GOLDIE LOOKIN CHAIN
05 March, The Lanes
The term ‘cult following’ gets thrown around a lot but it really is true of Goldie Lookin Chain (their new release videos still regularly get over a million views on YouTube). The Newport natives have produced an impressive amount of music in their 17 year career, 20 albums including mixtapes, but they will be most remembered for their brief period of chart success in 2004/5 that produced no less than 6 top 40 hits including their biggest tune to date ‘Guns Don’t Kill People, Rappers Do’, a cutting, tongue in cheek commentary on the American hip hop scene and its media depiction. Expect a frantic, fun show with shenanigans aplenty at the revamped The Lanes, these boys have a reputation to uphold after all.
29 March, 02 Academy Bristol
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Bristol Old Vic provides the staging to Chekhov's final masterpiece, The Cherry Orchard in a brand new translation by award-winning playwright Rory Mullarkey.
Claes Bang and Elisabeth Moss star in Palme d’Or winner The Square, a satirical Swedish drama about an art installation.
Starting as one of the more successful mid-noughties garage/indie rock revivals (their debut album Costello Music sold 1.5 million copies) Glasgow’s The Fratellis have become something of a phenomenon in the sporting world. Their UK top 10 hit ‘Chelsea Dagger’ has been used worldwide from America’s National Hockey League through to being the anthem for the Professional Darts Corporation’s televised events. You’re sure to hear it at the O2, along with a selection from their five studio albums including their latest effort In Your Own Sweet Time released 9th March. Newer material sets aside the choppy garage guitars for the most part in favour of pushing their tunes in an anthemic, stadium pop direction more akin to The Killers, possibly with a touch of the Scissor Sisters pomp thrown in for good measure. The latest single release ‘I’ve Been Blind’ is a prime example of this, a soaring, bold chorus still packed with those infectious hooks that brought them their early success. The sound may have changed but, in the band’s own words, they are still, “a band to get drunk to … a party band.”
03 April, Colston Hall, Bristol
Fresh from receiving the MOBO Outstanding Contribution To Music Award and winning the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album, Gregory Porter brings his unique vocal style and trademark hat to Bristol. Described by The New York Times as, “a jazz singer of thrilling presence, a booming baritone with a gift for earthy refinement and soaring uplift”, Porter has received rave reviews for his recordings and live shows across the music press since breaking onto the scene in 2010 and has achieved a level of commercial success that is rarely seen in his genre. He is set to showcase songs from his most recent release Nat King Cole & Me, a selection of covers from Nat King Cole’s extensive discography, 3rd April at the Colston Hall.
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