Hot off the heels of the release of his acclaimed second album Wallflower, New Zealand-born singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jordan Rakei returned to Bristol last month to treat a sell-out Thekla crowd to his unique brand of self-reflective soul. Released last month on Ninja Tune, Rakei’s sophomore long player marks a notable progression from his …

Things certainly got sweaty last Saturday as London’s infamous party crew, The Heatwave raised the temperature at Motion for their Hot Wuk tour. Bringing dutty rhythms and carnival vibes, they’ve been tearing it up for more than ten years now and it’s easy to see why their nights are so popular. Bringing dutty rhythms and carnival …

Remembering back to our first ever Hospitality experience back in 2015 at the Hospitality BBQ in Motion, the sun was shining and the tunes were blasting. I only really booked tickets because I loved one song by London Eleckricity (Just One Second), managing to drag a few friends along with me… Since then we’ve not …

The Fleece has played host to a strong list of hip hop talent in 2017 and this October, CunninLynguists added their name to the list. If it wasn’t a sell-out, it was damn close and it was maybe the busiest hip hop gig I’ve seen there since Atmosphere in 2015. the set consisted of a …

Bristol based Sheelanagig raised the roof at the Lantern, Coslton Hall last weekend, kicking off their autumn tour with a bang. Describing their sound as ‘original, jumping European folk music’, they’re something of a south west institution and it’s easy to see why. Formed in 2005, Sheelanagig are made up charismatic frontman Aaron Catlow on …

It’s around 5pm on 23 September and we are deep within Tokyo World’s Vulkano stage at Bristol’s Eastville Park. As we look up, past the elaborate stage and into the perfect blue sky, DJ Die shouts out to ‘the last bit of sunshine we will see this year…’ It wasn’t just because we were bloody lucky …

It’s barely believable that Saffron Records is just two years old, given the huge impact they’ve had on Bristol’s music scene since taking up residence in Colston Hall in 2015. Nevertheless, awaiting us in Mr Wolf’s back room earlier this September were cakes, candles and a tightly packed crowd of friends and fans of the …

Patrons of Gloucester Road’s cosy music hive the Gallimaufry will already be well aware how soul and R&B collective The Bristol Sessions can easily rival the Bloody Mary for the crown of best Sunday hangover cure. For the past couple years, the Sessions have been a staple of the local jazz scene, with regular shows …

As the British appetite for festivals has grown exponentially, there has also been a rise of horror stories around poor festival organisation, often leading to thousands of disappointed UK punters. Anyone who was around to witness the torrential downpour that nonetheless failed to dampen Massive Attack’s blistering homecoming last year will also remember that bar …

Opening with a vengence, Motion’s new ‘open air club’ officially ingratiated itself to Bristol clubbers at the end of August. Yard combines all three of the world-favourite rave centre’s outdoor spaces – Container Yard, Crane Yard and Lock Yard – to release the spaces’ full potential for a proper garden-style blowout, and inviting some of …