Summer is in full swing. Cider is flowing, your face is a funny, blotchy mess of red, white and slightly more red and all of your shorts are covered in grass stains from late afternoon BBQs. Here to soundtrack the (inevitably short but) sweet summer sun is a whole host of live music, from tranquil indie-pop to ferocious rock.

Thursday 18th July

New Order – Harbourside

The legendary British band forged in the embers of what was Joy Division, New Order have galvanised the power of the former band and combined it with the rhythms of New York clubs beats. New Order play at The Amphitheatre this week, 37 years after they first played in the city. More here…

Friday 19th July

Crywank + Menstrual Cramps + Live, Do Nothing – Exchange

The Manchester-based anti-folk collective brings their sartorial edge (and this week’s best band name) to Bristol’s Exchange. Fresh off the back of a European tour and the release of their new record Wearing Beige On A Grey Day, the band are fully in their stride. More here…

The Bug + Moor Mother + Adrian Sherwood + Young Echo – Trinity

From the furthest outreaches of the leftfield, sonic dub explorer The Bug rattles through the deep, dark bass to land at Trinity for a night of incandescent, experimental beats. In equal parts aggressive and intense, low key and high power, The Bug is an earthquake of lo-fi frequencies. More here… 

Emily Isherwood + Primordial Soup + Orryx + Yard Arms – Louisiana

Bristol’s very own alternative icon, Emily Isherwood, celebrates the release of her upcoming EP Distant Television Studios with a night dedicated to the sunset sun-drenched Hollywood. Capturing the rise and fall of the city of fame through edgy, understated guitars and forlorn vocals, Emily continues to carve her own path to success. More here… 

Sunday 21st July

Sunflower Bean + WOOZE – Exchange

King Of The Dudes, Sunflower Bean’s latest EP, got heads spinning. With a powerful yet vulnerable sound that falls somewhere in the remit of alt-pop, the New York trio are blazing their way into the mainstream with rugged, lo-fi sounds and hypnotic, sometimes psychedelic, riffs. More here… 

Monday 22nd July

IDER – Rough Trade

Live and signing vinyl editions of their debut album Emotional Education, double-act IDER play Rough Trade this week. The duo have had a whirlwind year of touring their ghostly, funky rhythms across the UK and Europe and hit the proverbial nail on the head when it comes to conflicting light harmonies and dark lyricism. More here…

White Fang + Gork – Hy Brasil

A product of Portland, Oregon, White Fang walk the line between gleeful destruction and wiry self-deprecation. A staple in the DIY punk scene in Portland, the band shred their instruments with unpracticed finesse, forego the studio in favour of sweaty bedroom recording sessions and throw all manner of convention out of the window. More here…

Tuesday 23rd July

Jenny Lewis – SWX

Child actor turned band member turned solo artist, Jenny Lewis shares her glowing new album On The Line with a fanbase that’s been with her since ’98. Lewis has one of those rare songwriting talents, where every lyric and melody is laced with rich depth and emotion. Tune in on Tuesday. More here… 

Wednesday 24th July

No Vacation – Exchange

The Californian foursome may have taken a year-long hiatus but are back with a new zest for the live circuit. They’ve quietly been working on new music in San Francisco focusing on heartbreak, belongingness, regret and resilience – all themes befitting a summer of romance, growth and loss. More here…

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