The Bristol music scene is undergoing a renaissance at the moment with some really exciting acts coming up through the ranks. Bristol’s biggest music festival – Love Saves The Day (May 26th and 27th) – is a showcase for many of these acts so we asked Team Love for their top 10 local acts of 2017.
1. Elder Island (Saturday)
These guys are tipped to go onto huge things! They manage to beautifully blend elements of R&B, dance and pop music across a myriad of instruments. Check out their recent Seeds In Sands EP and we’re sure you will agree.
2. Hodge (Saturday)
He has been a staple in the Bristol techno scene for a good while now, but lately he’s really turned things up a notch. His release with Randomer on Dnous Ytivil (Livity Sound backwards) last year was up there as one of our favourites!
3. Deli G (Saturday)
We are thrilled to have Deli G come and join us after having such an illustrious hand in all parts of the music scene, especially in Bristol. He has been involved in everything from building sound systems to regular pirate radio shows. We’re sure he’ll provide a selection of soulful house and garage which only 40+ years in music could provide.
4. Eva Lazarus (Sunday)
Eva has provided vocals for a lot of artists over the years – Jus Now, Stanton Warriors, Etherwood, Dub FX, Danny Byrd and Serocee to name just a few. We’re really excited to see her creating her own solo material now as well as continuing her huge pairings (she pops up on the recent Kreed and Gardna EP). It’s safe to say that she is definitely main stage material for the Sunday!
5. Jus Now (Sunday)
Technically only one half of Jus Now is from Bristol, with LAZABeam hailing from Trinidad and Tobago. However both of them come from a place steeped in bass music and ‘ridden’ culture, meaning that this pairing makes perfect sense and is right at home in Eastville Park. Expect a lot of energy – they are basically made for festivals and carnivals!
6. My Nu Leng (Sunday)
These guys have played nearly every year of the festival and you only have to see the crowd at their sets to see why. One of the most popular Bristol-based acts that never fail to whip up a frenzy, they are such nice young guys who are going to go very far with their music.
7. DJ Die (Saturday)
One of our good friends and someone who has been on the Bristol music scene for over 20 years (he released with Roni Size in 1994). He is currently running a label called Gutterfunk, which has moved away from his signature D&B sound to a wider range of genres, but still aimed heavily at the dance floor. Expect nothing but a party from him on the Dance Off stage.
8. Clipz (Sunday)
Clipz has played for us the past couple of festivals under his Redlight moniker, however this is the first time in around 10 years that he has played under his legendary D&B alias from yesteryear. The fact that he is doing it on our brand new immersive stage, ‘The Lost Gardens’, just means that we are even more excited for a good ol’ knees up!
9. Gardna (Sunday)
Part of Bristol’s new wave of Dubwise artists, Gardna MC is currently making a name for himself with his tight lyrics over future dancehall, dubstep and grime. He will be performing at the festival with Kreed after their recent joint EP, which also features Eva Lazarus and Parly B, who are also playing on the Sunday.
10. Woz (Sunday)
It was hard to pick another recommendation from the Who Cares stage because it’s basically full of the best in Bristol bass music, however Woz is definitely a highlight to look out for. He has really interesting and intricate productions, and his DJ sets are always high-energy affairs.
Visit lovesavestheday.org for tickets and info.
Tickets: Saturday £39.50, Sunday £45, Weekend £75 (all prices are exclusive of booking fees)
Motion Launches Yard Open Air Club
Yard Open Air Announced
Since starting out as a skate park, Motion has been endlessly tweaked and transformed, its ever-shifting warehouse complex now home to huge raves, intimate sweatboxes and cutting edge live music. For the club’s latest adventure, YARD is taking things outside. A new event, and a collaboration between some of the city’s most established dance music institutions, Yard will bring Motion’s outdoor spaces to life, welcoming a new era of open air clubbing in Bristol.
Summoning that specific type of joy that comes from dancing outdoors, YARD will be split across three newly developed open air spaces – taking place in the Container Yard, Crane Yard and Lock Yard.
For the first event on August 26th, Yard welcomes true genius in the form of Detroit pioneer Jeff Mills. As a visionary who works tirelessly to keep techno firmly future-facing, Mills has been blowing minds for decades, consistently hurtling us into the future while ripping through +130bpm workouts. This headline set at Yard is a chance to lose yourself to the pummeling, otherworldly body music of The Wizard under the stars.
Alongside this rare appearance, they’ve lined up dance music’s eccentrics-in-chief Seth Troxler and Bristol’s own Eats Everything alongside euphoric, bleeding edge selections from Joy Orbison, Daniel Avery, Midland and Axel Boman.
Of the two live sets, expect expertly crafted, pounding belters from Ostgut Ton mainstay Tobias, while Octo Octa’s live performance will weave through the bright flourishes of her trademark infectious grooves. Skilled at creating intimate atmospheres, Daisy Moon, Golesworthy and Gramrcy will bring a taste of their killer Housework parties, while Motion resident Em Williams will be setting the tone right.
Capturing the spirit of outdoor partying, art installations curated by Mr. Price will embellish the excursion with the kind of hazy glamour that his Studio 89 events embody. Energetic shape-throwing is actively encouraged, too, as energy levels can be replenished throughout by our new food traders, who will be serving up locally sourced food.
Yard has also announced that sustainability will be a strong focal point throughout, with leading green thinkers Kambe helping them to get eco-friendly with reusable cups – keeping your shakedown in the sunshine guilt free.
General sale tickets will go live at 9am Thursday 4th May via yard-open-air.club
There’s A Grease Themed Burlesque Show Coming To Bristol
Bristol’s best burlesque night is returning
If your for fun and alternative things to do, then you should check out the unique Burlesque Wonderland for a flamboyant and exciting burlesque night awaits you…
On Saturday 13th May, the follow up to the 2 previously successful shows will see Grease arrive at The Fleece, with an electrifying night full of leather jackets, beauty school drop-outs and the best burlesque dancers in the UK… Tell me about it, stud.
Whether you’re a pink lady or T-Bird, kick start your summer nights with a school dance with a twist!
They’ll have a red carpet ready and waiting, as well as circus performers, vintage DJs, delicious cocktails and much more.
As they’re hopelessly devoted to Grease they will also be rocking around the clock with a night of dancing at an afterparty in a venue around the corner.
Where: The Fleece
When: Saturday 13th May 2017, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
22 Awesome Night Outs In Bristol In April
So now that spring has officially sprung.. I hope we are all feeling more energised and now totally up for the treats in store for us! Here are some of the best Bristol nights out on offer in April.
Tuesday 4th April
Multi-Track Launch Party feat. Trim
Multi-Track leads an empowered community and supports the future pioneers of UK underground music in Bristol. This month they’re joined by Trim, previously a member of the seminal grime collective Roll Deep.
04/04/17 19:00 – 22:00 | Thekla | £12 (inc BF)
10cc – Greatest hits & more
10cc’s greatest hits! What more could you want from a guilty pleasure. They have so many classics… and if you weren’t sure, I would get on youtube and search deadlock holiday!
04/04/17 19:00 – 23:00 | Colston Hall | £33.33 to £36.55 incl. booking fee
Wednesday 5th April
Ne-Yo // Supported by Diamond Platnumz
Yes, that’s right! This R&B superstar is going to be at the colston hall this month! He was supposed to be making an appearance in December, however it’s been postponed until now!
05/04/17 20:00 – 23:00 | Colston Hall | £52.67 incl. booking fee
Thursday 6th April
A Gelato Cocktail Party For Adults @ Swoon
Part of Foozie’s Bristol on the Rocks series this event this will see an unforgettable kids party – but just strictly for adults. With cocktails made with Swoon’s delicious gelato, they’ll be lots of fun party games reminiscent to the nostalgic kids parties we all miss.
06/04/2017 18:30 – 21:30 | Swoon | £25 +BF
Friday 7th April
SaSaSaS Bristol Takeover
SASASAS are taking over Bristol at Motion this month. So many artists are filling up this amazing line up. All the grime, DNB and Baseline you could ask for! check Facebook for the full line up.
07/04/17 22:00 – 06:00 | Motion | £22.50 + BF
Saturday 8th April
UK Garage Day Party at Motion
Another awesome Foozie event will see Motion hosting UK Garage special with two of Bristol’s hottest garage acts: Frank Colzie and 24hr Garage Girls. The 24hr Garage Girls are regulars at some of the UK and Europe’s biggest festivals and club nights while Frank has been DJing across Bristol for many years.
08/04/2017 – 12:00 – 18:00 | Motion | £11.50 – £16.50
Idris Elba at Motion
Yes that’s right! It’s that guy! Idris Elba is not only just an actor, he is also a hip hop soul musician and DJ. Making his DJ debut in Bristol at Motion with some very special guests in to support!
08/04/17 22:00 – 04:00 | Motion | £10 + BF
Wolf of Wall Street Brunch Party @ Milk Thistle
Featuring an 80’s themed menu of martini cocktails, a decadent canapé brunch and the ultimate 80’s playlist to really get the groove going. Expect lots of dancing, shoulder pads and 80’s glam because the fanciest of fancy dress is more than encouraged.
08/05/17 12:00 – 16:00 | Milk Thistle | £31
Wednesday 12th April
The Nutella Nightcap @ The Parlour with The Bootlegger
Foozie is teaming up with Bootlegger and Parlour with a collaboration that’s going to be incredibly boozie. On the cards are three epic Nutella based cocktails made by the team at Bootlegger whilst Parlour will be providing sweet and savoury spreads and sharing boards – mmm!
12/04/2017 | 18:30 – 22:00 | The Parlour | £30
Thursday 13th April
UKF – Motion Bristol – Easter Special
UKF are returning to Motion for this very special Easter weekend! Netsky headlining another smashing night of DNB. There are going to be some outstanding performances all night… see the Facebook event for the full line up.
13/04/17 22:00 – 05:00 | Motion | £16.50 + BF
Nathan Dawe & DJ Dean Mac / Back to the 90’s Room 2
Just in case you missed the 90s house party at Motion last month… SWX are throwing a 90s themed night just for easter! Most of us won’t be working on the Friday so it’s a perfect excuse to party on a Thursday!
13/04/17 23:00 – 04:00 | SWX | £4 Early Bird
Friday 14th April
Cream Ibiza with Gareth Emery, Eddie Halliwell & more
We all wish summer would just get here already! Now we can all feel like we’re actually clubbing in Ibiza, as Cream are back for another iconic set of Ibiza trance!
14/04/17 22:00 – 05:00 | Motion | £19.50 + BF
Funking Good Friday
The Award Winning SoulTrain – Voted The Top Soul Club Night outside of London! SWX are bringing back funk and soul this good Friday… happy long bank holiday weekend everyone! Over 25’s Dress to Impress…
14/04/17 21:00 – 04:00 | SWX | £10 + BF
That’s So 90s: Spice Girls Party (Bristol)
So here’s another 90s themed night, in case you missed Motion and SWX! The Lanes is taking us back! Spice Girls inspired night with all the other 90s songs we know and love! See the Facebook page for a list of drinks deals on offer too!
14/04/17 21:00 – 03:00 | The Lanes | Sold Out – 100 Tickets on the door £9.
Sunday 16th April
All the usual Kisstory classics are returning to SWX for the bank holiday Sunday! Garage, Hip-Hop, R&B and Dance classics AND an appearance from Ameriie, performing her hit single 1 thing.
16/04/17 22:00 – 04:00 | SWX | £9 + BF
Tuesday 18th April
Rag N Bone Man. in Bristol
Rag n Bone Man has blown up the charts this year and is kicking off his UK tour. Making an appearance at our O2 Academy this month, it’s sure to be a great performance.
18/04/17 18:00 – 21:00 | O2 Academy | Sold Out – check Facebook for tickets
Thursday 20th April
Jake Isaac – Thekla
Jake Isaac is a South London singer songwriter and is an innovative and exciting new British talent. His EP features the soulful ‘I’m A Man’ (written with Ed Sheeran collaborators Jake Gosling and Chris Leonard) Catch him this month live at Thekla!
20/04/17 | 19:00 – 22:00 | Thekla | £11 + BF
Hip Hop in a Chip Shop
You’ll be treated to a delicious fish and chips or po-boy and chips, plus a drink on arrival and the most nostalgic hip-hop beats in the most awesome of settings – expect serious party vibes!
20/04/17 | 19:00 – 22:30 | Soul Fish | £11
Friday 21st April
80’s Game Show Cocktail Night @ Flipside Cocktail Club
Throughout the night you’ll get to spin the ‘Wheel of gin-fortune’ that will have lots of different gins, gin cocktails and gin related prizes for you to win. They’ll also be playing the legendary higher or lower game from the TV Show ‘Play Your Cards Right’ where you can also win gin cocktails and more. You’ll also be able to toss a coin with the barman to get drink discounts and freebies throughout the night.
21/04/17 | 18:30 – 23:55 | Flipside | £26
Saturday 22nd April
Motion’s 90s House Party: Gangsta’s Paradise
After the enormous success of our first two house parties, we’re back again and you’re all invited! Our DJ’s will be spinning a mixture of 90’s House, Hip-hop and Garage classics all night long.
Dress code is optional- but 90’s wavey garms are encouraged!
22/04/2017 22:00 – 05:00 | Motion | £6.80 +BF
Friday 28th April
Stormzy at O2 Academy Bristol
This London based grime and hip hop artist is coming to the south west. Yeah, you know who! Stormzy has smashed it this year, as his debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer, was released on 24 February 2017 and was the first grime album to reach number one on the UK Albums Chart.
28/04/17 19:00 – 22:00 | Thekla | Sold Out – check Facebook for Tickets
Saturday 29th April
FourThirtyTwo: Richy Ahmed [All Night Long]
Motion presents Richy Ahmed, firmly established as one of the top DJ’s of British dance music right now, playing a mix of groove-led house and Techno. Richy will play all night, allowing him to delve into his record bag to fully tailor the long set to the mood of the night.
29/04/17 22:00 – 05:00 | Motion | £12 + BF
Symmetry Recordings Label Night – Bristol
Symmetry Recordings is a Jungle / Drum n Bass record label created and owned by producer Break. They will be presenting some great artists this month at the Trinity Centre. See Facebook event for more info!
29/04/17 22:00 – 04:00 | Trinity Centre | £16.50 Tier 2
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