The lights are low in Exchange and the crowd is chattering away. Swim Deep meanders their way towards the stage, as an almost ethereal sound rings around the room. When they reach it, vocalist Austin Williams only has one word for us – ‘hello’. Like seeing an old friend again, the room breaks into laughter, …

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 …

It was announced the day before that, due to illness, Volbeat were unable to play their headline show at Bristol’s O2 Academy last month. However, organisers promised that the show would go on, with tickets remaining valid for both this show and a rescheduled Volbeat date.  Both of Volbeat’s support acts – Baroness and Danko …

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 …