We are delighted to be launching Classic Album Sundays in Bristol with the first album featured being a local classic, Massive Attack’s Mezzanine.

Bristol Spirit in BS5 has been chosen as the Bristol venue for Classic Album Sundays (CAS) – 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.

Listen: Massive Attack ‘Mezzanine’ Musical Lead-Up Playlist

The audio partner for the programme is Audio T, who are Bristol’s leading Hi-Fi retailer situated in historic Park Street. They will be providing Bristol Spirit with a Rega RP10 turntable fitted with a Rega Apheta 2 pickup cartridge, the Rega Osiris amplifier and Dynaudio Contour 30 speakers with a REL 212 subwoofer, to ensure a first class audio listening experience.

The predator that lurks on the cover of the album perfectly represents the moods locked in the album – it’s in-your-face, confusing, demonic, and eerie. It’s startling at times and soothing at others. Fear is a difficult emotion to surface from the grooves of a vinyl record because it lacks a visual— the discomfort you experience while listening can only be crafted with the help of your imagination. Massive Attack makes you think about what you would see onscreen during a Tobe Hooper or Alfred Hitchcock film. And, when Massive Attack did give their songs a visual representation, they surface the unexpected, like a foetus singing “Teardrop” from inside the womb and from their respective music videos.

Listen: Massive Attack ‘Mezzanine’ Legacy Playlist

The birth of Massive Attack wasn’t originally set to test these fearful boundaries, but to revamp the atmosphere of underground UK dance clubs. Before Massive Attack, Robert “3D” Del Naja, “Daddy G” Marshall, and Andy “Mushroom” Vowles produced music with the electronica collective, The Wild Bunch, where they achieved great success from singles like “The Look of Love”. Eventually, the trio left the group to form Massive Attack and independently released their first single, “Any Love”. The track is upbeat, happy-go-lucky and bursts with sunshine, which can be off-putting if a listener knows the band from their full-length output.

Read more: Album of the Month – Massive Attack ‘Mezzanine’

The event starts with a short talk by a special guest, and then the album is listened to in its entirety before the evening finishes with a brief Q&A.


Time & Date: Sunday July 1st 2018 18:00 – 20:00


Bristol Spirit, 86 Whitehall Rd BS5, Bristol BS5 9BQ


£6 in advance here


Sam Espensen

Audio Menu Supplied By Audio-T

Rega RP10 turntable, Rega Apheta 2 pickup cartridgeRega Osiris amplifier, Dynaudio Contour 30 speakers, REL 212 subwoofer.