Another week, another ship-load of quality clubbing to be had in Bristol. Catch one of the city’s greatest musical sons showing off his new album on Thursday, feel the niceness at The Black Swan on Friday, then don a mask and head to Factory Studios or watch a cult hero take to the decks at Blue Mountain on Saturday night. However you like to dance, you can do it in Bristol this weekend.
Simple Things Presents… Pinch & Sherwood, Thursday, Marble Factory, Feeder Road, £14.50
After closing 2014 in style by inviting The Bug to town, Simple Things return for a first show of 2015. Legendary UK dub producer Adrian Sherwood and local lad / dubstep visionary Pinch will be combining forces on the night, fresh from the release of their collaborative album ‘Late Night Endless’. Massive Attack’s Daddy G will be joining them and both producers will also be performing solo sets. Expect serious bass weight and impeccable vibes.
For The Love Of Dub, Friday, The Black Swan, Stapleton Road, £15
A massive line-up of European reggae talent hits The Black Swan on Friday,looking to warm the hearts of all you reggae lovers just in time for the Valentine’s weekend. French sound-system masters Stand High Patrol top the bill, with vocalist Pupajim in tow, joined by Roots Factory, Dub Smugglers and the mighty, mighty Rob Smith.
Riddim Cottage, Saturday, Blue Mountain, Stokes Croft, £6
Riddim Cottage have been putting together some great line-ups recently and they mark Valentine’s Day with another solid booking at Blue Mountain on Stokes Croft. Mike Skinner of The Streets will be doing a two-hour set, playing garage, grime, house and whatever else he fancies. Tickets are only £6.
Shapes Presents: The Masked Ball, Factory Studios, Maze Street, £15
After a New Year's Day party that featured one of the best house music line-ups anywhere in the UK, Shapes return for their third annual Masked Ball this Saturday. Setting to work on Factory Studios out in Barton Hill, the Shapes guys promise extravagant production and top quality music all night long from the likes of Matthew Styles, October and Idle Hands bossman Chris Farrell. Dressing to impress is, of course, highly encouraged.