Welcome back to our occasional guide to the best live music coming up this week around Bristol…
Monday 30th April
BBC Sound of 2012 longlisters Dry The River play The Fleece tonight. Unfortunately this show sold out a couple of months ago but if you haven’t given their debut album a listen, you probably should. Though they are another indie folk rock band that get lumped in with Mumford and Sons, they recorded their album with producer Peter Katis resulting in a sound more akin to his work with The National than to the more folky sound of the Mumfords.
If you’ve missed out this time there is another chance to see them in October when they play the Komedia in Bath – tickets here.
Tuesday 1st May
Punkish alt-rockers Blood Red Shoes play the Trinity Centre in Easton on Tuesday. For something heavier Of Mice & Men play The Fleece and for something a little different check out Jake Morley brings some pretty special guitar playing to The Louisiana.
Wednesday 2nd May
Canadian folk-country singer Dan Mangan plays The Louisiana, bringing, amongst other things, the message that robots need love too, while husband and wife country musicians Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart play St Bons.
Thursday 3rd May
British folk rock group Trembling Bells play the Trinity Centre on Thursday and could be pretty fun live.
Friday 4th May
One of my top picks of the week is another “BBC Sound of 2012″-er, Lianne La Havas who also plays at Trinity (good lineup there this week!). Here she is being lovely on Jools Holland…
Bank Holiday Weekend
There are two weekend festivals going on over this May Bank Holiday weekend – the Bristol Folk Festival, which, perhaps fortunately with the current weather, takes place indoors at the Colston Hall Saturday to Monday (lineup here), and the Simple Things Festival, a one-day festival on Sunday that takes place at still unannounced locations across central Bristol and includes 60 acts including Squarepusher, Death in Vegas, Ghostpoet and, one of my current favourites, Grimes (lineup here).
Tickets for these two festivals are not cheap – £80 for the Folk Festival and £35 for Simple Things – so if your budget doesn’t stretch that far but you still want to catch some live music during the long weekend, American folk singer Mariee Sioux at the Cube Cinema on Saturday night should also be a good option.