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Bristol’s best gigs

Every week, the Headfirst editors trawl through all of the live music listings on the website and pick the best gigs for you to go to. Our event selections range from classical music concerts at St George’s Hall to smaller, local musician’s gigs at The Canteen or the Exchange.

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Tickets for Bristol gigs

In 2016, Headfirst Bristol launched an online ticket shop for live music events. Inspired by local cooperatives and community interest companies like the Bristol Cable and The Island, Headfirst provides an ethical and respectful place to buy tickets for gigs in Bristol. Our booking fees are low (usually 50p per ticket) and we strive to help support independent live music events as much as large concerts at venues like Colston Hall or Marble Factory.

Upcoming gigs in Bristol

Knowle West Fest in Bristol
Knowle West Fest in Bristol Tickets
The best from Knowle West - music, food, dance and more!
 Holy Moly & The Crackers  in Bristol
Holy Moly & The Crackers in Bristol Tickets
Combining tight, pop sensibility with the naturalism of garage rock and folk/roots.
HENGE in Bristol
HENGE in Bristol Tickets
L1nkn_p4rk Tribute Bristol in Bristol
L1nkn_p4rk Tribute Bristol in Bristol Tickets
Linkin Park tribute in memory of Chester Bennington
LAUREL in Bristol
LAUREL in Bristol Tickets
Gravy Train present: Laurel + guests

Live music venues in Bristol

Bristol’s gig venues play an essential and often overlooked role in the city’s music scene. A spectrum of venues provides a ladder for new bands and musical talent to ascend. DIY spaces like The Old England and The Surrey Vaults provide a testbed for the screaming synthesisers and and guitars that will undoubtedly become part of Bristol’s future. Check out Headfirst’s Bristol venues page to discover which kind of performances and concerts you can expect from each gig venue.
First live gig for one of Bristol's best guitarists.
Pop or Not & M.G present: BAS JAN + support tickets
BAS JAN is the latest outfit from acclaimed harpist Serafina Steer, also featuring members of TRASH KIT and elysian quartet. They take cues from the post-punk greats such as The Slits! and The Raincoats, with a strong emphasis on earworm hooks. Receiving heavy rotation from Marc Riley BBC 6 music, they’re due to release their debut LP for Lost Map. Don't miss them at The Old England, courtesy of Pop Or Not Promotions Tickets:
UUUU + Errant Monks + Microdeform + Schwet DJs tickets
EDITOR'S PICK: UUUU ––– World-debut at Exchange. The industrial/krautrock supergroup is formed by members of post-punk icons Wire, with Coil/Spiritualized synth-maestro Thighpaulsandra, lead by the peerless Valentina Magaletti, percussionist for Tomaga, Raime etc. Support from the Salford post-industrial outfit Errant Monks and local ambient-whiz Microdeform, plus Schwet DJs. Tickets: Poster: Niall Greaves
Snails + Edward Penfold + more! tickets
SNAILS/EDWARD PENFOLD/EUGENE CAPPER & RHODRI BROOKS Snails supply that Kinks combination of lively guitar pop fused with sorrow. Evoking Syd Barrett or The Pastels Snails mix of the familiar and the unexpected appeals to fans of Euros Childs, Sweet Baboo and The Vaselines. Support from Edward Penfold of TAOS HUMM providing the antidote for a grey January. Joined at Cube Microplex by lo-fi/surf/psych duo Eugene Capper and Rhodri Brookes. Tickets:
New Year / New Noise 5 (Night Two) tickets
SOLD OUT: NYNN W/ GIANT SWAN ––– Giant Swan were one of Bristol’s breakthrough acts in 2017, decimating clubs and festivals across Europe with their brand of blown-out techno, as well as releasing their best 12” yet on Timedance. Their first show of the year is this Saturday at the unique converted working mans' club The Brunswick Club, as part Howling Owl Records fifth & final 'New Year/New Noise' weekender. Last tickets
Bananarama (Skyline Series) in Bristol
Bananarama (Skyline Series) in Bristol Tickets
Bananarama in Bristol this summer for Skyline Series!
The The (Skyline Series) in Bristol
The The (Skyline Series) in Bristol Tickets
Post-punk heroes The The come to Bristol for Skyline Series.
Garbage (Skyline Series) in Bristol
Garbage (Skyline Series) in Bristol Tickets
90's rock legends Garbage come to Bristol this summer for Skyline Series!
Garbage (Skyline Series) in Bristol
Garbage (Skyline Series) at Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol in Bristol
90's rock legends Garbage come to Bristol this summer for Skyline Series!
Texas and Imelda May (Skyline Series) in Bristol
Texas and Imelda May (Skyline Series) at O2 Academy in Bristol
Texas and Imelda May come to Bristol this summer for Skyline Series.
James Arthur (Skyline Series) in Bristol
James Arthur (Skyline Series) at Lloyds Amphitheatre, Bristol in Bristol
James Arthur live in Bristol this summer for Skyline Series!

Gigs in Bristol today

Most of Headfirst’s visitors come to discover new bands and live music in Bristol. We’re proud to be Bristol’s most complete gig listings resource, complete with a full breakdown of gigs in Bristol today and tour dates for the next six months. A sterling selection of open mic nights (particularly along Gloucester Road), provide ample midweek entertainment for would-be talent scouts.
New Year / New Noise 5 (Weekend Ticket) tickets
NEW YEAR / NEW NOISE –––– Howling Owl Records’s annual celebration of ‘Art/Noise/Reaction’ climaxes over 3 nights at The Brunswick Club. Proceedings are topped by Philadelphia’s Moor Mother, her seething ‘hardcore poetry/blk girl blues’ rising to the forefront of experimental circles in ‘17. Bristol-boys-done-good Giant Swan are sure to brew up a cathartic blow-out, after a relentless ascent this year, becoming one of the most talked about live techno duos in Europe. S4U add a spectral quality to their 90s RnB romanticism, whilst Nervous Conditions are a promising young art-rock/post-punk gang. Plus expect more exploratory electronics from Vessel, E B U and many more. Tickets:
Psyched/ The Bug, Radikal Guru, Hybrid Minds, EL-B tickets
?– THE BUG A wild highlight from Simple Things - The Bug's signature brand of leftfield dancehall sonics is not to be missed. Psyched sees him renew his partnership with UK grime royalty, Roll Deep member and 'Skeng' vocalist KILLA P. Dark garage pioneer El-B, ruffneck roots/dubstep giants Radikal Guru and dnb heads Hybrid Minds complete the billing (with more to be announced). Tickets: hdfst.uk/E42404
Alasdair Roberts, Tartine de Clous & Neil McDermot tickets
ALASDAIR ROBERTS Kicking off his residency at Cube Microplex, folk singer & guitarist Alasdair Roberts( The Furrow Collective) initiates an ambitious project: recording a live album with a troupe of guest musicians. Solo, Roberts has a delicate Incredible String Band style. A serial collaborator, this performance brings together musicians with enthusiasm for the mid-century folk revival. Traditional Scottish fiddler Neil McDermott, and three-part harmonies in French from Tartine de Clous. Tickets:
Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang + Blood Sport + guests tickets
EDITOR'S PICK: BLOOD SPORT / JANKA NABAY –––– After a string of memorable/sweaty shows in Bristol, this is literally your last chance to dance with Sheffield’s aggro-beat pioneers, as they sign off with a final jaunt around the UK. Qu Junktions have pitted them against Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang, from Sierra Leone via Brooklyn, catch them on their debut European tour. With releases on David Byrne’s Luaka Bop, this one’s crucial for fans of KING AYISOBA and Shangaan Electro. Tickets: £8 + 50p.


Bruce Molsky in Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre Bruce Molsky
Bruce Molsky seduces audiences with a combination of rhythmic and melodic virtuosity and relaxed conversational wit
Chris Webb (full band gig)  with Jack Cookson in Bristol
Zed Alley Chris Webb (full band gig) with Jack Cookson
Chris Webb teams up with Company of Thieves members to play one-off full band gig!
Dakhla Brass (‘Mumur’ Album Launch) + Spindle Ense in Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre Dakhla Brass (‘Mumur’ Album Launch) + Spindle Ense
Dakhla Brass return to The Wardrobe theatre to showcase their brand new and most expansive album yet - ‘Murmur’. + Spindle Ensemble
FRIGS in Bristol
Rough Trade Bristol FRIGS
Gravy Train x Fantôme present: FRIGS + guests
Tony Njoku in Bristol
Hy Brasil Music Club Tony Njoku
Electronic music producer / singer-songwriter from London
Olden Yolk in Bristol
Crofters Rights Olden Yolk
Dystopian folk duo return to Bristol for a full band show.
Mairearad Green & Anna Massie in Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre Mairearad Green & Anna Massie
Two of Scotland’s most revered multi-instrumentalists, Mairearad Green (accordion and bagpipes) and Anna Massie (guitar, banjo, fiddle) are
Earth Tongue in Bristol
The Old England Pub Earth Tongue
Earth Tongue stomp with heavy Sabbath-like riffs while at the lighter end, embracing tasteful imperfections.
DRINKS in Bristol
Southbank DRINKS
Cate Le Bon & Tim Presley bring their freak folk project to Bristol.
Boogarins // TBA // Agarimo in Bristol
Crofters Rights Boogarins // TBA // Agarimo
Colourful psych-pop Boogarins from Brazil to making their Bristol debut!
The Breath in Bristol
The Trinity Centre The Breath
The Breath tour their new LP
Boy Pablo + Support  in Bristol
Fiddlers Boy Pablo + Support
Boy Pablo is an old soul caught up in a thoroughly modern, DIY success story.
Dead Meadow '20th Anniversary Show' in Bristol
Exchange Dead Meadow '20th Anniversary Show'
Fuzzy, garage-psych rockers DEAD MEADOW celebrate their '20th Anniversary'.
Hater in Bristol
Rough Trade Hater
Swedish alt. pop on Fire Records
Speedy Ortiz in Bristol
The Louisiana Speedy Ortiz
Alt rock all-starts from Massachusetts
BAMBARA in Bristol
Rough Trade BAMBARA
Gravy Train present: Bambara + guests
Naxatras [GRC] // More TBA in Bristol
Crofters Rights Naxatras [GRC] // More TBA
Greece's notorious hard psychedelic rock band, Naxatras finally grace Snuff Lane for a rare Bristol performance!
Jo Passed in Bristol
The Grain Barge Jo Passed
Sub Pop's newest signing, dubbed as the “fucked-up Beatles”
The Grey Area presents: The Scorpios & Tezeta in Bristol
The Lanes The Grey Area presents: The Scorpios & Tezeta
Music from the African continent with hints of Jazz and psychedelia.
The Homesick in Bristol
Crofters Rights The Homesick
Signed to Felix White from The Maccabees' new Yala Records output
Bella Hardy - Hello Sammy Acoustic Tour in Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre Bella Hardy - Hello Sammy Acoustic Tour
“Inspired by feminism, racism, and international travels, this is an accessible proposition, reaching out, standing tall”
Art School Girlfriend in Bristol
Hy Brasil Music Club Art School Girlfriend
FREE! Newly signed to Paul Epworth's Wolf Tone label (The Horrors, Glass Animals)
Daniel Blumberg in Bristol
The Cube Daniel Blumberg
Debut Bristol show for the shape-shifting London-based musician with a new album on Mute and an exploratory live show that blends classic so

Local bands and musicians

Local musicians are the lifeblood and new energy that constantly rejuvenates Bristol’s venues and performance spaces. Graduates from Bristol University’s Music course and BIMM provide regular injections of talent ranging from electronic music producers to classically trained pianists and orchestral musicians. Some of Bristol’s most successful bands are the first to point out that their inspiration comes from other local bands and gigs they’ve attended; with this in mind Headfirst is careful to include as much local talent as possible in it’s gig guide.

In addition to attending gigs you can also support Bristol’s musicians by buying their records from independent stores like Rise Records and Christmas Steps Records.
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