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.
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.
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.
Here's a great video of the 2015 Shapes Masked Ball at Factory Studios that sums up the party nicely. What a cracking night!!
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.
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
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.
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!
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 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!
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 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.
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
The Rupees will be launching their EP next week for 'Fat Blues' which was recorded here at Factory Studios. The launch gig is on Friday 30th May at The Crofters Rights. Check it out!
In January 2014, a new residency series launched at XOYO. Eats Everything, who has his production studio here at Factory, did the first 12 weeks and here's a great little film by VICE' that documents his time there. Looks absolutely cracking!
Was great to have Ben Pearce in the Studio yesterday recording with super talented violinist Tom Upton of Roberto Savaggio. Looking forward to hearing the finished tracks!
The video for the Shapes Masked Ball at Factory Studios was released earlier this week. Great footage of a fantastic event!
Javeon had his last rehearsal at Factory Studios yesterday ahead of his upcoming tour supporting Ella Eyre. Things are going well for the Bristol based R&B vocalist who is signed to PMR records, home to Disclosure, Jessie Ware and fellow Bristolian Julio Bashmore. He was recently chosen as Zane Lowe’s 'hottest record in the world' for his track ‘Intoxicated’ which is produced by Bashmore. The video for Intoxicated is number 3 in the Ben Strebel directed ‘Mercy’ video series, check out this great article by Creative Review to hear more about the video concept and what’s coming next.
It's been great having The Rupees in the Studio recording their EP over the last couple of days, looking forward to hearing the finished results!