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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.
Mighty 12-piece living, breathing evocation of the life-force that is Afrobeat.
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.
Gloam Recordings w/ R.ariel, Diessa, Joe Craven (Body Clocks) at Cafe Kino
Three of Bristol's finest experimental producers including R.ariel, who's received praise from the prolific Brian Eno.
Tickets — http://hdfst.uk/E34601 (£5 + 50p)
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Daedelus at The Small Horse Social Club
"He’s quietly been one of the leaders of LA’s famed beat scene, inspiring both the crowds getting down at Low End Theory and the producers who hang near the stage" L.A. Taco
Tickets: £8 + 50p.
Three inventive, provocative and intelligent songwriters
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.
Howling Owl Records presents Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire) + Resina + Ocean Floor at The Cube
"Neufeld’s often wordless tones flit and float, evoking a soaring bird at times, a sleek yet dangerous orca at others, and a haunting spectral entity of no shape elsewhere." — Consequence of Sound
Tickets: http://hdfst.uk/E34531 (£9 + 50p)
Jam Packed w/ Me and My Friends & Ru Robinson at The Jam Jar Bristol
"Towering harmonies, unstoppably hip-shaking grooves, stunningly inventive cello and clarinet: a unique blend of soulful, sun-drenched afro-folk."
Don't miss the recent Soundway Records signees this Friday.
Tim Hecker Collaborator
Name-dropping aside, tomorrow's gig in the St John The Baptist church is an ethereal masterpiece. Cacophonous Sarcophagus bring Kara-Lis Coverdale (Montreal, CA), Joanne Robertson & Ocean Floor to the city centre crypt. Miss and forever regret, very limited capacity
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Cacophonous Sarcophagus & Kara-Lis Coverdale, Joanne Robertson & Ocean Floor at Church of St John the Baptist
womb room and Cacophonous Sarcophagus bring you the first in a new series of ambient events held in lavish locations including Kara-Lis Coverdale, who The Wire praised as "Truly compelling music [guided by] an omnivorous approach to sound”.
Tickets: £10.50 + 50p.
London's finest psych export signed to Sinderlyn (US)
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.