REVIEW: Grillstock Festival, Bristol – 30th June 2012

by Darren Thompson 3. July 2012 16:35
         I nearly didn’t make it to Grillstock as the rain was really hammering down over Bristol this Saturday. We’re not talking a bit of overcast drizzle either, we’re talking the type of rain that twangs violently on the roof of your car, w... [More]

Interview: Yes Sir Boss

by Darren Thompson 4. May 2012 04:27
     Mid-morning, Monday 30th April, I walked through Stokes Croft in Bristol under a sun that was trying its best to creep out from behind the ominous conveyor belt of clouds overhead. Stopping in at ‘The Social’ on Cheltenham Road to interview up-and-coming band &... [More]

REVIEW: Leddra Chapman @ The Louisiana, Bristol - 25th March 2012

by Darren Thompson 28. March 2012 22:28
       Having written an article about Ed Sheeran way-back-when, I’d stumbled across Leddra Chapman as both one of his co-writers and co-performers. A number of months have since passed and occasionally her name has lit up on my musical radar, so when I saw she ... [More]

REVIEW: Benjamin Francis Leftwich @ Komedia, Bath – 21st February 2012

by Darren Thompson 27. February 2012 17:17
    With a hectic evening planned either side of this gig, it was unnerving to find multiple ‘Door’ and ‘Show’ times online when searching for Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s visit to Bath. Given that I’d previously missed a chance to investigate wh... [More]

REVIEW: ‘Rhyme & Reason’ presents ‘GZA’ (Genius), ‘Million Dan’ + ‘Skitz’, ‘Split Prophets’, ‘Buggsy’ and ‘The Scribes’ @ The 02 Academy, Bristol – 18th Feb 2012

by Darren Thompson 24. February 2012 11:55
    After weeks of increasing anticipation, UK Promoter Rhyme & Reason’s finely crafted line-up was ready to unleash itself on a hyped-up audience at the Bristol 02 Academy.    The first act I saw on stage, having shaken off the February chill with a quick... [More]

Review: ‘Left Field in Motion’ - Billy Bragg, Akala and Sound of Rum @ The Fleece, Bristol – 28th November 2011

by Darren Thompson 30. December 2011 22:37
      Aside from straining a look into a packed ‘Left Field’ tent at Glastonbury in 2010, I wasn’t previously too knowledgeable when it came to Billy Bragg, though I’d liked the glimpses I’d caught between the sun-kissed heads and straw hats... [More]

REVIEW: Scroobius Pip @ The Cooler, Bristol - 4th November 2011

by Darren Thompson 8. November 2011 12:30
      The name ‘Scroobius Pip’ has arisen in many conversations I’ve had over the past year or so, often accompanied by the name ‘Dan le Sac’. Each time this has happened, I’ve meant to investigate further, based on the praise that usually c... [More]

REVIEW: Ralph McTell @ St George’s Hall, Bristol – 29th September 2011

by Darren Thompson 3. October 2011 18:42
        As England simmered in a late-September flourish of sunshine, over five hundred people sauntered into the majestic St George’s Hall, tucked innocently behind the bustle of Bristol’s arterial Park Street.       Somehow both grand an... [More]

REVIEW: One Love Peace Festival @ Wembley Arena, London - 31st July 2011

by Darren Thompson 5. August 2011 21:31
       Having seen the line-up some months earlier, ‘One Love Peace Festival’ struck me as an incredible prospect. Just a single day in length, it seemed many of the world’s highest profile Reggae artists would cram into Wembley Arena for an intense part... [More]

One Love Peace Festival 2011 @ Wembley Arena, 31st July

by Darren Thompson 27. June 2011 10:28
    Sunday 31st July will see a fantastic collection of Reggae and Reggae-orientated artists join forces at Wembley Arena in what looks to be one the most vibrant and feel-good events on the musical calendar!        Commemorating the 30th anniversary ... [More]

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