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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

Tangled Roots Festival in Bristol
Tangled Roots Festival in Bristol Tickets
More info @ Tangledrootsfestival.com, Folk, Acoustic, Roots and Traditional Music on a organic farm in Somerset
Dakhabrakha Live at The Lanes in Bristol
Dakhabrakha Live at The Lanes in Bristol Tickets
The Grey Area, Erratic Batting and BLG Promotions very proudly present to you the return of the incredible Dakhabrakha to The Lanes.
REV REV REV (Fuzz Club) in Bristol
REV REV REV (Fuzz Club) in Bristol Tickets
Gravy Train present: REV REV REV, plus guests.
Matuki in Bristol
Matuki in Bristol Tickets
Catch the Aftrobeat wonders Matuki at TOMA!

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.
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 📺
★ FAT LIP ★ ft. L1nkn_p4rk + Sean Smith DJ! in Bristol
★ FAT LIP ★ ft. L1nkn_p4rk + Sean Smith DJ! in Bristol Tickets
★ Are YOU ready to storm through the party like your name is El Niño? ★
No Go Stop + Area Boys in Bristol
No Go Stop + Area Boys in Bristol Tickets
The mighty 12-piece No Go Stop are much more than a tribute to past glories.
Dele Sosimi + Ru Robinson in Bristol
Dele Sosimi + Ru Robinson in Bristol Tickets
Afrobeat legend Dele Sosimi will be gracing our stage on June 21st.
Dele Sosimi + Ru Robinson in Bristol
Dele Sosimi + Ru Robinson at The Old Market Assembly in Bristol
Afrobeat legend Dele Sosimi will be gracing our stage on June 21st.
CC Smugglers "How High" Album Launch Tour in Bristol
CC Smugglers "How High" Album Launch Tour at The Old Market Assembly in Bristol
CC Smuggler’s long awaited debut album is finally announced. ‘How High’ r

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.
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 📺
Schwet with Dame Area & Harrga tickets
Schwet returns again to the stately upstairs room of The Stag And Hounds Public House to host Barcelona’s post-industrial dance duo Dame Area. Their live set features ethnic percussion, 80s synths, crashing sheet metal and striking vocals, crucial for fans of Toresch, Suicide and atminimal wave records. They’re joined by HARRGA, a local duo set to release their debut LP via the shadowy Avon Terror Corps. Resident DJs playing the usual unusual until late... 🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E51032 📺
Ossia presents Devils Dance  tickets
Bristolian bass lynchpin Ossia serves up a righteous bill at The Brunswick Club on March 8th, as part of the Submerge festival. Fresh from dropping his debut LP on Blackest Ever Black, he’ll play live alongside a heavyweight all-star cast with mutant dub-tek hybrids from John T. Gast, scuzzy improv punk via EP/64, distorto beatnik beatz from ASDA and eyes-down melancholia courtesy of local Young Echo auxiliary unit Jabu. 🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E51282 📺
Illegal Data #5: Air Max '97 / Hi5Ghost / Zoee +++ tickets
Few can list a t.A.t.u remix as one of their finest achievements and retain their musical credibility. Yet, like much of techno’s new wave of pioneering producers, no cultural stones lay unturned for Air Max '97 Music. In keeping with Bristol’s own experimental sound, the Melbourne producer spills a diverse pool of influences across his oblique DJ sets, reworking the likes of Bjork, Rihanna, Kelela and even Gangsta Boo into unrecognisable, frenzied mayhem, packed with rhythmic complexity and a floor-heavy focus. Joining the dots between broken beat, bassline, grime and garage, his own productions are dark and twisted amalgams, warping vocal samples into nightmarish yet melancholy textures that call to mind IDM greats such as Burial, Aphex & Autechre. Don’t miss him alongside Hi5ghost, Zoee, Saaaz and NES$ b2b MUN SING for Illegal Data’s first show of 2019 at The Old England. 🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E50870 📺


London Astrobeat Orchestra: A West African Tribute in Bristol
The Lanes London Astrobeat Orchestra: A West African Tribute
To Talking Heads & The Police + DJ Ru Robinson
Xiu Xiu in Bristol
Exchange Xiu Xiu
Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist Jamie Stewart brings Xiu Xiu back to Bristol.
Pitch Black in Bristol
Crofters Rights Pitch Black
Dub from down under
blanket // Plus Support in Bristol
The Old England Pub blanket // Plus Support
Welcome Cinematic-Visual-Art-Rockers BLANKET from Blackpool
Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds in Bristol
Bristol Folk House Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds
Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds Singing It All Back Home: Appalachian Songs of English and Scottish Origin
Rozi Plain in Bristol
Thekla Rozi Plain
After a record sell out, Rozi returns to Bristol via Thekla
BLG Promotions Presents: Rose Cousins in Bristol
Crofters Rights BLG Promotions Presents: Rose Cousins
BLG Promotions Presents: Rose Cousins at The Crofters Rights
Samana in Bristol
Crofters Rights Samana
Nomadic duo Samana will be back to the material world with a Bristol debut.
The Monochrome Set & The Total Rejection in Bristol
Crofters Rights The Monochrome Set & The Total Rejection
Legendary and highly influential indie band, The Monochrome Set return to Bristol supported by local favourites, The Total Rejection
Peggy Sue in Bristol
The Louisiana Peggy Sue
Peggy Sue make their Bristol return!
Dan Mangan in Bristol
SouthBank Dan Mangan
The Polaris prize winning Canadian singer/songwriter heads to Bristol
JULIE'S HAIRCUT (Rocket Recordings) in Bristol
The Lanes JULIE'S HAIRCUT (Rocket Recordings)
Gravy Train x BLG present: Julie's Haircut, plus guests.
Dark Alchemy IV in Bristol
St Thomas the Martyr Church Dark Alchemy IV
A one-day Dark Noise & Ritual Ambient festival
 Rory McLeod in Bristol
Bristol Folk House Rory McLeod
Rhythmic storyteller, multi-instrumentalist,…telling unpalatable truths about broken hearts…social injustice
Alex Cameron in Bristol
The Fleece Alex Cameron
Alex Cameron and his business partner Roy Molloy make their Bristol return
Pile in Bristol
Crofters Rights Pile
Boston heavyweights bring their new record 'Green and Gray' to Bristol
Dark and Light  in Bristol
The Hatchet Inn, Function Room Dark and Light
The songwriting collective Act of Faith puts on an afernoon of wonderful music!
Ruzz Guitar's Blues Revue in Bristol
The Louisiana Ruzz Guitar's Blues Revue
Blues & Rock'n'Roll Extravaganza
USA 1982 in Bristol
Redgrave Theatre USA 1982
Neo-classical post rockers We Stood Like Kings bring a new live soundtrack to the American
Acid Dad in Bristol
Crofters Rights Acid Dad
NYC's sewer spirits Acid Dad will be finally coming to Bristol for their first time at the Old England.
Gia Margaret in Bristol
The Louisiana Gia Margaret
Chicago singer/songwriter/producer makes her Bristol debut
MUGSTAR  in Bristol
Exchange MUGSTAR
Kraut/psych/space/noise rock
Minami Deutsch / 南ドイツ (Guruguru Brain) in Bristol
The Lanes Minami Deutsch / 南ドイツ (Guruguru Brain)
Gravy Train + BLG presents: Minami Deutsch, plus guests.
 Old Man Luedecke in Bristol
Bristol Folk House Old Man Luedecke
Old Man Luedecke is the recording and performing name of multiple award-winning, Canadian roots singer-songwriter Christopher Luedecke.

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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