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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 Bristol Beacon or Marble Factory.

Upcoming gigs in Bristol

WIKI in Bristol Tickets
Presented by Damnatio Memoriae.
Angeline Morrison + Germa Adan in Bristol Tickets
Angeline Morrison is a vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who believes in the inherent beauty of sad songs.
M(h)aol in Bristol
M(h)aol in Bristol Tickets
Why don't you study my gender?
Tonstartssbandht in Bristol
Tonstartssbandht in Bristol Tickets
Brothers Andy & Edwin White make their long-awaited Bristol return
Off Grid (ft. Pom Pom Squad, The Golden Dregs +++) in Bristol Tickets
A brand new arts fayre (11am-3pm) + indie rock all-dayer (3pm til late) !!

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 Dareshack and Strangebrew provide a testbed for the screaming synthesisers and the 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.
Psychedelic Chilean trio conjuring motorik repeato-rock to levels of cyclical trance normally reserved for minimal techno. Presented by Gravy Train.
After the unforgettable Trinity double bill of Jah Shaka and the Twinkle Brother band, Dub Legacy spoil us again with the live spectacle of St. Paul’s roots legends Black Roots. Plus 7 hours in the dance powered by 4 of the mightiest rigs with selectors in full force: it’s the closest you’ll get to carnival. Black Roots live on stage / Soundsystems Roots Injection Indica Dubs Green King Tappa outta Bassi soundsystem
Sell Out Warning! NME just called them the world’s most terrifying live band. But if that doesn’t scare you, Show Me The Body’s sludged-out, scuzz-hxc, rap-noize at the unholy alliance of Denzel Curry, ho9909 and Lightning Bolt sure as fuck will. Show Me The Body at Exchange
Trance-inducing, polyrhythmic DIY electronic sensations from Kampala - grooves 10 times more infectious than all of ‘tropical house’ combined, made on instruments salvaged from the global trasheep. Huge for fans of: Konono N°1, Nihiloxica, Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force. The one and only Eco-Friendly-Afro-futuristic-Punk-Ensemble group from Kinsasha (Democratic Republic of Congo)!

Recommended Gigs

Dana Gavanski in Bristol
Dana Gavanski in Bristol Tickets
Following a triumphant second album release, Dana Gavanski makes her return
Lime Garden in Bristol Tickets
So Young signees make their debut Bristol headline
Pet Shimmers in Bristol
Pet Shimmers in Bristol Tickets
Bristol cult favourites return with their new single "Sonder" via Bob Nastanovich of Pavement's legendary Brokers Tip label
J.Zunz & guests in Bristol Tickets
Finally, fingers crossed, we host the hypnotic, swirling sonics of J.Zunz
Jemima Coulter + Bonsi + Soft Den in Bristol
Jemima Coulter + Bonsi + Soft Den in Bristol Tickets
Jemima plays their debut headline full band show !
Dub Legacy The mid summer reggae festival at The Trinity Centre in Bristol
Black Roots live on stage / Soundsystems Roots Injection Indica Dubs Green King Tappa outta Bassi soundsystem
Animal Collective at SWX in Bristol
Simple Things proudly presents: Animal Collective live at SWX
BABEHEAVEN at Rough Trade Bristol in Bristol
Presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
Surfbort + Witch Fever LIVE in Bristol
Surfbort + Witch Fever LIVE at Strange Brew in Bristol
Charismatic Brooklyn punks make their long awaited Bristol return! Led by Dani Miller - NYC’s iconic, devil eye-browed anarchy queen
Soichi Terada LIVE in Bristol
Soichi Terada LIVE at Strange Brew in Bristol
Simple Things kick off the bank holiday with Japanese deep house legend Soichi Terada LIVE

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.
Pan-afropop supergroup fusing elements of hip-hop and funk with lyrical empowerment shouting down FGM and gender inequality. Highly tipped by Barack Obama too! A new sound and message from Africa
Lazarus-like return to the world stage from the globally-hyped BLK JKS. Unfairly compared to TV On The Radio; their fusion of kwaito, ska, jazz and prog-punk with South African mysticism and politics in trilingual group vocal harmonies is actually totally unique. Presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
80s UK post-punk / goth rock legends on the more synth-based atmospheric side of things. For fans of Gene Loves Jezebel or Pornography-era Cure; with many hidden Sister’s grade dancefloor anthems under their belt. Camemberts Box of Delights at the Louisiana
Industrialized hiphop with a taste for dystopia….before Death Grips, before Ho99o9, before Clipping, there was only Dälek. An abrasive and evolving fusion of noise, shoegaze and hip-hop channelled into the harsher side of Def Jux. Presented by Damnatio Memoriae & BLG Promotions.

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 Idle Hands Records, Shall Not Fade and Christmas Steps Records.
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