Chikaya on ‘cosmic trap’ and her stunning Descend EP

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Bristol punks IDLES choose love on their new album, Joy as an Act of Resistance

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One of Bristol’s most exciting alt-rock outfits No Violet are gearing up to release the second single from their debut EP Faces (dropping in full on 14 September), and we’ve been granted an exclusive first-listen before it’s released on Bristol’s Leisure Records tomorrow. Drenched in grunge, No Violet deliver a sort of understated epicness that’s …

Music photographer, journalist, DJ and radio show host Beth Sheldrick AKA Bethbethbeth has been a part of Bristol’s underground grime and dubstep scenes for the past four years, both in front of and behind the scenes – taking inspiration from her hero Mary Anne Hobbes to drive all her creative energy towards pushing new and underrated …

‘We were heading down the path of second album syndrome, so we scrapped all the songs and started again’ IDLES frontman Joe Talbot tells me, nine months since our last conversation and on the brink of releasing their second LP, Joy as an Act of Resistance.  ‘I was trying to over intellectualise our art because …

Tokyo World returns to Eastville Park on 22 and 23 September, with its biggest and best lineup yet. The festival has been closing our summers with a sonic boom for the past five years and has become a staple calendar event for electronic music lovers. This year Tokyo World have expanded their live offering, with …

Bristol’s new student-run record label HUBB Records has dropped the second in a string of 10 releases from BIMM students planned for this summer. On Friday, rap-metal trio Profiler’s new single Burn hit the digital shelves. Taking strong influences from Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park and Deftones, they brilliantly evoke the sounds of 90s nu metal with …

Known collectively as Bandulu Gang; Kahn, Neek, Boofy and Hi5ghost have played a huge part in building an important hub for instrumental UK grime in Bristol.   As well as releasing between them on key labels like Deep Medi and Innamind, and operating under a number of aliases, including Young Echo, Wu Yen, O$VMV$M and …

This past year has been a good one for Bristol-based producer Kayla Painter. Having finally escaped a restrictive publishing deal that stopped her debut album ever seeing the light of day, in October it was announced that Kayla Painter was one of 10 musicians selected for Gilles Peterson’s 2017-2018 Future Bubblers programme. A collaboration between …

Original superstar DJ Judge Jules is coming to Bristol this Saturday night for a super-intimate two-hour set at The Doghouse. Judge Jules will be flying in for the occasion from his summer residency at Ibiza megaclub Eden, where he first grew to fame with his now-legendary Judgement Sundays – one of the busiest nights on …

Though it takes place outside the quaint city of Winchester each August, Boomtown Festival has always felt like an extension of Bristol. Not only does the city annually clear out as we drive east to make up a significant portion the Boomtown population, the festival is also run out of Bristol and built out of …

Three disappointing summers have passed with a carnival-shaped hole in our hearts, but finally, St Pauls Carnival returns this Saturday in line with the carnival’s 50th anniversary.  The important celebration of Bristol’s African and Caribbean heritage has been a vital source of inspiration for much of the city’s culture and musical output over the past …