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Five essential acts to see at Simple Things

It's all going down in Bristol town

  • Sean Griffiths
  • 20 October 2015

Thankfully, the end of summer no longer means an end to festival season here in Europe, with the ever growing autumn festival calendar just meaning the action has to move indoors.

Bristol's Simple Things festival has been one of our favourite things to do in autumn for some time now, bringing a wonderfully diverse line-up each year to an equally eclectic array of Bristol venues that includes the city's majestic concert hall, Colston Hall, its infamous rave den Lakota and even a disused fire station.

With a line-up that moves between dub reggae pioneer Lee 'Scratch' Perry to Bristol industrial noiseinks Giant Swan (with a serious smattering of house and techno in between) there's plenty to keep the most discerning of music fans happy. To help you find your way through the shedload of musical delights on offer, we've picked our five must see acts.

Skepta & JME

While the Simple Things programming tends towards the esoteric, their marquee act for 2015 is about as subtle as a sledgehammer. Ten years into their respective careers, brothers Skepta and JME have both had a year they wouldn't even have dreamed of a little while back. From backing Kanye at The Brits to JME's critically praised album 'Integrity' - and that's before we even mention Skepta creating the undoubted anthem of the year in 'Shutdown' - Skepta and JME have owned 2015. This will be a relentlessly fast paced masterclass in everything that makes grime great in 2015. Prepare yourselves.

Galcher Lustwerk

Hardly a month has gone by when Galcher Lustwerk's 'Blowing Up The Workshop' didn't get at least one spin on the Mixmag office stereo. And for very good reason. Galcher's lackadaisical and enveloping production style has made his sound one of the most easily recognisable and damn right pleasing in house music today. You'll be locked from start to finish.

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