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Music in Bristol: What’s On This April
Image Credit: Hayseed Dixy. Photo: Drew De F Fawkes

Music in Bristol: What’s On This April

29 March 2017 | Amy-Lee Haynes

Spring is making an entrance and the Bristol music scene is getting exciting next month. If you’re going to be in the city in April there is so much music on offer from all genres. Here is a quick round-up.

Colston Hall
This month Colston Hall has some big names playing their stages. To kick off we have the Jam’s Paul Weller, playing his first U.K. tour since 2015. The 1970s rock band 10cc will also grace the Colston’s stages to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the release of their hit single ‘Donna’. Sticking with the old favourites vibe, the one and only Billy Ocean, who is currently on an international tour, will be playing here – get ready to hear many of the hits from his best-selling album, Here You Are: The Best of Billy Ocean.

If you’re more of a fan of the pop genre, you are in for a treat as Ne-Yo will be performing on 5 April. Expect to hear some nostalgic classics from the early 2000s, in addition to hits from his more recent album Non-Fiction. The following week the northern legend Rick Astley is performing his latest album. It is safe to say that this show will never let you down.

Rick Astley in concert
Rick Astly. Photo Credit: m-alo

Paul Weller is on 1 April
10cc  are on 4 April
Billy Ocean is on 26 April
Ne-Yo is on 5 April
Rick Astley is on 10 April
 
Thekla
If you’re into watching live music in a venue that is a boat, then Thekla is the place to go. First up Haley Bonar will (gently) rock the ship with her soft vocals that are guaranteed to leave you wanting more. Bonar’s songs have a variety of themes from sexuality and teenage parenthood to jealousy and suspicion. Soon after, the winner of Choice Music Prize’s song of the year, Gavin James will be playing his incredible album, Bitter Pill. Expect a heart wrenching performance from this show.

If indie bands are your thing, make sure you check out Palace. Their 2016 album, SoLongForever is very chilled and particularly loved by indie sensation Jamie T. Into something a bit heavier? Have no fear, Hellyeah will be making an appearance at Thekla on 14 April. This heavy metal bunch will rock your Easter weekend.

Hellyeah on stage
Hellyeah. Photo Credit: Ralph Averson.
 
Haley Bonar is on 5 April
Gavin James is on 7 April
Hellyeah are on 14 April
Palace are on 19 April
 
The Louisiana
The Louisiana is a snug little venue that hosts the artists to watch out for. Having previously played guitar in Kurt Vile’s The Violators, Steve Gunn now performs with his very own band. He takes inspiration from Basho, Bull, Chapman and Sharrock. Next up we have the Voice finalist, Leah McFall. With her unforgettably unique sound Leah will be performing her latest tracks including ‘Wolf Den’. If you rooted for her to win on the Voice then make sure you grab yourself a ticket. Sticking with some girl power, the PJ-Harvey-esque Bryde is one to see. She has been described as channelling Jeff Buckley and Sharon van Etten with her folky vocals – it’s a show that you will never forget.

Steve Gunn is on 4 April
Leah McFall is on 17 April
Bryde is on 20 April
 
 
O2
Rag ‘n’ Bone man might have sold out but there’s still plenty of big names you can catch at the O2. Giggs will take to the stage to perform his latest album, Landlord which went all the way to number two in the UK album charts. He has performed with the likes of Skepta, Kano and Drake so you know that this UK rapper has talent. If British rappers are your thing, make sure you’re at the O2 to see Stormzy perform his debut studio album, Gang Signs and Prayer, the first grime album to reach number one in the UK. After being nominated for a Brit award for the Best British Breakthrough Act and causing a storm on social media by performing a one-off outdoor show in London, Stormzy is considered one of the biggest influences on grime today.

Giggs is on 15 April
Stormzy is on 28 April
 
The Fleece
If you want to spend your Easter Sunday celebrating the good old South West, the Fleece is the place to be. The Wurzels will be celebrating their 40-year anniversary so grab a cider and sing along. If you’re into the unique style of the Wurzels, you might also want to see Hayseed Dixy who are known for playing bluegrass versions of hard rock bands such as AC/DC. If you are into a mix of genres, King King will be playing their rock/blues collection. They are renowned for their awesome connection with their audience so prepare for a heart-warming show.

The Wurzels is on 16 April
Hayseed Dixy are on 19 April
King King are on 23 April
 
 

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