17 June, 02 Academy, Bristol
The man who made a million hearts flutter in 2000 with his video for the Grammy award-winning single ‘Untitled (How Does it Feel?)’ R&B legend D’Angelo returns to the UK for a series of performances throughout June to showcase material from his as yet untitled new album which is due later in the year. He resurfaced from a long hiatus due to personal issues in 2014 to widespread acclaim with the album Black Messiah, leading off with single ‘Really Love’, and we have not seen his smooth brand of neo-soul toured on these shores since 2015. He’s planning to be much more prolific from this point out though, recently saying, “I feel like, in a lot of respects, that I’m just getting started.”
23 June, St Phillip’s Gate, Bristol
Comedy Garden is back for another year complete with an outrageous line-up including the whip-smart QI star Alan Davies.
Based on the wildly successful 1983 movie of the same name, Flashdance tells the inspiring story of Alex, a welder by day and aspiring dancer by night.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in a summer blockbuster due to hit the big screen from 6th June.
In an 80s indie Friday/Saturday double header, Echo and the Bunnymen and The Jesus and Mary Chain kick off the new Skyline Series but it is Birmingham’s UB40 who bring their infectious blend of pop and reggae to Bristol, headlining the first Saturday of the season-long programme of shows at St. Philip’s Gate. With over 70 million records sold worldwide and over 50 singles having charted in the UK top 40 they are the second most commercially successful reggae act of all time (after only the mighty Bob Marley). Fans were pleased when the band kept going after original frontman Ali Campbell left in 2008, with his brother Duncan stepping into the fray on vocals and providing consistency in both look and tone from the original line-up. Hits such as ‘Food for Thought’ and ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ sound just as good as they used to but are delivered with a maturity, confidence and professionalism that can only be gained through experience. Fingers crossed the sun comes out to play as it’ll pair nicely with some red, red wine...
Words: Richard Swales
13 June, Trinity Centre, Bristol
East Coast hip hop legend Ghostface Killah brings his notoriously good live show to the Trinity Centre in preparation for the release of his 13th solo studio album Supreme Clientele 2. One of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan he has enjoyed a storied and successful career since the 1993 release of their platinum debut record Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).
Lauded for his, “unparalleled storytelling instincts,” and his imagination it’s hard to disagree with Pitchfork when they say that he, “might be the best, most colorful storyteller rap has ever seen.” He rarely tours outside of his home country so don’t miss out on this one if you’re interested especially in such a cosy, intimate setting.
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