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Edward Colston: A Problematic Legacy in the People’s Hands

On the 7 June 2020, against a backdrop of conversations surrounding the treatment of Black people in light of the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minnesota, protestors in Bristol graffitied, tied up and toppled a statue of Edward Colston, a slave trader whose fortune helped to build the city. The whole world watched as the bronze memorial, which had stood by Bristol’s harbour since 1895, was thrown into the water amidst cheering. Four days later, it was retrieved and put into storage by Bristol City Council, who later said they planned to display it, graffiti and ropes intact, at the city’s M Shed Museum. The news of the statue’s toppling was met with disdain by many, including Home Secretary Priti Patel, who branded the action ‘utterly disgraceful’, while others celebrated it as an act of justice. Continue reading Edward Colston: A Problematic Legacy in the People’s Hands

Protecting our Protests

Our right to protest has been a fundamental part of our democracy here in the UK for a long time. Chartism and protests for working rights were widespread in the nineteen-hundreds. The early twentieth century saw first-wave feminists campaigning for suffrage and, eventually, achieving it. The Rebecca Riots took place in the dawn of the Victorian era in South Wales, eventually leading to the South … Continue reading Protecting our Protests

Review: Cavetown @ The Fleece

Cavetown @ The Fleece, Bristol, 10/12/19

For any of you who don’t know, Cavetown (aka Robin Skinner) started making music on YouTube in 2012, singing a mix of ukulele covers and original songs from his bedroom. Now, at the age of 21, not only does he have over a million subscribers on his YouTube channel, but he has also self-released three studio albums and amassed nearly three million monthly listeners on Spotify. That means, when we arrived at his gig 20 minutes before doors opened, the queue to get in already snaked around the building and down the street (the YouTube cult is committed, and kind of terrifying…). Luckily, after a little too long standing in the rain, which the wind was helpfully blowing into our faces, we managed to get in just as the first support act was beginning their set and wiggle our way towards the front. Continue reading Review: Cavetown @ The Fleece

Review: Sea Girls @ The Fleece, Bristol

The three-piece band Mysterines opened for Sea Girls at Bristol venue, The Fleece. Even listening to them before the gig left me unprepared for their loud, fairly heavy style, a ride which warmed up the crowd on what seemed like the first cold day of the year.

When the main act came on to the stage of this sold-out venue, the expectation was palpable. Sea Girls’ singalong hits like ‘All I Want To Hear You Say’ are massive enough to fill a stadium, with almost everyone following the remarkable vocal line which impressively hit every peak live as perfectly as in the track. This high standard is unsurprising, with their festival performances taking them to the acclaimed BBC Radio One stage at Reading and Leeds. The band still manage to retain an intimacy to their performance though, perhaps naturally so given that the group have been friends since school. The way they styled out their new pieces was particularly unique. I felt like I was singing along even when I didn’t know the words. These were songs I wanted to know, to shout while gripping the barriers in front of a smaller stage, or amongst a mob in an arena. Continue reading Review: Sea Girls @ The Fleece, Bristol

Preview: Sea Girls @ The Fleece, Bristol

Sea Girls continue trailblazing with their quickly selling out UK Autumn tour, springboarding off a Polydor Records deal and exceptional festival season. Despite going from fledgling band to indie essential in two years, they boast a impressive repertoire, twisting and turning through sparky riffs, stick-in-your-head melodic lines, power ballad vocals and an electric energy.  Continue reading Preview: Sea Girls @ The Fleece, Bristol

#PressForProgress Inspiring Women

Imagine it. A room full of leading women in the arts and creative industries, spread out across different tables with the sole purpose of divulging all of their own personal tips and tricks to succeeding in the arts industry as a woman. Too good to be true, right? Wrong. On Thursday 8th March, I was lucky enough to attend a free mentoring session with some … Continue reading #PressForProgress Inspiring Women

Preview: Don Broco @ O2 Academy Bristol 9/2/18

Following the release of their 3rd album Technology this week, Don Broco are currently embarking on a 3 week UK headline tour kicking off in Bedford, the town where the band met and formed all the way back in 2008. They’ll be heading down to the South-West on the 9th February to play a massive headline show at the O2 Academy Bristol. The alternative four-piece … Continue reading Preview: Don Broco @ O2 Academy Bristol 9/2/18

Palace at Exchange Bristol, 22/11/2016

From almost the first note Palace bring a sense of vitality to the Exchange; every note full and clear as it rings out into the enthusiastic audience. Fresh from the November release of their debut album, So Long Forever, Palace are much of the way through their European and UK tour dates and show no sign of slowing down. Palace have quietly generated a significant … Continue reading Palace at Exchange Bristol, 22/11/2016


It’s Thursday of Week 5. The weather is getting colder, the days are getting shorter and the past five weeks have been busy, stressful and looooong. With the dark cloud of final year indefinitely hanging over me, I headed to Bristol for some much needed relief. Reading Week, the light at the end of a seemingly never-ending tunnel, was slowly peaking its head. I needed … Continue reading GIMME MØ