Bristol Flyers claimed a clean sweep over the Plymouth City Patriots winning their final regular-season meeting 99-60.
Tevin Olison led six Bristol players in double figures with 23 points on 61% shooting, ably supported by Brandon Mahan with 19, which included five three-pointers.
Spurred on by a vocal crowd, Bristol jumped out to an 11-2 lead, capped off by back-to-back scores from VJ King.
Plymouth’s struggles continued in the first period. Unable to register a field goal in the first eight minutes until James Hawthorne Jr. connected.
The Patriots had missed their first 13 attempts until that score whereas the Flyers fared better, leading 25-7 after the first, shooting 45% from the floor.
Flyers were certainly comfortable in the second quarter, enjoying a 38-16 lead with 3:27 remaining thanks to a basket from Olison.
And the lead only grew larger at the half as the Flyers maintained their solid field goal percentage, while Plymouth shot 22% leaving them trailing 54-20.
Bristol seemed to be on cruise control in the third quarter, as the lead grew to 69-29, leading to a strong finish to the period from the visitors.
The Flyers though still led 71-40 after heading into the final quarter and secured a comfortable victory to stay second in the BBL Championship table.
Bristol Flyers will now have a weekend break, before returning to action on Friday, March 31st with a road trip to Leicester Riders.
They will then return to SGS to face the league-leading London Lions on Sunday, April 2nd. Tickets for this game are completely SOLD OUT, but fans will still be able to watch on the BBL YouTube channel.
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Ujima Radio are looking for volunteers of all ages to join our exciting community media hub.
Ujima Radio is Bristol’s leading Black arts and media social-enterprise broadcasting 24/7, 365 and run by a team of over 100 volunteers
We are a non-profit organisation supplying Bristol with local news,
lively discussions across a range of topics, with art and music from Bristol, the Caribbean, Africa and the rest of the world.
Ujima is the Swahili word for “collective work and responsibility” and this principle is at the heart of all we do.
We are looking for volunteers to help in all areas of the radio station from presenting, producing, researching, technical skills, social media, admin, sales and so much more. If you can spare some time to keep the beating heart of Ujima ticking in return for some training then email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org with Volunteer in the subject bar.
Ujima Radio celebrates International Women’s Day 2023!
The Ujima Sisters takeover the Airwaves on Weds 8th March in homage to women everywhere!
Tune in all day for this stellar line up:
8-10am The Rise Up Breakfast Show – Together We Rise with Miss Divine & Rosina
10-12pm Afrikan Queens – This empowering series uncovers & discovers the real history of African Queens & Sheroes
12-2pm – Muneera Pilgrim – Muneera is an international Poet, Cultural Producer, Writer, Broadcaster and TEDx speaker and will feature a sublime mix of poetry and music.
2-4pm – Glocal IWD Special with an empowering & emotional interview with Mama Vera Hope Walcott a veteran activist. Sharing her lived experience of living & resisting life in America under the Segregation Laws.
4-6pm – Stacey Olika & Euella Jackson – Award Winning Creatives celebrate women in this dynamic & bumper packed show with banging tunes, banter & discussions!
6-8pm – Eva Lazarus– Eva takes over with her amazing selection of tunes and is joined by The Keep It Real Pod crew Ruth Royall, Madly, Anna Picie Holmes & Rhiipercussion.
8-10pm – Jasmine Ketibu-Foley – a journey into some of Punk’s most influential women of colour.
10-11pm Angel Mel in conversation with Grove!
11pm-12am DJ Saro – Ujima’s newest DJ with her debut mix of banging Drum & Bass!
Come to Watershed to see Raine Allen-Miller’s feature directorial debut Rye Lane, a charming take on the modern-day rom-com set in South London.
The film is a colourful homage to Peckham and the surrounding areas; bringing to life its history, its people and its multicultural influences through what critics are touting to be one of the best rom-com stories of the decade.
“Take the plot of one of Richard Linklater’s Before movies, combine it with the eye-popping aesthetic of Wes Anderson, then set it within the ethnically diverse, highly photogenic South London enclave of Peckham, and you’ll wind up with Rye Lane.” The Hollywood Reporter
Rye Lane opens on Fri 17 March.
The Fri 17 March 17:40 screening will be presented with an exclusive pre-recorded Q&A with director Raine Allen-Miller herself, brought to you by #ReclaimTheFrame, bringing a broader perspective of the world by championing cinema by women & non-binary filmmakers.
Every month Ujima Radio selects 10 of the very best tracks released in Bristol & Southwest which then get featured twice an hour across our Primetime Shows including The Rise Up Breakfast Show Mon-Friday 8-10am and The Cruising Show Mon-Friday 4-6pm and the Urban Grooves Playouts.
If you are an artist based in the Southwest you could have your track featured. All you have to do is send your track on MP3 making sure lyrics are clean and conscious, include a headshot of yourself, your social media tags and if you are successful we will let you know.
Returning for a weekend of music collaboration and iconic sound, Fabio & Grooverider with The Outlook Orchestra will headline the first night of the 2023 Siren series.
Prepare yourself for a spectacle in dance music this summer. Siren is back in Bristol from Thursday 27 to Saturday 29 July 2023, kicking off with a stellar headlining performance from Fabio & Grooverider with the Outlook Orchestra. The harbourside night of drum and bass will kick off with the original Reggae selector and British radio DJ, David Rodigan MBE, and incredibly talented Bristol MC Gardna, plus more support to be announced!
Thursday 27 July will see the pioneering partnership perform outstanding orchestral renditions of classic drum & bass anthems at Lloyds Amphitheatre against the stunning backdrop of Bristol’s harbour – providing the ultimate setting for the duo’s eclectic sets. With an incredible selection of giant names in dance music to be announced, Siren is set to gather Bristol crowds for the ultimate summer party in the open air.
After four years in the making, the godfathers of the scene, Fabio & Grooverider, are collaborating with The Outlook Orchestra to present a special score featuring some of the scene’s most well-loved tracks. Riding high from two sold-out nights at London’s Royal Festival Hall, the show celebrates the history of jungle and drum & bass with a genre-bending tribute. Coming to the UK’s second drum & bass home, the headliners explore classic anthems in ways never-before-experienced – sparking the imagination of generations of music-lovers.
One of the most legendary partnerships in music, Fabio & Grooverider remain at the forefront of a scene they helped build, championing the now global sounds of the underground and beyond. From pirate radio to the seminal jungle night Rage at Heaven, and now onto the biggest stages across the globe, the pair have helped forge a vast range of styles, including liquid, jump-up, technical, minimal and half-time. Widely recognised as the pioneers of jungle and drum & bass, they have been making their mark on dance music since 1988. The faces of D&B music on BBC Radio 1 for 14 years, they’ve helped break some of the biggest acts today.
Formed in 2017, The Outlook Orchestra has grown to be a force in its own right, collaborating with trailblazers within sound system culture from across the globe and striving to drive the scene forward in new ways. Working closely with contributors including Dizzee Rascal, David Rodigan and Mala, the Orchestra has presented unforgettable performances of timeless classics, in a way crowds have never heard before.
Paying homage to globally-renowned tracks from the underground, this is a not-to-be missed moment of Bristol’s summer.
Tom Hoyle, Co-Founder of Siren said:
“It’s great to bring Siren back to Bristol Harbourside this year with our biggest line-up yet. Fabio & Grooverider and The Outlook Orchestra will be kicking off the weekend, which is the perfect way to get the party started. A legendary duo in drum & bass and jungle, they’re a living machine of creativity and not to be missed.”
Bristol’s annual celebration of African and Caribbean culture, St Pauls Carnival, returns this summer to the city’s streets under the theme of Learning from Legends.
The 2023 celebration will commence with a series of fringe events from 22 June, marking the Windrush 75th Anniversary, and will culminate in the iconic day-long traditional Caribbean street carnival. This year will mark the first full carnival day since 2019, which will see over 100,000 people celebrate in the heart of Bristol’s St Pauls community on Saturday, 1 July.
The Learning from Legends theme will be particularly poignant to Bristol’s African Caribbean community following the passing on 3 August last year of Bristol Bus Boycott activist and Carnival forefather, Roy Hackett MBE.
Learning from Legends was presented to Carnival’s cultural reference group in January, the event was attended by people from all generations across St Pauls. The theme was felt to be an important way to pay homage to Roy and to many other local legends who have been lost through the pandemic years.
2023 marks 60 years since Bristol’s Bus Boycott when Roy spearheaded a months’ long boycott of the Bristol Omnibus Company challenging its systemic racial discrimination in recruitment. His actions and those of other fellow Bristolians paved the way for the Race Relations Act 1965. The University of Bristol University awarded Roy a doctorate in science at his funeral.
This year also sees the 75th anniversary of HMT Empire Windrush arriving in Britain on 22 June 1948. This important historic event will be marked in the traditional fringe events in the run up to the 1 July and on the day itself.
Commenting on the Carnival 2023, executive director of St Pauls Carnival, LaToyah McAllister-Jones said:
“We’re well underway with our planning for the return of Carnival after a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic. This year was always going to be a big one but is all the more important as we celebrate the lives and contributions so many people have made to carnival.
“Since it began Carnival has played a central and active role in challenging the status quo and this year’s celebration will be an important one for us all to acknowledge the challenges those who have gone before us have faced in blazing a trail to ensure African Caribbean culture is preserved and celebrated.
“Although for many they will see this year’s event as a return, as an organisation we have maintained community celebrations, albeit on a smaller scale over, the last three years. Our education programme has continued as well as our traditional elder’s brunch as part of last year’s Back A Yard programme and before that Spirit Up.”
This year will be the first full St Pauls Carnival for chair Levi Roots, who was appointed in 2021. Commenting on the plans for this year he said:
“I am really excited about seeing Carnival back in full technicolour on the streets of Bristol. While we have continued our work in the last few years through smaller scale events, I am looking forward to seeing Carnival come to life under the Learning from Legends theme to mark such an historic year in some many ways.
“As a fundraising organisation our focus remains on securing support from sponsors and the public. We were delighted to have secured the Arts Council funding for the next three years but there is still much work to do in meeting the cost of delivering the full celebration that people know and love. Thank you to all our sponsors and supporters who have already pledged support.”
Shindig Festival has just announced its line-up for 2023, and it’s the best yet! Now in its ninth year, the festival takes place on 25 to 28 May in the stunning grounds of Dillington Estate in Somerset, a 16th century house and hotel that’s surrounded by beautiful, tree-studded parkland.
This year’s headliners include dance-pop legend, Sister Sledge featuring Kathy Sledge, so expect much-loved disco classics such as We Are Family, Greatest Dancer, Lost In Music and Thinking Of You; and satirical news reporter (and comedy genius), Jonathan Pie, known for his a potty-mouthed, highly quotable parody of a journalist who can often be found outside Westminster. Other main acts include London post-punk band, Warmduscher; the original queen of reggae music who is best known for No, No No, Dawn Penn; London based artist, producer, remixer, DJ and founder of Phantasy, Erol Alkan; top dog in the bass heavy-atmosphere of Britain’s reggae dancehalls and BBC regular, David Rodigan; one of the most celebrated and accomplished DJs in Britain, Norman Jay MBE; and BBC 6 music’s, Huey Morgan!
Will Lardner, Festival co-founder says:
“We are so excited about 2023. Nine years in and we’re now well versed in putting together an incredible line-up that has something for everyone. Every year, I wonder how we’ll beat the last but we’ve nailed it. From Funk to Punk, Dancehall to Drum & Bass, Hip Hop & House, as well as huge headline Live Acts and a DJ roster of old and (hopefully) new favorites that span pioneers, legends and luminaries… this year has it all.”
For those in the know, Shindig has a reputation for combining old-skool royalty with festival mainstays, and rising stars. It prides itself on having no main stage, just a beautiful arrangement of stretch marquees. Festival folk roam effortlessly from stage to stage, with a drink in hand, enjoying the atmosphere in what some might describe as the perfect festival village.
Expect some awe-inspiring art installations that look like they’ve fallen from Mars, from the most visionary and trailblazing creatives of today. From giant welded artwork, interactive diversions, to fire-breathing sculptures.
For families, there’s Kids Kingdom with its own cinema and rolling programme of family-friendly movies; plus, workshops in drumming, breakdancing, graffiti, DJ’ing and MC’ing; and not forgetting inflatables sessions, a climbing wall, puppet show, giant marble run and loads more.
This year’s fancy dress theme is Mad Hatters, so expect a parade of Shindiggery Wonderland delights with Alice, the March Hare, and a Dormouse in tow.
There are lots of accommodation options on offer. If you want to stay in style, there are a selection of superior, deluxe and standard rooms in Dillington House, all with bathrooms and breakfast included. If you prefer a more authentic camping experience but with a touch of luxury then there are airstreams, bell tents and yurts for hire, plus posh toilets and showers. More seasoned festival-goers can rock up with their trusty tents and create their own little sanctuary, just a few minutes’ walk from the action.
Shindig Productions has now been granted a licence to stage the festival at Dillington Estate until 2025 which is great news for the organisers and fans alike.
Tickets are on sale now, with a pay in instalments option. Presale tickets sold out in under 24 hours and general release tickets are flying out of the door so be quick!
Festival season kicks off right here right now: Fatboy Slim, Years & Years, Four Tet and more announced to lead the line up at Love Saves The Day 2023
Bristol’s biggest independent festival is back with world-class headliners ready to kickstart summer
Love Saves the Day festival will return to Ashton Court on 27 and 28 May 2023. With headliners Fatboy Slim, Years & Years and Andy C, along with a whole host of live acts and DJs across all genres, it’s scheduled to welcome thousands of festival-goers across two days during the bank holiday weekend. This year’s line-up is yet another diverse offering of fresh talent and household names across ten stages – and tickets are on sale now at lovesavestheday.org.
An artist who needs no introduction, Fatboy Slim will be taking over the festival’s main stage, aptly called the Love Saves Stage, on Saturday. The pioneering legend of the big beat genre will be joined by an unmissable line-up of artists spanning the whole musical spectrum including the likes of Andy C, Nia Archives, Kelis and Piri.
Bringing the party vibes on Sunday will be none other than British electro pop band Years & Years. Fronted by Ollie Alexander, expect ultimate feel-good-tunes and dance hits on The Love Saves Stage alongside some of the biggest artists of the last few years including Folamour and SG Lewis.
The new stage for 2023, The Big Top, is being taken over on opening night by Hybrid Minds and Tempza, who will be bringing their unique mix of melody, rhythm and energy to take liquid drum & bass in a new direction. It wouldn’t be a Bristol festival without RUN on board and this year, The Big Top is hosted by them throughout Saturday. Their acclaimed approach to line-up curation will be sure to satisfy every drum & bass fan’s needs. Acts playing across the weekend include Koven, Sub Focus b2b Dimension, Four Tet, Overmono, Eliza Rose.
The Brouhaha Stage will be hosted by Bristol-based event promoters, The Blast, on Sunday. Headlining the party will be Shy FX with support from Clipz WithDread MC, and Kings of the Rollers ft Inja.
Hitting up the Paradiso stage across the weekend is the atmospheric Mall Grab and Kettama who are bringing unmatchable up-front sound, as well as Salute – giving an eclectic mix of electro, pop and gospel. Returning to Bristol, Surusinghe will bend genres with her experimental style of electro dance, bringing her own personal sound inspired by the rave scene.
Tom Paine, Love Saves the Day founder, said: “Love Saves the Day has become such a staple in the festival calendar and we can’t wait to bring it back for 2023. We’ve got one of our strongest line-ups we’ve ever had with some of the top drum & bass artists on the scene. Andy C and Hybrid Minds are some of the most iconic figures in global dance music and it’s going to be a highlight of the festival.”
Line up announced so far across the nine stages can be found here: