Not going to Boomtown? Me neither. Am I gutted? Sure. But have you seen the calibre of live music in the city this week? If ever there was a Gigs of the Week to cure festival FOMO, it’s this one.

Friday 9th August

Sam FenderSam Fender – SWX

The sad-tinged pop prodigy has recently cancelled tour and festival dates due to illness but, much to our delight, he’s back. A Critics’ Choice BRIT Award winner, Instagram personality and total heartthrob, Sam Fender is on an upward trajectory. More here…

Birdman Cult + Heavy Sugar + BullyBones – The Lanes

Blood boilers and soul soothers, Birdman Cult are the latest slice of Bristolian indie rock to arrive on the scene. Celebrating their “indie doom” debut single ‘Snakes’ with Brighton’s Heavy Sugar and garage-punk outfit BullyBones, expect The Lanes to be a riot with big riffs, huge choruses and punked-up rock n’ roll. More here…  

Saturday 10th August

The Minke Whales + Jack Humphries + Rockit Science – Mr Wolfs

Launching their first new release since Cromarty in 2014, Scottish/English band The Minke Whales bring their uniquely Arcade Fire-cum-Mazzy Starr sound to Bristol. The collective meld grizzly Scottish vocals with soulful English whispers to tell tales of revenge, lost love and witch hunts. These are the sort of folktales you can really get stomping to. More here… 

Phonseca + Winter + Ben Robbins – Café Kino

Fancy losing all sense of time and direction? Bristol’s Matthew O’Connor, better known as Phonseca, returns to Café Kino bringing with him his ambient, synth-driven sounds. Trained as a classical pianist, O’Connor knows his way around the keys as much as he does a film score, layering his eclectic mix of influences. More here… 

Sunday 11th August

Marika Hackman – Rough Trade

Marika Hackman returns with ‘the one’, the second single from her new record Any Human Friend. Unbound my musical genres, Hackman is unapologetically turning herself into one of the most watchable songwriters of her time. Don’t take your eyes off this one, and prepare your ears for the most unexpected musical twists and turns. More here…

Monday 12th August

Black Milk + Remi – Fleece

Consistency is key. Some may say boring, but I defy you to call Black Milk anything over than dynamic. BThe hip-hop artist and producer has made a name for himself as one of the most acclaimed live hip-hop performers over the last fifteen years, collaborating with the likes of Slum Village, Jack White, Danny Brown and many more. He’s joined by super slick Remi at Bristol’s Fleece this month. More here…

Wednesday 14th August

The Black Seeds – Fleece

The Black Seeds have been making the rounds across New Zealand, Australia and the US for over ten years. Boasting one of the strongest back catalogues of progressive reggae, dub and ska sounds, this band do their best in front of an energetic live crowd. They return to Europe for the first time in six years after the release of their album Refabricated, which features some special unreleased tracks and remixes. More here…

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