Gig Review - Tommy Emmanuel

December 8th, 2009

Saturday 5th December 2009 @ Colston Hall, Bristol

The name Tommy Emmanuel may not be familiar to most, but for those who have witnessed the Australian guitarist live follow him with an almost cultish level of dedication. For them and many others, Emmanuel is the greatest living exponent of the acoustic guitar. Tonight, the Colston Hall boils over with anticipation as the unassuming figure takes to the stage and picks up his battered guitar.
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Gig Review - The Horrors

December 7th, 2009

Sunday 6th December 2009 @ Academy, Bristol

Gloomy rain splattered alleys and the drizzle running increasing through my fringe seemed to set the atmosphere perfectly for a night with The Horrors. The audience seemed somewhat undecided on the evening, made equally of teen indie kids with a plethora of flannel shirts, to the occasional Megadeath fan, with the predictable art college scenesters in between. With The Horrors ascent on stage, the confused audience seems the only crowd possible of representing this genre-defying band.
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Gig Review - City Roots

December 7th, 2009

Friday 4th December 2009 @ The Croft, Bristol
Featuring Performances From: Compadres, Tom Bellamy, Old School Tie, The Undercover Hippy

It’s 8.30; I’m being punctual because I know they’ve packed a lot in. To the right of the entrance there’s a cake stall and behind it are large urns of something curried. It smells good. I ask one of the girls serving what it’s for and she tells me it’s for a charity in Gambia. My friend and I sit at the bar which is a first for the Croft; the privileges that come with punctuality eh?
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Gig Review - Athlete

December 6th, 2009

Friday 4th December 2009 @ Anson Rooms, Bristol

I would imagine that it’s only die-hard Athlete fans who would get a kick from seeing this band live; their bland and repetitive songs were not enough to constitute a good concert. Opening with El Salvador and saving hit single Wires until last was rather a predictable set which in no way helped to liven up the night.
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Gig Review - New York Dolls

December 5th, 2009

Thursday 3rd December 2009 @ Anson Rooms, Bristol

With forty years and four expired members behind them, New York Dolls are currently enjoying somewhat of a renaissance. Rewind to 1973 and no-one, not even a thirteen-year old Morrissey, head of the Dolls’ UK fan-club and all round super-fan, would have predicted that. The Dolls, sardonic, go-for-broke, always slightly out of step with their more cerebral contemporaries, seemed destined to blaze out almost as fast as they blazed in – like a match struck in a cave. After the group imploded amidst drug-abuse and general chaos, Johnny Thunders (dec’d) and Jerry Nolan (dec’d) formed the tedious, witless and, frankly, obnoxious Heartbreakers, David Johansen became a b-movie actor, and Arthur ’killer’ Kane (dec’d) a Mormon!
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Gig Review - White Lies

December 4th, 2009

Wednesday 2nd December 2009 @ Academy, Bristol
With support From: Violens, Asobi Seksu

Despite the fact that it was another wet miserable day here in Bristol, the Academy was already heaving by the time I arrived to see the first support act. Through the dry ice and thick stench of beer, Violens were giving it their all with a well balanced set of 60s inspired pop and flashing psychedelic riffs.


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Gig Review - The Motherload

November 30th, 2009

Friday 27th November 2009 @ The Cooler, Bristol
With Support From: Light Of Words, Hi-Fiction Science

Must say, I’ve always liked The Cooler as a venue. Nice staff. Nice tunes. Good bands. As I meander in, there is a nice relaxed atmosphere as the bands playing tonight sound check. There are three bands on the bill: Headliners are The Motherload but first up are Hi-Fiction Science, with Light Of Words the middle men.


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Gig Preview – New York Dolls

November 30th, 2009

Thursday 3rd December 2009 @ Anson Rooms, Bristol

New York Dolls originally swaggered onto the New York music scene in the early ’70s, influencing a generation with their subversive mix of high-decibel rock and high-heeled androgyny. Following the release of their latest critically acclaimed album ‘Cause I Sez So this summer, David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain, Steve Conte, Brain Delaney and Sami Yaffa are on a tour of the UK and descend on Bristol’s Anson Rooms this Thursday. Their superb London 100 Club show sold out in 4 minutes so count your self lucky if you’re able to get along to this one – not to be missed!
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Stage Review - Circus 2 Gaza

November 30th, 2009

Saturday 28th November 2009 @ Bridewell Island, Bristol

Without wanting to start on a bad note, it has to be said that I was a little disappointed to find half of the Island shut tonight. Some leftover hangings and graffiti from the Day Of The Dead Ball were dotted around the place, only half hidden by pictures of Gazan children hastily put up along with trippy, luminous inflatables. This really was the Day Of The Dead Ball’s hangover. It was too expensive for what it was, even though it was for a good cause and that bloody woman pushing raffle tickets on everyone really got my goat. That said, I love these people and will go to whatever they put on, if only to enjoy looking ridiculous with other like-minded people.
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Gig Preview - Tommy Emmanuel

November 25th, 2009

Saturday 5th December 2009 @ Colston Hall, Bristol

Tommy Emmanuel is a remarkable guitarist, a virtuoso in fact, but more importantly he is a performer. The Australian has been playing guitar since the age of four, professionally since the age of ten, and until recently still managed to exceed three hundred shows a year. During his remarkable career, he has played alongside Eric Clapton and Les Paul, and recorded an album with his idol Chet Atkins.
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