Bristol stepped their game up once again with the annual two-day weekender, Simple Things, which played host to a fusion of grime, house, post-punk and experimental indie. Now in its fifth year and opening with Montreal influential post-punk band Godspeed You! Black Emperor, its line up was one that grabbed the musically diverse crowds across multiple venues.
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Seattle DIY girls band Chastity Belt kicked things off Saturday with their ear warmingly pleasant songs reminiscent of days goofing around with your nearest and dearest. Mike Skinner opened one of the earlier slots in the converted firestation, creating the backdrop for the mastermind behind The Streets; the only downfall was the time slot in a city that fully embraces nightlife. On the other hand Avalon Emerson who knows a few things about building an atmosphere through her simmering techno, had the courtyard dancing under the smoke filled air and beer soaked floor.

Over at the slightly more up-market Colston Hall, London band Savages intense crowd pleasing post-punk fronted by Jehnny Beth (real name Camille Berthomier) took the roof off what was a more civilised atmosphere by throwing herself into the crowd with her all black ensemble heightened by the lighting. Battles closed the venue with their headline slot of dramatic experimental rock questionably flattened by Savages’ mesmerising performance.

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JME and Skepta well and truly shut down the Academy, engaging the audience with some of their most recognised grime tunes from the streets of North London while Lakota welcomed the worse for wear audience with house sets throughout the early hours for those who simply didn’t want to stop.

Ending once again on a high, Simple Things did not disappoint, the culture alone in this city provides an endless need for contemporary music with an impressive genre pool that had an appeal for everyone. You’ll need a very good excuse not to show your face again next year.

Kane Rich Photography
Words by Lora O’Callaghan


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