February 15th, 2013 | Tags: Bristol, music scene in Bristol,

The banging Bristol music scene

The Bristol music scene came into national prominence in the late 1990s with the Bristol's trip-hop scene  when Portishead, Massive Attack, Roni Size and Tricky broke through into the mainstream. The so-called “Bristol Sound” may not be quite as infamous as the ‘Madchester sound” of the same era, but it spawned an eclectic group of musicians and artists that came to represent urban culture in the UK and put Bristol firmly on the music map. The “Bristol Sound” is also renowned for spawning the internationally famous (and for some infamous) graffitti artist, Banksy. There has always been a strong link between music and art in Bristol. Trip-hop, drum & bass and graffiti art have been around since the 1990s.

Some hidden treasures of Bristol

Bristol has played a significant role in British sea-faring history and so there are all sorts of maritime-associated things to see in the city. It is also the home of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's feat of engineering, the amazing Clifton Suspension Bridge, stretching over the Avon Gorge, which is definitely worth a visit.

But what's there to do in Bristol after you’ve seen the museums and historic buildings, and done the shops at the new Carbot Circus? We give you a quick guide to some of the hidden treasures that will fascinate and delight you.

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