The Downs is heading into its third year this August and their first lineup announcement has blown previous years right out of the water. They’ve planned an unbelievable 10 hours of live music, headlined by one of hip hop’s all-time greatest, Ms. Lauryn Hill.  The Fugees singer, rapper and five times Grammy award-winning solo artist …

Dot to Dot festival have just dropped their first wave lineup announcement for this year’s May bank holiday festival. Bristol’s OG multi-venue festival, Dot to Dot is the brainchild of DHP Family and will be travelling to Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham over the course of one weekend this summer, with a hoard of some of the …

After tearing up the Motion complex for three years running, Sequences are back for 2019 with a new central Bristol location. They are promising the biggest year in Sequences history and they’re off to a flying start, today announcing DJ EZ as their first headliner. The original garage superstar never fails to sell out a …

In an era where ‘secret’ warehouse raves are hosted by My Nu Leng and the police will shut down a 30-strong house party, it’s safe to say that the traditional rave scene that Bristol’s party culture was built on is no more. Thanks to the party-pooping Criminal Justice and Public Order Act passed in ’94 …

Bristol shares a postcode with some of the country’s best small and mid-sized festivals, with more hidden gems within an hours’ drive. Bristol’s largest festival, NASS snagged some of the UK’s biggest-selling artists, including the relentlessly chart-topping Rudimental; while smaller cult favourites like Shindig Weekender and Balter Festival managed to shift a good chunk of …

The Louisiana is hosting a fundraiser this evening for the musicians who lost more than £30,000 of equipment between them in a fire that devastated a warehouse on Netham Road last month. Thankfully no one was injured in the blaze, although the many musicians using the building lost everything overnight. The Louisiana sound engineer and …

Bristol titan Rob Smith is a true originator of the Bristol Sound, originally putting Bristol on the map in the mid 90s with Smith & Mighty, and continuing to influence the scene today under his dubstep moniker RSD. This Christmas he’s put his well-earned industry clout to good use, pulling together friends and connections from across …

Bristol was recently hit with the gutting news that Trinity Centre is the latest local music venue under threat from residential developments. Fortunately in this case, there is still time to halt these plans in their tracks and protect Trinity’s future as a music venue.   Developers have put forward plans for 12 new flats …

DJ Mag’s Best of British Awards took place at EGG London last night and Bristol headed in strong, with at least one nomination in every category. The results are in and, as always, Bristol proved it can punch well above its weight in the industry. Alfresco Disco scooped Best Club Event. Launching in 2005, the …

NASS is the first (near) Bristol summer festival to lift the lid on their lineup, announcing their Friday and Saturday night headliners, plus a generous handful of other major hitters set to play across the four-day festival at Royal Bath & West Showground next July.  UK rap giant Giggs takes Friday’s headline slot, with relentlessly …