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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 Sasha Velour in Bristol
ESDR presents Sasha Velour in Bristol Tickets
Eat Sleep Drag Repeat present SASHA VELOUR
Nu:Motive x BBC - Hedex B2B Tsuki [UK First Ever]  in Bristol
Nu:Motive x BBC - Hedex B2B Tsuki [UK First Ever] in Bristol Tickets
Nu:Motive & Bristol Bass Collective team up to bring you one of the best midweek lineups you will ever see...
Tank and the Bangas in Bristol
Tank and the Bangas in Bristol Tickets
Live and direct from New Orleans
Undercover Hippy in Bristol
Undercover Hippy in Bristol Tickets
Undercover Hippy, otherwise known as ex Drum & Bass MC, Billy Rowan, brings together soulful vocals, infectious reggae rhythms and the lyric
The Destroyers in Bristol
The Destroyers in Bristol Tickets
A collection of rogues and misfits surfing a tidal wave of horns, fiddles and guitars!

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.
St Werburghs Farm Summer Fair 2017 tickets
Bristol's favourite family event returns next Saturday when food stalls, workshops and live music engulf the urban oasis of St Werbs. All proceeds to the St Werburghs City Farm. Buy your tickets here: Confirmed music: Mad Apple Circus Red Ray & The Reprobates Bassdrummer Hotsteppas True Strays Feelgood Experiment The Flamenco Thief The Fantasy Orchestra - Bristol The Great Sea Choir Riff Raff Choir Kirris Riviere Blues Band Alice Wild Zoe Davis
Dubbed "the greatest band in the country right now bar none" by Fat White Family, Brixton's Meatraffle hit The Crofters Rights on Friday June 10th. Tickets: £6 + 50p.
GNOD Weekender tickets
THIS WEEKEND'S BEST CLUB NIGHTS: FRIDAY: #1 - GNOD Weekender Cacophonous Sarcophagus Gnod, Ossia, Giant Swan, Organchrist, ZOH/astre, Raikes Parade, Dwellings, KURO, Anthony Child, Vanishing, LUST PATTERN, Ocean Floor (Sunday tickets £6.00 + 50p. SATURDAY: #1 - Cosies: PTS Psychotherapy Sessions - PTS OH91, NOIRE £3.00 + 50p. #2 - Rave on Avon 2017 BRISFEST, Parallel Dimensions, Mi Casa Su Casa, Bris-Tek, Gorilla Tactics, Tremor Soundsystem, Ruffneck Ting, Subliminal Audio, Entirety Labs, Wide Eyes, Fate And Fiction Recordings, Mr Whompy, TUN UP, Wordlife Dave Bain, Jon Lindon, Waifs & Strays, Crucial Atlantik (sold out)
Rave on Avon 2017 tickets
Odo fb: Odo / Peggy Gou / June 2nd last tickets:
Worm Disco Club present; The Heliocentrics in Bristol
Worm Disco Club present; The Heliocentrics in Bristol Tickets
Legendary psych and genre hopping experimentalists.
A brand new drag night for Bristol in Bristol
A brand new drag night for Bristol in Bristol Tickets
The Old Market Assembly is excited to announce a brand new drag night for Bristol.

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.
The Fantasy Orchestra tickets
The Fantasy Orchestra - Bristol Over forty musicians come together to create a "kaleidoscopic symphonic brigade", thanks to Ear Trumpet Music. Their latest seated, intimate performance takes places at The Wardrobe Theatre. Tickets: £10 + 50p.
Invisible Circus MAY DAY Workers Ball! tickets
Beneath Temple Meads lies The Loco Klub, where The Invisible Circus host an immersive and raucous circus/theatre experience. Live music from jump-up folk 5-piece forest of fools. Tickets: £10-15 + BF)
GNOD Weekender tickets
DIRT. FILTH. CORRUPTION. Ossia added to Friday's insane bill of experimental electronics at GNOD Weekender. More mind-bending and body-moving live sets from Giant Swan, Organchrist and Gnod, in The Island's gallery space. Expect overwhelming visual and sonic stimulation. (Young Echo : Berceuse Heroique : Blackest Ever Black) Tickets: (Tickets: £5 + 50p.
Jam Packed Presents: Mansion of Snakes tickets
12-piece Mansion of Snakes unleash their own fierce brand of Afrobeat via cosmic jazz & boogie funk. Taking equal inspiration Fela Kuti, Pharoah Sanders and Funkadelic, they're set to pack The Jam Jar Bristol on Friday 12th June. Tickets: £5 + 50p.


The Ballina Whalers in Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre The Ballina Whalers
Using just their incredible voices, Pete Truin, Jamie Doe and Sam Brookes explore ballads, shanties and seafaring songs that tell tales of w
Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith in Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith
Highly acclaimed multi-instrumentalist folk duo who play traditional and original storytelling music of the British Isles.
Greenhorn // The Dead At Sea // More TBA in Bristol
The Gryphon Greenhorn // The Dead At Sea // More TBA
A night of enormous brutal, sludge and luscious. gripping soundscapes.
Childcare in Bristol
Crofters Rights Childcare
Fresh from their arena tour supporting Bastille, London based outfit CHILDCARE bring their neat guitar-pop to Bristol
Dinner in Bristol
Crofters Rights Dinner
Captured Tracks label man's new record features members of Mac DeMarco, Connan Mockasin & Ducktails' bands
The Thing, KonstruKt & Calcine Quartet in Bristol
Exchange The Thing, KonstruKt & Calcine Quartet
The Scandinavian and Turkish free jazz overlords unite!
Witchsorrow // The Moth in Bristol
The Old England Pub Witchsorrow // The Moth
British doom metallers WITCHSORROW return to Bristol with special guest support The Moth.
In Zaire with ATATAT in Bristol
The Cube In Zaire with ATATAT
Italian tribal psych rock supported by crazy Scouse polyrhythmic drummer
Gravy Train presents... Swedish Death Candy, plus Yo No Se
Andrew Hung (Fuck Buttons) in Bristol
Exchange Andrew Hung (Fuck Buttons)
One half of Bristol based duo Fuck Buttons returns to showcase his debut solo record
WEAVES in Bristol
Crofters Rights WEAVES
Gravy Train presents... Weaves, plus special guests
HER'S in Bristol
Crofters Rights HER'S
Gravy Train presents... Her's, plus special guests
Elephant Tree // Old Man Lizard // Sky:Lark! in Bristol
The Old England Pub Elephant Tree // Old Man Lizard // Sky:Lark!
Expect: Doom, Stoner, Sludge, Country-Flare, with Big Riffs and Big Beats.
Me & My Friends in Bristol
The Old Market Assembly Me & My Friends
A band bound by a mutual love of the sun-drenched vintage sounds of afrobeat, soukous, highlife and roots reggae.
The JB Conspiracy "This Machine"  in Bristol
Exchange The JB Conspiracy "This Machine"
'This Machine' 10 year show!
Kane Strang in Bristol
The Grain Barge Kane Strang
New Zealand guitar-pop man, signed to Dead Oceans (Slowdive, Destroyer)
Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow in Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow
Folk music from Europe, America and beyond; combining dazzling playing with a fine sense of musicality and showmanship and some damn great t
Drum and Birds - 1st Anniversary / Full Lineup soo in Bristol
Basement 45 Drum and Birds - 1st Anniversary / Full Lineup soo
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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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