The bank holiday approaches, and with it many an excuse to spend the whole day on your favourite obsession. This could be a good weekend to work on your festival stamina before the summer really kicks in. Blatantly, the place to be is the Bristol Live Magazine Stage at the Louisiana Bar on Saturday, but if you can’t manage that, here are some alternative options.

Thursday 24th May

Ezra Furman
Ezra Furman

Ezra Furman + Du Blonde – Colston Hall
With tracks like ‘Suck The Blood From My Wound’ and ‘Love You So Bad’ shining transcendently from the 2018 album, Transangelic Exodus, Ezra Furman is responsible for one of the stand-out records of the year so far. You’ve got to love a body of work that begins with the words, “I woke up bleeding in the crotch of a tree.” More here…

LICE + EP/64 + Haze – Loco Klub
If Joe Talbot of IDLES wanted you on his label, you too might reflect on signing for Balley Records and name your first release It All Worked Out Good. This show at the Loco Klub is their hometown launch for that double EP of art-punk vignettes. Prepare to have your ears infested and, as LICE themselves would say, rejoice! More here…

Screaming Females + Personal Best – Louisiana
New Jersey three-piece indie rockers, Screaming Females, unleashed their seventh album this February, entitled All At Once. It’s an apt title, as it ranges from the moody chop and shred of ‘Glass House’ to the pop-punk leanings of ‘I’ll Make You Sorry.’ If you have a ticket for this sold-out show, sorry is one thing you won’t be. More here…

Friday 25th May

TY

Ty + Stay Hungry – Louisiana
South Londoner Ben Chijioke, aka Ty, was nominated for the 2004 Mercury Prize for his album Upwards. Having last released an album in 2010, he returned this year with A Work of Heart. As the title might suggest, it’s a deeply autobiographical work. If you took a cross-section of Ty, there’s no doubt that the words of this album would be running through him, like the rings on a tree. More here…

Captain Süün + The Hungry Ghosts + As Mamas – The Trap
Another day, another Bristolian EP launch – but another excellent one. Beach Burrito, out on the 25th on Stolen Body Records draws a real line in the sand and marks Captain Süün’s growing stature with waves of surf-rock-suffused garage-psych. Captains are supposed to be authoritative. You’ll be happy to be led by them on Friday night. More here…

The Lovely Eggs

The Lovely Eggs + Mr Ben & The Bens + Rob Auton – Exchange
Holly Ross and David Blackwell’s current album, This Is Eggland, distinguishes them as being from an exhilaratingly fresh, raw and gorgeously enigmatic realm of their own, as its title may suggest. There’s a permanently heady joy you get to listening to The Lovely Eggs. You’ll wonder whether you’re sober or drunk, properly awake or having a snoozy cheese dream. More here…

Hell Hath No Fury Fest – Chelsea Inn (25th & 26th) and Mothers Ruin (27th)
You’ve only ever got one chance to be present at the start of something. The inaugural Hell Hath No Fury Fest looks set to be one of those phenomena about which you’ll be lucky to say, in years to come, “I was there.” Over three days, you can have your grey matter blasted by the likes of Pussyliquor, Kiss Me Killer, Menstrual Cramps, Brassick and Bolshy. Hell, yeah. More here…

Saturday 26th May

Loyle Carner

Love Saves The Day Festival – Eastville Park (continues on the 27th)
It may sound like a 1967 hippie revival, but Love Saves The Day is bang up to date in its sharp relevance. The line-up seems ever more stellar, year on year. Two of British music’s leading figures of 2017, Sampha and Loyle Carner, occupy the top two slots on Sunday’s billing. Our guru for Saturday night’s electronic love-in will be Fatboy Slim. Right there, right then. More here…

Fever Dream + Joy + Charivari – Old England
To think that the cynical reviewer who coined the phrase ‘shoegaze’ nearly three decades ago was being derogatory and, I assume, not expecting this long-fringed, guitar-heavy, swirling dream pop to stick around. It’s great to see a new generation of sneaker-scrutinising loafers like London three-piece, Fever Dream taking up the baton and running with it. More here…

Dot To Dot Festival – Multi-Venue (inc. BLM stage in the Louisiana Bar)
We’re used to urban, multi-venue festivals by now, but Dot To Dot certainly helped to blaze a trail for that version of an all-dayer where you can leave the wellies at home and not live in dread of soiled portaloos. The Horrors, Dermot Kennedy and Pale Waves top the bill, but you’d be forgiven for thinking that The Louisiana Bar was where it’s at, naturally. More here…

Sunday 27th May

Poisonous Birds

ArcTanGent Official Warm-Up Party – Fleece
As well as offering a cathartic conveyor belt of crunch, chunk and crackle, this Sunday service will leave you relieved that the next day’s a bank holiday. Catch the likes of Gallops, The Physics House Band, Scalping and Poisonous Birds. It’s also raising funds to support Cleft guitarist, Dan Wild-Beesley, in his innovative treatment to combat inoperable brain cancer. More here…

Wednesday 30th May

Frankie Cosmos – Fleece
Greta Kline must be one of the most prolific songwriters and performers out there. There’s categorically enough material in her back catalogue to write a set list that would be long enough to stage her own one-act all-dayer. Part of the ensemble Frankie Cosmos, they released their third album, Vessel, recently. Eighteen tracks long, it typifies how their output is vibrant, fearless and improvisational. More here…

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