Live Review: Skindred at O2 Academy Bristol, with Trashboat and RXPTRS. 8th October 2021

After seeing Skindred and Trash Boat at the Download Pilot this year, this was one gig I was super excited to be at. Skindred are an amazing live experience, and Benji’s interaction with the crowd is second to none. Trash Boat are also amazing live, and one I was happy to see again. The showContinue reading “Live Review: Skindred at O2 Academy Bristol, with Trashboat and RXPTRS. 8th October 2021”

Review: Our day at Dot To Dot 2021

Dot To Dot festival is always my highlight in the Bristol gig calendar. A full day of non-stop music, with an array of new and undiscovered artists playing across the city, as well as some hidden gems and seasoned music professionals. This year started at The Lanes for me, with Sunspot out in the courtyard.Continue reading “Review: Our day at Dot To Dot 2021”

Lost Evenings Day 3 recap

Day three of lost evenings was all about England Keep My Bones, being the 10 year anniversary of the album.   But first was the wonderful ‘Lunch At The Lock’, hosted by Xtra mile recordings. Throughout the afternoon, we were treated to brilliant acoustic sets from Berries, PET NEEDS and Beans On Toast, who stood in for Johnny Lloyd. I also had the opportunityContinue reading “Lost Evenings Day 3 recap”

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”