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:

Ayesha Akkari & Henry Binning @ No.1 Harbourside

Young vocalist Ayesha Akkari has a keen ear for w


Bristol Unsigned #11 @ The Thunderbolt

Bristol Unsigned is about promoting the unknown


Bucucrasu @ The Old Duke

Honky-tonk House & Boogie woogie dubstep


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

Live music in Bristol this weekend:

6music Fringe: Schnauser @ Salt Cafe Deli

Psych-prog-pop galore from two Cherry Red artists


Aft & Recreo @ The Attic Bar

Aft & Recreo Valentines Special



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

THURSDAY 11TH FEBRUARY
Ayesha Akkari & Henry Binning @ No.1 Harbourside

Young vocalist Ayesha Akkari has a keen ear for w

Bristol Unsigned #11 @ The Thunderbolt

Bristol Unsigned is about promoting the unknown

Bucucrasu @ The Old Duke, Bristol

Honky-tonk House & Boogie woogie dubstep

Daan Temmink @ The Old Market Assembly

When you hear the spacious, reflective music of p

Lady Nade @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

The Fringe - Blues Jazz Soulstress from Bristol

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Funk and Soul Jam every Thursday! 8PM - 1AM

Swingers Like Funking @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

The Gin Bowlers + The Lost Seahorses + Slf Djs

The Gin Bowlers @ Mr Wolves, Bristol

Live band playing swing and good times!

Uncle Ecstasy - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Boasting two thunderously magnificent drummers (t

FRIDAY 12TH FEBRUARY
6music Fringe: Schnauser @ Salt Cafe Deli

Psych-prog-pop galore from two Cherry Red artists

Aft & Recreo @ The Attic Bar, Bristol

Aft & Recreo Valentines Special

Angel Up Front @ Trout Tavern, Bristol

Angel Up Front at the Trout Tavern

Buster Shuffle / Mr Shaun @ The Golden Lion

New Age Ska Sensation / Post Punk Power Pop

Electric Harmony :: Bbc6 Music @ Thekla

Electric Harmony :: Bbc6 Music Fest - The Fringe

Feelgood Experiment @ The Old Market Assembly

Part Of'the Fringe Supported By Bbc Radio 6 Musi

Gnawa Blues All Stars @ The Canteen, Bristol

Born in Africa's Mahgreb desert, the compelling d

Mr T & The Minions @ No.1 Harbourside

Forget those silly animations - these are the Min

The Scribes @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Last Edition + DJ Alfie

Valentines Kabaret Klub @ Unit 15,, Bristol

Spell binding cabaret, music and cockails

SATURDAY 13TH FEBRUARY
Angel Up Front @ Barley Mow, Bristol

Angel Up Front at the Barley Mow

Bbc 6 Music Festival Fringe @ The Attic Bar

Bbc 6 Music Festival Fringe At The Attic Bar

Blue Badgers Valentine Night @ Utea Wootton Under Edge

Fundraiser concert for Under the Edge Arts

Bristol Sessions @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Soul & Rnb. The Fringe Supported By Bbc 6 Music

Copper Sounds Launch @ 123 Cheltenham Road, Stok

The Launch Of New Record Label Copper Sounds.

Feral Mouth @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

A breakdown is actually a good thing in the Blue

Fromage En Feu @ The Old Duke, Bristol

Hot Klezmer & Audacious Oompah

Gnawa Blues All Stars @ The Old Market Assembly

Part Of'the Fringe Supported By Bbc Radio 6 Musi

Husky Tones @ The New Moon, Bristol

'exciting new contemporary blues'

Jouis/cheap Wine @ The Canteen, Bristol

70s psychedelia, fresh out of Brighton and France

Little Brother Eli @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Caravaggio + DJ Vallee

Little Brother Eli & Caravaggi @ Mr. Wolf's Bristol

Going a bit heavier tonight with some Hip Hop and

Robert & Michael @ The Old Duke, Bristol

Soulful Folk, Blues and Americana

The Slimline Shufflers @ The Ship Inn, Bs1

New Orleans-style rhythm n blues

Valentine's Eve Psych Night @ The Thunderbolt

Vinyl DJ / Lights / Love / Live Music

Valentines Kabaret Klub @ Unit 15, Bristol

Spell binding Cabaret, Music and Cocktials

SUNDAY 14TH FEBRUARY
Bbc6 Fringe Ft. Pete Bernard @ The Canteen

Bbc6music Festival Fringe Ft. Pete Bernard/the Ca

Chirimoya At The Alma @ Alma Tavern And Theatre

R&B Classics in latin jazz style

Cosmic Ninja @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

The Fringe Supported By Bbc 6 Music

Fringe Heavy Session 7-9pm @ The Golden Lion

Cosmic Ninja / Big Fat Astronaughts / Tbc

Fringe Soft Session 2-5pm @ The Golden Lion

The Fringe Supported By Bbc 6 Music

Heaters (usa) @ The Crofters Rights, Bristol

Surf garage rock band from Grand Rapids Michigan

Jazz & Blues Trio @ Leftbank, Bristol

Tba / Free Entry / 8pm - 1am

Jazz Night At The Blue Lagoon @ The Blue Lagoon

An evening of classic jazz, bebop and latin

Lady Nade Live @ 5:30pm @ The Eldon House Bs82pb

Soul, Blues & A Cracking Voice!

Milonga With Tango Calor And T @ No.1 Harbourside

Tango Calor will transport you to the backstreet

The Lost City Of Dunwich @ Cafe Kino, Bristol

Laura Cannell Rhodri Davies Matt Davies and Milo

Trip For Biscuits @ The Old Fish Market 7pm

1920s Jazz / Vintage / Covers

Valentines Kabaret Klub @ Unit 15, Bristol

Spell binding Circus Cabaret, Music and Cocktails

Velvet Sundays: Lady Nade @ The Square Club, Bs81hb

Performance of original songs & jazz classics.

Vintage Valentine's Ball @ The Square Club, Bs8 1hb

Valentines' Ball, with a vintage swing theme

MONDAY 15TH FEBRUARY
Henry Slim Blues Session @ The Canteen

When harmonica guru Henry'Slimline' Slim blows t

Irish Night @ The Three Tuns, Bristol

Irish Night @ The Three Tuns

Old Market Jazz Session @ The Old Market Assembly

Bristol's busiest pianist George Cooper leads th

Songsmith @ Mr Wolf's, Bristol

SongSmith @Mr Wolf's

TUESDAY 16TH FEBRUARY
Acoustic Sessions @ Leftbank, Bristol

Acoustic Sessions / Free Entry / 8pm - 1am

Iluvlive Bristol @ Snug, Bristol

Beverly Shrills William The Conquered

Louisiana @ Louisiana, Bristol, Bristol

Sons and Deaddogs with support from gloo

Marine And Zigomatix @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Hip-hop etc. then London alt-pop

The Deaddogs - Live @ The Louisiana, Bristol

Bristol's awesome punk-pop rockers return!

Twelve Months Of Summer @ The Canteen, Bristol

Monthly showcase of the best acts from the acoust

WEDNESDAY 17TH FEBRUARY
Bristol Unsigned #12 @ The Thunderbolt

Bristol Unsigned is about promoting the unknown

Chris Powell & Fiona Barrow @ No.1 Harbourside

Here come two exceptional players who can switch

Daan Temmink @ Fringe Jazz, Bristol

Brilliant pianist's new quartet

Len Aruliah Quartet @ The Canteen, Bristol

You can hear a world of influences in Canadian sa

Open Mic @ Leftbank, Bristol

See great local talent for free! 8pm - 1am

Slim's Pickings @ The Gallimaufry

The Joe Cribb Blues Band

Swing Night With Molly And The @ The Old Market Assembly

Miss Molly Miranda King knows a thing or two abou

The Schmoozenbergs @ The Square Club, Bs8 1hb

Cabaret Voltaire presents The Schmoozenbergs

THURSDAY 18TH FEBRUARY
Foot Long Hot Dogs @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Local Garage Band make their lion debut

Henry Slim @ The Jersey Lily, Bristol

Acoustic blues, country & folk

James Ladd & Jon Short @ No.1 Harbourside

There's an earthy grounding to the way that James

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Funk and Soul Jam every Thursday! 8PM - 1AM

Let Spin @ The Old England, Bristol

+ Iceman Furniss Quintet

Macaco Project @ The Canteen, Bristol

Fronted by Kate Mac's soulful vocals and MC Lyfly

The Happening @ The Lansdown, Bristol

Intimate and Enchanting showcase evening

The Happening At The Lansdown @ The Lansdown

Top quality candle-lit acoustic music night

The Lasting Days @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Live Support + DJ Vallee

The Seatsplitters @ The Old Market Assembly

The Seatsplitters - Another branch of the Poor Ol

FRIDAY 19TH FEBRUARY
Angel Up Front @ King William Iv, Bristol

Angel Up Front at the King William IV

Baraka - @ The Old Market Assembly, Bristol

Fronted by the great Ben Baddoo's vocals and perc

Batch Gueye Band @ The Canteen, Bristol

There's a contemporary electronic shine to Batch

Beans On Toast @ The Attic Bar, Bristol

Beans on Toast - Attic Bar

Howling Owl Presents Smtb @ The Crofters Rights

Show Me The Body is a hardcore trio from New York

John Law's New Congregation @ The Be-bop Club

Fantastic pianist on national tour

Kayali Roots Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Kayali Roots Band / Free Entry / 8pm - 2am

The Hummingbirds @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Liverpool Folk Pop - Support from Sam Whitlock

The Jam Jar Presents: Stuff. @ The Old Malt House

Stuff Nu School Belgian Jazz Are Back In Bristol!

Trip The Switch @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Here's a rather poptastic combination of soul, fu

SATURDAY 20TH FEBRUARY
And The Wasters @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Ska Folk Balkan Punk . Re-launch Party.

Contraband Breaks Ensemble @ The Canteen

Here come the B-Boys, led by MCs Jonny Steele an

Kirris Riviere Blues Band @ The Old Market Assembly

A big man with an even bigger voice, Kirris Rivie

Skraeckoedlan & Snowy Dunes @ The Stag & Hounds

Fuzzience Fiction Rock & 70's Neo-Psychedelia

The Soulshack @ The Blue Lagoon, Bristol

Pumping live soul and funk

Tom Holder & The Railway Sleep @ Mr Wolfs

Ers + Pasha Ball + Resident DJs

Vamos @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

One of Bristol's best mestizo bands, conjuring a

Vocal & Version #8 @ The Attic Bar

Vocal & Version #8 Is Here!!!

SUNDAY 21ST FEBRUARY
Acousticians @ The Canteen, Bristol

Ace violinist and Balkaneer Fiona Barrow selects

Jazz & Blues Trio @ Leftbank, Bristol

Edmunds, Brown and Henderson /Free Entry/8pm-1am

Molly And The Kings @ The Square Club, Bs8 1hb

Velvet Sundays: Molly and the Kings

Salute The Sun @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Joshua Jones + Adnate

Swing Sundays With Molly King @ No.1 Harbourside

The doors to No.1 Harbourside will swing open for

MONDAY 22ND FEBRUARY
Canteen Jazz Session @ The Canteen, Bristol

An open jazz jam session led by saxophone hero Cr

Filabusta Ft. James Paton @ The Old Market Assembly

Filabusta celebrates the brightest of Bristol's

Irish Night @ The Three Tuns, Bristol

Irish Nights @ The Three Tuns

Songsmith @ Mr Wolf's, Bristol

SongSmith @Mr Wolf's

TUESDAY 23RD FEBRUARY
Acoustic Sessions @ Leftbank, Bristol

Acoustic Sessions / Free Entry / 8pm - 1am

Esdr Presents Raja Gemini @ Queenshilling

We can't wait to welcome this legendary queen to

Poetry Revue @ The Square Club, Bs8 1hb

The Berkeley Square Poetry Revue

Suzy Condrad @ The Canteen, Bristol

Loop pedals may be all the go these days but Suz

WEDNESDAY 24TH FEBRUARY
Bristol Unsigned #13 @ The Thunderbolt

Bristol Unsigned is about promoting the unknown

Flamenco Loco - @ The Old Market Assembly

A strongly Spanish twosome, even though dazzling

James Morton Soul Jazz Club @ The Square Club, Bs8 1hb

Bristol's esteemed sax player plays at The Square

Jonny Bruce Trumpet Kings @ Fringe Jazz

Brilliant Tribute To The Trumpet Kings

Lori Campbell @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

The music of sometime 'part time waitress and so

Open Mic @ Leftbank, Bristol

See great local talent for free! 8pm - 1am

Punching Swans @ Stag & Hounds, Bristol

Punching Swans Nesting Tour

Slim's Pickings @ The Gallimaufry

The Slimline Shufflers

Thomas Sefia Quartet @ The Canteen, Bristol

Hot young tenor sax player Thomas Sefia is part o

THURSDAY 25TH FEBRUARY
Acousticians @ The Old Market Assembly

Ace violinist and Balkaneer Fiona Barrow selects

Giles Barratt/dino Christodolo @ No.1 Harbourside

As you might guess from his name, saxophonist Din

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Funk and Soul Jam every Thursday! 8PM - 1AM

The Brackish @ The Canteen, Bristol

'Experimental rock jazz' project with all the mak

FRIDAY 26TH FEBRUARY
77 Bombay Street Free Gig @ Yha Bristol

77 Bombay Street free music gig

George Mabuza Group - @ The Old Market Assembly

This superstar combo of Bristolian jazzers is an

Listen Story Slam @ The Gryphon, Bristol

True story slam hosted by poet

Radical Dance Faction/military @ Kuumba

Thats Right, Dub-punk Legends Rdf (ex Military Su

Shanty @ The Canteen, Bristol

Nothing lifts the soul like horn-heavy reggae and

Tell Tale Tusk @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ The Longest Johns + Big Chief Weird Bird

Wasabi @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Take a classic funk bass and spice it up with a p

SATURDAY 27TH FEBRUARY
Amadou Diagne & Group Yakar @ Southbank Club

Music and art entwined in vibrant show

Bristol Comedy Club @ Holiday Inn Bristol

The Very Best In Live Stand Up Comedy

Cut Capers Album Launch Party @ Fiddlers

+ Mr Tea & The Minions / No Go Stop / DJ Smerin

Euphony @ The Old Market Assembly, Bristol

There's a little bit of Gypsy, a smattering of re

Plastic Souls Club #002 @ Prsc, Bristol

The Second Plastic Souls Club Night In Aid Of Otr

The Crawlin Kingsnakes @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

The Crawlin Kingsnakes + The Dukes of Mumbai

The High Fives @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Seriously hard grooves, funked up to the max. Awe

The Pheonix River Band @ The Golden Lion

Country rock , R&B and Blues

Vula Viel @ The Canteen, Bristol

African tradition meets danceable jazz in a feast

SUNDAY 28TH FEBRUARY
Eko Trio @ The Canteen, Bristol

Three fine individual performers - Julia Turner,

Eric Bell Band @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Feat. Thin Lizzy Guitarist

Flamenco Loco @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Every 4th Sunday of the month, come to No.1 Harbo

Jazz & Blues Trio @ Leftbank, Bristol

Tba / Free Entry / 8pm - 1am

The Carry Nations. 4pm @ The Golden Lion

Folk singers, song collectors and string pickers

The Damn Busters @ The Square Club, Bs8 1hb

Velvet Sundays: The Damn Busters

William Arcane & Duck House @ Start The Bus

EH03: William Arcane & Duck House

MONDAY 29TH FEBRUARY
Irish Night @ The Three Tuns, Bristol

Irish Nights @ The Three Tuns

Old Market Jazz Session - @ The Old Market Assembly

Bristol's busiest pianist George Cooper leads thi

Razzomo @ The Canteen, Bristol

Fiddler Lucy Razz and guitarist James Tomlinson s

TUESDAY 1ST MARCH
Subvulture Presents: Bridges @ The Crofters Rights

Some of Bristol's finest indie talent

WEDNESDAY 2ND MARCH
Art Themen Quartet @ Fringe Jazz, Bristol

Legendary Tenor Player here in Bristol

Cabaret Voltaire @ The Square Club, Bristol

6-piece soul-hop collective - Feelgood Experiment

THURSDAY 3RD MARCH
Beat Den"jam" @ The Golden Lion

Hip Hop, Jazz, Reggae, Funk, Soul Jam

Eagulls @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Ginnels, Alleys, Jitties and Snickets Tour

FRIDAY 4TH MARCH
People's String Foundation @ The Golden Lion

Support: The Lonesome Stampede

White Noise Radio Ep Launch @ The Crofter's Rights

Local rockers launch EP w Memory of Elephants!

SATURDAY 5TH MARCH
Beards/the Wub/wenonoah/mia La @ Roll For The Soul

Out-there punk and experimental pop night

Bristol Trib Fest @ Bierkeller, Bristol

Bristol Trib Fest 2016 @ The Bierkeller, Bristol

The Rose-tinted Spectaculars @ The Ship Inn, Bs1

Live rhythm n blues, soul & jazziness

The Soul Strutters @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Funk, Soul, Disco and Rare Groove.

SUNDAY 6TH MARCH
Grimes @ Anson Rooms, Bristol

[sold Out]multi-media Artist And Critical Darling

March Of The Mods @ The Thekla, Bristol

Music Fundraiser for Teenage Cancer Trust

Mothering Sunday @ The Square Club, Bristol

An afternoon dedicated to treating your mum!

The Dreaming Spires. 7pm @ The Golden Lion

Americana Festival - Clubhouse Records

The Redlands Palomino Co. @ The Golden Lion

Americana Festival- Clubhouse Records

TUESDAY 8TH MARCH
Ben Abraham (secretlycanadian) @ The Gallimaufry

+ Cry Monster Cry (Eire) + Dexter Selboy

WEDNESDAY 9TH MARCH
Square Sessions @ The Square Club, Bristol

Bristol's best monthly showcase night

THURSDAY 10TH MARCH
Band-e-oke!! @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Live Band Karaoke With The Golden Boys

Trip The Switch @ The Grain Barge, Bristol

+ Victoria Klewin & The Tru-Tones

FRIDAY 11TH MARCH
John E Vistic / Montgomerys @ The Golden Lion

Supporting Ten Benson. Rock N Roll And Hell Fire!

Snails @ Cafe Kino, Bristol

Snails, Traces of Acres, Red Deer Sleeping

SATURDAY 12TH MARCH
Bristol Concert Orchestra @ St George's Bristol

Bristol Concert Orchestra: Scheherazade, Rachmani

Gyptonic @ Kuumba, Bristol

"Welcome to the Jungle"; A participatory photog

Ruzz Guitar's Blues Revue @ The Golden Lion

Soul injected Blues/R'n'B/Rock'n'Roll

Subsesh @ Tunnels, Bristol, Bristol

Real talent straight out of Bristol

SUNDAY 13TH MARCH
The Damn Busters @ The Square Club, Bristol

This Velvet Sunday were joined by the Damn Buster

TUESDAY 15TH MARCH
Half Moon Run @ Anson Rooms, Bristol

Half Moon Run Canadian indie rock band.

Plain Royals Ep Launch @ Crofter's Rights

Plain Royals launches their first EP

Sam Evans @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

Fusing soul, funk, blues & reggae

THURSDAY 17TH MARCH
FRIDAY 18TH MARCH
SATURDAY 19TH MARCH
Department S Club Night @ The Lanes, Bristol

Vermillion Tides:psychedelic Indie Rock + Support

SUNDAY 20TH MARCH
Eh04; Jilk (ep Launch) @ Start The Bus

Eh04: Jilk + Parcs + Barnaby Carter

Velvet Sundays @ The Square Club, Bristol

Serena E. Dunlop and jazz guitarist Matt Jamess

TUESDAY 22ND MARCH
Berkeley Square Poetry Revue @ The Square Club

The region's wordsmiths perform in our quirky bar

Boomsatsumapresents Rejjiesnow @ The Loco Klub

Boomsatsuma Presents Rejjie Snow

WEDNESDAY 23RD MARCH
THURSDAY 24TH MARCH
FRIDAY 25TH MARCH
Dub Encounters @ Kuumba Centre, Bristol

Johnny Clarke Live And Direct

SATURDAY 26TH MARCH
Bristol Comedy Club @ Holiday Inn Bristol

The Very Best in Live Comedy

SUNDAY 27TH MARCH
Velvet Sundays @ The Square Club, Bristol

We are joined by the band Molly and the kings

TUESDAY 29TH MARCH
Henry Slim @ The Brewhouse & Kitchen

Acoustic blues, country & folk

THURSDAY 31ST MARCH
FRIDAY 1ST APRIL
Babyhead + Cw Jones + DJ Cheeb @ Fiddlers

BaByHeAd + CW Jones + DJ Cheeb

SATURDAY 2ND APRIL
Husky Tones @ The Snug Bar, Bristol

Exciting Contemporary Blues

THURSDAY 7TH APRIL
THURSDAY 14TH APRIL
FRIDAY 15TH APRIL
Tremor Presents A.skillz @ The Lanes, Bristol

A Skillz plus support from Tremor Residents

THURSDAY 21ST APRIL
SATURDAY 23RD APRIL
Lazy Habits @ Exchange, Bristol

Lazy Habits - Exchange, Bristol

TUESDAY 26TH APRIL
The Rosellys + Don Gallardo Us @ The Golden Lion

The Rosellys (uk) + Don Gallardo (usa)

THURSDAY 28TH APRIL
FRIDAY 29TH APRIL
SATURDAY 30TH APRIL
Bristol Comedy Club @ Holiday Inn Bristol

The Very Best In Live Comedy

THURSDAY 5TH MAY
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FRIDAY 20TH MAY
SATURDAY 21ST MAY
Doreen Doreen @ Fiddlers, Bristol

The best (and funniest) covers you'll hear!

Nubiyan Twist @ Fleece, Bristol

Nubiyan Twist - EP Launch Show + Afon Sistema @ T



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