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THE NIGHT BUS CLUB/LIVE
JAMES MORTON PRESENTS THE GROOVE DEN LIVE
Saxophonist James Morton joins the Galli every Thursday with an all-star cast. Live jazz, gospel, funk & soul. James has previously performed internationally with the likes of Fred Wesley and the New JB’s, Pee Wee Ellis, Raphael Saadiq and The Herbaliser, to name but a few.
Every Thursday // 9pm - 11.30pm // Free // The Gallimaufry
Bring down and old bus ticket and exchange it for free booze. Following February’s major success of this night, Mr Wolf’s host The Night Bus once again. Live Rock and Roll music from ‘Little Brother Eli’ plus the Bus Conductor’s awesome DJ set.
BODYWORKS’ 1ST BIRTHDAY PRESENTS: BILL BREWSTER
March 5 // 9.30pm // £3 / £4 // Mr Wolf’s
Bill Brewster began DJing in the 1980s, but came into his own in the early 1990s, particularly during a two-year stint in New York running DMC’s office. Nights at the Sound Factory and hanging out with Danny Tenaglia gave him the musical grounding you can still hear in his music today. Bill was also one of the founding residents at Fabric in London, a position he held for five years. There are few still playing regularly today that have his dedication, eclecticism and encyclopaedic knowledge of music.
March 6 // 10pm – 3am// £5// Crofters Rights
DEPARTMENT S PRESENTS: THE SUNDOWNERS CLUB/LIVE
The Sundowners’ psyche-folk, harmony heavy, well-crafted pop gems are in part inspired by the diverse and eclectic range of music the band listened to during recording - Goat, Tame Impala, Can, Neu!, Portishead, Air, Gillian Welch, Velvet Underground, and Fairport Convention.
March 14 // 9pm-3am // £5 adv // The Lanes
THE SUBWAYS LIVE
With 10 years of touring and two acclaimed records under their belts, The Subways return with their third studio album ‘Money And Celebrity’. This explosive UK pop/rock record melds their debut’s melodic, punk immediacy with the dynamic power of 2008’s ‘All Or Nothing’.
March 31 // 7pm // £13.50 // Thekla
PSYCHED X NNTS CLUB
Psyched x NNTS presents: Green Language World Tour 2015 featuring Rustie (live), Joker, Mssingno. Glasgow’s Russell Whyte is behind some of the most joyous, hyperactive, and truly original club music of recent years. As electronic alchemist Rustie, he harnesses the energy and euphoria of hyphy hip-hop and trance, spikes it with speaker-mangling bass and flashes of techno
March 17 // 10pm – 4am // £11 // Lakota
LAND OF THE GIANTS CLUB
LOTG have been busy pounding dance floors with their raucous, feel-good, highly-addictive shows, and you can expect more of the same at The Golden Lion this month. With festivals such as Glastonbury, Bestival and Boomtown coming up this summer, this is your chance to catch a more intimate show.
March 6 // 9pm // £4 // The Golden Lion
THE BIG SMOKE BAND LIVE
PSYCHOTHERAPY SESSIONS CLUB
The Big Smoke Band, newly formed in 2015, are a roots/blues act made up of members from seasoned and successful touring bands The Buffalo Skinners (UK), Holy Moly and the Crackersss (UK) and The Bottlenecks (FR).
After the success of their launch party at Cosies last January the PTS crew come back for another night of bass music on the CDB Soundsystem.
Mr Wolf’s welcome back to the stage Bristol’s Beyond Rivers. Get down from 9.45pm to see live acoustic support from Bity Booker.
March 24 // 8pm // Free // Stag and Hounds
March 7// 10pm – Late // £4 / £5 // Cosies
14 March // 9.30pm // £3/£4 // Mr Wolf’s
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Friday 20th March
TURBO DISCO CLUB
THE SIP THE JUICE FT. LOVE SCOTT HENDY
Gary Magic and the gang take you on a nostalgic journey into the past, with all those classic disco tunes you love, plus all the ones you should love.
March 28// 11pm – 6am // £6 before 12am / £7 after // Dojos
The fellas at Sip the Juice team up with Bristol vinyl junkie Scott 84 STOKES CROFT, BRISTOL 3QY. T: 0117 923 Hendy aka Boca45. He’s ditching hisBS17”s for a 2565 night of strictly 12” WWW.THELOVEINN.COM vinyl. Hip-Hop, Party & Bullshit.
Grunge revivalists Allusondrugs play the first of a series of free entry gigs at The Fleece. The band have been riding a constant tornado of success since their formation, delivering a mix of exciting guitar fuelled rock music through relentless and explosive live shows.
20 March // 10pm – 4am // £3 after 11pm // The Love Inn
March 16// 7.30pm // Free// The Fleece
ABDOMINAL & THE OBLIQUES CLUB
PEYOTE’S ST PATRICK’S PARTY CLUB/LIVE
Abdominal (aka Andy Bernstein) is a Canadian hip-hop artist who has been involved Toronto’s music scene for twenty years. Abs has worked with the likes of DJ Format, Chali 2na and Cut Chemist from Jurassic 5, Gift of Gab from Blackalicious, Kurtis Blow, Young Einstein from Ugly Duckling. He comes to Attic Bar with his band, The Obliques.
March 28 // 8.30pm - 2am // Free before 9.30pm £3 after // The Full Moon & Attic Bar
What a way to spend St Patrick’s day – party with Mr Wolf’s and dance your pants off to ‘Peyote’ and ‘Lady Luck and the Late night players’. With DJ Rockit Science playing from midnight, the party will be going all night long.
March 17 // 9.30pm // £3 / £4 // Mr Wolf’s
GARAGE NATION CLUB
Take a trip back to late 90s/ early naughties with some of the best and most nostalgic old skool UK garage.
March 28// 10pm – 4am // £14.06 inc BF // O2 Academy
THE FLAMING FEATHERS SHOWGIRL SPECTACULAR
Free Food and Bonus Rounds. Join Calum and Leo as they take you through the latest in music, news and general knowledge in the Ruin’s very own test of skill and endurance. With DJs till 2am.
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.
A delicious evening of dancing, variety and cabaret. Featuring The Flaming Feathers, Peggy de Lune, Talulah Blue. Over 18’s. Dress To Impress.
Every Tuesday // 9pm // £1 entry // Mothers’ Ruin
Every Tuesday // 8.30pm // £1pp // No.51 Stokes Croft
14 March // 7.30pm – 11pm // £15 adv // Trinity Centre
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JOIN LA DOTS PRESENTS APPLEBLIM
4 TO THE FLOOR CLUB
All flavours of underground house music from some of the most talented DJs on the Bristol scene. Bringing you deep, soulful, tech and techno with residents Shawn Fleming and Sly Logic, plus new guests each week.
Every Friday // 11pm – 6am // Free before 12 / £5 after Dojos
SCRIBBLE AND SCRATCH CLUB
Monthly illustration and turntablism event, with live hip hop acts and DJs into the night.
March 13 // 10pm – 4am // Free // The Big Chill
Label head Appleblim set up Apple Pips Records as an outlet for some of the amazing music that he was getting passed and playing around the world. The label debuted with Martyn’s ‘Suburbia’ and has since released genre shattering tracks by Brackles, Instra:mental, Ramadanman, Al Tourettes, Arkist, Jus Wan, & Trevino. Having racked up a heavy duty amount of collaborations and remixes, Apple Pips continues to release quality electronic dance music of all genres, with a concentration on more upcoming Bristol based talent as well as tracks from talented producers round the world.
March 20 // 10pm – 2am// Free before 10.30pm £4 after Crofters Rights
Saturday 14th March
(RUN DEM / BLACKTRONICA / ATTICA BLUES)
Nu metal legends Papa Roach come to the Academy for a night of nostalgia, plus new music from their forthcoming album.
March 10 // 7pm – 11pm // Sold Out // O2 Academy
CHARLIE DARK (RUN DEM / BLACKTRONICA / ATTICA BLUES) THE LIVE
The Love Inn welcomes a long overdue Love Inn debut to the man behind Run Dem, Blacktronica and Attica Blues, a veteran of 84 STOKES CROFT, BRISTOL BS1 3QY. T: 0117 923 2565 London’s multi-faceted music seen, Mr Charlie Dark. With support WWW.THELOVEINN.COM from FallingUp’s very own Jay L.
14 March // 10pm – 4am // £3 after 11pm // The Love Inn
BREAK STUFF CLUB NIGHT: A NIGHT OF NU METAL
THE JOHNNY CASH TRIBUTE
A Night of Nu-Metal Nostalgia. Featuring the soundtrack of a generation. Expect to hear: Limp Bizkit, Rage Against The Machine, Linkin Park, System of A Down, Slipknot, Deftones, A Perfect Circle, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach, Rob Zombie, Kid Rock, Cypress Hill, The Offspring, Marilyn Manson, Alien Ant Farm, Puddle of Mudd, Creed, Bloodhound Gang, Incubus, Crazy Town and many more.
Coming to the Trinity Centre for the first time, The Johnny Cash Tribute have played all over the UK to excellent reviews and Kevin Lovatt has also performed in Nashville, Memphis and Dallas with the US crowd hardly believing he was English. The JCT band recreate the sound of the Tennessee three with great authenticity. Kevin’s Wife Kathleen completes the show as June Carter on the great duets like Jackson.
March 6 // 11pm// £3 // The Fleece
12 March // 7pm – 11pm // £8 // Trinity
RUFFNEK DISKOTEK CLUB
This month Ruffnek Diskotek welcomes Manchester’s Joey B to Cosies. A superb selector, Joey B’s sets encompass everything from bashment to contemporary UK Bass. This is a night for the carnival crew!
March 7// 10pm – Late // £3 / £4 // Cosies
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ACOUSTIC NIGHT FT. THE TIXX
THE GALLIMAUFRY 3RD BIRTHDAY PARTY: MO KOLOURS (DJ SET) + SIMIAH + MONT
Raised on the traditional sega music of his father’s Indian Ocean homeland alongside the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Michael Jackson, Mo Kolours later added hip hop, dub, soul and various other electronic styles to his influences. His unique approach places him somewhere between Madlib, Gaslamp Killer and Caribou, and it has led to plaudits from the likes of the BBC’s Gilles Peterson, Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) and Resident Advisor, who asked him to contribute to their prestigious podcast series.
March 8 // 5pm - 2am // Free // The Gallimaufry
FINGATHING (SUPPORT FROM CONTRABAND BREAKS ENSEMBLE) LIVE
With three brilliant acoustic sets from The Tixx, Peacock Affect and Zahra O’Shea your ears will be so very soothed after a weekend of payday partying. Head down to Wolf’s and chill. And for those after a naughty school night party, resident Wolf’s DJ will take over at 11pm and keep the party going until late.
March 3 // 9pm – Late // £3/£4 (£2 NUS) // Mr Wolf’s
An award winning turntablist, a classically trained double bass player and a critically acclaimed illustrator/animator; Fingathing is band like no other Plus, Contraband Breaks Ensemble will take you on a vibrant rhythm section excursion through golden era hip hop and beyond, featuring B-Boy friendly party breaks and MCs.
March 7 // 8.30pm - 2am // Free before 9.30pm £3 after The Full Moon & Attic Bar
Saturday 21st March
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IDLE HANDS CLUB
Well Rounded Records’ chief Donga and Hypercolour bossman Cedric Maison join Chris Farrell for his next Idle hands night down at Cosies.
Bringing the kings of the outdoor parties indoors, the Alfresco DJs are back at The Love Inn for a night of the finest in House, Techno & Disco.
March 6 // 10pm – Late // £3/ £4 // Cosies
21 March // 10pm – 4am // £3 after 11pm // The Love Inn
ANDY JORDAN LIVE
Made in Chelsea’s Andy Jordan is back on tour, following the success of his previous two sold out UK tours and the release of his new single ‘Flirty’.
March 17 // 7.30pm // £11.00 // Thekla
SEAS OF MIRTH LIVE
If you haven’t had the pleasure of Seas Of Mirth, here’s a quick lowdown: They’re a multi-legged, sea-shanty, pirate band who play to a man dancing round dressed as a giant crab. There is also a tug’o’war with the audience. I don’t think we need to say much more than that really. They’re fantastic.
March 13 // 9pm // Free// The Golden Lion
TREMOR PRESENT: ED SOLO CLUB
Powered by Tremor Sound System: Ed Solo ft MC Darrison, Dreadsquad, Asbo Disco ft Eva Lazarus, Jinx In Dub ft Parly B, The phunk Junkies, Matt Ma G, Danny K.
6 March // 10pm – 5am // £6.00 / £9.00 / £12.00 / £15.00 Lakota
DEPARTMENT S PRESENTS: VELVET ECHOES Date for your diary any Marmalade Sky fans. George Shelton brings his band Velvet Echoes to Department S Club Night and promises a mix of ‘Groovy Psychedelic sounds and hard-hitting high octane Rock & Roll.
March 21 // 9pm-3am // £5 adv // The Lanes
INTERVIEW // LOCAL TALENT
Left to right: Lacey Jonny Steele Shaun Amos (aka Ill Literate)
New wave, alt hip hop group The Scribes have been getting crowds bouncing all over the country with the launch of their second album, ‘A Story All About How’ at the beginning of this year. The Scribes are: Shaun Amos (aka Ill Literate), Jonny Steele and Paul Lacey. In 2013, the group signed to respected hip hop label Kamikazi Airline Records, their first UK signing no less, and already they have been sharing stages with the mighty MF Doom, Wu Tang, De La Soul and last month, Coolio “He was alright, weren’t he? Came back stage rocking a wrestling mask, nicked my whiskey out of my hand,” says midlands-born beatboxer, Lacey. Their big break came around after the group toured with Ugly Duckling, Shaun explains. “We toured with them a few times and Kamikazi Airlines in co-owned by one of the guys from Ugly Duckling. “He had talked about the label a few times and eventually brought the other guys from the label to come and see us and they didn’t hate what they saw.” “Shaun really impressed him. Shaun impressed him the hard way,” says Lacey. “It was nothing like that. It was just my pure oral talent,” Shaun jokes. Although Kamikazi Airlines have expressed interest in an American tour, fortunately, we don’t look set to lose the boys to the US label any time soon. “This year we’ve got the new album out and the main thing is the UK tour and a few bits of Europe. So the US will have to wait.”
The Scribes’ sound is clearly grounded in hip hop, but it’s a sound quite unlike anything out there at the moment.
“You walk down to the studio and he’d be there with a little washboard,” Lacey says.
“It’s a bit of everything,” says Jonny.
It’s clear that the group have come together out of friendship, as well as shared musical talent. Jonny and Shaun went to primary school together in Bristol at Sefton Park, and Shaun met Lacey while at university in Plymouth.
“We’ve all got different influences, ” Lacey explains. (He points to Shaun) Blur. (points to Jonny) Hip hop. (points to Shaun) Blur. (points to himself) More hip hop. (points back to Shaun) Damon Albarn, I love you.” “I listen to more than just Damon Albarn!” Along with the hip hop beats, there is a heavy electronic influence, and at times they almost break into rock music. Shaun laughs, “That’s the Blur influence I guess! “I like seeing on how we’re described on websites. A German website described us as electro rap. I think that’s not bad. But it makes it sound a bit like we’re going to stand in front of a keyboard. I think you’ve probably got to hear it for yourself.” Recently their sound has moved away from sample-based hip hop and made the voyage into instrumental territory. “There is a limit to what you can do with samples,” says Shaun. “And I think we hit that limit quite soon on the first record. And the second record is a mixture of some sample stuff and some more musical stuff. And the new one is very much musical stuff. “I think it gives you the freedom to progress a song a lot more, because you’re not stuck with a sample and whatever that person’s already done to try and tie in with it. Because it’s us playing guitar, us playing the keys, we can take it wherever we want.” Lacey agrees, “Obviously we love sample based hip hop, but I think the beauty of the album is that it’s actually very creative. Shows off your musical flare, doesn’t it Shaun? You play a few instruments.” “Thank you! I do, yeah. Towards the end it just became let’s get every instrument I can learn to play on there.”
Along the way they’ve collaborated with a number of musicians, but the core group has remained the same. “Who’s that band that keeps killing their drummer?” asks Shaun. “Spinal Tap! We’re like Spinal Tap but with DJs. Us three are a constant, but the DJs we just keep switching up. They get squashed by miniature Stonehenges and things.” While two thirds of the group is living currently in Plymouth, musically they are still Bristol based. “I love Plymouth to bits,” says Shaun. “I bought a house there with my missus, I like living there, but Bristol is definitely more supportive of hip hop.” “Over the last few years, UK hip hop has had quite a resurgence in Bristol. We’ve gone from playing places like Golden Lion to much bigger venues,” Jonny tells us. “There have been a lot of promoters getting really involved as well, bringing the American hip hop artists down. Bristol has been brilliant.” Jonny continues, “There are so many different types of hip hop going on here as well, so you’ve got boom bap, or you’ve got live band hip hop. When you go to festivals, there will always be lots of UK artists or people that do different types of hip hop, whether it’s ska infused or reggae, but either way you’ll always find a load of Bristol artist playing.” “Yeah, Boomtown was like... Bristol!” says Shaun. We ask the boys about their new album, which launched at The Fleece end of January with golden era legends Slimkid3
(Pharcyde MC) and DJ Nu-Mark (Jurassic 5 DJ/producer). “I don’t think it sounds like a lot else that’s out there,” says Shaun. “We’re chuffed to bits with it really. I’m really happy with it.” “There’s a lot of work that’s gone into and I think it encompasses a lot of what we’ve been trying to achieve for the last few years. The main thing really, is that it’s a teaser for our live show,” Jonny tells us Watching the band live is a must. The group won Best Live Act 2012 (Eat Music Radio) and Best Urban Act 2011 (Exposure Music Awards). Their personalities truly come through on stage, bouncing off each other’s energy and the crowd. Shaun has an impressive trick where he asks the audience to hold up random items from their pockets, betting he can rap about anything they hold up. You can pretty much guarantee they’ll run out of items before he’ll run out of rhymes. We ask him how he does it: “Genius, is a strong word… I don’t know. Lots of practice! The more you rap, the more you write raps, the more you realise how wide the range of words that rhyme are. It doesn’t have to be as precise as being a full rhyme; it can be something that has the same rhythm to it, or the same kind of harsh sibilance. “Much harder than thinking of words that rhyme with something is thinking of ways it ties in so it’s relevant. “I guess just lot’s of practice. It’s still pretty fucking magic though!”
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Gentleman’s Dub Club
They might be Gentleman by name and gentleman by nature, but one thing’s for sure, Gentleman’s Dub Club are passionate when it comes to putting on a performance that you’ll definitely not forget in a hurry. Starting out in 2009 in a basement of a house situated amongst the student hub Hyde Park in Leeds, the nine piece band have since become one of the most recognisable ‘go-to’ bands if you want to witness some of the best live dub, reggae and ska infused music. Drawing inspiration from their passion for their favourite genres and local surroundings, GDC have managed to take their sound beyond Leeds, to cities and festivals all over the UK and across Europe including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party and the bass heavy Outlook Festival in Croatia. Six years later, after having three successful EP and album releases, the salute by top BBC Radio presenters Huw Stephens, Rob Da Bank, David Rodigan and Don Letts and taking over the UK and Europe with their live shows, GDC can hold their heads high in the knowledge that they are rightfully one of the best live dub bands in the UK. Bristol were lucky enough to have Gentleman’s Dub Club reach Motion this February. The show was originally set to take place at The Marble Factory, but a huge demand for tickets forced organisers to move the show to its bigger sister next door. Dub lovers were blessed with an energetic performance that hyped the crowd into a frenzy straight from the word go. Starting with drummers Tommy Evans and Niall Lavelle drumming a beat of suspense, the crowd were already shuffling to the sound anticipating the explosion that was about to kick off. Just as the percussion reached its peak, the rest of the band including vocalist Johnny Scratchley, keys player Kola Bello, guitarist Nick Tyson, sax player Kieran Gallagher and trumpet player Matt Roberts and synth player Toby Davies came bouncing onto the stage all suited and booted, jumping straight into the stomping heavy Emergency, where not one member of the crowds feet stayed firmly on the floor. GDC continued to keep the crowds levels hyped throughout the night, dropping a whole load of energy from their 2013
FOURtyFour, Members Only and Open Your Eyes EP, along with an introduction to a few new songs from their up and coming release The Big Smoke. One thing’s for sure, GDC know how to deliver a weight load of bass in their live shows. At one point of the night, vocalist Johnny joined the crowd in captivating the heavy music by climbing forward to a front stack, simultaneously hyping the crowd whilst facing the speaker and absorbing the bass head to toe. By the end of the night, the crowd were wiped from an hour of continuous dancing, but still held on chanting for more. It was a definite given that Gentleman’s Dub Club had shown Bristol how it’s done. Nitelife Magazine caught up with percussionist Niall, vocalist Johnny and bass and Synth player Toby after their sound check before the big night to find out a bit more about the men behind the suits. First of all, how did you guys first meet? Toby: Oh that old chestnut. Johnny: We were all in prison together. (Laughter) Toby: We were all in the same block. Niall: We made a tunnel and started tunnelling out together. Johnny: That’s it, and when we did we came right out into a rave. So we crawled out and went inside that and that’s where Iration Steppas were playing. And was this ‘rave’ the famous SubDub in Leeds by any chance? Johnny: It sure was. We were students at University of Leeds and we came together by a mutual love of Dub. For people who haven’t heard of you before, how would you best describe your sound? Toby: Dub, Reggae and Ska really.
load of artist there that I think helped inspire us. Where did the name Gentleman’s Dub Club actually come from? Niall: Toby’s mind. Toby: Yeah I pretty much just spurted it out one evening and that’s about it really. Niall: There was another suggestion in mix… Toby: Yeah, Doctor Voodoo and the Kick-ass Five! You use the word dub in your band name- have you found this restricts you to the kind of music you want to create? Johnny: Well ‘dub’ can be taken in a few different ways, so it can be an approach towards music as well as the name of a genre. It sort of means taking a recorded track, breaking it down into its single elements, and then giving it that little bit extra, like putting on a big reverb or layers and kind throwing a kind of psychedelic wash to it all. You can take that approach to a lot of different types of music and it has been done for years. So really, we’ve got a lot of freedom as a result of that. By nature it is open, so not at all. It’s completely un-restricted. You must rack up a huge dry cleaning bill wearing suits for every gig? What’s that all about? Toby: Everyone looked so shit at the start, it looked like we were literally dragged out of a hedge, so that’s why we wear suits. To unite everyone. Johnny: At one point we thought of doing different coloured t shirts. We had some kind of African suits as well. Toby: Yeah we had that whole phase. It sounds like you should start to perform dressing up in different themes. Johnny: Yeah we have thought about that actually. We’d like to do a Cricket one.
Niall: It was Iration Steppas and going and listening to them that made us want to try and re-create that sound.
Toby: We’d like to do tweed as well. These are just some of the goals we put down.
Johnny: We went to SunSplash Festival in 2006 too and saw a
Johnny: Everybody’s got to have a trend.
NItelife Bristol You tour a lot across the UK and Europe. What’s the best story to come out of a tour? Toby: We got the van stuck in a cul-de-sac in the middle of a forest once. We had to be on stage in forty minutes and so all of us were just trying to push the van on the way to Plymouth. But we managed to make it on time. Niall: That’s not really a funny or amusing story really though is it… Johnny: Here’s a good one. Our trumpet player Matt on the way back from one of our shows popped on a pair of Jack Wills Y-fronts and went into the service station where he met a crew on a stag-do, and they stripped him down to nothing. Niall: There’s a picture of that somewhere. Toby: He also does this thing called the ‘Gazelle’ which happens when we’re leaving a festival. He’ll get completely naked and do a circuit of the festival we were playing at and then jump back in the car! Dead or alive, who would you like to collaborate with? Niall: Iration Steppas would be great. Toby: King Tubby, and Shakespeare for the lyrics. Back in 2012, Scotland based Mungo’s Hi Fi released a bassheavy reshuffle of your 2011 High Grade. What other tracks of yours would you like to hear remixed? Toby: Probably one of the ones from our new album actually. There’s one called Music is a Girl I Love which would be wicked if it was remixed by someone like Prince Fatty. We are doing one with Flowdan as well, so it would be cool to get a Bug remix of that. That would be heavy. Johnny: It would be nice to get Scientist on a little reshuffle as well because the thing about Dub is that you can get a load of different producers doing different versions. Vibronics has done a few versions of ours as well. Have you ever considered chucking a female musician into the mix, or is this a strict ‘boys club’ only? Johnny: It’s difficult really, of course would love to, but we can’t really get away from the name… Toby: Nah, I think it would be fine if we did! Niall: In fact Matt has talked about working with the trumpet player Laura Jurd before. Toby: Actually, we’re doing a show at the Forum in London and we were thinking about getting some backing vocalists in for that. You mentioned in a previous interview about how certain genres of music get a ‘retro revival’. Would you like that to happen to the music you create, or are you happy with the way things are? Niall: I think we’ve been waiting about ten years for this to happen. (Laughter) Toby: Of course we would absolutely love it. The more popular it gets the more people get to appreciate it. Johnny: It’s interesting though, because reggae music is one thing but at the heart of it you’ve got a sound system culture and that wouldn’t really work on small speakers in cars and things anyway. The music has been designed for big sound systems and that is where it’s best enjoyed. If you go and listen to music on your hi-fi speakers then it probably wouldn’t translate that well. That in a way is quite nice because it remains consistent to its roots and its original message. In your opinion, how does the Bristol music scene compare to other cities? Toby: Bristol kind of reminds me of Leeds, but I think Leeds has now moved a little further towards house music and bass music and stuff. Johnny: The nice thing about Bristol is that it isn’t just a transient student culture, it’s like people actually live here and listen to different types of music and stay relevant. The roots of Bristol are also very bass heavy with drum n bass, dub and reggae. You’ve supported some huge names including Roots Manuva, The Wailers and The Streets. Who has been your favourite to support? Niall: We’ve supported Jimmy Cliff a couple of times and both times were amazing. Johnny: U-Roy was pretty good as well. And finally, what is in the pipeline for the band this year? Toby: We are working on our next album called The Big Smoke which is nearly done. It just needs a bit of tweaking but we will probably release that in the early summer. The album before called FOURtyfour was about Leeds and the history of us playing there and how we found our sound. I guess this album is about living in the big city London. It’s not a concept album but we will definitely be bringing in elements of the city that we now live in.
gentlemansdubclub.com soundcloud.com/gentlemans-dub-club motionbristol.com Interview by Abi Lewis
Allusondrugs Jason Moules - Vocals Drey Pavlovic –Guitar Damo Hughes - Guitar / Vocals / Effects Jemal Malki – Bass Connor Fisher-Atack - Drums
The Fleece, Mothers’ Ruin and Stag and Hounds have teamed up to bring you Ping Island: A series of free live music events in Bristol. This month’s offering comes in the form of Yorkshire five-piece, Allusondrugs. Their “full frontal grunge fuckery” (NME) has been garnering favour with the likes of Kerrang!, NME and Q Magazine. The band spent February touring with electronicore giants Enter Shikari and now they come to you – free – at The Stag and Hounds. Expect a neat blurring of rock music, psychedelia, shoegaze and grunge. We had a chance to ask guitarist Drey Pavlovic a few questions… For the past few years there has been a small flurry of grungerevival bands almost breaking through. Is this the year grunge makes a proper comeback? I’m not sure to be honest but that would be pretty cool. You received a lot of attention after Kerrang! premiered your zero-budget, DIY video for ‘Nervous’ last year. Can you tell us how that all came about? We played a show with Press To Meco at The Worlds End in London. At the show we met a very sexy gentleman who works for Kerrang! - he enjoyed our music and we enjoyed having our video premiered on Kerrang! You’re also coming to Bristol next month as part of a new series of free music events. Is there something honorable about detaching money from music?
It’s good to give a little something for free from time to time especially if it’s going to help people to come out to more shows to see some live music and have a good time. Not everything needs to be one directional. Is there a time when you’ve thought, “Shit, we’re a proper band now”? I guess it’s just been getting on to the bigger shows. There was a jacuzzi bathtub in our dressing room the other night - that was pretty mental!
Expect a neat blurring of rock music, psychedelia, shoegaze and grunge. You’ve been described as ‘not just another Yorkshire band’ – has it been hard to shake the enormous shadow of northern alt-boyband types like Pulp, and Arctic Monkeys? That’s hard to say because those bands have been around for years and are all a lot bigger than we are. Making your mark takes time and hard work and we’re prepared to put that all in for whatever we get in return. Can you give us a few words about your debut EP? We recorded it live to analogue tape at Greenmount Studios
in Armley. We had a really fun week making it and we are fairly happy with the results. There’s a documentary about it all on our YouTube channel (youtube.com/allusondrugs). How has it felt to get such an incredible reception from giants like NME, Kerrang! and Q Magazine? Really cool to be honest. It’s always nice to end up in the bigger publications somehow. It gives us a rough idea of the kind of reach we’re getting. How did you guys come together? We’ve been aware of each other as friends for ages but a mutual love for good music brought us all together. Some of us have been in bands with each other before too. Influences? Family, Friend, Life, Food, Music, Smokes, Drinks, Sleeps. What’s next for Allusondrugs in 2015? More shows, more releases, more hair. See you there.
Allusondrugs - 16th March, Stag and Hounds allusondrugs.com soundcloud.com/allusondrugs facebook.com/pingislandpresents Interview by Rachel Morris
Dazee has been flying the Bristol flag for Jungle and DnB since 1992 and is co- founder of the now legendary ‘Ruffneck Ting’ party and record label, alongside Markee Substance (Kosheen).
Kassia Zermon aka Bunty is a unique force best known for pioneering underground experimental vocal loop shows and fronting UK leading Dub act Resonators. Bunty’s distinctive voice has been championed by likes of Rodigan, Mark Lamar and BBC 6 tastemakers Tom Robinson and Lauren Laverne. Hard to fit into any box this lady’s influences are huge, bringing her Morrocan Londoner roots to create her own blend of raw avant – pop music. Bunty’s powerful avant- pop orchestra has been compared to FKA Twiggs and Tune-Yards. Combining the rawness of early M.I.A with the lyrical espionage of Tom Waits and a voice that can sound as sweet as Ella Fitzgerald (on Acid)
DJ / Producer
Looping Artist / Audio Visual
As well as making a name for herself with her DJ skills, she has had many successful releases; labels include Ruffneck Ting, Breakbeat Culture, Siren Records and Universal. Dazee has performed at some of the most celebrated raves and jungle parties (and featured in the tape packs!) including Universe, Dreamscape, Helter Skelter, World Dance and more recently, Raveology , Slamming Vinyl and Fantazia. Her pioneering DnB sound has taken her around the globe and she has featured on Radio 1, BBC 1Xtra, VH1 and ITV. Dazee is also a member of Bristol’s Dutty Girl collective and currently co-hosts The Dutty Bass show on Ujima Radio, alongside her fellow ‘Dutties’. As a member of Dutty Girl, Dazee is diversifying her sound to include a variety of bass heavy dance genres. Although she enjoys a more eclectic musical direction as part of Dutty Girl, Dazee will always remain true to her roots and champion jungle and drum and bass in her solo DJ sets. Dazee is also currently resident at Bristol’s monthly drum and bass night ‘Bristol Sounds’.
Upcoming shows: 17 April, The Fleece
She has performed her boundlessly creative live shows at all the main UK festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival and Secret Garden. Bunty has supported an eclectic mix of acts including Jamie Woon, Scroobius Pip, Kate Tempest and Susheela Raman. She has collaborated with worldclass beatboxers Dub FX, Shlomo and Beardy Man and some of UK’s top vocal improvisers such as Maggie Nichols. Live, Bunty uses her synths, toys, ukulele, voice, effects pedals and a mash of real and made-up languages. She whispers, bellows, beatboxes, claps and stamps producing impressive vocal harmonies for her hook heavy tunes. Each show is different with a large portion of her sets relying on improvisation and off-the-cuff inspiration. Bunty flits deftly from beautifully serene choral soundscapes and psyche folk to stomping funkadelia and Arabian disco. She brings her epic audio visual feast to Trinity Centre this month – not to be missed!
Upcoming shows: 21 March, Trinity Centre
THOSE QUESTIONS... What have you learned today? Bobby Killed Lucy. Favourite track of all time? San Jose by Burt Bacharach sung by Dionne Warrick. Or my special drum and bass track: One and only PFM. Worst chart song at the moment? Embarrassingly (call myself a DJ!!) I have no idea what’s in the charts at the moment (apart from the Juno dnb download charts)! But I teach school children to DJ for their own school discos so have quite a few “Now! That’s What I Call Music” playlists. Don’t tell anyone. Who are your top 3 producers/ DJs right now? 1. Ruffneck Ting producers: Jinx, K Jah, Vytol, The Force, Habitat, Range and Kable, Saxxon (does that count as a sneaky 1?), plus Serum and Bladerunner. If you weren’t a DJ, what would you be doing instead? I always wanted to be a vet as a kid but that never worked out as I did Art at Uni. Currently I also work as “artist in residence” in a school and youth music tutor to help feed my hungry label.
THOSE QUESTIONS... What was the last book you read? The chimp paradox by Dr Steve Peters. Nope, haven’t quite tamed that monkey yet.
What have you learned today? Binary code thanks to Bryony Bird (she’s a wicked artist, check her out!).
Favourite thing on TV? Eastenders and Wolf Hall.
Favourite track of all time? Ooh difficult… So many fatties! Working day and night by MJ has got to be up there! R.I.P.
Are you afraid of anything? Failure. Or maybe… achievement. Tell us something people don’t often know about you... I can do a backwards crab from standing up. I can’t get back up again though. What are you doing tomorrow? Website updates, get masters together for remix EP, get new t shirts on bandcamp, listen to new tracks for the label, start mix for radio station in Kent, sort set for Bristol Sounds on Saturday (combine those two) respond to new promos, start new beats, go to Carasel’s night to hear Heist, drink some cider, have a Ritas.
ruffneckting.uk // @DJ_DAZEE // soundcloud.com/dj-dazee
Worst chart song at the moment? Have no idea what’s in the charts at the moment. Who are your top 3 acts right now? Dizraeli and the Small Gods, United Vibrations and Abraham Moughrabi.
If you couldn’t work in music, what would you be doing instead? Being a contemporary shit hot dancer, W.O.W, or a psychologist. What was the last book you read? Noam Chomsky, The Way the World Works. It’s epic! Favourite thing on TV? Don’t watch TV – except Eastenders Christmas special. Are you afraid of anything? The dark - especially if in the wild (by ‘wild’ I mean not a city). Tell us something people don’t know about you I have an amazing twin sister - she is megavibez. What are you doing tomorrow? Making music at Miss Represented - a RAD arts project with a group of awesome young women!
buntybuntybunty.com // @Buntylooping // facebook.com/Bunty.music
THE INFLUENCERS // BEHIND THE SCENCES WITH
“With painting the side of The Blue Mountain, it was just something a bit different and a way to be a bit more independent and not go down that corporate road of having a billboard advert with JCDecaux or Primesight, and keep it in the Bristol style.
Just talking to Zeina about Love Saves the Day and her other projects, it’s obvious how much she enjoys her work. She tells us she was lucky to know what she wanted to do from a young age, which meant she could start working towards it very early on.
“Over the years we’ve developed quite a strong ticketing and promotional network and I’ve really enjoyed reading the little articles people write about the people who go to Motion or who are involved in Motion in some capacity.”
“I used to hang around with some people who were a little bit older than me where I’m from on Stoke-on-Trent and they all used to go and do some seasons in Ibiza. I went to do my first season in 2000 and I went to Space. It was Sasha’s birthday and it was just Sasha and John Digweed b2b on the terrace. I was in there with all the new friends I had made, who are now my main crew of friends and have been for the last fifteen years, and I just thought ‘I want to be a part of this’.
For instance, The University Paper: Bristol describes the ‘Motioner’ – a person ‘who is probably cooler than you’ and can be found hanging out at the ‘hedonistic temple of edginess’ that is Motion. “It’s a bit skins-esqu how they describe us and our fraternity,” says Zeina. “But it’s something we’ve been nurturing for a long time and I think it’s a cool thing in the city. And I think people who want to be involved with events in a promotional capacity or a more production, on-site events capacity, this is really the starting point or the foot in the door. “They join the promotion team to do some kind of flyering in exchange for some guestlist or festival tickets and get to make contact with the people who work in other areas of the organisation, and from there I guess it’s kind of an entry point - joining my team and then going off to do other bits and bobs if they want to be involved in the events industry.” But on a typical day, Zeina tells us, her job can be less than glamorous “A normal day when the festival (LSTD) is on I would have had maybe 3 or 4 hours sleep because I would have been helping with the on-site advertising, like cutting out boards, or erecting them on the heras fencing, or on the steelshield, or helping the guys with all the artist liaisons - so putting together all the programs and prepping all the riders.
“I do all the food shopping for all the artists, so it’s me that goes and spends two grand in Tesco’s with six trolleys worth of stuff - I actually really enjoy doing that!
“I’m just basically running around the night before doing a load of things that don’t actually have anything to do with me.
Job title: Marketing manager and accounts for Love Saves the Day festival Favourite thing about your job? To see people enjoying themselves in the event that I’ve worked on and contributed to, it’s just massive job satisfaction. It’s why I do what I do. When I see everyone buzzing and happy inside the event it makes me happy. That’s why I’m out till 8 o’clock in the morning flyering outside clubs when everyone’s telling me to fuck off and throwing flyers back in my face. Or why I’m zooming all around the country doing deliveries or checking bits and bobs. Seeing people’s reactions and seeing that look on everyone’s faces makes it all worth it.
“At peak times I have between 40 to 100 CVs sent to me every week from people who want to work with us,” Zeina Raad tells Nitelife magazine. Zeina is the marketing manager for Bristol’s Love Saves the Day festival, Bristol In:Motion and is now taking over all the marketing for Motion as well. That’s on top of consultancy work for High Definition Festival, Global Gathering, Love Box, The Great Escape, Wilderness and More Love Festival in Rio De Janeiro, which Zeina has just spent the last month setting up in Brazil. It’s a dream job for many, but it’s been a hard slog to get where she is now, Zeina explains. “I think it’s the same in any role. You don’t really see the fruits of your labour for a good long time and you just need to keep chipping away at it. It’s taken me probably 10/11 years to get to the point where I felt really happy and satisfied with where I am. Where I can make big decisions and I can have free creative reign.” It’s from this wealth of experience that Zeina has developed her distinctive style of marketing and PR - you can tell when it’s Zeina behind a promotion. Bristol residents will recognize the LSTD and In:Motion flyer boxes, reverse graffiti around the city (putting a stencil down on the floor and cleaning around the area) and, of course, the mural on the side of The Blue Mountain as you arrive into Stokes Croft.
“Then on the day of the show I’ll be on site from 7.30 in the morning and I run the front door. “I’m lucky because as soon as the doors close I’m finished, so I get to go and have a wander and have a drink and relax, whereas the other guys who put the festival on are working all day, all through the night and all through the next day. It’s pretty full on! “I’ve also learned that I should wait before getting my glitter done, because I then feel like an absolute nob when I’ve got to talk to the police with glitter all over my face.” As well as marketing manager for the festival and accountant, Zeina is a shareholder in Love Saves the Day and has helped grow the festival from its conception to a full-blown Bristol institution in only a few years. “We’ve grown year on year. In 2013 we went to two days because the Saturday tickets sold out so quickly. Saturday tickets were on sale on ebay for £300. £25 tickets for 300 quid! So we thought, we have to do another day.” This year the festival is moving to a new location at Eastville Park. Organisers have suggested that they will address the ongoing battle with the elements by introducing more tents at the festival this year. In the last few years, the festival has been known to suffer downpours with very little shelter available from the rain. “I don’t want to give away too much, but we do have more tented structures and other different interesting bits and bobs on site this year and installations to go and explore.” Another notable change this year is the line up, which has shifted from being heavily dominated by underground electronic music, to including a much broader range of genres this year, with acts like Rae Morris added to the line up, and headline sets from Azealia Banks and Jessie Ware.
“So when I went back home I got a job flyering for my local club and just took it all from there. I started at the bottom and worked my way up to where I am now. “I don’t set the alarm clock in the morning. I wake up naturally on my own. I love my job. I love planning – don’t get me wrong it’s a real pain in the arse, and it’s very, very hard and very intense work and it’s very unsociable as well, ironically, but it’s something I feel passionate about.” We asked Zeina if she had any advice to others wanting to follow the same path “At peak times I have between 40 -100 CVs sent to me every week from people who want to work with us. And I have lots of people coming to me who have really amazing degrees. But if you really know that this is what you want to do, it doesn’t matter how many degrees or letters you’ve got after your name, none of those academic achievements stack up against your experience. “Whether you like it or not, it doesn’t matter how old you are, you have to start from the bottom. Because there is no substitute for the amount of experience you’ve got if you want to pursue a career in events. “There are some corporate companies, for example Live Nation, who wouldn’t look at a candidate unless they had a 2:1 degree and I wouldn’t ever tell anyone not to go to university, I’ve got a degree myself (and as accounts manager, I’m extremely grateful for my accounting and finance module in my degree!), but I think people shouldn’t have the illusion that they’re going to slot in somewhere. You will have to start at the bottom. And just to persevere with it as well. “From the journey that I’ve had, my confidence is based on what I bring to the table and what I can do, and not on the brand that I’m working for. I’ve worked for big brands that are already established, and I’ve also been working on projects that were nothing and I’ve been there right from day dot. “When I’m talking or making decisions, I don’t think I know it, I know I know it. And that’s just come from the fifteen years experience that I’ve got, and there’s absolutely no substitute for that and you just need to be prepared for long hard hours, and just to stick with it. Because it’s only those people who are going to stick with it, for shitty money, that will last that test of time until you get to this level where you can look back and feel really proud and really happy with your achievements. Everyone has to flyer, basically” “If I had to describe Bristol in one word, I would describe it as ‘vibes’. I’ve got absolutely nothing bad to say about this city, and from someone who’s been a promoter in London, Birmingham, Stoke and Nottingham, I have to say it’s the most friendly, warmest and most amazing place to do this kind of work and there’s no bad animosity between anyone here. “It’s a breath of fresh air, coming from really competitive cities like Birmingham, where literally we have to have people stationed in shops and periodically walking up and down the street just to make sure flyers are staying in shops, because it’s so cut throat there.
“We don’t want to be known as an underground electronic music festival. We want to have something in there for everyone.
“We’ve set up a promoters’ forum on Facebook and everything gets sorted out really amicably and it’s really nice. We’re all supportive of each other and we’re so lucky because you don’t get that in any other city.”
“Because we’ve moved to Eastville Park we’ve got a lot more space there to utilise, and we’ve got an extra stage this year.”
Photo credit: Martin Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.51stokescroft.com
FUNK SOUL BROTHERS & ANONYMOUS SOUND Amazing roots, reggae, funk, soul, dub and generally awesome tunes from two truly cool DJs. This night went down a storm in February, so why not head down and check it out this month. Plus, pizza and drinks from the No.51 restaurant - perfect! March 7 // From 10pm // £2 / £3
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 www.o2academybristol.co.uk
PAPA ROACH Nu metal legends Papa Roach come to the Academy for a night of nostalgia, plus new music from their forthcoming album.
March 10 // 7pm – 11pm // Sold Out
Mon 2nd Mar • £15.90 adv
Sat 4th Apr • £15 adv
Palma Violets + Fat White Family The Amazing Snakeheads + Slaves
Wild West Recordings presents:
Tue 3rd Mar • £27.50 adv
Adam F + DJ SS + Mampi Swift + Grooverider + Bad Company + More
NME Awards Tour 2015
The Charlatans + Blossoms Wed 4th Mar • £5 adv
House Of Lions Fri 6th Mar • £18.50 adv
Sat 7th Mar • £18.50 adv
Stiff Little Fingers Tue 10th Mar • SOLD OUT
Thu 12th Mar • SOLD OUT
Fri 13th Mar • £18.50 adv
Yellowcard & Less Than Jake Mon 16th Mar • £26 adv
Europe & Black Star Riders
10pm - 5am • over 18s only
Wed 8th Apr • SOLD OUT
Thu 9th Apr • £25 / £45 VIP adv
Liverpool Former Players
Come along and hear hilarious stories from John Barnes, Didi Hamann and John Aldridge. The night will be hosted by LFC TV’s Peter McDowall. You will hear private stories about their playing days, a bit of rapping and a live Q&A.
Fri 17th Apr • £25 adv
& Parliament Funkadelic
Thu 23rd Apr • £20 adv
Public Service Broadcasting + Smoke Fairies Fri 24th Apr • £15 adv
Sat 25th Apr • £30 adv
Hit The Deck Festival Skindred + While She Sleeps + Cancer Bats & Many more TBC
Tue 31st Mar • SOLD OUT
Fri 3rd Apr • SOLD OUT
Sleeping With Sirens Catfish & The Bottlemen
Tyler The Creator Thu 21st May • £15 adv
Saint Raymond + Hudson Taylor + The Wythes & More TBC
Sun 29th Mar • £18 adv
Devin Townsend Project
Fri 15th May • £20 adv
Dot To Dot 2015
10pm - 4am • over 18s only
Feat: Bob Andy + Judy Mowatt + Tanya Stephens & Special Guest Richie Spice Backed by the 809 Band Hosted by Daddy Ernie & DJ Daddy Fridge
Thu 16th Apr • £27.50 adv
Wed 25th Mar • SOLD OUT
Sat 28th Mar • £10 adv
Marcia Griffiths & Friends
Sat 23rd May • From £25 adv
Wed 22nd Apr • £12.50 adv
Of Mice & Men
Thu 14th May • £27.50 adv
Fri 27th Mar • £16.50 adv
Wed 13th May • £20 adv The new band from Paul Hartnol Playing new 8:58 & Classic Oribital tracks
10pm - 4am • over 18s only
Mon 20th Apr • SOLD OUT
Thu 26th Mar • £14 adv
Boyz II Men
Sat 11th Apr • From £12 adv
Thu 19th Mar • £23 adv
Sun 10th May • £29 adv
Thu 30th Apr • £20 adv Sat 9th May • £27.50 adv
Sun 31st May • £16.50 adv
Wed 3rd June • £36 adv
Wu Tang Clan Fri 5th June • £21 adv
Atomic Kitten “15 years” Sat 6th June • £15 adv
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
“The Infamous” 20th Anniversary Tour
Thu 2nd July • £22.50 adv
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.com • ticketmaster.co.uk
The Cat Empire
March • 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 www.bigchill.net/bristol
45 LIVE Boca 45’s ‘Dig, Eat, Beats, Repeat album launch. Hip Hop, Disco, Funk, Soul, Latin, Reggae. Strictly 7”. Hosted by Boca featuring Special guests
March 28 // 10pm – 4am Free before 11pm, £3 after
THE UNIVERSITY JAZZ FUNK SOUL SOCIETY
FAST & LOOSE PRESENT THE BIG SWING
SCRIBBLE & SCRATCH
BEDMO DISCO #012 BANOFEE PIES
Following the huge success of last years sessions the weekly Jazz, Funk & Soul Jam session returns and once again features some of Bristol's best, jamming live.
Monthly night of Electro Swing.
Monthly illustration battle and turntabalism event, with live Hip-Hop acts and DJs into the night.
Bedmo Disco joins forces with the DJs behind party crew Banoffee Pies. Sticky, sweet fun guaranteed!
IN THE STUDY w/ BODYWORKS
IN THE STUDY w/ MR FANTASTIC
DJ Neckbone plays forgotten classics and future favourites.
INVADER FM TAKEOVER
SIP THE JUICE
HAMMER & TONGUE Monthly night of spoken word and poetry slams, featuring Sam Mole, Malaika and Kegode.
WEDS 11, 18, 25 WE LOVE WEDNESDAYS Sip The Juice’s Felix Joy & fam play all manner of ill-mannered floor bangers past and present.
THURS 5 AFTER THE UNDERWORLD Dance into the night with Soulworks.
THURS 19 WIN WIN
THURS 26 LICKED Last Thursday lands a night of upfront and emerging House, Bass & Garage talent.
FRI 6 MONSTERPIECE The Disco Two, New Balance and more TBC bring the party for Temwa's sustainable development projects in Malawi. SUGGESTED DONATION £3
Invader DJs drop and intergalactic selection of breaks, bass and disco jams in a 2 floor takeover.
Bristol's #1 party starters with hits for days! Hip-Hop RnB and everything else. IN THE STUDY w/ CHANGO
J Rus & guests play Soca, Old Skool Ragga and classic 12" Funk & Soul.
The expert tastemaker and BBC Radio Bristol DJ makes his Big Chill debut.
IN THE STUDY w/ MY BOOGALOO PETE CUNNING
IN THE STUDY w/ ASIAN HAWK
Bristol’s original and premier sneaker event. MIDDAY—6PM
Boca 45’s 'Dig, Eat, Beats, Repeat' album launch. IN THE STUDY w/ SOUL WORKS
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 www.cosies.co.uk
RUFFNEK DISKOTEK This month Ruffnek Diskotek welcomes Manchester’s Joey B to Cosies. A superb selector, Joey B’s sets encompass everything from bashment to contemporary UK Bass. This is a night for the carnival crew!
March 7// 10pm – Late // £3 / £4
COSIES • MARCH
34 PORTLAND SQ BRISTOL BS2 8RG
HIP HOP SOCIETY
COSIES WASHING MACHINE
UNDER_SCORE & IDLE HANDS
BRISTOL REGGAE SOCIETY
BRS SELECTORS, LIVE HORNS & GUESTS
IN FINE STYLE
BRACKLES (3 HR SET) & IFS RESIDENTS
GABICCI BRUUNER, KEMAA, THE KELLY TWINS & ANTI-FUN
HHS DJS & MCS
REGGAE & DUB 10 - LATE • £2/£3
HIP HOP 10 - LATE • £2
DONGA, CEDRIC MAISON & CHRIS FARRELL
JOEY B (SWING TING), DUB BOY & TENJA THE DUTTY INSPECTORS & STYLATRON
JAH LION & P DUB
HRMX, CLOUDED MINDS, ILLSPIRIT, C TEE & LANE
THE BRISTOL COMMITTEE & GUESTS
ROOTS GUIDANCE, SHERE KAHN & EVERMOOR SOUND
GENERAL'S HIFI & COLONEL V
BEAT PILOT COLLECTIVE, NO REASON, EZZA & CHAZZA
STRATEGY (PORTLAND/USA) & RESIDENTS
10 - LATE • £3/£4
10 - LATE • £3/£4
REGGAE & DUB 10 - LATE • £2/£3
DUBSTEP 10 - LATE • £3
HIP HOP/HOUSE/JUNGLE 10 - LATE • £3
DUB 10 - LATE • £3
REGGAE & DUB 10 - LATE • £2/£3
TECHNO/GARAGE/HOUSE 10 - LATE • £2/£3
HOUSE/TECHNO 10 - LATE • £4
BREWTANK, LOOM, ROY BAR SILK ROAD ASSASSINS & TRIMMER
ROOTS INJECTION CREW
REGGAE & DUB
JAH LOKKO & APOLLO SOUND
10 - LATE • £4
10 - LATE • £2/£3
REGGAE & DUB 10 - LATE • £2
GARAGE 10 - LATE • £4/£5
TECHNO/ELECTRO/BASS 10 - LATE • £5
REGGAE & DUB 10 - LATE • £2/£3
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 www.croftersrights.co.uk
BODYWORKS 1ST BIRTHDAY Bill Brewster began DJing in the 1980s, but came into his own in the early 1990s, with a two-year stint in New York running DMC’s office. Bill was also one of the founding residents at Fabric in London, a position he held for five years. March 6 // 10pm – 3am// £5
The Fiction Section
Join La Dots Appleblim
Bodywork Bill Brewster
DeCyphers Live Hip Hop
Let Me Tell You A Story Jack
Latro - Randall
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 www.dojolounge.co.uk
4 TO THE FLOOR All flavours of underground house music from some of the most talented DJs on the Bristol scene. Bringing you deep, soulful, tech and techno with residents Shawn Fleming and Sly Logic, plus new guests each week.
Every Friday // 11pm – 6am vFree before 12 / £5 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 www.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 www.thefleece.co.uk
A NIGHT OF NU-METAL NOSTALGIA Featuring the soundtrack of a generation. Expect to hear: Limp Bizkit, Rage Against The Machine, Linkin Park, System of A Down, Slipknot, Deftones, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach, The Offspring, Marilyn Manson, Alien Ant Farm, Incubus, Crazy Town and many more. March 6 // 11pm// ÂŁ3
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 www.fmbristol.co.uk
ABDOMINAL & THE OBLIQUES Abdominal is a Canadian hip-hop artist who has been involved Torontoâ€™s music scene for twenty years. Abs has worked with the likes of DJ Format, Chali 2na and Cut Chemist from Jurassic 5. He comes to Attic Bar with his band, The Obliques. March 28 // 8.30pm - 2am // Free efore 9.30pm ÂŁ3 after
Last month at Galimaufrey
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 www.thegallimaufry.co.uk
THE GALLIMAUFRY 3RD BIRTHDAY PARTY Raised on the traditional sega music of his father’s Indian Ocean homeland, Mo Kolours later added hip hop, dub, soul and various other electronic styles to his influences. His unique approach places him somewhere between Madlib, Gaslamp Killer and Caribou. March 8 // 5pm - 2am // Free
1st Ghosted session #5 Showcasing original electro
8th The Gallimaufry 3rd Birthday party Mo Kolours (DJ set) + Simiah + Mont
Hosted by Chuman
3rd Introdu cing... Jack Cookso n + John Sm ith + tbc 24th Amy Y on + support Top new Bri stol talent
From the Forest
& The Funk 4th The Good, The Bad boogaloo y acid funk, soul jazz & pla trio un lho Guy Ca Leach 11th Ben Jordan + David 18th The Mandalas & evolution Songs of protest, praise The Coast d + The Tixx + Long For 25th Ema Sierra full ban ments of violence mo tiny & op kdr bac rky Hushed voices, a mu
Soul Shakin’ with Ben Su mmers
Northern soul, 60s club sou
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soul 6th Hot Buttered So ul Shakin’ (2am license) Or iginal vinyl-only with gu est, Mike Shawe
13th + Northern Soul Gir l Levanna 20th + Fiona Riches
The Groove Den
Hosted by James Mo rt
27th + John Stapleton
15th & 29th Mont’s Mo saic (5-9pm) US jazz, funk & soul vin yl vibes 22nd Sleazy Harry’s cha rity shop pic n mix Dusty vinyl delights from the bargain bucket
100% phonographic funk e (2am license) 7th DJ Skint vs China Mik 14th, 21st & 28th DJ Skint
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 www.goldenlionbristol.co.uk
SEAS OF MIRTH If you haven’t had the pleasure of Seas Of Mirth, here’s a quick lowdown: They’re a multi-legged, sea-shanty, pirate band who play to a man dancing round dressed as a giant crab. There is also a tug’o’war with the audience. I don’t think we need to say much more than that really. They’re fantastic. March 13 // 9pm // Free
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 www.lakota.co.uk
PSYCHED X NNTS Psyched X NNTS presents: Green Language World Tour 2015 featuring Rustie (live), Joker, Mssingno. Glasgow’s Rustie is behind some of the most joyous, hyperactive, and truly original club music of recent years. He harnesses the energy and euphoria of hyphy hip-hop and trance, spikes it with speakermangling bass and flashes of techno. 17 March // 10pm – 4am // £11
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 www.thelanesbristol.co.uk
DEPARTMENT S: VELVET ECHOES Date for your diary any Marmalade Sky fans. George Shelton brings his band Velvet Echoes to Department S Club Night and promises a mix of ‘Groovy Psychedelic sounds and hard-hitting high octane Rock & Roll.
March 21 // 9pm-3am // £5 adv
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 www.theloveinn.com
CHARLIE DARK (RUN DEM / ATTICA BLUES) A long overdue Love Inn debut to the man behind Run Dem, Blacktronica and Attica Blues, a veteran of London’s multi-faceted music seen, Mr Charlie Dark. With support from FallingUp’s very own Jay L. 14 March // 10pm – 4am // £3 after 11pm
MARCH Sunday 1st March
BACK TO OURS Wednesday 4th March
CRATE DIGGIN (LIVE MUSIC) Thursday 5th March
TIGHTLACES: OCTOBER Friday 6th March
SOULWORKS Saturday 7th March
HYPERCOLOUR: GRETA COTTAGE & DISCREET UNIT Sunday 8th March
BACK TO OURS Thursday 12th March
Friday 13th March
WORM DISCO Saturday 14th March
(RUN DEM / BLACKTRONICA / ATTICA BLUES)
Sunday 15th March
BACK TO OURS Wednesday 18th March
CRATE DIGGIN (LIVE MUSIC) Thursday 19th March
Friday 20th March
SIP THE JUICE: SCOTT HENDY Saturday 21st March
ALFRESCO DISCO DJS Sunday 22nd March
BACK TO OURS Wednesday 25th March
THE LOVE INN QUIZ Thursday 26th March
Friday 27th March
HERD: DEATH ON THE BALCONY Saturday 28th March
HOT BUTTERED SOUL: MR MENDEL Sunday 29th March
BACK TO OURS THE LOVE INN
84 STOKES CROFT, BRISTOL BS1 3QY. T: 0117 923 2565 WWW.THELOVEINN.COM
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 www.mothersruinbristol.co.uk
BLEACH BLOOD - LION FACE - THE KENNETH’S An evening of electro and Indie from London’s Bleach Blood touring their new album. Support comes from Bristol legend Lionface.
March 2 // 8.30pm // £4 adv / £6 OTD
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 www.theloveinn.com
THE NIGHT BUS Bring down and old bus ticket and exchange it for free booze. Following February’s major success of this night, Mr Wolf’s host The Night Bus once again. Live Rock and Roll music from ‘Little Brother Eli’ plus the Bus Conductor’s awesome DJ set.
March 5 // 9.30pm // £3 / £4
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
THE BIG SMOKE BAND The Big Smoke Band, newly formed in 2015, are a roots/blues act made up of members from seasoned and successful touring bands The Buffalo Skinners (UK), Holy Moly and the Crackersss (UK) and The Bottlenecks (FR).
March 24 // 8pm // 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 www.theklabristol.co.uk
THE SUBWAYS With 10 years of touring and two acclaimed records under their belts, The Subways return with their third studio album ‘Money And Celebrity’. This explosive UK pop/rock record melds their debut’s melodic, punk immediacy with the dynamic power of 2008’s ‘All Or Nothing’.
March 31 // 7pm // £13.50
SUNDAY 1ST MARCH
SATURDAY 4TH APRIL
MONDAY 2ND MARCH
WILLIAM BECKETT + ALVAREZ KINGS + RUMOURS
YEARS & YEARS TUESDAY 3RD MARCH
PEOPLE ON VACATION
+ LACEY + LINUS OF HOLLYWOOD WEDNESDAY 4TH MARCH
+ THE ALGORITHM + MERCURY DOLL MONDAY 9TH MARCH
CLAUDIA BRUCKEN WEDNESDAY 11TH MARCH
HIDDEN IN PLAIN VIEW + SUNDAY 5TH APRIL
THE VIEW THURSDAY 9TH APRIL
+ SOPHIE JAMIESON SATURDAY 11TH APRIL
BALTHAZAR SUNDAY 12TH APRIL
TO KILL A KING
FRIDAY 17TH APRIL
WILL AND THE PEOPLE
THURSDAY 12TH MARCH
WEDNESDAY 22ND APRIL
FRIDAY 13TH MARCH
THURSDAY 23RD APRIL
TUESDAY 17TH MARCH
FRIDAY 24TH APRIL
TUESDAY 24TH MARCH
TUESDAY 28TH APRIL
THE ANSWER + THE PICTUREBOOKS WEDNESDAY 25TH MARCH
DAN MANGAN + BLACKSMITH
SATURDAY 2ND MAY
SATURDAY 28TH MARCH
+ MILK TEETH
THE CORONAS SUNDAY 29TH MARCH
LUCY ROSE TUESDAY 31ST MARCH
THE SUBWAYS + DUNE RATS
TITLE FIGHT + COLD WORLD WEDNESDAY 6TH MAY
THE APPLES SUNDAY 17TH MAY
THE INVISIBLE ORCHESTRA
Thekla The Grove East Mud Dock Bristol BS1 4RB • theklabristol.co.uk • F L theklabristol • I X theklabris
Advance tickets available from: alt-tickets.co.uk • gigantic.com • 0844 871 8819 • Bristol Ticket Shop
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 www.3ca.org.uk
THE JOHNNY CASH TRIBUTE The Johnny Cash Tribute come to the Trinity Centre for the first time. The JCT band recreate the sound of the Tennessee three with great authenticity. Kevin’s Wife Kathleen completes the show as June Carter on the great duets like Jackson. 12 March // 7pm – 11pm // £8
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 www.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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