Image of Danny Lydon, who says music gave him an outlet that helped him work through losing his dad

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When words fail: Meet the Bristol group nurturing male musicians’ mental health

The Seed Sessions project combines counselling and music mentoring to help young men express themselves. We heard from its founder, one of the participants and a counsellor working with the group about the power of music as a therapeutic tool.

Listen: Love Her – how Weekenders made space for women’s music

‘Crazy summers, days of rage’: how Beezer’s camera immortalised 1980s Bristol

Image of Iain Aitchison of Longwell Records at his shop in Keynsham (credit: David Griffiths)

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‘Trust in the grooves’: how Bristol’s independent record shops are navigating an uncertain world

The vinyl revival has provided an unlikely bright spot amid a bloodbath of UK high street closures. Bristol’s indie music retailers explain how they are keeping locked, innovating and creating communities to help them survive and thrive.

Edition 31

‘I can’t die, I’ve not made my solo album’: Holysseus Fly on overcoming cancer and looking forward

Edition 31

Grove: ‘Impending doom definitely plagues my mind, but I’ve sought out the tools to deal with that’

Bristol venues brace for another challenging winter in face of energy and cost of living crises

Independent businesses are being hammered by rising energy bills as cost of living rises force customers tighten their purse strings.

Meet the new queer collectives pushing the boundaries of Bristol’s nightlife

For a city of its size, Bristol is not overrun with dedicated queer nightlife spaces. But since coronavirus restrictions have eased, several new groups of creatives have set out to change things.

Bristol goes to the ball

Ballroom culture, which Bristol photographer Darren Shepherd describes as 'the personification of queer resilience and queer joy', has been enjoying a resurgence in our city.

Local rapper Kilaze talks hip-hop, art and life

Rapper Kilaze is a stalwart of the city’s music scene both through his own releases and his support of homegrown talent. Two decades into his career, he’s still got ‘so much to talk about’.

Music learning is fading out from schools. We’ll lose more than the screech of recorders.

Music lessons were some of my fondest moments of school. But in a city renowned for live music and across the country, music learning is under threat.

Fat Paul and the Exchange’s rebirth as Bristol’s first community owned venue

For the past decade, he has been one of the key “behind-the-scene” players in Bristol’s music scene, and now building a new era at The Exchange.