A football chant backed by a bass-punchy beat rings through the packed room. Balloons litter the floor. Looking like a website from the 90s, visuals showing colourful patterns and 3D modelled faces play behind the DJs. The music suddenly shifts; a smash cut into the theme tune from Friends to shouts of excitement from the …

It’s a night for imposters. I oughtn’t be at the Trinity Centre tonight, the ticket was for my more talented friend who’d had to cry off due to illness. Notification came through around 10am, you can go see John Grant’s latest project for zero pounds if you can knock up 700 words on same. Cut …

For those unaware of Dermot Kennedy’s soulful Irish rasp, he uses it explore a variety of uplifting and troubling themes from discovering love to the misery of alcoholism. The singer-songwriter comes from humble beginnings, regularly travelling from Rathcoole, his hometown, to busk on the Dublin’s Grafton Street and test his acoustic wisdom on every passerby …

Bloxx are a London-based quartet renowned for their fuse of grungy undertones, indie-influenced melodies and floor-thumping choruses.  The band consists of front woman Ophelia (Fee); Moz brings the toe-tapping drum beats and Taz along with Paul provides the alternative-indie rifts. In recent years, Bloxx have been making relentless developments on the scene by supporting indie …

There’s something about samba drumming that captures your heart and ears simultaneously, luring you in to the rhythmic magic. This Saturday, The Black Swan is set to witness the first large gathering of local samba drumming bands in Bristol, for the highly anticipated event, Tambor. The Black Swan is set to witness the first large …

It was announced the day before that, due to illness, Volbeat were unable to play their headline show at Bristol’s O2 Academy last month. However, organisers promised that the show would go on, with tickets remaining valid for both this show and a rescheduled Volbeat date.  Both of Volbeat’s support acts – Baroness and Danko …

If you can call a living man a legend, soul singer Lee Fields deserves the title. The original DIY artist; when the music industry changed around him, Lee Fields changed the industry. When Lee Fields came to Bristol with his band The Expressions to perform his latest album It Rains Love at Fiddlers, we took …

Metronomy visited Bristol last month for an intimate in-store signing and performance of their sixth studio album, Metronomy Forever at Rough Trade Bristol. At 17 tracks long, it shows a rounded glimpse into the inner mind of creative force Joseph Mount, who started the solo project from his bedroom in Devon in 1999. Although we’ve …

Following Kate’s Tempest’s new album release The Book of Traps and Lessons, we caught up with her to chat about how her style developed into the innovation it is today and attempted to delve into the creative process behind the album.  The Book of Traps and Lessons takes us through a journey from start to …

Punk two-piece Ghost of the Avalanche drop their fifth EP Civil Unrest this month, and they’re more pissed off than they’ve ever been. While previously their hard punk sound was willing to embrace rock and roll hooks, Civil Unrest is pure punk rage. It’s a six-track exasperation at the current political shit show and our …