7th June | Gallimaufry

After the astronomical success of the Astral Tusk launch in April, the tuskers have only gone and unleashed a banging line-up for the second dosage of acts who’ll be performing this Thursday at The Gallimaufry. Astral Tusk are a fresh collective whose aim is to galvanize the experimental jazz scene and cast it straight into the stratosphere, along with synths and a hefty helping of groove beats.

Kicking things off under the alias of Sublunary will be Alun Elliott-Williams, who’ll be gracing us with his solo project. Having spent the last two-odd years in Bristol cutting his teeth with some of the hottest acts going, and pushing himself every Wednesday in Waldo’s Gift at The Gallimaufry, Alun embarks upon his solo show with a plethora of pedals and some beefy amps. Expect a mammoth sound with plenty of ambient loops and gut-churning riffs.

Next on the bill are contemporary jazz-fusion band, Lyrebird, consisting of saxman Dave Sanders of Snazzback – and more recently a featured guest at Lewis Creaven’s Dharma Blues – alongside the Waldo’s Gift guys. Expect an ecstatic folk-inspired set with waves of electronica. This bird will be taking flight with Sanders’ original tunes.

Sealing the night are improvisational, euphoric electronic groove three-piece Sketch On Glass. They only come out for the most special occasions (last time was nine months ago) and when they do, it’s intoxicating. With Feelgood Experiment’s Alfie Grieve on trumpet, alongside Waldo’s Gift’s Harry Stoneham and James Vine, Sketch on Glass are a whirlwind of hip-hop beats, electronica and post-bop jazz influences.

Astral Tusk will be back for round two this Thursday at The Gallimaufry; it’s also free. What’s not to like?