. But despite a decade working together, they’ve only just released their second album – Gloss Drop. So why has it taken so long to follow up their debut 2007 album Mirrored? “We made EPs before the first album but we are kind of a live band,” said John Stanier. ”We like the act of going tout and sharing yourselves with people. This year, we haven’t played at all because we were hauled up in a studio in Rhode Island. We’re looking forward to getting back on the road right now.” Their next gig in the region (and one of their biggest) will be at this year’s Glastonbury festival at the end of the month. They’re no strangers to Pilton and have even proven to be a bit of a good luck charm with the weather. John said: ‘We played the Park Stage at Glastonbury in 2007. The day we were there it did not rain. This year we are playing on a bigger stage. We’re hoping for another fine day. The cool thing about a live show is that each one is an adventure. If it’s a good show, it’s great. The crowd does count. Sometimes you can think you’ve had a bad show and then the crowd is pushing for more. Other times we can think we were really good playing and the crowd just aren’t feeling it.” Battles recently collaborated with 80s musical legend Gary Numan, of Cars fame. We asked John how that came about and if there was anyone else he hoped to work with in the future. He remained tight lipped (making us wonder if there’s something big in the pipeline?) “It will become self evident who we want to collaborate with in future,” he said. “We wanted to get outside people involved and Gary Numan was a chance that was maybe more of a fantasy and we did not seriously believe he would do it but he did. It was a generational collaboration. In a way we are from different
worlds and it did not seem like it would happen but I think that the song really works. It feels like a natural feat, although it’s a crazy feat.” So can we expect to see any live collaborations with Mr Numan? “Yes, we wheel him out every night,” John joked. “But no, he’s going to sing live with us sometimes.” John refused to say whether Numan may join them on any of their Westcountry or Wales dates so we’ll just have to wait and see. They were also keeping schtum about the acts they have secured for ATP Nightmare Before Christmas in December. He said: “We have asked a number of bands and we are really excited about a couple of bands people probably know and like and other that people will like when they see them. I love ATP, we played there in 2007 too, it’s got a great vibe – relaxed. It feels like a festival for music fans, by music fans – without corporate interference. Minehead is the really beautiful with all the little roads and villages. Very different from where we come from in New York.” Being signed to the infamous Warp records, Battles have had the backing and the freedom to follow a successful path without having to sign away their creativity. John said: “Warp are really good. We can get as far out as we want and they do come up with the resources and push you hard but they get it. They know its not just about making music to sell more copies of something.”
Battles play Glastonbury Festival, which starts June 23, along with Cardiff Millennium Music Hall on June 26 and Bristol Trinity Centre on June 28. They curate ATP at Butlins Minehead with Les Savy Fav and Caribou on December 9-11.
EjectPilotEject There aren’t many bands out there with a female drummer/singer but South Wales rockers Eject Pilot Eject aren’t your average band. We caught up with guitarist/songwriter Owen to find out more... Your name is very symmetrical, was it your first choice? And what is behind it? We really wanted something that stood out and had purpose. The name really stands for a positive action in a negative circumstance. In the name it’s someone who’s using quiet a dramatic means to escape imminent danger. You’ve got an awesome female vocalist, what do you think frontwomen bring to a band? Sarah’s vocals are impressive alone but when you take into account she’s also the drummer it’s a constant amazement how she does it. There are a lot of amazing female vocalists as there are a lot of amazing male vocalists. This is just what works for us. Thanks for the compliment! South Wales has always embraced the rockier side of music, why do you think that is? There’s a long history of great rock venues and promoters throughout South Wales and it’s probably due to the support and accessibility that it’s far more adopted than other genres. What other Welsh bands/acts are you digging at the moment? There are some great up and coming bands throughout Wales like The Joy Formidable and other great bands that we’ve encountered on the South Wales circuit like Sal and The Dirty Youth. You’ve just recorded an EP at the Manics’ studio, how was that? Fantastic, the studio has been there for sometime but when the Manics took it over they made it like a second home. Not only were we recording in the same studio that they used to record their last album, but we were surrounded by their personalities in form of possessions and décor. One wall was covered with artwork ideas for their latest album. The Manics really spearheaded the welsh movement, but more than that they are a fantastic band. They’ve always moved forward and remained fresh and focused. As a songwriter, I’m very much in awe of their talents lyrically and musically. Tell us about the last couple of years for you guys, and what you hope to achieve in the next couple. We started Eject Pilot Eject in 2008 and gigged regularly around South Wales and always made a good impression. At 10 |
the beginning of 2010 we started working with producer Paul Durrant and spent a couple of months doing pre-production for our next set of recordings. In August 2010 we went into the studio and the band pretty much changed overnight when Sarah took over the vocals. We intentionally dropped off the radar for a couple of months while we got the new sound working live. We’re really excited what could happen in the next couple of years as we feel we now have the makings of a product that we’ve been looking for and people are responding amazingly. We’d love to play larger gigs supporting bigger bands. We really do absorb experience from all we do so the more exposure we get the more we’ll develop. You’re all over the web with Myspace, Facebook and Twitter – how do you use these to their full advantage? The web has really enabled us to connect to fans more regularly but it’s important not to overdo it. As it’s so much a part of most people lives it’s better to engage with people than treat it like a giant billboard. We also have our own website where people can download our tracks and join our mailing list. Are you playing any festivals? Is so, which ones? If not, what would you like to play? We’re opening the Fera Festival in Ystalyfera this year. We’d love to play them all so hopefully next year we’ll have made enough impression to be considered both locally and hopefully to a wider audience. Finally, if you could eject one person from the pilot seat of a band who would it be and why? (eg. We’d ping Johnny Borrell outta Razorlight cos while some of their songs are OK, he’s a right tool.) We’d go with ejecting Robbie Williams out of Take That – I think he’ll be pushing the eject button himself before too long. To reform the five original members seemed like a good idea at the time, but he clearly can’t control the ego! Eject Pilot Eject play Coyote Bar in Swansea on June 1, Fera Festival at Ystrafera, nr Port Talbot, on June 2 and Boleros in Caerleon, nr Newport, on June 15. More info at www.ejectpiloteject.com
Tellison are one of those bands you can’t help but like, a down to earth bunch of lads who sure do know how to have a good time…especially when they head out West. We caught up with frontman Stephen Davidson ahead of their Bristol gig and slot at Gloucestershire’s 2000 Trees festival. With a surge of bands opting for awkward generic names, it’s refreshing to come across a band with an original name like Tellison, but just what does it mean? “It’s the surname of a man whose life story is very good. That’s all you’re getting on that, we want to keep it a bit of a secret. We picked it because we liked it and we wanted a band name that could just be us. It has good Google ability. A lot of bands I liked at the time we formed (2003) went for one-word names.” He continued: “We did not come along on a zeitgeist. We came along at the end of British rock with bands like Hundred Reasons, then bands like the Strokes came along and the Libertines. The music we do and the people we know puts us in the punk rock UK set with bands like Gallows but we have also played with much more folky people like Noah and the Whale. “And some of my favourite bands are from the US, like Pedro The Lion and Osker. We have always ended up on the periphery.” Tellison came to the region last year as the touring support for Get Cape Wear Cape Fly and are looking forward to a trip back to Bristol as part of their UK headline tour. Stephen said: “Last time we played Bristol Thekla, which I love, we had a bit of a tour blowout, which ended with four bottles of empty rum and a half gutted pineapple. We’re looking forward to round two when we come back. We also had a soujourn (my new favourite word – meaning little trip) to Cornwall, which was nice. And we visited the Burrow Hill cider place in Somerset. We have played a lot of shows in Yeovil too. I love Yeovil. When our first record came out we got Ben Wood, from the Yeovil band Encyclopaedia, to play with us on tour – keyboard and extra guitars etc. so we had some good times in Yeovil, at Yeovil Town Football and Acorn Records.” He added: “I love the whole South West thing. I grew up in Scotland and was very aware of London being this great
place. I like how people are happy to live in the South West, it’s not like the rest of the country. Sadly, there are no Yeovil or South Wales dates on this tour, though Stephen told us they’ll be back. He continued: “The business model for being in a band of our size in America is completely different. You can spend six months touring all the States and then do it again. It has that sustainability. In the UK, if you do a month’s tour, you have played everywhere and you can’t just start again as people will just say ‘you were here three weeks ago’. Rolo Tomassi remixed Collarbone for Tellison after they played together at the Camden Crawl, but they’re no strangers to the remixing game themselves. “We did a remix version of the first album,” said Stephen. “Henry did a remix of Hospital. I’m always interested to see what comes out of Henry’s mind because he’s a very smart guy. He went away with a lap top and re-emerged with this brilliant remix. Remixes justify you listening to your own music. When you listen often you end up criticising it. And Henry’s creativity isn’t confined to music, he came up with the distinctive idea for the Wages Of Fear album cover. Stephen said: “A lot of people think it’s Pete on the cover but it’s not. It’s a boy called Mario. We were talking about album artwork and Henry was really quiet, we said we think this is a good idea and Henry just said ‘no, this is what it’s going to be’ and went away and did it. George Garnier, a fashion photographer. Took the photo and we were really pleased with the result. Album artwork is important. In a lot of cases you will only see it on a thumbnail on a website or in a magazine so you want to have something that is going to be recognisable – something like Bandwagonesque by Teenage Fanclub.”
Tellison play The Croft in Bristol on June 29 and 2000 Trees festival on July 15. More info at www.tellison.co.uk www.247magazine.co.uk
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Self professed ‘rock n’ roll weirdos’ The Computers hail from Exeter, and sound like a pissed-off Chuck Berry who has shredded his throat by eating glass. It may be said too often in the world of music journalism, but this contingent of energetic rockabilly punks really are doing something different. Slicing through the music scene in a ferocious tempo that would make Peaches Geldolf cry like a little girl. With a name like The Computers synthesizers and auto-tune come to mind. “We were chatting and we just thought what the fuck do you call a band? We didn’t want to come up with anything clever. We were joking around pointing out inanimate objects, someone said ‘The Computers’; we thought it was funny as it was faux futuristic. Just to clarify we’re not an electro outfit,” states lead singer Alex. He goes on to explain how they formed their intensely entertaining, yet peculiar sound: “I’ve known Nic (bass and vocals) since we were both little kids as we lived on the same estate in Exeter. We started The Computers because various other bands became defunct and we wanted to do something with a particular sound. We used to see Aidan at shows and we knew he was always really cool. We got to know him better and he started doing merchandise for us, but we ended up getting him in on drums. Technically The Computers were around before, but as far as I’m concerned they didn’t exist until he joined. I’d say we’re influenced by the best of rock n’ roll, soul and psyche all from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. That would be a broad way of saying it.” Nic admits they shock crowds with their on-stage antics. “I want people to be shocked. It’s better to provoke a
reaction than no reaction.” Alex also believes their live set leaves an impression: “You’re going to remember who we are as we don’t sound like a lot of bands that we have supported. We all wear the same clothes and we’re fucking weird.” The band recently recorded their debut album, This is The Computers, live-to-tape in San Diego with a little help from punk legend, John Reis. “Obviously we’re massive John Reis fans. We played a few shows supporting Rocket from the Crypt and we were in awe of them. We wondered if John knew who we were so Aidan went up to him after a gig and asked him, it turned out that he was really in to us so we exchanged numbers. I gave him a call a week later and he booked a studio for us to record the album. We recorded the whole album in four days. We had three days of pre-production at his house and John was telling us ‘don’t do it like that do it like this,’ It’s undeniable that he is a big influence to the album, because he played on a lot of it. After playing a few times in his house John wanted us to record the album all live. We thought we weren’t good enough, but he thought we were. It is a cool thing to do and we had the chance to do it – so we did. This album certainly has a live sound to it, kind of what you are going to hear at a show, but not quite. Listen and you’ll get it.”
The Computers support Duke Spirit at Bristol Thekla on June 1. More info www.myspace.com/thisisthecomputers 12 |
Following the recent release of their hotly-tipped second album ‘Smoking in Heaven’, London-based brother/sister trio Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are heading to the South West as part of their first proper headlining tour in the UK. The band’s youngest, Kitty Durham, spoke to Rob Sleigh about the album and their rise to glory. How does a band know when they’ve well and truly made it? When they first hear one of their songs played on the radio? Or when they see one of their videos being shown on MTV? Or it could even be the first time they grace the stage at Glastonbury Festival. For Kitty, Daisy & Lewis – who, incidentally, have already achieved all of the above, that revelatory moment was probably when they were asked to support Coldplay on their US tour by none other than Chris Martin himself. “It came as quite a shock because we’d heard that he’d been bigging us up on the radio,” admits Kitty. “It was pretty much our first proper tour. I’d literally just left school about two days before we flew out. It was kind of like being thrown in at the deep end, but it was really fun.” Long before Kitty, Daisy & Lewis started making music professionally, the three siblings had grown up listening to and playing music together with their parents. Kitty confirms that, as things progressed, a more long-term plan seemed like the most natural course to take: “It never really occurred to us at the beginning that we were a band, because we’d been playing together at home for so long anyway. We never really set out to achieve anything, it was just kind of playing for fun. It was while I was at school that it really started to take off. I realised that there was nothing at school that I was really interested in, so I just kind of went with it.”
She goes on to explain how, coming from a very musical household, they were never short of opportunities to practise and try to learn new instruments - something that they would later enhance for their flavoursome blend of traditional genres including rhythm and blues, rockabilly and ska: “Ever since I can remember, there’s been stuff lying around the house like pianos and guitars. It was just fun for us to pick them up and play. A lot of parents would be like ‘don’t touch that, you’ll break it’, but they just let us do what we wanted to do.” After two albums, worldwide tours and a plethora of festival slots, things are now quite different from their days playing music at home. However, Kitty reassures us that the difficulties of being in a band are somewhat simpler to cope with when you all come from the same family: “Obviously, there can be a lot of arguments and stuff, but that happens in any family and any band. The good thing about us is that if we shout at each other and say ‘I’m leaving the band’, you know it’s not going to happen.” With the release of ‘Smoking in Heaven’ bringing the trio further into the limelight, Kitty says: “You’re expected to do certain things, release a certain amount of albums, get on this TV show and that radio thing. It can be a bit of a pain in the arse, but it’s good fun.”
See Kitty, Daisy & Lewis live at Clwb Ifor Bach on June 8, Bristol Thekla on June 18 and Glastonbury Festival on June 26. check out their website at www.kittydaisyandlewis.com www.247magazine.co.uk
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Retail Therapy It’s time to get your feet out and feel Flip Flop-tastic
1. Volcom Creedlers, £18.99, www.volcom.com 2. Surfdome Miami Sunset Flipflops, £7.99, www.surfdome.com 3. ALS Waffle Flip Flop, £12.99, www.millets.co.uk 4. Mens Reef Trinidad (multi coloured), £12, www.reef.com 5. Santa Rosa SE (Tudor) Shaka, £28, www.vans.com 6. Lanai (Ando & Friends), £12, www.vans.com 7. Manuka Wrap Leather, £45, www.cushe.com 8. Riders Cape, £19.95, www.riderflipflops.co.uk 9. Riders Sand Dune, £19.95, www.riderflipflops.co.uk
www.247magazine.co.uk Rox Goffin, 22, from Kent Coat &Shoes: Hein Gerrick Jeggings: New Look
Luke Bonte, 24, from France Coat: Found / Trousers: Geneva Shoes: Paris
Sandy Gillespie, XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX 25, from Bristol Coat: Primark XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX / Top: Charity Shop / Trousers: Primark Hat: River XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Island / Belt: H&M
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Jen Weiss, 27, from Glasgow Playsuit: Dutty / Shoes: Primark
Olivia Stevens, 20, from Edinburgh Cardigan: Primark / Top: H&M Skirt: Dutty / Shoes: H&M
Sarah Johnson, 23, from Newcastle Top: France / Trousersr: Tynemouth Market Shoes: Primark
Roo Nutt-Lamp, 28, from Bristol Coat: Charity Shop / Skirt: Borrowed from friend Shoes: Guat / Bag: Borrowed from friend
Claire Bremner, 20, from Australia Top: Charity Shop / Shorts: Charity Shop Shoes: Borrowed off Mum / Bag: Florence
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Su Akgun, 31, from Bristol Cardigan: H&M / Top: Primark Skirt: Walthamstow market / Shoes: Primark
Charity shop chic proves it’s worth in Bristol this month…
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Angelina wears - Mayan Zipper dress £40
Masha on the Left wears - Rosey Rara dress £35. Martina on the Right wears- Dotty sweetheart dress £35.
Masha wears- San marco wrap dress £35
T-shirt - Volcom tee shirt Cool Guy Kit colour violet £24 Shorts - Volcom shorts Fruckin chino shorts black £45
Female on left - DC Carrera sun dress colour purple/red check £35 Angelina wears - Kamalo dress - £35. Male in middle - Grip logo Hoodie in Red £25 Female on right - Volcom grow old large tee shirt black £30
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Ethical Eating Cheltenham Food Festival
June 17-19 www.garden-events.com/cheltenham With a focus on local produce and ethically sourced food, we could not fail to mention the Cheltenham Food Festival, which takes place in Montpelier Gardens from June 17-19. With over 150 exhibitors, the scope of products on show ensures there is something for everyone. You’ll find an astonishing variety of victuals from oatcakes to gin; everything you need for your culinary creations from oils to cookbooks, and a host of natural products. The Real Ale Marquee is a highlight of the festival with its 30m long bar and eleven Real Ale breweries and four cider and perry producers. A spokesman for the festival said: “The tide is turning. More and more of us now appreciate the attractions of a diet free of pesticide and poisons; of farms that are farms, not factories, and of products created with care and traded fairly.” Exhibitors include Devon Bread, The Cornish Cheese Company, Glamorgan Vale, Olives et Al, Pieminister, Riverford Home Delivery, Sherston Tea Company, Three Choirs Vineyards, The Upton Cheney Chilli Company, Wadworth Brewery, The Orchard Pig and more. There is also live music and entertainment in the form of 247 Magazine favourites, Thrill Collins, Lament and Minor Swing among others. Tickets from £3. Further info at www.garden-events.com/cheltenham The Bath Food And Drink Festival, run by the same group of people and featuring similar exhibitors, takes place in Royal Victoria Park the following month (July 3-4) More info on that at www.garden-events.com/bath
The Hop Pole
www.bathales.com/pubs/hop-pole The Hop Pole in Bath is one of those increasingly rare breeds – a proper British pub. In the heart of the city, just a stone’s throw from Victoria Park, and a short stroll from the shopping streets it’s the kind of place that truly does embrace the word ‘local.’ The clientele is a mix of locals who return time after time thanks to the friendly atmosphere, the cosy corners where you can happily wile away a winter evening, or the leafy garden which is the ideal location to spend a relaxing sunny weekend quaffing a drink or two. The Hop Pole is owned by Bath Ales, which has its own micro-brewery just down the road in Warmley, and so naturally stocks not only all the standard range of drinks, but also the brewery’s own products – including the delicious signature Gem ale. The pub has also been getting increasingly well known for its food. Eighteen months ago landlords Alice Bowyer and her partner Sarah Greenwell moved from London to take over running the Hop Pole. Sarah works the front of the house, while self-taught chef Alice runs the kitchen. The menu is varied but wherever possible Alice makes the effort to use local, seasonal produce, and always likes to find out where the food comes from and how it is produced. Sample dishes include catch of the day and chips, spiced root vegetables with lentils, kale, spinach, sage and toasted walnuts. More than a cut above standard pub fayre. (Emma Dance) 18 |
BRISTOL Thali Café
www.thethalicafe.co.uk Thali Cafe is a mini-chain of Indian restaurants with a difference. Its four Bristol branches (in Montpelier, Easton, Totterdown and Clifton) serve great value authentic, healthy street food to eat in or take away, with locally-sourced ingredients and a focus on vegetarian and dairy-free options. The menu is short and sweet: choose a main dish, and it’ll arrive on a metal platter with a range of Indian accompaniments. Thali prices start at just £7.95 and portions are huge, so there’s no risk of you leaving the restaurant still hungry! This month’s specials board features Keralan Lamb Kofta Balls (£9.95) and Aloo Palak (£8.95) – a spring spinach and new potato curry. Alternatively, choose one of the options from the main menu, which includes their signature Northern Thali (£7.95): lightly fried Indian paneer cheese with peas in a creamy sauce. All dishes are served with rice, vegetable subji, dahl, salad and homemade chutney. The atmosphere in the restaurants themselves is fantastic: lots of bright colours, great music and friendly service. And if you don’t fancy sitting in the restaurant but still want to enjoy a great value meal, then join their Tiffin Club. Buy a tiffin (a multi-layered, insulated metal container) for £22.50, which includes a thali of your choice which will serve two people...and any time you want a refill, it’ll cost you from just £7.95 for two. Bargain. (Emily Knight)
SWANSEA Monkey Cafe
www.monkeycafe.co.uk Most people know the Monkey Café is an awesome place to go for a drink and a boogie or to catch a live band but if you haven’t sampled the scrummy food on offer then you’re missing out. The daily menu, served from 11am until late afternoon/early evening, includes a full range of food from light snacks to more hearty meals. Think organic filled baguettes and home made beef burgers (100 per cent beef) and veggie burgers for us non-meat eaters. They also serve more substantial dinners such as beef lasagne (or spinach and ricotta option for the veggies). But as lush as all this is, the Monkey Café is most famed for it’s hummous and haloumi special with pitta and salad. They also serve Pieminister pies, with mash, minted peas and red wine gravy. The homemade soup of the day, as the name suggests, changes daily but you can usually expect a lovely thick warming broth. And what would Sunday be without a decent roast? The Monkey Café offers a perfectly cooked/ portioned roast for £6.95. Add an extra £1 and you can get two courses – if you’re stomach can cope! The meat is always free-range and organic but the Monkey Café don’t stop their with their environmental responsibilities, as they recycle all their glass, cans and cardboard. Oh and did I mention they also run cookery classes so you can learn how to make such delightful feasts for yourself. (Laura Williams) www.247magazine.co.uk
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Music Arash Torabi
David Comes To Life
(Matador) The best thing about Fucked Up is how many blinkered, self-righteous hardcore fans they lose upon each release. Hopefully, with this beast of a rock opera, the Canadian mavericks will lose them all. After a typically portentous intro the duelling vocals of ‘Queen Of Hearts’ ebb and flow between Damian’s monotone bark and Sandy Miranda’s gentle coo: hinting at a far more ambitious oeuvre. Indeed, what follows is more than an hour of beautifully crafted, psychedelic punk rock – revolving around the metaphysical saga of our protagonist David – that has more than a passing resemblance to The Who’s Quadrophenia: a blitz of passionate rock’n’roll, one man’s aching self-reflection, overblown to the max. Perfect.
(City Slang) Without bands like O’Death the world really would be a dismal and deluded place. Peddlers of idiosyncratic Americana and desolate folk song, the New York quintet have survived their drummer’s osteosarcoma to arrive at an album that sounds like it was carved out of hope and despair in equal measure. ‘Bugs’ sounds like Elliott Smith before the psychosis set in, with boldly recorded banjo, fiddle and shuffling snare join in the fray; ‘Alamar’ is a stark, brooding dirge with mournful violins and junkyard percussion; while ‘Black Dress’ flirts with an eastern European motif as Greg Jamie woefully pleads “Pray for me” in a fragile timbre that begs to be heeded. Sublime.
(Wichita Recordings) If there’s one element that really makes this American duo stand out, it’s their strong emphasis on rhythm. Drummer, Logan Kroeber plays like a man possessed, battering the hell out of a simple kit, usually consisting of nothing more than a snare or a tom. His patterns are also quite complex, machine-like and unusual. Put this together with Meric Long’s fiercelystrummed acoustic guitar, crashing power chords and imaginative song structures, and you have The Dodos. The opening song, Black Night sets the scene for a stomping album, and they pause for breath with Companions. Operating on an if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix it theory, No Colour fits in well with their previous work: a hybrid of folk-punk and tribal/danceable drumming.
Let’s Wrestle Nursing Home
(Full Time Hobby) This second album from Let’s Wrestle sees the London indie trio step up a gear with a harder sound, produced by the iconic Steve Albini. They keep it raw all the way with a live approach, throughout the album. Singer/ guitarist, Wesley Patrick Gonzalez maintains his trademark rough-and-ready singing style, even on the slower songs like For My Mother. I’m So Lazy is one of the standout songs, with a good old kick-ass throbbing bass part. There’s a Rockstar in My Room is just one example of the D.I.Y punk spirit of the band. Here is a band that does what it wants, without giving a shit about anybody else. And it suits them very well.
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
(Time For Action)
Smoking In Heaven
It’s heartening to know that there are fresh-faced music makers out there who still look to the ‘50s and ‘60s for all their inspiration. London via Durham trio, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, have already blessed us with one album of exquisite vintage rock’n’roll, this time round they’ve broadened their palette to embrace the roots of ska (recent single ‘I’m Sorry Now features trumpet legend Rico Rodrigeuz) and soul – although they’re clearly more at home with rockabilly than anything else. What’s so loveable about the sibling ensemble is their decidedly wonky grasp on the technicalities combined with an unadulterated passion for old music: a rarity in an age of computerised perfection.
Sons & Daughters Mirror Mirror
(Domino) Well, I don’t think anyone saw that coming. Celt-twang rockers, Sons & Daughters, have transmogrified into ‘80s-rooted, post-punk electro-revivalists. It’s as if a Gang Of Four (with Siouxsie Sioux at the helm) have burst into the bank and taken the Scottish quartet hostage, tossing aside their rootsy mores and cracking open the jittery synths and dead-eyed stares. Thankfully, they do it really well. ‘Breaking Fun’ creeps along a paranoiac knife-edge; the spartan ‘Orion’ is a loving, Cure-esque conceit; while the brilliantly motorik ‘Rose Red’ finds Adele Bethel doing her finest Toyah (circa-’Ieya’) impression. As re-inventions go, this is up there with actor-turned-jazzer, Hugh Laurie.
Sonically Sound Gloucester Mod quartet deliver their debut album of energetic power-pop, with the relevant imagery and artwork to boot. It’s generally the sound of the late 70s Mod revival, and it works because most of the songs are strong enough to stand up by themselves. However, recycled Jam riffs and lyrics (Ego) are probably best kept only for live shows. But there are plenty of highlights to make up for that, like the opener, Growing Up, the charged-up Taste of Honey. They change the gear with slower tender songs, such as Promise and Trinity. OK, they may not be pretty poster boys, but they can win hearts with melodic guitar lines, passionate vocals, harmony and powerful delivery. A winner.
Michael Franti & Spearhead
The Sound of Sunshine
(EMI) Michael Franti’s one of the good guys: a renowned humanitarian who helps people with various projects. He’s also previously known for his work with punk rockers, The Beatnigs and ‘90s right-on hip-hoppers, Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. But despite his credentials and well intentions, this collection of sugary feel-good songs fails to impress. Songs such as Hey Hey Hey and Say Hey (I Love You) are as painfully cheesy as their titles suggest. Watered-down mainstream productions, lazy melodies and uninspiring lyrics. Some songs have a pleasant head-nod quality, but the bulk of the album suggests a man desperate for mass appeal. Tampon or fast food adverts beckon.
The Wages Of Fear (Naim Edge Records)
Named after the 1953 film and with one of those covers that instantly jumps out at you, Tellison’s second album is destined for good things. But it’s not just the name and artwork which grab you, but the cache of catchy, melodic tunes with an undercurrent of academia. The literary references lift the songs out of the relationship focused norm onto a plateau of contemplation. The US-tinged Edith Wharton acts as an ode to the Pulitzer-prize winning novelist and harnesses a Bowling for Soup style oomph minus the whiney voice. In fact, Stephen’s voice is a sonic delight. Slow burners, such as My Wife’s Grave In Paris, have definite sniffs of a slightly less Scottish Biffy Clyro (even though their front man is Scottish). Destined for good things indeed.
The Bookhouse Boys Tales To Be Told
(Black Records) There’s been a wave of stadia ready, dramatic, baritone indie bands recently and it can be easy to blend but The Bookhouse Boys don’t do that. In this debut album, they serenade their influences with the love and devotion they deserve. From Paul Simon’s undeniable songwriting ability to Richard Hawley’s confident and brooding vocals or the grandeur of early Muse and the excellence of Stereolab, it’s all there in one form or another. In fact, the only song which draws simple comparison to White Lies and co is penultimate track With You. The Lush-esque vocals on Fever Lullaby mix with the orchestral arrangement to make the song sound like a Bond theme. A definite stand out track.
Emmy The Great Virtue
(Close Harbour) A well as being painfully beautiful, Emmy has one of those enviable dreamy voices. Like Ellen and the Escapades, there is a raw and honest charm about the songs and that the way they are executed. This offering is much more mature and complex than her debut album and reading the press notes it’s clear to see why –she took one of those journey’s of discovery you read about/watch on the big screen after losing her fiancé to God. Sounds a bit contrived, but then most of the best musicians are made after break ups right? Here, we see the penny drop in Paper Forest (In The Afterglow Of Creation) a Patti Smith inspired ballad about dissatisfaction.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 5.1 Remasters (EMI)
Ok, so these new editions of Let Love In, Murder Ballads, The Boatman’s Call and No More Shall We Part all have second discs with DVD extras such as the album remastered in 5.1 surround sound, bonus tracks including singles b-sides, videos and short films but for me this quadruplet of perfection was all about re-awakening my love for Cave and his early back catalogue. I’d become a little blinded by his various reincarnations with Grinderman etc and I’d forgotton the mesmerising simplicity of songs like The Brompton Oratory, Sweetheart Come, Lay Me Low and Henry Lee. Without wanting to rely solely on a tried and tested cliché – these are a must have for all Nick Cave fans. www.247magazine.co.uk
Music Jamie Atkins
Gloss Drop (Domino)
When Tyondai Braxton left Battles towards the end of sessions for their highly anticipated 2nd album, many may have expected the remaining members to struggle. However, Gloss Drop is an exuberant joy. Whereas Battles’ early releases were perhaps easier to admire than love, this time around there is a sense of visceral abandon from the outset - thrilling & more accessible. Lead single, Ice Cream, proves something of a red herring, a slice of sunshine before the astonishing suite of Futura, Inchworm & Wall Street. And Gary Numan lends his vocal talents to the industrial My Machines & they save the best for last with the fantastic Sundrome.
Hot Sauce Committee Pt 2 (Capitol))
Anybody expecting anything new from Hot Sauce Committee Pt 2 (or indeed anticipating Pt 1, the name is a typically Beasties joke) may be a little disappointed. Here is a collection that draws on pretty much every aspect of the bands long career; the fuggy funk of Check Your Head (Say It), the goofy hip-hop of Hello Nasty (Nonstop), the nod to their punk roots of Lee Majors Come Again and the instrumental groove of Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament. There is little here that matches their previous, era-defining highs and at some point somebody has to call them on some of their more liberally recycled rhymes, but it’s good to have them back with an at times irresistible party album.
TV On The Radio Nine Types Of Light (Interscope)
After 2008’s Dear Science, a strangely unsettling take on dance floor friendly art-rock, this appears at first to herald a new, positive perspective from the Brooklyn band. Opener Second Song repeats joyously ‘Every lover on a mission, shift your known position, into the light’. The darker political undertones of previous records are usurped by love fuelled sermons, urging the listener to ‘keep your heart, if the world all falls apart’ However, towards the second half of the record things get familiarly skittery and tense. New Cannonball Blues and Repetition evoke past glories, fuelling the funk with krautrock momentum, all adding up to another in their series of exhilarating releases.
Songs Of Love And Loss Volumes 1 & 2 (Believe Digital) Roy Harper has in many ways been the quintessential musicians’ musician, adored by the likes of Kate Bush, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, Joanna Newsom and Fleet Foxes, yet his brand of jazz-inspired rambling political folk has always been a little too esoteric for mainstream tastes. This compilation is an attempt to summarize a career that begins with Harper having plenty in common with the likes of Davy Graham and Bert Jansch on the likes of Black Cloud and ends with him sounding resolutely out on his own, with surreal, meandering and highly polished material like Waiting For Godot. Modern listeners may find some of the later material a little smooth and lyrically hectoring but anybody intrigued could do worse than to invest in Stormcock and then this. www.247magazine.co.uk
www.theslytones.com In the permanent absence of The White Stripes, Brighton’s The Sly Tones go some way towards bashing a square peg into the round hole left by Jack and Meg. Their Psychedelic Sounds of The Sly Tones has a garage sound at its heart (witness the Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog” riff underpinning “Captain Ketamine”). But it’s played out under the influence of a bad trip recalling latter day Tom Waits or The Violent Femmes. This EP is a dark, freak-show carnival of “female[s] for retail” and whiskey drenched, macabre retellings of Goldie Locks and the Three Bears. All served up with trumpets, flutes and psychedelic organs. Weird, but rather wonderful.
www.myspace.com/ conductorsmusic Conductors’ mini album has the understated title of “Dim Problem”. The Cardiff/Camarthen band fuse their own brand of Math Rock with a chugging metal sound while vocalist Aled Thomas shrieks, yells and generally hollers in both Welsh and English about surviving air crashes (“Death from Above”), facing your demons (“Stone Paper Scissor”) and facing up to your enemies (“Six of the Best”). Problems these definitely are. Dim they certainly aren’t. There are meandering bass lines usually found on Rage Against The Machine tracks. Meanwhile Thomas’ vocals vary between impassioned James Dean Bradfield-isms (“Death from Above” and the string laden “Termites”) to the shoutiness usually associated with girl bands of the late 90s. A sonic riot.
Hollowed Out By The Sea
www.myspace.com/thatbandok Cardiff pop-rockers, OK, are a bright and breezy bunch, wrestling with tight guitars and clear-cut melodies, like Razorlight in a very good mood. This may or may not have you running for the nearest vomitorium but it’s nowhere near as bad as it sounds. The DIY puppet video to ‘Lego’ further imbues the band’s evident penchant for innocent japery, the song itself dashing by in a whirl of radio-friendly cheer. Meanwhile the likes of ‘Perfect World’ and ‘Here’s To Never Looking Back’ betray a sense of longing and melancholy: so it’s not all carefree fun and frolics chez OK. There’s nothing groundbreaking here but the band’s honest delivery is infectiously engaging all the same.
www.myspace.com/ parringtonjackson For the record, Parrington Jackson was the victim of an unsolved 1940s murder. So far, so noir. Despite that unwieldy and morbid moniker the music is far easier on the palate. A psychedelic melange of Mansun-esque yearning and twinkling guitars (with a light sprinkling of Matt Bellamy), the Bristol quintet hark back to the ‘90s for inspiration on ‘Scarred Lust’, the ominous ‘Drapes’ and the ethereal ‘Think Like Them’, which isn’t a bad thing unless you refuse to update the template. The jury’s out in this instance but the ‘Jackson do have a well-tuned ear for the kind of reflective, grandiose rock that flooded into the postshoegaze vacuum back in the day.
I like the name Neotropics. It conjures up vivid imagery of post-punk sophistication. But the Bristol-via-London trio don’t quite have the I like the name Neotropics. It conjures up vivid sonic goods to match. Benign electro-pop imagery of post-punk sophistication. But the with delusions of Pet Shop Boys is all well and Bristol-via-London trio don’t quite have the good when there’s some vestige of attitude sonic goods to match. Benign electro-pop but ‘Take The Wheel’ gets lost in its own sense with delusions of Pet Shop Boys is all well and of earnestness despite a clear vision and a good when there’s some vestige of attitude pretty anthemic coda. As for the auto-tuned, but ‘Take The Wheel’ gets lost in its own sense vocoder vocals that run amok – most notably on of earnestness despite a clear vision and a ‘Running’ – it beggars belief that anyone finds pretty anthemic coda. As for the auto-tuned, vocoder vocals that run amok – most notably on this kind of studio indulgence effective. Still, if there’s an audience for it, be my guest. I’ll just ‘Running’ – it beggars belief that anyone finds go with my ‘Neotropics are the new Fugazi’ this kind of studio indulgence effective. Still, if fantasy ‘til tea-time. there’s an audience for it, be my guest. I’ll just go with my ‘Neotropics are the new Fugazi’ Jackhatch fantasy ‘til tea-time. www.myspace.com/jackhatchband
www.myspace.com/microlightmusic Back in 2006 you couldn’t move for Jack Johnson’s happiness-in-a-bottle tunes. Now, in 2011, Somerset’s MicroLight are taking the same tack with a series of sun drenched songs about daydreams, partying and being in love. The songs are harmless enough. But while they hardly plumb the depths of Rebecca Black’s “Friday” blandness, there’s not really enough substance to grab you by the throat. MicroLight are, essentially, a wedding band - admittedly a wedding band who play their own songs (and credit must go to them for that), but a wedding band nonetheless. Good as an inoffensive warm-up at a family friendly festival, but lacking the edge to take things further. A shame.
Yet more Somerset-based beat-niks in the shape of power-pop trio, Jackhatch. You know those bands who clogged up Channel 4’s Orange Unsigned programme with their animated faces and perfectly placed bridges? Jackhatch remind me of them. Nice boys, bit cheeky, inoffensive tunes. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re on the next series, if it gets commissioned. The band clearly spend ample rehearsal time on their vocal harmonies, which always floats my boat, and songs like ‘Not Much Closer’ and ‘Mindy’ are nifty enough pop songs but it doesn’t loosen my bowels. I want my bowels loosened. Send me some bowelloosening music, please. Thank you very much
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2 – 4 June
Words Helen Brown
Circomedia The Final Stage: Onwards and Upwards
Bristol Old Vic,Theatre Royal,King Street, Bristol,BS1 4ED www. bristololdvic.org.uk 0117 987 7877 £12/£10 Paint Our World As Circomedia students on the full-time Create, Smeaton Road, two year degree course arrive at the Cumberland Basin, Bristol, BS1 end of their journey, here is a unique 6SN www.createbristol.org 0117 opportunity to see what they have 925 0505 achieved. Onwards, in the Bristol Old A humanitarian project providing free art Vic Studio, highlights the theatrical and workshops for street children in Kolkata’s comedic side of the course, interwoven red light district. This exhibition of with circus techniques. Upwards, at the children’s art will raise funds to provide Circomedia church the following week, basic sanitation for their workshop and has an emphasis on circus technique includes an auction of artwork donated mixed in with theatre and dance. by UWE artists and family arts activities. All donations from artists for the event 6 – 11 June very gratefully accepted.
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Donald Gordon Theatre Wales Millennium Centre Bute Place Magical Consciousness Cardiff Bay CF10 5AL Arnolfini 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol 029 2063 6464 www.wmc.org.uk BS1 4QA 0117 9172300 Mon - Wed 7.30pm £10 - £26.50, www.arnolfini.org.uk 11am - 6pm Thu - Sat 7.30pm, Sat 2.30pm £15, (exc Monday) £20 - £29 Magical Consciousness is about Footloose explodes onto the Donald considering when images are no longer Gordon stage with classic 1980s enough. It is a group exhibition developed anthems including Holding Out For A in collaboration with the renowned Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear It For artist-filmmaker Runa Islam that looks for The Boy, and of course the title track, the potential that comes out of denying Footloose. Based on the smash hit or abstracting images. This exhibition 1980s movie starring Kevin Bacon, Jon considers the possibility of seeing Lithgow and Sarah Jessica Parker this yourself seeing things differently. fast-paced show is full of exhilarating dance routines.
8 & 11 June
art gallery, this new show explores the beauty and strangeness of the body human or otherwise. In the unique surroundings of the Walcot Chapel in Bath (an ex-mortuary chapel), expect to see artwork that focusses on beauty and skill in the making rather than than being dark and disturbing. Creatures not yet born and creatures that do not exist are studied, along with those that have reached the end of their existence.
11 June Bluestocking Lounge’s Magical History Tour
“Welcome To Wherever I Am”, An Evening with Dom Joly
Cardiff Glee Club, Mermaid Quay, Cardiff, CF10 5BZ www.glee.co.uk/ cardiff 0871 472 0400 7pm, £19.50 A truly hilarious evening with one of the UK’s most innovative comedians. For the last ten years, since his multi-award winning international TV hit, Trigger Happy TV Dom Joly has lead the most extraordinary of lives. In this laugh-outloud show, Dom talks us through the perils of travelling the world drinking, skiing down volcanoes, holidaying in Chernobyl and North Korea, becoming a paparazzo, trying to fly across the Grand Canyon strapped to an eight foot rocket, turning into Tintin and being arrested in Switzerland while dressed as a yeti.
25 – 29 June
Milkwood Jam, 50 Plymouth Street, Swansea, SA1 3QQ www.bluestockinglounge.com 01792477577 £9 (£12 on the door) Roll up, roll up - it doesn’t get more retro than this! Bluestocking Lounge’s bill of burly lovelies will take you on a journey from Medieval maidens and Victorian vixens to vintage vamps and Art Deco dolls. Raven haired, vampish vintage showgirl and international burlesque siren Fifi Fatale will be topping the bill with her stunning acts that draw inspiration from the decadent 1920s Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles.
Centrespace Gallery, 6 Leonard Lane, Bristol, BS1 www. centrespacegallery.com 0117 929 1234 1.30am - 6.30pm.Closed on Sunday Based on personal stories of a voice being restored where silence was expected. Stories of hope restored, restoration & freedom.The show will include a mixture of paintings, installation, drawings, mixed media &
The Sanger by Foster Marks
Dylan Moran - Yeah, Yeah Bristol Hippodrome St Augustines Parade Bristol BS1 4UZ 0844 871 3012 www. bristolhippodrome.org.uk 8pm £27.75 Ageing, religion, kids, relationships intertwine with the general absurdities of life. Searing observations and sumptuous imagery, painted across a large fraying canvas with cruel, curmudgeonly ‘Moranesque’ brush strokes and all delivered with Dylan’s renowned, shambolic charm…It’s simply un-missable.
Market Road, Canton, Cardiff ,CF5 1QEwww.chapter.org (0)29 2031 1050 9pm, £8/£6 As part of their ongoing commitment to new writing for the stage and the development of new writers, Sherman Cymru is delighted to present RAW. More thrills than frills – raw productions of new plays that will arouse, provoke and delight. This summer’s RAW productions reflect on the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. Afghanistan. A new drama written by a veteran of the Afghan conflict, interwoven with verbatim interviews from others who have served. A snapshot of the humour, fears and effects of current operations, The Sanger is a visceral portrayal of the life of the modern soldier.
14 – 26 June Meta-Anatomica
Walcot Chapel, Walcot Gate,off Walcot Street,Bath BA1 5UG11am6pm After two very successful previous exhibitions; eta-Insecta and eta-Marine the etagroup are back. Bringing together the natural history museum and the
12 June Brian Cox Wonders of the Universe at Arena
Cheltenham Festival Arena, Regent Arcade Shopping Centre, High Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1JZ www.cheltenhamfestivals. com 01242 505 444 12noon £12 137 billion years old. 93 billion light years wide. It contains over 100 billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of billions of stars. With magnificent footage and breathtaking images, presenter Brian Cox and the BBC’s Head of Science Andrew Cohen reveal how the most fundamental scientific principles and laws explain not only the story of the Universe, but the story of us all.
27 – 29 June Notebook Productions presents A corner of the ocean
Tobacco Factory Theatre Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol BS3 1TF www.tobaccofactorytheatre.com 0117 902 0344 8pm When a man mysteriously goes missing in a diving accident, reports of his disappearance ripple through the lives of four women in their different parts of the world. Immersed in physical theatre, a cappella singing, puppetry and sublime visual imagery, this funny and touching tale looks at the frantic absurdity of trying to carve out a stable place for ourselves in a continuously fluctuating world
Film Eliminate Archie Cookson Bristol based film-maker Rob Holder blasts onto the big screen with a cult-thriller that’s firmly based in the South West. It’s his first outing as a film director and if his debut is anything to go by then we could be seeing a lot more from Bedminster’s resident auteur. John Barker finds out more… Holder says: “There’s a really great sort of undercurrent of filmmaking talent and enthusiasm in Bristol. If people can just put those bits together and capture that and get out there and shoot stuff with a camera, you could definitely put Bristol on the map. And I hope Archie [Cookson] does.” Archie Cookson, which premiered at Bristol’s Cinema de Lux a few weeks back, mixes Bristol’s more picturesque sites with the dark underbelly of the city. The movie tells the story of a down and out MI5 Russian translator, Archie Cookson (Paul Rhys), who despite his alcoholism and general disregard for his role, manages to get hold of some highly sensitive audio tapes. Things go from bad to worse for Archie as he loses his job, and then both his employer and a privately contracted assassin (played by the wonderfully adept Paul Ritter) comes after him for the tapes with deadly intent. There is plenty of comedy interspersed within the action, including an excruciatingly funny moment when Archie’s son, played by Freddie Downham, provides his Dad with fake passports and cash to aid his escape. It all culminates in an explosive climax with a classic confrontation between Archie and his pursuers. The film cost a cool $1 million to produce and was shot all over Bristol taking in locations such as the Bristol Dye Works, the Wills Memorial Building and Berkeley Square. The director of the film Rob Holder has lived in Bristol for most of his life and obviously also enjoyed working in the city he loves. Whatever this young director does next it’s sure to be full of wit and invention, and he’s sending a message to the industry - Beware Hollywood the Bristolians are coming!
The Best of the Rest.... X:MEN – FIRST CLASS (12A)
Released: June 1 Dir: Michael Vaughn Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon 2011/US/110min This summer blockbuster is a characterdriven story that unveils the beginning of the X-Men saga – and a secret history of the Cold War and our world at the brink of nuclear Armageddon. As the first class discovers, harnesses, and comes to terms with their formidable powers, alliances are formed that will shape the eternal war between the heroes and villains of the X-Men universe.
BAD TEACHER (15)
Released: 24 June Dir: Jake Kasdan Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, and Justin Timberlake 2011/US/92min A comedy centred around a foulmouthed, junior high teacher who, after being dumped by her sugar daddy, begins to woo a colleague - a move that pits her against a well-loved teacher. This romantic comedy should brighten up the comic-book filled Blockbuster season and watch out for another screen stealing performance form Justin Timberlake, whose role in The Social Network was brilliant.
GREEN LANTERN (TBC)
Released : 17 June Dir: Martin Campbell Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and Peter Sarsgaard 2011/US/TBC A cheesy looking Sci-Fi which we hope isn’t as laugh out load awlful as it equally cheesy Battle LA was. Green Lantern sees a test pilot is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe. Bonkers comic-book fun that seems utterly implausible, but could turn out to be cinematic gold!
To be in with a chance of winning an X:Men – First Class goodie pack see www.247magazine.co.uk www.247magazine.co.uk
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FUTURES O2 Academy, Frogmore St, 7pm, £7+bf DUKE SPIRIT + THE COMPUTERS Thekla The Grove, 7.30pm £10 NAJSIAN + TREE OF SORES + IMMERSED EARTH The Croft, Stokes Croft, 8pm, £4 FIRST THOUGHT The Fleece, St Thomas St, 7.30pm £5adv 14+ With The Bitter End Boat Club / Sonic Sunrise / Electric Contradiction
WE THE PEOPLE FESTIVAL Bristol Harbourside 2pm-12am, £35 Second and final day of this brand new festival, featuring Sub Focus Live, Doom, Beardyman, Roots Manuva, Smerin’s Anti Social Club, Gaslamp Killer and more. www.wethepeoplefestival.co.uk THE PUSHY DOCTORS The Croft, Stokes Croft, 8pm
SAVE YOUR BREATH + CROSS BREAKER + THE DEAD Clwb Ifor Bach, Womanby St, 7.30pm, £7 DARWIN DEEZ Millennium Music Hall, Wood Street, 7.30pm, £11 Support from Jake Bullit + OK ZOEY VAN GOEY Buffalo Bar, Windsor Place, 8pm, £5 With Trwbador + Joanna Gruesome
ROD STEWART Liberty Stadium, Swansea, 6pm, £55+bf
Thur.02 Bristol TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB O2 Academy, Frogmore St, 7pm THE KILLS Anson Rooms, Queens Road, 7pm, £13.50 ACT OF LUNACY The Croft, Stokes Croft, 7pm, £4 With Your Last Breath + Cuntaminated + Hemlock DISAPPEARS The Cube, Kingsdown, 8pm, £10adv Steve Shelley from Sonic Youth’s new venture plays this intimate gig with support from Bristol’s Sleeping States.
ZEBEDY RAYS + MECHANICAL MANNEQUINS 10 Feet Tall, Church Street, 9pm, £FREE After gig party with On the Rocks DJs. KING KING The Globe, Albany Road, 8pm, £10 PUBLIC IMAGE LTD Millennium Music Hall, Wood St, 7pm, £25
THIN LIZZY Meca, Swindon, 6.30pm, £26adv
Fri.03 Bath NOISETTES Moles, 14 George St, 7.30pm, £13 in adv
THE BOOKHOUSE BOYS + ALICE GOLD Louisiana, Wapping Rd, £7adv TERMITES The Croft, Stokes Croft, 8pm, £5 with This Is My Normal State / Glis Glis / The Ouija Birds / The Bad Joke That Ended Well and Roll Over Beethoven DJs. ELEPHANT SHELF The Tunnels, Temple Meads, 7.30pm, £5 PHANTOM QUARTET O2 Academy, Frogmore St, 6.30pm, £5 With Indigo Lights + Wild Gulloots JAMIE WOON Anson Rooms, Queens Road, 7pm, £11
4th WE THE PEOPLE FESTIVAL Bristol Harbourside 2pm-12am, £35 newest dance festival, today with Chase and Status live, Example, Redlight & Dread MC, Annie Mac, J-Wow, MJ Cole, Modestep, High Rankin and many more over 3 stages.
Cardiff SPARROW AND THE WORKSHOP Clwb Ifor Bach, Womanby St, 7.30pm, £6 With Mersault + Zervas and Pepper XXXY Cardiff Arts Institute, Park Place, 10pm, £2 THE OUTDOOR TYPES Buffalo Bar, Windsor Place, 7pm, £3 With Gindrinker + The Joy Of Sex + I Blame The Parents DJs
STAGECOACH The Frog and Fiddle, 8pm, £4
THE WURZELS + THE BOOT HILL ALL STARS Cheese and Grain, 8pm, £12.50adv Frome Cheese and Grain Cider Festival featuring two of the Westcountry’s best love Scrumpy bands.
THE SUBWAYS Gloucester Guildhall, 7.30pm, £10
Sat.04 Bristol THE METEORS The Fleece, St Thomas St, 7.30pm, £14adv, 14+ With Dragster + Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons UPFEST AFTER PARTY Start the Bus, Baldwin St, 9pm, £4 Featuring Contraband Breaks Ensemble feat. Da Hybrid / Contraband Dub Sessions feat Madlox + DJ Skint / Mr Soulsbury SPARROW AND THE WORKSHOP Louisiana, Wapping Rd, £7 HERMAN DUNE The Thekla, The Grove, 7pm, £11 With Lail Arad
THE SUBWAYS Millennium Music Hall, Wood St, 7.30pm, £10
STAGECOACH The Orange Box, £5
Cardiff CKY Millennium Music Hall, Wood St, 7pm, £8 TRIBES + STRANGE NEWS FROM ANOTHER STAR Cardiff Arts Institute, Park Place, 8pm, £5 ELTON JOHN Motorpoint Arena, Mary Ann St, 7pm, from £35+bf KITTY DAISY AND LEWIS Clwb Ifor Bach, 7.30pm, £10 JOHN OTWAY + WILD WILLY BARRETT The Globe, 8pm, £10
BAD SIGN + RECLUSE Buffalo Bar, Windsor Place, 7.30pm, £3
THE MANGLEDWURZELS Yeovil Liberal Club, 4pm, £FREE Tribute band to The Wurzels
THE WILD SWANS The Thekla, The Grove, 7pm, 14+ ERASURE The Fleece, St Thomas St, 8pm, £SOLDOUT Support from Spacebuoy THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART Trinity Centre, Union St, 7.30pm, £12 JONATHAN COULTON Colston Hall, Colston St, 8pm, £18adv American singer-songwriter and internet sensation Jonathan Coulton is known for his songs about geek culture. Some of it is funny, but a lot of it is not so funny, and even more of it is somewhere in between. THE TRAVELLING BAND Thunderbolt, Bath Rd, 7.45pm, £6 With Russell Joslin
Mon.06 Bath MISTY MILLER Moles, 14 George St, 7.30pm, £free
ANAIS MITCHELL St Bonaventure’s, Egerton Rd, 7.30pm, £13 LIFE ON SIX The Croft, Stokes Croft, 8pm, £4 With Not Rocket Science + Anima Solus + Running Numbers KATE MCGILL Louisiana, Wapping Road, 8pm, £5 SAMMY MAINE + MEGAN THREADER + REBECCA CANT + ROBIN MADDICOTT + LARA MACKAY-MORRIS The Cube, Kingsdown, 8pm, £3
ALTERNATIVE EXPRESSION Buffalo Bar, Windsor Place, 8pm, £4adv With Colours Of One + Cut Ribbons + My Very Best WE’RE NO HEROS Gwdihw Bar, Guilford Crescent 8pm, £3. Quiet Colours EP Launch night, support from Oui Messy, VVOLVES & OK (DJ Set)
Tues.07 Bristol D.R.U.G.S The Fleece, St Thomas St, 7.30pm, £10adv THE DANGEROUS SUMMER + STRAIGHT LINES The Croft, Stokes Croft, 8pm, £5 HOLD YOUR HORSE +UTE The Croft, Kingsdown, 8pm, £5
THE TRAVELLING BAND 10 Feet Tall. Church St, 7.30pm, £5adv With Blind River Scare / James O’Neill and the Autumn Waltz THOMAS TRUAX + FRANCESCA’S WORD SALAD + THE VICTORIAN ENGLISH GENTLEMAN’S CLUB Norwegian Church Arts Centre, 7.30pm, £5adv
BLACK STONE CHERRY Solus, Cardiff University, 7.30pm, £17.50 in adv. Supported by The Treatment. WU LYF Clwb Ifor Bach, Womanby St, 7pm, £9.50 With Family MUNICH 10 Feet Tall, 10pm, £FREE With support tbc and On The Rocks DJs GRANDMASTER FLASH Millennium Music Hall, Wood St, 7.30pm, £17 ELTON JOHN Motorpoint Arena, Mary Ann St, 7pm, from £35
THE SUBWAYS, 8pm, £10adv
Fri.10 Bristol GOMEZ O2 Academy, Frogmore St, 6.30pm, £18.50 KEITH JAMES – THE SONGS OF LEONARD COHEN The Folk House, Park St, 8pm, £10adv FISH (MARILLION) The Thunderbolt, Bath Rd, 7.45pm, £20 Support from Jebo
JOHN OTWAY + WILD WILLY BARRETT Bridgwater Arts Centre, 8pm, £12adv
ENRIQUE IGLESIAS + LEMAR Motorpoint Arena, Mary Ann St, 7pm, from £35
Weston super Mare
TERO MELOS The Cooler, Park St, 8pm MONO The Fleece, St Thomas St, 7.30pm, £12.50adv
3 DAFT MONKEYS at DBs, 9.30pm, £4 The Wedding Present Orange Box, 7.30pm, £14. Support from guests TBC.
Live Sat.11 Bristol
Buffalo Bar Windsor Place 7pm BAREBACK Gwdihw Bar, Guilford WOMAD Bristol Zoo, Clifton Down, Crescent 8pm, £3. Support from 7pm, £20/£5 children/£45 family ticket Faze Action, Saul Wilks, Hot Property & James Marsh World music festival featuring Wiltshire Swansea singer Gabby Young and Other Animals JLS Liberty Stadium, gates 5pm, (how apt!) and a whole host of world music across two stages with performers £32.50 in adv. Supported by Olly Murs from around the world plus children’s and Alexis Jordan. workshops, stalls, food & drink and more! Mon.13 In support of gorilla conservation. ALEXANDER TUCKER The Cube, BRISTOL Kingsdown, 8pm, £6adv With THE RICHARD HEADS + Gran Skolbrot + Ratatosk Toucher + Hacksaw + 2 Sick TYRANNOSAURUS ALAN w/ JAKE Monkeys The Croft, Stokes Croft, AND THE JELLYFISH - T-ALAN 8pm, £5 DJ’S Mothers Ruin, 7-9 St Nicholas THE PIERCES Thekla The Grove St, 8pm 7pm £10 TRIBES LIVE Start the Bus, Baldwin St, 10pm, £4 Featuring Keep Cardiff Shelly In Athens / Felix Fables / Okay Deejay ANDY HICKIE AND THE MERRY BURNING SKIES The Fleece, St MAIDENS THE GENTLE GOOD / Thomas St, 6pm-10pm, £5 (Metal MEILIR / HEAL THE LAST STAND club night afterwards) Their last ever gig, with support from Shaped By Fate, Austere Ten Feet Tall Church St 7.30pm £4 & True Valiance Tues.14 PHANTOM LIMB The Thunderbolt, Bath Rd, 7.30pm, £10 With Russell Bristol Joslin TREVOR MOSS and HANNAHCardiff LOU St Bonaventures, Egerton WBEEZA Cardiff Arts Institute, Park Road 7.30pm, £8 Place, 9pm, £2 RYAN INGLIS + BUTTERFLIES IN EVERYONE TO THE ANDERSON THE ATTIC The Fleece St Thomas Buffalo Bar, Windsor Place, St 7.30 £5 7pm, £3 Cardiff THE KEYS + THE EPSTEIN TAKE THAT Millennium Stadium, Norwegian Church Arts Centre, 6.30pm, £SOLDOUT 8pm, £7 JUDY COLLINS The Globe Albany Rd 8pm £18Gwar + Clutch Millenium Music Hall Wood St 7pm £16
MIDDLE FINGER SALUTE + SLAGERIJ + STORY CUT SHORT 12 Bar, 7.30pm, £4 11th ESCAPE INTO THE PARK FESTIVAL Singleton Park 12pm11pm, £41.50 Wales biggest all day dance festival returns, with a slightly more mainstream line-up featuring Tinchy Stryder, Eddie Halliwell, Pendulum (DJ Set), Markus Schulz, Caspa, Jaguar Skills, Zinc, Headhunterz, Chipmunk, Yasmin, Chuckle and many more over 5 stages. Over 20,000 expected and is the highlight of the Welsh festival calendar.
Sun.12 Bristol Bronto Skylift - Everyone to the Anderson - The Jelas Mothers Ruin, 7-9 St Nicholas St, 8pm, £2 donation CHEAP TRICK, Plead The Fifth 02 Academy, Frogmore St, 7pm, £20adv NO MORE HEROES Golden Lion Gloucester Road 6.30 free RED SNAPPER Thekla The Grove 7.30pm £10
MIDNIGHT HIGH & supports Ten feet Tall Church St 7.30pm £3 SURFACE FESTIVAL: 2ND ROUND
CARA DILLON Subscription Rooms, 01453 760900, 8pm, from £14+bf
BA1 Records Showcase Komedia 7pm Featuring performers from the BA1 Records Trackfactor/Dublate A&R process and other selected BA1 family acts as selected by industry guest A&A panal including David Rhodes, Komonazmuk, Mensah, Wedge, Appleblim, Total Guitar, BBC Introducing Wiltshire, Studio Paranormal, BBC Introducing Bristol, By Jove, Enta-rain-ment etc. Bands playing include Bite the Buffalo, Tallis, Sam & Lily, The is not a Question?, Largo Embargo & Luke & Gabs amongst others.
MAMAS GUN Thekla , The Grove, 7pm £10 SRI LANKA FOLK FUNDRAISER A TREEHOUSE COLLECTIVE FUNDRAISER The Croft, Stokes Croft, 8pm, £2 IAN PARKER The Thunderbolt Bath Road, 7.30, £10 YOURS (LIVE) + SUPPORT Mothers Ruin, 7-9 St Nicholas St, 8pm, £tbc, a unique unsigned blues/indie/ punk three-piece from Gloucester
James Blake The Globe Albany Rd 7.30pm £10 Kids Return + Human Hands + Your Neighbour The Liar + Joanna Gruesome Clwb Ifor Bach Womanby St 7pm £4
ELLEN AND THE ESCAPADES Frog and Fiddle, 8pm, £4
MARTHA TILSTON Rock Lane Chapel, 7.30pm, £12adv
ED SHEERAN Moles, St George St, Bristol 7.30pm £SOLDOUT HALO The Fleece, St Thomas St Bristol ALL EYES WEST The Croft, Stokes 7.30pm £7adv ZEN HUSSIES Start the Bus, Croft, 8pm, £5 ALEX WINSTON the Cooler Park St Baldwin St, 10pm, £4. Support from Funk From The Trunk Dj’s 7.30pm £7 CHRIS MURRAY + BABAR LUCK MARTHA TILSTON Thekla The The Croft Stokes Croft, 8pm. Grove 7.30 £12 THE PRIVATE DICKS Beeses Bar THE IMPOSSIBLE GENTLEMAN & Tea Gardens Wyndham Crescent Colston Hall, 8pm A super jazz line up 8pm free of dazzling music from some of the UK’s Cardiff and USA’s finest musicians THE CHARITY ROCKFEST The Cardiff Basement (Undertone) Church THE CHAPIN SISTERS ZERVAS Street 8pm £6 AND PEPPER / BAREFOOT HOUDINI DAX + THE METHOD DANCE OF THE SEA Ten Feet Tall + DIRTY GOODS Clwb Ifor Bach Church St 8pm £6 adv MARCIA GRIFFITHS - the Queen of Womanby St 7.30pm £5 KODE9 Clwb Ifor Bach, 10pm, £8 Reggae The Globe Albany With Egyptrixx DJ set TAKE THAT Millennium Stadium, Devizes 6.30pm, £SOLDOUT DEVIZES FESTIVAL SHOWCASE FRAMING HANLEY + MY Corn Exhange Featuring Kid Carpet PASSION + THE HEATSTART / The Dead Lay Waiting / Liveo / Jessie Cardiff Solus, 7.30pm, £11.50 Branson / The Street Orphans / Roads To Newport Nowhere / Blood Legacy / Year Of The Thief EJECT PILOT EJECT Boleros, / Staccato / Chip Daddy
KITTY, DAISY & LEWIS Thekla, The Grove, 7pm £10 CONTRABAND SESSIONS WITH RANSOM BADBONES The Croft Stokes Croft, 8pm £5 On The Roof DJs / Pardon My French Start the Bus Baldwin St 10pm, £4 THE MONOCHROME SET + Steve Bush & Fran Fey & The Westfield Mining Disaster The Thunderbolt Bath Rd 7.45pm £10
JOHNNY CAGE & THE VOODOOGROOVE THE GLOBE ALBANY RD 7.30PM £8
JLS + OLLY MURS + ALEXIS JORDAN Lydiard House And Park, Swindon, 6.30pm, £32.50+bf SMOKESTACK SHAKERS + SHOCKS OF MIGHTY SOUND SYSTEM The Victoria, 8.30pm, £FREE
ERASURE Westonbirt Aboretum, 7pm, from £35 One of the Forestry Commission sessions.
Sun.19 Bristol SHINY RAINBOW (EP LAUNCH) + JOHARI + SLOPPY JOE + RASTA MAN TIME The Croft Stokes Croft, 8pm, £5 CELESTINE The Coronation Tap Sion Place 9pn
KELLIES JAMES JAMES BELLIES & DJ CASEY RAYMOND Buffalo Bar Windsor Place 8pm £5 TAKE THE INDUSTRY Gwdihw Bar, Guilford Crescent 8pm, £donations Live bands with Ocean Red, First Season, Café Zurich & more TBA. MARTYN JOSEPH The Globe, 8pm, £15adv
Mon.20 Bristol ASHES TO ANGELS + THE MURDER SCENE + CREATE CHAOS + DRAW ME WHEN I’M DEAD The Croft, Stokes Croft, 7.30pm, £4JON ALLEN St Bonaventures, Egerton Road, 7.30pm, £10 TUNE-YARDS + THOUSANDS + DUSTY CUT The Fleece, St Thomas St 7.30pm £8adv
Screamadelica Live!: Primal Scream Cardiff University SU The Great Hall Park Place 7pm £25
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Live The Croft, Stokes Croft, 8pm £5 BORIS / RUSSIAN CIRCLES + Saade The Fleece, St Thomas St 7.30pm £12.50
The End Effect + Turbo Island +
Lights And Clockwork + Anchorlite
After the Royal Wedding overload and the Stokes Croft riots, I enjoyed a night of beat poetry when I performed improvised beat poetry at an event organised by some ex UWE students before seeing a poetry performance from Kate Tempest and her band, the Sound of Rum. Literally every time I have seen her perform, I have pretty much felt like reading out my wedding vows there and then. Sad I know, but she is so skilled when it comes to lyrical dexterity, taking on issues like sexism and social politics in a manner that makes me go weak at the knees. There are, admittedly, a number of artists that have made me cry or feel intense emotions that recently, like Josh T Pearson, who reduced the 6ft 4inch giant of me to a rubble. His lyrics are just so powerful, all about break up of his marriage. Read my full review at www.247magazine.co.uk There was also The Simple things festival with a line -up which featured ultra angry Gonjasufi (I don’t think anyone told him that Bad Brains weren’t really the order of the day, as he told anyone who doesn’t like loud music to F*** OFF! Nice.) A drool-inducing set from Jon Hopkins, whose performance was so intense it caused me to have wrong things going on in my trouser department! I probably shouldn’t have said that, but hey certain sonic intensities and flashing lights do things to me. I had a bit of a quiet alt-country tinged week, with the NME tour featuring Anna Calvi, who has got one of the best voices out there on a major recording label, positive indie popsters Grouplove and Big Deal, who were like The Slow Club crossed with The Lemonheads. The next day was Shelby Lynne, who is better known as Alison Moorer’s sister. She sung passionate country for about two hours, full of regret and emotions leaving everyone spellbound with her tales jealousy, love and the death her parents, (her dad shot their mum and himself). But the week after brought on a heavier turn, with the likes of Fucked Up, Rolo Tomassi and Atari Teenage Riot (reviews of all of which at up at www.247magazine.co.uk), all of which could be in my view contenders for gig of the year. I mean Fucked Up put on the kind of show that remind me of why I got punk and rock’n’roll music in first place. It was sweaty fun, with Fucked Up’s singer spending a majority of the show in the audience giving people bare (sic) hugs, (literally the sweatiest hug I have ever received). He is the kind of person that is intent on spreading positivity.Warpaint and Connan Mockasin played the Academy too. Warpaint were much better than I expected but this was all about Connan Mockasin for me. I am a massive fan, and buy every record this guy releases because in my view he is a genius and one of a few people who can honestly pull off the 60s rare groove feel. June brings a myriad of festivals. I can hear the dinosaur that is Glastonbury wheezing about how it is the greatest festival out there. Sure,it is a lot of fun (apart from last year when I got mugged) but, as per usual, the mainstage is ultimately the Radio 2 fest. So, it is the smaller stages that have some of the more exciting live acts, such as Foolsgold, Little Dragon, Twilight Singers and The Pierces. Speaking of dinosaurs, has anyone seen the line-up for Hop Farm? Hop Damn digity, they have only gone and got the Eagles, 10cc, Lou Reed, Iggy and the Stooges, Patti Smith, Chrissy Hynde, Bryan Ferry and Prince! I am going to have to whore my body out for this one, you see most of those are on my list of to see before I die. Also there are the secret festival warm up shows, like Erasure at the Fleece. The Fleece is getting a lot of very good bands at the moment like Mono and Boris which I am very excited about. Go Bristol Fleece! magazine 26 |
BREATH + A PLAGUE OF DECEPTION + UNKNOWN FEAR + VELA + INIMISUS + ONE FOR THE FALLEN + MALICIOUS INTENT + LIONS The Croft Stokes Cardiff Croft 5pm £5 DRIVER DRIVE MIGRATIONS GLOBAL GARDEN FASTER+supportsTeen Feet Tall PARTY St Georges Brandon Hill Church St 8pm £tbc JIMMY EAT WORLD Cardiff Solus, 1pm free ZOE FRANCIS Coronation Tap 8pm, £SOLDOUT THE GUNS Clwb Ifor Bach, 7pm, £5 Sion St 9pm
Wed.22 Bath JOHN GRANT Komedia, 8.30pm, £15 in adv. John Grant’s effortlessly rich baritone is one of the most expressive voices you’ll hear this year. The former singer/songwriter with cult favourites The Czars returns with an extraordinary debut solo album made with Bella Union label mates Midlake.
ASH CLOUD (LIVE) Mothers Ruin, 7-9 St Nicholas St, 8pm, £tbc Famous Class, DoubleA 02 Academy Frogmore St, 7pm, £5 Heg Doughty + The Wolf Chorus The Croft Stokes Croft 8pm £5 The Atomic Rays The Horseshoe Badminton Road 9pm
Thu.23 Bristol THE CORAL 02 Academy, Frogmore St, 7pm, £18.50 STEVEN SOGO & THE HOPE STREET CANTEEN Stokes Croft 7pm THE EDEN HOUSE The Tunnels Temples Meads 8pm £10
WARPAINT & CRYSTAL STILTS Millennium Music Hall Wood St 7.30pm £12
Fri.24 Bristol BRAVO SIERRA & IN YOUR HONOUR The Croft, Stokes Croft, 8pm,£4
JOY ORBISON & JACKMASTER Clwb Ifor Bach Womanby St 10.30pm £8
Sat.25 Bristol EYEHATEGOD + Church Of Misery + The Gates Of Slumber + Witchsorrow + Dopefight + Thread + Hang The Bastard + Crossbreaker The Fleece, St Thomas St 5pm £15adv
JOHN GRANT (US) The Gate Arts Centre Keppoch Street 7.30pm £16.50
Sun.26 Bristol LEGION FEST: FALLEN DIVINITY + BLACK POLARIS + BETWEEN THE EMBERS + YOUR LAST
BATTLES, ISLET & TRUCKERS OF HUSK Millenium Music Hall Wood St 7.30pm £14 SAFE AND SOUND FESTIVAL Buffalo Bar Windsor Place £tbc
Mon.27 Bristol CYNDI LAUPER Colston Hall, Colston St 7.30. £33 BON JOVI Ashton Gate Stadium Ashton Road 6pm £29 - £225!
AVASH AVASH Ten Feet Tall, Church St 8pm £3
Tue.28 Bristol BATTLES Trinity Centre, Union St, 7.30pm, £14adv DEADBEAT ECHOES & LOFTBEAT The Croft Stoke Croft, 8pm, £5 JAZZ REGGAE SESSIONS Coronation Tap Sion St 9pm. With Craig Crofton And Guy Calhoun, Des Rogers, Flash & Dan Moore
JONNY The Globe Albany Rd 7.30pm £10.75 SEPULTURA Millennium Music Hall Wood St 7.30pm £15
Wed.29 Bristol TELLISON The Croft, Stokes Croft 8pm, £6adv DEAD LETTER CIRCUS O2 Academy Frogmore St, 7pm,£8 GALLOWS + Bastions + Brotherhood Of The Lake The Fleece, St Thomas St 7.30pm £13 OFFICIAL GALLOWS AFTERPARTY Mothers Ruin, 7-9 St Nicholas St, 8pm, £3/£2 with Gallows ticket
JAZZ MORLEY& supports Buffalo Bar Windsor Place 8pm £6 adv PENGUIN CAFE The Welsh College of Music and Drama Castle Grounds 8pm £20
Thu.30 Bristol HOT RATS, 02 Academy, Frogmore St, 6.30pm, £12.50 STRANGE BREW Coronation Tap Sion Rd 9pm NOVA ROBOTICS, THE CRISIS PROJECT & WE ARE STRANGERS MIND The Croft Stokes Croft 8pm £3
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Clubs MONDAY Bath
BRUKOUT, 8-9 North Parade, £3/£2 NUS/£1 before 11pm, Resident DJs play dubstep, electro, drum’n’bass and garage. MONDAY’S STUDENT NIGHT. Back To Mine. 7 Bladud Buildings. The Paragon. £free. DJ Asian Hawk mixing Funk, Soul, R’n’B, Hip Hop, Jazz, D’n’B, Reggae & more. THE STUDENT SOCIAL. Po Na Na. North Parade. 10pm-2am. £3 (Remember your student card please.) The biggest & best party anthems from RockerRoller & The Deviant. FLAUNT. Celsius Ice Bar and Club. 1-3 South Parade. 10pm- 3am. £3 B4 10.30pm/£4 after. Bath’s premier student night. DIVERSION. The Weir Lounge. St Saviours Road. Two house DJs playing popular Dance & Indie Rock MY MY MY. Second Bridge. 10 Manvers St. Bath’s premier student night. DJ ASIAN HAWK, Back To Mine, The Paragon, BA1 5LS, £free. Top mixing of funk, soul, RnB and hip-hop, hosting Monday’s student night
BOUNCE. Mbargo. The Triangle, Clifton. 8pm -2am. £free. fun & funky feel good grooves.
JAGERFEST, Glam, 9pm-4am, £tbc. Jager bomb deals for only £1.25, dance music and more. FUN FACTORY, Cardiff University Students’ Union, 9pm, £free NUS. The students’ one stop night for all rock and alternative music.
CHAKA CHAKA. Bar Sigma. 1 Northampton Lane. 10pm-3am. £free. Funk Reggae Dancehall Dub & Hip Hop
!CRASH! - THE POP! INDIE! DISCO! SMASH-UP! Po Na Na. North Parade. £3/£2.50 NUS. 10pm - 2am. Pop, Indie & Electro party anthems. THE BIG CHEESE. Moles, George St. 10pm-2am. £4/£3.50 NUS. Expect all the cheesiest tunes & drinks offers. TNT. Celsius Ice Bar & Club. 1-3 South Parade. 10pm-2am. £5 all night £4 Student
DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH. Mbargo. The Triangle. 8pm – 2am. £free. With DJ Jewell KANDI TUESDAYS. Joe Publics. 3 Queens Avenue. Clifton. £5/£4. 10pm – Late. Commercial, R’n’B, hip-hop, funky house. THE BITCH’S BOLLOCKS. Mr Wolfs. 33 St. Stephens St. £4with/ £5without NUS. New lesbian night every 2nd Tuesday! Old Skool, Hip Hop/ Indie/ Electro plus guest DJs. THE MASH UP. The Bunker, 78 Queens Road, Clifton Triangle. £4/£3 guestlist b4 11.30pm/£3 with VIP Bristol card. Resident DJ’s smash
out the best Drum ‘n’ Bass, Dubstep, Electro & Breakbeat producers.
JUST DANCE. Clwb Ifor Bach. Womanby St. 10.30–2am. £free B4 11pm/£3. A mixture of modern day Pop, Rock & R&B.
TORN. Meze Lounge. 6 Market St. £3. 9pm-3am. Torn residents play Metal, Hardcore & old school 80’s rock anthems. The F’n’K crew play Industrial, Punk & Goth in the Atti
DISCORD. Po Na Na. North Parade. 9.30pm-2am. £3 B4 11pm/£4 after/£2.50NUS. Rock, metal, punk, industrial & classic alternative anthems from DJ’s itBoy & Davo WEDNESDAYS. Back To Mine. 7 Bladud Buildings. The Paragon. £free. DJs on rotation playing Reggae, Dub, Eclectic, Rare Groove, Funk, Ska & more.
SLAM ON THE BREAKS, Mbargo, The Triangle, Clifton, £free, 8pm – 2am. £free. Benny Kane with a solid mix of Hip-Hop, R’n’B, Dubstep & Drum & Bass! PROPAGANDA, Syndicate, 10pm, £4/£3 NUS. Classic and New, Indie and alternative sounds from DJ Dan and the Postman.
THE LASH, Cardiff University Students’ Union, 7pm, £3 Cardiff student/£3.50 non-Cardiff student. The Union’s favourite dirty little secret. LISTEN UP! Clwb Ifor Bach. 11 Womanby Street. CF10 1BR. 10pm. £3. Indie, Electro, Pop, Soul, Disco, Funk. LIVE LOUNGE, Kirkhouse, Merthyr Tydfil, 9pm, £free before 10.30pm, Live music, cheap drinks. What more could you want. SOUL MOVEMENT. Zync Bar. 63 St. Marys St. 9pm-3.30am. Sexy Ladies Night with Soul, RNB, Hip Hop, Dancehall & Bashment. SHOTGUN RULES, Revolution, Castle Street, CF10 1BS, 9pm, £2 before 10.30pm with flyer / £3 before 12am / £4 after 12am. Dress to impress and dance the night way from some of the top hits right now 2nd BASS HERTZ Undertone 10pm-4am £free entry Cardiff’s newest underground midweek clubnight featuring the best and biggest dubstep, drum’n’bass and electro.
POUNDED WEDNESDAYS. Meze Lounge. 6 Market St. 9pm-4am £free. Mista ifsta presents 3 rooms of Rock, Indie, Electro, Ska, Punk & more. WEDNESDAYS. Mojo. Market St. £8/£7Nus. 9pm-2am. With DJs spinning R&B, Hip Hop, Funk, Cool Indie, Club Bangers with Electronic Dance & Classic Party Anthems!
ALLSORTS. Monkey Cafe. Castle
St. 10pm-3am. £3. ALLIANCE. Monkey Cafe. Castle St. Monthly. Premier Drum & Bass night. DEAL OR NO DEAL. Odyssey. Salbrious Place, Little Wind St. 10.30pm-3am. £free B4 11.30pm/£2. Deal: £5 & get 5 free drinks! Visit www.odysseynightclub.co.uk for details. EXPLOSION, Lava Lounge, Swansea, SA1 1DZ, 7pm. Midweek explosion of dance and cheap drinks FUNKED UP. Bar Sigma. 1 Northampton Lane. 10pm-3am. £free B4 10.30pm / £2/3 after 10pm. Funk Soul Disco Latin & Hip Hop. DROP THE BOMB. Bliss. 43/45 East St. 10pm-3am. The biggest dance tracks, RnB tunes & party favourites.
THIRSTY THURSDAYS. Po Na Na. North Parade. 10pm-2am. Girls go free b4 11pm / £3 b4 11pm / £4after / £1 off with TT flyer. The Deviants play Hip Hop, House, RnB, Indie, Rock & Rave! MONKEY LIKE BANANA. Back To Mine. 7 Bladud Buildings, The Paragon. £free before 11pm. DJs mixing Breaks, Funk, DnB &Eclectic. GLAMOUR PUSS. Club XL. 90B Walcot St. £1 B4 11pm. Student night. KITSCH. The Weir Lounge. St Saviours Road. The massive London night straight from Embargo 59.
DAFT FUNK. Mbargo. The Triangle, Clifton. 9pm–2am. £free. modern & classic takes across all genres. PRESSURE. Thekla. 9pm–3am. £4/ free B4 10pm. Bristol’s best indie and alternative club night. Guitar-orientated indie rock and alternative anthemas with resident dancefloor-decemating DJ MrSteveBob SUCK YU MUMMA, The Croft, 117-119 Stoke’s Croft, 10pm, £5. Imangie aka Badness + Tokin’ Man Dem + Tele & Bigeta (28th only). WANTED RECORDS, The Big Chill Bar, Small Street, BS1 1DE. £free. Bristol’s record store takes up weekly residency, bringing you all manner of vinyl delights. Featuring DJ’s John Stapleton, Andy Payback HIFI and others. 2nd CRAVE RETRO ELECTRO PARTY Timbuk 2 10pm-late, £3/£2 fancy dress. Crave back into 20’s and 30’s to bring you a real swinging carefree party to celebrate summer and the end of exams! Retor, electro, beats & house. 16th JASH MASH BASH 7 RETROBAIT CHARITY FUNDRASIER Blue Mountain, Stokes Croft 10pm-3am £5 Fundraiser night with Randall, Aries, J-Man, Innamorati & Silly Tang. Rm 2 with Koan Sound, Osh Kosh, Cropper & Retrobait residents.
DISCORD Metros, 10 Bakers Row 10pm-3am £3 Alternative night of rock, indie, punk, metal and classic alternative anthems. ON THE ROCKS Ten Feet Tall 9pm – 4am, £tbc Alternative party night after the bands finish.
9th GRANDMASTER FLASH Millennium Music Hall 7.30pm-late, £17 One of the greatest hip hop DJ’s ever, you gotta see this guy to believe what he is actually doing. One of the longest serving DJ’s in the scene and a true master of the decks. Swansea
S.A.M.P.L.E. Bar Sigma. 1 Northampton Lane. 8pm-12am. £free. Acoustic Music & Live Performance.
BLISS THURSDAYS. Bliss. 43/45 East St. 10pm-3am. £5 B4 11pm includes your first 3 drinks on us! Biggest student friendly night playing Dance, Urban, R & B & Anthems.
CONFESSION. Moles, George St. 9.30pm-4am. £free before 11pm/£5 after/£4 NUS. MrSteveBob plays the best Electro, Pop & Indie & The Snugs play Reggae, Funk & Soul upstairs. SQUEEZE THE CHEESE, Pa Na Na, 8-9 North Parade, 10.30pm, £5/£4 NUS. The best of the retropop and cheese that everyone knows iPOP! Komedia. Westgate St. 10.30pm-1.30am. Expect the BEST BritPoppin & Chart-Topping anthems. DELIGHT. Club XL. 90B Walcot St. £2 B4 11pm. House, Dance, Electro & Chart Hits. SAVED BY THE BELL. Celsius Ice Bar and Club. 1-3 South Parade. 10pm-3am. £4 B4 11pm/£5. When the bell sounds, ALL drink prices are drastically reduced ! ELEMENT. The Weir Lounge. St Saviours Road. £free with password from facebook. DJ Touch delivering the hottest new tunes.
EDEN, Syndicate, 10pm, World’s best DJs and cheap drinks – all a student needs for a night out FINITE. The Croft, 117-119 Stokes Croft, BS1 3RW, 10pm, £5. With the likes of Dean Rodell, Ms Kendal and Broken Bap. ROCKABILLY BLAST. The Lanes, 22 Nelson Street, BS1 2LE, 8pm, £4. 50’s themed rockabilly club night. Last Friday of the month only. POLOGUE PRESENTS FUNCTION Timbuk 2 10pm-late, £7/£6 B4 12am. Function, from New York, Jamie Curnock, Patrick Bolton and more. 3rd BOUNCE BASS MUSIC SUMMER SESSIONS Basement 45 10pm-late, £5/£4/£3 B4 12am House, dubstep, D’n’B with Submatiks, Savio, Dreadnaught & guests. 3rd INNOVATION BRISTOL THE SUMMER SIZZLA Lakota 9pm-6am £17.50 in adv. Over 70 artists in 6 different arean’s - big night for D’n’B & Dubstep. The Last event was totally rammed, so expect more of the same, guests tonight include The Harry Shotta Show, Andy C, DJ Hype, Phantasy, Sub Zero, Ratpack (old skool), Top Buzz, DJ SY, Swan-E, Nicky Blackmarket, Donovan Badboy Smith, N-Type, Crissy Criss, Slum Dogz, Jaydan, DJ Zen, The Dreem Team (old skool garage) and more. MC’s Skibadee,
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Clubs Eksman, GQ, IC3, Ribbz, Robbie Dee, and many more. 3rd SHIT THE BED V’S DIGITAL SOUNDBOY Motion 10pm-5am, £18. Massive 4 rom show to kick start another full on club weekend in Bristol, guests include Jack Beats, Scratch Perverts, Joker, 16 Bit, Addison Groove, Eddie K, Rossi B & Luca, Dream Dub Boy an many more. 10th CRAZYLEGS Basement 45 10pm-late Drum & Bass, dubstep & house with Woz, 3hr set from Kyle Hall from Detroit, supported by Jay-L, Chris Farrell, Kelly Twins, EFa, Shandy, Spooks & Shaun P (Werk). 10th DUB STUDIO Cosies 10pmlate, £3 Skinnz (Earwax / Boka), Henry Heatwave & Mark Maitreya. 10th NEBULA V’S BASS KITCHEN Timbuk 2 10pm-late, £5/£4. Featuring a huge mix of DJ’s and styles. Expect Drum & Bass, Breaks, Hip hop and Dubstep across both rooms and bring your dancing shoes for a night not to be missed. 17th BROCK OUT X COIN OPERATED Timbuk 2 10pm-late, £7. Going in hard alongside the UK’s finest purveyor of mutant bass music, guests Jerome Hill, The Squire of Gothos, Kanji Kinetic, Rrritalin, Mustard Gunn and more. 17th ONE:SIX TAKEOVER Basement 45 10.30pm-4am Drum & Bass, dubstep & house with Skanky Generals, Woz, Bazla, Freddy P, DJ B-Rose. 24th ABSTRACTIONS Basement 45 10.30pm-4am Free party, check with club for more details. 24th WABISABI Timbuk 2 10pmlate, £5 in adv. Rave in a cave with Mark Rae - Grand Central Records boss man and one half of the legendary Rae & Christian duo. Support fromBristol nu funk DJ Ewan Hoozami.
PROPAGANDA, Glam, 10pm-4am, £3. The UK’s best weekly Indie night in the heart of Wales. 10th BUMPER V’s GHETTO FUNK Buffalo Bar. 11 Windsor Place. 10pm-4am. £4/£3/free B4 11pm. Laying down Big Beats, Deep Funk, Party Anthems, New Music and Dancefloor Fillers. Featurecast guest tonight, playing hip hop, breaks, dubstep and drum’n’bass - just as long as it’s funky! 1st July BIONIC Millennium Music Hall, 10pm-6am £tbc Hardstyle inght with BASS BANDITS (aka Rob the Red VS Tekno Tom), Bionic, Brian M Vs McBunn, Cally and Juice, Italians Do it Better, q-dance, Stu Grady, Technikal Support and wragg & log:one
RETRIBUTION. Meze Lounge. Market St. 9pm-5am. Rock night with the lastest Metal, Metal Hardcore and Death Metal. KISS & MAKE UP. Revolution. 8-11 Griffin St. 9pm-6am. £free.
FRISKY FRIDAYS. Odyssey. Salbrious Place, Little Wind St. 10.30pm-3am. £free B4 11.30pm/£3. Chart, Party, Dance & RnB. FRIDAY FIX. Lava Lounge. Little Wind St. Till 10pm. Dance to tunes
from the last two decades with drinks prices to match. SHINFO. Bar Sigma. 1 Northampton Lane. 8pm-12am. £free B4 10.30pm/£3. Punk Rock Metal Indie Electro Ska D&B & House.
Nelson St. 9pm-3am. £3. Twice Monthly. Pounding 60’s Garage beats, freaky 60’s Pop, Mod Soul, vintage Rock & Roll & Indie Anthems. 4th AGRO INVITES PRSPCT RECORDINGS Lakota 10pm-6am, Swindon £tbc. D’n’B and dubstep night with Current CASSETTE PLAYER. Suju Value, Limewax, DJ Hidden, Broken Note, Nightclub. 28 High St. 11pm-4am, Blackmass Plastics, Lenkemz, Turbofresh, £3 b4 11.30pm/£5. DJ’s Downstairs: Womagrid, Resinate and many more. Enjoy a mix of indie/rocknroll/choice pop 4th CONTRABAND UPFEST cuts/electro/funk/soul with Rob The Mod & AFTER PARTY Start the Bus 10pmPhil Dirt.The Lounge: Smooth RnB, Hip Hop 3am, £4 Come and party after a hard days & classic hits with The Chief. painting, Contraband supply the tunes, so 27th NERO Suju 28 High St, expect Breaks from Ensemble ft Da Hybrid Old Town 11pm-5am £8/£7/£6 in and Dubstep with Madlox and guests. adv. Dubstep, D’n’b and r’n’b with Nero 4th DRAMA Dojo’s 11pm-4am, headlining this massive night, supported by £7/£5 B4 12am The unofficial DJ Chief & Ciaran Boast. afterparty for We The People Taunton Festival. Discounted entry for BLISS FRIDAYS. Bliss. 43/45 East those with festival wristbands! St. 9pm-3am. The biggest tunes around! Chris Stanford, one of the brains behind the legendary Lost Souls nights in London. For SATURDAY five years Lost Souls have been hosting epic parties at the infamous toilet, Public Life, Bath supported by Gareth Wild. MOTORCITY, 22-23 Westgate 4th WERK Timbuk 2 10pm-late, Street, 10.30pm, £3/£5. A classic mix Wahooo residents special, alongside £5 of funk, soul with some disco thrown in for a Cook & Finn and Luke Black and residents. great Saturday night out PLAY. Moles. George St. 10pm– 4th WONKY Basement 45 11pm4am. Live bands & late night DJ’s playing 4am Bristol’s best and longest running your favourite Dance & House tunes. alternative gay night. Guest djs Pardon my SCANDAL. Po Na Na. North French & the Wonky Residents play a nonParade.10.30pm-2.30am. £5 b4 stop party mix across two rooms. 12pm/£6after. DJ Ross Deviant with 4th WE THE PEOPLE FESTIVAL an eclectic mix of quality anthems from a Bristol Harbourside 2pm-12am, £35 variety of musical genres Bristol’s newest dance festival, today with KLUB KUTE.The Cooler Music Chase and Status live, Example, Redlight Venue. 48 Park St. 10pm. £5. The & Dread MC, Annie Mac, J-Wow, MJ Cole, Best Indie night in Bristol with DJ George. Modestep, High Rankin and many more FORBIDDEN FRUIT. ClubXL. over 3 stages. Walcott St. 10pm-3am. £4.50 B4 11th CRITICAL SOUND 11.30pm/£3 NUS/£6 after/£4.50 Basement 45 10pm-late NUS. DJ Paul James blending a Phace, S.P.Y, Cyantific, Kasra, Total Science, commercial, hip swinging bash of musical Illusive & Sotne bringing D’n’B to the delight. Basement. SATURDAYS. Back To Mine. 7 Bladud Buildings. £free entry b4 11. 11th HEADRUSH Timbuk 2 £5/£3 mem. DJs on rotation playing Old 10pm-late, £tbc Guests include New Skool Beats & Nu Skool flavours as well as World Aquarium, The Kelly Twins and Funk, Soul, Hip Hop, DnB, RnB, Hypnotic more tbc. Breaks & Progressive Beats. 11th IN:MOTION SUMMER LUSH. The Weir Lounge. St PARTY Motion 10pm-6am, £16.50. Saviours Road. DJ Touch (Coco Loco, Massive 4 room show tas a preview to Twice As Nice) & Rudeboy Marcus play the forthcoming Autumn In:Motion series party tunes. of parties. Tonight with Boys Noize, Erol 18th ROCKSTEADY Moles £5/£3 Alkan, Untold, Roska, Baobinga, Bowski, B4 11pm Dubstep night with Cluekid, Dub Tom Maddicott, Arsequake, Stereo8 and Boy, Lurka and many more many more. Bristol 18th BOUNCE PRESENT THE HANKY PANKY PLAYBOY PARTY, SUMMER CAPOEIRA FESTIVAL Syndicate, 10pm, £free entry before AFTERPARTY Basement 45 10pm12. It’s Easter and the bunnies are out. late Brazilian DJ’s, live Capoeira in the main Party with sounds from DJ Leto and DJ room, Bouce house, breaks and electro Minotti in the 2nd room with Mi Casa su Casa & GENERATION X. The Hatchet Inn. Shawn Fleming. Frogmore St. 10pm-3am. £3 B4 18th LOST! Timbuk 2 10pm-late, 11.30pm/£4after (£3 Members*). £6/£5 B4 12am Sees the LOST! debut Bristol’s Premier Rock Night. Main Room: Generation X with DJs Dave Remix, Dr. Stein, of the ever-popular Rebekah. If you’ve not seen Rebekah play, this is not to be missed. Jason X & Old Man Rich and the best in WIth a deft ear for pulsating beats and Punk, Rock, Metal & Alternative music. rhythms, Rebekah is the queen of tearing up POP CONFESSIONAL Thekla. dancefloors. Support comes from AMTR East Mud Dock. 9.30pm-4am, £5 and Marc Johnson. B4 12am/£free B4 10pm Playing pop classics from all eras, think Hall & Oates and 18th RUFFNEK DISCOTEK David Essex! Cosies 10pm-late, £3 Expect the usual HIGHER GROUND. Mbargo. bass heavy, waist winding throwdown The Triangle, Clifton. £free until covering everything from bashment to booty 10.30pm. With DJ Jambo. bass and dancehall to dubstep with Monkey DEPARTMENT S. The Lanes.
Steak, Dub Boy, Stylatron.
COMEPLAY, Cardiff Students’ Union, 7pm, £3. Three rooms, a whole hoax of different genres of music and some live performances too, Saturday night at the Union has something for everyone. SATURDAYS. Club X. 35-37 Charles St. 8pm-6am. £free B4 10pm. Residents Kevin Williams & DJ Mandy B playing Dance & Dirty Electro, DJ Dan playing party anthems & DJ Tyler playing sexy Soul & RnB. MUSIQUE 10. The Kings Head. Welsh St. 8pm-1am. £free. Every 3rd Saturday of the month Musique brings you House, Breaks, Electro, Classics & Urban.
SWITCH. Meze Lounge. Market St. 9pm-6am. Alt,Indie, Rock, Hip-Hop, D&B, Dubstep, Old Skool, Emo.
DESIRE. Odyssey. Salbrious Place, Little Wind St. 10.30pm-3am. £free B4 11.30pm/£4. Chart, Party, Dance & RnB. ar Sigma. 1 Northampton Lane. 8pm till 3am. £free B4 10.30pm / £3/£5 after. Punk Rock Metal Indie Electro Ska D&B & House. 11th ESCAPE INTO THE PARK FESTIVAL Singleton Park 12pm-11pm, £41.50 Wales biggest all day dance festival returns, with a slightly more mainstream line-up featuring Tinchy Stryder, Eddie Halliwell, Pendulum (DJ Set), Markus Schulz, Caspa, Jaguar Skills, Zinc, Headhunterz, Chipmunk, Yasmin, Chuckle and many more over 5 stages. Over 20,000 expected and is the highlight of the Welsh festival calendar.
Swindon 11th KANDIFUNK Suju 28 High
St, Old Town 11pm-5am £7/£6 B4 12am. Big night with Kissy Sell Out DJing live, featuring MC Cobra - dress neon punk! Support from Beatbullyz (Live PA), The Kandifunk Allstars, DJ Chiwf & Danny Kissane on live percussion.
BLISS SATURDAYS. Bliss. 43/45 East St. 9pm-3am. The biggest tunes around!
STOOPID FRESH! Back To Mine, 7 Bladud Buildings, The Paragon. £3 (cheaper if you dress up) Break dancing, Hip Hop, Scratching & Graff!! DJ’s Asian Hawk, slick wizard slim & special agent chuck Rock. SUNDAY SELECT. The Weir Lounge. St Saviours Road. A party mix of RnB, Old Skool, Soul, Funk, Pop, Funky House & more.
DJ LUNCH BOX. Mr Wolfs. 33 St. Stephens St. £free. A night of Reggae, Ragga, Hiphop, Ska, Swing & Balkan beauties! 5th WE THE PEOPLE FESTIVAL Bristol Harbourside 2pm-12am, £35 Bristol’s newest dance festival, last day with The Streets playing live, Lee Scratch Perry, Roots Manuva, Tensnake, Sub Focus, Doom, Beardyman, THe Gaslamp Killer, Yasmin and many more over 3 stages.
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The final May ATP at Butlins Minehead was a tad tamer than the previous offerings but it still didnâ€™t fail to disappoint the hundreds of indie folk (included the April 247 Mag comp winner) who headed West for the a double dose of Animal Collective, Gang Gang Dance, Big Boi (Outkast), Dent May, Lee Scratch Perry and the highlight of the weekend The Entrance Band, who played to a packed out crowd in Reds on Sunday afternoon. ATP is back in Butlins, Minehead, in December with one curated by Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel) and another by Battles, Les Savy Photos: Laura Williams Fav and Caribou. More info at www.atpfestivals.co.uk Weâ€™ll see you there! 34 |
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