Review // Bristol’s all female label Saffron Records celebrate their 2nd birthday with China Bowls, Kudu Blue & more

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Bananarama, James Arthur, Garbage & Echo and the Bunnymen added to outdoor Skyline series this summer

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The night that established Bristol’s dubstep scene is back for a one-off special at Trinity Centre this month, in honour of Pinch’s pioneering Tectonic Recordings’ 100th release. The event will see the return of some Subloaded originals like Joker and Cyrus, with hosts Sgt. Pokes and Koast back on mic duty, plus some newer faces …

Name: Freya Blacker Age: 16 Also known as: FreyB At only 16 years old, songwriter Freya Blacker is projected for big things. Our dBs Music student diaries series takes a look behind the curtain at the students currently studying at dBs Music Bristol; when asked which of their younger students we should be keeping an …

Last week, Bristol-based promotions giants The MJR Group announced a series of major concerts to take place in a new outdoor space in the St Philips Marsh area, across the water from Motion. Their first lineup announcement included British reggae giants UB40, pop trio Future Islands, Texas with Imelda May and The The. A second …

Last month, alongside Hospitality DnB, The Blast and Dazed, we launched a competition to uncover a fresh DJ talent, with the chance to win a place on one of the biggest bass music lineups of the year: Shockout Festival. The new one-dayer from bassweight dream team The Blast and Hospitality DnB will see titans like …

Many of us will have been first introduced to Koast through his prolific MC career. Having hosted some of the biggest nights of Bristol’s dubstep golden era, including Subloaded and HENCH, he was also part of rap and dubstep collective Central Spillz, who scored a Ninja Tune release in 2012 with US dubstep producer Starkey. …

Rhode Island rock quartet Deer Tick are back with not one but two new albums, after a four-year hiatus that almost never came to its end. Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, released simultaneously in September last year, are divided down the middle to showcase two band’s two sonic sides. The former catalogues their acoustic, generally …

Name: Miguel Almeida Age: 22 Also known as: Vowel With headline shows between UK and his hometown of Lisbon, young drum and bass producer Miguel Almeida aka Vowel is already well on his way to making a name in the world of DnB. His debut release Timeframe / Clockwise came out in November on Lifestyle …

Drum and bass institution Hospitality and Bristol-based bass connoisseurs The Blast have teamed up on a brand new one-day festival at The Bath and West Showground this February. Shockout will see the likes of SASASAS, High Contrast, The Prototypes, Shy FX, J Hus, Hype and Hazard, Holy Goof and My Nu Leng shelling across four arenas …

Bristol-based bassline, speed garage and hard house DJ A-Bee is becoming a very familiar face on the circuit. The 24hr Garage Girls resident, rinse FM regular and Marcus Nasty favourite (calling her ‘exceptional’) has been steadily making a name for herself with a mixture of headline sets and support slots at major capacity events. A-Bee’s sets pay homage …

Thekla have announced a lineup of more than 20 acts to play new charity all-dayer Beat the Streets, showcasing a mix of the city’s biggest names and best emerging talent. Taking place on Sunday 28 January, the mini festival will raise funds for Caring In Bristol. The Bristol charity – whose projects include the 365 …