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:

Blankety Quiz @ Number 51

Plus DJ Anonymous Sound


Live In The Lion's Den @ The Golden Lion

Hosted by Nuala, with Daniel Inzani, Kit Hawes,



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

Live music in Bristol this weekend:


Bristol Afrobeat Project @ The Attic Bar

+ Cape Swagger, Area Boys, Trivial Pursuits.



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 30TH SEPTEMBER
Blankety Quiz @ Number 51, Bristol

Plus DJ Anonymous Sound

Live In The Lion's Den @ The Golden Lion

Hosted by Nuala, with Daniel Inzani, Kit Hawes,

WEDNESDAY 1ST OCTOBER
Natalie Holmes @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

+ Danielle Celeste, From The Forest

Open Mic @ Leftbank, Bristol

As open as a mic can be.

The Jim Jones Revue @ The Trinity Centre

The Fleece Presents: The Last Hurrah Tour

The Little Unsaid @ The Canteen, Bristol

Singer, poet, film maker and musician John Ellio

We Love Wednesdays @ The Big Chill Bar

Wednesday Night Goodness From Felix Joy & Co.

THURSDAY 2ND OCTOBER
Galliard Ensemble @ St George's Bristol

Classical - Lunchtime Concert

Goat Live! @ The Trinity Centre, Bristol

Swedish masked, tribal, psych rockers

Jimmy Goodrich @ The Canteen, Bristol

Canada's loss was Bristol's gain when this singer

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Jam with the Left Bank House Band 9pm - 1am

FRIDAY 3RD OCTOBER
Bristol Afrobeat Project @ The Attic Bar

+ Cape Swagger, Area Boys, Trivial Pursuits.

DJ Eddie @ The Old Stillage, Bristol

Our house DJ spinning tunes from 80s, 90, 00s

Live@thelaundrette @ The Well, Cafe-laundrette

Live music, licensed bar (optional laundry)

Melosa @ Left Bank Oct 3rd @ Leftbank, Bristol

Award winning genre-spanning Reggae / Ska

Memory Of Elephants @ Stag And Hounds, Bristol

Energetic and Electic noise night

Memory Of Elephants:the Launch @ The Stag & Hounds

Memory of Elephants Debut E.P Launch

Mr Tea And The Minions @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Gypsy/Ska/Swing/Dub band Mr Tea&Minions+support

Tantz @ The Canteen, Bristol

Once the familiar tunes of Jewish Klezmer have be

The Banks Of Green Willow @ Saint Stephen's, Bristol

Piano music of the First World War 1914-1918

The Tune Factory @ The Mothers Ruin, Bristol

Indie Disco/free Entry/3jbombs4£5

Victoria Klewin @ Kingsdown Wine Vaults

Think 50's chicago jazz style vocals

SATURDAY 4TH OCTOBER
Big Riff Fest. @ Stag And Hounds, Bristol

A day and a night of Music and Mayhem

Bite The Buffalo @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Plus Moriaty + Cow Tipp & Hiphopapo

Dean Reed's Dead @ The Old England Pub

Drd Play The Old England Pub, Montpelier

Emily Draws @ Left Bank @ Leftbank, Bristol

Dancing, Art, Live music, DJ's, Facepainting etc

Organ3man @ The Steamcrane, Bristol

Improvised Soul Funk for Feet & Ears

Piratones @ The Canteen, Bristol

Norwich-based Piratones bring a fresh breath of

The World Government @ Plantation, Bristol

Afrobeat, Funk & Drum n Bass

SUNDAY 5TH OCTOBER
Ewan Mclennan The Folk House @ The Folk House

Scottish folk musician plays Bristol Folk House

Ghosted @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

Showcasing original electronc music

Ghosted @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

Showcasing original electronic music

The Open Secrets @ The Tobacco Factory

Americana and Dustbowl Country

Three London Planes @ The Canteen, Bristol

Add jangling guitars and close harmony vocals to

MONDAY 6TH OCTOBER
Canteen Hip Hop Session @ The Canteen, Bristol

Guest MCs and musicians join the rhythm section o

Skampa Quartet @ St George's Bristol

Radio 3 Live In Concert

Tycho @ The Trinity Centre, Bristol

Dhp Concerts Presents American Ambient Music Arti

TUESDAY 7TH OCTOBER
Gooding + Support @ Stag And Hounds, Bristol

A night of scuzzy punk/metal

The Strates @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Matthew Frantz + DJs'til late

Twelve Months Of Summer @ The Canteen, Bristol

Monthly showcase of the best acts from the acoust

WEDNESDAY 8TH OCTOBER
Balan a @ The Canteen, Bristol

Jazz singer and percussionist Cathy Jones has lon

Bbc Now @ Colston Hall, Bristol

Radio 3 Live In Concert

Open Mic @ Leftbank, Bristol

As open as a mic can be.

We Love Wednesdays @ The Big Chill Bar

Wednesday Night Goodness From Felix Joy & Co.

THURSDAY 9TH OCTOBER
Bbc Singers @ St George's Bristol

Radio 3 Live In Concert

Bbf2014: Exclusivity @ Smoke & Mirrors Bar

Opening night for the Bristol Burlesque Festival

Brace/choir - My Name Is Ian @ Mothers Ruin

Trancerock dark, minimalist psychedelia

Bristol Soul Collective @ The Canteen, Bristol

Rich O'Brien's funk-fuelled bass and the soul-dre

Fka Twigs @ The Trinity Centre, Bristol

Metropolis Music presents inovative alt-R&B music

Left Bank Jam Night @ Leftbank @ Leftbank

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

Theo Altieri @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Death to the Strange + DJ Alfie

FRIDAY 10TH OCTOBER
Aja Pa Ti @ The Canteen, Bristol

This lot of'tropical folksters' give you contemp

Bucucrasu @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Juju Rock + DJ Alfie

DJ Rastey @ The Old Stillage, Bristol

Funk, SOul, New Jazz, Disco, Cumbia Latin

Jam Jar Collective - Tako Lako @ The Old Malt House

Tako Lako Have Coined The Genre'gyspy Rave'

Light Falls Forward @ The Kingsdown Wine Vaults

Haunting yet uplifting Acoustic Folk

Nigel Price Quartet @ The Be-bop Club, Bristol

One of the UK's top jazz guitarists

Queer, Weird, Wild, & Wired @ Queenshilling

#bbf2014 Those Burlesquers Have Gone Wild Hunty!

The Tune Factory @ The Mothers Ruin, Bristol

Indie Disco/free Entry/3jbombs4£5

Troy Ellis @ Plantation, Bristol

& The Hail Jamaica Reggae Band

Zombina And The Skeletones @ The Stag And Hounds

Horrorpunk: Zats + Gravedale High + Lupen Tooth +

Zombina And The Skeletones @ Stag And Hounds

Deformed rock'n'roll garage punk

SATURDAY 11TH OCTOBER
#bbf2014 Prom Night! @ The Polish Club, Clifton

Final Night of the Bristol Burlesque Festival'14

Ai Music Night @ The Leftbank, Bristol

Dance, sing and help us change lives

Gathering Voices @ St George's Bristol

Bristol Festival Of Song 2014

Happy Birthday Neil Buchanan! @ The Stag & Hounds

Surf! Psych! Garage Rock'n' Roll!

Jama @ Plantation, Bristol

World Beat Fusion

Rhyme & Reason W/ Casisdead @ Exchange

Casisdead // Sonnyjim & Sleaze // Jman // Grammak

Wormfood Ft. Hot Border Specia @ The Canteen

Does'Afro Funk Soul Rock' sound like an over-egg

Wurzels Tribute Night @ Pba Club Shirehampton

Wurzels Tribute Night with The Mangledwurzels

SUNDAY 12TH OCTOBER
An Afternoon Of Free Punk @ Stag And Hounds

An Afternoon of Punk Rock, Fun & Frolics!

Audio Visual Night @ Leftbank, Bristol

Electronic music and Digital visuals

Cate Ferris @ The Canteen, Bristol

Cate Ferris is one of those annoying people who s

Pushy Doctors @ Southbank, Bristol

Pushy Doctors with Andy Sheppard.

MONDAY 13TH OCTOBER
TUESDAY 14TH OCTOBER
Blankety Quiz @ Number 51, Bristol

Plus DJ Anonymous Sound

Richard Hughes @ The Canteen, Bristol

Playing the tuba, the accordion and even the scis

Shenanigans @ The Crofters Rights, Bristol

A fruity brew of words and music!

WEDNESDAY 15TH OCTOBER
Ibou Tall & The Jazz Mates @ The Canteen

Though dazzlingly impressive Senegalese jazz pian

Jackson Live In Concert @ Bristol Hippodrome

Starring Ben his incredible Live Band and Dancers

Open Mic @ Leftbank, Bristol

As open as a mic can be.

We Love Wednesdays @ The Big Chill Bar

Wednesday Night Goodness From Felix Joy & Co.

THURSDAY 16TH OCTOBER
Ella Julian & Friends @ The Plough, Easton

Live Soul, Funk and rare groove

Iain Ballamy @ The Mall Pub Clifton, Bristol

One of Europe's leading Saxophonists

Impermanence Dance Theatre @ The Canteen

Impermanence is a highly skilled young company of

Left Bank Jam Night @ Leftbank @ Leftbank

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

Win Win @ The Big Chill Bar, Bristol

DJ Neckbone on a Thursday

FRIDAY 17TH OCTOBER
Brodsky Quartet @ Lord Mayors Chaple, Bris

Shostakovich Quartet Cycle Ii

Brodsky Quartet @ St George's Bristol

Shostakovich Quartet Cycle Iii

Duval Project @ The Canteen, Bristol

This combo pulled together by trumpeter Gary Ales

Empyreal 4tet @ The Be-bop Club, Bristol

Sax and guitar groovy jazz

Organelles @ The Grain Barge, Bristol

+ Paul Bradley (Album preview)

Rie Nakajima, Miguel Prado ++ @ Cafe Kino

Critically acclaimed experimental music

The Tune Factory @ The Mothers Ruin, Bristol

Indie Disco/free Entry/3jbombs4£5

Troy Ellis @ Plantation, Bristol

& The Hail Jamaica Reggae Band

SATURDAY 18TH OCTOBER
Brodsky Quartet @ Arnos Vale Cemetery Chap

Shostakovich Quartet Cycle Iv

Brodsky Quartet @ St George's Bristol

Shostakovich Quartet Cycle V

Oxjam Bristol 2014 @ Stokes Croft, Bristol

A multi-venue festival around Stokes Croft.

Rory Mcleod @ Barton Inn, Ta11 6bz, Bristol

An evening with the legendary trubadour

The Neighbourhood @ The Trinity Centre

Live Nation presents US alt. rock group

Three Kings High @ The Canteen, Bristol

Riff heavy, indie-rock band

SUNDAY 19TH OCTOBER
Cymbient / Martin Callingham @ Cafe Kino

Cymbient / Martin Callingham / Dear Light

Kate In The Kettle @ The Canteen, Bristol

Though last year saw Scottish folkster Kate Young

MONDAY 20TH OCTOBER
Leonie Evans Blues Session @ The Canteen

She's artful enough in that Rae band, but deep do

TUESDAY 21ST OCTOBER
'boxcar' Joseph Strouzer @ The Canteen

Geordie Joe blows a fine harmonica for one so you

Buffo's Wake @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Kevin and The Destroyers + DJs'til Late

WEDNESDAY 22ND OCTOBER
Milon @ The Canteen, Bristol

With the crispest of rhythm sections

Open Mic @ Leftbank, Bristol

As open as a mic can be.

We Love Wednesdays @ The Big Chill Bar

Wednesday Night Goodness From Felix Joy & Co.

THURSDAY 23RD OCTOBER
Andrew Montgomery @ The Exchange, Bristol

Former Geneva singer promotes debut solo album

Calico Jack @ The Canteen, Bristol

Shanty-minded acoustic piracy with a whiff of kle

Left Bank Jam Night @ Leftbank @ Leftbank

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

Twisted Theatre @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Performing"Death & Treason, Rhyme & Reason"

FRIDAY 24TH OCTOBER
Ben Watt Trio @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Feat. Bernard Butler and Martin Ditcham

Cocos Lovers @ The Grain Barge, Bristol

+ Hot Feet + The Magic Lantern

Hornman @ The Canteen, Bristol

Here's a big old bunch of mishmash that'll put a

Mr Tea And The Minions @ Golden Lion, Bristol

Minions+Bear Twists+The Convicts+Razzomo

Port Erin Album Launch @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Ft. Bohemian Embassy & Lambhorn + Papa Moomin

Schoolboy's Death Trio @ Left @ Leftbank

Anarchistic band with heavy Hip Hop influences

The Tune Factory @ The Mothers Ruin, Bristol

Indie Disco/free Entry/3jbombs4£5

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

Simple Things 2014: Festival @ Various

Dfa 1979, Mogwai + Loads More

The After Hours Quintet @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Akkari And The Bluebirds + DJ Asbo

Wurzels Tribute Night @ Bishopsworth R B L

Wurzels Tribute Night! with The Mangledwurzels

SUNDAY 26TH OCTOBER
Cider Sunday Returns! @ The Exchange, Bristol

Bristol's famous Cider Sunday returns...

Lily & Meg + David Smith @ The Louisiana Basement

Electric Harmony Basement Sessions present,,,

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
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

We Love Wednesdays @ The Big Chill Bar

Wednesday Night Goodness From Felix Joy & Co.

THURSDAY 30TH OCTOBER
Baskery @ The Canteen, Bristol

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

The Travelling Morgue @ The Mother's Ruin

Thirteen Shots, Doctor Caligari & Lupen Tooth!

FRIDAY 31ST OCTOBER
Scribble'n' Scratch Halloween @ The Canteen

This is an Art Attack, basically, with the sonic

Spiro @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Contemporary acoustic ensemble

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

SATURDAY 1ST NOVEMBER
Rhyme & Reason @ Exchange, Bristol

Triple Darkness // Trellion & Sniff // Lee Scott

SUNDAY 2ND NOVEMBER
WEDNESDAY 5TH NOVEMBER
Hawklords @ The Fleece, Bristol, Bristol

Hawklords live at The Fleece

THURSDAY 6TH NOVEMBER
FRIDAY 7TH NOVEMBER
Coopers Poppy Appeal @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Feat. Albion, Papa Creed And Chuff

Get Born Presents: @ Lakota, Bristol

Pearson Sound Untold Tessela

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

SUNDAY 9TH NOVEMBER
THURSDAY 13TH NOVEMBER
Submotion Orchestra @ The Trinity Centre

Metropolis Music Presents Leed's based seven piec

FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER
The Tune Factory @ The Mothers Ruin, Bristol

Indie Disco/free Entry/3jbombs4£5

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

Bath Spa University Choir and Jazz Ensemble

SATURDAY 15TH NOVEMBER
Doomtitans:stranglewank+guests @ The Gryphon

Doom Titans: Stranglewank & Guests

Ella Julian & Friends @ Robin Hood,st Michael Hil

Live Band Soul, Funk and Rare Groove

SUNDAY 16TH NOVEMBER
The Rifles @ The Trinity Centre, Bristol

Dhp Concerts Presents British Indie Rock Band

WEDNESDAY 19TH NOVEMBER
Sam Bailey (prepared Piano) @ Cafe Kino

Prepared piano, electronics, drone & minimalism

THURSDAY 20TH NOVEMBER
Ella Julian & Friends @ The Steam Crane,bedminste

Live Band Soul, Funk and Rare Groove

FRIDAY 21ST NOVEMBER
The House Party Project @ Bridgwater Arts Centre

Live Music event - D&B, Acoustic, House

The Tune Factory @ The Mothers Ruin, Bristol

Indie Disco/free Entry/3jbombs4£5

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

The Inexplicables/ Ushti Baba / DJ Fortress

FRIDAY 28TH NOVEMBER
The Tune Factory @ The Mothers Ruin, Bristol

Indie Disco/free Entry/3jbombs4£5

SATURDAY 29TH NOVEMBER
Doreen Doreen @ Fiddlers, Bristol

The best (and funniest) cover versions!

Temples @ The Trinity Centre, Bristol

Metropolis Music presents English psychedelic roc

SUNDAY 30TH NOVEMBER
THURSDAY 4TH DECEMBER
FRIDAY 5TH DECEMBER
The Tune Factory @ The Mothers Ruin, Bristol

Indie Disco/free Entry/3jbombs4£5

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

The Sonatas For Piano & Violoncello

MONDAY 8TH DECEMBER
THURSDAY 11TH DECEMBER
Chris Farlowe @ Chipping Sodbury Town Hal

The Return of Chris Farlowe

FRIDAY 12TH DECEMBER
The Tune Factory @ The Mothers Ruin, Bristol

Indie Disco/free Entry/3jbombs4£5

SATURDAY 13TH DECEMBER
SUNDAY 14TH DECEMBER
MONDAY 15TH DECEMBER
TUESDAY 16TH DECEMBER
WEDNESDAY 17TH DECEMBER
FRIDAY 19TH DECEMBER
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!

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

Children's Christmas Carnival

MONDAY 22ND DECEMBER
TUESDAY 23RD DECEMBER
BOXING DAY
The Tune Factory @ The Mothers Ruin, Bristol

Indie Disco/free Entry/3jbombs4£5



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