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.
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.
The Shapes annual 'Masked Ball' took place at the studio on Saturday night and a thoroughly good time was had by all. DJ Anna headlined the event and went down a storm! Thanks for the fun times boys, looking forward to the next one.