Whats on: Gigs and Live Music in Bristol

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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:

Defeater @ The Marble Factory

Melodic Hardcore shipped in from Boston



Introducing... @ The Gallimaufry

Three talented newcomers


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

Live music in Bristol this weekend:



Don Gallardo / The Rosellys @ The Golden Lion

Nashville V Bristol. A night of great Americana


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

TUESDAY 7TH JULY
Defeater @ The Marble Factory, Bristol

Melodic Hardcore shipped in from Boston

Live In The Lions Den @ The Golden Lion

Howlin' Lord + special guests

Open Mic @ Grain Barge, Bristol

Cosy space, friendly host, all styles welcome!

Twelve Months Of Summer @ The Canteen, Bristol

Monthly showcase of the best acts from the acoust

WEDNESDAY 8TH JULY
Jose Solo @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Hailing from Extremadura but nicely settled in Br

Julian Alenda 4tet @ The Canteen, Bristol

Led by French sax player Julien Alenda and featur

Ponchartrain Trio @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

Slim's Pickings #5: live rhythm & blues

Red Rooster Moving Co. @ The Golden Lion

From Portland, Usa. Stomping, Ragtime Blues

The Underdog: Heat 3 @ The Thunderbolt

The Underdog Is A New Battle Of The Bands Comp

THURSDAY 9TH JULY
Conjunto Gringo @ The Canteen, Bristol

Sparkling 8-piece salsa orchestra comprising some

Greg Oxenham & Joe Armer @ No.1 Harbourside

Bristol Horn Stars conductor Greg Oxenham gets to

Immigrant Jams @ Rope Walk, Bristol

Open mic + Jam Session

Kaleidophone @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Vivid Vague + DJ Alfie

My Boogaloo! @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Live RnB, Hot Jazz & Ska with Pete Cunning & Co.

The Underdog: Heat 4 @ The Thunderbolt

The Underdog Is A New Battle Of The Bands Compet

FRIDAY 10TH JULY
Don Gallardo / The Rosellys @ The Golden Lion

Nashville V Bristol. A night of great Americana

Los Cojones @ The Steam Crane, Bristol

Reggae, blues, soul original and covers

Radio Nasties @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

This trio of old-school rock'n'rollers come burst

Samson Sounds @ The Canteen, Bristol

Here's a cool-as-you-like outfit from Glasgow mak

The Friday Fun Fest 4-1am...fr @ The Thunderbolt

Free Friday Fun Fest Join us at the Thunder

SATURDAY 11TH JULY
Baraka @ Plantation, Bristol

Reggae, Calypso, Blues & Soca

Bristol Americana Weekend Sat @ St George's

Larkin Poe / Police Dog Hogan

Cable Street Collective @ The Canteen, Bristol

Wormfood Ft. Cable Street Collective

Jah Sun @ The Attic Bar, Bristol

Salentoroot Sound, Ramboy, Skylion, Kiya Kaya

M2tm - The Final @ The Fleece, Bristol

M2tm - The Final @ The Fleece

Mugstar @ The Cube Cinema, Bristol

Psychedelic Rock to wash your brains to

Rock The Stag's Bar Presents: @ Stag And Hounds

Bad For Lazarus - Tie Fighter Pilot -pink Lizards

Samson Sounds @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Here's a cool-as-you-like outfit from Glasgow mak

Soul Ingredients @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Powerful Soul, Gospel & Blues. Stax Records Style

SUNDAY 12TH JULY
Bristol Americana Weekend Sun @ St George's

Mud Morganfield / The Coal Porters

Just 3 @ The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Pitch perfect vocal harmony group!

Milonga With Tango Con Fuoco A @ No.1 Harbourside

Milonga with Tango Con Fuoco and Tango Note (6pm)

The Black Feathers 5pm @ The Eldon House Bs81bt

Folk, roots, Americana, and southern rock

MONDAY 13TH JULY
Canteen Hip Hop Session @ The Canteen, Bristol

Guest MCs and musicians join the rhythm section o

TUESDAY 14TH JULY
Joe Strouzer @ The Canteen, Bristol

Once Joe discovered there's only so much blues yo

Live In The Lions Den Special @ The Golden Lion

Mankala (unplugged) + Emma Ballantine

Open Mic @ Grain Barge, Bristol

Cosy space, friendly host, all styles welcome!

Sam Cartwright Johnson @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Danielle Celeste + Dave Remix

WEDNESDAY 15TH JULY
Andy Sheppard & Friends @ The Mall Pub Clifton

Globetrotting saxophonists back home in Bristol

Austeros/ghost On Tape(france) @ The Hatchet

Diy Punk. + Holy Pinto/viva Zapata

Joe Strouzer @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Once Joe Strouzer discovered there's only so much

Open Mic @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Weekly showcase with Al Green (Beyond Rivers)

The Damn Busters @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

Slim's Pickings #4: live rhythm & blues

The Triple As @ The Canteen, Bristol

So, you take funky saxman Andrew Neil Hayes, groo

THURSDAY 16TH JULY
Buffos Wake @ The Canteen, Bristol

Further proof that Brighton and Bristol share th

Jack Cookson @ Jersey Lily, Bristol

Live Acoustic Sessions

Julia Turner & Annalise Lam @ No.1 Harbourside

Both separately schooled in the Hard Knocks Conse

Molly & The Kings @ The Coronation Tap

Upbeat jazz, soul & r'n'b.

The Damn Busters & Friends @ The Golden Lion

Delta Piano Blues fronted by Kirris Riviere

FRIDAY 17TH JULY
A.j. Holmes & The Hackney Empi @ The Canteen

Bamoko meets Barking in this chirpy cockney take

Baila La Cumbia @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Catching the rich and spicy musical stew from the

Cannonballista @ The Trinity Centre, Bristol

Explosive new show from live artist Liz Clarke

Dysfunktional @ The Steam Crane, Bristol

Young and energetic covers band

Shanty @ The Attic Bar, Bristol

Jazz reggae Sessions, DJ Guy, DJ Dad

Thee Ones @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ The Flattones + Asbo

SATURDAY 18TH JULY
Cannonballista @ The Trinity Centre, Bristol

Explosive new show from live artist Liz Clarke

Harare @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Whatever you hope for when you think of Zimbabwea

John Fairhurst Solo Show @ The Steam Crane

Blues, Rock and Roll and everything else

Orchestre Du Montplaisant @ The Canteen

Described as'mainly instrumental but with bits o

The Crawlin Kingsnakes @ The Bootlegger

Rockabilly and Rock & Roll

Uri Green & The Seeds @ Plantation

Reggae, Danacehall & DnB

SUNDAY 19TH JULY
Ruth Gordon @ The Canteen, Bristol

Once Ruth Gordon's gentle voice starts telling yo

Sean Heath 5pm @ The Eldon House, Bristol

Acoustic soloist playing progressive folk

MONDAY 20TH JULY
Canteen Jazz Session @ The Canteen, Bristol

An open jazz jam session for seasoned players to

The Naturals @ The Exchange, Bristol

W/ Ossia / Taos Humm / Uiutna

TUESDAY 21ST JULY
Hillfolk Noir @ The Canteen, Bristol

Lookee here - it's 100% original Junkerdash from

Live In The Lions Den @ The Golden Lion

Charlie Williams + Snufkin & the Devil's Doorbell

Open Mic @ Grain Barge, Bristol

Cosy space, friendly host, all styles welcome!

WEDNESDAY 22ND JULY
John Pearce Quartet @ The Mall Pub Clifton

Amazing jazz violinist and his superb quartet

John Pearce Quartet @ The Mall Pub Clifton

Amazing jazz violinist and his superb quartet

Open Mic @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Weekly showcase with Al Green (Beyond Rivers)

The Felice Brothers @ The Marble Factory

Folk Rock from the core of the Big Apple

The Milli-meters @ The Canteen, Bristol

See what they did there? Like, they're paying a t

The Underdog: Heat 7 @ The Thunderbolt

The Underdog Is A New Battle Of The Bands Compet

Thomas Sefia & Henry Binning @ No.1 Harbourside

The classic jazz pairing of tenor saxophone (Thom

THURSDAY 23RD JULY
Bombs @ The Canteen, Bristol

Artful rockers from London with King Crimson hidd

Glowglobes @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Cabaret-inflected duo Glow Globes lace their shar

Maybug @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ New Daze + Benjamin Michael

The Underdog: Heat 8 @ The Thunderbolt

The Underdog Is A New Battle Of The Bands Compet

Uberphonic Presents.. @ The Golden Lion

Kayla Painter / Lto - Electronica

FRIDAY 24TH JULY
Angel Up Front - Blue Lagoon @ Blue Lagoon

Angel Up Front at the Blue Lagoon

Badly Drawn Boy @ St George's, Bristol

'The Hour of Bewilderbeast' 15th Anniversary Tour

Brass Junkies @ The Canteen, Bristol

The Brass Junkies are a dynamic 8 piece brass ban

Circus Of Invention @ The Crofters Rights

Circus of Invention Bring you their second instal

Death To The Strange @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ NewRising + Zoe Konez + Big Chief Weird Bird

Revolver - Moonclub + Why We L @ Exchange

Revolver - Moonclub + Why We Love + Towers

The Sex Pissed Dolls @ The Fleece, Bristol

Sexy all-girl 70s punk covers band

The Supers @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Molly King's 5-piece soul and funk band catch th

Zuri Aura @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Soul Grooves, Skankin' Reggae, Hip Hop, DnB, Afro

SATURDAY 25TH JULY
Classical Extravaganza @ Colston Hall, Bristol

The Best Classical Music in the World

The Four Fighters & Nirvano @ Bristol Bierkeller

The best Foo Fighters & Nirvana Tribute Bands

The Summertides @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Dynamic, Upbeat Indie band from the Devon Coast

Zirigidium @ The Canteen, Bristol

Massive Brazilian-style carnival drum band in the

SUNDAY 26TH JULY
Bula Bula 5pm @ The Eldon House, Bristol

50's and 60's rock'n' roll

Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellies @ The Canteen

Bluegrass? Lougrass? This is the sound of the Gre

MONDAY 27TH JULY
Slimline Henry Blues Session @ The Canteen

When harmonica guru Henry'Slimline' Slim blows

Tchaikovsky Vs. Brahms @ Bristol Old Vic

Daniel Hope with his Bristol Proms Ensemble

TUESDAY 28TH JULY
Live In The Lions Den @ The Golden Lion

Jon Kenzie (manchester) + Alabaster Deplume (ldn)

Open Mic @ Grain Barge, Bristol

Cosy space, friendly host, all styles welcome!

Pilot: Album Launch @ Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Benji Bower and Kathleen Fitzpatrick-Milton

WEDNESDAY 29TH JULY
Carl Orr @ The Mall Pub Clifton, Bristol

Internationally respected jazz rock guitarist

Dave Perry Trio @ The Canteen, Bristol

Cool and contemporary jazz outfit with Dave's nim

Dreamers @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Two busy acoustic musicians and singers with tire

Open Mic @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Weekly showcase with Al Green (Beyond Rivers)

Pure Minimalist Baroque @ Bristol Old Vic

Hakon And Mari Samuelsen with Sinfonia Cymru

The Underdog: Heat 9 @ The Thunderbolt

The Underdog Is A New Battle Of The Bands Compet

THURSDAY 30TH JULY
Forestears @ The Canteen, Bristol

Brighton's claiming them but Bristol proudly says

Heartfelt @ Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

A Sacconi Quartet Digital Performance

Shaw @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Live Support + Our Resident DJs

Slimline Henry @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Henry Slim's dust-voiced Americana comes complete

Steve Harris British Lion @ Bristol Bierkeller

New Band from Steve Harris of Iron Maiden

The First Raitt Band @ The Golden Lion

Tribute to the legendary Bonnie Raitt

The Night Shift @ Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Classical Music: Minus The Rules

The Underdog: Heat 10 @ The Thunderbolt

The Underdog Is A New Battle Of The Bands Compet

FRIDAY 31ST JULY
Angel Up Front - Chase Inn @ Chase Inn (chasers)

Angel Up Front at the Chase Inn

Batch Gueye Band @ The Canteen, Bristol

There's a contemporary electronic shine to Batch

Dave Formula & The Finks + The @ The Thunderbolt

Magazine and Visage keyboard supremo Dave Formula

Hot Pursuit @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Live Support + Rackabeat

Mad Apple Circus @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Welcome to the South West Circus, they say, and t

Poor Old Dogs @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Bristol based bastardised folk. Stomping music!

The Bon Jovi Experience @ The Fleece, Bristol

The worlds first and finest tribute to Bon Jovi

SATURDAY 1ST AUGUST
Circus City Summer Show @ The Louisiana

Sam Eason EP Launch w Special Guests

London Afrobeat Collective @ Exchange, Bristol

Their name may include the UK's capital but their

TUESDAY 4TH AUGUST
Fender Presents: @ The Fleece, Bristol

The American Standard Tour

Open Mic @ Grain Barge, Bristol

Cosy space, friendly host, all styles welcome!

The Misfits @ The Marble Factory, Bristol

The Misfits Performing Static Age In Full

WEDNESDAY 5TH AUGUST
Mick Thomas + Phil" Swill" @ The Thunderbolt

Odgers (the Men They Couldnt Hang)

Queensryche + Death Angel @ The Marble Factory

Late'80s Pioneers of Progressive Metal

THURSDAY 6TH AUGUST
Kirk Brandon @ The Thunderbolt, Bristol

Kirk returns for an exclusive acoustic set.

Lewis Clark @ Jersey Lily, Bristol

Live Acoustic Sessions

FRIDAY 7TH AUGUST
15th Bristol Cider Festival @ Brunel's Old Station

A night of real cider and West Country music!

SATURDAY 8TH AUGUST
15th Bristol Cider Festival @ Brunel's Old Station

A night of real cider and West Country music!

Angel Up Front - Jolly Cobler @ Jolly Cobler

Angel Up Front at the Jolly Cobler

SUNDAY 9TH AUGUST
Anti Flag @ The Marble Factory, Bristol

American Punk-rock From Pittsburgh, Usa

TUESDAY 11TH AUGUST
Less Than Jake @ The Marble Factory, Bristol

The Kings of Ska Punk (Arguably)

Open Mic @ Grain Barge, Bristol

Cosy space, friendly host, all styles welcome!

THURSDAY 13TH AUGUST
FRIDAY 14TH AUGUST
Aswad @ The Marble Factory, Bristol

Long standing Legends of British Reggae

The Stranglers @ Nt Tyntesfield, Bristol

The punk legends return, at Tyntesfield.

The Underdog: Semi Final 1 @ The Thunderbolt

The Underdog Is A New Battle Of The Bands Compet

SATURDAY 15TH AUGUST
Seth Lakeman @ Nt Tyntesfield, Bristol

Seth Lakeman heads to Tyntesfield

The Crawlin Kingsnakes @ The Bootlegger

Rockabilly and Rock & Roll

SUNDAY 16TH AUGUST
Fundraiser For Bill @ Bristol Bierkeller

Metallica Reloaded Acoustic fundraiser,

TUESDAY 18TH AUGUST
Open Mic @ Grain Barge, Bristol

Cosy space, friendly host, all styles welcome!

THURSDAY 20TH AUGUST
Syd Arthur @ Exchange, Bristol

Syd Arthur @ Exchange, Bristol

FRIDAY 21ST AUGUST
TUESDAY 25TH AUGUST
Open Mic @ Grain Barge, Bristol

Cosy space, friendly host, all styles welcome!

THURSDAY 27TH AUGUST
Flowerpot + The Fizzies @ The Thunderbolt

+ The Trailheads + Wetpainttt

SUNDAY 30TH AUGUST
MONDAY 31ST AUGUST
Bristol Open Mic Night @ Tobacco Factory

Are you looking to enter an Open Mic in Bristol?

WEDNESDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER
THURSDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER
FRIDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER
Ruzz Guitar Blues Revue @ The Thunderbolt

+ The Bad Losers + The Hot 27 s

SUNDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER
Bristol Music Competition @ Tobacco Factory Bs3 1tf

Bristol Music Competition Open Mic Uk 2015

MONDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER
Jessica Pratt / E B U / Rhain @ The Lantern

Jessica Pratt / E B U / Rhain

THURSDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER
FRIDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER
The Scribes @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Award winning Hip-Hop

SATURDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER
FRIDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER
SATURDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER
Elwood - Rock Covers @ The Swan Thornbury

Rock Covers from the 50s to today

TUESDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER
Laurence Jones @ The Tunnels, Bristol

Laurence Jones is a stunning guitarist

THURSDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER
FRIDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER
Knotslip & Mortishead @ Bristol Bierkeller

The best SlipKnot Tribute in the UK!

SATURDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER
SUNDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER
Rebeka + Curxes + Akiine @ The Louisiana

EH presents: Rebeka + Curxes + Akiine

FRIDAY 2ND OCTOBER
Dub Mafia @ Exchange, Bristol

Dub mafia @ Exchange, Bristol

Dub Mafia @ Exchange, Bristol

Dub Mafia @ Exchange

SUNDAY 4TH OCTOBER
SATURDAY 10TH OCTOBER
Kick In The Crotchet @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Kicking Pop music right where it hurts!



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