Whats on: Gigs and Live Music in Bristol

Sheelanagig

Sheelanagig

My aim is to get all of Bristol's quality live music listed on one page. And while it sounds like a simple task, creating a whats on guide for ALL Bristol's gigs is pretty tough! One of the great things about live music in Bristol is it can be found where you least expect it.

Making a gig guide for Bristol's regular music venues would be easy. Making a gig guide for ALL of Bristol's gigs is a whole different story... A punk band on Turbo Island? An all girl accappella group playing to a crammed upstairs at the Miners Arms? Opera in a freshly closed-down Wetherspoons? All of these music events have happened - recently. Innovative and unusual gigs must be happening all the time, but all too often they are discovered well after the event actually occurred.

New years eve in Bristol can also provide some true one-off gigs in unusual venues.

The whats on listings to the left reflect all the Bristol gigs on Headfirst. On our homepage keep an eye on the pink events, (green = gigs, blue = clubnights, pink = other), these are unusual or special events including street festivals, ourdoor gigs and bands in Bristol's parks or the harbourside.

Live music in Bristol tonight:

Ben Cooling + Ry Curtis @ Canvas

Ccr Bristol Presents Ben Cooling And Ry Curtis


Bristol Afro Beat @ Plantation

A mix of past glories & new material


Commotion Bristol @ Club Cavern, The Crown

Taking you back to the sounds of the 60s & 70s da


Just the first three events for are shown above, full listings for are to the left.

Whenever my dad comes to Bristol, he's always shocked that there's so much great music that's free. I've made a special category on Headfirst for free gigs in Bristol, while there's always a margin for error I'm keen for it to be the most reliable resource for free live music in Bristol.


Bristol Live Music

SATURDAY 19TH APRIL
Ben Cooling + Ry Curtis @ Canvas, Bristol

Ccr Bristol Presents Ben Cooling And Ry Curtis

Bristol Afro Beat @ Plantation, Bristol

A mix of past glories & new material

Commotion Bristol @ Club Cavern, The Crown

Taking you back to the sounds of the 60s & 70s da

Compadres @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

With Live Support Tbc

Hit The Deck Festival @ Thekla, Bristol

Hit The Deck Festival returns for another year!

Painted Palms @ The Louisiana, Bristol

Painted Palms play The Louisiana

Pink And Tom Jones Tribute Act @ Beaufort Arms Bs348pb

Pink and Tom Jones Tribute Act, 8pm onwards free

Smiley & The Underclass @ The Canteen

Smiley & The Underclass & Throwback Radio

Subway Sect/ Blue Orchids @ The Thunderbolt

Vic Godard & Subway Sect/Blue Orchids

Subway Sect/blue Orchids @ The Thunderbolt

Vic Godard & Subway Sect/Blue Orchids

The Bones @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

West country legends playing swamp Rock+Blues

These Colours @ Department S @ The Lanes

Bristol based post-punk five piece, These Colours

SUNDAY 20TH APRIL
Ashestoangels @ Thekla, Bristol

Ashestoangels perform at Thekla

Cut Capers @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

With Live Support Tbc

Soultrain @ Java, Bristol

Easter soul reggae night

Sunday Jazz Sessions: John Pe @ Copper Jacks Loft

John Pearce kicks off the Sunday Jazz Sessions

MONDAY 21ST APRIL
Leonie Evans Blues Session @ The Canteen

Leonie Evans Blues Session

Open Mic Night @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Hosted by Alan Green (Beyond Rivers)

Song Smith @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

A Jumping Joint Production

Suburban Legends @ Thekla, Bristol

Suburban Legends perform at Thekla

TUESDAY 22ND APRIL
Chantel Mcgregor To Rock! @ The Tunnels

Guitarist of the year plays in her power trio!

Les Trois Coups @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

And More Live Music Tbc

Live In The Lion's Den @ The Golden Lion

Hosted by Nuala w/ Ellie Rusbridge + Ruth Gordon

Wltp : Jonwayne + More @ Start The Bus

Wltp : Jonwayne + Thisisda

Worlds Elsewhere @ The Lantern, Colston Hall

Songs for soprano and instruments

WEDNESDAY 23RD APRIL
Blood Red Shoes @ Trinity Centre, Bristol

Blood Red Shoes / Slaves / DZ Deathrays

Open Mic Night @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Hosted by Bobby and Al

Paul Jones And Dave Kelly @ Chipping Sodbury Town Hal

An evening of Blues with Paul Jones & Dave Kelly

Paul Jones And Dave Kelly @ Chipping Sodbury Town Hal

An evening with Paul Jones and Dave Kelly

Uberphonic Presents @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Just 3 Harmony Trio + Emily Teague + Max Harrison

Vans Warped Tour Acoustic Tour @ Thekla

Vans Warped Tour presents: The 2014 Acoustic Tour

THURSDAY 24TH APRIL
Andy Sheppard's Pushy Doctors @ Fringe Jazz

Andy Sheppard, Dan Moore and Tony Orrell

Arta Arden Live - Pranj's Bar @ Pranj's Bar

Live trip-hop, dubstep, drum'n'bass, cinematic

Joan As Police Woman @ Thekla, Bristol

Joan As Police Woman performs at Thekla

Milestones @ Leftbank, Bristol

Butcher & The Butterfly/Glowglobes/Jules Landau

Speak Easy @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Live Music and DJs'til Late

Stand Up For Lyricism @ The Rope Walk, Bristol

Sufl Poetry And Spoken Word Night

The 3 Boxes @ Hen & Chicken, Bristol

Instrumental Guitar trio Supergroup

The Tame @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Live Grunge Rock with special guest support

FRIDAY 25TH APRIL
Art Rockers Double Bill @ The Thunderbolt

Jonny Vel n and Schoolboys Death Trio

Blowin A Hooley @ All Hallows Hall Easton

Cocos Lovers, Julian Gaskell, Fitty Gomash,

Locatune! @ Grain Barge, Bristol

Moon Club, Ranger Camero & Sarah Proudfoot

Mr Tea And The Minions + Espai @ Golden Lion

Mr Tea and the Minions + Espai + DJ Howla!!

Mr. Tea And The Minions @ The Golden Lion

Live Balkan/ElectroSwing with guests Espai

Raglans @ Thekla, Bristol

Raglans perform at Thekla

Slim's Pickings @ Leftbank, Bristol

John Fairhurst/Jim Evans

Teachings In Dub @ Trinity, Bristol

King Earthquake meets Maasai Warrior

Tom Fryer @ The Vittoria, Bristol

Tom Fryer @ the Vittoria

SATURDAY 26TH APRIL
Coco And The Butterfields @ Thekla, Bristol

CoCo And The Butterfields perform at Thekla

Dirty Gentlemen & Mango Park @ The Canteen

Dirty Gentlemen & Mango Park

Forgery Lit @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

With Support from Cardinal

Free For All @ Stag And Hounds, Bristol

Live Gritty Country Blues and Rock

Poor Old Dogs + Ponchartrain @ The Golden Lion

Bastardised Folk music + sweet Country/Americana

SUNDAY 27TH APRIL
Eh Basement Sessions @ The Louisiana, Bristol

Bite The Buffalo + Funke and the Two Tone Baby

The Crookes @ Thekla, Bristol

The Crookes perform at Thekla

MONDAY 28TH APRIL
Fringefreemusic @ The Bristol Fringe, Bristol

Improvised music at the Bristol Fringe

Open Mic Night @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Hosted by Alan Green (Beyond Rivers)

Ruby Jazz @ St Stephen's Church. Bs1

Classic Jazz Greats with Mezzo-soprano and Piano

Song Smith @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

A Jumping Joint Production

TUESDAY 29TH APRIL
Everlast @ Thekla, Bristol

Everlast perform at Thekla

Live In The Lion's Den @ The Golden Lion

Hosted by Nuala w/ Sam Green + Little Arrow

WEDNESDAY 30TH APRIL
From The Forest Presents @ The Gallimaufry

Matt Woosey + Chaz Thorogood + Imlac

Micah P Hinson @ Thekla, Bristol

Micah P Hinson performs at Thekla

Open Mic Night @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Hosted by Bobby and Al

Uberphonic Presents @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Producers Night ft. Kawika + Anwar

THURSDAY 1ST MAY
Goodnight Lois + Towers @ The Golden Lion

Live Alt Indie from two of Bristol's finest

Melissa Greener (usa) @ Hen & Chicken

Unique Vocalsit From Nashville Usa

We Are Sadie Fleming @ The Birdcage, Bristol

Sadie Fleming / Tom Scriven / Lindsay Bullamore

FRIDAY 2ND MAY
#thekla 30 @ Thekla, Bristol

Thekla 30 Celebrating 30 Years In Bristol Harbor

Backbeat Sound System @ The Golden Lion

8-piece Funk Reggae favourites!

James Graham @ The Vittoria, Bristol

James Graham at the Vittoria

Joe Buck Yourself @ Stag & Hounds, Bristol

With Rita Lynch and The Surgeons

SATURDAY 3RD MAY
#thekla 30 @ Thekla, Bristol

Thekla 30 Celebrating 30 Years In Bristol Harbor

Black Elephant @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

'Slingshooting Dead Seahorses' Album Launch

Bristol Folk Festival @ St Georges Bristol

Featuring the best of British folk music

Cleft @ Stag & Hounds, Bristol

Memory of Elephtants/Bianca/Inuit/Marabou Stalk

Kabaka Beats @ Left Bank, Bristol

Explosive Nzakomba + Hi Life Hi-fi

Scribble'n' Scratch Takeover @ The Big Chill

All day illustration battles and live hip-hop

SUNDAY 4TH MAY
#thekla 30 @ Thekla, Bristol

Thekla 30 Celebrating 30 Years In Bristol Harbor

TUESDAY 6TH MAY
WEDNESDAY 7TH MAY
Delays @ Thekla, Bristol

Delays perform at Thekla

Krista Detor Trio @ The Trinity Centre

Jelli Records and Trinity Community Arts Present

THURSDAY 8TH MAY
Bo Ningen @ Thekla, Bristol

Bo Ningen performs at Thekla

Sons Of Kemet @ Fiddlers, Bristol

"Best Jazz Act" - Mobo Awards 2013

FRIDAY 9TH MAY
Billy Howard @ The Vittoria, Bristol

Billy Howard @ the Vittoria

Three Laws @ The Edwardian Cloakroom, Bristol

Claremont Road / Life In The Fast Lane

SATURDAY 10TH MAY
Bangers And Tash: Pop-up Fest @ The Black Swan

Pop-up Festival: Djs/bands/circus/stalls

Bear's Den @ Thekla, Bristol

Bear's Den perform at Thekla

The Melodic @ The Louisiana, Bristol

The Melodic perform at The Louisiana

We Are Enfant Terrible(france) @ The Attic Bar/full Moon

8-bit/electro/punk-rock. Support: Lionface

Whiskey In The Jar @ Princeshall Clevedon

Dubliners leadman plays great Celtic music

SUNDAY 11TH MAY
Frank Harrison Trio @ Hen & Chicken

Top Jazz pianist with new trio

MONDAY 12TH MAY
Phantogram @ Thekla, Bristol

Phantogram perform at Thekla

TUESDAY 13TH MAY
WEDNESDAY 14TH MAY
Martin Stephenson @ Thekla, Bristol

Martin Stephenson performs at Thekla

FRIDAY 16TH MAY
Bella Hardy 30 For 30! Tour @ Frenchay Village Hall

Bbc Radio 2 Folk Singer Of The Year 2014 Winner

Bristol Music For Good @ The Bank Tavern

Free charity music weekender!

Dave Manington's Riff Raff @ The Be-bop Club

Top London jazz group on tour

Huskytones @ Southbank Club, Bristol

Blues, Americana and Soul Band

James And Tom @ The Vittoria, Bristol

James Graham and Tom Fryer

SATURDAY 17TH MAY
Bristol Music For Good @ The Blue Lagoon

Free charity music weekender!

Jama @ Plantation, Bristol

World Beat Fusion

Jon Spencer @ Thekla, Bristol

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

SUNDAY 18TH MAY
Bristol Music For Good @ The Golden Guinea

Free charity music weekender!

Eh Basement Sessions @ The Louisiana, Bristol

Sophie Jamieson + Nanook of the North

Jimi Goodwin @ Thekla, Bristol

Jimi Goodwin performs at Thekla

MONDAY 19TH MAY
TUESDAY 20TH MAY
Hank Wangford @ Thekla, Bristol

Hank Wangford and the Lost Cowboys at Thekla

WEDNESDAY 21ST MAY
THURSDAY 22ND MAY
8-bit Night! @ Mothers' Ruin, Bristol

8-bit Night! Tommy Creep + Alone + more

John Doyle (ire) @ Hen & Chicken, Bristol

Grammy nominated Irish Trad singer songwriter

Kabaka Beats @ Plantation, Bristol

Dakar Audio Club, 2 Man Ting, Area Boys

Mdnght/trading Places/the Tixx @ The Lanes

Night of the best indie sounds you'll find!

Raw Promotions Presents Mdnght @ @ The Lanes

Mdnght Performs In Bristol For The First Time !

Wednesday 13 @ Thekla, Bristol

Wednesday 13 performs at Thekla

FRIDAY 23RD MAY
Tom Fryer @ The Vittoria, Bristol

Tom Fryer @ the Vittoria

Uri Green & The Seeds @ Plantation

Regga , Dancehall & D&B

Vegfestuk Bristol 2014 @ Amphitheatre, Bristol

'Let's all have a disco' in the middle of Bristol

SATURDAY 24TH MAY
Soul Destroyers @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Huge Soul Band! Lots of action, lots of fun!

Vegfestuk Bristol 2014 @ Amphitheatre, Bristol

Punk nite in the middle of Bristol

SUNDAY 25TH MAY
Blair Dunlo @ Thekla, Bristol

Blair Dunlop performs at Thekla

Vegfestuk Bristol 2014 @ Amphitheatre, Bristol

Reggae sunsplash in the middle of Bristol

MONDAY 26TH MAY
Awolnation @ The Trinity Centre, Bristol

American electronic rock outfit

WEDNESDAY 28TH MAY
Chuck Ragan @ Thekla, Bristol

Chuck Ragan performs at Thekla

Smartarts: An Evening Of Impro @ Cafe Kino

An evening of improvisation.

Swans @ The Trinity Centre, Bristol

Infamous and powerful live show

THURSDAY 29TH MAY
Gabriella Cilmi @ Thekla, Bristol

Gabriella Cilmi / Henry Green

FRIDAY 30TH MAY
SATURDAY 31ST MAY
Pete Molinari @ The Louisiana, Bristol

Pete Molinari performs at The Louisiana

SUNDAY 1ST JUNE
TUESDAY 3RD JUNE
Smoke Fairies @ Thekla, Bristol

Smoke Fairies perform at Thekla

WEDNESDAY 4TH JUNE
Clarinet In Close-up @ The Lantern, Colston Hall

Mary Barrett and the CoMA Bristol Ensemble

East India Youth @ Thekla, Bristol

East India Youth perform at Thekla

THURSDAY 5TH JUNE
George Ezra @ Fiddlers, Bristol

As Featured On Bbc Sound Of 2014!

FRIDAY 6TH JUNE
Dizraeli & The Small Gods @ Fiddlers

Fronted by award winning rapper Dizraeli!

Flying Lotus @ Colston Hall, Bristol

With Thundercat + Captain Murphy

SATURDAY 7TH JUNE
Kabaka Beats All-dayer @ Easton Community Center

African Bands, DJ's, Workshops 2pm-2am

SUNDAY 8TH JUNE
Howling Bells @ Thekla, Bristol

Howling Bells perform at Thekla

WEDNESDAY 11TH JUNE
Fujiya & Miyagi @ Thekla, Bristol

Fujiya & Miyagi perform at Thekla

FRIDAY 13TH JUNE
Pylo @ Thekla, Bristol

Pylo Perform At Thekla

MONDAY 16TH JUNE
Glass Animals @ Colston Hall (the Lantern

Glass Animals perform at The Colston Hall

SATURDAY 21ST JUNE
Piano Triets @ The Lantern, Colston Hall

Contemporary music for 3 people at 1 piano

FRIDAY 4TH JULY
MONDAY 28TH JULY
Bach In The Dark @ Bristol Old Vic - Studio

The Erebus Ensemble take on Bach. In the dark.

Lisa Batiashvili @ Bristol Old Vic - Theatre

The Georgian violinist makes Bristol Proms debut

Will Gregory's Moog Ensemble @ Bristol Old Vic - Theatre

Goldfrapp man brings late-night magic to Proms



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