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:

Aji Pa'ti @ Plantation

Live Tropical Folk Fusion


Batch Gueye Band @ The Canteen

There's a contemporary electronic shine to Batch



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 25TH OCTOBER
Aji Pa'ti @ Plantation, Bristol

Live Tropical Folk Fusion

Batch Gueye Band @ The Canteen, Bristol

There's a contemporary electronic shine to Batch

Cleft - Alpha Male Tea Party - @ Stag And Hounds

Returning to storm the stage...

D'bize @ The Kingsdown Wine Vaults

Traditional Irish with a young beating heart

Dan Waldman Quartet @ No.1 Harbourside

New York jazz guitar star

DJ Rocka Lula @ The Bootlegger, Bristol

DJ Rocka Lula - Vintage Soul and Rock n Roll

Easton Standard Time! @ The Plough Inn Easton

Stapleton & Rice bring the nice....

Fanny Hatstand Presents @ Barton Inn, Bristol

Theo Bard & Whiskey Moon Face

Simple Things 2014: Festival @ Various

Dfa 1979, Mogwai + Loads More

The After Hours Quintet @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Akkari And The Bluebirds + DJ Asbo

The Beat Up Boys @ The Oldbury Court Inn

Rocka Billy Bad asses Perform

The Zen Hussies @ The Attic Bar, Bristol

+ kings of Outer Space + Boundry

Wurzels Tribute Night @ Bishopsworth R B L

Wurzels Tribute Night! with The Mangledwurzels

SUNDAY 26TH OCTOBER
Arq: Alison Rayner Quintet @ Hen & Chicken

Led By Bass Player Alison Rayner, 'arq' Play Melo

Bridie Jackson And The Arbour @ Louisiana

'blissful" - Lauren Laverne, Bbc 6 Music

Cider Sunday Returns! @ The Exchange, Bristol

Bristol's famous Cider Sunday returns...

Jim Reynolds & Dave Griffiths @ The Eldon House Bs8 1bt

Blues, ragtime, rhythm and blues from 5PM

Lily & Meg + David Smith @ The Louisiana Basement

Electric Harmony Basement Sessions present,,,

Milonga With Tango Con Fuoco A @ No.1 Harbourside

Taster session of basic Tango steps

Phil Alvin And Dave Alvin @ The Tunnels

Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play Big Bill Broonzy

Sam Callahan @ Thekla, Bristol

Sam Callahan performs at Thekla

Sarah Olivier @ The Canteen, Bristol

Mon dieu! Are you ready for Sarah Olivier's full-

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

An open jazz jam session for seasoned players to

The Antlers @ The Trinity Centre, Bristol

Dhp Concerts Presents Brooklyn Based Indie Rock B

TUESDAY 28TH OCTOBER
Mae Karthauser @ The Canteen, Bristol

The enigmatic Mae Karthauser

Rumdog Billionaire @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Steel Strum + DJs'til Late

WEDNESDAY 29TH OCTOBER
Arcane Roots @ Thekla, Bristol

Arcane Roots perform at Thekla

As We Draw (fr) + More Danger @ Stag And Hounds

A night of noisy hardcore post-punk grunge

Jazz And Funk @ Brigstow Cafe/bar, Bristol

Soulful Jazz and Funk Music

Open Mic @ Leftbank, Bristol

As open as a mic can be.

Sefrial @ The Canteen, Bristol

Naming your band from a moody tune by New York ar

The Sound Cupboard @ The Crofters Rights

Curious electronic and improvised music

We Love Wednesdays @ The Big Chill Bar

Wednesday Night Goodness From Felix Joy & Co.

THURSDAY 30TH OCTOBER
Andy Sheppard Quintet @ The Mall Pub Clifton

Sheppards brilliant new Quintet

Backdoor Band @ Cornubia, Temple Street

Rhythm and Blues, Heart and Soul

Baskery @ The Canteen, Bristol

You can never have too much banjo punk, can you?

Dominic Marshall Trio @ Future Inns Jazz Club

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

Kyla La Grange @ Thekla, Bristol

Kyla La Grange performs at Thekla

Left Bank Jam Night @ Leftbank @ Leftbank

Jam night with amazing house band! 9pm - 1am

The Travelling Morgue @ The Mother's Ruin

Thirteen Shots, Doctor Caligari & Lupen Tooth!

Vodun - Knifeman @ Stag And Hounds, Bristol

Live noise bands plus comic, zines, tees sale

While & Matthews @ Hen & Chicken

20th Anniversary Tour

FRIDAY 31ST OCTOBER
Emily Draws @ Left Bank @ Leftbank, Bristol

Intergalactic Space Crash Zombie Art Party

Free Frathouse - Bill Fadden @ Stag & Hounds

Bill Fadden & The Rhythm Busters

Hanging Tree @ The Mothers Ruin, Bristol

Hanging Tree - Howl - The Vigil @ Mothers Ruin

Klaxons @ Thekla, Bristol

Klaxons perform at Thekla

Scribble'n' Scratch Halloween @ The Canteen

This is an Art Attack, basically, with the sonic

Spiro @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Contemporary acoustic ensemble

The Destroyers @ The Old Malt House, Bristol

Destroyers+Mr Tea and the Minions+Jolly Rodger

The Inexplicables: Halloween @ The Old England

The Inexplicables Performing A Full Live Set

The Tune Factory @ The Mothers Ruin, Bristol

Indie Disco/free Entry/3jbombs4£5

Tommy Andrews @ The Be-bop Club, Bristol

Fantastic young jazz players from London

World Government @ Be.in Bristol, Bristol

Lining-up draws on a large pool of professionals

SATURDAY 1ST NOVEMBER
Clayton Blizzard @ The Kingsdown Wine Vaults

With support from the Boys from Marketing

Crinkle Cuts @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

The Joe Boyd Trio + Cow Tippa & DJ Hiphopapotamus

Flash Harry @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Flash Harry are folk-rockers that folking rock.

Lick It Up With Diving Bell @ Mothers Ruin

Halloween special of your favourite metal tracks

Monsters V. Space Invaders Hal @ The Big Chill

Monsters v. Space Invaders Halloween Party

Rhyme & Reason @ Exchange, Bristol

Triple Darkness // Trellion & Sniff // Lee Scott

Roberto Savaggio @ The Canteen, Bristol

Dance music scenes of Berlin and Bristol

Slim's Pickings #13 @ Leftbank, Bristol

A night of harmonica-fuelled rhythm'n'blues

The Green River Killers @ Stag And Hounds

A Night Of Resurrecting The Cramps!!

The Inexplicables @ The Attic Bar, Bristol

The Inexplicables Full Live Set

SUNDAY 2ND NOVEMBER
Chirimoya @ The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Latin Jazz with Tammy Payne

Deathstars @ Thekla, Bristol

Deathstars perform at Thekla

Ghosted (session #2) @ The Gallimaufry

Showcasing original electronic music

Heg & The Wolf Chorus @ The Canteen

'entourage of voices, strings and percussion'

Swing Night With Rhythm Pencil @ No.1 Harbourside

Rhythm Pencils will be laying down the tunes to g

MONDAY 3RD NOVEMBER
Redracer @ The Louisiana, Bristol

South London desert rock trio

Speech Development Records @ Thekla, Bristol

B.Dolan & more perform at Thekla

TUESDAY 4TH NOVEMBER
Acoustic Night @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Hattie Briggs + Kate Wintie and Alex Parks

Bakermat @ Thekla, Bristol

Bakermat performs at Thekla

Matt Woosey @ The Gallimaufry Bristol, Bristol

'Wildest Dreams' album launch!

The Delines @ The Tunnels, Bristol, Bristol

New-country/soul group lead by Willy Vlautin

Twelve Months Of Summer @ The Canteen, Bristol

Best acts from the acoustic scene

WEDNESDAY 5TH NOVEMBER
Hawklords @ The Fleece, Bristol, Bristol

Hawklords live at The Fleece

Indiana @ Thekla, Bristol

Indiana performs at Thekla

Open Mic @ Leftbank, Bristol

As open as a mic can be.

THURSDAY 6TH NOVEMBER
Culture Shock @ Thekla, Bristol

Culture Shock perform at Thekla

John Pearce & Matt Hopkins @ The Mall Pub Clifton

Pearce and Hopkins's superb new Quartet

Left Bank Jam Night @ Leftbank @ Leftbank

Jam night with amazing house band! 9pm - 1am

FRIDAY 7TH NOVEMBER
2rude - Ska Band @ Long Ashton Village Hall

Ska music and a great night guaranteed!

Chali 2na Of Jurassic 5 @ The Station, Bristol

Chali 2na w/ Babyhead, Eva Lazarus, Snareophobe

Coopers Poppy Appeal @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Feat. Albion, Papa Creed And Chuff

Dakhla Brass @ The Be-bop Club, Bristol

Four top horn players plus amazing drummer

Get Born Presents: @ Lakota, Bristol

Pearson Sound Untold Tessela

Mankala @ Plantation, Bristol

World Roots Dance Music

Oncartel @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Contemporary Afro-Latin jazz

Rabbit Foot Spasm Band @ The Canteen, Bristol

The fiery spirit of a Margate Mardi Gras

Shoot The Moon @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Finger Trap + Mako & The Hawk and DJ Carter

The Rin Tins@left Bank @ Leftbank, Bristol

Folk fuelled jazz jive boogie.

The Roaring Trowmen @ The Kingsdown Wine Vaults

A night of Sea shanties and folk songs

The Shires @ Thekla, Bristol

The Shires perform at Thekla

The Tune Factory @ The Mothers Ruin, Bristol

Indie Disco/free Entry/3jbombs4£5

SATURDAY 8TH NOVEMBER
Ella Julian & Friends @ The Steam Crane

Live Music Soul, Funk and Rare Groove

Moore, Moss, Rutter @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

JamSharp & Elizabeth Cornish + DJ Vallee

Moulettes @ Thekla, Bristol

Moulettes perform at Thekla

Philip Glass Ensemble @ Colston Hall, Bristol

Philip Glass Ensemble present their Retrospective

The Hot Potato Syncopators @ The Folk House, Park St

Hilarious rip-roaring musical mayhem!

The Slimline Shufflers @ The Kingsdown Wine Vaults

New Orleans style of Rhythm'n' blues

Wormfood Presents Ma'grass @ The Canteen

Energetic 9-piece from London

SUNDAY 9TH NOVEMBER
Bartoune @ The Canteen, Bristol

Blending originality with a fine sense of musica

Dragged Into Sunlight @ Exchange, Bristol

You're Not Human Presents...

Eureka California!! @ Cafe Kino, Bristol

Amazing Indiepop From The Usa W Local Guests

Tesseract @ Thekla, Bristol

TesseracT perform at Thekla

MONDAY 10TH NOVEMBER
Blues Pills + Blackwolf + More @ The Fleece

Blues Pills + BlackWolf + The Vintage Caravan

Jake Clemons @ Thekla, Bristol

Jake Clemons performs at Thekla

Seventh Circle (be) @ The Mothers Ruin

Seventh Circle (BE) + Let It Die + Thrash It Out

The Improv Stand-up Show! @ The Polish Club

Improvised Comedy Show with Top Comedians!

The Manfreds Autumn 2014 Tour @ Bristol Hippodrome

The Manfreds visit Bristol on 10th November 2014

TUESDAY 11TH NOVEMBER
Ben Frost @ Thekla, Bristol

Ben Frost performs at Thekla

Blankety Quiz @ Number 51, Bristol

Plus DJ Anonymous Sound

Lach + Jim Evans @ The Grain Barge, Bristol

Creator Of Nyc Anti-folk Movement

WEDNESDAY 12TH NOVEMBER
Cardboard Fox @ The Canteen, Bristol

sophisticated Americana

Julia Turner @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Assured vocals and deftly jazzy guitar

Let Me Tell You A Story, Jack! @ Crofter's Rights

Free storytelling evening on Stokes Croft

Open Mic @ Leftbank, Bristol

As open as a mic can be.

Wild Child @ Thekla, Bristol

Wild Child perform at Thekla

THURSDAY 13TH NOVEMBER
Circa Waves @ Thekla, Bristol

Circa Waves perform at Thekla

Left Bank Jam Night @ Leftbank @ Leftbank

Jam night with amazing house band! 9pm - 1am

Roaring Trowmen - Firesides @ No.1 Harbourside

The Firesides Tour - 9.30pm start

Rob Heron @ Stag And Hounds, Bristol

& The Tea Pad Orchestra

Submotion Orchestra @ The Trinity Centre

Metropolis Music Presents Leed's based seven piec

FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER
Anti Mortem @ Thekla, Bristol

Anti Mortem perform at Thekla

Jess Hall's'bookshelves' Tour @ Cafe Kino

Jess Hall + Duotone + Jackson Hill

Orchestre Du Montplaisan @ The Canteen

Mainly instrumental but with bits of choir and sc

The Scribes @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Edd Keene + DJ Alfie

The Tune Factory @ The Mothers Ruin, Bristol

Indie Disco/free Entry/3jbombs4£5

The Zen Hussies @ Thunderbolt, Bristol

Zen Hussies+Mr Tea and the Minions at Thunderbolt

Tom Green Septet @ The Be-bop Club, Bristol

Some of London's best young jazz players

Will Todd'mass In Blue' @ St George's Bristol

Bath Spa University Choir and Jazz Ensemble

SATURDAY 15TH NOVEMBER
Ansum & The Vibes @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Nima Lantern + Rat-A-Tat-Tat

Award-winning A Cappella! @ Bristol Folk House

'Original Sing' and'In The Smoke'

Conjunto Gringo @ The Canteen, Bristol

Proper Cuban dance music

Doomtitans:stranglewank+guests @ The Gryphon

Doom Titans: Stranglewank & Guests

Ella Julian & Friends @ Robin Hood,st Michael Hil

Live Band Soul, Funk and Rare Groove

Free Frathouse - The Caezars @ Stag & Hounds

FraTHouSe presents The Caezars

Soul Ingredients @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Original soul and R'n'B with slick grooves

The Vaselines @ Thekla, Bristol

The Vaselines perform at Thekla

SUNDAY 16TH NOVEMBER
Just 3 @ The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Pitch perfect harmony trio

Mr Tea And The Minions @ The Gallimaufry

Mr Tea and the Minions at the Gally!

The Rifles @ The Trinity Centre, Bristol

Dhp Concerts Presents British Indie Rock Band

The Roaring Trowmen @ The Canteen, Bristol

Get Nautical in the Afternoon!

MONDAY 17TH NOVEMBER
Slimline Henry Blues Session @ The Canteen

Blues harmonica doyen Henry Slim

Tim Hecker @ Thekla, Bristol

Tim Hecker performs at Thekla

TUESDAY 18TH NOVEMBER
Henry Slim @ Cotham Porter Stores, Bristol

Acoustic blues, country & American folk

Ruth Royall @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Gitta de Ridder + Rockit Science

WEDNESDAY 19TH NOVEMBER
Hard Ground @ The Canteen, Bristol

The songs are brightly melodic yet brood swampish

Sam Bailey (prepared Piano) @ Cafe Kino

Prepared piano, electronics, drone & minimalism

THURSDAY 20TH NOVEMBER
Arifa @ The Trinity Centre, Bristol

Musical influences from East and West - sumptuous

Ella Julian & Friends @ The Steam Crane,bedminste

Live Band Soul, Funk and Rare Groove

James Bay @ Thekla, Bristol

James Bay performs at Thekla

Medicine Creek @ The Canteen, Bristol

A stomping celebration of that old time Americana

FRIDAY 21ST NOVEMBER
Brass Junkies @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Dynamic 8 piece brass band

Rumjig @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Jamtidy + DJ Asbo

The House Party Project @ Bridgwater Arts Centre

Live Music event - D&B, Acoustic, House

The Neville Staple Band @ Thekla, Bristol

The Neville Staple Band performs at Thekla

The Tune Factory @ The Mothers Ruin, Bristol

Indie Disco/free Entry/3jbombs4£5

SATURDAY 22ND NOVEMBER
Antelope @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Contemporary jazz, clever grooves and coolly pass

Dubcity: King Of Kings @ The Kuumba Centre

Jah Youth Meets Word Sound & Power

Emily Teague Album Launch @ The Bristol Folk House

Emily Teague returns to launch her 2nd Album!

Joe Driscoll @ Thekla, Bristol

Joe Driscoll performs at Thekla

Kookamunga @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

The Vamos! Band + DJs'til Late

SUNDAY 23RD NOVEMBER
Bristol Jazz Establishment @ The Coronation Tap

20s good-time jazz! Start 7.30.

MONDAY 24TH NOVEMBER
The Ting Tings @ Thekla, Bristol

The Ting Tings perform at Thekla

TUESDAY 25TH NOVEMBER
Hihat Live @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

The Slim Fifties + DJs'til Late

WEDNESDAY 26TH NOVEMBER
Gabby Young And Other Animals @ Thekla

Gabby Young performs at Thekla

THURSDAY 27TH NOVEMBER
-mr Wolfs- Beats In A Box- @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

The Inexplicables/ Ushti Baba / DJ Fortress

3 Daft Monkeys @ The Thunderbolt, Bristol

Quirky Upbeat Alternative Festival Folk

Beardyman @ Thekla, Bristol

Beardyman performs at Thekla

Mp3 @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Add a loping double bass to the twin-guitar wizar

Tezeta @ The Canteen, Bristol

Ethiopian funk musi

The Slimline Shufflers @ The Bootlegger

Live New Orleans-style blues & boogie

FRIDAY 28TH NOVEMBER
Fftt Presents The Nextmen And @ The Lanes Bristol

Funk From The Trunk presents The Nextmen

Howlin' Lord @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Proper hard-bitten country/rock.

Mr Tea And The Minions @ Grain Barge, Bristol

Mr Tea and the Minions+Mama Nice at Grain Barge!

The Copper Feel Cabaret @ Bristol County Sportsclub

An evening of elegant Burlesque and Cabaret

The Tune Factory @ The Mothers Ruin, Bristol

Indie Disco/free Entry/3jbombs4£5

Wasabi Funk @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

The Blue Funk Trio + Papa Moomin

SATURDAY 29TH NOVEMBER
Antimatador @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Coochie Club + Big Chief Weird Bird

Contraband Breaks Ensemble @ No.1 Harbourside

A fine frenzy of old school hip-hop

Doreen Doreen @ Fiddlers, Bristol

The best (and funniest) cover versions!

Elgar: The Dream Of Gerontius @ Colston Hall

Bristol Choral Society With Mark Padmore & Bso

Me And My Friends @ The Canteen, Bristol

Chamber-folk tapestries and elusive songs.

Raleigh Ritchie @ Thekla, Bristol

Raleigh Ritchie performs at Thekla

Temples @ The Trinity Centre, Bristol

Metropolis Music presents English psychedelic roc

SUNDAY 30TH NOVEMBER
Eliza Shaddad & Emi Sierra @ The Louisiana

Electric Harmony Basement Sessions present...

Nuala Honan @ The Canteen, Bristol

Passionate singer of extraordinary charm and styl

The Quireboys @ Thekla, Bristol

The Quireboys perform at Thekla

WEDNESDAY 3RD DECEMBER
The Defiled @ Thekla, Bristol

The Defiled perform at Thekla

THURSDAY 4TH DECEMBER
Catfish And The Bottlemen @ Thekla, Bristol

Catfish And The Bottlemen perform at Thekla

FRIDAY 5TH DECEMBER
Black Spiders @ Thekla, Bristol

Black Spiders perform at Thekla

Gaz Brookfield @ Port Of Call, Bristol

Folk acoustic awesomness

Hugh Cornwell & Hazel O'connor @ The Trinity Centre

Two iconic artists performing separate sets

My Little Owl Presents... @ Stag And Hounds

An evening of Indiepop from all around the UK

The Tune Factory @ The Mothers Ruin, Bristol

Indie Disco/free Entry/3jbombs4£5

Uri Green & The Seeds @ Plantation

Reggae, Dancehall & DnB

SATURDAY 6TH DECEMBER
SUNDAY 7TH DECEMBER
Beethoven @ St George's Bristol, Bristol

The Sonatas For Piano & Violoncello

MONDAY 8TH DECEMBER
WEDNESDAY 10TH DECEMBER
Andrew O'neill @ Thekla Bristol, Bristol

Andrew O'Neill's History of Heavy Metal

THURSDAY 11TH DECEMBER
Chris Farlowe @ Chipping Sodbury Town Hal

The Return of Chris Farlowe

FRIDAY 12TH DECEMBER
Gramatik @ Thekla, Bristol

Gramatik performs at Thekla

The Tune Factory @ The Mothers Ruin, Bristol

Indie Disco/free Entry/3jbombs4£5

SATURDAY 13TH DECEMBER
People On Vacation @ Thekla, Bristol

People On Vacation perform at Thekla

SUNDAY 14TH DECEMBER
Chrissie Hynde @ The Trinity Centre, Bristol

Pretender's front-woman to plays old & new songs

MONDAY 15TH DECEMBER
TUESDAY 16TH DECEMBER
WEDNESDAY 17TH DECEMBER
Wintasonica @ Halo Bar, Bristol

Fantastic Line up featuring Paul Bradley

THURSDAY 18TH DECEMBER
Baraka @ Plantation, Bristol

Reggae, Calypso, Blues and Soca

FRIDAY 19TH DECEMBER
The House Party Project Part 2 @ Bridgwater Arts Centre

Live Music Event - House, neurofunk, acoustic

The Tune Factory @ The Mothers Ruin, Bristol

Indie Disco/free Entry/3jbombs4£5

SATURDAY 20TH DECEMBER
Doreen Doreen @ Fiddlers, Bristol

The best (and funniest) cover versions!

Handel's Messiah @ Colston Hall, Bristol

Bristol Choral Society: Handel's Messiah

Mini Messiah Family Concert @ Colston Hall

Short version of Handel's Messiah for families

SUNDAY 21ST DECEMBER
Bristol Ensemble @ St George's Vristol

Children's Christmas Carnival

MONDAY 22ND DECEMBER
TUESDAY 23RD DECEMBER
Glam Harry Christmas Special! @ Fiddlers

Classic hits from 70s & 80s!

BOXING DAY
The Tune Factory @ The Mothers Ruin, Bristol

Indie Disco/free Entry/3jbombs4£5

NEW YEARS EVE!
Nye Swing Dance Party @ Colston Hall, Bristol

A swinging vintage New Year celebration

FRIDAY 9TH JANUARY


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