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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.

Check out this week’s Bristol gig selections over on the Headfirst Facebook page and don’t forget to like us for ticket alerts and announcements about interesting bands coming to Bristol.

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

Cut Capers + The Bristol Hornstars in Bristol
Cut Capers + The Bristol Hornstars in Bristol Tickets
Cut Capers are embarking on their biggest tour to date - performing a range of festival favourite tunes as well as a selection of brand new
AHH! FUNK RAISER in Bristol
AHH! FUNK RAISER in Bristol Tickets
All Hallows Hall Fundraiser - eclectic night of funk bands and DJ's
SURE SHOT in Bristol
SURE SHOT in Bristol Tickets
Bring you the best in classic funk and hip hop!
DakhaBrakha in Bristol
DakhaBrakha in Bristol Tickets
Dakhabrakha Return To The Lanes, presented by BLG & Gravy Train.

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.
TRIPTYCH tickets
Hosted by Gravy Train, the inaugural Triptych saw the likes of AJA, E B U, and SCALPING deliver searing and triumphant sets. The festival returns with another exceptional line-up with enigmatic Italian noise artist Mai Mai Mai, vociferous alt-rock heavyweights Hey Colossus and hypnotic doom techno courtesy of Justin K Broadrick all to anticipate. Not to mention local off-kilter fuzz-pop legends Pet Shimmers and buoyant psych prodigies The Evil Usses; Triptych looks to cement a reputation as an imperative yearly happening for all experimental/noise fans great and small. This heady mix of local and international acts is set to explode across Exchange, Stag and Hounds Public House, and The Elmer's Arms on Saturday June 8th ? Final Release Tickets: hdfst.uk/E50252
TRIPTYCH tickets
Celebrating the more obscure, dissenting sounds from our local scene, Gravy Train's Triptych day festival on Saturday boasts a formidable wealth of Bristol acts (as well as experimental royalty Justin K Broadrick, Hey Colossus and Mai Mai Mai to name just a few). Our Avon highlights are the spectral, hypnotic soundscapes of Orryx; brooding darkwave courtesy of Fever 103o; oscillating, psychedelic techno from Rainbow Slicer and the eccentric decadence of a certain Lazarus Kane. And if you’ve not yet witnessed the sheer, unadulterated sensory onslaught of Bad Tracking or the abrasive industrial trap of Kinlaw & Franco Franco then prepare for a cathartic sonic onslaught as they play consecutively at The Elmer's Arms. ? Final Release Tickets: hdfst.uk/E50252
Erratic Batting present; Mildlife & Hexcut tickets
Harvey Sutherland and Tornado Wallace fans will have noticed the cosmic shift of Australian dance music in recent years, driven largely by Melbourne quartet Mildlife. Like Nu Guinea, London's Rhythm Section and Brownswood jazz revivalists, Mildlife's warm, psychedelic live soundscapes are bound by the inescapable pulse of house and disco, layered with vintage synth lines, fuzzy Hammond solos and wailing wahs that belie the strong influence of Lonnie Liston Smith, Alice Coltrane and The Alan Parsons Project. As much for the jazz fiends as it is for Tame Impala and BADBADNOTGOOD listeners, Mildlife bring their expansive live show to The Lanes on Thursday, hosted by Erratic Batting. ? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E51256 ?
Kikagaku Moyo 幾何学模様 tickets
One of the leading lights of the contemporary psych-rock realm, Kikagaku Moyo / 幾何学模様 return to Bristol thanks to Astral Festival and The Grey Area. After bursting onto the scene in 2013 with a string of free-flowing, sitar-led ragas akin to Newcastle dronestars BONG - Band UK or Taj Mahal Travellers, they’ve since refined and reigned in the jams. In place of improvisation, there’s a greater focus on songwriting and melody, with jazz licks inspired by placid, watery solos. They play The Lanes on Monday. ? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E51202 ?
MOTORAMA in Bristol
MOTORAMA in Bristol Tickets
Presented by Damnatio Memoriae & BLG Promotions.
Together We Make & Universal Groove in Bristol
Together We Make & Universal Groove in Bristol Tickets
Presents: Synkro, Mystic State, Versa & Rowl, How Du on Green King Sound System, alongside Creative Market, Collage Hub & Live Art
Together We Make & Universal Groove in Bristol
Together We Make & Universal Groove at Art Club in Bristol
Presents: Synkro, Mystic State, Versa & Rowl, How Du on Green King Sound System, alongside Creative Market, Collage Hub & Live Art
Performers from Insight Ensemble in Bristol
Performers from Insight Ensemble at Ashton Court in Bristol
Performers from Insight Ensemble will take you on a wintry, icy journey of classical music, poetry and dance

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.
Electrolyte tickets
Electrolyte is a multi-award-winning piece of gig theatre that will powerfully explore mental health for a contemporary audience at The Loco Klub. Written in spoken word poetry and underscored by original music, this explosive production is performed by six multi-instrumentalists who seamlessly integrate live music with expert storytelling. ? Tickets (7th May): hdfst.uk/E52029 ? Tickets (8th May): hdfst.uk/E52032 ? Tickets (9th May): hdfst.uk/E52033
HOUSEWIVES + BO GRITZ tickets
Gravy Train invite London's Housewives to join them at The Crofters Rights on Saturday. The quintet are pushing post-punk forward into 21st century, injecting radiant electronics and manipulated saxophone (Ben Vince) into their monochromatic no-wave din. Crucial for fans of Girl Band, Gang Of Four Official and Raime’s Albini-esque take on the hardcore continuum. ? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E50606 ?
DÄLEK + ANTA + MXLX + SANS tickets
Before Death Grips, before Ho99o9, before Clipping. there was dälek - and the years have only been good to them. Their abrasive and evolving fusion of noise, shoegaze and hip-hop tunneled into the harsher side of Definitive Jux Records peers like Cannibal Ox and NY's Wordsound crew (The Bug, Spectre, SENSATIONAL). While their hookups with avant-krautrockers Faust, Techno Animal and Kid606 secured them a home in 00s underground hearts. They'll join a string of frankly huge bookings at The Lanes (Boy Harsher, James Chance Official, Etuk ubong.....). Gravy Train and BLG Promotions spoil us this time with support from Headfirst-approved mathy post-hardcore heroes SANS, MXLX and ANTA. ? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E50515 ?
James Chance & The Contortions tickets
James Chance Official’s vision of funk improvisation delivered with punk attack can hardly be rivaled. A leading figure of the downtown New York scene in the late 70s, with his groups Teenage Jesus & The Jerks (alongside Lydia Lunch) and with The Contortions, creating arguably the most essential punk-funk hybrid. Don’t miss this extremely rare chance to see them in the UK at The Lanes on March 13th (courtesy of Lysergic Limes and BLG Promotions). ? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E49976 ?

TRENDING GIGS

Exchange Gift Voucher in Bristol
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GoGo Penguin / European Tour  in Bristol
Motion GoGo Penguin / European Tour
“the Radiohead of British jazz” (Line of Best Fit)
The Birthday Massacre in Bristol
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The Birthday Massacre at Exchange
Guana Batz in Bristol
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Guana Batz at Exchange
The Dears in Bristol
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Montreal based indie rockers return to Bristol
The Slackers in Bristol
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The Slackers at Exchange
Holy Fawn in Bristol
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Holy Fawn at Exchange
Obscura in Bristol
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Obscura at Exchange
Rowan Rheingans: Dispatches on the Red Dress in Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre Rowan Rheingans: Dispatches on the Red Dress
Dispatches on the Red Dress is an intimate and courageous new solo show by twice BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning songwriter Rowan Rheingans. 
THE UNDERGROUND YOUTH + THE VACANT LOTS in Bristol
The Lanes THE UNDERGROUND YOUTH + THE VACANT LOTS
Presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
Attitude Festival 2022 in Bristol
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Attitude Festival 2022 at Exchange
TFA in Bristol
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TFA at Exchange
The Homeless Gospel Choir in Bristol
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The Homeless Gospel Choir at Exchange
Led or Black in Bristol
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Led or Black - Tribute to Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath
CBOD :Danse Society + Dead Space Chamber Music  in Bristol
The Louisiana CBOD :Danse Society + Dead Space Chamber Music
Camemberts Box of Delights at the Louisiana
India Electric Co. + support TBC in Bristol
Downend Folk Club @ Christ Church Downend India Electric Co. + support TBC
India Electric Co. headline Downend Folk Club's April concert at Frenchay Village Hall
Midnight / Night Demon / More in Bristol
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MIDNIGHT & NIGHT DEMON join forces.
Gregor Barnett in Bristol
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Gregor Barnett at Exchange
TV GIRL in Bristol
The Lanes TV GIRL
Presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah in Bristol
Thekla Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Their long-awaited Bristol return: Presenting New Fragility
Space Jams/ SCC: Hotline Bristol in Bristol
Exchange Space Jams/ SCC: Hotline Bristol
A retro wave evening in a record shop in Bristol
Rammlied in Bristol
Exchange Rammlied
Rammlied at Exchange

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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