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REDLIGHT // DJ YODA 23 REWIND // BEST OF LAST MONTH
NINJA TUNE 24-25 INTERVIEW // LOCAL TALENT
DAZEE 26-27 EVENT PREVIEW
MR SCRUFF 28-29 THE INFLUENCERS
CONAL DODDS 30-31
51 Stokes Croft 32 O2 Academy 33 Big Chill Bar 34 Cosies 35 Crofters Rights 36
Dojo 37 Elbow Room 38 The Fleece 39 The Full Moon 40 GALLIMAUFRY 41
The Golden Lion 42 Lakota 43 Lanes 44 The Love Inn 45 Motherâ€™s Ruin 46
Mr Wolfs 47 THE OLD BOOKSHOP 48 Stag and Hounds 49 Trinity 50 Thekla 51
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Grillstock Bristol 2015 Win 4 weekend tickets Bristol Grillstock Festival is a celebration of all things BBQ with thousands of visitors attracted to the hillbilly hysteria on Bristol’s Harbourside each year. With over 25 acts playing across two music stages, including headliners De La Soul, The Heavy, DJ Yoda and Goldie Looking Chain; plus a smokin’ hot US style low ‘n’ slow BBQ competition and craft beer bars, get yourselves down to Bristol Harbourside on for a weekend of meat, music & mayhem. To enter: visit us on facebook.com/nitelifebristol and post: ‘Grillstock 2015’ on our wall. Winner selected by prize draw on 06/05/15.
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GEORGE CLINTON AND PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC
Tombs blend a wide array of influences including Black Metal and dark industrial music. ‘Savage Gold’, the band’s third album continues Tombs’ journey into the realms of extremity. This time around, the band has teamed up with producer Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore, Hate Eternal) to record the band’s most extreme release to date.
Recording both as Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine ruled black music during the ’70s, capturing over 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones) and recording three platinum albums.
April 14 // 7.30pm // £10 inc BF // The Fleece
April 17 // 6pm – 10pm // £28.12 inc. BF// O2 Academy
BANK HOLIDAY SPECIAL CLUB
Something special for the Easter bank holiday, four big nights with 51’s resident DJs. Kicking off the weekend in style on Thursday night: ‘Eat Your Greens’. Friday: Barlow. Saturday: Fun and soul sessions from ‘The Funk Soul Brother and Anonymous Sound’ and Easter Sunday: ‘Papa Moomin’.
April 2-5 // 10pm – Late // £2 - £3 // No.51 Stokes Croft
PALE ANGELS LIVE
An evening of fuzzy noise-pop with Pale Angels and support from Playloung, I Love Your Lifestyle, Bret Easton.
April 11 // Donations // Stag & Hounds
GARDEN GET TOGETHER CLUB/LIVE
The Love Inn are throwing a little warm-up party for the Croatia’s Garden festival, featuring some of their finest DJs before they jet out to Adriatic - Felix Dickinson, Bad Passion & international man of leisure and Love Inn CEO Dave Harvey.
April 4 // 10pm-4am // £3 After 11pm // The Love Inn
SIP THE JUICE EASTER PARTY WITH DJ MARLEY MARL AND GUEST CRAIG G CLUB
Sip the Juice proudly present one of the most pioneering producers from hip hop’s Golden Era: world famous DJ Marley Marl, with special guest Craig G. Support on the night from Bristol supremo Sir Beans OBE and guest MC plus Sip the Juice DJs. This one’s gonna blow the roof off, house party style.
April 4 // 9pm – 2am// £10 adv // MOTD // The Attic
BANJAX 3RD BIRTHDAY CLUB
Banjax celebrate their 3rd birthday with super house duo Prok & Fitch, and Scott Diaz; along with friends Apex, Tremor Soundsystem, Whomp, Werk, and No 24.
April 5 // 10pm – 6am // £3 / £6 / £8 / £10 // Lakota
THE GROOVE DEN HOSTED BY JAMES MORTON LIVE
SIP THE JUICE VS FEEL THE REAL - GEORGE CLINTON AFTER PARTY
Brilliant Bristolian saxophinist James Morton continues his Thursday residency with an all-star cast. Live jazz, funk, soul & beats. James has previously performed internationally with the likes of Fred Wesley and the New JBs, Pee Wee Ellis, Raphael Saadiq & The Herbaliser, to name but a few
Coconut is back for it’s second installment to help you warm your dancing feet and wave goodbye to winter. With special guests: Cellardore (kronik music) & Casual Salmon, MC Stavros and Meakin. Peace, love and coconuts.
This is the official after party for the George Clinton, Parliament & Funkadelic show at O2 Academy. We’ll be kicking it pure P-Funk with 2 of Bristol finest party starters Sip the Juice & Feel the Real. More bounce to the ounce!
Every Thursday // 9-11.30pm // Free // The Gallimaufry
April 23 // 10pm – 4am// £3 // Cosies
April 17 // 10pm-4am // £3 After 11pm // The Love Inn
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D.O.P. (DETECTIVES OF PERSPECTIVE) W/ DJ CHEEBA (A/V SET)
The biggest cross genre rave event in Bristol! For all you bass heads out there, Ascension has got DnB, house, grime, garage and jungle for you to let off some serious steam. Including headliners DJ Luck and MC Neat, Mr. Traumatik, Devilman, and more to be announced.
April 17 // 10pm – 4am // £10 / £12 / £15 / £17 // Lakota
DRY WHITE BONES LIVE
It’s a Love Inn debut for party veterans D.O.P. though not the first time they’ve been graced by the don dada DJ Cheeba who is back doing his A/V thing. Hip hop, breaks & beats are the flava of the month.
April 25 // 10pm-4am // £3 After 11pm // The Love Inn Dry White Bones played at The Old Bookshop last year and it was their favourite gig of the year. Zepplin on cider!
25 April // 9pm – 11pm // Free // The Old Bookshop
SOUL SHAKIN’ WITH BEN SUMMERS AND GUESTS CLUB
Dust off your dancing shoes for Ben Summers and friends playing Northern Soul, 60s club soul and mod jazz on original 7” vinyl. Regular guest slots from the likes of Northern Soul Girl Levanna and legendary Bristol crate-digger/Wanted Records’ John Stapleton. Keep the faith!
JUNE BUG LIVE
June Bug’s psychedelic Folk Stories are a clever mix between a delicate unalterable folk, a communicative energy and far-fetched rhythms coming straight out of a huge toy chest. Mischievous and sincere, this new opus has more than one surprise up its sleeve.
10 April // 9pm – 11pm //Free // The Old Bookshop
Another banger lined up from Intrigue featuring the sounds of Ulterior Motive, Technimatic, Bachelors of Science and more. Heavyweight drum and bass.
March 28// 11pm – 6am // £6 before 12am / £7 after // Dojos
Every Friday // 9pm-1am // Free // The Gallimaufry
BEATROOTS BRISTOL LAUNCH PARTY CLUB/LIVE
GNARWOLVES + THE SMITH STREET BAND LIVE
Skate punk trio Gnarwolves return to Bristol following a momentous year, opening the main stage of Reading and Leeds festivals and playing their biggest headline shows to date throughout November and December. Melbourne folk/punk/pop rockers The Smith Street Band join Gnarwolves as special co-headliners. Not to be missed!
April 23 // 7.30pm // £10 inc BF // The Fleece
Beatroots originally found its home at the infamous Passing Clouds in Dalston, where it still continues to deliver a steady stream of packed out events. Providing the best in beats, brass and bass. Now the team behind this unique night has decided the time is right to give Bristol the purple makeover and supply the festival vibes at the Crofters Rights with the best in live music and DJs. Playing on the night: MC Xander, Retrospective For Love, Brass Knuckles, The Sultan and J Rus.
April 18 // 10pm – 3am// Free before 9pm / £5 before 10pm more after // Crofters Rights
WE LOVE WEDNESDAYS CLUB
Sip The Juice presents Peter Storm, Peazy-E & fam, playing all manner of ill-mannered bangers past and present. Open late and packed with high-grade Hip-Hop, so come correct for the dancefloor!
Every Wednesday // 9pm – 2am // Free // Big Chill Bar
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JAMES BAY LIVE
WOLF ALICE LIVE
As anyone who has witnessed James and his band live before will attest to, this is a tour not to be missed. In the last 10 months, James has sold out a UK tour and his debut single ‘Hold Back The River’ play-listed at BBC Radio 1.
Wolf Alice come to Trinity Centre following a meteoric year, which has seen the band pack out festival stages and ignite a fierce fanbase with their heralded Creature Songs EP. Having sold out London’s Heaven, the band have set their sights on their next conquest - Shepherd’s Bush Empire, traditionally a marker for a band’s ascent into stardom, stopping off in Bristol on their way.
April 20 // 7pm – 11pm // Sold Out // O2 Academy
April 2 // 7.30pm – 11pm // £12 adv // Trinity Centre
RUFFNEK DISKOTEK CLUB
This month’s installment of Ruffnek Diskotek welcomes an old friend back for the first time in many years, Bristol’s legendary Mr Benn. Support comes from Ruffnek’s own soca/rave crew, The Dutty Inspectors and the Ruffnek Diskotek DJs.
April 4 // 10pm – Late // £3 / £4 // Cosies
KID CARPET LIVE
Kid Carpet is Ed Patrick. Ed was performing in an indie band who kept buying expensive, heavy equipment and hurting their backs carrying it in and out of music venues. Thinking that there was an easier way to have fun with music, Ed went to his local car boot sale with a ten pound note and returned with a plastic guitar, keyboard and tape deck. He put his name into an online anagram generating machine and Kid Carpet was born. He began getting requests for Radio 1 sessions, remixed Fat Boy Slim and performed all over the UK..
SMALL AND GOLD
April 24 // 8.30pm - 2am // £3 // The Full Moon & Attic Bar
Four sisters started this country/alt folk band after discovering they all love to sing and play music together.
11 April // 9pm – 11pm // Free // The Old Bookshop
THE TWILIGHT SAD
DEPARTMENT S CLUB NIGHT PRESENTS: HIDDEN CHARMS
THE UNIVERSITY JAZZ FUNK SOUL SOCIETY
Hidden Charms headline the Department S Club night Bristol mod/ soul bank holiday special. Their new album is produced by Shel Talmy who produced The Who’s My Generation album and tracks from The Kinks, including You Really Got Me.
Following the huge success of last years sessions; the weekly Jazz, Funk & Soul Jam session returns once again featuring some of Bristol’s best, jamming and performing live. £2.50 pints plus discounted cocktails all night.
Scottish indie rock band, signed to Fat Cat Records. The Twilight Sad make their return to Bristol this month in support of recent album ‘Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave’. Their 2007 debut album, ‘Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters’, drew widespread acclaim from critics along with their notoriously loud live performances, which led them to tour extensively and play with bands such as Mogwai and Frightened Rabbit.
April 4 // £5 adv // 9pm-3am // The Lanes
Every Tuesday // 9pm – 2am// Free // Big Chill Bar
April 20 // 7.30pm // £12 inc BF // The Fleece
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THE BLOCKHEADS LIVE
Legendary Brit-Funkers behind the No.1 single ‘Hit me with your Rhythm Stick’ will be playing all the old favourites as well as some brand new material. Catch them when they visit The Fleece this April.
PING ISLAND PRESENTS: LTNT + ARMCHAIR COMMITTEE + BROCKLEY FOREST + LEO STEEL
Live Bhangra and its most banging with an emphasis on partying Punjabi style. If you’re yet to experience the joy of the amazing RSVP, here’s your chance. Expect an introduction to Bhangra dance, led by the band themselves by one of the best festival bands going. This is going to be the best party this side of New Delhi.
April 24 // 9pm // £3 // The Golden Lion
April 24 // 7pm // £20 inc BF // The Fleece Alt rock and blues rock combines effortlessly in the form of LTNT. A rare Bristol show with a load of great support acts.
April 17 // Free // Stag & Hounds
MAMPI SWIFT CLUB
GIRL FRIEND AND SECRET GUEST LIVE
A free entry party at Crofters, featuring Girl Friend who have been getting a fantastic response from the press recently Plus something pretty tasty in support...
April 21// 8pm // Free // Crofters Rights
The AFT Team are back with a very special headliner. The very definition of a legend, Mampi Swift has been involved in the drum and bass scene since the early 90s, with releases on labels like Suburban Base, True Playaz, Trouble On Vinyl & Frontline. 1997 saw the launch of Charge Recordings and with the release of ‘The One’, Swift became a household name, following up with the likes of ‘Hi Tek’, ‘Touch Of J’, ‘Jaws’ and ‘Trippin’. After a couple of years out, Mampi Swift and Charge Recordings are back and the long awaited ‘History LP’ has been heavily supported by the likes of Andy C, MistaJam, Friction, Hype, Crissy Criss & Bailey.
April 19 // 8.30pm - 2am // Free before 9.30pm / £3 after // The Full Moon & Attic Bar
DEPARTMENT S CLUB NIGHT PRESENTS: THE DELTICS
Polymath come to Mothers Ruin bringing with them angular music and a great live show. Lost In The Riots are joint-headliners with support from the South-west’s finest Memory Of Elephant and Chiyoda Ku
April 3 // Free // Mothers’ Ruin
BRU SHANKS’ ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY
VIENNA DITTO & SPECIAL GUESTS
The Deltics return to Department S with a high octane set of 60s garage and freakbeat nuggets. Followed by John The Mod (Gimme Shelter!) and guests pounding 60s garage, 60s pop, mod, two tone, northern soul, rock & roll, alt 80s and indie anthems.
A mix of wild-eyed rockabilly riffs with sparse, atmospheric electronica. “Portishead doing a Tarantino soundtrack... This is great!” - Huw Stephens.
This Easter Sunday, live bands include The Bru Shanks and garage rock power duo, HOWL from Cardiff. The Bru Shanks who are launching their self titled album will be giving away free album downloads and CDs all night long.
April 11 // £5/£3 NUS// 9pm-3am // The Lanes
April 17 // Free // Mothers’ Ruin
April 5 // Free // Mothers’ Ruin
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BANK HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR CLUB
Four nights of events and live music this Easter weekend: Thursday night: The Night Bus ft. ‘The Sine Waves’. Friday: ‘Born in a Barn’ and ‘Rumjig’. Saturday: It’s ‘Mr Tea and The Minions’ 2nd Birthday party. And to top it off Sunday: ‘Land of The Giants’.
April 2-5 // 9.30pm - Late // £3- £4 // Mr Wolf’s
A London-based MC with Ghanaian heritage, Stormzy launched his career clashing at youth clubs around his home town. His performances evolved from grime-only music that showed a love of artists like Skepta, to more rap-oriented material that reflected Stormzy’s growing appreciation for artists like Drake. Late in 2013, he began uploading his “Wicked Skengman” series of freestyles over classic grime beats; in 2014, he made his official debut with the EP Dreamers Disease.
A 4-day musical adventure featuring a ton of bands you love and will grow to love. Free entry with a boatload of ales. Featuring Abelana - Annilee Ford - Blue Collar Decade - Candy Darling Chokobo - Chuman - Dean Reed’s Dead - Diving Bell - Dynamite Pussy Club - Evie woods - Fogbound - Foreign Affairs - Gaz Brookfield - Ghost Of The Avalanche - Idles - Kerry Ann Jangle - Light Falls Forward - Litt Up - Missin’ Rosie - Nicholson Heal Rauschenberg - Rita Lynch - Rozelle - Saona - The Backhand Jags - The Decoy - The Flux Capacitors - The Gnarwhals - The Hogranch The Hot House Four - The Johnstown Flood - The Rockolas - The Sick Livers - The Tame - Them Dead Beats - Yards
April 2 -5 // Free // Stag & Hounds
April 16 // 6pm // £9.35 inc BF // Thekla
BITE THE BUFFALO + GECKO (SOLO)
Mr Wolf’s can not get enough of the Bite the Buffalo boys – their raw, bluesy, rock star energy on stage is enough to get any miserable bugger on their feet – and being that miserable buggers aren’t found in the Wolf Den, this night is sure to kick off! With support from one third of Londoners Gecko.
Bipolar Sunshine is based on a surreal world where anything is possible, the stranger the better as long as its done with an artistic approach. A Home for the defeated romantic, the passionately curious but in the mist of all still can see the bright side to everything.
April 25// 9.30pm – Late // £3 - £4 // Mr Wolf’s
April 12 // 7pm // £11 inc BF // Thekla
PORT ERIN + WASUREMONO CLUB/LIVE
The Port Erin boys are back, returning to the Wolf den to put on another brilliant show. This time supported by Wasuremono, this is going to be a night of live music that you do not want to miss. Followed by DJ Abso from the Asbo Disco spinning tunes until the early hours of Saturday.
April 17 // 9.30 – Late // £3 - £4 // Mr Wolf’s
BUNTY: MULTIMOS LIVE SHOW LIVE
Epic audio visual feast from Kassia Zermon best known for fronting UK leading dub act Resonator. This epic audio visual feast features the stunning bespoke visuals of VJ metaLuna, performers Poppy Kay and Zoe Padley, megalithic beats from Dave the Machine and an audience choir. Complete with its own homemade light show, special FX and a lot of helium to suck you into a raucous avant - pop party!
April 10 // 7.30pm 11pm // £8 adv // Trinity
BANGERS AND MASH
PRE-SUMMER BLOWOUT AT GOLDEN LION
After four successful years in New York, Bangers and Mash are hijacking Dojo with an eclectic mix of house and techno until the early hours.
First Degree Burns, The 45s and Idles will be helping celebrate the imminent arrival of summer by playing at the Golden Lion in what is going to be one hell of a night.
April 10 // 10pm – 6am // £5 before 12am/ £6 after // Dojos
April 25 // 9pm // £4 // The Golden Lion
Hugh Pescod AKA Redlight is one of the biggest electronic producers to come out of Bristol in the past few years, traversing the rarely trodden ground between underground music and commercial success, with two charting singles to date. ‘Get Out My Head’ reached number 18 in the UK charts and ‘Lost in Your Love’ peaked at number 5. His track 9TS (90s Baby) enjoyed huge underground success last summer and you can expect to hear DJs cut and pasting it across festivals this year.
DJ Yoda, AKA- Duncan Beiny is everyone’s favourite scratcher and cut and paste master. Best known for combining both old and new sounds in his Cut and Paste CD series, including 80s pop and 30s swing, plus bringing to life his sounds with hilarious VJ sets, it’s fair to say DJ Yoda has a knack for bringing smiles to the dancefloor.
DJ / Producer
Starting out over a decade ago as drum and bass producer DJ Clipz, Hugh had made a name for himself, putting out tracks on respected labels including Roni Size’s Full Cycle and Shy FX’s Digital Soundboy. However, in 2009 he wanted to break away from drum and bass and diversify his output to reflect his other musical interests. He adopted the alias Redlight and set up his own label, Lobster Boy. He’s spent this beginning part of this year touring his hotly anticipated forthcoming new album X Colour, and will be heading back this way for this year’s Love Saves the Day at Eastville Park this May. If you can’t wait that long, his new single ‘Gold Teeth’ from the album is available on iTunes now.
Upcoming shows Love Saves the Day festival, Eastville Park - 24th May
THOSE QUESTIONS... Boy records. And Mele has also got some absolute heat coming out soon as well. He’s also just dropped a new mixtape that’s really good.
Favourite track of all time? That’s an impossible question to answer! I think there’s amazing stuff about lots of different music and all genres really.
If you weren’t a DJ, what would you be doing instead? Anything that involves being creative and pushing myself, but also maybe something more sociable.
Five tracks that stick in my mind are: Future Sound of London - Papua New Guinea Kendrick Lamar - Backseat Freestyle Nirvana - Come As You Are LTJ Bukem - Horizons Kanye West - Flashing Lights
What was the last book you read? I’m reading a book from the late 90s on Suge Knight and Death Row Records at the moment called, ‘Have Gun, Will Travel’.
Who are your top 3 producers/ DJs right now? Boi 1da’s doing some good things right now in the hip hop production world. New York Transit Authority is making some great tunes as well at the moment - his new EP has just landed on Lobster
The producer who prides himself on taking the key skills and disciplines of hip-hop and pushing them into new realms, has since moved forward towards song writing in his later releases like Chop Suey. But despite this change, the presence of artists on the album like Roots Manuva and Action Bronson prove Yoda hasn’t moved far from his hip-hop roots. Yoda recently returned with his third album Breakfast of Champions where he steps up his musical technique again, this time with a live band, featuring a collective of UK MCs and musicians, including Rex Domino and Mouse Outfit members Sparkz & Truthos Mufasa. Bristol is lucky to have DJ Yoda behind the decks this month as he performs a spectacular AudioVisual extravaganza. You’d be a fool to miss this magic.
Upcoming shows The Marble Factory – 11th April, Grillstock Festival, Bristol- 11th July
What have you learned today? Waking up at 6:30am has its benefits as ITV4 has ‘Minder’ re-runs on at that time in the morning.
Worst chart song at the moment? I don’t follow what’s going on in that world of music really. I look at the Shazam charts because I find it really interesting to find out what songs people actually want to find out about.
“I like happy stuff. I’d rather watch a DJ do something funny and, ultimately, even silly than something moody and depressing because that’s not my idea of a Friday night’s fun.”- DJ Yoda
Favourite thing on TV? Sponge Bob Squarepants. Are you afraid of anything? Failure, mayonnaise, ghosts and going deaf. Tell us something people don’t often know about you... I don’t like mayonnaise, but I do like halloumi.
What have you learned today? That the best fiddlers come from Kentucky (been watching Reginald D Hunter’s Songs of the South on BBC iPlayer). Favourite track of all time? Ridiculously hard one to call, but for the sake of argument, how about Bobby Womack’s “Woman’s Gotta Have It”?
If you weren’t a DJ, what would you be doing instead? Making movies or food. What was the last book you read? Religion for Atheists by Alain de Botton. Favourite thing on TV? Right now? Girls and Better Call Saul.
Worst chart song at the moment? David Guetta.
Are you afraid of anything? MOTHS.
Who are your top 3 producers/ DJs right now? I’m gonna give you my top 3 rappers, even though that’s not what you asked for: Action Bronson Your Old Droog Jay Electronica
Tell us something people don’t often know about you... I was once an actor in the Royal Shakespeare Company. What are you doing tomorrow? Meeting a guy with a beard from New Zealand at breakfast time and then rehearsing for this weekend’s shows. In the afternoon I might try and squeeze in a haircut.
What are you doing tomorrow? Making music, exercising, having a meeting, planning exciting things to do and trying to not take life too seriously!
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Ninja Tune: Bristol
Ninja Tune celebrated its 25th birthday last month and saw fit to mark the occasion with a one-off label showcase in Bristol.
night were some of Ninja Tune’s most promising names, with label founders Coldcut playing a DJ set as well.
Regarded by many as a beacon of quality, Ninja Tune is one of the UK’s most forward-thinking labels, and has signed some of the most respected underground artists in the industry, including the likes of Bonobo, Roots Manuva, Mr Scruff and The Bug.
The Firestation heard soul and funk from Seven Davis Jr, alt hip hop in the shape of DELS and Dorian Concept, as well as Mercury Award-winning Young Fathers. In the Old Crown Courts, the agenda was bass, with: Toddla T, Fams of MC DRS, DJ Q, Chimpo; and Melé with regular tour MC, Slick Don.
Taking over the Old Crown Courts and The Firestation for the
Multi-genre producer and DJ, Melé has been picking up steam the past few years with releases on Ninja Tune, mixes for Boiler Room and Radio 1, and producing for the likes of Kano. Melé has been inspired by dance, hip hop, computer games, techno, jungle and grime, but 2015 will see a more refined sound. He’s just dropped his third mixtape in the Melé Vanelé series and has releases due out on Black Butter and Redlight’s Lobster Boy.
NItelife Bristol Photo credit: Nick Clague
We caught up with the scouse producer backstage after his set…. You’ve been known to drop anything from Destiny’s Child to a grime track in your DJ sets. What goes into putting together a set for you? For the last few years, it’s always been trap, house, anything, but right now I’m trying to go a lot more club. It’s going to be four four, UK funky vibes, kuduro, techno, just fun vibes man. If I want to produce for Kano or for another rapper or for any other artist, I’m doing it under my own name Chris Peers. So for 2015, Melé is pure club. You’re famous for working across a massive variety of genres. Have you got a favourite? I was first into hip hop, I was a proper hip hop head when I was as younger. When I was 12, it was Wu Tang Clan and G Unit and all that stuff. Once I got a bit older I started discovering house music. The first house music I ever heard was Audio Bullys back in 2004, and that was the first thing I ever heard with a kick drum, and I was like, ‘this is like hip hop with a kick drum, it’s sick’. So I then got into garage and techno… Personally, it’s always been a bit of everything and Melé has always been about bringing that all into one. Your new mixtape is hyped at the moment. Can you give us a few words about it? It’s giving people a snapshot of what I’m playing at the moment in clubs. So Melé Vanelé 1 & 2 there is a lot of hip hop, which is what I was playing at the time. And Melé Vanelé 3 is completely where I’m at musically and DJ wise at the moment. In my set tonight there was a lot of UK funky, a lot of techno. A lot of DJs right now are playing techno, and that’s cool, but the thing with me is that I never want to conform to what everyone else is doing. I always want to take bits of what I like and spit it out in my own way. I never want to fit into a certain genre. It’s all about having fun. I took the idea from hip hop mixtapes. A load of hip hop guys who I used to listen to would just put all the shit that they were doing in the studio onto a mixtape and give it out. And I feel like I was one of the first people in dance and electronic music to collect all the things I was doing in the studio and give it out. It’s just about providing people with what I love, and hopefully they like it. You and Toddla T are known to be good friends, has he had any input in your style of producing or DJing? Yeah, totally. When I was first going out, when I was 16/ 17, Toddla and Annie and Diplo were the first people I was ever going to see and it was seeing DJs who could smash it to a crowd like this and play a variation of different music. I grew up listening to one genre music – DJs I grew up listening to were Eddie Halliwell, people like that, who played hard music for an hour and a half. And listening to people like Toddla and people like that, it just showed me that I can go and flex what I really like. If I play it in the right way, people will like it. Toddla has had a massive influence on my career – and life! Him and Annie are two of my best friends, and it’s just great to have people that that are just real and playing the music that they love. Redlight told Nitelife that you’ve got some “absolute heat coming out”. Who do you really respect in the industry right now? A lot of the people that are playing tonight. I always respect people who are doing their own thing and not copying anyone. Chimpo and all the Manchester guys are doing what they do. Redlight obviously has had a lot of top tens, but the music he does is still totally him. I’m not into people who conform to what major labels tell them to do. Redlight, Melody, Benton, Parma Kid, there’s loads.
Photo credit: Nick Clague
Your name comes from Super Marios Bro and some of your music has been influenced by video game sounds. What’s that all about? I love computer games and I think the best thing about music is, if you can bring what you love in your personal life into it, then fucking run with it. I don’t want to be that guy that’s all about video games, because that’s a bit cheesy. What else have you got coming up this year? I’ve got an EP coming out of Redlight’s label, Lobster Boy in May. And hopefully, if I can get it finished on time, an EP on Black Butter at the end of summer. We’ve seen you play in Bristol a few times now, have you got any special connection with the city? I first started DJing here about four years ago. I have certain cities that I love in the UK and Bristol is definitely in my top 3. Thank the lord, I’ve played Glastonbury for the last four years of my life, and hopefully I can keep doing it. And I’ve been at Motion, I’ve been at Thekla… it’s just always really lovely to come and play here, man.
soundcloud.com/ukmele ninjatune.net Interview by Abi Lewis
INTERVIEW // LOCAL TALENT
Nitelife talks to DJ Dazee about Ruffneck Ting and the jungle renaissance… “Everyone remembers the Ruffneck parties,” says DJ Dazee, co-founder and now head honcho of recently re-launched Ruffneck Ting. Dazee moved to Bristol aged 18 for university and never left after falling in love with the city. “It became my spiritual home,” she says. Dazee was already heavily into music, but the free party culture that was going on in Bristol in the early 90s is what inspired her to start DJing and producing her own music. “I was one of those really irritating people at raves that was constantly harassing DJs to play this and that, so I thought I’d better learn myself. “Way back in the day, I used to record Pete Tong and make my own mixes tapes because I had a double cassette player – that was my first attempt at being a DJ!” The Ruffneck Ting club night was founded in 1993 by Dazee and Markee Ledge (Kosheen) in the humble beginnings of The Bank – now the Love Inn – and grew into a jungle institution. The successful label launched two years later, putting out tracks by Substance (AKA Dazee and Markee Ledge), Decoder, Felony and MC Jakes. “We decided to have a 20 year anniversary Ruffneck Ting club night and launched an album of all the classics, but digitally remastered and put together on one album: RNT20. “But a year or so before the re-launch, I had met up with a group
of people in Birmingham who loved Ruffneck back in the day and were really good producers, really into that sound, still, but obviously in its more progressive form; and I started writing with them and collaborating with them. “That was Jinx and K-Jah, initially, and we started getting a batch of tunes together. “After the RNT20 album came out, it was really easy to start putting singles out and they were really well received in the download charts - it’s snowballing a bit at the moment! It’s a kind of a renaissance and it’s happening at the right time.” Although Ruffneck was a huge success and took Dazee to Europe and USA, performing at some of the biggest drum and bass parties, including Universe; things died down in the noughties. The other crew members took on different projects and moved away and Dazee focused on other things, like music teaching. However, she remained part of the scene with a number of residency nights, her involvement with the Dutty Girl collective, and she kept on making music behind the scenes. “That jungle sound did die down for a bit, but it was doing what it was doing during that time. I was actually a resident for Run during a big chunk of that time, so I was still involved, just not with the same passion I am now, because I’m running the label again. “And I think what were doing is helping the scene to grow again. Especially with the radio show.” Dazee now presents a fortnightly Ruffneck Ting Take Over radio show on Ujima 98fm on Thursdays from 8-10pm. “I think the sound was a little bit obliterated by the music that was being put out there representing drum and bass, some of the harder stuff or some of the more commercial stuff that was being played on Radio 1. But I think now people are realizing there’s much more to the sound of drum and bass than what’s coming through on the mainstream.
“In fact, they seem to have taken all that away again now. There’s not even a drum and bass show on 1xtra, but that’s forced it underground again and made it more popular. “It’s big in Bristol because it always was, you’ve got people like Roni Size and Full Cycle being known for creating the sound in the first place, but you’ve got the love for it growing in other cities as well.” Since the relaunch, the label has gone from strength to strength with new artists Jinx, K Jah and Vytol putting out tracks, plus new stuff from old skoolers Dazee, Serum and Saxxon helping to firmly re-establish Ruffneck Ting. With releases reaching number 1 in the Juno and Drum and Bass Arena Download charts, the label is definitely alive and kicking again. “Ruffneck Ting’s roots are in Jungle but we’re forward thinking, not a retro label, bringing steppers, jump up, plus deeper and harder edged elements and even some liquid vibes,” says Dazee. “We’re always going to keep it sample-based. Because it’s that one little bit that can mean so much to different people. “It’s Drum and Bass to lift your spirits and make to want to dance and have fun.” Look out for the forthcoming releases on Ruffneck Ting: The Force V Habitat: Musical War EP RNT029; Jinx (featuring Regina, Jungle Drummer, Dazee) “Stand Up” LP RNT30.
@DJ_DAZEE soundcloud.com/dj-dazee Interview by Rachel Morris
Catch Dazee in Bristol : April 17th - Basslink, the Fleece // April 24th - Brislive, timbuk2 // May 24th - Love Saves the Day 27
MR SCRUFF You’re influenced by so many genres, including jazz, hip-hop and reggae and can catch sniff of so many different styles in your work, but is there a particular genre of music that is close to your heart? I think I get something from each of them. There are so many different genres with the word ‘genre’ being used as a very lose term for a collection of certain sounds and certain rhythms, or certain qualities around the tempo. But I find, if you go back a few hundred years, so many genres have similar roots, so I kind of get quite a lot of similar feelings from different genres or different sub genres. I guess I don’t really have a favourite one, but the first thing that got me into music was Blues, 2 Tone and Reggae. But if you look at the influence Blues has had on so many different kinds of music, going from Rock n Roll to R&B and subsequently Soul and all that kind of thing, when you trace Blues back and you can see how deep the roots of Blues are of Arabic origins going back more than a thousand years ago. I guess my attention goes in all different directions at once, simply because if I’m attracted to a certain piece of music or genre then I want to find more about it. But like most things, you get excited when you hear a record. You don’t say ‘ok, I’m going to study Jazz for the next year and then move on to Gambian music.’ That’s what kind of makes the little connections between genres so interesting, because you make your own personal discoveries from individual records and artists and you find out what their journey was. I think its constant curiosity. Can you remember the first vinyl you ever purchased with your own pocket money? The first record I got was by Shakin Stevens called Green Door. Shakin Stevens I suppose was a bit of a modern day pop version of Elvis, but when you’re ten a cool man with a quiff shaking his legs wearing a denim jacket seemed quite cool. Apart from that though, most of the stuff I was buying with my pocket money was things like The Specials, Madness, The Selecta and stuff like that. When did your love for tea start to merge in with your music? I suppose it was when I started selling tea at my club nights in Manchester about fifteen years ago. It was just something nice to do in the spare room we had. It was like a foyer room in the venue and I thought it was a bit small for the DJ’s, so decided to turn it into a like a café area and bring a few tea bags and a kettle. It kind of grew from there really. I started to take it on my tour probably from about 2002 onwards and a few years later I took the next step and set up a tea company and that went on for about nine years. I finished that in 2012 just because I was getting too busy with music. We still do the tea at gigs, but it’s just because it’s something nice for the people who aren’t drinking and really appreciate a brew. Even for people who have had one too many drinks it’s a nice change. Usually for people who aren’t drinking, the choice of drinks can be pretty dyer in a venue. I drink tea all day at home, so why can’t I drink it in a club? I think its span from my own experiences in clubs, especially all-nighters like northern soul nights where I’d be playing in clubs till the very early hours in the morning. There’s something very magical about having a cup of tea at a time you’re not supposed to. Photo credit: Shaun Bloodworth
Mr Scruff - AKA Andy Carthy, is a highly respected name in the eyes of many eclectic music fans. The DJ/Producer is best known for his diverse six hour plus sets, fusing together a range of sounds covering soul, funk, hip-hop, jazz and reggae. The albums produced on the loveable Ninja Tune Records follow the assorted style of his DJ sets, giving us many knee wobbling, bass-heavy classics and “eyebrow raising” bangers. Over the years fans of Mr Scruff have joined him on a tea-fuelled musical journey in both his DJ sets and as a producer, from the upbeat chirpy days of Trouser Jazz in 2002 right up to his most recent and matured productions in last year’s highly successful Friendly Bacteria. Whether you’re a fan of his earlier fish orientated sounds, his unique artwork or his collaborative work with the likes of Alice Russell and Denis Jones, there’s no denying that Mr Scruff will always provide you with good music and a cuppa at the end of the night. Nitelife were lucky to catch up with one of the UK’s friendliest producers before his six hour DJ set at The Old Fire Station later this month. Not only did Mr Scruff teach us a thing or two about
music history, he shared the answer to the question we were all thinking- how does the most famous tea connoisseur in music like his cup of tea? What originally inspired you to start producing music? I was very kind of enamoured with the whole mixing thing in the early 80’s. I heard mixing before I understood what it was and once I realised what it was, I thought ‘right well I’ve got records, I’ve got a turntable and a cassette recorder so I can try and mimic what I hear on other peoples mixes’. So I started doing a lot of cassette tape editing and a lot of tape loops and stuff like that and I suppose that was very similar to going into an established studio, but because I didn’t have the proper DJ kit when I was eleven or twelve in the early eighties, to do a proper mix I had to chop stuff up which was basically editing and a very long winded way of doing things without a computer. So I guess the whole DJ and producer thing, very much started out in tandem. At the time they were both kind of studio based, ‘studio’ being a very lose description of me sat in my families front room with a load of wires breaking buttons on my tape deck!
How do you take your tea? It depends really. I mean its Monday morning now so it’s a no nonsense, full on, very strong milk and no sugar. I generally tend to start strong in the morning and go weaker during the afternoon to the evening. I suppose it’s kind of full on English Breakfast first of all and then later on you move on to something more delicate. I’m like anyone, if I start to have lots of caffeine in the evenings then I’m awake at three in the morning with loads going on in your mind and I like my sleep, so I stick to herbal teas and fruit teas in the evening. Your 2014 release Friendly Bacteria is very different sound compared to your cheeky jazz and fish inspired releases from Keep it Unreal, Trouser Jazz and even Ninja Tuna. What drove you to take a different direction in your sound in your latest project? I’m not sure really. I’m a big fan of letting stuff happen in the studio and a lot of it just came from working with the people I collaborated with. The whole point of collaboration is to take you outside of your comfort zone to create sounds that you wouldn’t normally. Denis Jones features on quite a few tracks on the album and his sound is very different to mine, but we get on like a house on fire and in the studio we’re really productive and we’re both really excited about what was happening when we were working together. So yeah, it wasn’t really something I put a massive amount of thought to, it just happened. I was
Photo credit: Shaun Bloodworth
thinking just the other day that a lot of the stuff on the last album actually sounds like stuff from my really early demos in 1986, with very stark sounds and a lot of drum machines, but that was just due to the equipment I had at the time. I was a teenager with a paper round so I was just using 4 Track Recorders and drum machines and whatever I could that would bang and make noises. I think outwardly, it might sound different, but I think maybe a lot of it is just influences I’ve had for a long time just making themselves known through my music now. I’ve always liked a lot of aggressive and dark music as well as happy stuff and I’ve always been into punk, techno, industrial music and all sorts. I think things are maybe less cheerier on this album but its stuff that’s always been there, but only just bubbling to the surface now. There is still quite a lot of friskiness and cheekiness sort of popping up but it’s just less in your face. I can’t finish an album without a couple of raised eyebrow moments going on! So will you continue with this direction in sound, or will the fish tales ever return again? Well I’ve done five of them in total. I’ve got hundreds of records that’ve got all kinds of fish or maritime appropriate watery themes, but the last thing I want to do is approach something like that out of obligation. I did it with Get a Move On for example. I created that by accident in my studio and it’s probably my biggest tune, but the last thing I wanted to do was go into the studio and make something the same just because that one worked. You just get yourself into a bit of a rut otherwise and repeat yourself. Unless you’re really excited about something then I don’t think you should do it.
As long as you make sure those tunes stand the test of time then there’s not really the need to make anymore. If you do a series or something like that then you’ve always got to know when to stop. Think about how many films that have sequels and how many go beyond five that are actually any good. Sometimes, you can have too much of a good thing.
There’s something magical about having a cup of tea at a time you’re not supposed to. You tour a lot across the UK and Europe, but what is it about Bristol that keeps you returning back for more? A lot of my friends in Manchester are from Bristol and there’s a few thing I really like about the city. Obviously I suppose for a lot of people the relationship with Bristol varies from a love for Smith & Mighty, Wild Bunch and then onto Massive Attack and all that kind of thing. But when that music was being made in the mid to late eighties it was incredible. I remember buying all the Smith & Mighty records when they came out when I was a 16 year old. I like playing in cities where there’s a deep love for music and you can definitely feel that in Bristol. You know you don’t have to mess around with what to play and you know you can just get straight in there because everybody loves their tunes.
25th April, Old Fire Station mrscruff.com bristolticketshop.co.uk Interview by Abi Lewis
Catch MR SCRUFF in Bristol : April 25th - Old Fire Station 29
THE INFLUENCERS // BEHIND THE SCENCES WITH
Name: Conal Dodds Age: 47 Job title: Concert Promoter
Conal Dodds is no stranger to hard work. His working day starts with emails and phone calls, like many of us, and finishes with late-night gigs. Through his work as a promoter for Metropolis Music, he has been responsible for bringing huge acts like Paolo Nutini and The Pogues to Bristol, who would usually miss out the musicloving city on their big arena tours, by opening up the underused Lloyd’s Amphitheatre for special open-air gigs as part of his Bristol Summer Series. This year’s Summer Series will bring local prodigy George Ezra, Jessie J, Seasick Steve and Kaiser Chiefs to Bristol’s Harbourside this June. Conal also promotes for Noel Gallagher, Foo Fighters, Snow Patrol, Portishead, and Lana del Rey; and it all started with a charity gig featuring Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant over two decades ago… What does your role generally involve? I promote concerts; effectively I’m a professional gambler. I take on the risk so have to pay the artists and all the running costs of a concert and then hope to sell enough tickets to cover the
costs and make a profit. Amongst many others, I promote Noel Gallagher, Foo Fighters, Snow Patrol, Portishead, Lana del Rey, George Ezra. Could you describe a typical day in your job? Get into the office at 10am, spend all day on emails and phone, dealing with artist booking agents, planning advertising campaigns, costing up and routing tours, haggling over venue rentals and artist fees, constantly talking with our ticketing department, then out at a gig until late, then get up and do it all over again! What’s your proudest achievement? To be able to work with some amazing musicians and people every day, and to continue to make my living from promoting concerts after 25 years. The easy way to make a small fortune in the music industry is to start with a large one. What’s been the weirdest moment? I have two - being sacked by the artist Beck for punching him in the stomach. And being asked (by an elderly magistrate at a licence hearing for a show in earls court) if I was Jay Z! How did you end up in your role? My first ever event was a charity gig with Robert Plant. I hitched to his house six times until he was in and persuaded him to play a show in Monmouth - a well in Cambodia was built on the proceeds. His bass player Paul Martinez told me I was good and should be a promoter or a manager, so I thought I should give it a go.
I’ve since promoted shows with Robert Plant, so was able to thank him personally for helping me start out in the first place. What’s the best thing about your job? I get to do something I love every day. I dropped out of A Levels after 4 months and worked in factories for 4 years, so I know how lucky I am to do what I do. What’s the hardest thing? Never being able to take my foot off the pedal, and being away from my family a lot. There is never a day when I think ‘I can leave early today as there is nothing left to do’ - it can be relentless. But I chose this career and I’m not complaining! Any advice for others wanting to follow a similar career path? Get used to never having enough sleep! If you want to have a long career in the music industry, work really, really hard and show respect to everyone you work with, whatever level they work at. Have good manners and always be nice to people. Photo credit: Martin Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org
Bristol Summer Series 24th - 27th June, Bristol Harbourside bristolsummerseries.com Interview by Rachel Morris
Last month at No 51
No 51 No 51 is one of the oldest public houses in Bristol, embedded in the core of the cultural quarter of Stoke Croft. We offer a vast selection of spirits, wines, lager and ale to accompany our hand crafted and delicious menu from which we serve food on a daily basis. Open ‘til late, 7 nights a week, whatever you are looking for from a night out, No 51 is sure to deliver.
51 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QP Coming soon facebook.com/51stokescroft 01179 148 048 51stokescroft.com
BLANKETY QUIZ It’s No.51’s weekly pub quiz and what a pub quiz it is. With drawing, modelling, theme nights, prizes, inappropriate jokes a-plenty and a little bit of general knowledge too, you are sure to have a truly hilarious night.
Every Tuesday // 8.30pm // £1 Quiz Entry
Last month at O2 Academy
o2 academy The o2 Academy is one of Bristol’s busiest music venues playing host to major touring acts as well as up and coming artists. We’ve established ourselves as one of the best venues to catch your favourite bands in the Southwest. We’re also home to Ramshackle - Bristol’s Notorious Weekly Rave: A fine selection of all thats good in music mixed by Patrick Nazemi (Ibiza Rocks), Chezney & Special Guests.
Frogmore Street, Bristol, BS1 5NA @o2academybris facebook.com/o2academybristol 0905 5020 3999 o2academybristol.co.uk
GEORGE CLINTON AND PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC In the ’70s, George Clinton revolutionized R&B by twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. April 17 // 6pm – 10pm // £28.12 inc. BF
Fri 3rd Apr • SOLD OUT
Fri 24th Apr • £15 adv
Fri 5th June • £21 adv
Catfish & The Bottlemen
Sat 4th Apr • £22.50 adv
Sat 25th Apr • £30 adv
10pm - 5am • over 18s only
Wild West Recordings presents:
Adam F + DJ SS + Mampi Swift + Grooverider + Bad Company + More
Wed 8th Apr • SOLD OUT
The Wombats Thu 9th Apr • £25 / £45 VIP adv
Liverpool Former Players Come along & hear hilarious stories from John Barnes, Didi Hamann and John Aldridge. Hosted by LFC TV’s Peter McDowall. Hear stories from their playing days, rapping & a live Q&A
Sat 11th Apr • From £12 adv 10pm - 4am • over 18s only
Eskimo Dance Wiley + Skepta + JME & Many More
Hit The Deck Festival Skindred + While She Sleeps + Cancer Bats & Many more TBC
Thu 30th Apr • £20 adv
UFO Sat 9th May • £27.50 adv
“The Infamous” 20th Anniversary Tour
Sun 10th May • £29 adv
Boyz II Men Wed 13th May • £20 adv
The new band from Paul Hartnol Playing new 8:58 & Classic Oribital tracks
Sat 6th June • £15 adv
The Exploited Fri 12th June • £11 adv
Celebrating 30 years of Meat is Murder + the Hits
Mon 15th June • £20 adv
Tony Visconti & Woody Woodmansey with Glenn Gregory perform David Bowie’s: The Man Who Sold The World Mon 22nd June • 17.50 adv
Thu 14th May • £27.50 adv
Marcia Griffiths & Friends
Thu 2nd July • £22.50 adv
Feat: Bob Andy + Judy Mowatt + Tanya Stephens & Special Guest Richie Spice Backed by the 809 Band. Hosted by Daddy Ernie & DJ Daddy Fridge
Fri 17th Apr • £25 adv
Fri 15th May • £20 adv
Tyler The Creator
Mon 5th Oct • £19.50 adv
Thu 16th Apr • £27.50 adv
The Cat Empire Sun 19th July • £15/£25 VIP adv
& Parliament Funkadelic
Thu 21st May • £15 adv
Sat 18th Apr • £12.50 adv £50 VIP
Wed 14th Oct • £13 adv
Stereo Kicks Mon 20th Apr • SOLD OUT
James Bay Wed 22nd Apr • £12.50 adv
Luke Friend Thu 23rd Apr • £20 adv
Public Service Broadcasting
Sat 23rd May • From £25 adv
Dot To Dot 2015
Fri 16th Oct • £15 adv
Sun 31st May • £16.50 adv
+ Ferocious Dog + Gaz Brookfields
Saint Raymond + Hudson Taylor + More
Mad Dog Mcrea
Fri 6th Nov • £19.50 adv
Wed 3rd June • £36 adv
McAlmont & Butler
Wu Tang Clan
Sat 5th Dec • £21.50 adv
Shed Seven & The Inspiral Carpets
+ Smoke Fairies
O2 Academy Bristol Frogmore Street Bristol BS1 5NA
Venue box office opening hours: Mon - Sat 12pm - 4pm No booking fee on cash transactions ticketweb.co.uk • seetickets.com gigantic • ticketmaster.co.uk
April • 2015
Last month at Big Chill Bar
BIg ChILL BAR A social hub bringing together a community with a love of quality music, drink, food and a passion for art & design. DJs and live music from Monday to Saturday plus their Festival Chilli Camper serves authentic Texan fare from 4pm until late. Open from 4pm until late Monday to Thursday and 4am at the weekends.
15 Small Street, Bristol, BS1 1DE @BigChillBar facebook.com/the.big.chill.bristol 01179 304 217 bigchill.net/bristol
THE UNIVERSITY JAZZ FUNK SOUL SOCIETY Following the huge success of last years sessions; the weekly Jazz, Funk & Soul Jam session returns once again featuring some of Bristol’s best, jamming and performing live. £2.50 pints plus discounted cocktails all night. Every Tuesday // 9pm – 2am // Free
BIG CHILL BRISTOL 15 SMALL ST BRISTOL BS1 1DE MON—WEDS • 4PM—2AM THURS • 4PM—3AM FRI—SAT • 4PM—4AM SUN • BANK HOLS ONLY WWW.WEAREBIGCHILL.COM
THE UNIVERSITY JAZZ FUNK SOUL SOCIETY
Following the huge success of last years sessions; the weekly Jazz, Funk & Soul Jam session returns once again featuring some of Bristol's best, jamming and performing live. £2.50 pints plus discounted cocktails all night.
WEDNESDAYS WE LOVE WEDNESDAYS Sip The Juice presents Peter Storm, Peazy-E & fam, playing all manner of ill-mannered bangers past and present. Open late and packed with high-grade Hip-Hop, so come correct for the dancefloor!
THURS 2 THE MONITORS Bloggers by day, superstar DJs by night, hell bent on saving the world from boredom with their, deep, soulful, rhythmic beats.
IN THE STUDY w/ DJ DILLA AKA FULLKRATES THURS 9 FAST & LOOSE PRESENT THE BIG SWING Monthly night of Electro Swing.
DJ Neckbone plays forgotten classics and future favourites.
THURS 23 UPTOWN SOUND Jamaican Bass, Reggae and Dancehall with Titan Sound, High Jon The Conqueror and Rossi Roots.
FRI 3 TUN UP! Booty Bouncin, Dancehall Destroyin, Block Rockin, Dutty Skankin, Ever Blazin beats in a Tropical, Dancehall, Soca, Jamaican Bass style. With Dub Boy, Titan Sound and special guests
IN THE STUDY w/ UPTOWN SOUND FRI 10 SCRIBBLE & SCRATCH Monthly illustration battle and turntabalism event, with live Hip-Hop acts and DJs into the night.
IN THE STUDY w/ BODYWORKS
Disco, House, Electro, Funk & Soul for people who like to party.
IN THE STUDY w/ LATE NIGHT NATIVES
John Stapleton and Steve Rice return for a night packed with vintage vinyl.
IN THE STUDY w/ ANDRES SAT 18
FRI 27 FRONTIN' Expect anything from old skool ragga and Trinidadian soca to classic 12” funk and soul. J Rus and guests on the 1’s & 2’s until the early hours.
IN THE STUDY w/ MY BOOGALOO PETE CUNNING SAT 4 4PM—8PM BEN HOPKINS Ben Hopkin hosts an evening of the best local and up and coming acoustic talent.
8PM—CLOSE THE ALLERGIES The Allergies is the throwback funk and production/DJ outfit from heavyweight disc jocks Rackabeat (Chai Wallahs) and DJ Moneyshot (Solid Steel).
IN THE STUDY w/ AVOCADO & MITCH
45 LIVE BRISTOL 1ST BIRTHDAY Boca 45 and special guest DJ Foramt Spin Hip-Hop, Disco, Funk, Soul, Latin all on 7”.
IN THE STUDY w/ FARMFEST DJs SAT 25 SIP THE JUICE Bristol's #1 party starters with hits for days!
IN THE STUDY w/ CLEAN CUT COLLECTIVE SUN 5 BEDMO DISCO #012 WINSTON HAZEL Bedmo Disco invite legend of underground UK dance, Bleep pioneer and early Warp Records hero, Winston Hazel.
IN THE STUDY w/ MR FANTASTIC
Last month at Cosies
CoSIES Low expense, no pretence still supplying the alternative, cheap booze, church pews, all set to music from the hippest cats and kittens. There’s no shortage of top DJ’s playing at this legendary little venue. Music wise the remit is mainly Reggae and Hip Hop, Bristol Bass and Funky Stuff with a friendly party vibe for all ages.
34 Portland Square, Bristol, BS2 8RG @CosiesBristol facebook.com/cosies.bristol 01179 424 110 cosies.co.uk
RUFFNEK DISKOTEK This month’s installment of Ruffnek Diskotek welcomes an old friend back for the first time in many years, Bristol’s legendary Mr Benn. Support comes from Ruffnek’s own soca/rave crew, The Dutty Inspectors and the Ruffnek Diskotek DJs.
April 4 // 10pm – Late // £3 / £4
WED 1ST APRIL
FRI 17TH APRIL
£3 / 10-2AM
DUB TO DUBSTEP
SISTA ALEXI & GUESTS
OPR8, PATRICK, STRAYER & L.S.G
DUB / DUBSTEP
HOUSE / TECHNO
THU 2ND APRIL
S AT 1 8 T H A P R I L
£ 2 / 1 0 - L AT E
HIP HOP SOCIETY
FINN JOHANNSEN & RICHARD CARNES
£4 / 10-4AM
CHRIS FARRELL, SHANTI CLESTE, RHYTHMIC THEORY & GUESTS HOUSE
S AT 4 T H A P R I L
£ 4 / 1 0 - L AT E
RESIDENTS & GUESTS
FRI 3RD APRIL
£ 3 / 1 0 - L AT E
SUN 19TH APRIL
REGGAE SUNDAY BANTON & RICHARD REGGAE / DUB
WED 22ND APRIL £ 3 / £ 4 / 1 0 - L AT E
MR BENN, THE DUTTY INSPECTORS & RESIDENTS S O C A / B A S H M E N T / R AV E
SUN 5TH APRIL
REGGAE SUNDAY SNOOPY & BLISS ZION
REGGAE / JUNGLE
£ 2 / 3 / 1 0 - L AT E
MEAKIN, CELLARDORE & GUESTS FRI 24TH APRIL
£ 3 / 1 0 - L AT E
MIRAPID, DUSWUNDER, VAUN, KELAN, BARON & MATT LIGHT -
FRI 10TH APRIL
£ 3 / 1 0 - L AT E
COSIES WASHING MACHINE BRISTOLIAN COMMITTEE & GUESTS HIP HOP / JUNGLE / TECHNO
S AT 1 1 T H A P R I L
£ 3 / 1 0 - L AT E
EVERMOOR SOUND & GUESTS DUB
SUN 12TH APRIL
£ 2 / 3 / 1 0 - L AT E
REGGAE SUNDAY ADDIS & ROOTS INSPIRATION REGGAE / DUB
SOLO BANTON, LEO SAMSON & BROCKLEY HI-FI
GARAGE / TECHNO / D&B
REGGAE / DUB
THU 9TH APRIL
£4/5 / 9-2AM
THU 23RD APRIL
£ 2 / 3 / 1 0 - L AT E
£ 2 / 3 / 1 0 - L AT E
£5 / 10-6
LEROSA & RESIDENTS TECHNO
S AT 2 5 T H A P R I L
£ 3 / 1 0 - L AT E
THIS IS THE REMIX DJ TREAT & THE MISTRI
REGGAE / R&B / HIP HOP
SUN 26TH APRIL
£ 2 / 3 / 1 0 - L AT E
REGGAE SUNDAY BEAVIS & AMBASSADA REGGAE / DUB
THU 30TH APRIL
£ 2 / 1 0 - L AT E
BRISTOL REGGAE SOCIETY BRS SELECTORS WITH LIVE HORNS & GUESTS REGGAE / DUB
THU 16TH APRIL
34 PORTLAND SQUARE BRISTOL BS2 8RG
Last month at Crofters Rights
CROFTERS rights Situated in the heart of Stokes Croft, Crofters Rights brings you fine craft beer, exciting street food and a big versatile arts space for the local community. Passionate about beer, we are dedicated to seeking out the finest beers the UK craft beer scene has to offer. Our carefully selected list includes some lovely local beers from Bristol as well as some interesting international beers.
117-119 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3RW @Crofters_Rights Coming soon 0117 2310079 croftersrights.co.uk
BEATROOTS BRISTOL LAUNCH PARTY Beatroots originally found its home at the infamous Passing Clouds in Dalston Now the team behind this unique night has decided the time is right to give Bristol the purple makeover and supply the festival vibes at the Crofters Rights. April 18 // 10pm – 3am// Free before 9pm / £5 before 10pm / more after
Crofters Rights Fiction Section
Join La Dots
Girl Friend & Special Guests Chiverin Showcase
Atomic & The Jacques
The Green Party's Darren Hall
John Fairhurst & Special Guests
Fumble In The Jungle
Last month at Dojo
DOJO Dojo has become one of Bristol’s leading venues for underground electronic music. This intimate venues see’s international DJ’s play to one of the best crowds in the city. A good sound system, dancefloor and beautiful outdoor terrace makes this the perfect small venue. Last entry is now 2am for non members and 4am for members.
12-16 Park Row, Bristol, BS1 5LJ @DojosBristol facebook.com/dojo.bristol 01179 251 177 dojolounge.co.uk
INTRIGUE Another banger lined up from Intrigue featuring the sounds of Ulterior Motive, Technimatic, Bachelors of Science and more. Heavyweight drum and bass.
March 28// 11pm – 6am // £6 before 12am / £7 after
Last month at The Elbow Room
THE ELBOW ROOM Lively but laid back, both urban and urbane, ‘Purple Haze’ meets purple baize with two fantastic eight foot pool tables and walls decorated with graffiti by some of the nation’s finest artists. Open until late every night with free entry. A great place to hold a party for up to 100 guests with your own bar, DJ equipment, toilets and dance floor.
64 Park Street, Bristol, BS1 5JN @ElbowRoomBris facebook.com/The-Elbow-Room-Bristol 0117 930 0242 theelbowroom.co.uk
ELBOW BASS, AFT AFT records presents Bristol’s best DJs playing dub step, drum and bass, hip hop, funk and baseline jungle. AFT (Ambush Family Tree) Records is a Bristol based label set up to showcase cutting edge music and do Bristol proud.
Every Thursday // Free
Last month at The Fleece
THE FLEECE Legendary live music venue previously hosting the likes of Oasis, The Strokes, Goldfrapp and Bloc Party. Live music 7 nights a week and new club nights coming soon The Fleece is a must for music lovers and students. The in-house promotions team are also responsible for promoting many gigs across the city in other venues so follow us on Twitter and Facebook to receive updates on our upcoming gigs
12 St. Thomas Street, Bristol, BS1 6JJ @FleeceBristol facebook.com/fleecebristol 0117 945 0996 thefleece.co.uk
GNARWOLVES + THE SMITH STREET BAND Skate punk trio Gnarwolves return to Bristol following a momentous year, opening the main stage of Reading and Leeds festivals and playing their biggest headline shows to date. Melbourne folk/punk/pop rockers The Smith Street Band join Gnarwolves as special co-headliners. April 23 // 7.30pm // ÂŁ10 inc BF
Last month at The Full Moon / Attic Bar
The FULL mooN / Attic Bar The Full moon pub, Attic bar, with its Moonshine bar and Shisha bar are all the on the same grounds. This really is a hub for all nightime activities from events, parties, drink and food. To add to this there is also a backpackers hotel which adds an international vibe to a great night out. What more could you ask for?
1 North Street, Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3PR Coming soon facebook.com/pages/The-Full-Moon-and-Attic-Bar 01179 245 007 fmbristol.co.uk
MAMPI SWIFT Mampi Swift has been involved in the drum and bass scene since the early 90s. After a couple of years out, Mampi Swift and Charge Recordings are back and the long awaited ‘History LP’ has been heavily supported by the likes of Andy C, MistaJam, Friction, Hype, Crissy Criss & Bailey. April 19 // 8.30pm - 2am // Free before 9.30pm / £3 after
Last month at Gallimaufry
galLimaufry An independent bar, restaurant and music venue on the Gloucester Rd. A relaxed coffee shop vibe in the day, ‘The Galli’ serves food and drinks all day with live music and DJs 7 nights a week (always free entry). Working with local suppliers, artists & artisans wherever possible. Check www.thegallimaufry.co.uk for up-todate info on menus and events.
26-28 The Promenade, Gloucester Road, BS7 8AL @thegallibristol facebook.com/TheGallimaufryBristol 01179 42 7 319 thegallimaufry.co.uk
THE GROOVE DEN WITH JAMES MORTON Brilliant Bristolian saxophinist James Morton continues his Thursday residency with an all-star cast. James has previously performed internationally with the likes of Fred Wesley and the New JBs, Pee Wee Ellis, Raphael Saadiq & The Herbaliser, to name but a few. Every Thursday // 9-11.30pm // Free
Open Mic Hosted by Chuman
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Last month at The Golden Lion
the golden lion Live music 6 nights a week! Mondays - Open Mic Night. Tuesdays - A live evening of Folk music hosted my Nuala Honan. Wednesays - Uberphonic: A surprise mix bag encompassing the whole music spectrum. Keep up to date on our Social Media pages for full listings and details. Bar open ‘til 1am Friday and Saturday, and midnight on Sunday -Thursday.
244 Gloucester Road, BS7 8NZ @goldenlionbriz facebook.com/goldenlionbristol 0117 924 6449 goldenlionbristol.co.uk
RSVP Live Bhangra and its most banging with an emphasis on partying Punjabi style. If you’re yet to experience the joy of the amazing RSVP, here’s your chance. Expect an introduction to Bhangra dance, led by the band themselves by one of the best festival bands going. This is going to be the best party this side of New Delhi. April 24 // 9pm // £3
Last month at Lakota
lakota Situated in a converted warehouse, hosting a wide range of underground events. It now welcomes a larger crowd of people owing to the mix in music styles on show. The club covers 3 storeys, 4 dance areas, a huge balcony. Lakota also boasts a massive outside smoking area. Lakota remains one of Bristol’s big players.
6 Upper York St, Bristol, BS2 8QN @LakotaBristol facebook.com/lakotabristol 01179 232 225 lakota.co.uk
ASCENSION The biggest cross genre rave event in Bristol! For all you bass heads out there, Ascension has got DnB, house, grime, garage and jungle for you to let off some serious steam. Including headliners DJ Luck and MC Neat, Mr. Traumatik, Devilman, and more to be announced. April 17 // 10pm – 4am // £10 / £12 £15 / £17
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FRIDAY 6TH MARCH
FRIDAY 10TH APRIL
DRUM N BASS, JUNGLE, SKA AND MORE MAIN ROOM: POWERED BY TREMOR SOUND SYSTEM ROOM 2: HOSTED BY RUN TINGZ SESSION ROOM 3: HOSTED BY SCOUR RECORDS ROOM 4: HOSTED BY SWING “N” TINGZ 10PM-5AM // £6/ £9/ £12/ £15+BF/ MOTD
Bassline, Drum & Bass, Jungle, Reggae, Hip Hop MAIN ROOM: PHATWORLD, SQUIRE OF GOTHOS, SPONGEBOB SQUAREWAVE, MR CHAPLIN B2B RIGGIE SMALL, GRIMTIM, KOBA, CHINESE JOHN, SHANEUSMOOREUS, MATT LIGHT ROOM 2: MANDIDEXTROUS, SHANEUSMOOREUS, SLINKS, AMEN 4 TEKNO, ALLIE - CAT, XAEONIUM ROOM 3: MATT LIGHT, ILE FLOTTANTE, BARON, KELAN, VAUN, SHOCK TACTIX, AZRAH 10PM - 5AM // £10.00
THURSDAY 2ND APRIL
[GORILLA TACTICS] JELLYHEAD EASTER PARTY
MAIN ROOM: DEEKLINE, DUB MAFIA DJ, RODNEY P & SHEPDOG, JACKY MURDA & DEMOLITION MAN, DOM AND ROLAND, DJ BILLY DANIEL BUNTER, WONKA & SYN ROOM 2: J-STAR, VOLATILE CYCLE, DJ FEVA, STIVS, KAPTAIN IS DEAD, J-RUST, JELLYHEAD KREW TAKE-OVER ROOM 3: ECOLI, MANDIDEXTROUS B2B SLINKS, SAFETY IN NUMBERS, 12:34 PRODUCTION TAKEOVER, LUCY LEE B2B JAYHAD, RANCH TAKEAWAY, MANTRA ROOM 4: KINKY MOVEMENT, GOODGROOVE, ALI MONSTA B2B SHARKMAN, NATH STARDUST, NED KELLY 10PM - 5AM // £10.00 / £12.50 / £15.00
SATURDAY 4TH APRIL
SKANKERS & LOW DOWN SOUND CLASH PART 2
Drum & Bass MAIN ROOM: SOUND CLASH ZONE FEATURING LOGAN D & STORMIN VS. PLEASURE & EVIL B, MAJISTRATE & TRIGGA VS. DJ SLY & EKSMAN , ORIGINAL SIN & HARRY SHOTTA VS TAXMAN & SHABBA, HEIST & BASSMAN VS. JAYDAN & FOXY, ANNIX & UNKNOWN VS. PACSO & SWIFTA, DOMINATOR & AZZA VS. ROOM 2: GRIMEMINISTER, ANAGRAM, KRE, KALLISTA, DISTRACT, GPS, BOYLAN, MOD, EVS, INSPEKTA, FLEXXA, DUBBZ, MONKSTA, EVIDENCE, DIEZEL, BASHER, SANE, COMMA DEE, TBAGZ, DANNY B, LOOPIE, BO, MALICIOUS, STALLION, MR MURDA 10PM - 6AM // £20.00
SUNDAY 5TH APRIL
BANJAX 3RD BIRTHDAY WITH PROK|FITCH AND SCOTT DIAZ
Deep House Deep/Soulful House, Drum & Bass, Tech House LINEUP ACROSS ALL ROOMS: PROK & FITCH, SCOTT DIAZ, APEX, TREMOR SOUNDSYSTEM, WHOMP, WERK 10PM - 6AM // £11.00
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SATURDAY 11TH APRIL
Hardtek, RaggaTek, Techno, Drum & Bass MAIN ROOM: IRRITANT, BBL, OCM, UNKNOWN, SUBLIMINAL AUDIO, 4BIDDEN ROOM 2: SUBLIMINAL AUDIO, 4BIDDEN ROOM 3: REQUIEM SOUNDSYSTEM ROOM 4: GYRO, TAFFARI 10PM - 6AM // £8.00
FRIDAY 17TH APRIL ASCENSION
Drum & Bass, Garage, House, Grime, jungle MAIN ROOM: DJ LUCK & MC NEAT, TRAUMATIK + DJ FRENZEE, DEVILMAN + DJ BOOGIEMAN ROOM 2: DJ BAZIA, DJ BINGE (ENGINE-EARZ) ROOM 3: DJ NK, JOIN THE CULT, JAYC, FERRIS 10PM - 4AM // £10.00, £12.00, £15.00, £17.00
SATURDAY 18TH APRIL
BRIS-TEK PRESENTS VIRUS RECORDINGS LABEL
Drum & Bass MAIN ROOM: BLACK SUN EMPIRE, OPTICAL - 90MIN SET, BTK, INSIDE INFO, ILLUSIVE, STU GRADY. ROOM 2: DOC SCOTT, CERN, ZERO T, MAKO, STASH. ROOM 3: AUDIOMISSION, MODIFY PERSPECTIVE, SAFETY IN NUMBERS, SYNTHESIS, TBM B2B MAPPMAKER, MISS CONDUCT, BEN RESISTANCE. HOSTED BY TRAFIC, BLUEJAY & TWITCHEE CORDZ 10PM - 5AM // £15.00
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Last month at The Lanes
THE LANES Rapidly establishing itself amongst the ranks of city’s most respected music venues. As well as playing host to both international and local live music and clubnights, The Lanes also offers round the clock bowling, an Italian style pizzeria, karaoke, a vintage shop and even a bed for the night. All in a genuinely laid back atmosphere.
22 Nelson Street, Bristol, BS1 2LE @thelanesbristol facebook.com/lanes.bristol 01173 251 979 thelanesbristol.co.uk
HIDDEN CHARMS Hidden Charms headline the Department S Club night Bristol mod/ soul bank holiday special. Their new album is produced by Shel Talmy who produced The Who’s My Generation album and tracks from The Kinks, including You Really Got Me.
April 4 // £5 adv // 9pm-3am
Last month at The Love Inn
the love inn The Love Inn is a brand new neighbourhood bar with a healthy emphasis on quality food and drink brought to you by Team Love, the minds behind Love saves the Day. The spacious and slickly-outfitted venue offers a tasty selection of dishes during the day, whilst evenings are given over to exotic cocktails and soundtracked by visiting DJs from Bristol and beyond.
84 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QY @TheLoveInn facebook.com/theloveinnbristol 0117 923 2565 theloveinn.com
GARDEN GET TOGETHER We’re throwing a little warm-up party for the Croatia’s Garden festival, featuring some of their finest DJs before they jet out to Adriatic - Felix Dickinson, Bad Passion & international man of leisure and Love Inn CEO Dave Harvey.
April 4 // 10pm-4am // £3 After 11pm
Last month at Mothers Ruin
mothers’ ruin Bright Red, behind the market on St Nicks street, a three floor mad funhouse that specialises in super sweaty aural delights of Rock n Roll, Pop and Disco. We pride ourselves on being Free to enter nearly every night, without compromising on our entertainment. Upstairs or downstairs you won’t be going anywhere quite like here!
7-9 St Nicholas Street, Bristol, BS1 1UE @TheMothersRuin facebook.com/The-Mothers-Ruin 07546 082 009 mothersruinbristol.co.uk
BRU SHANKS’ ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY This Easter Sunday, live bands include The Bru Shanks and garage rock power duo, HOWL from Cardiff. The Bru Shanks who are launching their self titled album will be giving away free album downloads and CDs all night long. April 5 // Free
Last month at Mr Wolfs
Mr Wolfs Wolfies is the place for live music and late night party. It’s the place you’ll get the opportunity to see up and coming bands, to bust some moves on the dance floor, to watch talented artists paint live, to hear some quality musicians come together and jam their hearts out. We are open 7 nights a week and look forward to seeing you soon....
84 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QY @MrWolfsBristol facebook.com/MrWolfs 0117 923 2565 theloveinn.com
BITE THE BUFFALO + GECKO (SOLO) Mr Wolf’s can not get enough of the Bite the Buffalo boys – their raw, bluesy, rock star energy on stage is enough to get any miserable bugger on their feet – and being that miserable buggers aren’t found in the Wolf Den, this night is sure to kick off! With support from one third of Londoners Gecko. April 25 // 9.30pm – Late // £3 - £4
Last month at The Old Bookshop
the old bookshop The Old Bookshop is an informal, sociable café-bar located on North Street. With its eclectic decor, homemade food, unique cocktail bar, boat-yard beer garden, and famous Sunday roasts, The Old Bookshop is known for doing things its own way. The bar showcases guest ales and local craft beers week-byweek, and the ever-changing menu from guest chefs, pop-ups and street food vendors.
65 North Street, Bedminster, BS3 1ES @theoldbookshop The Old Bookshop 0117 953 5222 theoldbookshop.co.uk
JUNE BUG June Bug’s psychedelic Folk Stories are a clever mix between a delicate unalterable folk, a communicative energy and far-fetched rhythms coming straight out of a huge toy chest. Mischievous and sincere, this new opus has more than one surprise up its sleeve.
10 April // 9pm – 11pm // Free
Last month at Stag & Hounds
STAG & hounds A well-established pub dating back to the 15th century, with friendly staff serving real ales and a great selection of pub classics until 8pm. The downstairs stage hosts some of Bristol’s best live bands and international artists, including jazz, punk, folk, and indie rock. “The Stag” is one of Bristol’s most eclectic live venues. Another reason to head into Old Market.
74 Old Market Street, Bristol, BS2 0EJ @Stagandhounds facebook.com/The Stag and Hounds 0117 329 2141 Coming soon
PING ISLAND PRESENTS: LTNT + ARMCHAIR COMMITTEE Alt rock and blues rock combines effortlessly in the form of LTNT. A rare Bristol show with a load of great support acts.
April 17 // Free
Last month at Thekla
thekla Bristol’s only music venue and club on a boat! From live toe-tapping Americana to the dirtiest Dubstep this side of London and everything in between, we have all your musical needs covered. We play host to the cream of the city’s weekly club nights as well as national and international touring live acts every week. Welcome aboard!
The Grove, BS1 4RB @theklabristol facebook.com/theklabristol 0117 929 3301 theklabristol.co.uk
STORMZY A London-based MC with Ghanaian heritage, Stormzy launched his career clashing at youth clubs around his home town. His performances evolved from grime-only music that showed a love of artists like Skepta, to more rap-oriented material that reflected Stormzy’s growing appreciation for artists like Drake. April 16 // 6pm // £9.35 inc BF
LIVE IN APRIL & MAY
The Grove East Mud Dock Bristol BS1 4RB theklabristol.co.uk F L theklabristol I X theklabris alt-tickets.co.uk • 0844 871 8819 • Bristol Ticket Shop
WEDNESDAY 1ST APRIL
BIG FREEDIA THURSDAY 2ND APRIL
BACKBEAT SOUNDSYSTEM SATURDAY 4TH APRIL
HIDDEN IN PLAIN VIEW
+ WILLIAM BECKETT + ALVAREZ KINGS + RUMOURS
SUNDAY 5TH APRIL
THE VIEW THURSDAY 9TH APRIL
+ SOPHIE JAMIESON + FENNE LILY FRIDAY 10TH APRIL
SATURDAY 11TH APRIL
BALTHAZAR SUNDAY 12TH APRIL
BIPOLAR SUNSHINE THURSDAY 16TH APRIL
STORMZY FRIDAY 17TH APRIL
WILL AND THE PEOPLE + MATT SELLORS WEDNESDAY 22ND APRIL
THURSDAY 23RD APRIL
THE INTERRUPTERS FRIDAY 24TH APRIL
OF MONTREAL TUESDAY 28TH APRIL
DAN MANGAN + BLACKSMITH WEDNESDAY 29TH APRIL
ROZI PLAIN + BABE SATURDAY 2ND MAY
TITLE FIGHT + COLD WORLD + MILK TEETH
SUNDAY 3RD MAY
THE GROWLERS + BRONCHO
WEDNESDAY 6TH MAY
THE APPLES WEDNESDAY 13TH MAY
FRIDAY 15TH MAY
CLEAR SOUL FORCES SUNDAY 17TH MAY
THE INVISIBLE ORCHESTRA MONDAY 18TH MAY
JP COOPER TUESDAY 19TH MAY
LION BABE + SEINABO SEY
Last month at Trinity
trinity One of the few truly independent venues with performances from the likes of Gorillaz, Daniel Johnston, Roni Size and Animal Collective as well as a venue for great club nights like Teachings in Dub and now Bump Rollerdisco. Famous for hosting some legendary band names such as U2, Massive Attack, Portishead, Public Enemy and The Specials. Trinity can rightly claim to be the birthplace of the Bristol sound.
The Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, BS2 0NW @trinitybristol facebook.com/trinitybristol 0117 935 1200 3ca.org.uk
WOLF ALICE Wolf Alice come to Trinity Centre following a meteoric year, packing out festival stages and ignite a fierce fanbase with their Creature Songs EP. Having sold out London’s Heaven, the band have set their sights on their next conquest - Shepherd’s Bush Empire, traditionally a marker for a band’s ascent into stardom, stopping off in Bristol on their way. April 2 // 7.30pm – 11pm // £12 adv
Last month at The Woods
the woods The Woods has been going strong for over five years. We have one of the biggest spirit selections in Bristol, not to mention a massive selection of bottled beers. When it comes to weekend no bar does it like us, open till 4am on Friday and 6am on Saturday where we work through all the different types of music possible until the early hours.
1 Park Street Avenue, Bristol, BS1 5JN Coming soon facebook.com/TheWoodsBristol 01179 250 890 thewoodsbar.co.uk
PRIVATE PARTIES AT THE WOODS The Woods offers a great venue to host your own private party with a mezzanine area which can cater for up to 40 guests with hot/cold buffet options. Available during the day, all night during the week and up to 11pm on Friday and Saturday.â€¨â€¨ Contact The Woods for further details.
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