Bank Holiday? Yes please! Live music? Why not! Gigs of the Week? Don’t mind if I do.

Thursday 2nd May

Maisie Peters

Maisie Peters – Louisiana

When someone conspicuously youthful and dauntingly talented sings, ‘Stay Young’, it could easily push an ageing listener to feel yet more decrepit. Fortunately, listening to Brighton’s Maisie Peters is a bona fide way of keeping yourself upbeat, vibrant and spritely. More here…

Sergeant Thunderhoof + R.I.P. + Orbital Junction – Old England

There’s a pleasant irony to a band name that has military associations to its first word, yet the band itself is the most splendidly unruly, disruptive kind of noise that you could choose to fill your Thursday night, when Operation Thunderhoof storms The Old England. This is not a drill. More here…

Friday 3rd May

October Drift (Photo: Ania Shrimpton)

October Drift + Some Bodies + Belishas – Thekla

Thekla is 35. Many an individual at that age might play their ‘halfway to forty’ birthday down, but in inimitable style, it’s is going large with a weekend of celebrations, the pinnacle coming on Friday night. October Drift will sing, ‘Come and Find Me’. My guess is that they’ll be on the stage. More here…

Death By Unga Bunga + Seek Warmth – Hy-Brasil

The coastal town of Moss in Norway is responsible for its infamous dish, “Pølse i Vaffel” – sausage in waffle – and garage-rock, especially that of Death By Unga Bunga. It’s rather like Keith Lemon’s Scandi cousin has formed a band, and found four goofball mates to amplify the mayhem. More here… 

Saturday 4th May

Loyle
Loyle Carner (Photo: Phil Sharp)

Loyle Carner + Ashley Henry – Trinity

Our current cover star, Loyle Carner, comes to Bristol with a pocket full of new songs from his new album, Not Waving, But Drowning and, lovely man that he is, he’s well up for sharing. Recasting rap and hip-hop in a deeply empathic mould, you can put your hands in the air like you just do care. More here…

Mermaidens + Swallow Cave + Hamburger – Mothers Ruin

The phrase ‘Flying Nun’ sounds like a potent ale or a really crap idea for a TV detective drama. As any fool knows, Flying Nun is also a phrase syonymous with hugely exciting music from New Zealand. Trio, Mermaidens – like many a mer-person – is alluring and compelling. More here…

Brutus + Cassels – Exchange

There’s some decidedly noisy noise going on in Bristol this week. Pop, punk and post-hardcore, crafted into the Belgian non-delicate delicacy that is Brutus will add to the emotive sound storm on Saturday night. This a one’s guaranteed face-melter. More here…

Sunday 5th May

Connie Constance

Connie Constance – Louisiana

Anarchic neo-soul, indie-disco and jazzy melancholy are just some of the many facets of the recent debut album, English Rose, by Connie Constance. There’s plenty of bite to her lyrics, even covering and repurposing the title track to embrace Britain’s racial diversity. More here…

Noods Bank Holiday Party: ?????? + EP/64 + Manami + Tilly + Kinlaw & Franco Franco – Crofters Rights

I bloody love a bank holiday, a party and a set of enigmatic question marks. I’m rather fond of independent supporters of new music like Noods Radio too. Raising funds for their forthcoming studio move, they’re promising a mystery guest. I’ve checked, and there’s definitely nothing declared on Kanye West’s Facebook itinerary. Coincidence? More here…

Tuesday 7th May

Hand Habits (Photo: Aubrey Trinamen)

Hand Habits + Yakima – Crofters Rights

The album placeholder by Hand Habits has to be one of the strongest releases of 2019 so far. Its understated, melancholy beauty is never going to make it gravitate to the top of radio playlists, but it hits the highs and lows of human experience and it’s evidence of Meg Duffy on peak form. More here…

Kiran Leonard + Caroline + Mora Telsnake – Old England

Kiran Leonard is from Saddleworth, a windswept, high up, often stark outcrop of Greater Manchester. Aficionados of the M62 will see it as ‘almost West Yorkshire’. Motorway chat aside, the complex wuthering glories of wild nature can be found all over Kiran Leonard’s work. More here…

Wednesday 8th May

Flamingods

Flamingods + Dar Disku – Exchange

‘Psych this, psych that…’ Every week, I find Bristol’s listings soaked in psych. Why is it that so much psychedelic influence has come back into contemporary music? Are we looking to free our minds from the various, often self-imposed tyrannies? Open the doors of Exchange on Wednesday and let Flamingods open the doors of perception. More here…

Oddisee + Joshua Luke Smith – Fleece

Oddisee may have been part of the Low Budget Crew, but his lyrical and rhythmical acumen make him a distinctly high-end option at The Fleece this week. Some of the most satisfying hip-hop feels like poetry. Oddisee’s socio-political observations are the most eloquent of provocations. More here…

WIVES – Rough Trade

New York City was the place where Lou Reed said you can talk a walk on the wild side. NY quartet, WIVES have a sense of the gritty, grungy and grotty. Their new song, ‘Waving Past Nirvana’ has all the post-punk restlessness and dystopian electronics of a sprawling, crawling metropolis. More here…

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