May - October 2018
M Shed invites you to tell your story of what Bristol music means to you.
Bristol is one of the UK’s key ‘music cities’ in the 21st century, emerging as a musical hub since the 1950s with its rich mix of styles, genres and sounds. The creation of these musical cultures and innovations has been driven not only by artists and producers but crucially by the people of Bristol themselves.
By contributing your memories it will help us tell the story of Bristol music through a series of displays, events and activities – opening May 2018.
If I forfeited having my school lunch ... I was able to go to the Colston Hall regularly.
The first gig I went to was to see Free at the Colston Hall (in 1970 I think). I subsequently saw groups such as Yes, King Crimson, Supertramp, Mott the Hoople, Ten Years After, Wishbone Ash, TRex, and David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars (just as Starman/Ziggy Stardust hit the charts. The seat was 40p!).
If I forfeited having my school lunch or walked to/from school to save my bus fares, I was able to go to the Colston Hall regularly. It was an affordable night out for teenagers and we got to see many groups and performers who are now legendary.If there was an encore it was always touch/go whether you’d get on the last bus from the bus station at 10.45pm so we often had to run to Marlborough Street.
One of the people I was privileged to see was Bob Marley in 1976…..one of the few performers who united a cross-section of fans from different communities in the city. I also recall attending Ashton Court Festival long hot summer of 1976 and seeing Bristol punk rockers The Cortinas.
I remember music being very accessible and affordable and probably one of the most memorable aspects of my teenage years in the city.
For us punk meant freedom. The freedom and the opportunity to say 'NO'!
We were the first Bristol punk band to set up our own independent Bristol new wave record label.
We were trying to capture that mid 70’s zeitgeist of corporate rejection. That agit prop, do it yourself repudiation of the recording industry’s corporate machine. The corporate control that dominated, created and controlled the entertainment industry…..And our lives.
Music was everything, music was our world. We were young, but we were Punks. We truly believed anything was possible! We were anarchists, we just didn’t know what anarchy was. Naive of course, young, impressionable, ridiculously enthusiastic but we knew this was our teenage moment to have fun. We knew that in those moments of 1976 and 1977, things would never be the same again.
For us punk meant freedom. The freedom and the opportunity to say ‘NO’!
Never had life sounded quite so bizarrely and uniquely Bristolian.
At Ashton Court Festival in the late 90s, I found myself standing at the exact spot where one ear was filled with searing drum’n’bass and the other by the cider-drenched tones of the Wurzels. Never had life sounded quite so bizarrely and uniquely Bristolian. I still can’t remember which one I chose…
It was a very transformational time for me and the people there.
I first saw Clayton Blizzard play at The Factory, Portland Square, Bristol circa 2009, it was a squatted old bank that was taken over by artists and activists for about a year until they were evicted. You could go in the the massive old volts where the money and perhaps gold would of been kept. Clayton Blizzard played folk/rap, influenced by local and global politics and not afraid to sing with his West country accent. It was a very transformational time for me and the people there. The Factory was left empty until developers started renovating posh flats in 2017.