Bristol : A City of Sound

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Bristol is definitely a City brimming with various forms of Culture. One of its most prominent forms of Culture, is its Music scene. With multiple venues each playing host to a range of events and genres, there is always something for someone. Colston Hall, “Bristol’s largest concert hall” has been around since 1867 and has seen the likes of Louis Armstrong, David Bowie and The Beatles. This speaks volumes for the significance and History of the venue which is no doubt a staple amidst the music scene in Bristol. On the complete opposite side of the spectrum we have Motion, an old and abandoned warehouse turned into a large space in which up to 2500 people can enjoy a night of music. With this being said, you spend 6 out of the 8 possibly hours there, dancing till early morning. The venue is renowned amongst youth in Bristol for its great choice of artists and sound system, both critical components in creating a successful event.

Both Love Saves the Day and Tokyo World are two lively festivals which take place during the Summer time in Bristol. These also take pleasure in providing an array of genres, in hopes of catering to multiple audiences. This sense of diversity is one that resonates throughout the City, making sure no one feels like they don’t fit in.

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It is the small Pubs on Gloucester Road and King street which contribute heavily towards the Culture too. Although they are not as big, this does not restrict them in producing a great listening experience. More often than not, it is a local band that plays, each of them performing for different reasons. Whether it be in hope of a breakthrough and becoming heard, or simply out of pure enjoyment, they all add to the sound of Bristol.

It isn’t only bands that play at the smaller venues but underground DJ’s too. Places such as The Small Horse and The Doghouse capture a similar experience as the larger clubs but on a much more intimate level. Even though there is less space to move, the idea that everyone has purposely come to see the same act, implies a sense of unity in the way in which each person connects with the music. It is these moments of solidarity which bring people closer, not only in terms of sound, but as an overall mindset. It is this variety in music which gives the people of Bristol a chance to understand one-another and build toward an integrated ethos.