On Thursday 19th September a special night exploring the music history of Knowle West and its influence on the Bristol Sound was hosted at KWMC in collaboration with Gary Thompson and guests. Gary, filmmaker, creative and founder of Cables&Cameras, grew up in KW and got in touch with KWMC to suggest hosting this event as part of the Homes for Heroes programme.
HOMECOMING was an evening of music, film and conversation, charting the lineage of pioneering musicians from Knowle West and their contributions to the city and beyond. In September 1989, Fresh Four released top ten hit ‘Wishing On A Star’, a litmus of the bass driven and female vocal-led sounds bubbling up from Bristol’s underground at the time. From here, DJ Krust developed an internationally renowned electronic music career that far surpassed these early days. Trip hop forefather Tricky was a Knowle West Boy, and new emerging talent from the area continues to grow today in the bedrooms, back gardens and music studios of Knowle West Media Centre.
How has growing up in the neighbourhood shaped these artists? What local venues and community champions have supported them on their way? What would Bristol’s music history look like without the cultivating grounds of council estates across the city? HOMECOMING provided a powerful line up of DJs, musicians and filmmakers to tell this story and dicuss some of these questions.
Over 60 people from across Bristol and Knowle West came to enjoy the night. We hope this night will spark many more events like this where the unique music talent of Knowle West can be widely celebrated.
Special thanks to Cables&Cameras, artists: DJ Krust, Gary Thompson, Kala Chng, 3 Culture, DJ Bunjy and music journalist and host Joe Muggs.