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South West’s DJ Baze wins a set at Hospitality x The Blast’s Shockout Festival

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Meeting the mad mind behind Balter Festival

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Having finally escaped a restrictive publishing deal that has left her debut album as-yet-unreleased, Bristol producer Kayla Painter has just dropped a new five-track EP Auriga – unusually, on a limited run of 50 cassette tapes. Known for her highly thematic work, Auriga too centres around a key inspiration. Named after the Auriga constellation, the …

Noods resident Roberto Oggiano aka Cairo Station has provided our latest guest mix in the series, ‘Urban Cairo’. Roberto heads off on curious journeys through global cinema, offering delights gleaned from scores and soundtracks. Expect Arabian nights, French touch, the classics and the unexpected. // Since launching a year ago, Noods Radio has fast become …

// WIN TICKETS TO HACIENDA CLASSICAL AT BRISTOL SOUNDS THIS JUNE // Manchester’s Hacienda Classical project is descending on Bristol’s Harbourside this month – with a full 40-piece orchestra in tow – as part of the Bristol Sounds concerts between 21-24 June. An ode to the iconic Hacienda nightclub in Manchester, their classical arrangements of 80s …

Last weekend, some of the Nitelife team returned to our spiritual home, Love Saves the Day. Annually marking the beginning of Bristol’s festival season, it’s put on by a team of genuine music lovers with years of event experience between them – getting better year on year. In fact, it’s one of the only festivals I …

K Stylz aka Kamar Graham is the newest member of The Blast family. Although he’s been DJing for nigh on 15 years, shutting down raves in London and Birmingham, as well as making a name on the international club scenes in ‘Napa and Marbella, he’s now focusing all his energy on his hometown of Bristol. …

London-based party-starters Regression Sessions are celebrating five years of hedonism with a UK birthday tour, finishing up at London’s Ministry of Sound. They’re stopping in at Bristol this Friday for a night of house music and silliness at Lakota. With a reputation for no holds barred production, at Regression Sessions, quality music and good times …

Fokuz Recordings head honcho Dreazz delivers a 45-minute drum and bass mix to give us a taste of his label takeover at Threshold Bristol on 17 June. Coming all the way from Rotterdam, he’s bringing label favourites Zero T, Macca & Loz Contreras and Satl with him to help launch a brand new series of drum …

With Bristol-born Chepstow-based Balter Festival a mere few days away, we had a chat with co-founder Elias aka gypsycore producer and DJ E-Coli about the new-ish, totally off-kilter festival that’s already attracted a cult reputation and following as it enters its fourth year this June. Like all of the best festivals, Balter was born out …

Can you tell we’re just a bit excited about Love Saves the Day? We’ve got one more stage partner playlist to share with you, this time from Bristol dub and roots label Hold Tight Records, who are taking over the Brouhaha stage all day Sunday. They’re bringing some of the biggest names in dub to …

Bristol bass duo My Nu Leng have been a major part of the city’s electronic dance sphere for the last half a decade, turning heads with breakthrough track The Grid in 2012, and continuing on a steady path to success with Set It and more recent Bristol anthems like Soul Shake and brand new track …