Latest Blog Roll

Bring Me The Horizon in Basel - 21 February 2023

The UK's Bring Me The Horizon came to Basel with not one, not two, but three special guests and support bands, making their «Post Human European Tour» a major event on the touring circuit. Bring Me The Horizon started out as a deathcore band in 2004 and evolved over the years to merge metalcore and post-hardcore with electronica and pop. Hugely popular, they have sold over 4 million albums and have topped the UK charts many times.



Katatonia, Solstafir and SOM in Zurich - 2 February 2023

Two masters of dark and melancholy metal stopped off in Zurich on their "Twilight Burials" tour through Europe: Sweden's Katatonia and Iceland's Sólstafir. For over a quarter of a century, both bands have been releasing music in varying degrees of heaviness, traversing the subgenres of black metal, death metal, post-metal and more – and in all cases, connecting emotionally with their audiences.

Dan Mangan in Zurich - 30 November 2022

"I wanted this album to feel like the inside crook of a familiar elbow on the nape of your neck, a comforting embrace," Dan Mangan has said about his new album "Being Somewhere". "These songs are tenderhearted and unfurl like an overdue conversation with a dear friend. They essentially lay out where we’re at, how I’m doing, and how I think I can help."


The Cure in Basel - 19 November 2022

No band could possibly still be this good four decades into their career, surely? Yes, they could. Formed in 1978 and with thirteen studio albums under their belt, The Cure continue to pack venues as they tour the world. Their schedule is relentless, three nights in a row, one day off, then two nights again, each concert almost three hours long – how on earth do they do it?




Kodaline and Gavin James at the Baloise Session - 8 November 2022

It was two halves of an Irish coin at this Baloise Session evening – one half a rousing time at a pub in Dublin, the other half a gentle sing-along around the fire. Gavin James and Kodaline hail from Dublin, all of them starting as buskers before graduating via small clubs to headliner status.




Editors in Lausanne - 16 October 2022

Editors just seem to get better and better. Starting out as an indie rock band in the noughties, over the years they kept adding layers of electronica and experimentation, growing stronger with each consecutive album. Their newest, "EBM", is characterised by the industrial electronica of musician and producer Benjamin John Power, a.k.a. Blanck Mass, who joined the band as a full-time member in 2022.




Gurtenfestival 2022

It's been three years since the last Gurtenfestival – and this year's edition was the 10th time that The English Show reported from this lovely festival on a hill on the outskirts of Bern.

Gojira in Zurich - 8 July 2022

French metal gods Gojira released their most recent album "Fortitude" in April 2021 (listen to our interview with vocalist and guitarist Joe Duplantier here), but pandemic-related postponements made for a long wait until they were finally able to come to Switzerland for a live show.





OpenAir St. Gallen 2022

OpenAir St. Gallen is an annual music festival held near the city of St. Gallen in the east of Switzerland. Founded in 1977, it is one of Switzerland's biggest and longest-running open air festivals, attended by more than 110,000 people each year. After a pandemic-enforced two-year break, the festival was back from 30 June to 3 July 2022.

Basel's venues for art, theatre and more!

In addition to music and clubbing, we've also come up with a list of venues that feature art, theatre and more.