It’s official: October in Bristol is full of gigs. The colder weather is coming, the nights are drawing in and the only solution for that? Go out and get in somewhere warm, like a music venue, perhaps. A lot of great artists are heading to Thekla over the next few weeks but that doesn’t mean other venues haven’t got stuff to offer: the famous boat just happens to have made some killer bookings this month. Try to head to as many gigs as possible… and when the music is this good, how can you not?
DECO with Beverly Shrills / Promises Promises
The Crofter’s Rights
DECO are bringing their bright and breezy electro-pop sound to Bristol. It’s the opening night of their Autumn UK tour, and they’re bound to be showcasing more new material to fans since the release of latest single ‘Upside Down’ a couple of weeks ago. DECO will be joined by BIMM alumni Promises Promises and Beverly Shrills. If you’re looking for a boogie-filled night, head on down to Crofter’s… but grab a ticket here first.
Y’know what you need more of in your life? An artist that sounds like the combination of Fleetwood Mac and Beck. Bubblegum Indie Pop legend Darwin Deez is heading from Brooklyn to Bristol just to prove it. Word has it that he can dance just like Napoleon Dynamite, and he will often do said dancing onstage at his gigs, with a couple of rap battles thrown in for good measure. This night is 100% guaranteed to be a memorable one. Don’t miss it!
Mikaela Davis with Agata and Josie Blakelock
Mikaela Davis defies convention when it comes to creating her alternative pop sound. Her instrument of choice is different from what you may expect; the harp heavily features within her music and on her debut album ‘Delivery’. Building songs around this instrument and relying on it as other musicians would rely on the guitar gives Davis an edge. An unorthodox approach that results in incredible sounds and creative arrangements. With BIMM alumni Agata as main support, and also Josie Blakelock, it’s sure to be an inspiring night. Find a ticket here.
Didirri with Herbal Tea
A rising sensation, Didirri is a long way from his hometown of Melbourne, Australia. He’s on an intimate tour of the UK, spreading his music and “heartbreaking and healing” lyrics, showing that he has something to say. A free event, this is one to catch if you feel like discovering something new. With support from BIMM student Herbal Tea, it’ll be a spellbinding evening from start to finish. More event information can be found here.
Boy Azooga have taken the indie/alternative rock genre to the next level. This project, steered by Davey Newington, stems from large amounts of musical heritage and is influenced by an array of artists, including Black Sabbath, Outkast and The Beastie Boys. With captivating instrumentals that truly consume you, and catchy lyrics thrown into the mix, Boy Azooga are quickly becoming the favourite band to all who hear them. Get involved and swing by Thekla to hear their latest album ‘1, 2, Kung Fu’ live: Get your tickets here.
As an unsigned band who have their debut album in the top 40 charts, there is clearly something special about BIMM Brighton alumni Black Honey. They always provide a gripping live performance, and this show will be no exception. According to Spotify “there’s no other British band out there like Black Honey”, a group who have perfected the indie game but are now ready to play amongst the majors. They’re ones a lot of people have been watching – maybe you should too? Tickets available here.
SWX – (SOLD OUT)
You’ve heard of IDLES, surely. If you have an interest or connection to BIMM, you’re bound to know IDLES. They’re the shining jewel of Bristol’s musical crown right now – they’re made of you, they’re made of me, unity! Touring all over the place, currently in the USA, can take its toll, but they’ve having breaks… even if that break means a performance on Later… with Jools Holland. Their Bristol show is sold out, and we would expect nothing less of course, but keep an eye out in case some tickets become available.
Simple Things Festival
Simple Things Festival is back with another incredible line-up, including Slowdive, Helena Hauff and LICE. Entertainment all day and night across various venues, the festival remains a firm favourite of Bristol music fans. More acts were added recently like Tungz, a fun and groovy indie band with mesmerising melodies that suggest they’re destined for success. BIMM alumni Herbal Tea, Poisonous Birds and Chaouche are also playing, all utterly different but fantastic in their own way. Discover some of the best new acts around by buying your ticket here.
Harvey Causon has been going from strength to strength over the last year or so, meaning his headline show at The Louisiana is definitely something to get excited about. His contemporary R&B and electronica sound has earned him some BBC attention, and the EP ‘Murphy’s Hand’, created with his talented friend and flat mate Gabriel Gifford, is a perfect example of the unique music Causon manages to make. With support from Jevon Ives, it’s going to be an entrancing show. Tickets still available here.
A little different to our other recommendations this month is Sønder Choir. Made up of professional vocalists in Bristol, the group have recently performed at a Sofar Sounds showcase and are known for hair-raising vocal harmonies and magical improvisational skills. Featuring many BIMM alumni and tutor, Rob Short, this is a choir that you’ll watch and immediately wish you could join. Support comes from soul/pop/funk solo artist and BIMM student, Chrissie Huntley. Tickets available here.
Hallowe’en has caused some controversy this year by falling on a Wednesday. If Hallowe’en means a party night for you, when do you go out… the weekend before or the weekend after? Luckily, this should mean your Hallowe’en evening is free, and we suggest you go see Snail Mail. She may be young, but her EP ‘Habit’ landed her so much attention that she just had to bring an album out this year to keep everyone happy. Her debut LP ‘Lush’ shows off her powerhouse vocals and demonstrates a mature level of artistry. It’s not sold out yet, but it might very well do so, so get a ticket here before it’s too late.