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:

Beth Hart @ Colston Hall @ Bristol Colston Hall

Beth Hart plays Colsten Hall for her 2015 tour


Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank

Come and share your talent with us.


Matt Sibley Quartet @ The Canteen

Matt Sibley Quartet - Rocking retro 80s-style fus


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

Live music in Bristol this weekend:


Contraband Breaks Ensemble - @ No.1 Harbourside

Here come the B-Boys, led by the great DJ Skint,


Dave O'higgins @ The Be-bop Club

One of the UK's top sax players


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 31ST MARCH
Bristol Festival @ St George's, Bristol

Of Music, Speech & Drama Celebration Concert

Live In The Lions Den @ The Golden Lion

International Womens Month

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.

Matt Sibley Quartet @ The Canteen, Bristol

Matt Sibley Quartet - Rocking retro 80s-style fus

Pocket Apocalypse @ Stag And Hounds, Bristol

Valerian Swing - White Noise Radio

Rachel Podger Guardian Angel @ St George's

Promoted by St George's Bristol

Schmoozenbergs - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Schmoozenbergs - They got their music from gypsy

Uberphonic Presents... @ The Golden Lion

Ambient to Noise, Electro to Acoustic

THURSDAY 2ND APRIL
Bigtopp @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Reggae/Ska from the Portsmouth chaps

Frathouse - Fogbound (spain) @ Stag & Hounds

Psychedelic Freakbeat from Spain

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and Jam with a great house band!

Leslie Howard Via Cruces @ St George's

Promoted by St George's Bristol

Live Recording Session @ Helios Studios

Inlay, Spiv and Lori Campbell ..

The Groove Den (2am) @ The Gallimaufry

James Morton featuring Celestine

The Mulligans @ The Old Inn - Clevedon

Acoustic& Electric Covers

The Sine Waves @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Sci-fi instrumental surf

Vocal & Version @ The Attic Bar, Bristol

Solo Banton, Stryder, Bab Ras, Cheiftain.

Ynh Presents...oozing Wound @ Exchange

Thrill Jockey's Oozing Wound (Chicago)

FRIDAY 3RD APRIL
Contraband Breaks Ensemble - @ No.1 Harbourside

Here come the B-Boys, led by the great DJ Skint,

Dave O'higgins @ The Be-bop Club, Bristol

One of the UK's top sax players

John Fairhurst @ The Kingsdown Wine Vaults

Handpicked tunes - the Mississippi to the Ganges

Me And My Friends - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Me and My Friends - Not sure who's the'me' in th

Polymath - Lost In The Riots - @ The Mothers Ruin

W/ Memory Of Elephants - Chiyoda Ku

Rumjig @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Born in a Barn + Mako and The Hawk & Rat-a-tat

Zen Hussies @ Left Bank @ Leftbank, Bristol

Zen Hussies + Jules Landau DJ Set / £4 / 8pm-2am

SATURDAY 4TH APRIL
Filmic: The Furrow Collective @ St George's

Promoted by St George's Bristol

Husky Tones @ The Kingsdown Wine Vaults

Blues with a rich, raw and energetic sound...

Jazz@horts @ Horts, Bristol

Welcomes James Morton

John Pratt Trio - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

John Pratt Trio - Hammond Organ Trio fronted by T

Makefest After Party@leftbank @ Leftbank

All Day Make Fest After Party @ Left Bank 9 - 2am

Mr Tea+the Minions Birthday!!! @ Mr Wolfs

Mr Tea and the Minions+Skata Tones + DJ's til 4!

Rhyme & Reason @ The Exchange, Bristol

Lady Leshurr / Mr Woodnote / Jman ++

Samsara - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Samsara - Devoted to classic reggae grooves as th

SUNDAY 5TH APRIL
Bruce/ilett 6 - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Bruce/Ilett 6 - The simpatico pairing of Jonny Br

Easter: Land Of The Giants @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Support from Ben Powles + Big Chief Weird Bird

The Bru Shanks Album Launch @ The Mothers' Ruin

Once you're chock-full of choc, get freaky!

MONDAY 6TH APRIL
Canteen Hip Hop Session - @ The Canteen

Canteen Hip Hop Session - Guest MCs and musicians

Open Mic Night @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Weekly Open Mic Night Hosted By Al Green

Songsmith @ Mr Wolf's, Bristol

SongSmith @Mr Wolf's

TUESDAY 7TH APRIL
Live In The Lion's Den @ The Golden Lion

Nuala Honan hosts a night of acoustic loveliness

Mary Spender - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Mary Spender - She's a cut above your average sin

WEDNESDAY 8TH APRIL
Dubl Handi - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Dubl Handi - Digging the Carolina Chocolate Drops

Filmic: Howe Gelb @ St George's, Bristol

Promoted by St George's Bristol

Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

Lew Clark - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Lew Clark - Bristolian singer-songwriter Lew Clar

Sayer N Slim Trio @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

A night of live downhome blues

The Pushy Doctors @ The Mall Pub Clifton

Andy Sheppard & The Doctors

Uberphonic Presents... @ The Golden Lion

Ambient to Noise, Electro to Acoustic

THURSDAY 9TH APRIL
Annette Berlin @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Grungey 2 piece from Berlin/Bristol

Brackish - @ The Canteen, Bristol

'Experimental rock jazz' project with

Courtney Pine/zoe Rahman @ St George's

Promoted by St George's Bristol

Henry Slim @ The Jersey Lily, Bristol

A night of live acoustic blues, country & folk

Indie Rock Night @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

With Dead Royalties + The Contenders + DJ Alfie

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and Jam with a great house band!

Lunchtime Concerts @ St George's, Bristol

Promoted by St George's Bristol

FRIDAY 10TH APRIL
5000 Ad - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

5000 AD - Ace crew of groove mechanics looking to

Bunty: Multimos // Live Show @ Th Trinity Centre

Epic audio visual feast from Kassia Zermon best k

Fat Hat Presents: @ Crofters Rights, Bristol

Cut Capers, Major Triadz & Bison Theory

James Morton @ The Canteen, Bristol

James Morton - James Morton plays sax - but you k

The Blues Alive - New Orleans @ The Stag & Hounds

A night of New Orleans rhythm'n'blues

The Rosellys @ The Kingsdown Wine Vaults

Americana/Alt-Country from the Bristol quintet...

The Rosellys @ The Kingsdown Wine Vaults

The Rosellys (Full Band) British Americana

The Slimline Shufflers @ The Stag & Hounds

A night of New Orleans r'n'b, funk & soul...

The Tune Factory @ The Mothers Ruin, Bristol

W/ Frogbelly And Symphony - My Octopus Mind

SATURDAY 11TH APRIL
Dan Walsh @ Kingsdown Wine Vaults, Bristol

Banjo Maestro Dan Walsh Album Launch Tour

Dan Walsh/the Highway Home @ The Kingsdown Wine Vaults

One of the finest banjo players in the UK...

Jack Skuse - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Jack Skuse - the soulful voice of Jack Skuse figu

Jake & The Jellyfish @ The Chelsea Inn

+ Petrol Girls and more...Ska/punk/folk/hardcore

Kayla Painter / Edapollo / Lto @ Crofters Rights

A night of forward-thinking AV performances

Kayla Painter / Edapollo / Lto @ The Crofters Rights

A night of forward- thinking AV performances.

Popes Of Chillitown @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Normanton Street + DJ Vallee

Regime @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Hip Hop / Reggae / Rock from festival favourites

The Slimline Shufflers @ The Bootlegger

A night of live New Orleans rhythm'n'blues

Wormfood: Hot Border Special @ The Canteen

Wormfood feat. Hot Border Special - They call it

SUNDAY 12TH APRIL
Acousticians @ The Canteen, Bristol

Acousticians - Ace violinist and Balkaneer Fiona

The London Swing Orchestra @ St George's

'great Legends Of Jazz And Swing'

MONDAY 13TH APRIL
Canteen Jazz Session - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Canteen Jazz Session - An open jazz jam session f

Open Mic Night @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Weekly Open Mic Night Hosted By Al Green

TUESDAY 14TH APRIL
Catlow & Hawes @ The Canteen, Bristol

Catlow & Hawes - You'll know the faces but maybe

Live In The Lion's Den @ The Golden Lion

Nuala Honan hosts a night of acoustic loveliness

WEDNESDAY 15TH APRIL
Bitch'n'monk - @ The Canteen

Starting with tunes, words - plus a flute and gu

Chopin The Last Word @ St George's

Promoted by St George's Bristol

Jess Vincent - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Jess Vincent - There's a simple purity to Jess Vi

Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

Uberphonic Presents... @ The Golden Lion

Ambient to Noise, Electro to Acoustic

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

Come and Jam with a great house band!

Scratch The Attic Improv Comed @ The Yard, Old Fish Market

Every time a new guest, new improv comedy each...

The Damn Busters 3 @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Jump-Up Blues and Motown feat Kirris Riviere

The Rosellys @ The Canteen, Bristol

The Rosellys (Full Band) British Americana

Tom Holder And The Railway @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Sleepers + The Midnight Tides + DJ Vallee

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

One of the UK's best trombonists

Burgess & Slide/rebecca Philip @ The Kingsdown Wine Vaults

Folk,country&blues from these stellar musicians

Catfish - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Catfish - Whenever you get ace guitarists Luke Ca

Count Bobo - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Count Bobo - You'll recognise the members of this

Port Erin @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Wasuremono + DJ Abso

Radio Banska @ Left Bank @ Leftbank, Bristol

Radio Banska @ Left Bank / Free Entry / 9 pm - 2

The Night Shift @ Marble Factory, Bristol

Classical music, minus the rules

SATURDAY 18TH APRIL
'doc' Stenson & Paul Godden @ The Kingsdown Wine Vaults

A HonkyTonk,Country,Bluesy,Cajun,RocknRoll party

Ansum And The Vibes @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Antarma and the Family Tree + Rat-A-Tat-Tat

Beatroots Bristol Launch Party @ The Crofters Rights

Festival Style Beats, Brass and Bass.

Celestine - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Celestine - Vocal diva Celestine brings a classic

Contraband Sessions @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

An excursion through the golden era of Hip-Hop

Emerged @ Backwell Wi Hall, Bristol

Alternaitve live music showcase

Ish Kabibble @ The Canteen, Bristol

Ish Kabibble - A splendidly eclectic swing conco

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

The Franklys, Jupiter's Carnival + more

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

Ewan Mclennan @ The Canteen, Bristol

Ewan McLennan - it's only four years since Ewan M

MONDAY 20TH APRIL
Open Mic Night @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Weekly Open Mic Night Hosted By Al Green

Slimline Henry @ The Canteen, Bristol

Slimline Henry - Henry Slim's dust-voiced America

TUESDAY 21ST APRIL
Folk/acoustic Night @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Ft. Sam Cartright Johnson + Ben Cipolla

Live In The Lion's Den @ The Golden Lion

Nuala Honan hosts a night of acoustic loveliness

Professor Nohair & The Wiglift @ The Canteen

Professor Nohair & The Wiglifters - The Prof lear

WEDNESDAY 22ND APRIL
Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow - @ No.1 Harbourside

You'll know the faces but maybe not the tunes -

Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

Sefrial - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Sefrial - Naming your band from a moody tune by N

Uberphonic Presents... @ The Golden Lion

Ambient to Noise, Electro to Acoustic

THURSDAY 23RD APRIL
Glowrogues - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Yet more quality nu-jazz from the thriving Manche

Husky Tones @ The Bank Tavern, Bristol

Soulful, heartfelt blues

Jazz Reggae Sessions @ The Golden Lion

Feat Guy Calhoun and some of the best around

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and Jam with a great house band!

Niklas Sivel v @ St George's, Bristol

Promoted by St George's Bristol

Omar Don't Scare @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ The GP3 + DJ Benjamin Michael

Toby Parker & The Suitcase - @ No.1 Harbourside

Like a reincarnation of Country Joe, Toby Parker

FRIDAY 24TH APRIL
Kirris Riviere - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Kirris Riviere - A big man with an even bigger vo

Mark Lawrence Quartet @ The Be-bop Club

John Scofield influenced guitarist

N.u.m.b @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Applied Science + Big Chief Weird Bird

Shawn Smith @ Bristol Folk House, Bristol

Performing songs from his vast back-catalogue

Slim's Pickings #17 @ Leftbank, Bristol

A night of New Orleans rhythm'n'blues

Some 41 @ Take 5 Caf, Bristol

Bristol's sauciest untapped sounds

The Roaring Trowmen @ The Kingsdown Wine Vaults

Sea shanties and songs of the deep...

The Tune Factory Presents... @ The Mothers Ruin

Feivel - Skilla - Laura Sutherland

Theo Bard - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Theo Bard - For an acoustic singer/songwriter The

SATURDAY 25TH APRIL
Bite The Buffalo @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Gecko (Solo) + Big Chief Weird Bird

Henry Slim @ Cotham Porter Stores, Bristol

A night of live acoustic blues, country & folk

Kasai Masai - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Kasai Masai - Super-danceable music from deep in

Kit Hawes And Aaron Catlow @ The Kingsdown Wine Vaults

2/5s of Sheelanagig playing traditional folk!

My Baby - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

My Baby - Sleazed-up swamp blues from Holland: th

Pre-summer Blowout @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

First Degree Burns/The 45s/Idles

Puccini'messa Di Gloria' @ Clifton Cathedral

Come and hear live Puccini and Vivaldi

Rhyme & Reason @ The Exchange, Bristol

Lewis Parker // Problem Child // Ocean Wisdom

The Gearfest Warehouse Party @ Secret Warehouse

Warehouse party for the Gearfest warmup Party

SUNDAY 26TH APRIL
Dream Wife + Special Guests @ The Louisiana

Electric Harmony presents: Dream Wife

Schmoozenbergs @ The Canteen, Bristol

Schmoozenbergs - Don't know where they got that m

Wihan Quartet @ St George's, Bristol

Promoted by St George's Bristol

MONDAY 27TH APRIL
Canteen Jazz Session @ The Canteen, Bristol

Canteen Jazz Session - An open jazz jam session

Open Mic Night @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Weekly Open Mic Night Hosted By Al Green

Probo Titans #7:vasa (glasgow) @ The Stag & Hounds

Vasa (glasgow), Iran Iran & Lambhorn

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

Live In The Lion's Den @ The Golden Lion

Nuala Honan hosts a night of acoustic loveliness

WEDNESDAY 29TH APRIL
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

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

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and Jam with a great house band!

Theo Altieri @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Maybug + Resident DJs

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

Boasting the most star-studded line up to date!

Rebecca Philip & Henry Slim @ Cotham Porter Stores

A night of live American folk & country music

FRIDAY 15TH MAY
Dave Mackay Group @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Plus noise-rock duo Control

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

Rock Covers to blow your socks off!

Rhyme & Reason : The Four Owls @ The Marble Factory

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

SUNDAY 17TH MAY
MONDAY 18TH MAY
Myst + White Noise Radio @ The Louisiana

A night of awesome, heavy music.

WEDNESDAY 20TH MAY
Frathouse - Kinoco Hotel (jap) @ Stag & Hounds

All Gal Japanese Garage R'n'R aGoGo

SUNDAY 24TH MAY
THURSDAY 28TH MAY
Rkos @mr Wolf's @ Mr Wolf's, Bristol

Part of the big Wolf move at our fave venue

FRIDAY 29TH MAY
Frathouse - Scumbugs (nor) @ Stag & Hounds

The Scumbugs (norway) & Los Savages

The Destroyers @ Fiddlers, Bristol

13-piece'Balkan Brass' band

SATURDAY 30TH MAY
Bloco Dos Sujos @ No1 The Harbourside, Bristol

A night of hot, hard and heavy samba

FRIDAY 5TH JUNE
SUNDAY 7TH JUNE
SUNDAY 28TH JUNE


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