More events coming soon.
Whether you want to write fiction/non-fiction, plays and poems, Ignite is for you! Whether you’ve written before or are an absolute beginner, you are very welcome. Come and hang out and learn your craft in the relaxed atmosphere WLAG is famous for… With Ignite, you aren’t expected to write for big chunks of time or to share work. You’ll develop your skills and confidence in a small, supportive group. This course is led by Kirsty Jones, a Bristol based writer and poet, published by Nightingale & Sparrow, Dear Damsels and grind&bearing press. Featured on BBC Radio Bristol, she has also worked with Vanessa Kisuule for St George’s Rebel Music series. A proud WLAG alumni, Kirsty is passionate about helping others to unleash their creativity through writing and community. Find her on @k_jones_writer.
After their tour over summer 2022, local atmospheric post-punk five piece DWELL are back in Bristol for a headline show at Dareshack to celebrate the release of their upcoming single, So Slow, which will be released on an exciting but currently undisclosable platform on January 13th. The single will be the first offering from the band to include multi instrumentalist Emma Coulston and drummer Issy Rose. The show will be making full use of Dareshack's audio visual capabilities and include support acts LIFTER and PORTRAIT OF, as well as a DJ set from friend of the band, BOULDERHEAD, until 1am.
Flying the UK Funky flag high, he’s quickly become synonymous with the new gen. Starting his career in his hometown Bristol with the legendary Sprung UK Funky day parties, he helped bring some of the biggest names in the genre to the city. FREE ENTRY – Suggested Donation £5.
Fri 3rd & Sat 4th February 2023
Love – An Exhibition
by Lola 400 ISO
‘Love’ is a walkthrough, interactive exhibition created by UWE illustration student Lola 400 ISO. Lola is a French artist based in Bristol. She has been exploring people’s experiences of life, their struggle, their passion, their intimacy, through graphic design, illustrations, photography, videos, and installations. For her third year at UWE, she has been interviewing people about love and both their experience and relation with it. Through testimonies, fabrics, objects and colours, Lola 400 ISO is opening a conversation about love. It both celebrates and deconstructs love. What is means to us, how it impacts us and how it shapes us.
Bring someone you love, bring someone you want to say “I love you’ to, bring yourself.
Saturday 4th February 2023
4th Birthday Event (Invite olny)
An electronic open mic night brought to you by We All Play Synth™. Geek out and experiment on gear and get inspired to make more music. Mixer and speakers provided – just bring along your own synths/gear. Performer slots are 15 mins each – please apply to play here. Entry is Free but tickets are recommended to secure a place.
Ritual will hark back to the roots of music as catalyst for dance, fusing the sound, movement and mental space. Accompanying the music will be live dance performances, immersing collective movement with interactive visual elements and spatial expansion. Prepare for sensory stimulation which exceeds the regular club night experience.
An All-Day event of Noise and Experimental Music to mark 10 years of Knifedoutofexistence featuring:
KNIFEDOUTOFEXISTENCE - Special headline set, featuring reworkings and reinterpretations of material from across the past ten years. CREMATION LILY - First solo show since 2019, performing a set of underwater electronic mess. PLAGUE MOTHER - From Cleveland, USA. First show outside of North America, a UK exclusive. Emotionally driven heavy electronics. Many more to be announced.
Skinny Living’s story is one of struggle, troubling situations and relentless hard graft. It’s also one of synchronicity, chance meetings, and the unflinching belief that their glorious indie soul music will reach the audience it deserves. Their potential is there to see. Echoing Bill Withers, The Isley Brothers and Paolo Nutini, their songs shimmer with a timeless, gentle beauty, exquisite vocal harmonies and a lyrical wisdom that inspires optimism and reflection in equal measure. The band's sound is defined by two acoustic guitars and vocal harmonies delivered by Wakefield natives Will Booth and Danny Hepworth, while the exquisite and ever-so-slightly haunted vocal and lyricism in the midst of it all belongs to front man Ryan Johnston.
Dareshack and Gravy are pleased to host New York based Experimental / Black Metal / Jazz outfit Imperial Triumphant.
‘Imperial Triumphant embody the grit and grandeur of their home, New York City. They take inspiration from the metropolis in everything they do – from its Art Deco skyscrapers that inform their artwork and masks, to their mind-bending music that looks back to the golden age of jazz and melds it with avant-garde and extreme metal. In doing this they’ve created a genuinely groundbreaking sound that perfectly soundtracks this terrifying era we find ourselves in: a new Roaring 20s, that are more catastrophic than glorious.' – Kerrang Magazine
Dareshack welcome Portland, Oregon-based indie pop duo Quasi featuring Sam Coomes (Heatmiser) and Janet Weiss (Sleater Kinney, Wild Flag). The tour comes in support of their tenth studio album ‘ Breaking the Balls of History’, their first album in ten years.
‘Janet’s galloping drums and Sam’s punk-symphonic Rocksichord and their intertwining vocals make something gigantic, anthemic. In the thick of a cataclysmic social and political moment, they’ve crafted exquisitely melodic songs that glitter with rage and wild humour and intelligence, driven by a big bruised pounding heart’ - Monorail Music
Canadian experimental- metal outfit Big Brave play Dareshack. With the initial seeds planted in 2012, with no other goal than simply experimenting with the instruments in their possession, Robin Wattie and Mathieu Ball started writing subtle ambient/minimalistic folk songs together. When long time friend Louis Alexandre Beauregard joined on drums, the goal still remained to play as tranquil as possible. Large amps were soon incorporated as a compositional tool, however, Bih Brave never lost the interest in the power of minimalism and fragility. It became clear that loud volume would become just as effective as the lowest possible ones and the juxtaposition of both would become something Big Brave still uses as their main MO to this day. Support comes from Aitcher – the latest project of Copenhagen based musician Liam Andrews. Influenced by the bleak winters of Scandinavia, Andrews creates compositions of detailed feedback expression and low-end sound pressure with the use of electrified bass as his dominant instrument.
Emerging from the sewers of Bristol to break cis-tematic rules and address crucial topics, GawK is a queer monthly zine reflecting the lifestyle of a Riot Grrrl in the 21st century. We’re very excited for them to be joining us at Dareshack for the launch as well as showcasing art, fashion music, and more from a variety of Bristol Creatives. Performances from queer, riot grrrl act GorZ + Peacelilly, Miss Kill & Dirt + creative market before the music starts.