BRISTOL GIG GUIDE

A selection of some of the best live shows is Bristol and the surrounding area.

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    JENNY LEWIS
    www.facebook.com/JennyLewis

    SATURDAY 06 SEPTMBER 

    THE LANTERN, COLSTON HALL
    Colston St, Bristol BS1 5AR
    Doors 7:00pm
    Ages 14+ (under 16’s to be accompanied by an adult)

    Advance tickets available from:
    www.alt-tickets.co.uk
    www.gigantic.com
    Bristol Ticket Shop
    0844 871 8819

    — 1 day ago
    JOSH PYKEwww.joshpyke.com/joshpykeJosh Pyke is one of Australia’s premier singer/songwriters.Known for his ability to weave intelligent lyrics with warm melodies and quirky song structures, Pyke is a modern-day storyteller whose unique and evocative use of both words and music places him in a league of his own.Josh’s breakthrough single was Middle of the Hill, which made it to #19 on triple j’s 2005 Hottest 100 countdown and appeared on his debut release, a mini album entitled Feeding The Wolves.Josh followed up Feeding The Wolves with the 2007 release of his debut album Memories & Dust , which hit the ARIA chart at #4. The Gold record, hailed a “classic” by The Daily Telegraph and “world-class” by The Age, was acclaimed by critics and fans alike. It took out three ARIA Awards, was nominated for a J Award.His second album Chimney’s Afire debuted at #3 on the ARIA chart, won an ARIA Award and achieved Gold sales, which was followed by the 2011 release of Josh’s third album, Only Sparrows.Last July saw the release of Josh’s fourth studio album The Beginning And The End Of Everything; a record that explores ideas of desire, death and legacy. For Josh these are the beginning and the end of all decisions made in his life and, as with previous albums, a record of a period of time in his life. Recorded with John Castle (The Bamboos, Washington and The Drones), Josh regards The Beginning And The End Of Everything as his most personal release to date.Featuring singles “Leeward Side” and “Warm in Winter”, the album debuted at #7 on the ARIA albums chart, making it the singer’s fourth top-10 ARIA album in a row.Its release was followed by a national tour, which was extremely well received by audiences around Australia, selling-out venues across every major city.Support from:PYLOwww.facebook.com/pylomusicWEDNESDAY 05 NOVEMBER THE LOUISIANAWapping Road, Bristol BS1 6UADoors 7.30pmAges 16+ (under 18s to be accompanied by and adult)Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 8819

    JOSH PYKE
    www.joshpyke.com/joshpyke

    Josh Pyke is one of Australia’s premier singer/songwriters.
    Known for his ability to weave intelligent lyrics with warm melodies and quirky song structures, Pyke is a modern-day storyteller whose unique and evocative use of both words and music places him in a league of his own.
    Josh’s breakthrough single was Middle of the Hill, which made it to #19 on triple j’s 2005 Hottest 100 countdown and appeared on his debut release, a mini album entitled Feeding The Wolves.

    Josh followed up Feeding The Wolves with the 2007 release of his debut album Memories & Dust , which hit the ARIA chart at #4. The Gold record, hailed a “classic” by The Daily Telegraph and “world-class” by The Age, was acclaimed by critics and fans alike. It took out three ARIA Awards, was nominated for a J Award.

    His second album Chimney’s Afire debuted at #3 on the ARIA chart, won an ARIA Award and achieved Gold sales, which was followed by the 2011 release of Josh’s third album, Only Sparrows.

    Last July saw the release of Josh’s fourth studio album The Beginning And The End Of Everything; a record that explores ideas of desire, death and legacy. For Josh these are the beginning and the end of all decisions made in his life and, as with previous albums, a record of a period of time in his life. Recorded with John Castle (The Bamboos, Washington and The Drones), Josh regards The Beginning And The End Of Everything as his most personal release to date.

    Featuring singles “Leeward Side” and “Warm in Winter”, the album debuted at #7 on the ARIA albums chart, making it the singer’s fourth top-10 ARIA album in a row.
    Its release was followed by a national tour, which was extremely well received by audiences around Australia, selling-out venues across every major city.

    Support from:

    PYLO
    www.facebook.com/pylomusic

    WEDNESDAY 05 NOVEMBER 

    THE LOUISIANA
    Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 6UA
    Doors 7.30pm
    Ages 16+ (under 18s to be accompanied by and adult)

    Advance tickets available from:
    www.alt-tickets.co.uk
    www.gigantic.com
    Bristol Ticket Shop
    0844 871 8819

    — 1 week ago
    THE UNTHANKSwww.the-unthanks.comKnown for their timeless, unsentimental and quietly subversive tales of loss, fear, booze, brawls, abuse and sorrow, siblings Rachel and Becky Unthank are honest, young storytellers outside of time, forging links between folk worlds old, new and other.It’s hard to imagine a British folk band with fans like Radiohead, Portishead, Robert Wyatt, Ben Folds, Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Ewan McGregor and Nick Hornby, but The Unthanks occupy a unique place in music. Influenced as much by the minimalist eccentricity of Steve Reich, Antony & The Johnsons, Robert Wyatt and Miles Davis, as they are by their Geordie native North East England, back home The Unthanks have established themselves as the most innovative and critically acclaimed folk band in modern history.Using a kaleidoscope of unlikely instruments, their unique approach to storytelling straddles the complex relationship between modernism and learning from the past. Staunch traditionalism and sonic adventure ought to be polar opposites, yet they are easy bedfellows in the gentle hands of The Unthanks; the British counterpart to the leftfield folk leanings of Sufjan Stevens, Bonnie Prince Billy and Tom Waits. The Unthanks don’t sound like any of these acts butbelong to a growing number of artists definable only by their restless, peerless eccentricity. Formerly known as Rachel Unthank & The Winterset, their second album The Bairns (2007) was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and appeared in The Best Albums of the Decade in both Uncut and The Guardian. Here’s The Tender Coming (2009) was both BBC and Mojo Magazine Folk Album of the Year and featured in almost every UK music mag and broadsheet Albums of the Year poll.’WEDNESDAY 25 FEBRUARY COLSTON HALLColston St, Bristol BS1 5ARDoors 7:00pmAges 14+ (under 16s to be accompanied by an adult)Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 8819

    THE UNTHANKS
    www.the-unthanks.com

    Known for their timeless, unsentimental and quietly subversive tales of loss, fear, booze, brawls, abuse and sorrow, siblings Rachel and Becky Unthank are honest, young storytellers outside of time, forging links between folk worlds old, new and other.

    It’s hard to imagine a British folk band with fans like Radiohead, Portishead, Robert Wyatt, Ben Folds, Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Ewan McGregor and Nick Hornby, but The Unthanks occupy a unique place in music. Influenced as much by the minimalist eccentricity of Steve Reich, Antony & The Johnsons, Robert Wyatt and Miles Davis, as they are by their Geordie native North East England, back home The Unthanks have established themselves as the most innovative and critically acclaimed folk band in modern history.

    Using a kaleidoscope of unlikely instruments, their unique approach to storytelling straddles the complex relationship between modernism and learning from the past. Staunch traditionalism and sonic adventure ought to be polar opposites, yet they are easy bedfellows in the gentle hands of The Unthanks; the British counterpart to the leftfield folk leanings of Sufjan Stevens, Bonnie Prince Billy and Tom Waits. The Unthanks don’t sound like any of these acts but
    belong to a growing number of artists definable only by their restless, peerless eccentricity. Formerly known as Rachel Unthank & The Winterset, their second album The Bairns (2007) was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and appeared in The Best Albums of the Decade in both Uncut and The Guardian. Here’s The Tender Coming (2009) was both BBC and Mojo Magazine Folk Album of the Year and featured in almost every UK music mag and broadsheet Albums of the Year poll.’

    WEDNESDAY 25 FEBRUARY 

    COLSTON HALL
    Colston St, Bristol BS1 5AR
    Doors 7:00pm
    Ages 14+ (under 16s to be accompanied by an adult)

    Advance tickets available from:
    www.alt-tickets.co.uk
    www.gigantic.com
    Bristol Ticket Shop
    0844 871 8819

    — 2 weeks ago
    SAINT SAVIOURwww.facebook.com/saintsaviourmusicSaint Saviour is from Teeside and sings, writes and produces music. Formerly of Groove Armada, most notably collaborating on the Grammy Nominated ‘Black Light’ she moved on to a solo career in 2012, self releasing 2x EP’s and a debut album ‘Union’. Album #2 ‘In The Seams’ will be released some time in Autumn 2014, having been produced by Bill Ryder Jones and recorded at Parr St studios with Manchester Camerata. It is an album Saint Saviour is very, very proud of.BILL RYDER JONESwww.facebook.com/pages/Bill-Ryder-Jones-OfficialWilliam Edward “Bill” Ryder-Jones (born 1983 in Warrington) is an English musician and film score composer from West Kirby, Merseyside. He was originally the lead guitarist with The Coral from 1996 until 2008 before leaving the band to pursue a solo career. Ryder-Jones’ debut album If… was released in 2011.TUESDAY 09 DECEMBERTHE LANTERN, COLSTON HALLColston St, Bristol BS1 5ARDoors 7:30pmAges 14+ (under 16s to be accompanied by an adult) Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 8819

    SAINT SAVIOUR
    www.facebook.com/saintsaviourmusic

    Saint Saviour is from Teeside and sings, writes and produces music. Formerly of Groove Armada, most notably collaborating on the Grammy Nominated ‘Black Light’ she moved on to a solo career in 2012, self releasing 2x EP’s and a debut album ‘Union’. 

    Album #2 ‘In The Seams’ will be released some time in Autumn 2014, having been produced by Bill Ryder Jones and recorded at Parr St studios with Manchester Camerata. It is an album Saint Saviour is very, very proud of.

    BILL RYDER JONES
    www.facebook.com/pages/Bill-Ryder-Jones-Official

    William Edward “Bill” Ryder-Jones (born 1983 in Warrington) is an English musician and film score composer from West Kirby, Merseyside. He was originally the lead guitarist with The Coral from 1996 until 2008 before leaving the band to pursue a solo career. Ryder-Jones’ debut album If… was released in 2011.

    TUESDAY 09 DECEMBER

    THE LANTERN, COLSTON HALL
    Colston St, Bristol BS1 5AR
    Doors 7:30pm
    Ages 14+ (under 16s to be accompanied by an adult) 

    Advance tickets available from:
    www.alt-tickets.co.uk
    www.gigantic.com
    Bristol Ticket Shop
    0844 871 8819

    — 3 weeks ago
    ASGEIR www.facebook.com/asgeirmusicÁsgeir is a singer-songwriter from Iceland. With the release last September of ‘Dyrd i daudathogn’, at just 20 years of age Icelandic singer- songwriter Ásgeir has become something of an overnight sensation in his country’s music scene - breaking all records to become Iceland’s fastest selling debut album by a domestic artist.That was reinstated at the Iceland Music Awards that took place on February 20th, Asgeir making an impressive sweep of the board, picking up Best Pop/Rock Album, Best Newcomer, Icelandicmusic.com Award for online achievement and the Public Choice Award.Produced by Gudmundur Kristinn Jonsson, Dyrd í dauðathogn (‘In the Silence’) immediately recalls the heavenly vocals of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and light electronic touch of British glitch pop sensation James Blake. In Iceland, the unusual poetry of lyrics have attracted almost as much attention as the music itself, in part because they are mostly written by Ásgeir’s 72 year old father. The songs themselves, however, are all Ásgeir: light and airy, inset with his distinctive melancholic voice their vibrancy elevates their appeal way beyond the folktronica tag.One such fan of Dyrd i daudathogn was John Grant (‘Queen Of Denmark’) – currently resident of Iceland himself – who has collaborated with Ásgeir to create an English language version, ‘In The Silence’, which is out now. TUESDAY 25 NOVEMBERTHE FLEECE12 St Thomas St, Bristol BS1 6JJDoors 7:30pmAges 14+ (under 16s accompanied) Tickets available fromwww.alt-tickets.co.uk www.gigantic.com Bristol Ticket Shop0844 871 8819

    ASGEIR 
    www.facebook.com/asgeirmusic

    Ásgeir is a singer-songwriter from Iceland. With the release last September of ‘Dyrd i daudathogn’, at just 20 years of age Icelandic singer- songwriter Ásgeir has become something of an overnight sensation in his country’s music scene - breaking all records to become Iceland’s fastest selling debut album by a domestic artist.

    That was reinstated at the Iceland Music Awards that took place on February 20th, Asgeir making an impressive sweep of the board, picking up Best Pop/Rock Album, Best Newcomer, Icelandicmusic.com Award for online achievement and the Public Choice Award.
    Produced by Gudmundur Kristinn Jonsson, Dyrd í dauðathogn (‘In the Silence’) immediately recalls the heavenly vocals of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and light electronic touch of British glitch pop sensation James Blake. In Iceland, the unusual poetry of lyrics have attracted almost as much attention as the music itself, in part because they are mostly written by Ásgeir’s 72 year old father. The songs themselves, however, are all Ásgeir: light and airy, inset with his distinctive melancholic voice their vibrancy elevates their appeal way beyond the folktronica tag.

    One such fan of Dyrd i daudathogn was John Grant (‘Queen Of Denmark’) – currently resident of Iceland himself – who has collaborated with Ásgeir to create an English language version, ‘In The Silence’, which is out now. 

    TUESDAY 25 NOVEMBER

    THE FLEECE
    12 St Thomas St, Bristol BS1 6JJ
    Doors 7:30pm
    Ages 14+ (under 16s accompanied) 

    Tickets available from
    www.alt-tickets.co.uk 
    www.gigantic.com 
    Bristol Ticket Shop
    0844 871 8819

    — 3 weeks ago
    NOTHING BUT THIEVESwww.facebook.com/NothingButThievesNothing But Thieves are a band you will be hearing quite a bit about over the coming months. Newly signed to RCA Victor, this Southend based 5 piece are already causing ripples of excitement across the UK.They are set to release their debut EP, Graveyard Whistling on July 21st. Zane Lowe has already shown his support by giving the track ‘Emergency’, from the new EP, an early spin.The band are currently working on their debut album out later this year.  FRIDAY 19 SEPTEMBER THE BIRDCAGE28 Clare St, Bristol, BS1 1YEDoors 7:30pmAges: 14+ (under 16s to be accompanied by an adult) Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 8819

    NOTHING BUT THIEVES
    www.facebook.com/NothingButThieves

    Nothing But Thieves are a band you will be hearing quite a bit about over the coming months. Newly signed to RCA Victor, this Southend based 5 piece are already causing ripples of excitement across the UK.

    They are set to release their debut EP, Graveyard Whistling on July 21st. Zane Lowe has already shown his support by giving the track ‘Emergency’, from the new EP, an early spin.

    The band are currently working on their debut album out later this year.  

    FRIDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 

    THE BIRDCAGE
    28 Clare St, Bristol, BS1 1YE
    Doors 7:30pm
    Ages: 14+ (under 16s to be accompanied by an adult) 

    Advance tickets available from:
    www.alt-tickets.co.uk
    www.gigantic.com
    Bristol Ticket Shop
    0844 871 8819

    — 3 weeks ago
    THE HISTORY OF APPLE PIEwww.thehistoryofapplepie.co.ukThe History of Apple Pie formed when singer Stephanie and guitarist Jerome played songs together and put them on the internet and began to get e-mails by labels and managers.The two put an advert on Gumtree advertising to form a band, which drummer James responded too. They auditioned him and accepted, and also got guitarist Aslam and bass player Kelly. When asked if their name was an American reference, Steph replied with"No! Jerome and I didn’t think the music would come to anything and we were in our room just googling random things trying to come up with a list, the one that we were both attracted to was the History of Apple Pie, which had a ring to it and didn’t mean anything. We’re criticised a lot for the name but it’s something we never think about it – to us it’s not what should be at the forefront of a band’s worries!They released their debut single “You’re So Cool” on 19 June 2011, on 7” vinyl and as a digital download. The next single was “Mallory” released on 27 November 2011, on vinyl and download. They began recording their first album in 2012, but scrapped the whole thing because they weren’t happy with it. They re-recorded the album, and then released their third single “See You” in January 2013. Their debut album Out of View was released in the UK on 28 January 2013 and 29 January 2013 in the US. On 3 March, they released their fourth single “Do It Wrong”. On 11 October, they released the non-album single “Don’t You Wanna Be Mine”. They are currently working on their second album.SATURDAY 11 OCTOBER THE LOUISIANAWapping Road, Bristol BS1 6UADoors 7.30pmAges 16+ (under 18s to be accompanied by an adult)Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 8819

    THE HISTORY OF APPLE PIE
    www.thehistoryofapplepie.co.uk

    The History of Apple Pie formed when singer Stephanie and guitarist Jerome played songs together and put them on the internet and began to get e-mails by labels and managers.

    The two put an advert on Gumtree advertising to form a band, which drummer James responded too. They auditioned him and accepted, and also got guitarist Aslam and bass player Kelly. When asked if their name was an American reference, Steph replied with
    "No! Jerome and I didn’t think the music would come to anything and we were in our room just googling random things trying to come up with a list, the one that we were both attracted to was the History of Apple Pie, which had a ring to it and didn’t mean anything. We’re criticised a lot for the name but it’s something we never think about it – to us it’s not what should be at the forefront of a band’s worries!

    They released their debut single “You’re So Cool” on 19 June 2011, on 7” vinyl and as a digital download. The next single was “Mallory” released on 27 November 2011, on vinyl and download. They began recording their first album in 2012, but scrapped the whole thing because they weren’t happy with it. They re-recorded the album, and then released their third single “See You” in January 2013. Their debut album Out of View was released in the UK on 28 January 2013 and 29 January 2013 in the US. On 3 March, they released their fourth single “Do It Wrong”. On 11 October, they released the non-album single “Don’t You Wanna Be Mine”. They are currently working on their second album.

    SATURDAY 11 OCTOBER 

    THE LOUISIANA
    Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 6UA
    Doors 7.30pm
    Ages 16+ (under 18s to be accompanied by an adult)

    Advance tickets available from:
    www.alt-tickets.co.uk
    www.gigantic.com
    Bristol Ticket Shop
    0844 871 8819

    — 3 weeks ago
    SOUTHERNwww.facebook.com/thisissouthernIf Haim were the sibling outfit who dominated 2013, then expect new brother-sister act Southern to have the same effect in 2014.They’ve been described as “the most promising singer/songwriters in Ireland today” and soon their furious mash-up of blues, alternative rock, pop and hip hop will win them even wider acclaim.Thom and Lucy Southern were born, respectively, in 1991 and 1993, in Manchester. The family moved around a lot, ending up in Belfast when they were six and eight. Lucy describes the family as “arty - on my dad’s side they’re all graphic designers, and my mum’s side are really musical”. The record that made Thom want to play guitar was Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes. “Then for three years I wanted to be Angus Young of AC/DC - I even bought a Gibson SG guitar,” he recalls. “After that I was definitely influenced by Radiohead and Smashing Pumpkins.”In 2013, Southern decamped to Liverpool, for reasons both economic (“London is too expensive”) and musical - they wanted to work with “cool northern musicians”. So now they have a band - although technically they’re still a duo - and they’re signed to Marathon, home of excellent up-and-coming artists such as Jagwar Ma, Courtney Barnett, and Childhood. And they’re issuing their debut EP proper. Recorded at Parr Street studios in Liverpool, the self-titled Southern EP features material that represents a fiery departure from their more folky, harmony-based early songs. It’s more Black Keys than Bon Iver. The music is accompanied by self-made videos that are suitably dark and intense.SATURDAY 04 OCTOBERTHE BIRDCAGE28 Clare St, Bristol, BS1 1YEDoors 7:30pmAges: 14+ (under 16s to be accompanied by an adult)Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 8819

    SOUTHERN
    www.facebook.com/thisissouthern

    If Haim were the sibling outfit who dominated 2013, then expect new brother-sister act Southern to have the same effect in 2014.

    They’ve been described as “the most promising singer/songwriters in Ireland today” and soon their furious mash-up of blues, alternative rock, pop and hip hop will win them even wider acclaim.

    Thom and Lucy Southern were born, respectively, in 1991 and 1993, in Manchester. The family moved around a lot, ending up in Belfast when they were six and eight. Lucy describes the family as “arty - on my dad’s side they’re all graphic designers, and my mum’s side are really musical”. The record that made Thom want to play guitar was Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes. “Then for three years I wanted to be Angus Young of AC/DC - I even bought a Gibson SG guitar,” he recalls. “After that I was definitely influenced by Radiohead and Smashing Pumpkins.”

    In 2013, Southern decamped to Liverpool, for reasons both economic (“London is too expensive”) and musical - they wanted to work with “cool northern musicians”. So now they have a band - although technically they’re still a duo - and they’re signed to Marathon, home of excellent up-and-coming artists such as Jagwar Ma, Courtney Barnett, and Childhood. And they’re issuing their debut EP proper. Recorded at Parr Street studios in Liverpool, the self-titled Southern EP features material that represents a fiery departure from their more folky, harmony-based early songs. It’s more Black Keys than Bon Iver. The music is accompanied by self-made videos that are suitably dark and intense.

    SATURDAY 04 OCTOBER

    THE BIRDCAGE
    28 Clare St, Bristol, BS1 1YE
    Doors 7:30pm
    Ages: 14+ (under 16s to be accompanied by an adult)

    Advance tickets available from:
    www.alt-tickets.co.uk
    www.gigantic.com
    Bristol Ticket Shop
    0844 871 8819

    — 4 weeks ago
    THE ORWELLSwww.theorwells.comFor The Orwells, Remember When will be an introduction of sorts—the 12-track rat-race shows the band’s repertoire of pranging riffs and sneering, snot-nosed vocals.The tracks are a walloping war-cry from a generation that up until this point has only offered bubblegum pop—the animus of The Orwells. It’s quite clear early on the in listening to the LP that the band is well aware of the past, the homage rings through the record, using the ghost of punk’s past as their musical sprit guide. However, the band straddles the thin line between their influences and their originality, ripping riffs and smashing drums in a fashion that their age into being just another fact mentioned in their bio.The Orwells are made up of five dudes from Chicago, Illinois. They play rock n roll music. Their names are Mario, Grant, Henry, Dominick and Matt. They write songs — scratch that, primitive teenage battle cries — about girls and America and being suspended from high school. Although one might categorize The Orwells’ distinct brand of the blues as garage or punk, they would be wrong. The Orwells sound comes from a deeper, different place–a place both long forgotten and also timeless.FRIDAY 21 NOVEMBERTHE FLEECE12 St Thomas St, Bristol BS1 6JJDoors 7:30pmAges 14+ (under 16s accompanied)Tickets available fromwww.alt-tickets.co.uk www.gigantic.com Bristol Ticket Shop0844 871 8819

    THE ORWELLS
    www.theorwells.com

    For The Orwells, Remember When will be an introduction of sorts—the 12-track rat-race shows the band’s repertoire of pranging riffs and sneering, snot-nosed vocals.

    The tracks are a walloping war-cry from a generation that up until this point has only offered bubblegum pop—the animus of The Orwells. It’s quite clear early on the in listening to the LP that the band is well aware of the past, the homage rings through the record, using the ghost of punk’s past as their musical sprit guide. However, the band straddles the thin line between their influences and their originality, ripping riffs and smashing drums in a fashion that their age into being just another fact mentioned in their bio.

    The Orwells are made up of five dudes from Chicago, Illinois. They play rock n roll music. Their names are Mario, Grant, Henry, Dominick and Matt. They write songs — scratch that, primitive teenage battle cries — about girls and America and being suspended from high school. Although one might categorize The Orwells’ distinct brand of the blues as garage or punk, they would be wrong. The Orwells sound comes from a deeper, different place–a place both long forgotten and also timeless.

    FRIDAY 21 NOVEMBER

    THE FLEECE
    12 St Thomas St, Bristol BS1 6JJ
    Doors 7:30pm
    Ages 14+ (under 16s accompanied)

    Tickets available from
    www.alt-tickets.co.uk 
    www.gigantic.com 
    Bristol Ticket Shop
    0844 871 8819

    — 4 weeks ago
    BLACKLIST ROYALSwww.blacklistroyals.comComing out of Nashville with heartfelt punk ‘n’ roll anthems big in sing-alongs and spiced with a country tinge.Blacklist Royals have played hundreds of shows over the last three years including the entire 2006 and the 2007 Vans Warped Tour, appearances at both The Fest 6 and The Fest 7, the 2008 Heavy Rebel Weekender, and stints on the road with legendary acts like Pennywise, Circle Jerks, and The Queers. Hailed by critics and fans alike, Blacklist Royals are standing proof that the great American rock and roll band isn’t a thing of the past.Their unique blend of styles and a strong DIY ethic has generated praise from cornerstones in the punk community such as Maximum Rock And Roll and Razorcake, as well as garnering the attention and acclaim of media-giants like the LA Times, Fuse TV, and even Nashville’s biggest rock radio station (naming BLR “Top Underground Act” of 2009 at their annual awards).Blacklist Royals are one of the hardest working bands you will ever find. Overcoming everything from member changes to terminal illness within the band, their musical roots and die hard spirit have helped them create a sound and live show all their own. With a recent signing to Paper And Plastick Records (Vinnie from Fueled By Ramen/Less Than Jake’s new label) and their new album “Semper Liberi” (recorded and produced by Matt Drastic) coming out soon, expect to see the guys on the road and playing their fucking hearts out.THURSDAY 21 AUGUSTTHE LOUISIANAWapping Road, Bristol BS1 6UADoors 7.30pmAges 16+ (under 18s to be accompanied by an adult)Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 8819

    BLACKLIST ROYALS
    www.blacklistroyals.com

    Coming out of Nashville with heartfelt punk ‘n’ roll anthems big in sing-alongs and spiced with a country tinge.

    Blacklist Royals have played hundreds of shows over the last three years including the entire 2006 and the 2007 Vans Warped Tour, appearances at both The Fest 6 and The Fest 7, the 2008 Heavy Rebel Weekender, and stints on the road with legendary acts like Pennywise, Circle Jerks, and The Queers. Hailed by critics and fans alike, Blacklist Royals are standing proof that the great American rock and roll band isn’t a thing of the past.
    Their unique blend of styles and a strong DIY ethic has generated praise from cornerstones in the punk community such as Maximum Rock And Roll and Razorcake, as well as garnering the attention and acclaim of media-giants like the LA Times, Fuse TV, and even Nashville’s biggest rock radio station (naming BLR “Top Underground Act” of 2009 at their annual awards).

    Blacklist Royals are one of the hardest working bands you will ever find. Overcoming everything from member changes to terminal illness within the band, their musical roots and die hard spirit have helped them create a sound and live show all their own. With a recent signing to Paper And Plastick Records (Vinnie from Fueled By Ramen/Less Than Jake’s new label) and their new album “Semper Liberi” (recorded and produced by Matt Drastic) coming out soon, expect to see the guys on the road and playing their fucking hearts out.

    THURSDAY 21 AUGUST

    THE LOUISIANA
    Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 6UA
    Doors 7.30pm
    Ages 16+ (under 18s to be accompanied by an adult)

    Advance tickets available from:
    www.alt-tickets.co.uk
    www.gigantic.com
    Bristol Ticket Shop
    0844 871 8819

    — 4 weeks ago
    2:54www.twofiftyfour.tumblr.com2:54 is a rock band which formed in 2010 in London, England. The band consists of Colette Thurlow (vocals, guitar), Hannah Thurlow (guitar), Joel Porter (bass) and Alex Robins (drums). The band is named for the timecode of a specific drumroll on the Melvins song “A History Of Bad Men”.The band’s first EP, “Scarlet”, was released in November 2011. The band’s self-titled album was released by Fat Possum Records in May 2012.TUESDAY 25 NOVEMBERTHE LOUISIANAWapping Road, Bristol BS1 6UADoors 7.30pmAges 16+ Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 8819

    2:54
    www.twofiftyfour.tumblr.com

    2:54 is a rock band which formed in 2010 in London, England. The band consists of Colette Thurlow (vocals, guitar), Hannah Thurlow (guitar), Joel Porter (bass) and Alex Robins (drums). The band is named for the timecode of a specific drumroll on the Melvins song “A History Of Bad Men”.

    The band’s first EP, “Scarlet”, was released in November 2011. The band’s self-titled album was released by Fat Possum Records in May 2012.

    TUESDAY 25 NOVEMBER

    THE LOUISIANA
    Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 6UA
    Doors 7.30pm
    Ages 16+ 

    Advance tickets available from:
    www.alt-tickets.co.uk
    www.gigantic.com
    Bristol Ticket Shop
    0844 871 8819

    — 4 weeks ago
    SON OF DAVEwww.sonofdave.comSon of Dave hits the UK streets again this November, stomping his way around twelve cities with a suitcase full of brand new records and endless supply of rowdy gags.November will also see the launch of a new series of “Filthy 45’s” where Son of Dave will take on some classic (and not so classic) tunes, giving them his own unmistakable mistreatment. Already known for his renditions of ‘Bonkers’ - Dizzie Rascal, ‘Black Betty’ - Ram Jam, ‘Bom Bom’ - Sam and the Womp, and many more, he’s decided to bow to public demand and crank out more crowd pleasers on limited edition seven inch vinyl.This one-man Bluesman of Canadian origin is unique in every way: his style, his showmanship, and his musicianship. It takes some kind of genius to get tunes made with harmonica, beatbox, percussion and a loopstation onto the soundtrack of Breaking Bad or Later With Jools Holland; both of which he has done.His legendary live show has already toured five continents and earned him a cult status amongst a diverse audience. With a CV as long as your arm and a briefcase full of naughty tricks, the master is on tour again and this time it is not to be missed.FRIDAY 28 NOVEMBERTHE LOUISIANAWapping Road, Bristol BS1 6UADoors 7.30pmAges 16+ (under 18s to be accompanied by an adult)Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 8819

    SON OF DAVE
    www.sonofdave.com

    Son of Dave hits the UK streets again this November, stomping his way around twelve cities with a suitcase full of brand new records and endless supply of rowdy gags.

    November will also see the launch of a new series of “Filthy 45’s” where Son of Dave will take on some classic (and not so classic) tunes, giving them his own unmistakable mistreatment. Already known for his renditions of ‘Bonkers’ - Dizzie Rascal, ‘Black Betty’ - Ram Jam, ‘Bom Bom’ - Sam and the Womp, and many more, he’s decided to bow to public demand and crank out more crowd pleasers on limited edition seven inch vinyl.
    This one-man Bluesman of Canadian origin is unique in every way: his style, his showmanship, and his musicianship. It takes some kind of genius to get tunes made with harmonica, beatbox, percussion and a loopstation onto the soundtrack of Breaking Bad or Later With Jools Holland; both of which he has done.

    His legendary live show has already toured five continents and earned him a cult status amongst a diverse audience. With a CV as long as your arm and a briefcase full of naughty tricks, the master is on tour again and this time it is not to be missed.

    FRIDAY 28 NOVEMBER

    THE LOUISIANA
    Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 6UA
    Doors 7.30pm
    Ages 16+ (under 18s to be accompanied by an adult)

    Advance tickets available from:
    www.alt-tickets.co.uk
    www.gigantic.com
    Bristol Ticket Shop
    0844 871 8819

    — 1 month ago
    THE RIFLESwww.therifles.comDespite their relatively short tenure within rock’n’roll The Rifles exude the self-contained air of a band that have been inspired by the street-level perceptions that characterize one of British pop’s most vital bloodlines from The Kinks to The Smiths to The Streets. That’s not all.Fuelled by a bleak London wit and a cinematic vision which takes in everything from ‘Nil By Mouth’ to ‘The Warriors’ (‘We’re gonna come on stage to the theme music!’ beams Luke) their adrenalised assault is, well, double barreled.Luke and singer Joel Stoker - imagine a young Paul Weller scripted by Mike Leigh - spent their days gravitating between Walthamstow (Joel and bassist Rob Pyne) and Kentish Town (Luke) before meeting like-minded Grant Marsh. A native of Chingford and resident DJ at his own club night ‘Slash’, ran in the shadow of Christ Church Spitalfields. The die was cast.'Seeing Oasis at Knebworth,' explains affable Rifles guitarist Luke Crowther, an immaculate dandy accessorized by shades and an ivory silk scarf. '…was a life changing moment, the inspiration and excitement it created, they seemed to have the power to draw the audience in with the emotional resonance that I hadn't experienced before. From that moment on we knew we had to start a band.'The intensity burns bright in the world of The Rifles as Joel enthuses ‘From that point on we were The Rifles.the name just seemed to fit. We wanted something direct.’Fully formed, the band played the first Rifles gig at the Bull & Gate in January 2004 to a capacity crowd. News spread of these savvy young urbanites with NME quickly describing The Rifles as ‘the first band with a London postcode worth tattooing on your heart for ages’ and Zane Lowe enthusing over their debut single on Radio One. The band soon began to build an army of likeminded fans, keen to immerse themselves in their tales of London life and witness their incendiary live performances in smokey pubs on dark winter nights.Just a few weeks after their latest single ‘Local Boy’ crashed into the top 40, The Rifles are in the studio recording their debut album in the trusty hands of production legend Ian Broudie (Subways, Zutons, Coral). Inspired by life in the City, rumours abound that we could be looking at an album to rival other capital classics - like The Specials - ‘Two Tone’ rewritten for the noughties or The Streets ‘Original Pirate Material” delivered over guitars.With their sharp vocals, wry lyricism and pithy melodies The Rifles evoke a mood, a feeling and a place we all want to be and return to again.SUNDAY 16 NOVEMBERTRINITY CENTRETrinity Road, Old Market, Bristol BS2 0NWDoors 7.00pmAges 14+Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 8819

    THE RIFLES
    www.therifles.com

    Despite their relatively short tenure within rock’n’roll The Rifles exude the self-contained air of a band that have been inspired by the street-level perceptions that characterize one of British pop’s most vital bloodlines from The Kinks to The Smiths to The Streets. That’s not all.

    Fuelled by a bleak London wit and a cinematic vision which takes in everything from ‘Nil By Mouth’ to ‘The Warriors’ (‘We’re gonna come on stage to the theme music!’ beams Luke) their adrenalised assault is, well, double barreled.
    Luke and singer Joel Stoker - imagine a young Paul Weller scripted by Mike Leigh - spent their days gravitating between Walthamstow (Joel and bassist Rob Pyne) and Kentish Town (Luke) before meeting like-minded Grant Marsh. A native of Chingford and resident DJ at his own club night ‘Slash’, ran in the shadow of Christ Church Spitalfields. The die was cast.

    'Seeing Oasis at Knebworth,' explains affable Rifles guitarist Luke Crowther, an immaculate dandy accessorized by shades and an ivory silk scarf. '…was a life changing moment, the inspiration and excitement it created, they seemed to have the power to draw the audience in with the emotional resonance that I hadn't experienced before. From that moment on we knew we had to start a band.'

    The intensity burns bright in the world of The Rifles as Joel enthuses ‘From that point on we were The Rifles.the name just seemed to fit. We wanted something direct.’
    Fully formed, the band played the first Rifles gig at the Bull & Gate in January 2004 to a capacity crowd. News spread of these savvy young urbanites with NME quickly describing The Rifles as ‘the first band with a London postcode worth tattooing on your heart for ages’ and Zane Lowe enthusing over their debut single on Radio One. The band soon began to build an army of likeminded fans, keen to immerse themselves in their tales of London life and witness their incendiary live performances in smokey pubs on dark winter nights.

    Just a few weeks after their latest single ‘Local Boy’ crashed into the top 40, The Rifles are in the studio recording their debut album in the trusty hands of production legend Ian Broudie (Subways, Zutons, Coral). Inspired by life in the City, rumours abound that we could be looking at an album to rival other capital classics - like The Specials - ‘Two Tone’ rewritten for the noughties or The Streets ‘Original Pirate Material” delivered over guitars.

    With their sharp vocals, wry lyricism and pithy melodies The Rifles evoke a mood, a feeling and a place we all want to be and return to again.

    SUNDAY 16 NOVEMBER

    TRINITY CENTRE
    Trinity Road, Old Market, Bristol BS2 0NW
    Doors 7.00pm
    Ages 14+

    Advance tickets available from:
    www.alt-tickets.co.uk
    www.gigantic.com
    Bristol Ticket Shop
    0844 871 8819

    — 1 month ago
    ZOLA JESUSwww.zolajesus.comZola Jesus is the project of Madison, Wisconsin’s Nika Roza Danilova, who crafts dark music dominated by her operatic vocals and keyboards. Danilova showed an interest in singing early on, buying voice lesson tapes and opera sheet music at age seven; soon after, she began working with a vocal coach for the next decade.Anxiety and the competitive nature of opera caused her to stop singing for a couple of years, but missing that form of expression spurred her to begin Zola Jesus. Inspired by high-school favorites like Diamanda Galás, Lydia Lunch, Throbbing Gristle, and the Swans, Danilova made cathartic home recordings using keyboards, drum machines, and anything else she had on hand. Her first officially released music included a couple of 2008 7”s: the Poor Sons EP on Die Stasi and Soeur Sewer on Sacred Bones. In 2009, Zola Jesus became one of the most talked and blogged-about underground artists, and her release and touring schedule reflected that: along with the full-length The Spoils, she also released the Tsar Bomba EP on Troubleman, New Amsterdam on Sacred Bones, and an untitled, limited-edition vinyl album and a split release with Burial Hex on Aurora Borealis. For her live band, she recruited her cousin Dead Luke to play synths, bassist Lindsay Mikkola, and drummer Max Elliott. Danilova also played in the group Former Ghosts, which featured Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart and Freddy Ruppert. She remained just as busy in 2010, touring with Fever Ray and the xx and releasing the cleaner-sounding Stridulum, Stridulum II, and Valusia EPs. The following year she collaborated with Prefuse 73 on The Misanthrope Meditation Mix and released her third full-length, Conatus, which found Danilova continuing to move away from her lo-fi roots and toward experimental electronic pop. Toward the end of the Conatus tour, Danilova was asked to perform at New York’s Guggenheim Museum, an event for which she collaborated with Foetus’ JG Thirlwell, who provided arrangements for the Mivos Quartet. These string-based renditions were captured in 2013’s Versions.WEDNESDAY 29 OCTOBERTHE LANTERN, COLSTON HALLColston St, Bristol BS1 5ARDoors 7:30pmAges 14+ (under 16s to be accompanied by an adult)Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 8819

    ZOLA JESUS
    www.zolajesus.com

    Zola Jesus is the project of Madison, Wisconsin’s Nika Roza Danilova, who crafts dark music dominated by her operatic vocals and keyboards. Danilova showed an interest in singing early on, buying voice lesson tapes and opera sheet music at age seven; soon after, she began working with a vocal coach for the next decade.

    Anxiety and the competitive nature of opera caused her to stop singing for a couple of years, but missing that form of expression spurred her to begin Zola Jesus. Inspired by high-school favorites like Diamanda Galás, Lydia Lunch, Throbbing Gristle, and the Swans, Danilova made cathartic home recordings using keyboards, drum machines, and anything else she had on hand. Her first officially released music included a couple of 2008 7”s: the Poor Sons EP on Die Stasi and Soeur Sewer on Sacred Bones. In 2009, Zola Jesus became one of the most talked and blogged-about underground artists, and her release and touring schedule reflected that: along with the full-length The Spoils, she also released the Tsar Bomba EP on Troubleman, New Amsterdam on Sacred Bones, and an untitled, limited-edition vinyl album and a split release with Burial Hex on Aurora Borealis. For her live band, she recruited her cousin Dead Luke to play synths, bassist Lindsay Mikkola, and drummer Max Elliott. Danilova also played in the group Former Ghosts, which featured Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart and Freddy Ruppert. 

    She remained just as busy in 2010, touring with Fever Ray and the xx and releasing the cleaner-sounding Stridulum, Stridulum II, and Valusia EPs. The following year she collaborated with Prefuse 73 on The Misanthrope Meditation Mix and released her third full-length, Conatus, which found Danilova continuing to move away from her lo-fi roots and toward experimental electronic pop. Toward the end of the Conatus tour, Danilova was asked to perform at New York’s Guggenheim Museum, an event for which she collaborated with Foetus’ JG Thirlwell, who provided arrangements for the Mivos Quartet. These string-based renditions were captured in 2013’s Versions.

    WEDNESDAY 29 OCTOBER

    THE LANTERN, COLSTON HALL
    Colston St, Bristol BS1 5AR
    Doors 7:30pm
    Ages 14+ (under 16s to be accompanied by an adult)

    Advance tickets available from:
    www.alt-tickets.co.uk
    www.gigantic.com
    Bristol Ticket Shop
    0844 871 8819

    — 1 month ago
    DAWN LANDESwww.dawnlandes.comBridging the worlds of indie rock, alt-country, and folk, singer/songwriter Dawn Landes has played with a similarly diverse range of artists including Fred Eaglesmith, Amy Rigby, John Gorka, and Rainer Maria.A Louisville, Kentucky, native, Landes moved to New York to attend N.Y.U. and play music. She obtained a weekly spot at the Jack Hardy song exchange and also performed frequently in New York as well as on the campuses of Yale, Sarah Lawrence, Barnard, Columbia, Brown, and course, her own school.In the late 1990s, Landes trained and became a sound engineer; a trade she plies when she isn’t recording her own albums. Her work has appeared on albums by Ryan Adams, Joseph Arthur, Hem, Jolie Holland, and Ruth Moody, to name a few.In May 2005, Landes released her full-length debut album, Dawn’s Music. Two Three Four, a mini album recorded with members of Hem, followed in 2006. She released Fireproof in 2008, in the middle of her courtship with singer/songwriter songwriter Josh Ritter — they married in 2009. Landes released Sweet Heart Rodeo in 2010. She and Ritter divorced after 18 months. Her next release was the French-language Mal Habillee in 2012. After a year of working on other musicians’ projects as both a musician and engineer, she recorded Bluebird, produced by Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), which was released in February of 2014.WEDNESDAY 22 OCTOBERTHE LOUISIANAWapping Road, Bristol BS1 6UADoors 7.30pmAges 16+ (under 18s to be accompanied by an adult)Advance tickets available from:www.alt-tickets.co.ukwww.gigantic.comBristol Ticket Shop0844 871 8819

    DAWN LANDES
    www.dawnlandes.com

    Bridging the worlds of indie rock, alt-country, and folk, singer/songwriter Dawn Landes has played with a similarly diverse range of artists including Fred Eaglesmith, Amy Rigby, John Gorka, and Rainer Maria.

    A Louisville, Kentucky, native, Landes moved to New York to attend N.Y.U. and play music. She obtained a weekly spot at the Jack Hardy song exchange and also performed frequently in New York as well as on the campuses of Yale, Sarah Lawrence, Barnard, Columbia, Brown, and course, her own school.

    In the late 1990s, Landes trained and became a sound engineer; a trade she plies when she isn’t recording her own albums. Her work has appeared on albums by Ryan Adams, Joseph Arthur, Hem, Jolie Holland, and Ruth Moody, to name a few.

    In May 2005, Landes released her full-length debut album, Dawn’s Music. Two Three Four, a mini album recorded with members of Hem, followed in 2006. She released Fireproof in 2008, in the middle of her courtship with singer/songwriter songwriter Josh Ritter — they married in 2009. Landes released Sweet Heart Rodeo in 2010. She and Ritter divorced after 18 months. Her next release was the French-language Mal Habillee in 2012. After a year of working on other musicians’ projects as both a musician and engineer, she recorded Bluebird, produced by Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), which was released in February of 2014.

    WEDNESDAY 22 OCTOBER

    THE LOUISIANA
    Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 6UA
    Doors 7.30pm
    Ages 16+ (under 18s to be accompanied by an adult)

    Advance tickets available from:
    www.alt-tickets.co.uk
    www.gigantic.com
    Bristol Ticket Shop
    0844 871 8819

    — 1 month ago