This was the week for which everyone had their now-thwarted ‘exit’ puns lined up. It’s no surprise that there are so many distractingly excellent shows scheduled for Friday 29th. As we leave March (and possibly prepare to wave off May), here is a list of undiluted goodness: our latest Gigs of the Week.

Thursday 28th March

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs + Perverts – Exchange

A night of pigs and perverts sounds like that alleged story about David Cameron at university, but if you’re fortunate to have obtained a ticket for Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs then you’ll be in for a night of much more acceptably unclean fun. More here…

Lady Bird – Mothers Ruin

They were the first signing on Slaves’ Girl Fight label, which has to be a fair old recommendation. Lady Bird make earthy post-punk that’s compelling and charming. Combine The Streets, Ian Dury and the less grating elements of Parklife and you’ll have an idea why they’re in demand. More here…

Friday 29th March

The St Pierre Snake Invasion

The St. Pierre Snake Invasion + John E Vistic Rock N Roll Soundystem + Droogs + Blind Man Death Stare – Crofters Rights

Billed as the Brexit Punk Rock Breakdown, Westminster’s wranglings knackered the timing of that act of labelling. That said, if you’re going to break down, then doing so in an overwhelming flood of rock from The St. Pierre Snake Invasion would be the way to go. More here…

Dylan Cartlidge – Louisiana

Repping the seaside town of Redcar in North Yorkshire, Dylan Cartlidge is following in the rocking footsteps of Whitesnake’s David Coverdale. Cartlidge adds a considerable whack of soul to his style, giving it a Kravitz/Beck/Outkast feeling. Catch him while he’s on the rise. More here…

Lazy Day

Lazy Day + Dogeyed + Swallow Cave – Rough Trade

Recent providers of a stellar In Stereo Session and well-deserved nominees for the Glastonbury Emerging Talent longlist recently, Lazy Day come to Rough Trade armed with new tracks from their Letters EP and their weird sense of cool. There are plenty of reasons to make Friday into Lazy Day day. More here…

People’s Front Room Takeover – Loko Klub

With a line-up including Snazzback, B O M B S, Victoria Klewin, The Flatpack Horns, Solomon O.B., Clayton Blizzard, Ruth Royall and Mr Fitz, The People’s Front Room will also customise the Loco Klub with its trademark red velvet decor and its indoor foliage. Such a fantasy world sounds rather appealing, surely. More here…

Slowthai

Slowthai – SWX

Featured in January’s magazine, rapper Slowthai has been on many tipsters’ lips for success in 2019, as well as on an increasing number of playlists. He told us that “In 2019, it’s time to evolve…break barriers.” SWX is a suitable place to come together as sentient beings on Friday night. More here…

Binbag Wisdom + QELD + Kev The Poet – Golden Lion

As spring springs and the weather warms, what we’re most likely to get from a binbag is bin juice and maggots. Binbag Wisdom have a far more desirable fluidity and serve up consistent earworms. So we’re all blatantly off to the Golden Lion, rather than sneaking round after dark to go through the neighbours’ rubbish, again. More here…

Saturday 30th March

Twisted Ankle
Twisted Ankle (Photo: James Robert Birtwhistle)

Twisted Ankle + Big Slammu + Twin Siblings – Crofters Rights

On ‘My Favourite Shops’, Twisted Ankle singer Bruno León Chávez states with characteristic irony, “Oh no, look what I’ve become. I’m so awfully trendy.” Never awful and never at the risk of pandering to any trends, Twisted Ankle bring their scouring, invigorating noise punk to Crofters Rights on Saturday night. More here…

LADIYFest: Personal Best + Crumbs + Drunken Butterfly + Secret Power + Death of the Maiden – Canteen

LaDIYfest Bristol is a non-profit, DIY (do it yourself) collective, celebrating the achievements of self-defining women and people of oppressed genders through festivals and events of music, art and skill sharing. Their annual festival at The Canteen will be all the proof you need that togetherness is possible, and all is love. More here…

Tuesday 2nd April

Art School Girlfriend (Photo: Tom Dream)

Art School Girlfriend + Sleep Radio – Louisiana

Polly Mackey assumed the name Art School Girlfriend when she started performing her works of looming electronica several years ago. With the same sense of urban claustrophobia as you pick up from Ghostpoet, with some remnants of her ethereal shoegaze past, Art School Girlfriend is spellbinding. More here…

Orchards + FES uk + DIRT – Crofters Rights

We’re used to math-rock, but Orchards take their math-pop rhythms in the playful direction that we often associate with Vampire Weekend, Bloc Party and Everything Everything. You’ll know for sure that British Summer Time is underway once you’ve had a blast from them on Tuesday night. More here…

Wednesday 3rd April

Easy Life

Easy Life – Thekla

If you’ve already had a lazy day on Friday, then Easy Life on Wednesday ought to keep the week’s stress-busting theme going. This Leicester five-piece are rapidly moving from bigger venue to bigger venue. They sound festival-ready twelve months a year, with their charming and melodic hip-hop/R&B swagger. More here…

Bull + Denh Izen + Football F.C. + T.S. Idiot – Old England

York’s Bull look like they’re intending to burst your eardrums, and then they slide into the harmony-rich purr of ‘Perfect Teeth’. Think of how Teenage Fanclub, Super Furry Animals or Ash have always existed in that sweet spot between tender and raucous. That’s where you’ll find Bull. More here…

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