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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.

Upcoming gigs in Bristol

Room 237 Present Byetone & Grischa Lichtenberger  in Bristol
Room 237 Present Byetone & Grischa Lichtenberger in Bristol Tickets
Focus | Raster-Noton feat. Byetone & Grischa Lichtenberger - Audio Visual Special
Boogie Nights invites DJ Rahaan in Bristol
Boogie Nights invites DJ Rahaan in Bristol Tickets
Back to basics beneath the mirror ball
Insight Ensemble Presents: Underground Classical in Bristol
Insight Ensemble Presents: Underground Classical in Bristol Tickets
Live orchestral sounds in the tunnels of Loco Klub
Dot to Dot Festival 2017 in Bristol
Dot to Dot Festival 2017 in Bristol Tickets
The best up and coming indie talent across a selection of the city's best venues
No Go Stop in Bristol
No Go Stop in Bristol Tickets
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.
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.
Admin Test in Bristol
Admin Test in Bristol Tickets
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Alfie Ordinary - Help I Think I Might Be Fabulous in Bristol
Alfie Ordinary - Help I Think I Might Be Fabulous in Bristol Tickets
Pathos,pith,genderblending & glamour from a superstar in the making.
Majestic Casual Present: Bearcubs (live) in Bristol
Majestic Casual Present: Bearcubs (live) in Bristol Tickets
Youtube super-brand in Bristol w/ Bearcubs
Spectres present:CONDITION (Album in full AV show) in Bristol
Spectres present:CONDITION (Album in full AV show) at The Cube in Bristol
Spectres play their new album CONDITION in full, amongst a stunning visual show. Support from John Bence
Gavin Osborn / Chris Webb / Cecile in Bristol
Gavin Osborn / Chris Webb / Cecile at Salt Café in Bristol
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.
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

Lacertilia // Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush in Bristol
The Stag And Hounds Lacertilia // Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush
A night of heavy fuzz stoner blues, with a cosmic blend of primal rock ‘n’ roll energy, heavy psychedelia and sludgy groove rock.
PWR BTTM Live in Bristol
Exchange PWR BTTM Live
A kaleidoscope of colourful noise
GRAVY TRAIN PRESENTS | GREAT YTENE + SUPPORT in Bristol
Crofters Rights GRAVY TRAIN PRESENTS | GREAT YTENE + SUPPORT
FFO early Deerhunter, Preoccupations, Disappears
Church of the Cosmic Skull + special guests in Bristol
The Trinity Centre Church of the Cosmic Skull + special guests
Hammond organ-wielding 7-piece supergroup; for fans of Black Mountain, Ghost, King Gizzard, and Uncle Acid!
Tantz in Bristol
Hy Brasil Music Club Tantz
Put them on a stage with room to swing a cat and the next thing you know it’s a heaving dance party that you won’t want to leave.
Telepathy // Earthmass // Zaum [CAN] in Bristol
The Louisiana Telepathy // Earthmass // Zaum [CAN]
Post-Metal, Ambient Prog, Monolithic Doomy Mantra
Dakhla in Bristol
Hy Brasil Music Club Dakhla
“A powerhouse. Talent, instinct and creativity make them a real force to be reckoned with.” – Sound on Sound
Tom Mitchell & Sarah Proudfoot / Emma Langford in Bristol
Salt Café Tom Mitchell & Sarah Proudfoot / Emma Langford
Folk-pop of the highest order from three superb artists
Desert Storm in Bristol
The Stag And Hounds Desert Storm
Finest UK Stoner-Rock, Heavy Blues, Psychedelic Space Rock!
The Flux Capacitors, JD Meatyard, Drunke in Bristol
The Louisiana The Flux Capacitors, JD Meatyard, Drunke
A night of Buzzsaw guitars and protest songs.
Harare in Bristol
Hy Brasil Music Club Harare
African dance music, Southern African musical styles, particularly the musical styles of Zimbabwe
Fishstock 2017 in Bristol
Exchange Fishstock 2017
DIY punk all dayer! 10 bands!
St Paddy's Day Blowin' a Hooley in Bristol
Malcom X Centre St Paddy's Day Blowin' a Hooley
Join us for a night of rowdy folk music
Dirty Bourbon River Show in Bristol
Hy Brasil Music Club Dirty Bourbon River Show
New Orleans is coming to Bristol for One Night only!
Cousin Kula in Bristol
Hy Brasil Music Club Cousin Kula
Psych-Pop at its Finest!
BPF presents; Steal Shit Do Drugs w/ Melt Dunes in Bristol
Crofters Rights BPF presents; Steal Shit Do Drugs w/ Melt Dunes
BPF presents; Steal Shit Do Drugs w/ Melt Dunes & more at the Crofters Rights on March 4th.
Jenna & The G's in Bristol
Hy Brasil Music Club Jenna & The G's
Jenna G goes back to her live roots in this 8 piece band covering her past, present and future
Super Special Snuffy Weekender - ft. Nick Oliveri in Bristol
Exchange Super Special Snuffy Weekender - ft. Nick Oliveri
A momentous 2-day spectacular, celebrating the finest array of classic psych-stoner rock and sludge sounds around.
Camo Clave in Bristol
Hy Brasil Music Club Camo Clave
Camo Clave are an Electro Tropical band who combine traditional Latin American rhythms with synthesizers, effects and processors.
Novella in Bristol
Crofters Rights Novella
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.
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