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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.
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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.
Sell Out Warning: seminal first wave US hardcore from ACAB-toting MDC (aka Millions of Dead Cops), writers of such classic tunes as ‘John Wayne Was a Nazi’. If you know, you know. If you don’t….it’ll be a slice of punk gig history for fans of Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Germs. American hardcore legends MDC in Bristol
Blistering, manic, d-beat punk NRG from North Carolina for people who missed the Discharge show, this is as good as it gets. Support band Litige provides an upbeat contrast with crunchy power-chords and chanson-pop hooks that still bite hard af. International punk and hardcore with support from Gimic and Kill Mirror Image
3 rising local acts raising $ for St. Mungo’s homeless support network. Headliners Minor Conflict have been making waves on the circuit with their quirky post-folk / post-punk harp-enhanced pop; sure to charm fans of the Raincoats, Bas Jan, Gauche or Slagheap. ||~Minor Conflict ~ Foot Foot ~ Portrait Of~||BYOB||
Brutal anarcho-crust-noize like the most careening Crass moments mashed into Merzbow’s greatest power electronic ballads. Bad Breeding summon the unholy voice of disenfranchised Stevenage youth - the most crucial punk bands of the last 10 years? Essential for fans of: Flux of Pink Indians, Pissed Jeans, Killing Joke. Presented by Damnatio Memoriae & BLG Promotions.
Black Roots live on stage / Soundsystems Roots Injection Indica Dubs Green King Tappa outta Bassi soundsystem
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.
Haunting chamber folk weaved from layers of viola, harmonium and vocals; achieving a drone-like, pagan majesty. For fans of O. G. Jigg, Nico, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Dead Space Chamber Music. Presented by BLG Promotions and Gravy Train
British folk music at it’s most beautiful. With every pluck of the guitar and bow of the fiddle, Kit and Aaron’s music beams humble integrity and inimitable prowess. Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow headline Downend Folk Club's July concert
FREE ENTRY: spaghetti western shootout desert psych from another dimension with lap steel, tenor sax and soaring Jefferson Airplane-esque vocal Americana. Drink deep this heady kool-aid mix of: The Desert Sessions, Big Brave x The Body, Gun Club, Ennio Morricone. Free show, presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
Indefinable, heavy and indefinably heavy … fronted by the singer from avant-rock heroes Oxbow, Buñuel are either the sludgiest post-punk band ever or the weirdest noise band ever. RIYL: Drive Like Jehu, The Jesus Lizard, Pissed Jeans. Presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
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.