Saturday The Alchemist’s Playground

Gardna is a Bristol-based artist, who has achieved success thanks to his genre defying approach to recording and his energy driven live performances. From MC and songwriter, to prolific collaborator, host and promoter, the lifelong good vibes ambassador fuses elements from across the sound system spectrum, to conjure up his own unique rhythmic blends, which channel Bristol’s rich musical heritage and earn him critical praise from across the globe.

His debut solo album, Good Time Not a Long Time (2019), served as the ideal showcase for Gardna’s versatility, as well as his collaborative vision, with the album boasting features from a diverse range of artists, including Omar, Eva Lazarus, Fox and Hollie Cook. The album’s tour took in sell-out shows in both Bristol and London, as well as overseas acclaim in Australia and New Zealand, featuring not only Gardna, but his co-stars as well.

The collaborations extend beyond his solo ventures, including notable releases with DRS, Watch the Ride (DJ Die, Dismantle & DJ Randall), The Nextmen and Gentleman’s Dub Club, while also supporting the latter on their 13 date UK tour. A performance of their collaboration, Rudeboy, in front of a 50,000 strong crowd at the legendary Lion’s Den stage at Boomtown, remains one of the high points in Gardna’s career.

His affinity with radio has garnered him airplay from legends such as Annie Mac, David Rodigan, Don Letts, Mistajam and Steve Lamacq, as well as netting him his own show on burgeoning Bristol station SWU.FM, where his prowess as a host took on new dimensions.