20-21 October, Various, Bristol

The runaway successful venture between the teams behind Crack Magazine, LSTD and Colston Hall, the mighty Simple Things Festival returns for a seventh year this October. Highly praised for its adventurous, genre-spanning array of music across a vast range of established and DIY venues around the city, this year’s festival will once again allow audiences to broaden their musical horizons. Proceedings get underway at Motion with a set from Metronomy, Joe Mount’s phenomenal electronic pop project that has firmly established itself as one of the liveliest and engrossing acts around with latest release Summer 08. Headliners Leftfield will be performing their influential debut Leftism in its entirety.





16 October, 02 Academy, Bristol

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25 October, Bierkeller, Bristol

Dylan Kwabena Mills, better known by his stage name Dizzee Rascal, has become a pioneer of grime music during his career, also incorporating elements of UK garage, bassline, British hip-hop and R & B into his own distinctive sound and style. His 2002 debut album Boy in da Corner became critically acclaimed as a classic of the grime genre, and in 2003 at only nineteen he was awarded the Mercury Prize, the second rapper to receive this honour.

His follow up releases: Showtime, Maths + English and Tongue n’ Cheek all certified platinum, with the latter exceeding sales of 300,000 units in the UK alone, but with a distinctive pop rather than grime sound. This year sees Dizzee return with his first album in four years: Raskit, which contains rhythmic rapping, reflective wordplay – and a return to grime. Raskit was produced entirely by Dizzee along with Valentino Khan and Teddy Samba. Dizzee hits the road again this autumn - don’t miss your chance to see him at the O2 Academy this October.

When a band reaches its fifth album, it might be fair to assume you’ll have a handle on what to expect in terms of their style and sound - but Faris Badwan, lead vocalist of The Horrors, believes change can be a good thing, albeit a risk. “Life isn’t much fun without risk. It’s the antithesis of being creative if you know what you’re going to be doing every time,” he said. The band previewed their new album V in July with an intimate London show, and this new album  - released on September 22nd - revels in diversity, incorporating elements of dance, trance and 80s pop. Hot on the heels of V, the five embark on a major UK tour this autumn – check out their new direction on 25th October at Bierkeller.




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