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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.

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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.

Upcoming gigs in Bristol

Tue 9th April
Vince Freeman at The Louisiana
Sun 28th April
Ensemble Shui Mo at Victoria Rooms
Fri 26th April
Marie Vermeulin at Victoria Rooms
Thu 28th November
METZ at Strange Brew
— Strange Brew

METZ in Bristol Tickets

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.

First live gig for one of Bristol's best guitarists.

Our editor's top live music recommendation

Sell out warning! Manchester’s peerless post-punk funk bastions who’ve distilled everything from post-disco to Brazilian jazz into a sound that spawned a generation of bands like the Rapture or Sink Ya Teeth. Sounding revitalised 40 years in and still recording! No-brainer FFO Liquid Liquid, ESG, Talking Heads, New Order, !!!, LCD Soundsystem. A Certain Ratio at Exchange.

Sell out warning! Introspective desert-folk journeyman Alain Johannes calls on stoner fuzz cowboys Earl of Hell to resurrect his stark songbook of dark Americana. BYO-stetson all ye disciples of Mark Lanegan, Nick Drake, Vic Chesnutt, PJ Harvey, Kyuss. Alain Johannes + Earl of Hell at Exchange.

Twisting Gnod’s cvlt-like, trance-inducing psych into doomier forms; thee Bonnacons have crossed the astral plane with noise to melt your mind, your face and your ears. Bonnacons of Doom + Yoke at Crofters Rights.

Free entry / PWYC ritualised prog-skronk. Last seen cloaked in red blowing the stage wide open for eager Acid Mothers Temple initiates; Codex Serafani sound like early King Crimson reborn in the orgiastic fire of some heathen goddess. FFO: Sun Ra, Boredoms, Gnod & White Hills, Amon Düül II. CODEX SERAFINI + SHLUG + SHANIA TWAINSAW MASSACRE at The Lanes.

Recommended Gigs

Thu 9th May
YUNGMORPHEUS at Rough Trade Bristol
— Rough Trade Bristol

YUNGMORPHEUS in Bristol Tickets

Sun 28th April
QWAK Club presents.. at The Cube
Sat 27th April
Keeley Forsyth at Bristol Beacon
Fri 26th April
Klein / Aho Ssan / Penumbra at Bristol Beacon
Thu 25th April
Sarahsson at The Mount Without
— The Mount Without

Sarahsson in Bristol Tickets

Thu 23rd May
Echobelly at The Fleece

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.

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Sell out warning! Low-slung, lo-fi, Low End Theory meets Earl Sweatshirt, introspective backpack-rap wunderkid Mike is a must see. MIKE + mark william lewis + Jadasea at Strange Brew.

Sell out warning! Sonic ritualism and spiritual liberation from psychedelic funk, hip-hop and Afro-punk luminaries BCUC. BCUC at The Jam Jar.

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Imagine if Jeff Tweedy, Bob Dylan and Daniel Johnston started a wonky lo-fi side project? Nile Robinson is that ramshackle alt-country / anti-folk fire-starter, a big new local crush FFO: Kurt Vile, Alex G, The Tallest Man On Earth, Diane Cluck, Michael Hurley. Nile Robinson + Support at Four Quarters.

Angeline Morrison trafficks in starkly beautiful folk injected with an eerie darkness and sorrowful autoharp. Her latest tracks are visionary re-writings of black people’s experience into a tradition that largely ignored them. A unique offering for fans of Buffy Sainte Marie, Shirley Collins, Shovel Dance Collective. Angeline Morrison & Daudi Matsiko at Strange Brew.


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 Idle Hands Records, Shall Not Fade and Christmas Steps Records.