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‘We’re all sad, so let’s be sad together’ is the strap line that adorns the Instagram page for Bristol’s brand new alternative festival - Misery Loves Company. I love being sad and I love alternative bands so this was right up my street. The line up included an eclectic mix of artists from seasoned favourites like headliners Twin Atlantic to up and coming artists like Heriot. The festival spread itself between SWX, The Station, Rough Trade and The Lanes.

Of course I live in the wonderful town of Swindon so just a hop, skip and massive traffic queue down the motorway into Bristol which meant I missed some key artists but the rest of the day made up for it thankfully.

Lizzy Farrall delivered a charismatic set of old tracks and new singles. Each time I catch her, the set becomes tighter and more seasoned.

I caught Witch Fever for the first time. They’ve always been a name in a poster for me so it was great to catch them live and they made an impression on me for sure. The set twisted with intensity throughout

Mouth Culture played an acoustic set at The Lanes. I was keen to catch these guys since I’ve been rinsing new track ‘Don’t Pull Up’. It was cool to hear their tracks pulled back and raw, I thought it sounded mint.

It’s no secret that I’m a Yonaka fan so I was looking forward to catching them at SWX, and they delivered. It was an energetic set, bursting with attitude and a mix of old and new songs. The energy stayed full on throughout and the crowd were feeling it.

Heriot have been making mad noise in the scene and they were a highly anticipated artist of the day. I haven’t watched them live since around 2015 so was definitely due and update. The energy of their set was intense and mosh pits started almost instantly. Me and my nose kept well away but it was a fantastic set.


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