This Gigs of the Week is an absolute doozy. Anti-Boris chants, guitar music in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust, contemporary spoken word masterpieces, sexy jazz-via-electronica mixes, vocals as soothing as a hot cup of cocoa and slick saxophone solos looped to perfection. You’re very welcome.

Thursday 17th October

slowthai – O2 Academy

Bet ya a fiver the whole of the O2 will be shouting “Fuck Boris!” minutes into this set. Outspoken and out of control (in the best way possible), slowthai comes to Bristol and brings with him a host of hard-hitting cuts and skank-able rhythms. More here…

Friday 18th October

Rozi Plain – Thekla

Stopping off on an extensive UK tour, London singer-songwriter Rozi Plain brings her brand of uniquely off-center tunes to our favourite party boat. This is less of a “rock the boat” scenario and more of a slow sway into a cacophony of soothing vocals and light percussion. Perfect for a cosy Autumnal evening. More here…

Beat It for Teenage Cancer Trust – O2 Academy

For the fourth year running, O2 Bristol are hosting Beat It; a night of live music and good vibes in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust and Penny Brohn UK. Tickets are just a fiver and all the funds from ticket sales, bar profits and collections will go directly to those affected by cancer. There’s big things expected from Ratbags, Madcap, Hush Mozey and Chrissie Huntley. More here…

Sunday 20th October

Kate Tempest – O2 Academy

In the world of music and spoken word, Kate Tempest is still the name on everyone’s lips. A stalwart of written and spoken culture, Kate supports her latest release, The Book of Traps & Lessons with a cross-cultural, contemporary show at the Academy. More here…

Monday 21st October

Easy Life + Kamakaze – SWX

After signing to Island Records last year, Leicester’s Easy Life have gone from strength to strength. An intoxicating blend of old school sexy jazz, modern electronica and cutting lyricism, these guys seem like one of the best groups to spend a wildly spontaneous evening with. More here…

Wednesday 23rd October

Laura Misch + Emily Isherwood – Exchange

A sweet, angelic voice floating above a harmonious saxophone: that’s what Laura Misch is all about and, boy, does she do it well. Having supported the likes of Hollie Cook and her brother Tom Misch, Laura is a new generation jazz-influenced artist doin’ it for herself. She’s joined by Bristol favourite Emily Isherwood who opens the show. More here…

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