When Bristol was named as Europe's trendiest city in the National Geographic Traveller UK's Cool List last year, the judges specifically mentioned 'the break-beat heartbeat of its rudely healthy music scene.'
The Bigg team rarely miss a chance to dance the night away, read on to discover why we love the Bristol music scene so much.
Along with most UK cities in recent times, Bristol has faced it's fair share of venue closures. Luckily, you'll still find a wealth of unique venues offering eclectic line-ups. Rated one of the best clubs in the world, Motion offers an experience unlike any other (yes, it was formerly a skate park). Their fresh approach to events, their commitment to offering unbeatable line-ups and their wealth of musical knowledge help to create nights that you'll remember for years to come. This year you can take your pick from Rejjie Snow, Adore Delano, Redlight's Ice Cream Jungle, and a huge range of other artists and events. Thekla, once a German cargo ship, now a permanent fixture in Bristol harbour, plays host to an array of live music, DJs and club nights. In the coming months, you'll be able to watch Mahalia, Not3s and We Are Scientists in the underbelly of the historic ship.
Glastonbury is only down the road but trust us Bristol holds it own when it comes to music festivals. In May, Love Saves the Day, now in its seventh year, takes over Eastville park, bringing an eclectic range of incredible artists. This year, sees the likes of Sampha, Loyle Carner, Raye and Fatboy Slim grace their stages.
Bristol doesn't just offer the chance to see and hear great music, it offers innumerable opportunities to get involved and create it yourself. Take Sisterworks for example, a network of women in the music and creative industries who share their knowledge, skills and passion with each other in order to combat the huge gender disparity. In January they ran a day of female-led workshops to give women the opportunity to learn new skills including djing, graffiti, songwriting and much more alongside panel discussions from industry experts in a non-judgemental space.