BRAND NEW HEAVIES
15 December, Motion, Bristol
Beginning life as Brothers International in London during the 1980s, The Brand New Heavies are pioneers of the Acid Jazz scene, whose trademark blend of jazz, funk and soul has lit up the UK charts for over two decades. Responsible for some of the UK’s biggest R&B/soul hits and a string of Top 40 singles including ‘Dream On Dreamer’, ‘You’ve Got A Friend’, and ‘Midnight At The Oasis’, the band have sold in excess of two million records.
Never far from exciting ventures, 2016 saw the band tour extensively in Europe and Japan and announce their intention to release a follow-up to their groundbreaking 1992 hit Heavy Rhyme Experience, Vol. 1.
14 December, Colston Hall, Bristol
Emma Rices production of the LIttle Matchgirl And Other Happier Tales comes to Bristol this Christmas bringing music, laughter, puppetry and magic.
A great favourite with families, Aladdin starring Joe Pasquale and Marti Pellow will not disappoint any audience expectations.
In Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends.
With original band days as Empire and renowned for their live shows, Lowestoft rockers The Darkness exploded onto the scene in 2003 with Permission to Land. It debuted on the UK chart at Number 2 before climbing to the top spot for a month. Certified quadruple platinum with sales of 1.5 million in the UK alone, three BRIT Awards and a rigorous touring schedule soon followed!
Three albums: One Way Ticket to Hell… and Back, Hot Cakes and The Last Of Our Kind followed in their wake, seeing the band appear at Download Festival, headlining The Big Top Tent at Isle of Wight Festival and supporting Lady Gaga on tour.
Band members came and went but they haven’t let that stop them; their fifth studio album, Pinewood Smile, was released in October this year and the band will be unleashing their unique brand of relentless, guitar-riffing joy, haute couture to light up the Colston Hall stage for an energy filled festive treat this December.
Ferdinand is a heartwarming animated comedy adventure with an all-star cast that arrives in a cinema near you this December.
14 December, 02 Academy, Bristol
Formed out of the ashes of another band in 1990, riding the wave of post The Smiths British musicians, Shed Seven are a band known for a sound that relies heavily on complex guitar arpeggios and wailing vocals. At the height of their early nineties popularity they had fifteen Top 40 singles and four Top 20 albums.
Fans can now rejoice: sixteen years after their last album Truth be Told, and following a split and reformation, Shed Seven’s latest release Instant Pleasures is out this November. To celebrate and support the album, the band are heading out on the road on an extensive UK tour from December, where new material will meet old - including familiar hits ‘Chasing Rainbows’ and ‘Disco Down’.
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