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:

47 Soul @ The Canteen

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


Gwyneth Herbert @ Old Theatre Royal

Jazz - Swahili Nursery Rhymes



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 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

Seed Bud Bloom Ep Launch @ Rise Records, Clifton

Isolde releases debut EP, Seed Bud Bloom

Shipfest 2015 @ The Ship Inn, Keynsham.

Open air live music event

The Lasting Days @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Alt Americana/Indie Rock from Bristol

The Slimline Shufflers @ The Shakespeare

Live New Orleans-style rhythm n blues

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

Candy Darling Ep Launch @ The Fleece, Bristol

+ John E Vistic + Kitchenettes + Oh, The Guilt

The Good, The Bad & The Funk - @ The Canteen

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

The Harrisons Trio 5pm @ The Eldon House Bs81bt

Eclectic mix of Blues Country and R & B

MONDAY 25TH MAY
Canteen Jazz Session - @ The Canteen, Bristol

An open jazz jam session for seasoned players to

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
Harry Bird & The Rubber Wellie @ The Canteen

A hard-working and semi-nomadic trio of folk-hipp

Hoshe Finn @ The Louisiana, Bristol

We are a hard rock / alt rock band

Jfs Live @ The Big Chill Bar, Bristol

Bristol University Jazz, Funk and Soul Society

Live In The Lions Den @ The Golden Lion

Folk and its quirky offspring, hosted by Nuala

WEDNESDAY 27TH MAY
Axis Of @ The Stag & Hounds, Bristol

With Special Guests and The Waitress

John Pratt Trio - @ The Canteen, Bristol

No Go Stop's hard-funking tenor sax man calls th

Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

Molly King & George Cooper - @ No.1 Harbourside

The swinging vocals of Molly Miranda King combine

The Slimline Shufflers @ The Gallimaufry

Live New Orleans-style rhythm n blues

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

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

Droppers Neck @ Stag And Hounds, Bristol

The Broken Bones Gentlemens Club - Tussk -Avarice

Dub Pistols @ The Fleece, Bristol

+ Regime + The Clunks

Ganesha & Co + Chandra Moon @ Old Theatre Royal

Soulful Songs and Fabulous Flamenco!

Helios #1 @ The Crofters Rights, Bristol

John Fairhurst, Inexplicables + more!!

Henry Slim @ The Jersey Lily, Bristol

Live acoustic blues, country & folk

Jeremy Mage - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Being an Easy Star All Star is merely the tip of

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

Lloyd Williams - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Lloyd Williams - Contemporary British songwriting

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

Twomanting Album Launch! @ Blue Lagoon

TwoManTing launch their new album"Say What? "

FRIDAY 29TH MAY
Charlie Sloth's Safari Tour @ Pryzm, Bristol

The best looking fat guy in the world

Dallahan - @ The Canteen, Bristol

In less than two years Dallahan have muscled the

Fannys Meadow @ The Meadow Nr Martock, Bristol

Original independent live music festival

Featherweight Soul Party @ Roll For The Soul

Robin Mitchell's featherweight soul

Frathouse - Scumbugs (nor) @ Stag & Hounds

The Scumbugs (norway) & Los Savages

Funkinsteins Album Launch @ Louisiana, Bristol

Launch of awesome new album My Pain Your Gain

Isolde, Julia, String Project @ Cafe Kino

Original unique live music from Bristol & Oxford

King Tuts Revenge @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ The Bohemian Embassy + DJ Vallee

The Crawlin Kingsnakes @ The Bootlegger

Rockabilly and Rock & Roll

The Destroyers @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Balkan, Ska, Swing and more!

The Popes Of Chillitown @ The Golden Lion

Ska/Dub/Punk from London based festival darlings

The Rumblestrutters @ The Kingsdown Wine Vaults

Eel-good blues, jazz and ragtime

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

Bloco Dos Sujos - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Bloco Dos Sujos - How can you top a 16-piece sam

Mango Factory @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Shambolique + Tear it up with Benjamin Michael

Mod Night Ft The Small Fakers @ The Fleece

+ Ready Steady Who + The Kinda Kinks

On The Fringe @ The Bristol Fringe, Bristol

Art exhibition, painting and live music

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

MONDAY 1ST JUNE
Canteen Hip Hop Session @ The Canteen, Bristol

- Guest MCs and musicians join the rhythm section

Open Mic Night @ The Fleece, Bristol

The mother of all open mic nights!

TUESDAY 2ND JUNE
Live In The Lions Den @ The Golden Lion

Folk and its quirky offspring, hosted by Nuala

Twelve Months Of Summer - @ The Canteen

Monthly showcase of the best acts from the acoust

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

Come and share your talent with us.

Schmoozenbergs - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

They get their music from gypsy campfires and Par

Tangle Club - @ The Canteen, Bristol

The haunting music of Nuevo Tango has inspired ma

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

Rackhouse Pilfer - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Head out to sea from Ireland and the next place y

Will Edmunds - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Hard-grooving blues and funk singer/guitarist Wil

FRIDAY 5TH JUNE
Blackwolf Live @ The Exchange, Bristol

Blackwolf + Wreckage Of Society + Empire Of Fools

Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra @ The Fleece

Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra + No Go Stop

Live At The Laundrette @ @thewell, Bristol

Legendary monthly music night...in a laundrette

Lume On Tour Double Bill @ The Be-bop Club

Two great jazz groups from London

Overproof! Tropical Party @ The Plough, Easton

Tropical sounds from planet Earth

Poor Old Dogs - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

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

The Rin Tins - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Gypsy rockabilly folk-jazz intended to keep you d

The Tune Factory Presents @ The Mothers Ruin

W/ The Montgomerys - Thin Wire Fence

SATURDAY 6TH JUNE
Big Boss Man - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Hard and fast rhythm merchants from London. Big B

Iran Iran Ep Launch @ Stag And Hounds, Bristol

Iran Iran'Milk Time For Spiders' EP Launch

James Morton - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Adding modern jazz class to whatever he chooses,

Talking Heads Night @ Southbank Club, Bristol

Europe's premiere Talking Heads Tribute Act

Talking Heads Night @ Southbank Club, Bristol

Europes Finest Talking Heads Tribute!

SUNDAY 7TH JUNE
Al Fresco Trio - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Another quirky offshoot from the sizzling musica

Music And Art @ The Royal West Of England

A concert of music and art

MONDAY 8TH JUNE
Canteen Jazz Sesssion - @ The Canteen, Bristol

An open jazz jam session for seasoned players to

TUESDAY 9TH JUNE
Ali George - @ The Canteen, Bristol

With a rounded voice reminiscent of Yusuf Islam b

Live In The Lions Den @ The Golden Lion

Folk and its quirky offspring, hosted by Nuala

WEDNESDAY 10TH JUNE
Harry Harding - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Multi-instrumental talents seem to come easy to s

Kevin Figes Quartet - @ The Canteen, Bristol

One of the regions best combos, led by saxman (an

Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

Mac Sabbath @ The Fleece, Bristol

Hilarious MacDonalds themed Black Sabbath tribute

Nick Dover's Fault Lines @ The Mall Pub Clifton

Nick Dover's excellent new quartet

Outblinker + More @ Twos Company, Bristol

Outblinker (Glasgow), Olanza, Motes, Y CVn

THURSDAY 11TH JUNE
Imperial Leisure @ The Canteen, Bristol

Cheeky chappy ska-pop vocals and big, big beats

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

Len Aruliah Duo - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

You can hear a world of influences in Canadian sa

FRIDAY 12TH JUNE
Afro Cluster - @ The Canteen, Bristol

They so loved that funk, Afrobeat and hip-hop tha

Brass Junkies - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

The Brass Junkies are a dynamic 8 piece brass ban

The June Brides @ The Thunderbolt, Bristol

Indie pop darlings, The June Brides

The Rinky Dinks @ The Fleece, Bristol

+ The Wires + Worry Dolls

The Session @ The Be-bop Club, Bristol

Modern jazz from New Orleans

SATURDAY 13TH JUNE
Diamond Dogz @ The Fleece, Bristol

A tribute to glam rock and early David Bowie

Kick In The Crotchet @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Kicking pop music right where it hurts!

Soul Ingredients - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

This powerful gang of seven packs a big band punc

The Railsplitters - Bluegrass @ Exchange

Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow - Folk

Wormwood Ft. Extralove - @ The Canteen

Big band, big fun, big riddims the 10-headed E

SUNDAY 14TH JUNE
Firefly Burning - @ The Canteen, Bristol

This lot of acoustic Londoners take an amused lo

Milonga With Tango Con Fuoco @ No.1 Harbourside

Milonga with Tango Con Fuoco and Tango Note (6pm

Tellison + Alimony Hustle @ The Louisiana

Tellison + Alimony Hustle + Special guests

Trio Brasil @ Hen & Chicken, North St

Re-interpreting familiar Brazilian tunes

MONDAY 15TH JUNE
Slimline Henry Blues Session - @ The Canteen

When harmonica guru Henry'Slimline' Slim blows t

TUESDAY 16TH JUNE
Live In The Lions Den @ The Golden Lion

Folk and its quirky offspring, hosted by Nuala

Lukas Drinkwater - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Exeter-based singer-songwriter Lukas Drinkwater

WEDNESDAY 17TH JUNE
Diy Punk: The Overjoyed (gr) @ Roll For The Soul

+Triple Sundae, Pembleton, Viva Zapata

Grain Barge Presents: @ Grain Barge, Bristol

Live Homegrown Trip-hop + Support

Greg Cordez & Sam Crockatt Ban @ The Canteen

Greg Cordez & Sam Crockatt Band - One of Bristol'

Kevin Figes Quartet @ The Mall Pub Clifton

Brilliant contemporary jazz quartet

Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

Lew Clark - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Bristolian singer-songwriter Lew Clark's voice wa

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

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

Marie Lister & James Ladd - @ No.1 Harbourside

Duval Project vocalist Marie Lister somehow catch

Wasabi - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Wasabi - Take a classic funk base and spice it up

FRIDAY 19TH JUNE
Jimmy Goodrich - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Classic country rock and classy soulful vocals ar

Love Buzzard - Reggie Satannas @ Stag And Hounds

W/ The Karma Repair Kit - Melt Dunes

Tamu Massif Ep Launch @ The Louisiana, Bristol

Chiverin launch hotly tipped Bristol band..

The Midsummer Ball @ Kings Weston House

Extraordinary dress up ball in luxurious venue

White Lilac @ Bridgwater Arts Centre, Bristol

An alternative night of female fueled music

World Government - @ The Canteen, Bristol

World Government - Fearless improvising collectiv

SATURDAY 20TH JUNE
Rick Buckler (the Jam) Matinee @ The Fleece

Former Jam drummer book launch & Q&A session

Scribble & Scratch - @ The Canteen

The return of our favourite Art Attack, where the

The Jam Drc + London Calling @ The Fleece

The Jam & The Clash. 2 tributes 4 the price of 1!

SUNDAY 21ST JUNE
Andrew O'neill @ Bristol Bierkeller

Andrew O'Neill's History of Heavy Metal

Emily Wright & The Royals @ No.1 Harbourside

Swing Night with Emily Wright & The Royals and Sw

History Of Heavy Metal @ Bierkeller, Bristol

Andrew O'Neill's History of Heavy Metal

MONDAY 22ND JUNE
Dead Rider, Whitebelt, Y Cvn @ Exchange

Dead Rider from Chicago (US Maple/Cheer Accident)

TUESDAY 23RD JUNE
Live In The Lions Den @ The Golden Lion

Folk and its quirky offspring, hosted by Nuala

The Ramona Flowers @ The Fleece, Bristol

Special Free Entry Glastonbury Warm Up

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

Come and share your talent with us.

Moscow Drug Club @ The Mall Pub Clifton

Skilled entertainers and exceptional musicians

Saskia Maxwell & James Paton - @ No.1 Harbourside

Young Cornish singer-songwriter Saskia Maxwell jo

THURSDAY 25TH JUNE
Doomtree @ The Fleece, Bristol

Indie hip hop collective from Minneapolis

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

Tangle Club - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

The haunting music of Nuevo Tango has inspired m

FRIDAY 26TH JUNE
Anti Nowhere League @ The Fleece, Bristol

Classic original punk rock

SATURDAY 27TH JUNE
Bristol Chamber Orchestra @ Frenchay Parish Church

Classical Music for a Summer Evening

Roots Revival Show Case @ Malcolm X Centre

Sound System Culture: Bristol' exhibition celebra

SUNDAY 28TH JUNE
Eyehategod @ The Fleece, Bristol

+ Baron Greenback + Husk

Voices In The Woods @ Leigh Woods, Bristol

An atmospheric choral concert in Leigh Woods

MONDAY 29TH JUNE
Sinkane / Bad Sounds @ The Louisiana, Bristol

Final Chiverin Showcase before Summer.

TUESDAY 30TH JUNE
Live In The Lions Den @ The Golden Lion

Folk and its quirky offspring, hosted by Nuala

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 4TH JULY
Saint-saens Organ Symphony @ St Mary Redcliffe Church

Bristol Concert Orchestra: Saint-Saens Organ Symp

SATURDAY 11TH JULY
Bristol Americana Weekend Sat @ St George's

Larkin Poe / Police Dog Hogan

Mugstar @ The Cube Cinema, Bristol

Psychedelic Rock to wash your brains to

SUNDAY 12TH JULY
Bristol Americana Weekend Sun @ St George's

Mud Morganfield / The Coal Porters

SATURDAY 18TH JULY
FRIDAY 24TH JULY
Badly Drawn Boy @ St George's, Bristol

'The Hour of Bewilderbeast' 15th Anniversary Tour

The Sex Pissed Dolls @ The Fleece, Bristol

Sexy all-girl 70s punk covers band

SATURDAY 25TH JULY
Classical Extravaganza @ Colston Hall, Bristol

The Best Classical Music in the World

MONDAY 27TH JULY
Tchaikovsky Vs. Brahms @ Bristol Old Vic

Daniel Hope with his Bristol Proms Ensemble

TUESDAY 28TH JULY
Pilot: Album Launch @ Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Benji Bower and Kathleen Fitzpatrick-Milton

WEDNESDAY 29TH JULY
Pure Minimalist Baroque @ Bristol Old Vic

Hakon And Mari Samuelsen with Sinfonia Cymru

THURSDAY 30TH JULY
Heartfelt @ Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

A Sacconi Quartet Digital Performance

The Night Shift @ Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Classical Music: Minus The Rules

FRIDAY 31ST JULY
The Bon Jovi Experience @ The Fleece, Bristol

The worlds first and finest tribute to Bon Jovi

SATURDAY 1ST AUGUST
London Afrobeat Collective @ Exchange, Bristol

Their name may include the UK's capital but their

FRIDAY 7TH AUGUST
15th Bristol Cider Festival @ Brunel's Old Station

A night of real cider and West Country music!

SATURDAY 8TH AUGUST
15th Bristol Cider Festival @ Brunel's Old Station

A night of real cider and West Country music!

SUNDAY 9TH AUGUST
FRIDAY 14TH AUGUST
The Stranglers @ Nt Tyntesfield, Bristol

The punk legends return, at Tyntesfield.

SATURDAY 15TH AUGUST
Seth Lakeman @ Nt Tyntesfield, Bristol

Seth Lakeman heads to Tyntesfield

SATURDAY 29TH AUGUST
MONDAY 31ST AUGUST
Bristol Open Mic Night @ Tobacco Factory

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