Journalist (DW, ex-BBC, RFI, TV5), writer (first book on Massive Attack and Bristol), I also work on film projects. Born in Paris, I have been based in Prague, Miami, London, Nairobi (covering Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia), and Bristol, UK. I travelled from Italy to Haiti, via Tunisia, Liberia, South Africa, India, Mexico, Niger, Turkey, Iraq... My passions: Africa, Europe, literature, music, arts. This blog is to share my work and cultural discoveries from around the world.
Classic Album Sundays Launches in Bristol
Hey England, I'll be in Bristol on July 1st, for the launch of Classic Album Sundays at Bristol Spirit with a local classic: Massive Attack's iconic Mezzanine, played on an audiophile sound system...
And we'll talk about how the record came about, of course.
Bristol Spirit in BS5 has been chosen as the Bristol venue for Classic Album Sundays – the world’s most popular album listening experience. The Redfield bar joins the CAS family increasing the number to 15 satellites in cities throughout the world including London, NYC, Chicago, Miami, Berlin, Sydney, Oslo, Fukuoka and more.
The Classic Album Sundays Bristol programme is kicking off on Sunday July 1st with Mezzanine by Massive Attack. Tickets cost £6.00 and can be purchased here.
The event starts with a talk by a special guest, and then the album is listened to in its entirety before the evening finishes with a brief Q&A.
Bristol Spirit is co-owned by friends Sam Espensen and Phil Gillies, who also own Espensen Spirit, a range of naturally infused gins, vodkas and whiskies – Bristol Spirit is the equivalent of a beer tap room for their spirits. They serve a range of cocktails, local beers, ciders, wine, mocktails and hot drinks, which will all be available for the Classic Album Sunday events.
The bar has become known for its excellent playlists and its musical events, including Sunday soul lunches, a Bowie Brunch and a Beastie Boys bottomless punch brunch.
If Classic Album Sunday guests wish to, they can also enjoy a Sunday roast at Bristol Spirit before the programme begins. If you would like to book for this you can do so separately via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Classic Album Sundays event programme at Bristol Spirit will be co-curated by Sam Espensen and the music journalist Laura Williams.
Sam Espensen, founder, Bristol Spirit, says “To say we are happy to be chosen as the venue for Classic Album Sundays is a bit of an understatement – this is a dream gig for any music nerd. Bristol has and always will be driven and moulded by music, and its influence resonates throughout the world – it’s one of the reasons I named our bar Bristol Spirit – referring to the buccaneering attitude of the locals – which is heavily influenced and responsible for the city’s musical heritage. What better place to start our Classic Album Sundays programme than with Mezzanine?”
Tony Revelle, director of Audio T says “We are delighted to be asked to be the audio partner for Classic Album Sundays Bristol. All of us at Audio T are very enthusiastic about live music and therefore we are also passionate about re-producing music faithfully in the home. For that reason we have always sold and serviced turntables, and we believe that a good vinyl system is capable of providing a wonderfully involving sound quality.”
Colleen Murphy, Classic Album Sundays founder, added “At our listening sessions, music fans are able to immerse themselves into an album that has helped shape our culture and in some cases, our lives.We relay the artist and album’s unique story and provide a musical context that gives the listening experience deeper meaning. We share the experience of hearing the album in its entirety, on vinyl, and on a world-class audiophile hi-fi so that fans can experience the music as close as possible to the artist’s original intention.
Classic Album Sundays treats the album with the respect it deserves rather than as a free commodity or aural wallpaper. We remind people what they love about music. Bristol is a city doused in musical excellence, and Bristol Spirit and Audio T are great champions of that heritage.”