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Sam Rkaina takes a look around legendary Bristol music venue The Fleece with its new owner, musician Chris Sharp, to find out how much it’s changed since its wilderness years of the 2000s

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With the 1980s revival hopefully running out of steam, it stands to reason a fit of 1990s nostalgia is next in line.

Nirvana’s classic Nevermind is being re-released later this month – with an extortionately priced boxed set nonetheless – so it won’t be long until we’re knee deep in plaid shirts and long hair.

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If The Fleece’s all Japanese line up proved anything, it’s that you don’t need an abundance of musical talent to be entertaining.

Neither punk pop legends Shonen Knife nor their rather wonderful support act No Cars could be accused of being great musicians.

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FOR better or worse, “authenticity” is one of those words that means a lot in the music world.

Whether you’re a rapping about “the street” when you live in a million-dollar mansion, or singing gay anthems when you’re as a straight as a die, you need to be seen to know what you’re talking about.

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NINE strong funk band The Apples are about as multi-cultural as it gets.

The band’s members hail from Jerusalem, Haifa and Tel Aviv in Israel and the Ukraine, but they play Latin tinged music with American influences like Parliament Funkadelic and James Brown.

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WHO would think a band that sings songs about a giant ant could steal the show?

Of the four acts that took to the stage at The Fleece for the latest “best of Bristol” gig, Gargantuant were the most entertaining.

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THROUGHOUT the summer The Fleece is running a “best of Bristol season”, highlighting some of the city’s most exciting up and coming bands.

Between July and September, 88 bands will play in 21 gigs to showcase local talent.

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