Review: Editors at The Marble Factory, Bristol

Editors are a British rock band from Birmingham who formed in 2002. They’ve released six studio albums, with their latest Violence released in 2018, and sold out numerous live shows.


This gig was a spontaneous night out for me after my friend, who currently lives in Bristol, had an extra ticket available. I admit I wasn’t a huge fan of this band and only knew a few songs, so I didn’t really know what to expect. However, inviting me was the best decision and their performance was incredible!

`editors live in Bristol

Powerful guitar riffs, hard-hitting drum rhythm, beautiful piano notes, artistic synthesising and mind-blowing vocals from lead singer, Tom Smith.

The event took place in an intimate venue, The Marble Factory, so we were really close to the stage and could feel the sounds vibrate through us. Apparently members of the band were even smiling and giving a thumbs up to us (but of course I wasn’t aware and got told this after the show – joys of being a blind bat).

Editors live in Bristol

They managed to play a full set with 22 songs, ranging from old school classics to new tracks. I was surprised how many songs I recognised including An End Has a Start, A Ton of Love, Papillon, The Racing Rats, Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors & Munich.

They also played a few tracks from their new album including the latest single Cold, Hallelujah, Fall, Belong & Magazine. They weren’t as heavy or dark as their older stuff but instead they had a more chillaxing, swaying your arms in the air kind of vibe.

In addition, I want to give a mention to their support act, Talos – an alternative/electronic band fom Cork, Ireland. They performed a very unique style of music, which included, on their last track, the guitarist playing his guitar with a violin bow – very original!

Support act - Talos live in Bristol

Overall this show had something for everyone to enjoy; hard rocking, head banging, fist pumping, crazy dancing and a good old sing along. I personally think Editors could be great contenders for the next headliners at Reading+Leeds, TRNSMT, RISE or even Glastonbury!

Editors live in Bristol

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