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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

INSECT ARK + ANTA in Bristol
INSECT ARK + ANTA in Bristol Tickets
BLG present: Insect Ark (Swans), plus guests ANTA.
Girl Band in Bristol
Girl Band in Bristol Tickets
“It’s a hellish noisy odyssey in vicious rock n roll” Crack
Breakfest 2020 in Bristol
Breakfest 2020 in Bristol Tickets
Bigger. Better. Breakfest.
World Brain in Bristol
World Brain in Bristol Tickets
Fenster associate, Berlin-based futurist Bristol debut!
A Moon Shaped Fantasy Orchestra Play Radiohead in Bristol
A Moon Shaped Fantasy Orchestra Play Radiohead in Bristol Tickets
The Fantasy Orchestra plays Radiohead's "A Moon Shaped Pool"

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
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 ?
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
Bdrmm in Bristol
Bdrmm in Bristol Tickets
bdrmm (Hull / Shoegaze / Dream Pop) + guests
THE IMBECILES in Bristol Tickets
Avant-garde art-punk group The Imbeciles arise out of the ashes of Wartoad.
THE IMBECILES at The Lanes in Bristol
Avant-garde art-punk group The Imbeciles arise out of the ashes of Wartoad.
MAGIC SHOPPE (US / Little Cloud Records / Cardinal Fuzz)
MUSH in Bristol
MUSH at The Lanes in Bristol
Mush (Leeds / art-rock / Memphis Industries) + guests

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.
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 ?
James Chance & The Contortions tickets
RAKTA and DEAF KIDS return to Bristol after both playing separate killer shows last year. This time sharing a bill at Rough Trade Bristol highlighting their different approaches to fusing extreme metal and hardcore with psychedelia and rhythmic ritualism. Crucial for fans of Gnod’s heaviest slabs or experimental punk/metal in general. ? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E49976 ?


Lee Rocker (of The Stray Cats) + Support  in Bristol
Anson Rooms Lee Rocker (of The Stray Cats) + Support
Lee Rocker is ready to Rock this town!
Chris Webb 10th anniversary party in Bristol
The Grain Barge Chris Webb 10th anniversary party
Celebration of 10 years since the first Chris Webb EP
The Toasters - 4 Decades of Ska in Bristol
Jam Jar The Toasters - 4 Decades of Ska
Hot Damn, that's right, Godfathers of the NYC Ska scene The Toasters are coming to The Jam Jar Bristol.
Ye Vagabonds in Bristol
Jam Jar Ye Vagabonds
Brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn grew up playing music together around their hometown of Carlow.
John Hegley in Bristol
The Thunderbolt John Hegley
John Hegley at The Thunderbolt, Bristol
The Genius of David Bowie playing Scary Monsters in Bristol
Cloak and Dagger The Genius of David Bowie playing Scary Monsters
The Genius of David Bowie playing Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) (40th anniversary show)
Luke Jackson + Pearl Fish in Bristol
Frenchay Village Hall Luke Jackson + Pearl Fish
Luke Jackson headlines Downend Folk Club's July concert.
AJJ in Bristol
Exchange AJJ
Phoenix, Arizona folk / punk / rock legends come to Bristol on their UK tour!
Si Cranstoun & Rebel Dean Double Bill in Bristol
Anson Rooms Si Cranstoun & Rebel Dean Double Bill
Si Cranstoun and Rebel Dean share the stage for an unmissable double bill
Hannah James & Toby Kuhn + Cooper & Toller in Bristol
Frenchay Village Hall Hannah James & Toby Kuhn + Cooper & Toller
Hannah James & Toby Kuhn headline Downend Folk Club's June concert
Battleship Potemkin: Live Soundtrack in Bristol
St George's Bristol Battleship Potemkin: Live Soundtrack
Live Soundtrack by Matt Calvert and Jan Bang
Stanley Brinks & Freschard in Bristol
The Swan With Two Necks Stanley Brinks & Freschard
Unique, Playful and insightful anti-folk
Shortparis in Bristol
The Lanes Shortparis
St. Petersburg dark electro-pop Bristol bebut!
Chai Wallahs Presents: Amy True in Bristol
The Old Market Assembly Chai Wallahs Presents: Amy True
Chai Wallahs and Assembly Nights Present: Amy True
Black Orchid Empire & Exist Immortal at The Old En in Bristol
The Old England Pub Black Orchid Empire & Exist Immortal at The Old En
Black Orchid Empire & Exist Immortal at The Old England, Bristol
The Abyssinians in Bristol
Fiddlers The Abyssinians
The Abyssinians Live 'N' Direct From Jamaica
WP: Green Lung + Juniper Grave + Neuromatic in Bristol
Exchange WP: Green Lung + Juniper Grave + Neuromatic
Surges with all the druggy riffs and spooky psychedelia you could ever want
Rachel Baiman in Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre Rachel Baiman
Well versed in a variety of fiddle traditions including Old-Time, Bluegrass, Scottish and Canadian styles, Rachel Baiman is a versatile and
Joan Shelley + James Elkington in Bristol
St George's Bristol Joan Shelley + James Elkington
Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, singer/songwriter Joan Shelley brings the traditional attitudes of folk singers across Ireland, Scotland
CBOD presents Modern Rituals Bristol Album Release in Bristol
The Old England Pub CBOD presents Modern Rituals Bristol Album Release
Modern Rituals with support from Troubled Breathing and Lunch Money
Sam Carter with Strings + Lizzy Hardingham in Bristol
Christ Church Downend Sam Carter with Strings + Lizzy Hardingham
Sam Carter and the Home Waters String Quartet headline Downend Folk Club's May concert
Lady Maisery in Bristol
The Station Lady Maisery
Award-winning vocal trio Lady Maisery celebrate 10 years of innovation at the forefront of the English folk scene.
Satori, KOOE & more. The Old E. 21/05/2020 in Bristol
The Old England Pub Satori, KOOE & more. The Old E. 21/05/2020
Satori and friends bringing you everything from harsh noise to dreamy soundscapes

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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