Author: Stuart Tidy

Flamingods Review – The Lantern

➤   20 May, 2017, 13:20

There are few small venues in Bristol with such an unbelievably high ceiling or English mansion-type vibe to the room. Passing through the main entrance, over the soft granite flooring and brushed chrome décor; your tickets are...

Flamingods Preview

➤   11 May, 2017, 18:30

Flamingods have a rather unique story and way of functioning. Split between Britain and Bahrain, they formed at a music festival and now write their material by emailing each other and meeting up occasionally for a mammoth...

Plastic Mermaids Review – Exchange

➤   4 May, 2017, 20:00

The size of the Exchange and the kit they’ve fitted it with I’ve found can create two particular types of experience. The first, is that of standing directly behind a jet engine until you’re slowly shredded to...

Plastic Mermaids Preview – Exchange

➤   24 April, 2017, 21:00

Plastic Mermaids have been around for some time. Their persistent flow of EPs and regular live shows have garnered them quite the loyal following. Often called upon for numerous slots in the festival season; they always put...

No Violet Review + Photoset – Mr Wolf’s

➤   14 April, 2017, 14:35

Photos: Jessica Bartolini As you pass through the bar to the backroom in Mr Wolf’s you slip into an array of wooden floors and surfaces; a spraying of graffiti, sprinkled with fuzzy white dots strewn across the...

Interview: the beginning and now of No Violet

➤   5 April, 2017, 13:05

Dot to Dot Festival 2016 was an overwhelming spectacle swamping the city centre with an utter deluge of bands from numerous far flung locations. One of the acts that stuck in my mind however, was No Violet...

Spectres – Condition

➤   9 March, 2017, 14:00

Photo: Paul Samuel White From the opening bars of Spectres new album Condition the careful consideration and attention to small detail is evident. It is once again very much a noise rock effort of the epic variety but...

Farmfest 2016 Review – Friday

➤   3 August, 2016, 13:30

Photo: Mustafa Mirreh Rolling effortlessly into its 11th year, Farmfest has proven its ability to pull increasingly impressive rabbits from its metaphorical hat. From very humble beginnings, we now see the event continuously bulging around the edges as...

Little Scream + Lionface Review – Start The Bus

➤   13 July, 2016, 17:30

Sunday night at Start the Bus may not be as busy as a Friday but the line-ups are no less impressive. Distinctively different in style but both equally impressive, we start the night with synth metal outfit...

Festival Preview: Farmfest 2016

➤   11 July, 2016, 09:00

Photo: Alex Rawson Whenever you tell people you’re going to Farmfest the vast majority will always ask “is that a festival on a farm?” The answer is yes. Hidden in the middle of nowhere in Somerset, those getting...

Introducing: Madame Česki

➤   3 July, 2016, 14:00

I’ve discovered many artists on Tom Robinson’s Radio 6 introducing show which is a great source for new music. He clearly takes the time to listen to a broad selection of artists and is not scared to...

Dot to Dot Festival 2016 Review + Photoset

➤   3 June, 2016, 11:00

Photography: David Gilmore Dot to Dot Festival can rightfully boast of being stuffed full of new and creative music. The sheer level of skill and professionalism you find makes X factor look like some amateurish sixth form...

Jonnie Common – Kitchen Sync

➤   14 May, 2016, 13:00

I had the pleasure of meeting Jonnie Common at last year’s Farmfest and he came across as a very humble but exceptionally talented musician who riffles through his instrumental and technical skills like so many ice cream flavours....

Festival Preview: Dot To Dot Festival 2016

➤   9 May, 2016, 11:00

Dot To Dot Festival celebrated its tenth year in 2015 and rightfully so. One of a deluge of smaller independent/DIY music festivals that are gradually blossoming in greater numbers and justifiably swamping the likes of Glastonbury and Reading...

Imprints – Pirates & Thieves

➤   5 May, 2016, 11:00

Imprints are a bit of a local treasure that I always feel compelled to tell others about. Bristol is in no short supply of folk acts and most are usually of an impressively high standard. However, you...