Giant Swan are something of a Bristol institution. Robin Stewart and Harry Wright have spent years carving out a niche for themselves in the city, their name now synonymous with the aggressive, kinetic, and often improvised techno sets they create. They hold a disregard for the stoic norms techno often offers in favour of a …

Flick on Memory Streams, Portico Quartet’s freshly-released fifth studio album, and in moments you’ll be enveloped by its rhythm-tripping instrumental soundscape. At turns epic and immersive, uplifting and emotive, Portico Quartet’s new record is a weave of echoing keys, flurrying electronic loops and sonorous saxophone; growling bass and Jackson Pollock-esque drums. Magpieing influences from everything …

Last year, we gave away what was at the time the most highly rated-portable speaker in the country, the Minirig. Made right here in Bristol, it’s an exceptionally high quality speaker inspired by the soundsystem culture that our city is known for. inspired by the soundsystem culture that our city is known for But now …

Growing up in relative isolation in the woodlands of Os, Norway; singer and producer Aurora Aksnes weaves an ethereal yet battle-ready brand of dreamy pop music that is connecting with a growing fanbase across the globe.  If on the surface her subject matter conjures Nordic fairytale-style images of wolves, moonlight and flowing rivers; it’s her …

The Bath and West Showground prepares itself to once again fling its doors open to 10,000 ravers, as some of the biggest names in drum and bass, jungle and hard-dance touch down tomorrow for the 16th annual Westfest.  For one night only, six unique stages sport scarily good lineups featuring the heaviest DJs and MCs …

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 …