Whats on: Gigs and Live Music in Bristol

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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:

Angel Up Front @ Prestbury Sports Bar

Angel Up Front at the Prestbury Sports Bar



Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra @ St George's

Conducted by Catherine Larsen-Maguire


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 28TH FEBRUARY
Angel Up Front @ Prestbury Sports Bar, Bristol

Angel Up Front at the Prestbury Sports Bar

Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra @ St George's

Conducted by Catherine Larsen-Maguire

Duncan Disorderly @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

& The Scallywags + Dry White Bones plus DJs

Father John Misty @ Thekla, Bristol

Father John Misty performs at Thekla

Jazz@horts @ Horts Bristol, Bristol

The Best Live Jazz, John Pearce.

Moats @ The Louisiana, Bristol

Moats perform at The Louisiana

Poor Old Dogs @ The Prince Albert, Bristol

Poor Old Dogs Bastardised folk music

The Bad Hands @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Guitar Driven Funk Grooves

The Good, The Bad & The Funk @ No.1 Harbourside

They've got the beats and the chops - you bring t

The Regz @ Pba Club Shirehampton, Bristol

Motown, soul, ska party band

United Vibrations @ The Canteen, Bristol

Here's something special heading straight from In

SUNDAY 1ST MARCH
Bristol Cider Sunday @ Exchange, Bristol

With Poor Old Dogs & The Scrumpy Swillers

Bristol Uni. Music Society @ St George's

Conducted by Josh Hargreaves, Douglas Watts

Dave Perry Trio @ Leftbank 6pm @ Leftbank

Live Jazz and Blues from 6pm / Free Entry

Gilad Atzmon & The Ohe @ Hen & Chicken

Larger than Life Israeli saxophonist

Keith Warmington & Kit Morgan @ The Eldon House Bs81bt

Blues, Americana & original material from 5pm

Phil King @ The Canteen, Bristol

Starting off a week celebrating the run up to the

Room 94 @ Thekla, Bristol

Room 94 perform at Thekla

Ruth Brown Trio @ The Old Fish Market 7pm

Jazz Vocals / Trio Free Entry

Uk Songwriting Competition @ The Tobacco Factory

Uk Songwriting Competition Comes To Cardiff

Uk Songwriting Competition @ The Tobacco Factory

Uk Songwriting Competition Comes To Plymouth

MONDAY 2ND MARCH
Canteen Jazz Session @ The Canteen, Bristol

- An open jazz jam session for seasoned players t

Open Mic Night @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Weekly Open Mic Night Hosted By Al Green

Years & Years @ Thekla, Bristol

Years & Years perform at Thekla

TUESDAY 3RD MARCH
Acoustic Night @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

The Tixx + Peacock Affect + Zahra + DJs Til Late

Jfs: Bristol J&b Fringe @ Big Chill

Bristol Jazz and Blues Fringe Event

Meet The Architects @ St George's

Building A Sound Future

People On Vacation @ Thekla, Bristol

People On Vacation perform at Thekla

Rhyme And Reason @ The Exchange, Bristol

Rhyme And Reason Present Jay Electronica

Twelve Months Of Summer - @ The Canteen

Monthly showcase of the best acts from the acoust

WEDNESDAY 4TH MARCH
An Evening With Ian Mcculloch @ St George's

Promoted by St George's Bristol

Coves @ The Louisiana, Bristol

Coves perform at The Louisiana

Julia Turner @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

As an unhappy waitress banished to an Australian

Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

Live Comedy With Lou Sanders @ The Greenbank

Lou Sanders & Harriet Dyer at The Greenbank

Lunchtime Concert. @ St Stephen's Church

Uwe Flute Choir And Chamber Music.

Nicholas Dover's Fault Lines - @ The Canteen

Casting a shrewd eye over the classic jazz reper

THURSDAY 5TH MARCH
Catlow, Sykes, Hawes @ The Golden Lion

Old time Country/Blues from the Sheelanagig guys

Eddie Jay & Craig Crofton - @ No.1 Harbourside

Brilliantly versatile accordionist Eddie Jay take

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and Jam with a great house band!

Lene Lovich Band @ The Thunderbolt, Bristol

True original Lene Lovich Band at The Thunderbolt

Occasional Brass Ensemble - @ The Canteen

Catching the fun-filled street band sound of New

The Night Bus @ Mr Wolf's @ Mr Wolfs

Exchange Bus Tickets For Booze

Vida Guitar Quartet @ St George's

Promoted by St George's Bristol

FRIDAY 6TH MARCH
Celestine @ Leftbank 6th March @ Leftbank

Celestine @ Leftbank 6th March £3 Entry 8pm

Chiyoda Ku E.p Launch @ The Stag & Hounds

Chiyoda Ku, Memory Of Elephants, Aulos & Lambhorn

Circus Of Boom @ Secret Location, Bristol

OldTown - Pirate, Gypsy, Balkan

K.o.g & The Zongo Brigade @ Mr Wolfs

+ Malavita + Mako & The Hawk & Rat-A-Tat-Tat

Land Of The Giants @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Rock/Reggae/Ska mash-up from the festival faves

Martin Carthy @ St George's, Bristol

Promoted by St George's Bristol

Regime - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Young fivesome making live'heavy hip-hop from Br

The 45s - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Breezy as anything rock and soul covers band with

SATURDAY 7TH MARCH
Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra @ St George's

'Exquisite and Electrifying Performances'

No Go Stop - @ The Canteen, Bristol

The big big sound of Afrobeat coming straight out

Sam Evans Band @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Circe's Diner + Cow Tippa and Hiphopopotamus

Sassparella And Brejeiro @ St Barts Oldfield Pk Bath

Concert with Brazilian quartet and Choir

Slap Ya Mama Big Band @ The Golden Lion

Roots/Jug/Country/Skiffle/Hokum Blues

Socialicious - Helios Live @ Helios Studios

A live recording session with a studio audience

The Zu Zu Men + Support @ Snug, Bristol

Unique, propane driven show that never disappoint

Victoria Klewin And The True T @ The Old Bookshop

'Jazz chanteuse Victoria Klewin can swing it

SUNDAY 8TH MARCH
International Women's Day - @ The Canteen

A collection of female musicians and artists cel

Milonga With Tango Con Fuoco A @ No.1 Harbourside

Tango Con Fuoco will transport you to the backstr

Red Maids' Spring Concert @ St George's

Stephen Browne, Rachel Killick and Catherine Wood

MONDAY 9TH MARCH
Canteen Hiphop Session @ The Canteen, Bristol

- Guest MCs and musicians join the rhythm sectio

Dom Pipkin (jazz & Blues Fest) @ Leftbank

Best New Orleans piano this side of the Antlantic

Open Mic Night @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Weekly Open Mic Night Hosted By Al Green

TUESDAY 10TH MARCH
Too Strong Lollipop - @ The Canteen, Bristol

When three musicians from different corners of t

WEDNESDAY 11TH MARCH
Corrosion Of Conformity @ Bristol Bierkeller

Reuniting with guitarist/vocalist Pepper Keenan

Guy Calhoun - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Increasingly recognised as one of Bristol's most

Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

To Kill A King @ Thekla, Bristol

To Kill A King perform at Thekla

Victoria Klewin - @ The Canteen, Bristol

There aren't many vocalists who sit as comfortab

THURSDAY 12TH MARCH
Cabaret Voltaire Music Night @ The Square Club

Resident electro-swing themed music night

Chisato Kusunoki @ St George's, Bristol

Promoted by St George's Bristol

Dmac Showcase @ The Canteen, Bristol

- We're always intrigued by the goings on upstair

Hobbie Stuart @ Thekla, Bristol

Hobbie Stuart performs at Thekla

Hodmadoddery - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Hodmadoddery are a beguiling duo of first generat

Indie Rock Night @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

With Caravaggio + AK Poets + DJ Alfie

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and Jam with a great house band!

Nat Birchall @ St George's, Bristol

Promoted by St George's Bristol

FRIDAY 13TH MARCH
Lovers Rock Soul Lounge @ Snug, 30 Stokes Croft

Open Mic/ Poetry /spoken Word/ Singers

Muff Said @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Misled Truth + DJ Alfie

Rebekah/slow Revolt - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Two classy electronic duos: Peckham-based Joe Mi

Seas Of Mirth @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Pirate Sea-Shantys. Ft. A Giant Dancing Crab Man

Sefrial @ The Be-bop Club, Bristol

Saxophonist Sophie Stockham's new band

The Handsome Family @ St George's

Promoted by St George's Bristol

The Long Pours @ The Louisiana, Bristol

The Long Pours Headline The Louisiana

The Supers - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Molly King's 5-piece soul and funk band

SATURDAY 14TH MARCH
Alexander O'neal @ The Marble Factory

The legendary Alexander O'Neal live

Beyond Rivers @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Bity Booker + DJ Vallee

Dave Santos @ The Old Bookshop, Bristol

Nashville Blues, Bluegrass, Rock N Roll

Fat Sandwich @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Gypsy, Swing, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Ska

Organ3man - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

It all starts with the Hammond organ and Ev Newma

Paddy's Blowin' A Hooley @ The Old Malt House

Rip-roaring St. Patrick's ceilidh ft Fitty Gomash

Papa Le Gal @ Stable Bar, Harbourside, Bristol

Afrobeat, latin, dub, funk / Cider / Free entry

Rhyme & Reason W/ Phili N Dotz @ Th Exchange

Split Prophets // Micall Parknsun // Percy Filth

Soul Destroyers @ Fiddlers, Bristol

HugeClassicSoulFunGrooveFunkBandThang

Wormfood Ft. Dila V & The Odd @ The Canteen

This Bosporus-straddling blend of Turkish folk a

SUNDAY 15TH MARCH
Inu @ The Canteen, Bristol

A collective of seasoned folksters from the Bath

Swing Night W/paper Moon Band @ No.1 Harbourside

Swing Night with The Paper Moon Band & Swing Danc

MONDAY 16TH MARCH
Canteen Jazz Session - @ The Canteen, Bristol

An open jazz jam session for seasoned players to

Open Mic Night @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Weekly Open Mic Night Hosted By Al Green

TUESDAY 17TH MARCH
Andy Jordan @ Thekla, Bristol

Andy Jordan performs at Thekla

Dreamers - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Its Paddy's night and what better way to celebrat

Imprints @ The Vittoria, Bristol

Folk, shanty, rock, foot stomping fun!

St Patrick's Day! With Peyote @ Mr Wolfs

+ Lady Luck and the Late Night Players + Rockit

WEDNESDAY 18TH MARCH
Eban Brown @ Bristol Bierkeller, Bristol

Harold Eban Brown is a world-renowned guitarist

Empyreal 4tet @ The Mall Pub Clifton, Bristol

French Alto Player Julien Alenda brilliant 4TeT

Kevin Figes & George Cooper - @ No.1 Harbourside

Any duo of two bandleaders promises to deliver sp

Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

Snuff Lane Present: Kamchatka @ The Exchange, Bristol

Blues / Stoner Rock / Psych / Jazz / Fusion

The Little Unsaid - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Singer, poet, film maker and musician John Elliot

THURSDAY 19TH MARCH
Lauren Bradford - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Ex-patriot singer from the US whose

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and Jam with a great house band!

My Octopus Mind @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Rosie and the Goldbug + DJ Vallee

Nadiah And The Light Fantastic @ The Golden Lion

Soulful blend of Contemporary Jazz, Blues & Latin

FRIDAY 20TH MARCH
James Morton @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Ne of the best players to come out of the region

Myhouse - Crazy Cousinz @ The Lanes Bristol

Here we are again for another amazing instalment

Schoolboy Death Trio @ The Golden Lion

Hip Hop and Jazz with Punk ferocitity

Tam De Villiers Quartet @ The Be-bop Club

Fantastic Paris based guitarist

The Redhillbillies @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Thin Wire Fence + DJ Asbo

SATURDAY 21ST MARCH
Brass Junkies - @ The Canteen, Bristol

The Brass Junkies are a dynamic 8 piece brass ba

Fairhorns'fuckup Rush' Launch @ The Stag & Hounds

Fairhorns, Y Cvn, Vena Cava, Attacked By Wolves

Hank Wedel @ The Old Bookshop, Bristol

Irish/American folk/blues/rock n roll

Husky Tones Blues @ Bristol Bootlegger

Rich, Raw, Energetic blues

Manushka And Razzomo @ The Golden Lion

Balkan/Gypsy/Ska/Dub from the SW

Morgan And Knapp @ The Vittoria, Bristol

Morgan and Knapp @ the Vittoria

Rumdog Billionaire @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ The New Motels + Rat A-Tat-Tat

Vamos + Support @ Snug, Bristol

Fast-paced High-energy songs

SUNDAY 22ND MARCH
Salsa Night W/latin Descarga @ No.1 Harbourside

Salsa Night with Latin Descarga + Salsa Souls (6p

[dunkelbunt] Live + Much More @ Trinity

Bare Safe 4th Birthday. Manushka supporting

MONDAY 23RD MARCH
Open Mic Night @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Weekly Open Mic Night Hosted By Al Green

Slimline Henry Blues Session @ The Canteen

- You may have seen blues harmonica doyen Henry S

TUESDAY 24TH MARCH
Lagwagon @ Bristol Bierkeller, Bristol

A unique brand of speedy, technical pop-punk

Robin Mitchell - @ The Canteen, Bristol

This singer-songwriter seems determined to outwit

WEDNESDAY 25TH MARCH
Billy Lockett @ Thekla, Bristol

Billy Lockett performs at Thekla

Hermigervill - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Ever since the Sugar Cubes sneaked their eccentri

Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

Mamadou Cissokho - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Hailing from the famous Cassamanca region of Sene

The Jazz Worriers @ The Mall Pub Clifton

Tribute to the Blue Note Record Label

THURSDAY 26TH MARCH
Berverage Collective @ The Golden Lion

Jazz/Funk/Fusion with some of the best around.

Dreamers @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Duo version of the acoustic folk outfit that brin

Gogo Penguin+the Duval Project @ Old Crown Courts

A special evening of live music in the Courtroom

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and Jam with a great house band!

Molly & The Kings - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Miss Molly Miranda King knows a thing or two abou

Sam Dowden @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Velvet Engine + DJs'til Late

FRIDAY 27TH MARCH
Jimbo & Griff: Album Launch @ Hen & Chicken

Jim Reynolds & Dave Griffiyhs launch new album

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman @ Folk House Bristol

Award winning folk duo launch new album and tour

Los Mercenarios - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Let's talk heavyweight funk with jazz attitude. O

Manana @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Newbolds + Big Chief Weird Bird and Papa Moomin

Noise Rock Punk @ Red Lion @ Red Lion, Bristol

The Strippers - Repo-man + Guests

The Bowie Experience @ Bristol Bierkeller

A real tribute to the original

The Undercover Hippy @ The Golden Lion

Singer Songwriter with elements of Reggae & Folk

SATURDAY 28TH MARCH
Doreen Doreen @ Fiddlers, Bristol

The best (and funniest!) cover versions!

Flash Harry - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

With fiddle, sax and accordion out front plus roc

Rogora Khart @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Gypsy, Balkan Punk for fans of Gogol Bordello

The Coronas @ Thekla, Bristol

The Coronas perform at Thekla

The Stiff Joints - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Two-tone ska-meisters from Kidderminster play tha

Thee Ones @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Dan Bettridge + Big Chief Weird Bird

SUNDAY 29TH MARCH
Demob Happy+purple+gnarwhals @ The Louisiana

Electric Harmony presents Demob Happy + Purple

Lucy Rose @ Thekla, Bristol

Lucy Rose performs at Thekla

Mamadou Cissokho - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Hailing from the famous Cassamanca region of Sen

MONDAY 30TH MARCH
Canteen Jazz Session - @ The Canteen, Bristol

An open jazz jam session for seasoned players to

Open Mic Night @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Weekly Open Mic Night Hosted By Al Green

TUESDAY 31ST MARCH
The Hat Club @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Lion Ink + DJs'til Late

WEDNESDAY 1ST APRIL
Beth Hart @ Colston Hall @ Bristol Colston Hall

Beth Hart plays Colsten Hall for her 2015 tour

Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 2ND APRIL
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and Jam with a great house band!

FRIDAY 3RD APRIL
Dave O'higgins @ The Be-bop Club, Bristol

One of the UK's top sax players

WEDNESDAY 8TH APRIL
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 9TH APRIL
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and Jam with a great house band!

FRIDAY 10TH APRIL
Bunty: Multimos // Live Show @ Th Trinity Centre

Epic audio visual feast from Kassia Zermon best k

The Rosellys @ The Kingsdown Wine Vaults

The Rosellys (Full Band) British Americana

SATURDAY 11TH APRIL
WEDNESDAY 15TH APRIL
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 16TH APRIL
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and Jam with a great house band!

The Rosellys @ The Canteen, Bristol

The Rosellys (Full Band) British Americana

FRIDAY 17TH APRIL
Andy Derrick Quartet @ The Be-bop Club

One of the UK's best trombonists

SATURDAY 18TH APRIL
The Copper Feel Cabaret @ Bristol County Sportsclub

Cabaret and Burlesque with Lou-Leigh Blue

SUNDAY 19TH APRIL
Circus Of Boom @ Secret Location, Bristol

The Skints plus Special Guests

WEDNESDAY 22ND APRIL
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 23RD APRIL
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and Jam with a great house band!

FRIDAY 24TH APRIL
Mark Lawrence Quartet @ The Be-bop Club

John Scofield influenced guitarist

Shawn Smith @ Bristol Folk House, Bristol

Performing songs from his vast back-catalogue

SATURDAY 25TH APRIL
Puccini'messa Di Gloria' @ Clifton Cathedral

Come and hear live Puccini and Vivaldi

The Gearfest Warehouse Party @ Secret Warehouse

After Party for the Gearfest Boat Party

MONDAY 27TH APRIL
Probo Titans #7:vasa (glasgow) @ The Stag & Hounds

Vasa (glasgow), Iran Iran & Lambhorn

WEDNESDAY 29TH APRIL
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 30TH APRIL
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and Jam with a great house band!

SATURDAY 2ND MAY
Bristol Folk Festival @ St George's Bristol

Boasting the most star-studded line up to date!

SATURDAY 16TH MAY
Elwood Live - Swan, Thornbury @ The Swan, Thornbury

Rock Covers to blow your socks off!



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