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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

Sun 16th June
Mic Righteous at Lost Horizon
Sun 16th June
Arny Margret at The Louisiana
Mon 28th October
Liana Flores at The Louisiana
Fri 30th August
Palehound at Dareshack
Sat 30th November
The Sheepdogs + support tbc at Strange Brew

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! A rapturous return for Bristol’s travelling post-post-punk / swamp-rock societal satire, careening back into our lives with their demeted disregard for personal health and conventional timing. This is biting and savage guitar Dada FFO: black midi, Fat White Family, Hey Colossus, PiL, the Birthday Party. LICE at Strange Brew.

Sell out warning! Melvins god in sinister singer-songwriter unplugged troubadour mode + Mr Bungle’s Trever Dunn on double bass. Nuff said. King Buzzo + Trevor Dunn at Exchange.

Sell out warning! Japan’s most relentless yet loveable noise-core oddities - one of the most intensely future guitar bands of all time with a god-level live show not unlike an MSG epidural. Un-fucking-missable. Melt Banana '3+5 Tour' + special guests at Strange Brew.

Angular noise rock meets post-hardcore chaos in tight blasts of guitar discord and high-pitched yelps. Dead essential for fans of: the Locust, Daughters, Fugazi, Metz, Converge, Jesus Lizard, Big Black etc. Alpaca Presents | Tunic x Death Goals at Exchange.

Recommended Gigs

Wed 24th July
The Jungle Giants at Strange Brew
Sun 8th December
Mattiel + special guests at Strange Brew
Fri 9th August
MOSAIC plus Special Guests at Rough Trade Bristol
Sat 22nd February
Darren Kiely at The Trinity Centre
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Sat 23rd November
Maruja + special guests at Strange Brew
Sat 14th December
Beak> at SWX
Fri 1st November
John Francis Flynn at Strange Brew
Thu 5th December
Tue 5th November
Rachael Lavelle at Crofters Rights

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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Reverant folk blues played on 12 string guitar with the poetic fever of Townes Van Zandt, summoning the same ghosts of mental illness and the mundane country sprawl. Parr isn’t a revivalist - he’s one of the last of the true originals. Charlie Parr at Exchange.

Sell out warning! Intimate 400 cap festival on a farm in Abergavenny providing Bristolians the get-out-of-town musical fix they sorely need. Promising friendly vibes for eclectic tastes with chuggers galore from Chez De Milo, live hardware acid techerrs from Acid BAL, bumpin’ garage from the Dr Banana, hard house revivalist Papa Nugs, sunshine-filled house from Amaliah + oh so much more. Come Bye 2024 at A farm near Abergavenny.

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Sell out warning! ATTN art punks!! Snõ​õper's high-velocity weirdo fuzz exploded out of Nashville from the pandemic sludge and hasn't slowed a minute since, winning namedrops from the likes of Henry Rollins and a scenewide rep for eccentric paper-mache use. Imagine a hardcore Devo presenting children’s TV at breakneck speed. Unmissable FFO: Ausmuteants, Gee Tee, Prison Affair, Powerplant. Snõõper at Exchange.

Ritual psych-folk, heavy on the widescreen fantasy and mystical doom. Smote are capable of opening new pagan pathways in the minds of devoted listeners. FFO: Sunburned Hand Of The Man, Natural Snow Buildings, Six Organs of Admittance, Amon Düül, The Wicker Man, G!YBE. SMOTE + THRAA at Crofters Rights.

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.