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:

Blankety Quiz @ Number 51

+ Rockit Science


Guy Calhoun @ The Canteen

Guy Calhoun - Increasingly recognised as one of B


Hours Of Darkness: @ Mr Wolfs

Ft. Caravaggio + Friday's Ashes + Raptor + Djs


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

Live music in Bristol this weekend:

Acoustic Showcase @ Surrey Vaults

An Acoustic showcase to start the bank holiday


Angel Up Front @ The Trout

Angel Up Front at the Trout


Baghdaddies - @ The Canteen

Baghdaddies - World music mash-up artists Baghdad


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 28TH APRIL
Guy Calhoun @ The Canteen, Bristol

Guy Calhoun - Increasingly recognised as one of B

Hours Of Darkness: @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Ft. Caravaggio + Friday's Ashes + Raptor + Djs

Howard Alden @ The Coronation Tap, Bristol

New York City 7-string guitarist

Jfs Presents: Jam Night @ Big Chill, Bristol

Jfs Presents: Jam Night At The Big Chill

Live In The Lion's Den @ The Golden Lion

Nuala Honan hosts a night of acoustic loveliness

WEDNESDAY 29TH APRIL
Bishopston Borders Band @ The Gallimaufry

Bristol based 6-piece acoustic country band

Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

Plume - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Plume - When this gem of a jazz funk trio turned

Richard Hughes @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Richard Hughes - Playing the tuba, the accordion

The Littlest Birds,nuala Honan @ The Stag & Hounds

& Jim Evans. An eve of Transatlantic Folk Music

Tony Roberts & Mark Lawrence Q @ The Mall Pub Clifton

Brilliant Saxophonists on rare visit to Bristol

Uberphonic Presents... @ The Golden Lion

Ambient to Noise, Electro to Acoustic

THURSDAY 30TH APRIL
Brass Junkies @ The Coronation Tap, Bristol

Funky jazz New Orleans Brass Band

Cyborgs @ The Canteen, Bristol

Cyborgs - Who are the Cyborgs? You may well ask b

Jack Baldus Ep Launch @ The Golden Lion

Funk/Rare Groove/Jazz-Funk

John Law's New Congregation @ Future Inn Jazz Club

Jazz @ Future Inns: Thursdays 8:30pm - 11pm

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Jam Band / Every Thursday / Free Entry / 8pm-1am

Mark Grist @ Raise The Bar @ Students Union Building

Raise the Bar 6, featuring Mark Grist + showcase

Rock And Blues Night @ The Crofters Rights

John Fairhust + Raptor + Abelana

Theo Altieri @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Maybug + Resident DJs

FRIDAY 1ST MAY
Acoustic Showcase @ Surrey Vaults, Bristol

An Acoustic showcase to start the bank holiday

Angel Up Front @ The Trout, Bristol

Angel Up Front at the Trout

Baghdaddies - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Baghdaddies - World music mash-up artists Baghdad

Baraka @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Baraka - Fronted by the great Ben Baddoo's vocals

Descarga @ Left Bank @ Leftbank, Bristol

Descarga @ Left Bank 1st May 9pm - 2am Free Entry

Johnny Cage & The Voodoogroove @ The Golden Lion

Dirty, Bluesy, Rockabilly from Cardiff

Live Music At No. 51 @ Number 51, Bristol

With - Morgan & Knapp + Papa Moomin

Mi Casa Su Casa @ Club Haus, Bristol

Disco/House/Techno - relaxed waterside bar

Quadrupede - Quadrilles @ Stag And Hounds

W/ Bearfoot Beware - Killer Bees

Waiting For Kate @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ The Going Goods + Mako & The Hawk

Whcf - Ska - Fundraiser @ The Oxford, Bristol

Get on your skanking shoes on

SATURDAY 2ND MAY
Angel Up Front @ Larkhall Festival, Bristol

Angel Up Front at the Larkhall Festival

Barrow & Bradley @ St George's Bristol

Catch the duo's only Bristol show this year!

Bristol Folk Festival @ St George's Bristol

Boasting the most star-studded line up to date!

Buffos Wake + Mama Jerk @ The Golden Lion

Gypsy Punk party starters + Gypsy/Reggae upstarts

Dry White Bones @ The Kingsdown Wine Vaults

Crunchy oldschool scratched record kind of sound

Live Music From The Boulevards @ Number 51

+ Funk Soul Brothers +Anonymous Sound

Lori Campbell @ St George's Bristol

Campbell's music is packed full of ideas & wit!

Pete Josef @ St George's Bristol, Bristol

Catch Pete Josef as he sings songs with stories

Rebecca Philip & Henry Slim @ Cotham Porter Stores

A night of live American folk & country music

The Allergies @ The Canteen, Bristol

The Allergies It's mash-up time! Mixmag fave DJ d

The Glambusters @ The New Moon, Fishponds R

A fun night of great music and daring costumes

Three Kings High @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Brockley Forest + Cow Tippa + Hiphopopotamus

SUNDAY 3RD MAY
Bank Holiday Special With @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

With: Manushka + Immigrant swing

Bank Holiday Special With @ Number 51, Bristol

Rumdog Billionaire + DJ Harsh Nature

Blues And Jazz Night @ Brewdog, Bristol

Rhythm Aces at the Brewdog

Dreamers @ St George's Bristol, Bristol

Experience music from Bristol roots scene!

Jacob & Drinkwater @ St George's Bristol

Tobias ben Jacob & Lukas Drinkwater

Massive Vibe Live! Bristol @ Small Street, Bs1 1de

Exalt yourself in the atmosphere of Massive Vibe

Nazim Ziryab @ The Canteen, Bristol

Nazim Ziryab's music it's down to his Algerian Be

Phil King @ St George's Bristol, Bristol

Enjoy original material from Phil King!

MONDAY 4TH MAY
Canteen Hip Hop Session @ The Canteen, Bristol

Canteen Hip Hop Session - Guest MCs and musicians

TUESDAY 5TH MAY
Acoustic Night - With @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Elizabeth Cornish + Harry Vinnicombe

Jfs Live @ The Big Chill Bar, Bristol

Bristol University Jazz, Funk and Soul Society

Twelve Months Of Summer - @ The Canteen

Twelve Months of Summer - Monthly showcase of the

WEDNESDAY 6TH MAY
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

Leo James - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

As much a guitarist as a singer/songwriter, Leo

Vula Viel - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Vula Viel - African tradition meets danceable jaz

THURSDAY 7TH MAY
Andy Hague's Double Standards @ Future Inn Jazz Club

Jazz @ Future Inns: Thursdays 8:30pm - 11pm

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Jam Band / Every Thursday / Free Entry / 8pm-1am

Malika Roots @ The Canteen, Bristol

The original tunes of this big-sounding Bristol 9

Nuala Honan & Kit Hawes @ No.1 Harbourside

Nuala Honan & Kit Hawes - She's no mean guitarist

FRIDAY 8TH MAY
Don Kipper @ The Canteen, Bristol

High energy music'of Eastern origi

Live Hip Hop @ Left Bank @ Leftbank, Bristol

Hip Hop Night Feat Adam And Cuth + Support + Dj

Manushka @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Manushka - Whether it's a jump-up Balkan number o

SATURDAY 9TH MAY
Bella Hardy @ The Lantern Colston Hall

Bbc Radio 2 Folk Award Winner 2014 Bella Hardy

Cuba Libre @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Kuwarto + DJ Vallee

Don Kipper @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Don Kipper - High energy music'of Eastern origin

Mr Tea And The Minions @ The Golden Lion

One of the hottest Gypsy party bands in Bristol

Wormfood Ft. Jujurock @ The Canteen, Bristol

Imagine, if you will, that the Grateful Dead wer

Yorkley Court Fundraiser @ The Old England

All day party to help Yorkley fight eviction!

SUNDAY 10TH MAY
Paper Moon - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Paper Moon - Singer Lucy Moon's breezing vocals a

Sarapunzel Skye 5pm @ The Eldon House Bs81bt

Modern Folk from experienced singer

MONDAY 11TH MAY
Canteen Jazz Session @ The Canteen, Bristol

Canteen Jazz Session - An open jazz jam session f

TUESDAY 12TH MAY
Daisy Vaughan - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Blessed with a full-toned express voice

Jfs Live @ The Big Chill Bar, Bristol

Bristol University Jazz, Funk and Soul Society

Trip The Switch @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Live Support + Dave Remix

Virgil & The Accelerators @ The Tunnels

A stunning young band renowned!

WEDNESDAY 13TH MAY
Feelgood Experiment - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Forget sleazy rockers from Essex - this is an 8-

Flamenco Loco & Chandra Moon @ The Khan At Felafel King

Soulful songs and thrilling flamenco!

Kadebostany @ Start The Bus, Bristol

Balkan brassband electro pop

Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

Nicholas Dover & Malcolm Edmon @ No.1 Harbourside

- Here's a top quality jazz twosome: Nicholas Dov

THURSDAY 14TH MAY
Isq @ Future Inn Jazz Club, Bristol

Jazz @ Future Inns: Thursdays 8:30pm - 11pm

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Jam Band / Every Thursday / Free Entry / 8pm-1am

Rhythm Pencils @ The Canteen, Bristol

Rhythm Pencils - You generally expect a trad jaz

Stringbeans - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

With their years of musical training they could b

Will Killeen @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Box Stompin', Slide Guitarist

FRIDAY 15TH MAY
Angel Up Front @ The Trident, Bristol

Angel Up Front at the Trident

Dave Mackay Group @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Plus noise-rock duo Control

Lady Nade Single Launch @ Folk House Bristol

Lady Nade Single Launch plus special guests

Lewis Clark @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Folk Based Acoustic Blues

Poor Old Dogs - Album Launch @ The Canteen

With support from Junior Bill & The Scallies

Snufkin And The @ Number 51, Bristol

Devil's Doorbell + Harsh Nature

Solko - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Bringing the values of classic dub production int

The Bleedin Noses @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ The Ben Robey Band + Asbo

The Button Band @ The Be-bop Club, Bristol

London based jazz guitarist on tour

The Long Pours @ The Louisiana Bristol

The Long Pours headline the Louisiana

The Rumble O's @ The Grain Barge, Bristol

Thee Manatees + DJ Blindbat

SATURDAY 16TH MAY
Angel Up Front @ Portcullis, Bristol

Angel Up Front at the Portcullis

Elwood Live - Swan, Thornbury @ The Swan, Thornbury

Rock Covers to blow your socks off!

Future Dub Orchestra @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ The Macaco Project + Rat-A-Tat-Tat

Portbury Cider & Beer Festival @ Portbury Village Hall

An all-day beer and cider festival.

Rave On Avon Ft. Solko @ The Canteen, Bristol

Rave on Avon ft. Solko - Bringing the values of c

Rhyme & Reason : The Four Owls @ The Marble Factory

The Four Owls // Jam Baxter // Cracker +++

Summer Swing! @ The Mission Theatre, Bristol

Summer Swing! featuring Bath Community Big Band

The High Fives @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

- The High Fives will slap a bolt of urban retro

SUNDAY 17TH MAY
Pedrograd - @ The Canteen, Bristol

The kind of trio you might see in a seedy cafe an

Swing Night @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Swing Night with The Paper Moon Band & Swing Danc

The Smokey River Band 5pm @ The Eldon House Bs81bt

Soloists combine to play mix of Blues/Jazz/R'n'B

MONDAY 18TH MAY
Catrin Finch And Sekou Keita @ Guildhall

Welsh and Senegalese Harpists

Myst + White Noise Radio @ The Louisiana

A night of awesome, heavy music.

Slimline Henry Blues Session @ The Canteen

- When harmonica guru Henry'Slimline' Slim blow

TUESDAY 19TH MAY
Jfs Live @ The Big Chill Bar, Bristol

Bristol University Jazz, Funk and Soul Society

Lew Clark - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Bristolian singer-songwriter Lew Clark's voice wa

WEDNESDAY 20TH MAY
Andy Christie Quartet @ The Canteen, Bristol

The long-time musical pairing of Andy Christie's

Frathouse - Kinoco Hotel (jap) @ Stag & Hounds

All Gal Japanese Garage R'n'R aGoGo

Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 21ST MAY
Gavin Osborn Album Launch @ The Thunderbolt

New LP Bristol Launch Event!

Ghosted (at The Plough) @ The Plough Easton

Showcasing Original Electronic Music

Hotheadshow/ay!/simonpanrucker @ The Golden Lion

Tripple header of experimental Pop/Rock/Electro

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Jam Band / Every Thursday / Free Entry / 8pm-1am

Molotov Jukebox @ Komedia, Bristol

Tropical - Gypsy - Dance

Ruzz Guitar's Blues Revue @ Mr Wolfs

+ The Lewis Creaven Band + DJ Vallee

Sefrial @ Future Inn Jazz Club, Bristol

Jazz @ Future Inns: Thursdays 8:30pm - 11pm

Underscore Orkestra - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Half Australian, half American and wholly enterta

FRIDAY 22ND MAY
Angel Up Front @ Crown & Horseshoe

Angel Up Front at the Crown & Horseshoe

Brass Junkies @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

8 Piece Brass band inspired by New Orleans Jazz

Lost Eleven @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Swamp Grass + Sam Fearon + Papa Moomin

Play Jazz Weekend Tutors @ The Be-bop Club

Feat Brigitte Beraha voc and Steve Waterman tpt

Shanty - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Nothing lifts the soul like horn-heavy reggae an

SATURDAY 23RD MAY
47 Soul @ The Canteen, Bristol

Are you ready for a night of Dabke, Chobi and Ele

Gwyneth Herbert @ Old Theatre Royal, Bristol

Jazz - Swahili Nursery Rhymes

Lounge Cat Ideals @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Madi Stimpson + Big Chief Weird Bird

The Lasting Days @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Alt Americana/Indie Rock from Bristol

SUNDAY 24TH MAY
A Very Special Bank Holiday @ Mr Wolfs

Cut Capers + Support + DJ Alfie

Black Top @ Old Theatre Royal, Bristol

Improv Jazz and Electronics

Cambridge Park @ The Louisiana, Bristol

Bristols very own Cambridge Park

The Harrisons Trio 5pm @ The Eldon House Bs81bt

Eclectic mix of Blues Country and R & B

MONDAY 25TH MAY
House Gospel Choir @ Komedia, Bristol

Gospel Choir with Live House music

Hugh Masekela + Helele @ The Forum, Bristol

The South African Jazz Legend

TUESDAY 26TH MAY
Jfs Live @ The Big Chill Bar, Bristol

Bristol University Jazz, Funk and Soul Society

WEDNESDAY 27TH MAY
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 28TH MAY
Becki Biggins @ Future Inn Jazz Club, Bristol

Jazz @ Future Inns: Thursdays 8:30pm - 11pm

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Jam Band / Every Thursday / Free Entry / 8pm-1am

My Octopus Mind @ Mr Wolf's, Bristol

+ The Real King(s) of Spain + Benjamin Michael

Rich O'brien Project @ The Coronation Tap

Featuring Victoria Klewin & special guests

FRIDAY 29TH MAY
Fannys Meadow @ The Meadow Nr Martock, Bristol

Original independent live music festival

Frathouse - Scumbugs (nor) @ Stag & Hounds

The Scumbugs (norway) & Los Savages

King Tuts Revenge @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ The Bohemian Embassy + DJ Vallee

The Crawlin Kingsnakes @ The Bootlegger

Rockabilly and Rock & Roll

The Destroyers @ Fiddlers, Bristol

13-piece'Balkan Brass' band

The Popes Of Chillitown @ The Golden Lion

Ska/Dub/Punk from London based festival darlings

SATURDAY 30TH MAY
Angel Up Front @ Molloys, Bristol

Angel Up Front at Molloys

Bloco Dos Sujos @ No1 The Harbourside, Bristol

A night of hot, hard and heavy samba

Mango Factory @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Shambolique + Tear it up with Benjamin Michael

The Rin Tins @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Folk-Fuelled, Gypsy Jivers.

SUNDAY 31ST MAY
The Loose Wheels 5pm @ The Eldon House Bs81bt

Foot-tapping acoustic Bluegrass, Blues & Country

WEDNESDAY 3RD JUNE
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 4TH JUNE
Black Rainbows/old Man Lizard @ The Stag And Hounds

Black Rainbows / Old Man Lizard / Support (tba)

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Jam Band / Every Thursday / Free Entry / 8pm-1am

FRIDAY 5TH JUNE
Lume On Tour Double Bill @ The Be-bop Club

Two great jazz groups from London

SATURDAY 6TH JUNE
Talking Heads Night @ Southbank Club, Bristol

Europe's premiere Talking Heads Tribute Act

SUNDAY 7TH JUNE
WEDNESDAY 10TH JUNE
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 11TH JUNE
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Jam Band / Every Thursday / Free Entry / 8pm-1am

FRIDAY 12TH JUNE
The Session @ The Be-bop Club, Bristol

Modern jazz from New Orleans

SATURDAY 13TH JUNE
The Railsplitters - Bluegrass @ Exchange

Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow - Folk

WEDNESDAY 17TH JUNE
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 18TH JUNE
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Jam Band / Every Thursday / Free Entry / 8pm-1am

FRIDAY 19TH JUNE
White Lilac @ Bridgwater Arts Centre, Bristol

An alternative night of female fueled music

SUNDAY 21ST JUNE
Andrew O'neill @ Bristol Bierkeller

Andrew O'Neill's History of Heavy Metal

History Of Heavy Metal @ Bierkeller, Bristol

Andrew O'Neill's History of Heavy Metal

WEDNESDAY 24TH JUNE
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 25TH JUNE
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Jam Band / Every Thursday / Free Entry / 8pm-1am

SUNDAY 28TH JUNE
Voices In The Woods @ Leigh Woods, Bristol

An atmospheric choral concert in Leigh Woods

WEDNESDAY 1ST JULY
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

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

Jam Band / Every Thursday / Free Entry / 8pm-1am

SATURDAY 11TH JULY
SATURDAY 25TH JULY
Classical Extravaganza @ Colston Hall, Bristol

The Best Classical Music in the World



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