Review // Neil Hannon and The Divine Comedy bring their trademark tragicomic musicality to Colston Hall

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Crosstown Concerts’ Dan Chandler on how to successfully plan and pull off a music event

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11 March // Hopsin

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The latest signing to Gardna and friends’ Boom Sound label is Glasgow-based collective Samson Sounds with their track featuring MC Tom Spirals, Chatterbox. Patois mixed with Glasgow patter, we guarantee this infectious tune will get your feet stomping. Patois mixed with Glasgow patter, we guarantee this infectious tune will get your feet stomping  Evolving out …

Kate Stapley has an addictively original sound that fuses traditional folk compositions with refreshingly honest and modern concepts. Self-confessing to her ‘obsession’ with the old school songwriting scene, Kate tells us she takes influences from the somewhat juxtaposed styles of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Carole King, interjected with the styles of more progressive sounds …

Bristol metal fans were recently blessed from a visit by the legendary Mastodon. A progressive/heavy metal band hailing from Atlanta, Georgia; Mastadon have been making waves since they debuted back in 2000. They are made up of the awesome foursome that are: Brann Dailor (drums/vocals), Brent Hinds (guitar/vocals), Bill Kelliher (guitar) and Troy Sanders (bass/vocals). …

Murmurings of #Thekla35 have been spreading through social media, with a flurry of events announced over the past few days. The final announcements landed today, giving shape to four days of live music and club events to mark 35 years of Thekla. Here’s the full run down –  Thursday 2 May  // Club // Pressure: …

NASS Festival returns to Royal Bath & West Showground on 11-14 July with its biggest lineup yet, including Rudimental, Giggs, Cyprus Hill and Loyle Carner. They’ve just dropped their third lineup announcement, adding 30 acts more acts to the already outrageous lineup, including Grandmaster Flash, General Levy, Jimothy Lacoste, Sneakbo and Notion – and they’re looking …

What a gig! How to describe such breathtakingly beautiful sounds? Bristol’s own KOAN Sound duo Will Weeks and Jim Bastow gave a mind blowing aural and visual experience at their long awaited debut album launch last Thursday night. Arriving on the scene at the tender age of sixteen with dubstep hit Clowny/Blessed the two have …

TUESDAY 19/02 Honey Joy, Stag & Hounds. 7PM-11PM // South London indie punks Honey Joy head to Stag & Hounds, with support from Bat Boy. Tickets >> WEDNESDAY 20/02 Ohmme, The Louisana. 8PM-11PM // Improv rock duo Ohmme will be bringing their surreal art-rock noise to The Louisiana, as part of the Colston Hall Presents …

One of the underground’s biggest driving forces, Pinch is natural innovator, continually exploring new territory (then sending for the rest of us). The producer and Tectonic boss played a major role in establishing a dubstep scene in Bristol, co-founding the legitimately legendary Subloaded nights alongside Blazey Bodynod in 2004. It was the first major dubstep …

MONDAY 11/02 Michael Clark, Crofters Rights. 7.30PM-10.30PM // Michael Clark brings his jazz-electronic fusion to Bristol for the first time to celebrate the release of his debut EP, Something To Be Won. Tickets >> The War Goes On, Stag & Hounds. 7.30PM-11PM // Copenhagen-based punks The War Goes On take centre stage with some melancholy …

TUESDAY 05/02 Shotgun drum & bass sessions, Faraway Cocktail Club. 8PM-1AM // Shotgun Barbers’ weekly DnB session; featuring sets from some established names, followed by an open decks session – open to vinyl or digital DJs. FREE READ MORE >> INTERVIEW – Ghetts adds a new chapter to his grime legacy Ghetts, Thekla. 7PM-11PM // More …