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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.
Lazy Habits specialize in gritty yet melodic anthems; their productions shake floors and rattle windows.
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.
Will’s genteel falsetto drifts between dreamy analogue electronics for a unique take on ambient dream folk. The result’s something like Brian Eno producing Bon Iver; an easy recommendation for fans of James Blake, Kurt Vile, Arthur Russel, Nils Frahm. "intricacy and tenderness recalling kindred spirits such as Nils Frahm and Sufjan Stevens"
Abrasive noize punk insanity outta Berlin: Urin and Desintegración Violenta guzzle on swirling trip metal and D-beat for breakfast for a dish more hardcore than hardcore. Plus synth-trash from Adolescents and Chaos UK legends via new duo Instant Ruin. Huge FFO: The Swankys, G.I.S.M, Deafkids, Doom, Nausea. International punk and hardcore at Exchange, plus local support
SELL OUT WARNING: Outsider sad-boi muzack for films that don’t exist yet - Advance Base is the new incarnation of cult downer-pop act Casiotone For The Painfully Alone. Stripping back the chiptune aesthetics for a woozy pastoral, folky hit (with the same lo-finess you fell in love with). Owen Ashworth (formerly of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone) returns to the UK with support from Karima Walker + SH Davidson
Colourful queer goths take over the Old England, bringing it back to musical excellence with support from industrial spoken word bulldozer Monika Badly. DRAG’s new single iss an explosion of exuberantly camped-out synth-pop with a playful snarlllll. DRAG live, with special guest MONIKA BADLY
Move over Lizzy, the real DISCO royalty is in town
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.
Peerless Belgian noise-punk: high-pitched, high-octane guitar attack destruction / desperation somewhere between Pissed Jeans and Butthole Surfers (but also…not like either). Presented by Invisible Llama, Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
Imagine Madlib raiding 70s film grooves for instrumental stoner soul with a dusky boombap kick. Surprise Chef are an instrumental four piece bringing Melbourne’s neo-jazz scene alive with infectious keys and riffing flutes. For fans of Khruangbin, 30/70, David Axelrod, J Dilla, BadBadNotGood. Funk and cinematic soul from this Melbourne band signed to Mr Bongo & Big Crown Records.
So. Much. Distortion. Bring your earplugs and come bathe in Cremation Lily’s emo-static noiseworld - support from Bristol 8bit drone dungeonmaster, Granite Maul. For fans of: Prurient, Ramleh, Skullflower, Pharmakon, Crystal Castles. Noise, noise, and more noise. What more could you want?
Dark ambient meets ritualised folk in a bewitching lineup for Dead Space Chamber Music’s Dark Alchemy series. Inside: Kate Arnold’s exquisite dulcimer and vocal Renaissance revivalism + textural hallucinations from Il Santo Bevitore. For fans of: Dead Can Dance, Medieval Babes, Current 93, Coil. We welcome Il Santo Bevitore back to Bristol, and proudly present Kate Arnold's Bristol debut
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.