After what’s felt like an age of venue closures or near misses, Bristol is getting a new music venue. Open seven days a week, The Den sits between Thekla and Arnolfini on Bristol’s Harbourside. The intimate 180-capacity venue is inspired by London jazz cafes and brandishes an impressive 7AM – 3AM licence. The intimate 180-capacity venue …

One of South West’s shiniest hidden gems, Shindig Festival is back next weekend, taking over Somerset’s Gilcombe Farm for the bank holiday weekend. Though anyone will tell you that Shindig is about much more than the music, this year’s lineup is nothing to be sniffed at.  Brought to us by the team behind award-winning record …

Laid Blak are recognised as a pillar of Bristol’s urban reggae scene. Famous for tracks like Bristol Love, It’s a Pity and Red, this band know how to draw in a crowd with their charm and finesse in their live shows. Core members MC Joe Peng and DJ Bunjy are a perfect team when it …

Bristol titan Rob Smith is a true originator of the Bristol Sound, originally putting Bristol on the map in the mid 90s with Smith & Mighty, and continuing to influence the scene today under his dubstep moniker RSD. This Christmas he’s put his well-earned industry clout to good use, pulling together friends and connections from across …

Bristol reggae royalty Laid Blak have unveiled two tracks from their forthcoming new album, aptly titled About Time. The 13-track album is their first official release since their brilliant 2012 debut Red & Blak, which has on its own kept the group consistently near the top of event lineups ever since. Tita returns for guest vocals …

The Downs festival is returning to Clifton Downs for its third installment this September. As per, it looks set to close the summer festival season with an almighty bang. the newly announced lineup combines major hitters with future megastars Brought to us by a tried-and-tested dream team made up from Crosstown Concerts and Team Love, …

Tuesday // Plume of Feathers, The Gallimaufry Plume of Feathers are like a mixing pot where Gruff Rhys meets Camera Obscura, with songs about drinking in pubs, life, love and hate. The live performance mixes a full live band with beautifully animated films for each song by artist Stephanie Black. Full info, tickets and more… Thursday …

Bristol’s own reggae heavyweights Laid Blak will be returning to Attic Bar this weekend for a full night of reggae and dub, with support from newly-formed duo Bristol Hi Fi’s Queen Bee and Dr Meaker collaborator Lorna King, plus DJ Skylion. The Black & Red singers have earned support slots with the likes of The …

Roots reggae and singer songwriter Horace Andy is, without question, one of the soundsystem greats. Recognised instantly by his unique, distinctive vocal style, his single Skylarking is an out-and-out reggae classic the world over. His longstanding collaborations with Massive Attack – contributing to all five studio albums over almost two decades – means that Horace …

Set within Bristol’s ultimate chill pad, Stokes Croft’s Full Moon and Attic Bar hosted the official launch of summer in the city with their annual yard party on bank holiday Sunday. With performances from some of Bristol’s best live music acts, the party was shaking the courtyard cobbles until the early hours of the AM. The …