st_logo_100px-01We invite friends to shout about what they’re into. This month: Tom Frost of Simple Things Festival!

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Death Grips
Oct 22nd, Stage TBC

A few years ago, we put Modeselektor in the main room of Colston Hall. With the venue not particularly versed in the more extreme strains of the musical spectrum, it was an amazing contrast to have this incredibly toughened music in such a grandiose setting. The trick will be repeated at Simple Things 2016 with noise-rap experimentalists Death Grips’ headline slot. The band have earned a controversial reputation over the years, and their style of distorted, confrontational hip-hop is totally unique. Their return to touring this year will see them play a handful of shows in the UK in support of their recent album Bottomless Pit – one of the most intense records of 2016 – and this will be the first time they’ve played in Bristol for years. Notoriously interview shy, but far from shy on stage, this will be fucking raucous.

(c) Paola Kudacki
(c) Paola Kudacki

Nina Kraviz 
Oct 22nd, Stage TBC

There’s always been so much going on with Nina Kraviz’s sound – not just as a top-tier techno selector, but also within her own production work – that really sets her apart. Having a diverse taste which ranges from early acid records to raw underground labels like Chicago’s Dance Mania, Kraviz’s passion and encyclopedic knowledge always shines through in her sets. This, coupled with an experimental production style that often incorporates her own vocal abstractions, makes her an incredibly engaging artist. The music she’s been releasing on her Trip label is a real exploration of the hypnotic, heady sounds you can expect to when she plays Simple Things. The intimacy of this show should make things particularly special.



Shobaleader One
Oct 22nd, Stage TBC

Squarepusher’s live band project is a mouthwatering prospect for any fan of the electronic experimentalist’s work. Shobaleader One forays into the depths of jazz and electronica with frenetic bass and drum explorations, and seems to have been formed with the intention of performing explosive live shows. Adam Betts, also playing in Three Trapped Tigers (who are at Simple Things too) and the heritage orchestra shows with Goldie last year, is the best drummer I’ve ever witnessed, and we all know what Squarepusher can do with a bass guitar. I’m pretty sure this will be one of the live highlights of the day.

Simple Things Festival takes place on Saturday 22nd October across various venues in Bristol, plus a closing performance from John Carpenter on the 23rd at Colston Hall. You can grab tickets here.