Masego / Trinity Centre, Bristol | 2nd of June

Southern swagger, Jamaican blood, with a South African name, Masego is a Gumbo of culture and creativity. He will be performing at Trinity Centre in Bristol on 2nd of June.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra / SWX, Bristol | 25th of May

New Zealanders Ruban Nielson and Jake Portrait, otherwise known as Unknown Mortal Orchestra are psychedelic rock gurus who specialise in the art of melty riffs and dream like vocals mixed in with meaty guitar solos.

Wyvern Lingo / The Louisiana, Bristol | 17th of May

Harmonies are but a part of Wyvern Lingo’s impressive repertoire.

Laying to bare their throes, woes and considerations, the young Irish trio glided through acoustic hymns and rhythmic indie pop on Thursday evening. We responded accordingly. There’s an Éire of great talent in each of them, and in each moment that Caoimhe Barry or Karen Cowley take the lead to emotively twist their tales.

Oshun / The Fleece, Bristol | 15th of May

Oshun discussed the origin of their title in a recent interview: ‘a West African traditional deity…a goddess who governs over sweet waters’. This benevolent figure in Yoruba religion marks the duo’s project as one of grandiose intention.

Oshun / The Fleece, Bristol | 15th of May

OSHUN is an independent Hip-Hop / Soul duo and the sonic manifestation of Afrofuturism. Using digital and acoustic sounds, heavy drums and bass, and ambient harmonic textures, OSHUN connects with the spirit of their ancestors to manifest a sweeter tomorrow for us all. Since the release of their debut mixtape ASASE YAA in 2015, OSHUN has amassed a social following of over 150k people between Youtube (, Instagram (@oshun), and Facebook ( alone. They’ve been recognized by media heavy hitters such as Rolling Stone, The FADER, Viceland, Huffington Post, NPR, Essence, and Vogue (just to name a few). They’ve also performed throughout the U.S. and Brazil all while remaining full-time college students at NYU. It’s been a wonderful journey and now that these young goddesses have graduated college, they are transitioning into the next phase of manifesting their purpose. OSHUN is preparing for the release of their debut album series “bittersweet”, complete with captivating visuals, a 2 month long tour of the US & Canada, and a deeper look into their ever-evolving selves.

Before playing The Fleece in Bristol on May 15th, OSHUN will be playing Ghost Notes in London the night before. The UK end of the tour will finish in Manchester’s Soup Kitchen on May 17th.



Too Many Zooz / The Marble Factory, Bristol | 10th of May

Now then, Too Many Zooz is a kooky expression isn’t it? If someone pointed a finger or a trumpet at me and said that in a semi accusatory tone I’d go right ahead and assume I was displaying an excess of something I don’t even know. Well those three names up there and the instruments next to them are Too Many Zooz. Fittingly, that implacable abundance is precisely what you get from their high octane showings. I’m not even sure how to write about them.

The Herbaliser / The Fleece, Bristol | 7th of May

Those at The Fleece on Monday were fortunate enough to catch the final show of The Herbaliser’s UK tour. A strong crowd and an even stronger ensemble of musicians (8 in total) – all seemingly indefatigable in the midst of Bank Holiday heat – saw out the long weekend in style.

The Herbaliser / The Fleece, Bristol | CRASH Exclusives

Herbaliser appear at The Fleece, Bristol on May 7th, continuing their UK tour after playing Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff on May 4th, Ouroboros in York on May 5th Glasgow.

Vacations / The Lanes, Bristol | 4th of May

Vacations were the ones taking the stage at The Lanes in Bristol on this particular Friday night, May 4th 2018, greatly backed by Spang Sisters as well. Both of these bands are what I would describe as modern-day indie pop, with dreamy guitars and melodies galore. Sounds great, right? Well here’s my answer: it’s like another experience.

Akua Naru / The Fleece, Bristol | 2nd of May

On Wednesday, Naru performed in Bristol at The Fleece. Lights of blues and greens flicked across the stage as she appeared before the crowd, barefoot, following an instrumental intro from her (supremely talented) five-piece band.