There was a definitive hush in the room on arrival at The Fleece last Friday as the crowd listened to the local spoken word support acts preceding Saul Williams’ set, even the bar staff were whispering. National poetry slam champion, Solomon O.B’s poem about growing up in foster care was heartfelt and moving, his presence …

Every so often, it’s nice to leave the bright lights of Bristol and head to a part of Britain’s beautiful coastline. Luckily for us, the organisers of Samphire Festival brought a good chunk of the Bristol music scene to Exmoor National Park this July – giving us the best of both worlds with a weekend full …

There’s nothing quite like sitting in the Full Moon & Attic Bar garden on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Just past the Bear Pit, it marks the start of Stokes Croft and brings together a diverse community within its walls, providing a year-round home to beautiful music, art, food, backpackers – and some of the best …

A significant portion of Bristol is once again decamping to a field in Somerset this July, with Farmfest a mere eight days away. This will be the festival’s 12th year – and their last until 2019, with organisers taking a well-earned year out. July 28-29 will see many artists leave their urban motherland behind and …

Heading into O2 Academy on Friday night (after some wayward baby seagulls forced the gig to be relocated from Colston Hall), we were greeted by a rising warmth of harmonious sound which was the glorious chorus of Ward Thomas. Twin sisters from the beautiful landscapes of Hampshire, their subtle American-folk fusion sound drifted fondly over …

The Downs festival is back for its second installment this September, bringing the likes of Elbow, Seasick Steve, Groove Armada, Roni Size, Soul II Soul, De La Soul and our favourite reggae selector Sir David Rodigan MBE to Clifton’s Downs. With the sunshine evading us for another weekend, the Downs Festival team have decided to …

South West’s most notorious alternative pop-punk party Fat Lip is returning to The Lanes this July, but this time for their first all-dayer festival, with tonnes of live band action across three stages at The Lanes and Bristol Bierkeller. The Fat Lip Fest lineup is packed with some of the best names from the indie …

On Tuesday, Bristol saw the return of the legendary gypsy, punk revolutionists Gogol Bordello at The O2 Academy, with support from Dave Hause & The Mermaid. After an incredible warm up set from Dave Hause, fans began to stomp their feet and chant ‘Gogol, Gogol’ as time edged nearer for the bands big entrance. Before …

Man of many talents – wordsmith, musician, actor, producer and rapper – Saul Williams is coming to The Fleece on 21 July. He’ll be showcasing music from his most recent album, the self-produced Martyr Loser King. Released last year, Martyr Loser King is Williams’ sixth album, written and recorded between Senegal, Reunion Island, Paris, Haiti, …

Leon Pattrick is one of two minds behind Noods Radio, which he set up with friend and business partner Jack Machin in 2015, after pitching the idea to an enthusiastic friend in the queue for a toboggan run at Bestival. This was all the confirmation they needed to take their Sunday living room sessions online… ‘It …