Bristol drag institution Eat Sleep Drag Repeat (ESDR) are bringing in Rupaul’s Drag Race star Shangela for a Pride special at SWX this July. Whether you watch the show or not, there’s little chance you haven’t heard about it or the reams and reams of positive comments about the show’s representation and normalisation of the …

Four parts Bristol, one part Manchester, progressive metal band Valis Ablaze was born in 2012 with guitarist Ash Cook and drummer Rich New. Six years and some lineup changes later, the final incarnation, in addition to Ash and Rich, is Tom Moore and George Demner on guitar and bass, with Manchester-based vocalist Phil Owen joining …

Kayla Painter has been pushing the boundaries of Bristol’s electronic scene since 2012, when she independently released her debut EP Kayla Painter. Combining unusual instrumentals and field recordings, she creates dreamy, multi-layered, left-field electronica.  Kayla was selected for this year’s Future Bubblers programme with Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings, where she is currently receiving mentorship from …

Anyone following Bristol-based producer Bengal Sound probably shares the opinion that he is the next producer out of Bristol to blow up on the underground.  At just 23 years old, Farhad Ahmed AKA Bengal Sound has already released with White Peach, his tracks have been cut to dubplate by the likes of Kahn and Zha, …

Name: George Cotton Age: 18 Also known as: Grace Working primarily within 140bpm, dBs Music student George Cotton AKA Grace has been making himself known throughout 2018. The 18-year-old producer is currently completing dBs Music’s Level 3 Music Production extended diploma, whilst putting out a steady stream of music online, including a release with Spanish …

Combining live music and DJs with circus and theatre, carnivalesque sensation Slamboree are known to deliver a full-on feast for the eyes and ears at any given occasion. Fronted by Mike Freear, singer and MC Cathy Sharples AKA , and theatrical director and performer Lizzie West, the creative collective are famous for tracks including the …

On Saturday, M Shed opened the doors to their latest exhibition: Bristol Music: Seven decades of sound. Running until 30 September, the multimedia exhibition features contributions from over 200 people who have been involved in Bristol’s ever-bubbling music scene from the 1950s right up until our current climate. Photos documenting important subcultures (…) sit amongst …

After escaping a restrictive contract with French major label Wagram, Glasgow-born MC, singer and activist Sumati Bhardwa AKA Soom T is back with her new album Born Again.    Seamlessly traversing the worlds of hip hop, soul and reggae, Soom T has been a voice for the people for 25 years. She’s not an artist …

Chances are, you’ve probably seen the name Dutchie plastered on a lineup poster down Stokes Croft, or caught a DJ set from Dutchie herself at one of Bristol’s community-based Revinyl Sessions. But with her new EP Dutchie & Friends dropping on 1 May (listen in full below), you’re about to hear this name a whole …

Akua Naru’s long awaited new album The Blackest Joy drops at the end of this month, with Bristol being one of the first stops on her album tour. It’s the MC’s first release since 2015’s The Miner’s Canary and her second foray into self producing and self releasing on her own independent label, The Urban …