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 …

Last Wednesday not only marked the hottest day in June for over 40 years, but also the start of our new and pimped Summer Series, rebranded this year under the name Bristol Sounds. Located on our beautiful waterfront from Wednesday through to Saturday, each night welcomed a rare Bristol performance from some of the UK’s …

Chepstow Racecourse welcomed 4,000 fun-seeking ravers this June, kicking off the summer with the fourth instalment of Balter Festival. A three-day, adults-only event comprised of ten very different stages, Balter offers an array of eclectic underground music from the South West music scene and beyond. By definition, to balter is ‘to dance artlessly, without particular …

A gentle rumble of anticipation shivered into the corners of the tiny Lantern room as the awaiting audience prepared themselves for an evening of African rhythms and dancing. Set against the effervescent ambience of The Lantern’s famous lighting backline, the eager attendees settled themselves on the floor for a quick drink and chat in the …

Old school hip hop legends Bizarre Ride (formerly The Pharcyde) kicked off their 2017 tour with a visit to The Fleece on Wednesday. We headed to the hip hop head haven to relive the classic album live some 25 years on. The popularity of Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde back in the 90s was in …

Last weekend, some of the Nitelife team returned to our spiritual home, Love Saves the Day. Annually marking the beginning of Bristol’s festival season, it’s put on by a team of genuine music lovers with years of event experience between them – getting better year on year. In fact, it’s one of the only festivals I …

When faced with the prospect of celebrating a British summer by coughing up £243 for a weekend in Glastonbury losing your friends, your mind, your car and your tent, the allure of Shindig Weekender with its capacity for 5000 dirt mongers and £90 tickets is pretty powerful. Especially with Sugarhill Gang, The Heavy and Dutty …

Jazz fusion trio The Comet Is Coming brought a soundtrack for the end of the world to the Fleece on Thursday. Their pounding brand of highly rhythmic space funk saw a crowd split between electronic ravers and bearded jazz cats react in equally appreciative dancing. The Comet Is Coming are a band that look like …

It’s been over a year since the Menzingers have graced UK soil and it’s safe to say that they were missed, judging by their sold-out show at Bristol’s Bierkeller. The Bierkeller is known for hosting rock acts and the venue mirrors that with their dingy and dark image – a social club vibe with benches …

Veteran trio of excellence and multi-genre concept Foreign Beggars brought their unique blend of sounds and riotous live show to The Marble Factory last Saturday night.   With obvious influences from UK hip hop, grime and commercial dubstep, the trio have been serving witty lyrics and well-crafted verses at their sell out live shows for years …