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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

Boogielands: Psychedelic Winter Circus! in Bristol
Boogielands: Psychedelic Winter Circus! in Bristol Tickets
Boogielands: Psychedelic Winter Circus!
ROBERT SOTELO in Bristol
ROBERT SOTELO in Bristol Tickets
Robert Sotelo live (Glasgow / Upset The Rhythm), plus guests.
ADM Benefit featuring Deadwood in Bristol
ADM Benefit featuring Deadwood in Bristol Tickets
French Electro Blues legends Deadwood and Bristol's Rev Schnider in support of ADM Amsterdam
Sheelanagig Xmas Party ft. Rura + Julu & Heg in Bristol
Sheelanagig Xmas Party ft. Rura + Julu & Heg in Bristol Tickets
Back for another Xmas extravaganza of Folk Mayhem Sheelanagig take this opportunity to invite a bunch of friends for an evening of foot stom
BLG Promotions Presents: Dat Brass in Bristol
BLG Promotions Presents: Dat Brass in Bristol Tickets
Brass licks, scratch flicks, rap spits & hat hits.

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.
Erratic Batting present; Mildlife & Hexcut tickets
Harvey Sutherland and Tornado Wallace fans will have noticed the cosmic shift of Australian dance music in recent years, driven largely by Melbourne quartet Mildlife. Like Nu Guinea, London's Rhythm Section and Brownswood jazz revivalists, Mildlife's warm, psychedelic live soundscapes are bound by the inescapable pulse of house and disco, layered with vintage synth lines, fuzzy Hammond solos and wailing wahs that belie the strong influence of Lonnie Liston Smith, Alice Coltrane and The Alan Parsons Project. As much for the jazz fiends as it is for Tame Impala and BADBADNOTGOOD listeners, Mildlife bring their expansive live show to The Lanes on Thursday, hosted by Erratic Batting. ? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E51256 ?
Kikagaku Moyo 幾何学模様 tickets
One of the leading lights of the contemporary psych-rock realm, Kikagaku Moyo / 幾何学模様 return to Bristol thanks to Astral Festival and The Grey Area. After bursting onto the scene in 2013 with a string of free-flowing, sitar-led ragas akin to Newcastle dronestars BONG - Band UK or Taj Mahal Travellers, they’ve since refined and reigned in the jams. In place of improvisation, there’s a greater focus on songwriting and melody, with jazz licks inspired by placid, watery solos. They play The Lanes on Monday. ? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E51202 ?
Kikagaku Moyo 幾何学模様 tickets
One of the leading lights of the contemporary psych-rock realm, Kikagaku Moyo / 幾何学模様 return to Bristol thanks to Astral Festival and The Grey Area. After bursting onto the scene in 2013 with a string of free-flowing, sitar-led ragas akin to Newcastle dronestars BONG - Band UK or Taj Mahal Travellers, they’ve since refined and reigned in the jams. In place of improvisation, there’s a greater focus on songwriting and melody, with jazz licks inspired by placid, watery solos. They play The Lanes on Monday. ? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E51202 ?
Electrolyte tickets
Electrolyte is a multi-award-winning piece of gig theatre that will powerfully explore mental health for a contemporary audience at The Loco Klub. Written in spoken word poetry and underscored by original music, this explosive production is performed by six multi-instrumentalists who seamlessly integrate live music with expert storytelling. ? Tickets (7th May): hdfst.uk/E52029 ? Tickets (8th May): hdfst.uk/E52032 ? Tickets (9th May): hdfst.uk/E52033
Goldie Lookin' Chain Xmas Bash in Bristol
Goldie Lookin' Chain Xmas Bash in Bristol Tickets
BLG Promotions: Goldie Lookin' Chain Xmas Bash (full band)
Worm Disco Club present: Joe Armon-Jones in Bristol
Worm Disco Club present: Joe Armon-Jones in Bristol Tickets
Jazz keys man of the moment, Joe Armon-Jones makes his return to 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.
HOUSEWIVES + BO GRITZ tickets
Gravy Train invite London's Housewives to join them at The Crofters Rights on Saturday. The quintet are pushing post-punk forward into 21st century, injecting radiant electronics and manipulated saxophone (Ben Vince) into their monochromatic no-wave din. Crucial for fans of Girl Band, Gang Of Four Official and Raime’s Albini-esque take on the hardcore continuum. ? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E50606 ?
DÄLEK + ANTA + MXLX + SANS tickets
Before Death Grips, before Ho99o9, before Clipping. there was dälek - and the years have only been good to them. Their abrasive and evolving fusion of noise, shoegaze and hip-hop tunneled into the harsher side of Definitive Jux Records peers like Cannibal Ox and NY's Wordsound crew (The Bug, Spectre, SENSATIONAL). While their hookups with avant-krautrockers Faust, Techno Animal and Kid606 secured them a home in 00s underground hearts. They'll join a string of frankly huge bookings at The Lanes (Boy Harsher, James Chance Official, Etuk ubong.....). Gravy Train and BLG Promotions spoil us this time with support from Headfirst-approved mathy post-hardcore heroes SANS, MXLX and ANTA. ? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E50515 ?
James Chance & The Contortions tickets
James Chance Official’s vision of funk improvisation delivered with punk attack can hardly be rivaled. A leading figure of the downtown New York scene in the late 70s, with his groups Teenage Jesus & The Jerks (alongside Lydia Lunch) and with The Contortions, creating arguably the most essential punk-funk hybrid. Don’t miss this extremely rare chance to see them in the UK at The Lanes on March 13th (courtesy of Lysergic Limes and BLG Promotions). ? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E49976 ?
James Chance & The Contortions tickets
RAKTA and DEAF KIDS return to Bristol after both playing separate killer shows last year. This time sharing a bill at Rough Trade Bristol highlighting their different approaches to fusing extreme metal and hardcore with psychedelia and rhythmic ritualism. Crucial for fans of Gnod’s heaviest slabs or experimental punk/metal in general. ? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E49976 ?

TRENDING GIGS

Si Cranstoun & Rebel Dean Double Bill in Bristol
Anson Rooms Si Cranstoun & Rebel Dean Double Bill
Si Cranstoun and Rebel Dean share the stage for an unmissable double bill
Reverend Horton Heat & The Delta Bombers in Bristol
The Passenger Shed Reverend Horton Heat & The Delta Bombers
Reverend Horton Heat + Delta Bombers = Amazing Night Out
Hot Boogie Chillun + Special Guests  in Bristol
Anson Rooms Hot Boogie Chillun + Special Guests
Hot Boogie Chillun from Germany + Special guests!
India Electric Co. + JanE.B in Bristol
Frenchay Village Hall India Electric Co. + JanE.B
India Electric Co. headline Downend Folk Club's April concert at Frenchay Village Hall
The Dears in Bristol
Exchange The Dears
Montreal based indie rockers return to Bristol
Quelle Chris in Bristol
The Fleece Quelle Chris
Quelle Chris performs live in Bristol, for the first time...after-party included.
Richard Dawson in Bristol
The Trinity Centre Richard Dawson
Richard Dawson, the black-humoured bard of Newcastle, returns to release his sixth solo album 2020.
The Skatalites in Bristol
Fiddlers The Skatalites
The Skatalites - POSTPONED. New date Sunday 29th March
Bright Lights Big City in Bristol
Bristol Folk House Bright Lights Big City
A journey through the blues, from the 1930s to the advent of the guitar amp and heros such as Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker
Peggy Sue in Bristol
The Louisiana Peggy Sue
Peggy Sue make their Bristol return!
Fly Pan Am in Bristol
Colston Hall Foyer Fly Pan Am
Fly Pan Am take over the Colston Hall Foyer with their forward-looking experimentalism
Daoirí Farrell in Bristol
Bristol Folk House Daoirí Farrell
Winner of two BBC Folk Awards 2017: The Horizon Award for best newcomer and Best Traditional Track
Andy Shauf in Bristol
Fiddlers Andy Shauf
Canadian songwriter Andy Shauf makes his much-anticipated follow-up to 2016’s breakthrough record The Party.
The Western Stars All-Dayer in Bristol
Paintworks Event Space The Western Stars All-Dayer
Are you ready for a full day of energy packed rockabilly madness? This full-day event will SIX of Western Star's finest rockabilly acts!
Andy Shauf in Bristol
Fiddlers Andy Shauf
Colston Hall presents at Fiddlers
Salt House + Jon Wilks in Bristol
Frenchay Village Hall Salt House + Jon Wilks
Salt House headline Downend Folk Club's March concert at Frenchay Village Hall
CocoRosie  in Bristol
The Trinity Centre CocoRosie
CocoRosie expertly create the kind of weird, whimsical world we can only dream of
Jay Som in Bristol
The Fleece Jay Som
Jay Som heads to Bristol following the release of sophomore effort 'Anak Ko'
Dystopian Future Movies x Grave Lines in Bristol
Exchange Dystopian Future Movies x Grave Lines
Double-headline show for the gloom-ridden apocalypse

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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