Intoku is a band shrouded in mystery. Arriving at Crofters Rights for their first official show, I’m not sure what to expect, but seeing Bristol music-scene icon Big Jeff standing by the stage as I enter the venue is an assuring sign.  The sense of mystery increases as I wait and, just before the show …

This was our first visit to Valley Fest and having heard from the festival’s music programmer, John Blakeley earlier in the year about the festival’s rebrand, we were excited to see what was on offer. Blakeley told us to expect music later into the evenings, with some more mainstream offerings to complement their usual eclectic …

Skunk Anansie reminded fans at the O2 Academy that they’ve definitely still got it with a boisterously energetic show, filled with hits from their back catalogue interspersed with new material. The show was part of a jam packed European and UK tour celebrating their 25th anniversary with their newest album 25Live@25, a collection of their …

The sun beat down, with any ominous looking clouds held firm, over 30,000 festival goers of all ages, as NASS 2019 played host to some of the best urban music, extreme sports and street art there is to offer.  The scorching weather and incredible party atmosphere that engulfed last years NASS seemed impossible to live …

Best known for fronting the legendary alternative rock band Dinosaur Jr, J Mascis and his distorted guitar tone helped define the underground music scene in the late 80s and 90s. He’s always had a knack for huge, fuzzy guitar solos and has ended up on many publications’ lists of the greatest rock guitarists of all …

They say the sun always shines on the righteous.. and yet again the weather delivered for Hospitality’s Bristol BBQ at Motion last weekend. The Hospitality BBQ is not an event you would want to miss if you’re a drum and bass lover. Pure family affair with some dirty bangers, there are few music-loving communities as …

There are moments in life when the horizon seems so grim – socially, politically – that a good party becomes an expression of normality.  It’s a reminder that we’re all still standing: the wheels have not yet fallen off.  The fat lady has not yet sung her final song. We long to reclaim the familiar …

Flamingods’ live show has always carried a certain level of infamy. When the band formed back in 2010, it was through an impromptu eight-hour live show in a chalet at ATP festival in Minehead. While the band’s albums are fantastic – their newest one, Levitation is a delirious blend of psychedelia and disco – the …

Early on in her set, Stella Donnelly quips that when she first played in Bristol last year at The Louisiana, there were only about four people in the audience. Tonight, Thekla is packed out for her and she has the audience hanging on every note. The Australian artist’s debut album Beware of the Dogs came …

After hearing delta rock ’n’ roll revivalists True Strays’ name several times whispered on the winds of the Americana music scene, I was keen to discover this sought-after live band making strong leaps forward in the genre-blending that makes Americana such a broad and dynamic musicality. A country musician myself, the invitation to get groovy, …