What's On this weekend in Bristol: 17th-19th MarchPosted on: 17 Mar 2017
Who to see, where to go and when to do so: what's on in Bristol this weekend, featuring football, theatre, top tips for celebrating St Patrick's Day and the closing stages of the Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival.
Quantic Live - O2 Academy
Whilst the name Quantic might not sound synonymous with jazz and blues, the collaborative ethos and diligent ethic, with which Will Holland labours under this moniker, is. As such, the house producer is well worthy of his spot on the bill of the Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival which swings into town this weekend. Bringing an assortment of novel and classic tracks to the O2 Academy on Thursday, he will perform live with a virtuoso band and long time partner in crime Alice Russell.
St Patrick’s Day in Bristol
It’s that day of the year again, when the world turns green and raises a pint of the black stuff to toast St Paddy. We’ve compiled a list of the best places at which to get your Irish on, but there is no better place to start than Séamus O’Donnell’s, the emerald heart of Bristol.
Bristol City vs Huddersfield Town - Ashton Gate
Teams at antipodal ends of the Championship meet under the lights at Ashton Gate, with struggling Bristol City given the chance to do promotion-chasers Newcastle United a favour by disrupting an in-form Huddersfield Town. Kick off at 7.45pm.
Varsity Boat Race - Harbourside
The Varsity series sets off with intent on Saturday as the Boat Race takes over the harbourside, preceded by a sequence of other row-offs between UoB and UWE. Get ready to #embracetherivalry.
The Wedding Singer - Hippodrome
Ray Quinn (pictured) and Jon Robyns star in The Wedding Singer, a musical which whisks you back to 1985 when hair was big and greed was good. Catch the last night of the run at The Hippodrome on Saturday.
Foxing - The Exchange
Describing their music as ‘post-good’, Foxing ply a brand of atmospheric indie that is as introspective as it is self-deprecating. Catch them at The Exchange as they roll through Bristol this weekend.
Sara Pascoe - Tobacco Factory
Sara Pascoe is one of the finest comics operating on the UK circuit at the moment, and has been recognised as such with regular spots on Mock The Week and 8 Out of 10 Cats. Catch her at the Tobacco Factory ahead of her slot at this year’s Bristol Comedy Garden, the line-up of which was announced this week.
Bobby Shew - Colston Hall
One of the world’s greatest living trumpeters pays tribute to one of the greatest to have left us, as Bobby Shew performs classic tracks by Dizzy Gillespie to celebrate what would have been the latter’s 100th birthday.
Macy Gray - Colston Hall
I tried to write this preview without referencing one of Macy Gray’s classic hits - but I crumbled. Macy Gray is in possession of one of the most distinctive voices to have emerged in the new millennium, with her signature rasp enticing ears alongside Erykah Badu and the other prominent figures in the neo-soul revival. More recently she has embraced the bluesier aspects of her sound in the run-up to the release of her latest album Stripped, which has seen her work with a world-renowned jazz ensemble (including Russell Malone and Wallace Roney) to create pared-down versions of her classic songs, a perfect way to close the Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival.
An ardent Geordie minus the accent, Sam seemingly strove to get as far away from the Toon as possible, as soon as university beckoned. Three undergraduate years at UoB were more than ample time for Bristol (as it inevitably does) to get under his skin, and so here he remains: reporting, as Assistant Editor, on the cultural happenings which so infatuated him with the city. Catch him at email@example.com.