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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

47Soul (Album Launch) & Dizraeli & DownLow in Bristol
47Soul (Album Launch) & Dizraeli & DownLow in Bristol Tickets
47SOUL - Balfron Promise Bristol Album Launch Featuring Special Guests - DIZRAELI & DOWNLOW
ESDR presents Shea Coulee (14+) in Bristol
ESDR presents Shea Coulee (14+) in Bristol Tickets
Star of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9
ESDR Sasha Velour AFTERPARTY with Hungry in Bristol
ESDR Sasha Velour AFTERPARTY with Hungry in Bristol Tickets
Official ESDR Sasha Velour afterparty with guest artist Hungry
Tankus the Henge in Bristol
Tankus the Henge in Bristol Tickets
. Combining wild showmanship and musical dexterity their sound incorporates rock, funk, blues, ska, roots and gypsy rhythms

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.
Room 237 tickets
Rephlex Records veteran Aleksi Perala has always been a prolific artist - but in the last few years his output has surged into overdrive. Since 2014, the Finnish producer has penned no fewer than 20 full-length albums - his secret being the discovery of a clandestine, non-standard tuning system dubbed the Colundi sequence. Using this spiritually derived set of frequencies, Perälä makes pure, looping techno built solely from sine waves and percussive pulses. The results sit somewhere between the hypnotic techno of Sleeparchive and the abstract minimalism of Steve Reich. Experience the power of Colundi in person at Arnolfini courtesy of Room 237 Bristol. Support from Broken English Club, Giant Swan, Damian Licht. Tickets: hdfst.uk/E41196
Alasdair Roberts, Tartine de Clous & Neil McDermot tickets
ALASDAIR ROBERTS Kicking off his residency at Cube Microplex, folk singer & guitarist Alasdair Roberts( The Furrow Collective) initiates an ambitious project: recording a live album with a troupe of guest musicians. Solo, Roberts has a delicate Incredible String Band style. A serial collaborator, this performance brings together musicians with enthusiasm for the mid-century folk revival. Traditional Scottish fiddler Neil McDermott, and three-part harmonies in French from Tartine de Clous. Tickets:
THE BRISTOL GERM LAUNCH Illustrated music magazine The Bristol GERM, focuses on avant-garde and experimental music and promises to be a welcome addition to Bristol’s underground music scene. This is their launch party. THE NATURALS In a band where fx pedals outnumber musicians four-to-one, stentorian vocals are torn apart and hurled with abandon. Diced drum patterns, heavy guitar riffs and floods of distortion complete The Naturals’ sound - first heard on their 2015 debut for Howling Owl Records. The band have promised to debut unheard new material at next month’s TBG zine launch. SCALPING Following Simple Things Festival - Bristol, and support for Holy Fuck, newcomers SCALPING combine noise, techno and stunning live visuals. Secret location sent to ticket holders ahead of event. Tickets £5):
Dubi Dolczek Album Launch w/ Paddy Steer tickets
time traveller, sci-fi character, intrepid storyteller. Coaxing harmonies from audiences, pilfering fragments from dub or folk, he turns from Beach Boys to Flaming Lips on a dime. No stranger to peculiar venues: garden shed;
ESDR Presents Courtney Act in Bristol
ESDR Presents Courtney Act in Bristol Tickets
Star of RuPaul's Drag Race and Celebrity Big Brother
Category is...Broadway  in Bristol
Category is...Broadway in Bristol Tickets
Bristol's Newest drag night is back and this time the theme is broadway!
Utopia Presents: Disco // Funk & Soul in Bristol
Utopia Presents: Disco // Funk & Soul in Bristol Tickets
Groove with us for an evening of Disco/Funk & Soul
Utopia Presents: Disco // Funk & Soul in Bristol
Utopia Presents: Disco // Funk & Soul at Basement 45 in Bristol
Groove with us for an evening of Disco/Funk & Soul
UUUU + Errant Monks + Microdeform + Schwet DJs in Bristol
UUUU + Errant Monks + Microdeform + Schwet DJs at Exchange in Bristol
Members of Wire, Coil & Tomaga in a new industrial-krautrock supergroup!

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.
Flamingods + Muncie Girls + 808INK tickets
FLAMINGODS + MUNCIE GIRLS + 808INK Flamingods, propelled by the irresistible rhythm section build layers of sound rich with influences, from Boredoms to disco to East African funk (see also: Imarhan; The Comet is Coming). The multi-instrumentalist 5 piece, a big hit at this year’s SXSW, are joined by Sleater-Kinney-esque Muncie Girls and the experimental hip-hop of charismatic London duo 808INK Trinity Centre provides the perfect space for this eclectic PRS Foundation showcase. Tickets £7):
Rashad Becker | Louisa Fairclough | Kinlaw & BDS tickets
Mastering engineer at Berlin’s D&M studio, Rashad Becker is a behind-the-scenes legend. As a composer, he has released two volumes of 'Traditional Music for Notional Species' on PAN, each absolute masterclasses in subtle intricacy and head-stretching abstraction. Expect more improv rhythmic pressure from Kinlaw, plus 16mm loops & reel-to-reel from Louisa Fairclough. Tickets: £7 + 50p.
Maraudeur (Geneva) & DJs tickets
SWISS SYNTH PUNX AT THE SURREY Lo-fi new wave and wonky post-punk from Geneva girls Maraudeur. They stop off at The Surrey Vaults on 19th Oct, as part of their first UK jaunt. Their debut LP is out soon on bruit direct disques, continuing the punk-funk stylings of ESG, Kleenex and Delta 5. Tickets: hdfst.uk/E41074 £3.50 + 50p. ????:
Talent Development Workshops tickets
Limited Free eTickets, Trinity Centre, 7th November 2017 At a time when the creative industries are facing financial pressures from all angles, arts funding is important now more than ever. PRS for Music - one of the UK’s main funding platforms - have teamed up with Glastonbury Festival (official) to deliver a one-off workshop focused on helping developing artists secure the financial help they need. The session kicks off with a half hour conversation and Q+A with Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis, before moving on to a panel discussion and networking session featuring representatives from BBC Introducing, Arts Council England, Bristol Music Trust and more. Limited free tickets:


Screaming Females in Bristol
The Louisiana Screaming Females
New Jersey DIY-punk luminaries
Young Waters (Album Launch)  in Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre Young Waters (Album Launch)
Young Waters’ twisted neo-folk is a tapestry of emotionally powerful vocals, stirring harmonies, lyrical strings and finely mastered acousti
Elephant Sessions in Bristol
The Old Market Assembly Elephant Sessions
Elephant Sessions are a musical power house, welding weapons grade grooves and guitar attack
Protomartyr  in Bristol
Thekla Protomartyr
Kelley Deal (!) picks Protomartyr as ‘The Best Thing I’ve Heard All Year’ in Q
HER'S + Guests in Bristol
The Louisiana HER'S + Guests
Gravy Train Presents: Her's + Support
Cosmo Sheldrake + support in Bristol
Exchange Cosmo Sheldrake + support
Wonderfully eccentric multi-instrumentalist hero
Breakfast #3 Launch Party All-Dayer in Bristol
The Louisiana Breakfast #3 Launch Party All-Dayer
The Gnarwhals / Dream Nails / John / Springbreak / Dama Scout / Wych Elm / It's Chez Ali (Sweden) / Little Baby Sharks / Langkamer
Shonen Knife in Bristol 18.04.18 in Bristol
Exchange Shonen Knife in Bristol 18.04.18
Shonen Knifein Bristol 18.04.18
The Mekons 77  in Bristol
Exchange The Mekons 77
Mekons Mekons Mekons
Alex Cameron in Bristol
Thekla Alex Cameron
Australian croon pop maestro, collaborating with Angel Olsen and The Killers on his latest record.
The Little Unsaid in Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre The Little Unsaid
Echoing the melancholic power of Leonard Cohen or Nick Cave, The Little Unsaid specialise in “songwriting of a real rich quality, all held t
Girl Ray in Bristol
Thekla Girl Ray
London based guitar pop / BBC 6 Music sweethearts
NNTS: Nabihah Iqbal (Formally Throwing Shade) in Bristol
Rough Trade NNTS: Nabihah Iqbal (Formally Throwing Shade)
Moody, propulsive basslines with shimmering synth atmospheres.
The Cravats/Folk Devils + Otalgia, The T in Bristol
The Thunderbolt The Cravats/Folk Devils + Otalgia, The T
The Cravats and Folk Devils live in Bristol with support from Otalgia
Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts in Bristol
Fiddlers Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts
Jeffrey Lewis ++ Los Bolts in Bristol 31.03.18
Fishstock 2018 in Bristol
Exchange Fishstock 2018
DIY punk all dayer
Electric Swing Circus & Mr Tea And The M in Bristol
The Fleece Electric Swing Circus & Mr Tea And The M
Electric Swing Circus & Mr Tea And The M
No Age in Bristol
Exchange No Age
LA based noise-rock duo return after five years.
MADONNATRON + Guests (FREE) in Bristol
Hy-Brasil Music Club MADONNATRON + Guests (FREE)
Gravy Train Presents: Madonnatron + Support TBA + Gravy Train DJs

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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