On 28 July, hordes of Bristolians headed to Somerset’s beautiful countryside for the 12th annual Farmfest. Recognised for its huge personality and ability to seamlessly combine everything from dub, rock, techno, disco, comedy, art and more. Farmfest succeeds in being a family friendly festival that leaves you feeling both completely relaxed while also tickling your inner …

Eat Sleep Drag Repeat (ESDR) is the Bristol home of some of the most memorable Drag Queens to come out of the cult reality TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race, inviting some of the biggest stars of the show including Latrice Royale, Katya, Sharon Needles, Willam, Trixie Mattel and Jinkx Monsoon to perform in venues across …

Celebrating their 150th anniversary with a sonic boom, Colston Hall succeeded in bringing the 20-strong supergroup The Outlook Orchestra to Bristol’s Harbourside for a once in a lifetime concert this July, including a full hour-long set from Roots Manuva to kick off the evening. Led by the mind behind Submotion Orchestra and Gentleman’s Dub Club, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Despite the blazer-jeans-combo, middle-class, dad-rock vibe that now seems to follow the South Wales legendary rock outfit Manic Street Preachers as they enter their 31st year, their music has always been determinedly leftist and critical of the status quo, even in their more musically middle-of-the-road hits. And as they geared up to headline the second …

On the hottest June day recorded in 40 years, Colston Hall’s main hall filled with 2,000 sweaty people awaiting Tennessee punk-pop heroes Paramore, who are back after a four-year break. Tickets went on sale at the end of April, with the fairly steep £45+ ticket price clearly not putting too many people off; fans managed …