It’s been a quiet year for Brighton lads The Kooks but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been busy behind closed doors; Nitelife talks to bassist Pete Denton about what exactly they’ve been up to and what to expect from their Best Of tour, which arrives in Bristol this May to support their forthcoming Best of… So …

Back with a bang, Motion hosted the third in its series of 90s style house parties on Saturday night. A major student blowout, poised to fully take over the summer party scene, Motion proved it can low key roll with the rest of the team whilst ever remaining the coolest kids in class. DJs spun …

Since the age of 18, Sam Howard aka DJ Stryda has been pushing the local roots scene, whether that’s through roots music duo Dubkasm with longtime pal Ben Glass (Digistep), his influential Sufferah’s Choice radio show and record label, or his regular Teachings in Dub soundsystem nights at Trinity Centre. So much so, that many …

// READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH MUNGO’S HI FI // A gargantuan, travelling fiesta bubbling with carnival energy and party vibes, Fiesta Bombarda took over Bristol’s finest floating venue Thekla, on Friday night. A sold-out show fronted by explosive reggae-dancehall legends Mungo’s Hi Fi, sound-creator Prince Fatty and bad-boy wordsmith Gardna, the party rocked the boat …

Producer, multi-instrumentalist and all-round Bristol boy, Clive Meaker fronts his electric 8-piece cohort, Dr Meaker. With fingers deep in the UK drum and bass scene, as well as taking major influences from soul music, Dr Meaker excite their listeners with heavy basslines and angelic-but-energetic vocal tracks. Bursting through the emerging lists on many of the …

Richy Ahmed has been making waves in the UK house scene since circa 2010, whilst taking cues from disco, techno, funk, electro and hip hop. Born and bred from South Shields near Newcastle he is now a household name in festivals all over the world from BPM Mexico to Glastonbury festival, and his regular visits …

After being successfully booking Massive Attack for their first hometown gig in 13 years last year, we were delighted when organisers (a joint effort from the teams behind Love Saves the Day and Bristol Sounds) announced that The Downs festival would become a permanent fixture on Bristol’s growing festival calendar. The lineup, announced today, includes …

Loud, angry and unapologetic, the riotous Petrol Girls take on one of Bristol’s best live venues, Exchange, on Saturday night. Supporting popular US punk giants Strike Anywhere, Petrol Girls are a raging feminist post-hardcore band straight out of South East London. With roots in the extended Bristol area, the band is returning to the city …

In a genuine attempt to showcase the very best of electronic music from Bristol and the surrounding areas – without getting high and mighty about genre – Ice Cream Club is a new concept night making a big impression on the city. Hosted by Bristol-based innovator Luke Prowse, in less than a year the night …

// WIN TICKETS TO THATCHERS HAZE SESSIONS //  Anyone who has a taste for indie music will know who Little Comets are, the band from Tyne and Wear formed in 2009 and were immediately signed to Columbia Records. Having seen some lineup changes, with two of the original members leaving, the existing lineup consists of …