In:Motion | Hospitality
Saturday 14th October | Motion
After two decades of championing feel-good drum & bass, Hospital Records remains a pillar of the UK underground. Thanks to their die-hard roster, the roll call for this return to Motion reads like a rolodex of the biggest names in the business. Heavyweights High Contrast and Danny Byrd will be at the helm, while Fred V & Grafix and Bristol’s very own Hugh Hardie will wave the flag for the younger generation on the label. With a whole host of talent joining them, it’s looking like yet another unmissable edition of In:Motion.
Top pick if you’re into: Shy FX, Chase & Status, Camo & Krooked
Friday 6th October | Thekla
As the offspring of ‘90s R&B pioneer Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack producer Cameron McVey, it’s hardly surprising that Mabel has ventured down a musical path. Since her first offering of smooth R&B, ‘Boy Better Know’, the 21-year-old has been paving the way to mainstream consciousness one flawless single at a time. Now, armed with her latest collection of slow jams, Mabel is hitting the road for a super short run of UK dates– which includes Bristol, you lucky devils.
Top pick if you’re into: Jorja Smith, Raye, Sinead Harnett
Wednesday 11th October | The Fleece
Four-piece alternative rock band Inheaven have been causing quite a stir on the gigging circuit. Having cut their teeth on DIY’s Neu tour alongside The Big Moon and VANT in 2015, the South London quartet have gone on to support the likes of Blossoms, Jamie T and Sundara Karma. Now, they’re taking their ‘90s shoegaze and grunge mash-up onto the road for their own extensive headline tour. NME described them as ‘one of the UK’s most exciting new bands’ and The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas counts himself as a fan. At this point, what more do you need to know?
Top pick if you’re into: The Big Moon, YAK, Spring King
Friday 27th October | Lakota
Calling all ghouls and gals, the annual Cubana Halloween party is returning to Lakota and Coroners Court for five rooms of rum-filled fun. Overseeing Lakota’s main room will be Shogun Audio head honcho Friction, alongside Bristol’s very own Linguistics and Dutch decks master DJ Icicle. Meanwhile, Coroners Court will play host to the UK bassline bosses Lengoland, as they hold down the old mortuary on the night of all hallows. Experience Lakota in its seriously spooky reincarnation as Cubana pulls out all the stops for this evil extravaganza.
Top pick if you’re into: Chase & Status, My Nu Leng, Shy FX
Wednesday 18th October | O2 Academy
At this point, Mura Masa’s phone book probably looks like an A-Z of every cool cat in the music business. From A$AP Rocky to Christine and the Queens to Damon Albarn, the 21-year-old beatmaker practically had music celebs queuing round the block to collaborate on his hotly-anticipated debut. Now, with his star-studded self-titled effort finally out in the world, the pioneering producer is hitting the road.
Top pick if you’re into: Tom Misch, Tom Tripp, Sam Gellaitry
Wednesday 4th October | O2 Academy
Whose flow is thicker than cough syrup and rhymes sweeter than honey? Loyle Carner, of course! The Croydon-hailing rap prodigy has been praised for his startlingly confessional lyrics and eloquent verses, but we love him for his laid-back delivery. Whatever your bag when it comes to hip-hop, we challenge you to find something you don’t love about this white-hot prospect, both live and on record.
Top pick if you’re into: Kojey Radical, J. Cole, King Krule
In: Motion | Just Jack Halloween
Saturday 14th Oct | Motion
Bristol’s premier peddlers of critical house and techno are back for their annual Halloween extravaganza. The cult hero of decadent disco DJ Harvey will be heading up proceedings in Room 1, while Berlin’s Steffi & Virginia will be spinning life-affirming techno from dusk till dawn in Room 2. Completing a frighteningly-good bill is Young Marco and Interstellar Funk, who’ll be presiding over Room 3 with their leftfield selection of grooves. And of course, Just Jack residents Tom Rio and Dan Wild will be on hand to push the party to stratospheric heights.
Top pick if you’re into: Jackmaster, Hunee, Prosumer
Thursday 26th October | Exchange
“Jack of all trades, master of none” is a phrase that is single-handedly shunned by Kojey Radical. The Hoxton-hailing 24-year-old is a dab-hand at poetry, music, mixed-media visual, and directing his own record label PUSHCRAYONS. He’s been dubbed ‘the voice of a generation’ for his exploration of identity, race, class, and social unrest across multiple art forms. Most importantly though, his music boasts a mean flow and the kind of gravelly tone that’ll floor you when you hear it live.
Top pick if you’re into: Kendrick Lamar, Ghostpoet, Loyle Carner
Friday 20th October | Motion
Taking risks with curation is one thing Simple Things festival has never been afraid to do. For the past six years the Bristol-based one-dayer has offered lineups that span every inch of the dance music spectrum, from noise-rap to post-punk and grime. This year’s edition is no exception. The festival returns to the city’s most loved venues with a bill that features the likes of techno titans Leftfield, Daphni, Juan Atkins and indie idols Metronomy.
Top pick if you’re into: Leftfield, Daphni, Juan Atkins
Saturday 7th October | Lakota
‘Join us on an adventure through music, time and space as we discover a new realm of the surreal…’ The magical touring circus, Foreverland, is returning to Bristol’s Lakota this autumn with its nostalgia-inducing adult playground, soundtracked by live music from the hottest household names including So Solid Crew and Copy Paste Soul.
Top pick if you’re into: Artful Dodger, Stormzy, Ms Dynamite