REVIEW: The Wailers @ 02 Academy, Bristol – 3rd July 2012

by Darren Thompson 6. July 2012 21:31
         Whilst clear that ‘The Wailers’ wouldn’t include the late Bob Marley (or the late Peter Tosh for that matter), I’d given surprisingly little thought to who it was I would actually be seeing perform live. When I’d heard ‘The Wai... [More]

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]

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]

REVIEW: Ed Sheeran @ Moles, Bath – 15th June 2011

by Darren Thompson 20. June 2011 22:35
         I wasn’t intending to review this gig as occasionally it’s nice to soak up an evening’s entertainment without jotting notes on an iPhone, conscious of the article you’re yet to write. However, when you wake up with the previous night&rsquo... [More]

REVIEW: Gentleman’s Dub Club @ Thekla, Bristol – 27th May 2011

by Darren Thompson 28. May 2011 18:13
          The last time I reviewed Gentleman’s Dub Club, I could barely fit enough positivity into the article; they blew the roof off The Croft in what was one of the most exhilarating nights of live music I’d ever seen. This gig therefor... [More]

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble @ Fiddlers Club, Bristol – 18th May 2011

by Darren Thompson 19. May 2011 21:08
       A few miles from the beating heart of Bristol, the off-the-beaten-track venue ‘Fiddlers Club’ lay amidst an industrial estate and the shops of a local suburb. Thoroughly underwhelming from the outside, only a small sign above the door alluded to anythin... [More]

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble @ Fiddlers Club, Bristol – 18th May 2011

by Darren Thompson 19. May 2011 19:55
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REVIEW: Nas and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley @ Wembley Arena, London – 31st March 2011

by Darren Thompson 6. April 2011 12:20
        Now the third time I’ve seen this duo thrill a live audience, this somehow managed to top the previous occasions – especially impressive given I caught their energetic headlining slot at Germany’s brilliant Summerjam Festival last year.   &... [More]

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