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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

Henge (Family Matinee & Evening Show) in Bristol
Henge (Family Matinee & Evening Show) in Bristol Tickets
Psychedelic ravers HENGE return for an all day set of shows for all ages
Breakfest 2021 in Bristol
Breakfest 2021 in Bristol Tickets
Bigger. Better. Breakfest.
MOTORAMA in Bristol
MOTORAMA in Bristol Tickets
Presented by Damnatio Memoriae & BLG Promotions.

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 ?
Space Jams/ SCC: Tales From The Crypt 2 in Bristol
Space Jams/ SCC: Tales From The Crypt 2 in Bristol Tickets
A bigger darksynthwave event in the crypts of Bristol, second of it's kind
Seas Of Mirth & Ushti Baba + PsychoAcoustic Goat in Bristol
Seas Of Mirth & Ushti Baba + PsychoAcoustic Goat in Bristol Tickets
Bristol big banger double headliner! Get immersed in some downright wonky delights and some sub aquatic sensory fun.
CHINA BEARS in Bristol
CHINA BEARS in Bristol Tickets
Free show presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
CHINA BEARS in Bristol
CHINA BEARS at The Lanes in Bristol
Free show presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
GoGo Penguin / European Tour  in Bristol
GoGo Penguin / European Tour at Motion in Bristol
“the Radiohead of British jazz” (Line of Best Fit)
SKiNNY MiLK in Bristol
SKiNNY MiLK at The Lanes in Bristol
Free show presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.

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
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 ?


Space Jams/ SCC: Hotline Bristol in Bristol
Exchange Space Jams/ SCC: Hotline Bristol
A retro wave evening in a record shop in Bristol
Postponed | Emily Magpie LP Launch in Bristol
The Loco Klub Postponed | Emily Magpie LP Launch
Immersive gig in an indoor forest.
Moulettes at The Jam Jar in Bristol
Jam Jar Moulettes at The Jam Jar
Psychedelic Art Rock // Prog // Folk
The Dears in Bristol
Exchange The Dears
Montreal based indie rockers return to Bristol
Daoirí Farrell - Rescheduled  in Bristol
Bristol Folk House Daoirí Farrell - Rescheduled
Winner of two BBC Folk Awards 2017: The Horizon Award for best newcomer and Best Traditional Track
Porridge Radio in Bristol
Exchange Porridge Radio
Dana Margolin and co bring their debut LP 'Every Bad' to Bristol
Athletic Progression in Bristol
Jam Jar Athletic Progression
Chunky Jazz Hip Hop from Denmark
BANANAGUN in Bristol
Rough Trade Bristol BANANAGUN
Brazilian tropicalia
Rough Trade Bristol HEY COLOSSUS
Presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
 Silverbacks in Bristol
Crofters Rights Silverbacks
Silverbacks are a five-piece band based in Dublin.
Black Orchid Empire + Exist Immortal in Bristol
The Old England Pub Black Orchid Empire + Exist Immortal
Black Orchid Empire & Exist Immortal at The Old England, Bristol
Presented by Damnatio Memoriae & BLG Promotions.
Clock Opera in Bristol
Louisiana, The Clock Opera
Rescheduled again - original tickets valid - the band CAN'T WAIT to play Bristol!
The Lounge Society in Bristol
Crofters Rights The Lounge Society
Speedy Wunderground signees bring their debut EP Silk For The Starving to Bristol for the first time
Erratic Batting/BLG: Virginia Wing + Support in Bristol
Crofters Rights Erratic Batting/BLG: Virginia Wing + Support
Manchester's Ethereal Pop Trio tour their 'private LIFE' album.
Anna B Savage in Bristol
The Louisiana Anna B Savage
The incredible City Slang-signed, Father John Misty supporting Anna B Savage heads to Bristol in support of her debut LP 'A Common Turn'
Luke Marshall Black in Bristol
Crofters Rights Luke Marshall Black
Crosstown Concerts presents... Luke Marshall Black at Crofter's Rights, Bristol
BOY PABLO in Bristol
Balmy daydream music
Fishstock 2021 in Bristol
Exchange Fishstock 2021
DIY punk all dayer
Nubiyan Twist in Bristol
SWX Nubiyan Twist
Nubiyan Twist play SWX Bristol on 18th September 2021.
METZ in Bristol
The Fleece METZ
“Metz colors outside the lines — obliterates them, really.” - New York Times
Pom Poko in Bristol
Thekla Pom Poko
Free-thinking punk-pop adventurism

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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