2016 is a big year for ‘The Bristol Sound’: 25 years since the release of Massive Attack’s Blue Lines, the revolutionary debut album that – building on previous experiments by Mark Stewart, The Wild Bunch, Smith and Mighty and others – firmly established the city’s musical reputation for dark, spacey, cinematic sound. The anniversary will be marked in a number of ways, including BBC 6Music’s Festival from 12-14 February, but Filmic – the landmark film + music partnership between St George’s Bristol and Watershed – gets out of the blocks early with a special January celebration.
On Thursday 28 January
St George’s hosts a launch event for the 2016 Filmic season starring Bristol, the Parisian producer and bandleader Marc Collin’s cult offshoot from his hit band Nouvelle Vague. It’s a project dedicated to reinterpreting ‘The Bristol Sound’ in the cinematic spirit of the classic French film soundtrack, covering songs by Portishead, Tricky and Neneh Cherry together with original material composed and performed in a spirit of respectful hommage to the past. Completing the bill are two genuine Bristol legends: musician and artist Jimmy Galvin
– whose musical story both predates and parallels ‘The Bristol Sound’ – opens the show with a solo piano performance of his startlingly beautiful and cinematic – think Erik Satie meets Ryuichi Sakamoto – soundscapes
while following the concert Queen Bee
– a pioneer of Bristol’s club and party scene who also acts Massive Attack’s tour DJ – performs a special Bristol-themed aftershow in the St George’s crypt bar.