Buy tickets for Bristol's best gigs and live music.
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.
A collection of rogues and misfits surfing a tidal wave of horns, fiddles and guitars!
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.
Bristol's favourite family event returns next Saturday when food stalls, workshops and live music engulf the urban oasis of St Werbs. All proceeds to the St Werburghs City Farm. Buy your tickets here:
Mad Apple Circus
Red Ray & The Reprobates
The Flamenco Thief
The Fantasy Orchestra - Bristol
The Great Sea Choir
Riff Raff Choir
Kirris Riviere Blues Band
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.
The Fantasy Orchestra - Bristol
Over forty musicians come together to create a "kaleidoscopic symphonic brigade", thanks to Ear Trumpet Music. Their latest seated, intimate performance takes places at The Wardrobe Theatre.
Tickets: £10 + 50p.
DIRT. FILTH. CORRUPTION.
Ossia added to Friday's insane bill of experimental electronics at GNOD Weekender. More mind-bending and body-moving live sets from Giant Swan, Organchrist and Gnod, in The Island's gallery space. Expect overwhelming visual and sonic stimulation.
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Tickets: (Tickets: £5 + 50p.
12-piece Mansion of Snakes unleash their own fierce brand of Afrobeat via cosmic jazz & boogie funk. Taking equal inspiration Fela Kuti, Pharoah Sanders and Funkadelic, they're set to pack The Jam Jar Bristol on Friday 12th June.
Tickets: £5 + 50p.
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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.