Live review: The Lottery Winners with The Racket –Thekla, 07/09/2021

As a band that has not stopped pumping out new music, with banger after banger coming out, when I saw that The Lottery Winners would be playing in Bristol, I just had to see them live. First, what a venue for the band. Summer, dreampop songs and hot weather (and boy, it was hot) canContinue reading “Live review: The Lottery Winners with The Racket –Thekla, 07/09/2021”

Live review – The Gathering – Cheese and Grain, Frome. 07/08/2021

Saturday night saw the first run of the non-socially-distanced ‘The Gathering’ shows, from Frank Turner. A run of smaller, let’s-play-a-show type gigs, these were originally planned to be the first show’s post lockdown. As everything else over the last 16 months has shown, that didn’t quite happen, but I’m sure everyone there had a greatContinue reading “Live review – The Gathering – Cheese and Grain, Frome. 07/08/2021”

Live review: Bombay Bicycle Club with Tamu Massif, O2 Academy Bristol. 24th July 2020

After 16 months of no live reviews of proper gigs, it was good to be back at the O2 Academy in Bristol to see the indie-rock legends that are Bombay Bicycle Club play their second warm up show before their headline set at Latitude Festival tonight (25th July). Firstly (and hopefully the only c-word mentionContinue reading “Live review: Bombay Bicycle Club with Tamu Massif, O2 Academy Bristol. 24th July 2020”

Is this the reopening of live music? Download pilot festival 2021

This weekend saw the return of the first full festival in the UK in over 15 months. 10,000 of us packed into the sacred grounds of Donnington Park for three days of live music and good times. Once inside the gates, there was no requirement for wearing a mask or distancing, a true feel ofContinue reading “Is this the reopening of live music? Download pilot festival 2021”

LIVE REVIEW:Lonely Tourist and Chris Webb at Chapel Arts Centre, Bath. Saturday 29th August 2020

One of the biggest things I have missed this year is the gigs. The nervous excitement before the act comes on, the electric atmosphere of a room full of people, the ringing in your ears at the end of the night. Sadly, that experience is still a while away, but in the meantime socially distancedContinue reading “LIVE REVIEW:Lonely Tourist and Chris Webb at Chapel Arts Centre, Bath. Saturday 29th August 2020”

Live Review: Frank Turner at The Forum, Bath. With Jess Guise and Micah Schnabel.

With all the news going around recently, we were unsure if Frank’s show last night would be going ahead. But after confirmation in the morning via Twitter, we were all set to go, and what a night it was. The background art of the show was provided by Vanessa Jean Speckman, a textual and visualContinue reading “Live Review: Frank Turner at The Forum, Bath. With Jess Guise and Micah Schnabel.”

Live Review: Smoke Fairies with John J Presley at Rough Trade Bristol 8/2/2020

With the release of their latest album Darkness Brings The Wonders Home on 31st January, Chichester’s Smoke Fairies have gone on tour across the UK. I caught their show at Rough Trade Bristol. The sold out show was opened by John J Presley, a jazz-rock artist from Birmingham, supported by Paul May on the drums.Continue reading “Live Review: Smoke Fairies with John J Presley at Rough Trade Bristol 8/2/2020”

Live Review: The Menzingers with Spanish Love songs and Mannequin Pussy. Friday 7th February 2019.

After the release of their 6th studio album, Hello Exile, in October 2019, Pennsylvania’s The Menzingers are currently on tour, starting in the USA last year, before coming over to Europe and the UK. I checked them out in Bristol. The night was opened by Mannequin Pussy, a four-piece punk rock group, also from Pennsylvania.Continue reading “Live Review: The Menzingers with Spanish Love songs and Mannequin Pussy. Friday 7th February 2019.”