The South West city of Bristol, rich in culture and heritage, was a finalist in the 2008 European Capital of Culture nominations, eventually losing out to Liverpool. That being said, Bristol has a lot to offer to its’ visitors. Experiencing the city and all it holds can take a little longer than an afternoon or evening, which is why spending a night or two in this fabulous city is a must. Take a look at the Travelodge hotels dotted around the area for some excellent value accommodation which offer comfort and affordability to their guests.
No matter what genre of music you listen to, Bristol is notorious for its excellent music industry. With various venues all over this thriving city, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to what gigs and performances are on offer.
Pop punkers, Bowling for Soup, hit the O2 Academy’s stage on the 26th October performing their catchy tunes including “Girl all the Bad Guys Want”, “High School Never Ends” and SR-71 cover, “1985”. If you’re after a night of fun and pop rock anthems, this could be for you.
UK power metallers, Dragonforce, notorious for their electronic sounds and lengthy fast guitar solos, will also be at the Academy at the beginning of the month – definitely a gig for the long haired headbangers amongst you.
For more electronic sounds, Hot Chip will take to the stage at the Academy on the 15th. Forming in 2000, they already have five studio albums under their belts, including their latest self produced album, In Our Heads, and they’re showing no signs of slowing down.
In the heart of Bristol, you will find Colston Hall, a Grade II listed concert hall that, on the 11th October, will present blues-singing triumph, Katie Melua. Reported to be the second richest musician under 30, Katie will be sure to spellbind the audience with a mix of blues, jazz and folk tones. Make your way to the Hall on the 15th and join eighties Scottish pop rockers, Deacon Blue, as they celebrate their 25th Anniversary, live on stage. The 19th October will see the return of Don McLean, as he commemorates the 40th anniversary of the original release of the classic hit, American Pie.
If you’re into more alternative sounds, the Academy has Wasp (4th), Scouting for Girls (16th), Trivium (19th) and The Wedding Present (31st), whilst if you pop over to The Cooler, you could catch Mancunian indie rockers, Nine Black Alps on the 18th.
Alternatively, you can sample some of the excellent traditional and contemporary jazz, as well as the newly added Blues program, at The Old Duke, offering live music every night of the week and on Sunday lunchtimes.
Whatever you end up doing in this beautiful city, whether you catch a gig or just chill by the canalside with a pint of scrumpy, you’ll be sure to have a fantastic evening. The atmosphere and beauty of this fantastic city is enough alone to want to return again and again.
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