This coming weekend is definitely one of those ‘best kind of problem to have’ weekends when you’ll need a spreadsheet and a strategy, and you’ll definitely need to break a sweat to catch all the bands you really want to see. Wednesday is looking rather tasty too. Bristol’s bringing it home again. Have a great week in music.

Thursday 19th July

Mun Sing

Mun Sing + Daddy Long Legs – Arnolfini 

One half of Giant Swan, Harry Wright released his solo EP, Witness in 2017 as Mun Sing. Heavily industrial though this techno is, it also feels as human as it comes, perhaps a testament to how our lives are becoming increasingly mechanised. Daddy Long Legs is half-Crazy Frog, half-Minion, so you may try to resist, but you’ll be singing the tunes all week. More here…

Friday 20th July

Bristol Harbour Festival – Thekla (Continuing on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd)

It all warms up at Thekla on Friday night with The St. Pierre Snake Invasion, Phoxjaw and Sugar Horse. Catch No Violet, Poisonous Birds, Cousin Kula, Heavy Lungs and wych elm on Saturday and then complete leg three of this fine musical pilgrimage with Harvey Causon, China Bowls, Fossette and Tungz. It’s also sixty years since Thekla was built; that’s definitely something to celebrate. More here…

CLT DRP + Twisted Ankle + Don Juan + Jack Nash – Crofters Rights

You may have seen this electro-punk three-piece from Brighton in February at the Louisiana, supporting Sœur. CLT DRP released ‘Merry Go Round’ in April, which is profoundly unlikely to be played as incidental music at travelling fairgrounds up and down the country. If you’re after a ‘summer banger’, this may not be your gig. ‘Summer headbanger’? Guaranteed. More here…

Future Islands

Future Islands + Little Dragon – Ashton Gate

What future for our island? It’d probably in more sturdy hands if subjected to the wisdom of Sam Herring and the indie-rock/synth-pop of Future Islands. That said, ‘strong and stable’ weren’t words that were top of the bill when the energetic front man was giving it so much oomph that he fell off the stage at the O2 Academy back in May. More here…

Modern Rituals + Pierre Roxon-Hammond + Ead Wood + Swallow Cave + Skulk – Mothers Ruin

As featured in June’s magazine, Modern Rituals are on a high at the moment, after such a well-received set at The Great Escape and the release of their debut album, The Light That Leaks In. In an era where so many of our modern rituals are self-destructive and profoundly time-wasting, you can reverse that trend by spending time on this fine quartet. More here…

Saturday 21st July

Leeches

Leisure Records Alt Harbour Fest – Hy-Brasil

There’s a third way this weekend, and it’s happening at Hy-Brasil. Leisure Records take over for a day of fine revelry, introducing you to an eclectic mix of their favourite artists. It’s all headlined by Leeches, who will bring plenty of lager-fuelled frisson to the party, with plenty of additional depth from Zebrafi, Gork, Hanya, Agata, Pictures of Belgrade, Josie Blakelock and Ead Wood. More here…

50% Off Pure Tour: Brandon Vare + 303Myth.Rar + Edinburgh Leisure + Ailie Ormston + Champ – Brunswick

50% Off Pure is an Edinburgh-based avant-garde music label, taking its finest exponents of electronic noise-making on a national tour. They support contemporary arts and music, so expect the experimental alongside more traditional sounds. Brandon Vare exemplifies this ethos in composing tunes using both obsolete and cutting-edge technology. More here…

Bristol Harbour Festival – Louisiana (continues Sunday 22nd)

So, you may well be power-walking from one side of the bridge to the other for a lot of Saturday and Sunday to make sure you see the likes of Brockley Forest, EP/64, Repo Man and Insomnichord  on Saturday, as well as Kate Stapley, Stanlaey, The Malago Ballroom and Abstract Typography on Sunday. It’ll be worth every calorie burned. More here…

Sunday 22nd July

BIMM/Tap The Feed Present – Bristol Harbour Festival Stage – Hy-Brasil

Why not rest your bones in Hy-Brasil on Sunday afternoon? If you do, you’ll hear many of this city’s finest up-and-coming acts, brought to you by BIMM and our good friends, Tap The Feed. Hush Mozey will bring you songs from their perky Tales of Bigotry EP, whilst Mauwe’s infectious indie-pop will offer a different beat. Ten bands in total. Gratis. Spoiled for choice. More here…

Wednesday 25th July

Chelsea Wolfe

Ministry + Chelsea Wolfe – SWX

Make America Great Again? It’s easy to forget that America has been great, is great in many ways and will be great again. “The truth is under arrest” as Ministry point out on ‘Twilight Zone’ from their current album, AmeriKKKant. BLM cover star for July, Chelsea Wolfe enhances the gloom-garlanded grandeur of this SWX evening with her beautiful abrasive sounds. More here…

Hook Jaw + Jævndøgn + Enids – Hydra Bookshop

When Danish people say ‘Copenhagen’, it sounds like they’re saying ‘Chippenham’. Easy as it would be to import three of Chippenham’s finest bands, Hydra Bookshop seek to head off any sense of a midweek slump in your life by bringing three great Scandi sounds on Wednesday night. Hook Jaw will give you fuzz-fuelled, punch-in-the-face punk, whilst the other two splendid bands take it down a notch or three. More here…

Snapped Ankles – Rough Trade

Their name may conjure images that make you slightly squeamish, but Snapped Ankles‘ 2017 album, Come Play The Trees was cracking in an entirely different sense. Imagine a hybrid of The Fat White Family, Hookworms and Public Service Broadcasting, then give it a motorik edge and you’ve got a sense of what to expect. More here…

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