Wednesday 25th October | O2 Academy
Some call him hip-hop’s saviour, others call him an anti-white gangster rapper. Whatever your stance on Joey Bada$$, there’s no denying that he’s hot property on the rap scene. The 22-year-old has already toured the world, released two studio albums and founded hip-hop collective Pro Era. His tongue-twisting rhymes and whip-smart verses have tackled police brutality, systematic oppression, and of course that bigwig running his country. He’s Bada$$ by name, badass by nature.
Top pick if you’re into: Pro Era, A$AP Ferg, The Underachievers
Gilles Peterson, Jeremy Underground, Motor City Drum Ensemble
Saturday 14th October | The Rainbow Venues
To kick off the first of two autumn warehouse parties at The Rainbow complex, Leftfoot and Shadow City have enlisted some of the finest tastemakers in the field. The eight-hour extravaganza will see selector supremo Gilles Peterson at the helm, sauna-loving Jeremy Underground, and German tastemaker Motor City Drum Ensemble. As if that wasn’t enough to get you digging into your pockets, they’ve thrown in eight more DJs for good measure…crikey.
Top pick if you’re into: Hunee, Dan Shake, Detroit Swindle
Friday 6th October | O2 Institute2
Having risen to fame as the guest vocalist on Chase and Status’s track ‘When It All Goes Wrong’, Tom Grennan is sparking the flame to blaze his own trail. Armed with a cheeky chappy charm and a gravelly soul-tinged voice that’s emotive beyond his years, the 20-something delivers a live show that’s more than you’ll bargain for.
Top pick if you’re into: Rag‘n’Bone Man, Maverick Sabre, JP Cooper
Tuesday 31st October | Mama Roux’s
Twice Mercury-nominated Obaro Ejimiwe aka Ghostpoet is taking his fourth studio album Dark Days + Canapes on the road this autumn for an extensive UK tour. With his hallmark languid vocal, sociopolitical lyrics, and trip-hop beats, the man-behind-the-music is quite a presence on stage. The Guardian once called his live show ‘claustrophobic and utterly compelling’…sounds a bit like your English Lit lecturer, no?
Top pick if you’re into: Mount Kimbie, Floating Points, Young Fathers
Wednesday 25th October | O2 Academy
Grade A pop grenades and powerhouse pipes make up Zara Larsson’s musical DNA. It’s that winning combination that has seen her dominate the charts multiple times, both solo and with the likes of MNEK and Clean Bandit. At just 19 years old the Swedish singer has proved herself as a force to be reckoned with in the pop world– one that probably won’t be playing venues of this size for much longer. Catch her at the O2 venues before she’s catapulted into arenas… and don’t say we didn’t tell you so.
Top pick if you’re into: Tove Love, Alessia Cara, Dua Lipa
Souljam | Five Years of Funk
Wednesday 4th October | Lab 11
To celebrate five years of spreading the best funk, soul and disco across the nation, SoulJam are bringing their biggest ever tour right to your doorstep. Get ready for a night of dancing to the most fun, uplifting, dance floor-friendly sounds around. And if anyone calls you out on your dance moves, blame it on the boogie baby.
Top pick if you’re into: Stevie Wonder, Chic, Michael Jackson, Curtis Mayfield
02:31 | 6th Birthday
Saturday 7th October | The Rainbow Venues
02:31 are celebrating six years of partying with a day and night extravaganza in The Rainbow Venues. Heading up proceedings is chart-gracing DJ and producer Redlight, who’ll be bringing his Ice Cream Jungle concept to the new space. Joining him will be fellow Bristolians My Nu Leng, as well as grime and garage talent, Preditah. Plus, a special guest appearance comes in the formal of General Levy who’ll be bringing his signature jungle and ragga vibes. With a line-up of this calibre, you’ll want to be there to see 02:31 hit this milestone in style.
Top pick if you’re into: Boy Better Know, Hannah Wants, Zed Bias
Sunday 1st October | O2 Academy
When Lorde dropped her seminal debut ‘Pure Heroine’– a gritty ode to the suburban teenager– nobody could have predicted the storming success it brought the then 17-year-old. Four years on, and the New Zealander has blown expectations out of the water again with the release of her flawless sophomore record, ‘Melodrama’. Now, armed with two records’ worth of alternative anthems, the 20-year-old is ready to hit the road once again.
Top pick if you’re into: Lana Del Rey, Tove Lo, Marina and the Diamonds
25 years of RAM Records
Saturday 21st October | Crane
Iconic record label RAM are celebrating a whopping 25 years at the forefront of the drum & bass scene. To celebrate, they’ll be unlocking a brand new indoor venue at The Rainbow Complex– Crane. Helping them christen the new stage and celebrate in style is D&B heavyweights Chase & Status, the DnB assassin Andy C, and a whole host of other master selectors.
Top pick if you’re into: DJ Hype, Friction, Roni Size
Portal | Halloween
Sunday 29th October | The Rainbow Venues
Smear that fake blood all over your face and rip up an old outfit because Portal’s Halloween extravaganza is all about the fancy dress. For one night only The Rainbow Venues will be transformed into a spooky wonderland, soundtracked by the some of the finest DJs in disco, house and techno. Expect monster mixes from the likes of Santé, Latmun, Cuartero and many more.
Top pick if you’re into: Eats Everything, Richy Ahmed, Patrick Topping