10 Minutes with Turbowolf


We caught up with Bristol's shape-shifting hard rock outfit Turbowolf during a recent visit to Factory Studios. Turbowolf has blown the cobwebs off the UK rock scene with high-octane shows that trade in crunchy, dinosaur-shaped riffs, the death-or-glory spirit of DFA1979, and the pantomime stage antics of 80s metal. 

What’s the most unexpected thing that’s happened to you in a recording studio?

We once wrote a song that sounded exactly the same backwards as forwards.

Besides music, what inspires your creative process?

Chocolate, donuts and cauliflower hot wings

When you’re touring, which one item will you never leave home without?

My new cam, tampons and my powerful attraction to frogs.

Who or what has been your biggest influence?

The Visitors.

What are the key challenges of the music industry today?

Standing out.

What’s your advice on overcoming those challenges?

Stand out.

What’s your masterpiece?

Creating such a wonderful fanbase.

Which artists are you most excited about at the moment?

Death from Above 1979.

It’s desert island time…which three records would you take?

Only need one: Leonard Nimoy – The Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy



Redfest is back this weekend (August 5th and 6th) with a brand new weather-proof format encompassing a whole host of venues on Church Road. Factory Studios will be in the thick of things, with a jam-packed line-up in the Old Stillage, Redfest’s main music venue. Catch We’re No Heroes, Sleeptalking and our good friends Alfresco Disco on Saturday and The Rupees, Cousin Kula and Mankala on Sunday. See you there! 

Redfest 2017 - Factory Studios @ The Old Stillage


The Old Stillage

2pm Alfresco Disco DJs and live art
4pm No Violet
5pm China Bowls
6pm Moc Tonk
7pm We're No Heroes
8pm Rozelle
9pm Sleeptalking
10pm - Alfresco Disco DJs

Sunday 6 August
5pm Lady Nade
6pm Joe Probert
7pm The Rupees
8pm Cousin Kula
9pm Mankala






We were delighted to have Ocean Colour Scene back at Factory Studios recently. With five top 10 albums and over 20 top 40 singles to their name, OCS shared their sage advice for those hoping to make it in the music industry today...

What's the most unexpected thing that's happened to you in a recording studio? 

Staying sober. 

Besides music, what inspires your creative process? 

Newspapers, Radio 4 and beer. 

When you're touring, which item will you never leave home without? 

Passport and poetry. 

What are the key challenges of the music industry today? 

I should imagine the shift away from old fashioned sales towards touring as the main source of income for new young bands. 

What's your advice on overcoming those challenges? 

Always write as much as you can. 

What's your masterpiece?

Staying together for 30 years. 

Which artists are you most excited about at the moment?


It's desert island time...which three records would you take? 

The White Album, Neil Young's Decade and Bowie's Greatest Hits. 


M.A.S Records Seeks Young Bristol Bands

We're giving away free mentoring, rehearsal space and studio time to 30 exciting new bands. Factory Studios is on the hunt for bands with members aged between 16 and 18 to participate in this year’s M.A.S Record’s scheme whose patrons include Robert Plant and Underworld’s Karl Hyde. 

The M.A.S label provides emerging artists with a bridge into the music industry, combining expert music industry knowledge and experience with conventional training and education. 

Based at Factory Studios, every band participating in the scheme will get around £3,000 of free services along with invaluable mentoring from music industry luminaries. Over the past 10 years M.A.S has set a number of bands on the road to success securing professional management and recording contracts with major labels for Swim Deep, Deluka, Octane OK and many more. 

We're inviting applications from bands and musicians of all abilities with auditions taking place on July 19th and August 22nd. To apply please send an email registering your interest to info@factorystudios.co.uk before August 18th. 

“We’re delighted to be running the M.A.S scheme again,” said Leon Curry, co-director of Factory Studios. “The music industry has changed dramatically over the past decade and M.A.S now fills the role of a record label development department, offering promising young bands a route to success. We’re really looking forward to meeting this year’s intake.” 

6 Music Festival Bristol

The dust has now settled on the hugely successful 6 Music Festival in Bristol this weekend and this week BBC Radio 6 Music has helped us relive the weekend’s festivities with some brilliant shows covering music from all the main bands as well as fringe acts and featured interviews. Factory Studios' very own Sol Curry appeared on Steve Lamacq's show yesterday to do ‘Good Day Bad Day'. Factory Studios was also lucky enough to hear a few preview snippets of sets from acts such as Kurt Vile and Elbow’s Guy Garvey before their shows at the festival when they rehearsed with us over the weekend. What an extraordinary weekend for music in our home city of Bristol. 

Skindred release latest album!

Today sees the release of 'Volume', the mighty Skindred's 6th studio album.

And that's not all. Fans ordering the deluxe CD/DVD digipack of the album will also receive the band's 17 year in the making documentary film 'Rude Boys For Life' featuring a behind the scenes look at life on the road, it's ups and downs, festival appearances, headline shows and studio footage including their time spent at Factory Studios over the years, where the last three of their albums have been both written and rehearsed.

The Great Escape 2015

Well, what a fun-filled few days Factory Studios have had at this year’s TGE festival!

It’s enough to make your head spin; 450 artists, 3000 music business professionals and 18,000 festival goers, all converging on the (occasionally) sunny seaside town of Brighton.

Highlights include The The’s Matt Johnson at the Fireside Sessions, JOLTA live at the Mash Tun and more convention networking events than you can shake a drum stick at.

TGE we salute you.




Shapes Masked Ball 2015

Last Saturday saw the return of the notorious Shapes Masked Ball to Factory Studios. This was the 3rd consecutive year that the event has taken place here and this year’s celebrations saw a 2nd Masked Ball marriage proposal! The music on the night was tip-top as always, with sets from Matthew Styles, DJ October, Chris Farrell, ELA 303 and Shapes residents. Big thanks to Shapes for a fantastic night and to all the punters for such superb costume efforts!

Photos courtesy of Here & Now.

Factory Studios Christmas Opening Times

Monday 22nd December - OPEN 7-11pm
Tuesday 23rd December - CLOSED
Wednesday 24th December - CLOSED
Thursday 25th December - CLOSED
Friday 26th December - CLOSED
Saturday 27th December - OPEN 10am-6pm
Sunday 28th December - OPEN 10am-10pm
Monday 29th December - OPEN 7-11pm
Tuesday 30th December - CLOSED
Wednesday 31st December - CLOSED
Thursday 1st January - CLOSED
Friday 2nd January - OPEN 7-11pm 

An Evening With...Floating Points

Factory Studios was honoured to be the first venue chosen for the launch night of 'An Evening With' on Saturday 6th December. The event is a new venture from some of the team behind Bristol's Shapes collective and see's carefully curated parties showcasing some of the most respected artists from the spectrum of house & techno, for the entire evening.

The first artist to be featured was the phenomenal Floating Points and it was an absolute pleasure to have him at the studio: Producer/DJ/Musician Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points has been on the scene since his debut release in February 2009. Sam has been a firm fixture of radio show playlists worldwide and has steadily built a back catalogue of music that can be heard gracing the sound systems of the globe’s more respectable nightclubs and warehouses.

Down ‘N Outz

Factory Studios had the great pleasure of having the Down ‘N Outz in the studio last week getting ready for their upcoming tour which started in Bristol. The band is fronted by legendary Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott (Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards) and also features The Quireboys’ Paul Guerin (Guitar), Guy Griffin (Guitar), Keith Weir (keyboards), Phil Martini (drums) and bassist Ronnie Garrity (Raw Glory)...was a great to have them here!

Gene Clark No Other Band

We were very excited to have the Gene Clark No Other Band in the studio last week rehearsing for their exclusive UK show at End Of The Road Festival last weekend. The super group is made up of top musicians from the bands Beach House, Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen and Fairport Convention along with members of Wye Oak, Celebration and many more! The band were put together by Beach House to reproduce Gene Clark’s underrated 1974 album which has been performed live by the band across the US this year. Gene Clark was a founding member of the The Byrds, one of the most influential bands of the 1960’s and released numerous solo albums throughout the 60′s, 70′s, and 80′s before his death in 1991.

Redfest 2014 Offical Video

Last weekend's Redfest Festival in St George Park was a blinding success! Approximately 5 thousand people visited the park to witness an array of musical and artistic talent from some of Bristol's finest acts. The weather held out (just) and the sun shone practically all day long. All the bands that performed on the main stage did a fantastic job and were thoroughly enjoyed by all. Here is the official video for Redfest 2014, enjoy...

Redfest Bristol 2014

Redfest festival will be taking place in Bristol's St George Park tomorrow, Saturday 2nd August. It's a community festival and Factory Studios are heavily involved in the production as well as programming the main stage. This year we have Yes Sir Boss headlining as well as music from 45's, Dub from Atlantis, John E Vistic Experience, Kirris Riviere's Blues Band, Baila La Cumbia, The Cadbury Sisters and Beyond Rivers. It's a wonderful festival which is absolutely free to the public and well worth a visit. Here is some footage from last year's festival to get you in the mood!

Thunderbirds Are Go!

Factory Studios was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ Glastonbury set this week when conductor Charles Hazlewood and 14 top musicians from bands such as Goldfrapp, Portishead, Get the Blessing and Loose Tubes, rehearsed their 45 minute show which will be performed on the Park Stage at 1pm today.

In the build up to The Thunderbird’s 50th anniversary next year, the ensemble will present the genius music of Barry Gray, including Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90, and the Mysteron with Francois Evans playing Barry Gray’s own Ondes Martinot, the iconic Mysterons sound!

Paolo Nutini Comes to Bristol

Paolo Nutini and his 9-piece band performed a sell-out show at Bristol's Harbourside last night, the show was a warm-up gig for his Glastonbury set and was watched by over 5000 people. The singer songwriter was also promoting his critically-acclaimed third album Caustic Love, currently one of the best-selling albums of the year. Factory Studios was lucky enough get a sneak preview of the set when the band rehearsed in the studio on Tuesday for both upcoming shows.

The gig took place at the Canon's Marsh Amphitheatre and was the first major standalone gig to have been held on the Harbourside for a decade. Tonight will see the Pogues, supported by the Rails, perform at the same venue.

House Of Mask Comes To Bristol

In association with Cubanisto Beer, House Of Mask is taking place across the UK throughout the Summer and is coming to Bristol on Friday 30th May 2014, it will then go to Manchester in June 2014, then to Glasgow in July and then London in August.

"House Of Mask will take place at a hidden location marked by a neon skull and will reward the curious and favour those looking to discover the unknown. To divulge too much would spoil the fun, but a night of mystery, surprise and intrigue is promised. The last event in Shoreditch that took place in April saw Groove Armada, B Traits and Troupe DJs and the Bristol Event will feature Next Men and other very special guests".

Get your free tickets at www.cubanisto.com