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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

ESDR presents Sharon Needles & Willam in Bristol
ESDR presents Sharon Needles & Willam in Bristol Tickets
A rare drag duo show from Rupaul's Drag Race stars Sharon Needles and Willam Belli
Smerins Anti-Social Club & The Carny Villains in Bristol
Smerins Anti-Social Club & The Carny Villains in Bristol Tickets
Two of Bristols sure- fire party starters, celebrate the launch of a brand new album!
Insight Ensemble presents: Underground Classical in Bristol
Insight Ensemble presents: Underground Classical in Bristol Tickets
An atmospheric exploration of a bewildering acoustic growing from solo instruments to the raw power of a full symphony orchestra.
Rave on Avon 2017 in Bristol
Rave on Avon 2017 in Bristol Tickets
Bristol’s underground electronic music festival, will once again be taking over Stokes Croft to kick off the season on Saturday 20th May

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.
YNH Presents Aluk Todolo, Age Decay & East of Hell tickets
hyperkinetic, heavy instrumental music that’s meditative and absorbing." Pitchfork 7.9/10 Tickets: £10 + 50p.
Black Mountain  tickets
THIS WEDNESDAY // Black Mountain Jagjaguwar's alternative, prog-rock masters play Fiddlers Bristol. Get your ticket: £15 + 70p. _ Support from MASS DATURA. Presented by No Need To Shout.
Gloam Recordings w/ R.ariel, Diessa, Joe Craven tickets
TONIGHT 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)
Daedelus tickets
A WEEK TODAY 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.
Richard Dawson in Bristol
Richard Dawson in Bristol Tickets
Richard Dawson with full band
Broken Brass Ensemble in Bristol
Broken Brass Ensemble in Bristol Tickets
Broken Brass Ensemble are a 2.0 riot version of the vibrant New Orleans brass sound.
Matuki in Bristol
Matuki in Bristol Tickets
12-piece Bristol band playing Afrofunk/Afrobeat/Urban funk fused with jazz with a psychedelic edge
Matuki in Bristol
Matuki at Hy Brasil Music Club in Bristol
12-piece Bristol band playing Afrofunk/Afrobeat/Urban funk fused with jazz with a psychedelic edge
THORNY presents Skinny Girl Diet + support & DJs in Bristol
THORNY presents Skinny Girl Diet + support & DJs at Exchange in Bristol
THORNY presents Skinny Girl Diet / Twin / Oozing Gloop / Isadora Vibes + DJs

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.
Sarah Neufeld (US) / Resina (PL) / Ocean Floor (UK tickets
TONIGHT 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 Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GjWAqMvnxc Tickets: http://hdfst.uk/E34531 (£9 + 50p)
Jam Packed Presents: Me and My Friends tickets
FRIDAY 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.
Kara-Lis Coverdale, Joanne Robertson & Ocean Floor tickets
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 tickets & artist
Kara-Lis Coverdale, Joanne Robertson & Ocean Floor tickets
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.

TRENDING GIGS

Van Zeller in Bristol
Thekla Van Zeller
Bristol's garage rock 4 piece Van Zeller play their biggest headline to date on the boat.
Sierra Hull in Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre Sierra Hull
American virtuoso mandolin-player, astonishing audiences and fellow-musicians alike.
Pile + Kagoule in Bristol
The Louisiana Pile + Kagoule
Astonishingly brilliant Boston basement heroes / Nottingham goth-grunge-trio
BIKE (Brazil) in Bristol
Crofters Rights BIKE (Brazil)
Gravy Train Presents: BIKE + Support
Voice of the Eagle [Robbie Basho doc] + C Joynes   in Bristol
The Cube Voice of the Eagle [Robbie Basho doc] + C Joynes
A celebration of spiritual guitar primitivism on screen and live.
Mannequin Pussy in Bristol
Crofters Rights Mannequin Pussy
Philadelphian thrash rock
Pear Drops - Grandmixxer & Snowy in Bristol
Crofters Rights Pear Drops - Grandmixxer & Snowy
Pear Drops - Grandmixxer, Snowy, Rapture 4D, Polonis, Daffy, Thadeous, Boycott, Sir Hiss
The Underscore Orkestra in Bristol
Hy Brasil Music Club The Underscore Orkestra
Balkan Klezmer Gypsy Jazz Swing and Belly Dance both original and traditional. Syncopated Rhythms and original dance vignettes. Guaranteed t
Froth in Bristol
The Louisiana Froth
LA based, Wichita signed alt-psych band.
Jim Causley in Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre Jim Causley
Ear Trumpet Music presents a magical, intimate, sit-down gig of great folk music
The Songs of Brian Eno in Bristol
The Cube The Songs of Brian Eno
A live audiovisual performance of pre-ambient Eno songs
WEIRDS in Bristol
Crofters Rights WEIRDS
Gravy Train Presents... WEIRDS + Support
Syd Arthur & Morgan Delt in Bristol
Exchange Syd Arthur & Morgan Delt
Syd Arthur & Morgan Delt
TOPS in Bristol
Southbank TOPS
Indie dream-pop from Montreal
Eli West in Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre Eli West
Ear Trumpet Music presents a magical, intimate, sit-down gig of great Folk and Americana music
Fith + Water + Burl in Bristol
The Cube Fith + Water + Burl
An evening of good wytches
ESDR presents Latrice Royale in Bristol
Eat Sleep Drag Repeat ESDR presents Latrice Royale
Drag star LATRICE ROYALE takes us to church

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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