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:



Lounge Cat Ideals @ No.1 Harbourside

There's seven of these cats, and they swing it li


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

Live music in Bristol this weekend:

Immigrant Swing @ Mr Wolfs

+ Live Support + DJ Alfie + Big Chief Weird Bird


Innes Sibun Band @ The Alma Tavern & Theatre

The Alma brings you this high energy blues legend


Junior Bill @ No.1 Harbourside

So what links Cardiff, Lisbon and Kingston, Jamai


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 3RD SEPTEMBER
Big Boss Man @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Heavy Hammond pop, 6T's R'n'B / Latin Soul Funk

Karen Street's'street Works' @ Future Inns Jazz Club

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

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

Margo Cilker @ The Canteen, Bristol

If you're raised in California there's only one

Open Mic @ The Kingsdown Wine Vaults, Bristol

Open mic night hosted by Ben Hopkin

People Poems @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Mark Nichols + The Night Bus

Rebecca Philip & Henry Slim @ The Jersey Lily

Melodic adaptions of old American folk & country

Snufkin & The Devils Doorbell @ No.1 Harbourside

This new acoustic foursome make original contempo

The Mandalas @ The Grain Barge, Bristol

Wicker Man Folk mixed with Klezmer

Three Cane Whale @ Alma Tavern & Theatre

A multi-instrumental acoustic trio

FRIDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER
Lounge Cat Ideals @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

There's seven of these cats, and they swing it li

Ruzz Guitar Blues Revue @ The Thunderbolt

+ The Bad Losers + The Hot 27 s

Sola Rosa Sound System @ The Attic Bar

+ Coreysan, Andres & Stevie Bear

Steve And The Achievers @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

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

The Harrisons (full 6 Piece) @ The Golden Lion

The Eagles, Ccr, The Band, Little Feat Etc

The Social's 5th Birthday! @ The Social Bar & Cafe

Celebrate 5 years of good times with us

Wftb + Larkhall + Cajita @ The Cube, Bristol

Quirky, literate, classical. Bring your mum.

SATURDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER
Immigrant Swing @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Live Support + DJ Alfie + Big Chief Weird Bird

Innes Sibun Band @ The Alma Tavern & Theatre

The Alma brings you this high energy blues legend

Junior Bill @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

So what links Cardiff, Lisbon and Kingston, Jamai

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas @ The Trinity Centre

Legendary Motown icon with a full 8-piece live ba

Rainbow Girls @ The Canteen, Bristol

Here's a bunch of California gals whose acoustic

The Rosellys - Album Launch @ The Golden Lion

The Rosellys & Redlands Palomino Co (Acoustic)

SUNDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER
Betty & The Boy @ The Canteen, Bristol

It comes from America, it's got banjos and such:

Bristol Music Competition @ Tobacco Factory Bs3 1tf

Bristol Music Competition Open Mic Uk 2015

Bristol Singing Contest @ Tobacco Factory

Bristol Singing Contest Open Mic Uk 2015

Swing Night With Paper Moon @ No.1 Harbourside

Singer Lucy Moon heads up the sizzling, seasoned

Velvet Sundays With Lady Nade @ The Square

Jazz Roasts and board games

Western Skyline 5pm @ The Eldon House Bs82pb

Country Music Classic Covers

MONDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER
Canteen Hip Hop Session @ The Canteen, Bristol

Guest MCs and musicians join the rhythm section o

Jessica Pratt + Support @ The Lantern, Bristol

Jessica Pratt + E B U + More Tbc

Jessica Pratt / E B U / Rhain @ The Lantern

Jessica Pratt / E B U / Rhain

TUESDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER
Folk And Brews @ Brewhouse And Kitchen

Our Weekly Folk and Blues with Lewis Clark

Language Exchange @ Left Bank @ Leftbank

Practice a foreign language with friends / 8pm

Live In The Lions Den @ The Golden Lion

Featuring Laish Danny Green, Sid Goldsmith

Open Mic @ Grain Barge, Bristol

Cosy space, friendly host, all styles welcome!

Ross Couper & Tom Oakes @ The Canteen

Now these two are folkies with a capital F: conte

Ruth Royall @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Marcus Gee + Our Resident DJs

Tamu Massif + Fenne Lily @ The Gallimaufry

Bbc Introducing West Presents

WEDNESDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER
Harry Harding @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Multi-instrumental talents seem to come easy to s

Living Music Presents:zwolfton @ The Steam Crane

Heavy jazz quintet from sunny Birmingham.

Open Mic @ Left Bank @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

Sefrial @ The Canteen, Bristol

Naming your band from a moody tune by New York ar

THURSDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER
Babal @ The Fleece, Bristol, Bristol

Art/Psych Rock that will Blow Your Mind

Black Flower @ The Canteen, Bristol

Are you ready for the sound of the Abyssinian Aft

Bucucrasu (duo) @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

In the parlance of good old N'Awlins it means'pl

Cafe Society @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Caddy Cooper + DJ Alfie

Dunn, Rose & Slim @ The Bootlegger

Live American Folk & Country

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

Three Step Manoeuvre @ Future Inns Jazz Club

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

White City Shakers @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Midsomer Nortons stomping 7-piece string gang

FRIDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER
Andy Hague's Organ Quartet @ The Be-bop Club

Trumpeter leads groovy Hammond organ jazz

Clumsy @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Jessie Pie & the Thorn + DJ Alfie

Dan Moore @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

When the keyboard groovemeister from Pushy Doctor

Regime @ The Canteen, Bristol

Young fivesome making live'heavy hip-hop from Br

The Scribes @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Award winning Hip-Hop

Xilent & Special Guests @ The Marble Factory

Drum & Bass - Xilent & Special Guests @ Motion

SATURDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER
Album Launch Party @ The Crofter's Rights

Robin Mitchell's featherweight soul band

Brains In Vats @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Brains in Vats with support from Jemima Surrender

Emma Harris @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Never afraid to unleash the full power of her vo

Factoberfest @ The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

American roots music and beer.

Forrobamba Party @ Left Bank @ Leftbank

Forrobodo Band / 12th Sept / 10 - 2am / Doors 8pm

Grandslam Madness @ Bristol County Ground

Madness will be touring the great sporting arenas

Heavyball @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Hard Rocking'New Tone'.

Hells Bells + Priest Unleashed @ The Fleece

AC/DC Tribute Band & Judas Priest Style Metal

Hot Tin Roofs @ Old Duke Bristol, Bristol

The Hot Tin Roofs are Stylish 7 piece playing 195

Wormfood Ft. Flying Ibex @ The Canteen

This extraordinarily clever threesome somehow rus

SUNDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER
Factoberfest @ The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

American roots music and beer

Jazz Night At The Eastfield @ The Eastfield Inn

Night of classic jazz, Latin and Blues

Jez Hellard @ The Canteen, Bristol

Man of many parts Jez Hellard writes and sings an

Milonga With Tango Con Fuoco @ No.1 Harbourside

Tango Con Fuoco will transport you to the backstr

MONDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER
Canteen Jazz Session @ The Canteen, Bristol

An open jazz jam session for seasoned players to

David 9 Lunas @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Songsmiths @ Mr Wolfs

Saffron Records Launch @ Colston Hall, Bristol

Launching Bristol's first female youth label

TUESDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER
Henry Slim @ The Brewhouse & Kitchen

Mellow renditions of old blues & country music

Language Exchange @ Left Bank @ Leftbank

Practice a foreign language with friends / 8pm

Lewis Clark @ The Canteen, Bristol

Bristolian singer-songwriter Lewis Clark's voice

Live In The Lions Den @ The Golden Lion

Featuring Claire Northey / Jack Cookson

Open Mic @ Grain Barge, Bristol

Cosy space, friendly host, all styles welcome!

Sean Heath @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Plus Live Support + Rockit Science

Stevie Parker + Isolde @ The Gallimaufry

Bbc Introducing West Presents

WEDNESDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER
Blue Funk Trio @ The Canteen, Bristol

the classic Hammond organ jazz style came out of

Open Mic @ Left Bank @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

Saskia Maxwell @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

This young Cornish singer-songwriter has more tha

The Bristol Sessions @ The Golden Lion

Soul/R&B jam night hosted by Ruth Royall

THURSDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER
Cross The River (xtr) @ The Golden Lion

Folk, Blues, New Country, Rock

Howling' Lord @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

The great Howly makes proper hard-bitten country/

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

Mammal Hands @ The Canteen, Bristol

When Gogo Penguin tell Matthew Halsall you're coo

Snufkin & The Devil's Doorbell @ Mr Wolfs

+ Dr Zebo's wheezy Club + DJ Vallee

Songs Of Katrina Ii @ The Thunderbolt, Bristol

SongSmith presents Songs of Katrina II

The Slimline Shufflers @ The Old Duke, Bristol

New Orleans-style rhythm n blues

FRIDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER
//starred Up @ The Island Bristol, Bristol

Some Of The Biggest And Freshest Names In The Uk

Flash Harry @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Folk Rock, Balkan, Cajun, Fast Folk

Mendip Swing & Joyful Spirit @ Redland Park Urc

A fun night of Jazz, Blues, Gospel and Swing

Nick Dover Quartet @ The Be-bop Club, Bristol

Modern jazz with great sax player

Same Vans @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Sam Dowden + Asbo

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

Thats'Bad' as in'Baaaaaad' and'Funk' as in'Wh

Vibrations Of Sound @ The Canteen, Bristol

Their new single may be called Clunky but their s

Voodoo Jukebox @ Left Bank @ Leftbank, Bristol

Voodoo Jukebox @ Left Bank / 8pm-2am / Band 11pm

Xuifei Yang & Crag Ogden @ St George's

A sizzling concert to see out the summer as we we

SATURDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER
Elwood - Rock Covers @ The Swan Thornbury

Rock Covers from the 50s to today

Homegrown Festival @ Wick Court, Bristol

Music Festival/ Art Exhibition/Pop-Up Feast

Inu @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

A collective of seasoned folksters from the Bath

Mankala @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Live Support + Cow Tippa + Hiphopopotamus

Musicians On The Run @ Various Bedminster Venues

20 musicians performing across 15 venues

SUNDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER
Ilett/moore/matthews @ The Alma Tavern & Theatre

Denny Ilett's regular night at The Alma

Max Romeo @ The Fleece, Bristol

Max Romeo Live At The Fleece

Swing Night With Molly & The K @ No.1 Harbourside

Miss Molly Miranda King knows a thing or two abou

MONDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER
Slimline Henry Blues Session @ The Canteen

When harmonica guru Henry'Slimline' Slim blows t

TUESDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER
Language Exchange @ Left Bank @ Leftbank

Practice a foreign language with friends / 8pm

Laurence Jones @ The Tunnels, Bristol

Laurence Jones is a stunning guitarist

Live In The Lions Den @ The Golden Lion

Featuring: Benedict Banjamin / 9 Tree Stumblers

Open Mic @ Grain Barge, Bristol

Cosy space, friendly host, all styles welcome!

Richard Hughes @ The Canteen, Bristol

There's a theatrical strangeness running through

WEDNESDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER
Bartoune @ The Canteen, Bristol

Spinning off from the irrepressible Zen Hussies t

Ben Waghorn Quartet @ The Mall Pub Clifton

Top tenor saxophonist and his superb quartet

Joe James & The Pariahs @ The Golden Lion

Rock n Roll, RnB, Surf time

Leo James @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

As much a guitarist as a singer/songwriter, Leo J

Open Mic @ Left Bank @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

THURSDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER
Bartoune @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Swing, Gypsy Jazz and more!

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

Orchestra Pirouette @ The Canteen, Bristol

They came together as the houseband for the magic

Poor Old Dogs (acoustic Set) - @ No.1 Harbourside

They call it'folk music to stomp to', the kind o

Raise The Bar (spoken Word) @ Student's Union

Spoken word poetry night featuring Mark Grist...

FRIDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER
Count Bobo @ The Canteen, Bristol

You'll recognise the members of this 6-piece bunc

Empyreal 4tet @ The Be-bop Club, Bristol

Modern jazz with sax and guitar

Knotslip & Mortishead @ Bristol Bierkeller

The best SlipKnot Tribute in the UK!

Megson - In Concert @ Methodist Church W-o-t

Folk music concert. benefit for Fight For Sight

Orchestra Pirouette @ No.1 Harbourside

They came together as the houseband for the magic

The John E Vistic Experience @ Mr Wolfs

+ Thin Wire Fence + Papa Moomin

SATURDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER
Ish Kabibble @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

A splendidly eclectic swing concoction of good t

Rozelle - Ep Launch @ The Louisiana, Bristol

Rozelle EP launch show w/ Emlyn & Ema Sierra

The Rin Tins @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Ghost of a Dog + Rat-A-Tat-Tat

Vitalics @ The Canteen, Bristol

The well-respected melting pot of the Contraband

Will Tun & The Wasters @ The Golden Lion

Plus Special Guests - Album Launch

SUNDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER
Rebeka + Curxes + Akiine @ The Louisiana

EH presents: Rebeka + Curxes + Akiine

Toyface @ The Canteen, Bristol

Less quirky than just disarmingly honest, this si

MONDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER
Canteen Jazz Session @ The Canteen, Bristol

An open jazz jam session for seasoned players to

TUESDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER
Adam Scriven @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Lewis Clark + DJ Lawi

Jess Mcallister @ The Canteen, Bristol

Now here's a fresh thing from Devon's mysterious

Language Exchange @ Left Bank @ Leftbank

Practice a foreign language with friends / 8pm

Live In The Lions Den @ The Golden Lion

Featuring: George Fell / Lawrie Duckworth

Open Mic @ Grain Barge, Bristol

Cosy space, friendly host, all styles welcome!

WEDNESDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER
Dan Moore Trio @ The Canteen, Bristol

When the keyboard groovemeister from Pushy Doctor

Nuala Honan @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Though often seen down Medicine Creek and no stra

Open Mic @ Left Bank @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

THURSDAY 1ST OCTOBER
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

Smooth Southbank @ Southbank Club, Bristol

A night of Acoustic Music from local acts!

FRIDAY 2ND OCTOBER
Ben Waghorn & Damian Cook @ The Be-bop Club

Two top sax players battle it out

Dub Mafia @ Exchange, Bristol

Dub mafia @ Exchange, Bristol

Dub Mafia @ Exchange, Bristol

Dub Mafia @ Exchange

SATURDAY 3RD OCTOBER
Hot Tin Roofs @ Golden Lion, Bristol, Bristol

Stylish 7 piece playing 1950's Swing, Jazz/Blues

SUNDAY 4TH OCTOBER
TUESDAY 6TH OCTOBER
Language Exchange @ Left Bank @ Leftbank

Practice a foreign language with friends / 8pm

WEDNESDAY 7TH OCTOBER
Jim Mullen Trio @ The Mall Pub Clifton

One of the very best guitarist in Jazz

Open Mic @ Left Bank @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

The Bristol Sessions @ The Golden Lion

Soul/R&B jam night hosted by Ruth Royall

THURSDAY 8TH OCTOBER
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

SATURDAY 10TH OCTOBER
Kick In The Crotchet @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Kicking Pop music right where it hurts!

MONDAY 12TH OCTOBER
Editors @ Colston Hall @ Colston Hall, Bristol

One of the best rock bands around

TUESDAY 13TH OCTOBER
Language Exchange @ Left Bank @ Leftbank

Practice a foreign language with friends / 8pm

Sally Barker Plays Colston Hal @ Colston Hall, The Lantern

Sally Barker (Finalist The Voice 2014) Live

WEDNESDAY 14TH OCTOBER
Open Mic @ Left Bank @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

THURSDAY 15TH OCTOBER
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

Siena Root (se) Stubb & More @ The Stag And Hounds

Heavy Acid, Desert Stoner, Psych Rock

FRIDAY 16TH OCTOBER
Will And The People @ Exchange, Bristol

Will And The People + Mad Apple Circus

SATURDAY 17TH OCTOBER
Soul Destroyers @ Fiddlers, Bristol

HugeClassicSoulFunGrooveFunkBandThang

TUESDAY 20TH OCTOBER
Language Exchange @ Left Bank @ Leftbank

Practice a foreign language with friends / 8pm

Marlon Williams @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

Acclaimed New Zealand crooner

WEDNESDAY 21ST OCTOBER
Hot Pot Cinema Presents @ Hamilton House

A Live Electronic Film Score

Open Mic @ Left Bank @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

The Bristol Sessions @ The Golden Lion

Soul/R&B jam night hosted by Ruth Royall

THURSDAY 22ND OCTOBER
Jemima Surrender Album Launch @ The Louisiana

Jemima Surrender Album Launch Party

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

FRIDAY 23RD OCTOBER
SATURDAY 24TH OCTOBER
Doreen Doreen @ Fiddlers, Bristol

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

TUESDAY 27TH OCTOBER
Language Exchange @ Left Bank @ Leftbank

Practice a foreign language with friends / 8pm

WEDNESDAY 28TH OCTOBER
Open Mic @ Left Bank @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

THURSDAY 29TH OCTOBER
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

SATURDAY 31ST OCTOBER
Halloween Party @ Begbrook Social Club

Join The Treasury Band on Halloween Night for an

The Crawlin Kingsnakes @ The Bootlegger

Rockabilly and Rock & Roll

Whiskey In The Jar @ Cossington Village Hall

The Cannons - Great Irish Music

Whiskey In The Jar @ Cossington Village Hall

The Cannons Irish music at its finest

TUESDAY 3RD NOVEMBER
Language Exchange @ Left Bank @ Leftbank

Practice a foreign language with friends / 8pm

WEDNESDAY 4TH NOVEMBER
Open Mic @ Left Bank @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

THURSDAY 5TH NOVEMBER
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

FRIDAY 27TH NOVEMBER
The Crawlin Kingsnakes @ The Steam Crane

Rockabilly and Rock & Roll

SATURDAY 28TH NOVEMBER
Doreen Doreen @ Fiddlers, Bristol

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

THURSDAY 10TH DECEMBER
The Wiyos @ Exchange, Bristol

Screamin Miss Jackson & The Slap Ya Mama Big Band



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