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L APRIL - 2018
best events this month 22-25
THE downs bristol 26
molly anne 27 the correspondents 27
harvey causon 28-29
PREVIEW mø 30-31
akua Naru 32-33
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Ghetto Funk / Shindig weekender 34-35
Tailored streetwear 38-43
51 Stokes Croft 40 O2 Academy 41 the canteen 42 colston hall 43 Crofters Rights 44 exchange 45
The Fleece 46 The Full Moon 47 GALLIMAUFRY 48 The Golden Lion 49 hy-brasil 50 the lanes 51
the lantern 52 MArble Factory 53 MotherS’ Ruin 54 Mr Wolfs 55 THE OLD market assembly 56 swx 57
THekla 58 to the moon 59 Trinity 60
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HIGHLIGHTS 1. REVINYL SESSIONS: SIX SUNSETS + DUB BASICS
Revinyl Sessions are back in Cosies for another jam- packed night of heavy bangers. With a line up featuring the bastard child of dubstep, Six Sunsets and Dub Basics, you’re gonna have a hard time leaving the dancefloor at this strictly vinyl night. 4 Apr // 10pm – 2am // Free // Cosies
2. EN VOGUE
En Vogue made their way back into the spotlight with fresh new music in 2016, after taking over the R&B world over two decades ago. Catch these iconic women live at O2 Academy this April as part of their highly anticipated UK tour. 5 Apr // 7pm – 11pm // £28.50 // O2 Academy
3. ASTRAL TUSK
On a pursuit of improvisation, Astral Tusk curate the synthesised sounds of groove and future music. This month Astral Tusk will be showcasing a combination of jazz and electronica, from Snazzback, Waldo’s Gift and Hippo. 5th Apr // 9pm – 1am // Free // The Gallimaufry
4. DR MEAKER DIRT & SOUL TOUR
A year since Dr Meaker released their critically acclaimed album ‘Dirt & soul’, Bristol’s highly anticipated live DnB act are back to take over the Attic Bar with their unique force and re-energised Bristol sound. Plus, support from Digital, Blackeye MC, Carasel & Celestine and more. 6 Apr // 8.30pm – 2am // £4 // The Full Moon & Attic Bar
5. PRIDE PUNX PRESENT: XPXCX + DO ONE + MORE
Pride Punx are heading to The Chelsea Inn this April, with a storming line up of gritty punk, from Poisonous Cunt, Tout Suite, Do One and The Perverts. Money raised at this event will go towards Pride Punx 2018 and help reclaim the pride stage to honour the activist and community roots. 6 Apr // 7pm – 12am // Donation // The Chelsea Inn
6. BLACK FOXXES
The humble band Black Foxxes are heading to Bristol as part of their UK tour. Their powerfully dynamic songs won listeners hearts back in 2016 and have continued to build a fan base at a fast rate. Plus, support from the raw sounds of Bloody Knees and Bristol based writer Emily Isherwood. 7 Apr // 7pm – 10pm // £9 // Thekla
7. DISGRACEFUL BEHAVIOUR
Can’t get enough of drag? Well look no further. Local drag queen Dis Charge will be debuting their first cabaret night with an inspiring selection of some of the finest international acts. Featuring Berlin’s very own Ryan Stecken, local treasures Ophelia Wild, Eva Serration, and a whole lot more. 7 Apr // 10pm – 1am // £5 – £10 // The Old Market Assembly
8. COLDBONES & BLANKET
Lazarus Music Presents a monstrous line-up, with shoegaze prog rockers Coldbones, post-rock influenced Blanket and much, much more. Get ready to be hit by an atmospheric wall of sound and craving for more. 8 Apr // 7pm – 11pm // £5 // The Mother’s Ruin
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9. PILLOW QUEENS
13. MINAMI DEUTSCH
16. RAM RECORDS
10. GIRL RAY + FAKE LAUGH
14. THE SOUL INGREDIENTS
17. MUTUAL VIBES
Pillow Queens have come a long way since first forming the band on a basketball court back. The DIY band released their first EP ‘Calm Girls in 2016 and have gone on to conquer the masses with their infectious hooks and care-free style. 9 Apr // 7.30pm – 10.30pm // Free // Hy-Brasil
London based, estrogen-pop band Girl Ray, are set to return to Bristol following the release of their debut LP ‘Earl Grey’. Plus, support from London based rockers, Fake Laugh. 10 Apr // 7pm – 10pm // £11 // Thekla
11. SAM GREEN AND THE MIDNIGHT HEIST
Devon based punk-rockers, Sam Green and The Midnight Heist will be bringing their own slice of sunny Californian surf, roots and road trip music to Mr Wolf’s this April. With Leo James and DJ Bendrix. 10 Apr // 10pm – 4am // £3 – £4 // Mr Wolfs
12. BEN MARWOOD
Reading based singer-songwriter Ben Marwood is a marvel for the ears. His gentle folk melodies capture the imagination of his listeners. Having performed alongside established names like Frank Turner and Emily Barker, Ben Marwood promises to deliver a mesmeric show. 10 Apr // 7pm – 11pm // £8 // Exchange
Gravy Train and The Lanes bring us Minami Deutsch and guests. Get ready for some Japanese Krautrock as guitar, vocal and synth trio hit the road to celebrate the release of their latest album ‘With Dim Light’. Accompanied by Gravy Train resident DJs. 12 Apr // 8:30pm – 11pm // £10 // The Lanes
Featuring a seasoned collective of players, The Soul Ingredients bring a slice of originality, with their soothing soul and slick RnB sounds. This will be a night of soulful brass and powerful noise from this five star seven piece. 13 Apr // 10pm – 1am // Free // Canteen
Colston Hall are proud to present, Bastille and special guests. The internationally acclaimed indie pop heavyweights are returning to Bristol to perform a selection of breath-taking reworking’s from their No.1 albums ‘Wild World’ and ‘Bad Blood’. The spine-tingling experience will be accompanied by Kill a King and Charlie Barnes. 13 Apr // 7pm – 11pm // £43 // Colston Hall
RAM Records are touching down at Motion this April to present a five star line up of some of your favourite drum & bass DJs. Featuring a Sub Focus DJ set, Bad Company, Culture shock and Frankee to name a few, prepare experience a night of drum & bass in full sonic effect. 13 Apr // 10pm – 6am // £16.50/£22.50 // Motion
To The Moon proudly presents an LGBT + friends, funky house night with Mutual Vibes with DJ L PET (Gino Figliolini). Prepare for some ultimate vocal twisted disco, handbag house and funky classics for a great party. Also, the launch party to celebrate To The Moon signing up to Bristol’s Zero Tolerance. 14 Apr // 8pm – 12am // Free // To The Moon
18. BOMBS + CLAYTON BLIZZARD AND THE BOYS FROM MARKETING
The People’s Front Room Collective proudly present a night of music from two Bristol legends, to celebrate the final leap with their crowdfunder campaign. Get ready for trip hop, rockers BOMBS and soul infused hip hop from Clayton Blizzard and The Boys From Marketing. Plus, DJ Hiphoppapptamus till the early hours. 14 Apr // 9.30pm – 4am // £3 – £4 // Mr. Wolf’s
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HIGHLIGHTS 19. LUCAS & STEVE
CODEC Presents Dutch powerhouse duo Lucas & Steve at SWX this April. The best friends and chart-topping DJ partners know how to grasp listeners attention with their breath-taking melodies and explosive performances. If you’re looking for a good excuse to hit the dancefloor this April, this is it. 14 Apr // 10.30pm – 4am // £6 // SWX
20. HEATHER SMALL
You only have to hear Heather Small’s name for one of her famous M People songs like ‘Search for the Hero’ to pop into your head. Come and enjoy the singers captivating vocals as she delivers music from her solo albums and more, at Marble Factory this April. 17 Apr // 7pm- 11pm // £28.50 // Marble Factory
21. LOST HORIZONS + PENELOPE ISLES
24. THORNY: MHYSA + LAWD KNOWS
22. DJ JAZZY JEFF
25. MUSIC ON MY MIND: LAID BLAK DJ SET + EVA LAZARUS
Cocteau twins, bassist Simon Raymonde and Dif Luz drummer Richie Thomas, return with a brand-new album with a fresh new sound to match. ‘Ojalá’ flourishes dreamy pop-rock and jazzy drumming from Thomas. Get ready for their intimate performance at The Lantern, with support from Penelope Isles. 19 Apr // 7.30pm – 11pm // £12.50 // The Lantern
The one and only DJ Jazzy Jeff is hitting Trinity this April to deliver his fresh, legendary DJ set. Not only has this guy been on our TV screens since we were whipper-snappers but look past the wacky shirts and you’ll witness one of the most pioneering DJ’s of our time. 20th Apr // 10pm – 4am // £18.50 // Trinity
23. MAMA JERK & THE LADYFINGERS
Mama Jerk & the Ladyfingers are heading to The Golden Lion for another night of stomping earworms destined to please the masses. Tipped to be one of the most ‘original’ bands to step into the Bristol party scene, their heavy bass lines and gypsy undertones will lure you to the dancefloor. 20 Apr // 9pm – 1am // £4 // The Golden Lion
Thorny are back bigger than ever at their new stomping ground, The Crofters Rights. Thorny creates the perfect safe space for outsiders who vitally need it, whilst presenting some of most exciting avantgarde live performances and music. This time round Thorny are thrilled to announce Philadelphia based sound artist MHYSA. 21 Apr // 9pm – 3am // £10 – £12 // The Crofters Rights
The Old Market Assembly are proud to present Bristol’s finest home-grown artists Laid Blak and Eva Lazarus, as part of their new fundraising event for two of the most respected charities to help in our city – Mind and Bristol Drugs Project. Do your bit and buy a ticket. 21 Apr // 10pm – 1am // £8 –£10 // The Old Market Assembly
After returning to the spotlight last year with their follow up album ‘This Life’, Coasts are taking their trop-pop sound on the road to showcase their mesmerising infusions of melodies and hooks. Join Coasts at SWX to celebrate why they are one of the most respected acts in the UK. 24 Apr // 7pm – 11pm // £15 // SWX
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27. THE LOW ANTHEM
Conceptual psych-rock and atmospheric ‘folktronica’ band The Low Anthem are set to take centre stage at Thekla this April, to deliver their personalised, abstract sound, using non-traditional instruments and out the box inspired arrangements. 24 April // 7pm – 10pm // £16.50 // Thekla
28. INDIAN MAN
From the Punjab to the UK, Indian Man will spin any wax he can get his hands on, including Bhangra classics and garage filled grooves. This DJ’s irresistible combination of Punjabi sounds and bassline jams will have you jumping to the dancefloor. 24th Apr // 10pm – 2am // Free // No.51
29. KAVUS TORABI
Kavus Torabi of Knifeworld hits the road for his solo tour to celebrate the release of his latest EP on the horizon. This intimate performance has only 100 tickets, so snatch your tickets up fast. 25 Apr // 8pm – 11pm // £5 // Mother’s Ruin
Indie-prog 90’s band Salad are most famous for their 1995 hit album ‘Drink Me’. After reforming last year for Indie Daze Festival, the experimental Britpop survivors are heading to The Fleece to revitalise much loved hits including ‘Drink the Elixir’ and much more. 25 Apr // 7.30pm – 11pm // £14 // The Fleece
31. ONE SOUL FEATURING BOOM OPERATOR
Every Friday night, To The Moon have the finest in soulful music, played on vinyl all for free. After his brilliant debut, To The Moon welcome back the one and only Boom Operator. Not to be missed. 27 Apr // 8pm – 12am // Free // To The Moon
Contemporary afro-latin fusion, Animanz get ready to grace the Canteen this April, for a lively set, filled with funky hip hop and out of this world instrumentals. Prepare to witness something pretty unique from this electrifying space-afro group. 27 Apr // 10pm – 1am // Free // Canteen
33. HOME: 1ST BIRTHDAY
Join the house and techno collective HOME as they celebrate their 1st birthday in style. Returning to their stomping ground Basement 45, the monthly residency will be joined by likes of Nico Luss, Darren C, Terry Bird and more. Plus, a couple of extra birthday surprises to keep you on your toes. 28 Apr // 10pm – 4am // Free // Basement 45
34. THE BLAST SPRING CARNIVAL
Spring may feel like a million miles away because of the recent snow, but never fear because The Blast’s Spring Carnival’s just around the corner. Featuring DJ Hype, Congo Natty, Ms Banks and Benny Page, this multi-genre line up will have you on your feet dancing, all night long. 28 Apr // 10pm - 6am // £15 – £17.50 // Motion
35. MI CASA SU CASA: HIGH TECH SOUL + 10 TWENTY RADIO
Mi Casa Su Casa return with their first big scale event of 2018. Spanning across all genres of music, the handpicked line-up from hosts High Tech Soul and 10 Twenty Radio will make it a night to remember. Keep an eye on the event Facebook page for the full line up announcement. 28 Apr // 11pm – 5am // £8 – /£10 // Old Crown Court
36. DBS MUSIC: NATIVE MEETUP
Native Instruments prepare for another meet up for all music enthusiasts right here in Bristol. Packed with an afternoon of workshops and a chance to share tips and tricks with fellow musicians, this is the perfect place to rub shoulders and learn from like-minded people. 29 Apr // 1pm – 5pm // Free // dBS Music
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Have you found the Golden Ticket?
Win 2 x VIP tickets to The Downs Bristol 2018… and a £50 bar tab competition The Downs Bristol is returning to Clifton Downs for its third instalment this September as it looks set to close the summer festival season with an almighty bang. We’ve gone ahead and snuck a Golden Ticket inside one copy of Nitelife. If you find it on this page, you’ve won yourself 2 x VIP tickets to the Downs 2018, including access to an exclusive guest area with its own bar and toilets, plus a £50 bar tab!
If you didn’t win, head over to thedownsbristol.com pronto to secure a ticket. Brought to us once again by tried-and-tested dream team Crosstown Concerts and Team Love, this years’ lineup combines major hitters with future megastars, including the incredible Khruangbin, Nadine Shah and pop punk trio Dream Wife, alongside headliners Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Paul Weller, Orbital, Basement Jaxx, Goldie and the Heritage Ensemble and many more.
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Gloucestershire-born musician Molly-Anne has firmly established herself on the Bristol circuit in the past year, fusing elements of country, folk, indie and soul to create her own incredibly moreish sound. Her Molly-Anne’s simultaneously sweet yet grown up vocals are accompanied by her own acoustic guitar and harmonica. Drawing on her own experiences, Molly-Anne pens deeply personal lyrics, which can be heard in the intimate delivery of her vocals and vocables. Nitelife debuted her brilliant demo track Young Fever last year, which has since received airplay on BBC Introducing, and 2018 has seen her gigging relentlessly across the South West. You can catch her this month supporting Noble Jacks at The Louisiana.
The Correspondents are vocalist Mr Bruce and producer Chucks. They formed in South London in 2007 and within two years had taken their hi-octane genre-blending dance music from house parties to festival main stages. Their live show is something to behold, earning a place in the Telegraph’s top ten Glastonbury highlights two years running. The monochromatic Mr Bruce brings the personality of a 10-piece ska band, while Chucks takes the audience on a journey through a multitude of genres from jazz and blues to the nether regions of electro and drum and bass. Last year saw the release of their second album Foolishman, which they bring to Bristol’s Exchange this March. Chucks answers our 10 questions ahead of the must-see show.
Upcoming shows: 13 April – The Louisiana
Upcoming shows: 13 April – Exchange
Singer / production duo
1. What have you learned today? Today I learnt that eggs are not classed as dairy, they are classed as poultry. Weird huh?
6. What was the last book you read? The Bhagavad Gita, to further my spiritual education!
1. What have you learned today? That moving studios is a lot less fun than it sounds. You’ve got to have a real passion for cables.
6. What was the last book you read? The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin, an amazing Chinese sci-fi novel.
2. Favourite track of all time? Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright - Bob Dylan.
2. Favourite track of all time? Hmmmm. As – Stevie Wonder.
3. It’s 3am and the party is winding down, what track do you play to get everyone going again? Original Nuttah - Shy FX. A Bristol anthem!
7. Favourite thing on TV? The Assassination of Gianni Versace. I very naughtily skipped ahead to episode seven, even though we’re only up to episode two in the UK. I’m such a binge-watcher if I get hooked on a good programme, possibly a little out of control…
7. Favourite thing on TV? Right now? Not really sure, we only have a projector. I do have all four seasons of Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle permanently nestled on my laptop for offline travel watching though.
4. Who are your top three acts right now? Laura Marling, Philippa Hanna and Miranda Lambert.
8. Are you afraid of anything? I’m absolutely terrified of spiders and that horrid feeling you get if your teeth rub together. Ewww!
4. Who are your top three acts right now? Off the top of my head, right now I’m really feeling Vulfpeck, Janelle Monae and Jodie Abacus.
9. Tell us something people don’t know about you... I was in an all-female punk band when I was 13, we rocked.
5. If you couldn’t work in music, what would you be doing instead? Well Mr Bruce is a fairly accomplished artist as well, so I guess he’d be doing that more. I’m sure I would have lolled into some computer-y profession.
5. If you couldn’t work in music, what would you be doing instead? I’m a yoga teacher in training and a barista during the day. My dream is to tour my music internationally, but I’d settle for making wicked coffees and teaching yoga if that doesn’t happen.
10. What are you doing tomorrow? I’m off to see The Electric Swing Circus live. Should be a great show.
soundcloud.com/mollyannemusic // facebook.com/ mollyannemusic // twitter.com/ mollyannemusic
3. It’s 3am and the party is winding down, what track do you play to get everyone going again? Baby Please Don’t Go – Them.
8. Are you afraid of anything? Checking my bank account. 9. Tell us something people don’t know about you... We’re not actually proper musicians. We’re mostly making it up as we go along. 10. What are you doing tomorrow? We’re in our new studio recording some new material.
soundcloud.com/the-correspondents // facebook.com/TheCorrespondents // twitter.com/TheCorrespond
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DBS MUSIC PRESENTS LOCAL TALENT
New kid on the block Harvey Causon has been turning heads in the music industry with his velvety, soulful voice and authentic blend of atmospheric instrumentation, dulcet guitar tones and glitching electronica. Having moved to Bristol from his hometown of Norwich in 2016, Harvey has slowly been building himself a local fan base and at a mere 20 years old his level of creativity, determination and sheer raw talent is hardly possible to conceive. It was Harvey’s self-produced Introspect EP released at the end of 2016 that inducted him to a number of one-to-watch lists. The collection of songs inspired by indie, soul, jazz, hip hop and rhythm-driven electronica was an impressive first glimpse into what to expect from the burgeoning songwriter and producer.
my sound is definitely maturing A distinctive voice combined with hypnotic grooves and delicate lyricism earned him attention from some big names in the business, including Mercury Prize nominee Loyle Carner, who offered Harvey an opening slot at the Norwich leg of his Autumn 2016 tour after hearing the Cabrakid remix of his track Systems. It wasn’t long before the success of Introspect also culminated in a place on Bristol label Leisure Records’ roster, where he released his next single Frisson in 2017, along with a masterful rework of Alliance, which he demoed on his debut EP. Harvey’s latest release, Worn You, is a track from his forthcoming collaborative EP with flatmate and producer Gabriel Gifford, formerly known as Allergy Kid and one half of hip hop duo Cabrakid. As well as the remix on his first EP,
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Gabriel was one of two musicians to remix Frissons, the other being breakout Bristol musician Henry Green. Worn You is the first fully collaborative work from the duo, and came about by happy accident. While Harvey was writing on piano in his bedroom, Gabriel was working on his own beats next door. The two sounds melded together and an epiphany moment happened. The resulting song offers up ambient piano, unusual chords, dub-tinged percussion and mellifluous vocals we can’t get enough of. We caught up with Harvey as he took some rare time away from making music to talk about his whirlwind year, the forthcoming EP and what’s in store for 2018. Calm and understated, it is clear that this talented youngster is diving head first into his music career with an enthusiasm and determination that is rarely paralleled. So far, Harvey has managed to establish himself as an artist whilst keeping everything within a small circle of friends and acquaintances. Understandably, he is eager to maintain this high degree of creative autonomy and keep a DIY approach for as long as possible. He tells us about his and Gabriel’s plans to help create a scene for themselves here in Bristol by creating their own independent record label, to release their own projects, as well as some of their friends. ‘We want to have this blanket name that we can all individually release music under. Myself and Gabe have this idea for a record label that we’ll call Off-Kilter. We want to create something in Bristol that links with Norwich, as a lot of us come from that end of the country including Maya Law, who is someone that we would like to release music with.’ But in the meantime, their full collaborative EP, titled Murphy’s Hand, is due to drop imminently. Judging from their first release, we can expect a sonic marriage made in heaven with their fresh combination of powerful instrumentation, sumptuous vocals, dexterous beats and pristine production. On the EP’s title track, Harvey explains: ‘Murphy’s Hand is about our friend Frasier, who is a crazy, lovely boy. He never had a phone on him and never got involved in social media, so the song is about how much we appreciate that about him.’ This collaborative release aside, Harvey has also been gaining a lot of attention for his solo material, receiving airtime from BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and 6 Music. The talented musician has also earned support slots for the likes of Puma Blue at the Crofters Rights, Hazel English at The Louisiana, and Goan Dogs at Thekla last month, as well as completing a Maida Vale session for BBC Introducing in the West as part of their annual showcase of local talent. ‘Playing at Maida Vale was a massive highlight for me. We had such a good time. We were warned it was going to be a brilliant and amazing experience and it really was. The engineers and the history of that place is great.’ While it’s easy to get swept up in the production side of Harvey’s music, his lyrical talent is undeniable. He
explains the inspiration for Frisson, a romantic term for the goosebumps you can get from listening to music that touches you in one way or another. Harvey was interested in seeing whether there was a way of inducing that reaction, and whether or not people use that as a barometer for what makes good music. ‘I was doing a lot of research at the time about how harmony works anthropologically, and how all harmony and melody is based on rhythm and polyrhythms and how they’re all sped up in different ratios. It just interested me to think about how music can be perceived so differently. For example, how you can love something more than I can. ‘Different cultures around the world grow up to different melodic structures’, Harvey continues, ‘like reggae music is very dissonant and based on minor chords and minor progressions and they see that music as being very happy, whereas we see major chords as being happy. I wanted to explore more into what that distinction was and why different people around the world are affected differently by music. ‘I wanted to see whether it was down to bass, for example, or lyrical relation to you that evokes past memories and nostalgia. Though thinking about all this stuff fucked me up a bit, so I thought, let’s shut it down and try putting it all into a song. ‘The first lyric of the song “servants to the thing that makes the blackbirds sing” is kind of me saying, you know what, none of us can really understand any of this fully, so we’ve just got to accept that we’re servants to the earth. So just enjoy music, rather than try to analyse it.’ Harvey’s well-thought lyrical content, alongside his tendering electronic sequences, flicking guitar strings and rich vocals, sees him set for a fruitful and interesting career and we’re nothing but excited to learn what else he’s set to achieve. Although having only appeared on the radar last year, Harvey’s success has been pretty immediate and there is no doubt his sound is still maturing. ‘I listen back to my music a lot and people take the piss out of me for it. It’s just a weird, obsessive thing that I have, where I compare myself to what I’m making now and yeah, my sound is definitely maturing. Especially with Ben and Gabe’s influences, Ben has really brought in a Radiohead, Yussef Kamaal-esque jazz feel to what I make, and then Gabe has a lo-fi hip hop background.‘ Harvey’s sound has been described as forward-thinking and filled to the brim with raw ideas, with nods to other contemporary producers like Jamie Isaac, Mount Kimbie and James Blake. ‘I respect artists like James Blake and Mount Kimbie for their sonic landscapes and just field recordings and finding new sounds. I love Nils Frahm for doing that as well. And I think Reggie Snow’s new album is pretty cool, it’s out there and different.’
Though with one of the most distinctive voices to arrive on the scene in recent years, it is clear that Harvey is not trying to follow in anyone’s footsteps. Harvey explains that he likes to stay on top of what’s new and doesn’t want to restrict his music in any way by labelling it. ‘I don’t want to have a specific label, my sound is still changing. People call it post-dubstep, like Mount Kimbie, but I think that’s just like calling something post-modern. Why can’t it be the start of a new genre? It would be pretty cool to be part of a new scene and I think electronic music is inevitably the way forward as science is taking over. I come under that label, I think, because I like synths and I can’t really afford to buy nice ones, so I just make a lot of weird sounds on my computer using VSTs.’
live performance should not be a replica of what you’ve released Harvey has clearly been doing something right, as the success of his debut release led him to see out his first festival season with appearances at The Great Escape, Dot To Dot and 2000 Trees Festival. With a return to The Great Escape this year and another Maida Vale session hopefully in the pipeline, it’s obvious that something about Harvey Causon’s live show leave you wanting. ‘Working out the electronic songs can be a pig sometimes, but it’s something I like doing – finding ways to play our electronic songs live and making them slightly different, as I think live performance should not be a replica of what you’ve released. I love playing in a band it’s important for me to not have session musicians playing my produced songs, it’s got to be friends that I like playing with.’ Harvey’s upward trajectory looks pretty solidly set to continue with more solo material to be released alongside another busy festival season set for 2018, including a main stage performance at Nozstock. It seems only a matter of time before Harvey Causon’s superb songwriting, heart-melting vocals and skilful production has found a larger audience. So, keep an ear out for more Bristol shows following the upcoming release of Murphy’s Law. ‘Hopefully I’ll just keep putting out music the same way that I am, and hopefully people will enjoy it, my fan base will grow and I’ll be able to play more gigs.’
Words: Georgie Partington Photos: Dominika Scheibinger soundcloud.com/harveycauson
30 // PREVIEW
The Danish pop star with punk roots, Karen Marie Ørsted is better known by her stage name MØ. She is part of a generation of artists including Grimes and Lana Del Rey, who are legitimately making pop music cool again.
MØ followed up strong, with two solo bangers from her forthcoming second album, Final Song and Nights With You – a beautiful ode to her best friend and a hugely refreshing antidote to the girl-loves-boy industry standard.
MØ released her brilliant debut album, No Mythologies to Follow in 2014. It features the Diplo-produced track XXX 88 – our first taste of a musical partnership that would shortly make MØ a household name the globe over.
‘It’s a song that I wanted to write for my bestie. We’ve been friends since we were three years old. It’s about that love that you can feel for a very, very strong friendship that you have for many years. It’s totally a love song, but not necessarily in a romantic way and I think it’s so awesome that people have interpreted in all kinds of ways, that’s how it should be.’
Bringing her over to his dancehall-inspired Major Lazer project in 2015, MØ co-wrote and provided the vocals for Lean On, which turned out to be the breakthrough track for them both. It reached number two in the UK singles chart and smashed Spotify’s record for most streamed song.
the most radical thing you can do is really be honest and be yourself MØ featured on another Major Lazer track the following year, this time sharing vocals with Justin Bieber. Unsurprisingly, it was a number one hit and propelled MØ even further into the global limelight.
MØ’s next release was her surprise six-track EP, When I was Young in October last year. Although she was involved in the writing process on both Major Lazer collaborations and wholly retained her artistic integrity, understandably, she wanted to put some distance between the craziness of those record breaking, chart topping collaborations and her second solo album. ‘I felt like I needed to do a little EP before I could go full on into the album finishing process. So many years had passed since my debut album and with all these collaborations and singles I had put out, I just felt like I needed a little sum up before going all in on an album, because it’s a big deal for me. I put myself into these things, they’re personal to me, and so I want to make sure that I can digest it and that people can digest it.’
The two singles and EP partner the tropical, synth driven sounds we’ve been hearing since her work with Major Lazer, with the lyrical exploration and vocal depth that fans of her first album fell in love with. Though MØ explains that this was a natural sonic direction, rather than taking cues from the trend-setting mega producer.
I’m a super fan of pop music, but also a super fan of everything alternative and ugly and dark ‘Since 2015, I’ve felt that all pop music has sounded a little bit like Major Lazer to be honest. It has that kind of tropical, dancehall, EDM sound, drops and vocal drops and all of these things, which has been really awesome and cool for a couple of years, but I feel like the sound landscape is moving towards something different now. ‘Most of all, what Major Lazer inspires in me is this constant search for new sounds and new ways of doing things, pushing it and wanting to be better and being progressive all the time. That’s the biggest thing I’ve taken from working with him – a way of looking at music and the process, basically.’
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MØ has openly cited Spice Girls as a major influence, with an excellent cover of Say You’ll be There on her first album; and yet it’s also no surprise to learn that before becoming a solo artist, MØ performed as part of punk activist duo Mor. The two opposing influences combine beautifully to inject some punk personality into modern pop music. Her cool girl aesthetic transcends well beyond her stage presence into the content and delivery of her songs.
what Major Lazer inspires in me is this constant search for new sounds and new ways of doing things ‘Most of all, I want to make sure to put myself into it. Me as a private person, Karen, I’m a super fan of pop music, but also a super fan of everything alternative and ugly and dark, like punk music. So if I can put my personality into the pop landscape of now, that’s obviously my biggest dream. The most radical thing you can do is really be honest and be yourself. That’s what I always strive to do.’ Growing up in a tiny village on the Danish island of Funen, MØ crafted a thick skin and learned at an early age to embrace her otherness, an attribute found in every great musician throughout history. ‘I’m really happy about where I come from because I think being trapped in the suburbs and being in a school where people didn’t get me was a good way for me to learn how to work through that struggle of being misunderstood. That whole thing of learning to stand by your differences, learning to live with that and embracing it to make yourself even stronger.’ MØ will be bringing her tour to Bristol’s O2 Academy this April, where we can hope to hear more from the forthcoming album, which she assures us is coming soon. ‘The album is the big thing for 2018. It’s been four and a half years since my debut album so I’m really just stoked and excited to get everything done and roll it out. It’s going to be a relief, almost. ‘I’m excited to come back to Bristol. I’ll be playing some new songs and bringing a new production and lights with me.’
Words: Rachel Morris Photos: Dominika Scheibinger 7 April, MØ – O2 Academy Bristol momomoyouth.com
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Akua Naru’s long awaited new album The Blackest Joy drops at the end of this month, with Bristol being one of the first stops on the album tour. It’s the MC’s first release since 2015’s The Miner’s Canary and her second foray into self producing and self releasing on her own independent label, The Urban Era. Akua blazed into the pages of hip hop history with her groundbreaking debut album A Journey Aflame in 2011, a substantial 14-track album spanning the realms of classic hip hop, jazz, soul and blues with traditional African rhythmic influences trickling through.. With a flow to rival any hip hop great and the propheticism of a poet, Akua’s entire body of work speaks from her experience as an African American women in a world that would try to quiet her.
just me waking up and opening my eyes, that’s a protest right there Now settled in Cologne, the MC explains why after a successful first album she began producing her own beats for both The Miner’s Canary and The Blackest Joy: ‘Mainly it was about me wanting to find ways to really communicate what I wanted to say, not only through words
PREVIEW // 33 but sonically. I wanted to really put my imprint on the sound and let it really be me. It was a progression for me to grow and see who I could be in this role. ‘I don’t know how well I can measure my own growth while I’m still in the body of it. I would need 20 years to look back on this experience and then I could say, “yes, I grew a lot in that time”, but in the moments that I experience daily as I work on music, there are some things that became easier for me, and I guess that means that I have grown.’ Akua released the first track from the forthcoming album last October, My Mother’s Daughter. Featuring traditional Mina vocals and a heavier African influence than we’ve seen in Akua’s previous releases, the video for the track opens with a subtitle ‘For the ancestors’. However, ‘for’ is not to be misinterpreted, Akua makes it clear that she doesn’t need to speak on behalf of anyone. ‘We always have voices, it’s just that there are institutions and people who are committed to trying to silence us, but the voice has always been there. I’m in this body so I feel that it’s very important to speak from what it means to live this experience. They say, “Speak, even when your voice shakes”. ‘I’ve had wonderful experiences and I’ve found that people have shown up in the midnight hour when I speak. My music is always about my people and I feel that that’s very important, but there has never been a time in history where we didn’t have a voice or when things weren’t spoke, it’s just that there has always been resistance; that’s the constant, which is really unfortunate, but it is what it is.’ Talking about the forthcoming album as a whole, My Mother’s Daughter sets a good example for what’s to follow. As always, the record will set forth an exploration of Akua’s own story. ‘It centres black women’s experience in the diaspora. This album has a lot more African influence. I study history, so there’s always conversation about where we’ve been, who we were and what that means as it collapses itself on the present moment, every day, right now. ‘Spiritually it’s about love, it’s about a pursuit towards justice, it’s about navigating the politics of our current reality, it’s about carving a space to try and understand what the future looks like, it’s about a lot. ‘With rap, it’s line for line. I could be bringing you into a space where you experience so much from one line to the next, metaphor to metaphor, simile to simile.’ Hip hop and jazz, the two most overt genres that Akua’s music occupies, is traditionally protest music and dissention is something she appears to actively embody in her work. ‘There are times where I have a statement that I specifically want to convey. There are some songs where that was very important – I knew it might be provocative – but I had to say it, because it needed to be said for whatever reason. There are other times when I’m just writing and whatever is coming out is coming out. ‘I’m a black woman making hip hop music and living in this world – just me waking up and opening my eyes, that’s a protest right there, that’s resistance. Just to love, just to laugh, is an act of resistance.’ It’s pretty clear that Akua is an artist that creates from a need to create, but on what she hopes people will take from her music, she says:
there has never been a time in history where we didn’t have a voice or when things weren’t spoke ‘I’m happy to know that people are listening. And if people can listen closely and really try to understand the world that I’ve created within this music and if they relate to it, that’s a blessing to me.’ The Blackest Joy is released on 27 April, just a few days before her Bristol show on 2 May at The Fleece, where the audience will be among the first to hear the album played live. ‘We’ve never played the new album before to date, so by the time I get to Bristol it will be maybe the fourth time we’ve played it, so that’s going to be interesting. You can expect to hear new music, you’re going to hear some hip hop, some jazz, everything in between. I’m bringing the fire to the UK. This is what I really love to do, so I’m going to come and just bring everything on the stage.’
Words: Rachel Morris 2 May – Akua Naru, The Fleece akuanaru.com
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THE INFLUENCERS // BEHIND THE SCENES WITH
GHETTO FUNK / SHINDIG WEEKENDER The UK festival circuit is one of the strongest in the world, with crowds flocking from all corners to attend one of the countless spectacular summer events. But with such a strong selection of festivals comes heavy competition, and a challenge to stand head and shoulders above the rest.
Rest assured though, Shindig Festival have got that covered. Originating from Bristol-based, award-winning record label Ghetto Funk, Shindig provides a weekend of entertainment ranging from music, to circus, spoken word and comedy, for festival lovers looking to get away from the sometimes-manic whirlwinds conjured by your typical major festival crowds. As one of the earlier festivals in the season, taking place outside Bristol over the May bank holiday, Shindig aims to set the bar higher each year, making it a tough act to follow for other festival organisers. As they are about to embark on their fifth event, the once boutique festival that began as a party for close friends, continues to flourish both in its capacity and entertainment offering. Shortly before Shindig announced that tickets for this year’s festival had had sold out, Nitelife met up with founders Will and Simon to learn about the transition from label heads to festival founders, and what makes Shindig Weekender so beautifully special. Will and Simon first began working together in 2010, when Will approached Simon with an idea to create a blog called Ghetto Funk for other like-minded DJs – those with an appreciation for mid tempo funk music with big basslines, or as they called it ‘party breaks’, a term that’s now synonymous with Ghetto Funk. From there, the adventures of Ghetto Funk spiralled, growing from a blog to a fully fledged record label. Before long, Will and Simon were running a multiaward-winning record label, playing to 10,000 people at Glastonbury’s Hell Stage between the likes of Roni Size and A Guy Called Gerald, and even began touring their own Ghetto Funk Nightclub venue across the UK festival circuit.
We realised pretty early on that there was a massive gap in the market for a festival to actually cater for the demographic we like to call “old skool ravers with kids”
‘The next logical step was to set something up independently’, explains Will. ‘In 2014 we came up with the concept of starting our own festival. When we first started Shindig, it was very much just a few tents with a couple of DJs off our label playing to our friends in a field.’ Despite the rapid growth in capacity, jumping from 1,500 to 7,000 in five years, Shindig continues to bring in a niche crowd of festival goers. Will defines the type of crowd their specially-tailored festival attracts: ‘Shindig generally brings in an older crowd of people who enjoy a good cocktail, but also like starting early and finishing early. We realised pretty early on that there was a massive gap in the market for a festival to actually cater for the demographic we like to call “old skool ravers with kids”.’ ‘It’s for people who have a passion for music but don’t want to continue going to the large capacity events’, says Simon. ‘A lot of people have said “oh you should put this DJ on to bring in a younger crowd”, but that’s not what we’re about. ‘The type of crowd Shindig Festival attracts is really friendly and easy-going‘, Simon continues. ‘We don’t ever want to change what we do; we just want to attract even more of a similar crowd instead. To be honest, I think if we suddenly brought in a twenty-year-old crowd, it would upset the whole equilibrium of the event.’ ‘When we first started putting on Shindig, it was a festival for friends and friends of friends, but last year was a bit of a turning point for us,’ Will reflects. ‘On the Friday night of the festival, we were sat having a production chat, and then all of a sudden, we both turned around and said, who are all these people?’ ‘So many positives came from that festival though,’ Simon chips in. ‘Beforehand, we didn’t know if having so many people was going to work, but we ended up getting the perfect result. It was a really friendly crowd and the people who had previously come to the festival every year got along really well with the newcomers.’ With this year’s sell-out event just around the corner, Will and Simon talk us through this year’s lineup and what the future holds for Shindig Weekender. ‘This year we’ve got headliners Soul II Soul and The Jungle Brothers’, says Will. ‘We’ve got a lot of old skool
UK hip hop this year as well, including Black Twang and London Posse, who’ll be doing their first festival set in twenty years. On top of that, we’ve got the likes of Smooth and Turrell, a Cut Chemist AV set, The Cuban Brothers, and special guest Opiuo. ‘We’re bringing a lot of old skool to the festival this year. On Saturday we’ve got Altern-8 and Top Buzz, but these acts will be on in the afternoon, so if parents are there with their kids, they don’t have to wait till four in the morning to see a headline DJ!’ Simon adds, ‘We’re introducing comedy to the festival for the first time this year, with Phill Jupitus and Mark Thomas doing full-length shows. We’ve also got one of the series producers from Planet Earth dropping by to give a talk. We had them by last year as well, but we worked out it was the perfect hangover cure for people needing something relaxing to do whilst they recover from the night before.’
It’s always been and always will be about the music ‘When we first started, we blew all the entertainment budget on musicians, as traditionally we thought that’s what sold the tickets’, Will admits. ‘But now Shindig is more established, we know that people come along for the experience as a whole, from spoken word to poetry, comedy, talks and circus.’ When a festival grows in such a short time frame, the integrity of the event is always at stake, although Simon and Will explain what makes their event so alluring. ‘Each year the festival keeps becoming more like a family of people that some refer to as the Shindig Family,’ says Simon. ‘A lot of people meet at the festival and end up hanging out all year round. When they return the following year, they meet new friends and the family expands even more. ‘We’ve had engagements, babies conceived and all sorts at our festival. There is even a baby with Shindig as their middle name! There has been some really magical moments from Shindig and that surpasses anything else.’ ‘It’s such a beautiful, laid back and relaxed festival’ says Will. ‘There isn’t any sort of attitude or aggression associated with it. Everything we do encompasses love and the love of music. The basis of Ghetto Funk being about community has really transferred onto the festival.’ Despite the continuing growth of the festival, Simon and Will have big plans for Ghetto Funk as well, which remains a central focus for the pair. Their plans begin with re-opening a record shop. ‘We are going back to having a record shop because vinyl is very popular again and we’ve still got a lot of stock’, Simon explains. ‘We’re planning on re-pressing and releasing a lot of new stuff too. The plan is to open a retail shop in Bath and have our offices above it, so we will run Shindig from the offices and have the Ghetto Funk record shop downstairs – still linking the two together.’ Will adds, ‘We want to help build a community and a hub again, because it’s always been and always will be about the music. That’s what brings everyone together. Music is the reason me and Simon started talking all those years ago, and I feel now it has come full circle. Everything we do will always go back to that family ethos we’ve been carrying, right from the early days of Ghetto Funk. We’re all in this together and we’ll continue to help each other.’
Words: Abi Lewis Photography: Martin Thompson // instagram.com/ thefacecollective ghettofunk.co.uk // shindigfestival.co.uk
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51 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QP | @51StokesCroft | facebook.com/51stokescroft | 01179 148 048 | 51stokescroft.com
Located in the heart of Stokes Croft, No.51 offers cosy dining, late night dancing as well as community minded events like charity fundraisers and quiz nights. Here you can grab a tasty woodfired pizza, sip on a delicious cocktail, listen to great music and chill out with friends in their spacious garden.
DJ AARMSTRONG Festival favourite, DJ Aarmstrong will be taking over No.51 this April. Blasting a mix of hip hop, soul, funk and disco, Aarmstrong never fails to raise the temperature in his multi genre sets.
13 Apr // 10pm – 4am // £3 – £4
Indian Man spins any wax he can get his hands on, including Bhangra classics and garage filled grooves. This DJ’s irresistible combination of Punjabi sounds and bassline jams will have you jumping to the dancefloor.
24th Apr // 10pm – 2am // Free
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Frogmore Street, Bristol, BS1 5NA | @o2academybris | facebook.com/o2academybristol | 0905 5020 3999 | o2academybristol.co.uk
The o2 Academy is one of Bristol’s busiest music venues playing host to major touring acts as well as up and coming artists. They’ve established themselves as one of the best venues to catch your favourite bands in the Southwest, while also being home to Ramshackle - Bristol’s Notorious Weekly Rave: A fine selection of all thats good in music mixed by Patrick Nazemi, Chezney & Guests.
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MØ captured the attention of music lovers across the world with her new single ‘Nights with You’. Now, the Denmark based singer is about to embark on her biggest tour to date, with support from Skott and Meadowlark.
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7 Apr // 7pm – 11pm // £16 Tue 3rd Apr • SOLD OUT
Wed 25th Apr
Tue 10th Jul • SOLD OUT
Skindred + CKY + Danko Jones
Thu 5th Apr
Fri 27th Apr • SOLD OUT
Sun 2nd Sep
Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls
Sat 28th Apr • 10pm - 5am • over 18s only
Guns 2 Roses
Fri 6th Apr
The Amy Winehouse Experience ...A.K.A Lioness
Breakin’ Science Wed 2nd May • SOLD OUT
Sat 7th Apr • RESCHEDULED DATE
Gomez + John Smith
MØ + Skott
Mon 7th May
Sun 8th Apr
Epica + Myrkur + Oceans Of Slumber Mon 9th Apr
Brothers Osbourne Wed 9th May
Walk The Moon
Sat 12th May •10pm - 3am • over 18s only
Wed 11th Apr
The Carnival Of Light
Dirty Sanchez Live
Mon 14th May
15 Years Of ...
Fri 7th Sep
Fri 14th Sep
Xavier Rudd Fri 21st Sep
The Smyths Sun 23rd Sep
Jose Gonzalez & The String Theory Sat 29th Sep • SOLD OUT
Halestorm Tue 2nd Oct
Feat. Lee Dainton & Matthew Pritchard
Thu 12th Apr
Tue 15th May
performs classic Deep Purple “Live”
Fri 5th Oct • SOLD OUT
Fri 18th May • RESCHEDULED DATE
Cash - A tribute to the Man in Black
Fri 19th Oct
Love From Stourbridge
The Wonder Stuff + Ned’s Atomic Dustbin Fri 13th Apr • SOLD OUT
Tokio Myers Sat 14th Apr
The Dead Daisies + The Treatment + The Amorettes Mon 16th Apr
Trivium + Code Orange + Power Trip + Venom Prison Fri 20th Apr
The White Buffalo
Elvana: Elvis Fronted Nirvana
Mon 21st May
Thu 25th Oct
Sat 19th May • SOLD OUT
Fri 25th May
Thu 8th Nov
BA1 Records Showcase
Wed 30th May
Sun 11th Nov
Public Image Limited
Fri 1st Jun
Sat 17th Nov • SOLD OUT
Broken Social Scene
The Cat Empire
Tue 5th Jun
Tues 18th Dec
+ Wage War + Sylar
Mon 23rd Apr
Sun 17th Jun
Wed 19th Dec
Sat 21st Apr
Of Mice And Men Calum Scott + Daniel Docherty
O2 Academy Bristol Frogmore Street, Bristol BS1 5NA • Doors 7pm unless stated
Venue box office opening hours: Mon - Sat 12pm - 4pm • Tickets subject to booking fee
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April • 2018
UK ragga metal legends Skindred will be kicking up a storm at the Academy this April, as part of their ‘Start the Machine’ tour, to promote their seventh studio album. Support from CKY and Danko Jones.
25 Apr // 7pm – 11pm // £21.50
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Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3QY | Twitter – @IntheCanteen | facebook.com/thecanteenbristol | 0117 923 2017 | canteenbristol.co.uk
The Canteen emerged out of the creative inspiration and collective efforts of a bunch of Stokes Croft and Bristol brilliants. With free live music every night, expect gentler tones from Sunday – Wednesday spanning folk, jazz and acapella ensembles, then Thursday – Saturday sees things ramp up from 10pm, when the tables are cleared for the unavoidable rip-roaring dancing times.
THE SOUL INGREDIENTS
Seasoned collective of players The Soul Ingredients, bring a slice of originality in their soothing soul and slick RnB sounds. This will be a night of soulful brass and powerful noise from this five-star seven piece.
13 Apr // 10pm – 1am // Free
The Radial Band
with Soufian Saihi
Original acoustic project with traditional musicians from Scandinavia to the Middle East. Topped with Moroccan oud master Soufian Saihi to weave something both ancient and fresh.
Thur 5th My Octopus Mind
Oh lordy, it’s all going on in the cells of these octopus minds. They got math-clever rock, ambient howling, psych-punk and even honeyed folk.
Kosmo Sound Spacious instrumental jazz-dub from Belgium just what you want on a Saturday night. Haunting sax, supersmart organ, crisp drumming, looselimbed guitar and jumping basslines.
presents Celebrating Brazil’s folk tradition of choro, Brejeiro’s jousting mandolins and soaring flute evoke the lush tropical world of the country’s northern jungles.
SUN 8th Brejeiro
Bunch of South Londoners scouring the world for irresistible dance music - then, like master chefs, they’ve blended their discoveries into “Afro Latin Psy Groove”.
Contemporary Afro-Latin fusion that knows all about hip-hop. Is it funky and psychedelic? Hell, yes! So stop thinking get dancing.
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Contemporary afro-Latin fusion, Animanz get ready to grace the Canteen this April, for a lively set, filled with funky hip hop and out of this world instrumentals. Prepare to witness something pretty unique from this electrifying space-afro group.
27 Apr // 10pm – 1am // Free
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Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR | @Colston_Hall | facebook.com/ColstonHall | 0117 203 4040 | colstonhall.org
Colston Hall is Bristol’s largest concert hall, presenting major names in rock, pop, jazz, folk, world and classical music such as Laura Marling, John Grant, Richard Hawley, Robert Plant and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. It houses world-class comedy, film screenings and light entertainment, as well as local choirs, orchestras and schools.
Colston Hall are proud to present, Bastille and special guests. The internationally acclaimed indie pop heavyweights are returning to Bristol to perform a selection of breath-taking reworking’s from their No.1 albums ‘Wild World’ and ‘Bad Blood’.
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13 Apr // 7pm – 11pm // £43 // Colston Hall
tue 3 apr gregory porter
thu 19 apr alexander o'neal
thu 5 apr raiders of the lost ark in concert
thu 19 apr lost horizons
thu 5 apr julia biel
fri 20 apr grumpy old women
sat 7 apr musu ft the golden filter
fri 20 – sun 22 apr bristol new music 2018
mon 9 apr jethro tull
sat 21 apr keith tippett octet with matthew bourne
mon 9 – wed 11 apr mark steel
tue 1 may rumours of fleetwood mac tue 1 may freya ridings wed 2 may plan b thu 3 may bournemouth symphony orchestra fri 4 may jon boden & the remnant kings fri 4 may ishmael ensemble
fri 18 may paul chowdhry fri 18 may os mutantes sat 19 may nick mulvey support from tt mon 21 may roo panes tue 22 may sam lee's singing with nightingales wed 23 may joan baez
fri 13 apr bastille
sat 21 apr the anatomy of the orchestra
fri 13 apr let's eat grandma
mon 23 apr blanco white
sat 14 apr jaws in concert
tue 24 apr barenaked ladies
sun 6 may kitty, daisy & lewis
fri 25 may live at colston hall: james acaster, gary delaney, abandoman & ed gamble
sat 14 apr london astrobeat orchestra performs talking heads
tue 24 apr josh rouse
thu 10 may jon allen
fri 25 may craig campbell
sat 5 may vessels
thu 24 may ezra furman
wed 25 apr bryan ferry
fri 11 may don mclean
sun 27 may justin hayward
mon 16 apr my dad wrote a porno
wed 25 apr grant-lee phillips
sat 12 may jason manford
mon 28 may tracyanne & danny
tue 17 apr marillion
thu 26 apr g3
sun 13 may shazia mirza
thu 31 may marti pellow
tue 17 apr toko telo
fri 27 apr drenge
wed 16 may the shires
fri 1 jun soul ii soul
wed 18 apr simon evans: genius
sun 29 apr peter hammill
wed 16 may scott matthews
sat 2 jun james bay
KAITLYN AURELIA SMITH – BRISTOL NEW MUSIC 2018 LA-based composer, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith looks up to the psychedelic electro-pioneers of the sixties in her detailed synthesiser experimentation. Come and experience Kaitlyn’s encompassing performance at IMAX this April, as part of Bristol New Music 2018.
22 Apr // 6.30pm & 9pm // £15
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117-119 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3RW | @Crofters_Rights | Facebook.com/croftersrights | 0117 2310079 | croftersrights.co.uk
Situated in the heart of Stokes Croft, Crofters Rights has an ever changing list of 17 keg and cask, draught beers and ciders. Ray’s Neapolitanstyle pizzas are served every day and the back room hosts everything from punk gigs to storytelling, comedy to experimental noise.
BLOWOUT PRESENTS: LAST HYENA + SUPPORT
Blowout Presents an impressive line-up of some of the best math rock and experimental alt-rock. Featuring Bristol based post math-rock 3-piece, Last Hyena, followed by more math-rock from a-Nottingham based a-tota-so, plus The Decoy and more.
16 Apr // 7pm – 10.30pm // £5
THORNY: MHYSA + LAWD KNOWS
Thorny are back at a new stomping ground, The Crofters Rights. This time round, the sacred safe space and home to the best avant-garde performers will be hosting Philadelphia based sound artist MHYSA.
21 Apr // 9pm – 3am // £10 - £12
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72 - 73 Old Market, Bristol, BS2 0EJ | @exchangebristol | facebook.com/exchangebristol | 0117 930 4538 | exchangebristol.com
Exchange plays host to both gigs most nights of the week with Club Nights most weekends. Having opened in September 2012, Exchange has already hosted performances from a varied array of internally revered artists including The 1975, Four Tet, (the) Melvins, Jungle, Diplo, Haim and Sick Of It All to name but a few.
Reading based singer-songwriter Ben Marwood is a marvel for the ears. His gentle folk melodies capture the imagination of his listeners. Having performed alongside the likes of Frank Turner, Ben promises to deliver a mesmeric show.
10 Apr // 7pm – 11pm // £8
twenty-eight years after they first hit the scene with their debut album ‘Relaxing With’, Bristol based psychedelic rockers The Heads, continue to show the younger generation exactly how it’s done.
19 Apr // 7.30pm – 11pm // £12
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12 St. Thomas Street, Bristol, BS1 6JJ | @FleeceBristol | facebook.com/fleecebristol | 0117 945 0996 | thefleece.co.uk
The legendary live music venue has previously hosted the likes of Oasis, The Strokes, Goldfrapp and Bloc Party. Live music 7 nights a week and massive club nights like Propaganda, 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 them all on Twitter and Facebook to receive updates on their upcoming gigs.
SKANKFEST 2018: SONIC BOOM SIX + BAR STOOL PREACHERS + MORE Skankfest returns for another year of ska punk ruckus, all under one roof. With performances from Sonic Boom Six and King Tut’s Revenge, this will be a day of mayhem you won’t want to miss.
8 Apr // 12pm – 11.30pm // £10
SALAD + HAZEL WINTER & GERARD STARKIE
After reforming last year for Indie Daze Festival, indie-prog Britpop survivors Salad are heading to The Fleece to revitalise much loved hits, including ‘Drink the Elixir’, ‘Motorbike to Heaven’ and much more.
25 Apr // 7.30pm – 11pm // £14
THE FULL MOON / ATTIC BAR
VENUES // 53
1 North Street, Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3PR | Twitter - Coming soon | facebook.com/pages/The-Full-Moon-and-Attic-Bar | 01179 245 007 | fmbristol.co.uk
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?
DR MEAKER DIRT & SOUL TOUR
VP PRODUCTIONS PRESENT
A year since Dr Meaker released their critically acclaimed album ‘Dirt & soul’, and Bristol’s highly anticipated live DnB act are back to take over the Attic Bar with their unique force and re-energised Bristol sound.
6 Apr // 8.30pm – 2am // £4
DR MEAKER DIRT & SOUL TOUR
DIGITAL / BLACKEYE MC / CARASEL & CELESTINE MR WHOMPY DJS (Full Moon) DUB INSURGENTS / BLISS ZION / TRIVIAL PURSUITS (Full Moon)
AFT RECORDS PRESENT: MAMPI SWIFT
SPRING TING FESTIVAL (3PM - 2AM)
LINE UP TBA
45 LIVE PRESENTS: ANDY SMITH
UNCHAINED XL / PAPAMOOMIN / STEVIE BEAR (Full Moon)
FREESOUL FAMILIA / ROOTS AGENDA / CHRIS MUNKY (Full Moon)
OCTO PI ALBUM LAUNCH / KHEMIKAL / CARASEL DJ DAD (Full Moon)
HELELE / JOHN-PAUL GARD TRIO / COLLETTE THE DOTS HABITUS FT. CHILLMAN & GOOSE JAZZFUNKSOUL HOUSE BAND LITTLEBOSELECTA (Full Moon)
BOCA 45 / MR LINGO (FUNK FROM THE TRUNK) ANDRES & CHANGO (Full Moon)
DESIGN: INKIE x CHEBA
Cardiff based Afro Cluster will be tearing up Stokes Croft’s Attic Bar this April, with their renowned blend of afro funk and hip hop. Support from Unchained XL, Papamoomin and Stevie Bear at The Full Moon.
13 Apr // 8.30pm – 2am // £4
54 // VENUES
26-28 The Promenade, Gloucester Road, BS7 8AL | @thegallibristol | facebook.com/TheGallimaufryBristol | 01179 42 7 319 | thegallimaufry.co.uk
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.
On a pursuit of improvisation, Astral Tusk curate the synthesised sounds of groove and future music. This month Astral Tusk will be showcasing music from, Snazzback, Waldo’s Gift and Hippo.
5 Apr // 9pm – 2am // Free
Hosted by Mike Dennis
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GALLI 6TH BIRTHDAY: CHARLIE BONES
Come and celebrate The Gallimaufry’s 6 birthday this April, with Children of the Sun residents Soulworks, and acclaimed NTS breakfast radio show host, Charlie Bones. Grab a party hat and hit the dancefloor.
13 Apr // 9pm - 2am // Free
the golden lion
VENUES // 55
244 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8NZ | @goldenlionbriz | facebook.com/goldenlionbristol | 0117 924 6449 | goldenlionbristol.co.uk
The Golden Lion is a renowned Bristol Music venue offering live music on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday Afternoon. A surprise mix bag encompassing the whole music spectrum. Keep up to date on their social media pages for full listings and details. Bar open ‘til 1am Friday and Saturday, and midnight Sunday to Thursday.
MAMA JERK & THE LADYFINGERS
Tipped to be one of the most ‘original’ bands to step into the Bristol party scene, Mama Jerk & The Ladyfingers heavy bass lines and gypsy undertones will lure you to the dancefloor.
20 Apr // 9pm – 1am // £4
BIG FAT MOSTLY MUSIC QUIZ - MONDAY @ 9pm OPEN MIC NIGHT - WEDS @ 8pm SUN THU FRI SAT SUN THU FRI SAT SUN THU FRI SAT SUN
1st 5th 6th 7th 8th 12th 13th 14th 15th 19th 20th 21st 22nd
GRANAREUNITED 40 Classic Rock Review DJ’s LATIN DESCARGA Latino Live Jam Night KOSMO SOUND Belgian Dub Heroes DISS MISS - DJ SET Hip Hop, Soul, Disco + more OLD MALT HOUSE JAZZ BAND Swinging Trad ENTER THE LION Songwriters Showcase THE MUTIODS / POLKA DOT SOCKS Punk PEANUT SHUFFLE CLUB BIG BAND Swing CREAVEN & FARRELL Acoustic Duo 4pm GROOVE RIFT LIVE Hip Hop Jam - Get Involved! MAMA JERK & THE LADYFINGERS Crazy £4 BAD LOSERS / TWIN ARROW 60’s Garage ATHEA Spontaneous Musical Dialogues 4pm
THU FRI SAT SUN
26th 27th 28th 29th
PIGSTY HILL BLUES CLUB Open Blues Jam THE GIN BOWLERS Super Swung Gypsy-Jazz £2 DJ HIPHOPPAPOTAMOUS Sunshine Party Music LOST ELEVEN Country Rockin Blues 4pm
FREE ENTRY UNLESS STATED - PLEASE DONATE TO THE HAT DJ HIPHOPPAPOTAMOUS
Bristol’s favourite party beats DJ, Hipoppapotamous is taking over The Golden Lion for a headline slot consisiting of all things breaks, house, dnb and of course a bit of hip hop. Plus, support.
28 Apr // 9pm – 1am // Free
56 // VENUES
7-9 Baldwin St, Bristol BS1 1RU | @hybrasilmusicclub | facebook.com/HyBrasilMusicClub | 0117 930 4370 | hybrasilmusicclub.com
Named after a mythical island off the coast of Ireland, Hy-Brasil is a late night music venue located in the heart of Bristol. Join them for 2-4-1 burgers on Tuesdays, awesome drink deals and an array of live and electronic events throughout the week.
Head over to Hy-Brasil this April for the highly anticipated performance from 80’s synth superstars, Shawdowlark. The Leeds based band bring a fresh new outlook on modern day indie-pop, with beautifully crafted songs for your pleasure.
12 Apr // 7.30pm – 11pm // Free
MC LARS & KOO KOO KANGA ROO
‘Lit-hop’ pioneer and the multi-talented rapper and cartoonist MC Lars will be bringing his American charm to Hy-Brasil, for an intimate yet captivating performance. Plus, get ready to go ‘coocoo’ for the Koo Koo Kanga Roo duo and their comedic-pop act and much more.
27 Apr // 7pm – 11pm // £8
VENUES // 57
22 Nelson Street, Bristol, BS1 2LE | @thelanesbristol | facebook.com/lanes.bristol | 01173 251 979 | thelanesbristol.co.uk
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.
Gravy Train and The Lanes present – Minami Deutsch and guests. Get ready for some Japanese Krautrock as guitar, vocal and synth trio hit the road to celebrate the release of their latest album ‘With Dim Light’. Accompanied by Gravy Train resident DJs.
12 Apr // 8:30pm – 11pm // £10
If you’re looking for great drinks deals and a dancefloor then look no further. Atomic Jukebox resident DJ’s will be playing the very best hits from the 50’s to now, to keep you dancing all night long.
19 Apr // 9pm – 2am // Free
the lantern XX
58 // VENUES
Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR | @Colston_Hall | facebook.com/ColstonHall | 0117 203 4040 | colstonhall.org
The Lantern at Colston Hall presents a packed programme of cutting edge artists playing everything from jazz, electronica and pop, to folk, world and hip hop. Recent visitors include Kamasi Washington, Julia Holter, Slum Village, This Is The Kit and Saul Williams. Grab a bite to eat at Beerd and relax in Colston Hall’s stylish modern foyer before you head to the show.
LONDON ASTROBEAT ORCHESTRA PERFORMS TALKING HEADS Following their sell-out performances in London Jazz Café, London Astrobeat Orchestra present a night of iconic music by Talking Heads. Bringing you effortlessly funky, unique performance from some of the finest West African Session musicians.
14 Apr // 8pm – 11pm // £16.12
Highlights Thu 5 Apr Julia Biel
Thu 19 Apr Lost Horizons
Sun 6 May Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
Fri 6 Apr Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
Mon 23 Apr Blanco White
Thu 10 May Jon Allen
Tue 24 Apr Josh Rouse
Sun 13 May Shazia Mirza
Wed 25 Apr Grant-Lee Phillips
Wed 16 May Scott Matthews
Fri 27 Apr Drenge
Fri 18 May Os Mutantes
Sun 29 Apr Peter Hammill
Mon 21 May Roo Panes
Tue 1 May Freya Ridings
Tue 22 May Sam Lee’s Singing with Nightingales
Sat 7 Apr Musu ft The Golden Filter Mon 9 – Wed 11 Apr Mark Steel Fri 13 Apr Let’s Eat Grandma Sat 14 Apr London Astrobeat Orchestra Performs Talking Heads Tue 17 Apr Toko Telo Wed 18 Apr Simon Evans: Genius
Fri 4 May Ishmael Ensemble Sat 5 May Vessels
www.facebook.com/colstonhall @colston_hall instagram.com/colstonhall
Fri 25 May Craig Campbell Mon 28 May Tracyanne & Danny
New music in The Lantern sponsored by
Box Office: 0117 203 4040 www.colstonhall.org/the-lantern
Cocteau twins, bassist Simon Raymonde and Dif Luz drummer Richie Thomas, return with a brand-new album with a fresh new sound to match. Get ready for their intimate performance at The Lantern, with support from Penelope Isles.
19 Apr // 7.30pm – 11pm // £13.44
VENUES // 59
74-78 Avon Street, Bristol | 0117 972 3111 | @MarbleFactoryUK | facebook.com/marblefactorybristol | marblefactorybristol.com
Set in what was formerly a skate park, The Marble Factory has been completely re-developed and re-configured to host live music, club nights and much more. The philosophy applied throughout the process of developing the venue was to offer artists and promoters an enjoyable and affordable option with the emphasis on having everything needed in-house and ready to go.
You only have to hear Heather Small’s name for one of her famous M People songs like ‘Search for the Hero’ to pop into your head. Come and enjoy the singers captivating vocals as she delivers music from her solo albums and more.
17 Apr // 7pm- 11pm // £28.50
Bristol-based brothers Icarus, push the realms of electronic music with tracks like their latest single, ‘Love Has Come Around’. This April they’ll be hitting their hometown as part of their first live UK tour.
27 Apr // 7pm – 10pm // £12.50
mothers’ XX ruin
60 // VENUES
7-9 St Nicholas Street, Bristol, BS1 1UE | @TheMothersRuin | facebook.com/The-Mothers-Ruin | 07546 082 009 | mothersruinbristol.co.uk
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. The Mothers’ Ruin pride themselves on being Free to enter most nights of the week, without compromising on entertainment. Upstairs or downstairs you won’t be going anywhere quite like here!
COLDBONES & BLANKET
Lazarus Music Presents a monstrous line-up, with shoegaze prog rockers Coldbones, post-rock influenced Blanket and much, much more. Get ready to be hit by an atmospheric wall of sound and be left craving for more.
8 Apr // 7pm – 11pm // £5
Kavus Torabi of Knifeworld hits the road for his solo tour to celebrate the release of his latest EP On The Horizon. This intimate performance only has 100 tickets available, so snatch yours up fast.
25 Apr // 8pm – 11pm // £5
mr wolfs XX
VENUES // 61
32 St Nicholas Street, Bristol, BS1 1TG | @MrWolfsBristol | facebook.com/MrWolfs | 0117 923 2565 | mrwolfs.com
If your looking for a live music and a late night party then look no further than Mr Wolf’s. Open 7 day’s a week It’s the place you’ll get the opportunity to see up and coming bands, to bust some moves on the dance floor, watch talented artists paint live, hear some quality musicians come together and jam your heart out.
SAM GREEN AND THE MIDNIGHT HEIST
Devon based punk-rockers, Sam Green and The Midnight Heist will be bringing their own slice of sunny Californian roots and road trip music to Mr Wolf’s this April. Plus, support from Leo James and DJ Bendrix.
10 Apr // 10pm – 4am // £3 - £4
BOMBS + CLAYTON BLIZZARD AND THE BOYS FROM MARKETING The People’s Front Room Collective present a night of music from two Bristol legends. Get ready for trip hop, rockers BOMBS and soul infused hip hop from Clayton Blizzard and The Boys From Marketing.
14 Apr // 9.30pm – 4am // £3 - £4
the Old Market XX Assembly
62 // VENUES
25 West Street, Old Market Bristol | @oldmarketassembly | facebook.com/oldmarketassembly | 0117 373 8199 | oldmarketassembly.co.uk
The Old Market Assembly is a completely independent restaurant and arts venue situated in the heart of one of Bristol’s most up-andcoming nightlife hubs. Hosting everything from local bands to wild parties with touring artists. The Old Market Assembly perfectly combines locally sourced affordable food and hospitality with a wide array of live music and club nights.
Local drag queen Dis Charge will be debuting their first cabaret night with a selection of some of the finest international acts. Featuring Berlin’s very own Ryan Stecken, local treasures Ophelia Wild, Eva Serration, and more.
7 Apr // 10pm – 1am // £5/£10
The Old Market Assembly in collaboration with Dis Charge presents: DisGraceful Behaviour! Featuring cabaret that’s dynamic, debaucherous and a delight to the senses, Dis Graceful Behaviour debuts with an international lineup of Drag, Burlesque and Circus performers each promising to deliver exciting and entertaining acts that will BLOW YOU AWAY! £5.00 - £10.00
A cosplay night for all those who like to dress their best and strut their stuff. Level Up is bringing a night of fandom with live music from the Award Winning Professor Elemental as well as live DJs, photo booths, themed cocktails and glow sticks…lots of glow sticks. There will also be Cosplay Competitions with amazing prizes to be won. £7
, Fri 13th
JERAMIAH FERRARI Just Retuning from a tour of India including The ‘Gomad Festival’ this North West outfit are seasoned festival stage performers and have forged a superb reputation for live sets. They have been supporting The Wailers on their UK tour fusing styles of reggae, rock, ska and Pop to make a truly memorable and essential new sound. Free
LAID BLAK (DJ SET) EVA LAZARUS – MIND/BDP FUNDRAISER BRISTOL Music On My Mind is a new night in Bristol raising funds and awareness for some of the most important charitable causes helping vulnerable people within our city, through fundraiser parties with line ups supporting artists both respected and emerging from the Bristol music scene. £8 - £10
The Old Market Assembly, 25 West Street, Old Market, BS2 0DF email@example.com ; 0117 373 8199
MUSIC ON MY MIND: LAID BLAK DJ SET + EVA LAZARUS The Old Market Assembly are proud to present Bristol’s finest home-grown artists Laid Blak and Eva Lazarus, as part of their new fundraising event for Mind and Bristol Drugs Project.
21 Apr // 10pm – 1am // £8 – £10
VENUES // 63
15 Nelson Street, Bristol, BS1 2JY | @swxbristol | facebook.com/swxbristol | 0117 945 0325 | swxbristol.com
SWX is a live music venue and event space in Bristol city centre. Equipped with a state of the art sound & lighting system, they host some of the biggest gigs the city has to offer. It’s also home to two of Bristols most loved Club Nights; Far Fetched every Friday and CODEC every Saturday night. Head to SWXBristol.com for their latest listings.
LUCAS & STEVE
CODEC Presents Dutch powerhouse duo Lucas & Steve at SWX this April. The best friends and chart-topping DJ partners will pull you to the dancefloor, with their grasping melodies and signature house sound.
14 Apr // 10.30pm – 4am // £6
After returning to the spotlight with their follow up album ‘This Life’, Coasts are taking their trop-pop sound on the road. Head to SWX to celebrate one of the most respected acts in the UK.
24 Apr // 7pm – 11pm // £15
64 // VENUES
The Grove, Bristol, BS1 4RB | @theklabristol | facebook.com/theklabristol | 0117 929 3301 | theklabristol.co.uk
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!
Black Foxxes are heading to Thekla this April. Their powerfully dynamic songs won listeners hearts back in 2016 when they first hit the scene. Plus, support from Bloody Knees and Bristol’s Emily Isherwood.
LIVE LISTINGS The Grove East Mud Dock Bristol BS1 4RB theklabristol.co.uk | thekla.club F L theklabristol | I X theklabris
7 Apr // 7pm – 10pm // £9
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MONDAY 23RD APRIL
TUESDAY 3RD APRIL
TUESDAY 24TH APRIL
WEDNESDAY 4TH APRIL
THE LOW ANTHEM
HORACE ANDY SOLD OUT
WEDNESDAY 25TH APRIL
THURSDAY 5TH APRIL
FRIDAY 27TH APRIL
FRIDAY 6TH APRIL
+ BLACK ACES
SATURDAY 28TH APRIL
SATURDAY 7TH APRIL
+ BLOODY KNEES + EMILY ISHERWOOD
TUESDAY 10TH APRIL
+ FAKE LAUGH
WEDNESDAY 2ND MAY
WEDNESDAY 11TH APRIL
ALEX CAMERON SOLD OUT
TUESDAY 1ST MAY
+ THE HIP PRIESTS
+ JACK LADDER
WE ARE SCIENTISTS THURSDAY 3RD MAY
WE CAME AS ROMANS
THURSDAY 12TH APRIL
+ ALAZKA + POLARIS
FRIDAY 13TH APRIL
FRIDAY 4TH MAY
THE SEX PISSED DOLLS
MONDAY 16TH APRIL
SATURDAY 5TH MAY
TUESDAY 17TH APRIL
SUNDAY 6TH MAY
WEDNESDAY 18TH APRIL
AQUILO SOLD OUT
MONDAY 7TH MAY
SEUN KUTI & EGYPT 80
THURSDAY 19TH APRIL
TUESDAY 8TH MAY
+ TVAM + INSOMNICHORD
FRIDAY 20TH APRIL
THURSDAY 10TH MAY
GANG OF YOUTHS
+ CATTLE & CANE SATURDAY 21ST APRIL
FRIDAY 11TH MAY
THE LOW ANTHEM
Conceptual psych-rock and atmospheric ‘folktronica’ band The Low Anthem are set to take centre stage at Thekla this April, to deliver their personalised, abstract sound, using non-traditional instruments and out of the box inspired arrangements.
24 April // 7pm – 10pm // £16.50
to the XXmoon
VENUES // 65
27-29 Midland Road, Old Market, St Philips, Bristol BS2 0JT | @tothemoonbris | facebook.com/pg/tothemoonbristol | 07845 700194 | tothemoon.cc
A superb little venue off the beaten track of Old Market’s main streets, To The Moon is a bar-comeboutique and vintage shop, serving up awesome cocktails, local beers and Pieminister pies, with a great spirit collection – particularly when it comes to rum, with over 20 top-notch rums to try. To The Moon also puts on a growing range of club nights and gigs and is currently on the lookout for more DJs and promoters to get involved.
To The Moon proudly presents an LGBT + friends, funky house night with Mutual Vibes and DJ L PET (Gino Figliolini). Plus, the launch party to celebrate To The Moon signing up to Bristol’s Zero Tolerance.
14 Apr // 8pm – 12am // Free
ONE SOUL - FEATURING BOOM OPERATOR
Every Friday night, To The Moon have the finest in soulful music, played on vinyl all for free. After his brilliant debut, To The Moon welcome back the one and only Boom Operator. Not to be missed.
27 Apr // 8pm – 12am // Free
66 // VENUES
The Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, Bristol, BS2 0NW | @trinitybristol | facebook.com/trinitybristol | 0117 935 1200 | 3ca.org.uk
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.
DJ JAZZY JEFF
DJ Jazzy Jeff may have been on our TV screens since we were whippersnappers but look past the wacky shirts and you’ll find one of the most pioneering DJ’s around.
20th Apr // 10pm – 4am // £18.50
Head on down to Trinity this April for a star-studded line-up of fantastic performers for the Misfits Theatre Company fundraiser, who provide creative opportunities for people with learning disabilities. Including Honeyfeet, Binbag Wisdom and more.
5th May // 9pm – 3am // £10
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The free monthly guide to live music and events across Bristol’s most influential, independent venues. // Documenting Bristol’s nightlife cu...
Published on Mar 27, 2018
The free monthly guide to live music and events across Bristol’s most influential, independent venues. // Documenting Bristol’s nightlife cu...