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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

ESDR presents Sharon Needles & Willam in Bristol
ESDR presents Sharon Needles & Willam in Bristol Tickets
Bristol Pride Special: Drag Race stars Sharon Needles and Willam Belli LIVE!
Richard Dawson in Bristol
Richard Dawson in Bristol Tickets
Richard Dawson with full band
Timedance - 10th June - Minor Science, Batu, Laksa in Bristol
Timedance - 10th June - Minor Science, Batu, Laksa in Bristol Tickets
Minor Science, Batu and Laksa head to the prison cells for Timedance's summer party

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.
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
Jim Causley Plus Support Anna Kissell in Bristol
Jim Causley Plus Support Anna Kissell in Bristol Tickets
Ear Trumpet Music presents a magical, intimate, sit-down gig of great folk music
Jim Causley Plus Support Anna Kissell in Bristol
Jim Causley Plus Support Anna Kissell at The Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol
Ear Trumpet Music presents a magical, intimate, sit-down gig of great folk music
Sierra Hull in Bristol
Sierra Hull at The Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol
American virtuoso mandolin-player, astonishing audiences and fellow-musicians alike.
Eli West in Bristol
Eli West at The Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol
Ear Trumpet Music presents a magical, intimate, sit-down gig of great Folk and Americana music

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

NNTS : COM TRUISE - Live in Bristol
The Fleece NNTS : COM TRUISE - Live
hyper-futuristic and vintage cyberfunk. "Neo-nostalgia"
Mount Kimbie in Bristol
Motion Mount Kimbie
Mount Kimbie (LIVE)
Van Zeller in Bristol
Thekla Van Zeller
Bristol's garage rock 4 piece Van Zeller play their biggest headline to date on the boat.
BPF presents: L.A. With + Support - 18th September in Bristol
Crofters Rights BPF presents: L.A. With + Support - 18th September
L.A. WITCH are back for another Bristol Psych Fest night. Last time around they had some gear stolen after a great show. Lets make it up to
Michael Chapman + Scott Hirsch in Bristol
The Grain Barge Michael Chapman + Scott Hirsch
Two artists who share a musical cosmos but who’s orbits hadn’t yet collided head up a co-headline tour.
Nadia Reid in Bristol
Southbank Nadia Reid
NZ based folk musician returns after a sell out show earlier this year!
Elder // King Buffalo // Sigiriya // Sgt. T'hoof in Bristol
The Fleece Elder // King Buffalo // Sigiriya // Sgt. T'hoof
Psychedelic landscapes, with luscious stoner rock groove.
Andrew Christie Quartet in Bristol
Salt Café Andrew Christie Quartet
Cool, ambient and cinematic modern jazz quartet
Acid King (USA) + Special Guest Support in Bristol
The Louisiana Acid King (USA) + Special Guest Support
Legendary San Francisco doom trio Acid King return to Bristol to headline the tiny The Louisiana.
White Fang in Bristol
Crofters Rights White Fang
Burger Records affiliates / Gnar Tapes founders return to make Bristol sweat
The Fantasy Orchestra in Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre The Fantasy Orchestra
The Fantasy Orchestra is a community project led by Jesse D Vernon, based in Bristol and also in Paris. The Orchestra (motto: ‘more is more’
Vinegar Bonanza W/ Kate Goes & Tara Clerkin  in Bristol
Cafe Kino Vinegar Bonanza W/ Kate Goes & Tara Clerkin
An evening of live music at Cafe Kino with charming dream/psychadelic/folk/pop from Kate Goes, Tara Clerkin Band and Vinegar
Bristol Psych Fest 2017 in Bristol
The Trinity Centre Bristol Psych Fest 2017
Stolen Body Records presents Bristol Psych Fest
Millbone and Co. in Bristol
Salt Café Millbone and Co.
Superb bossa & bebop jazz quintet
Three Cane Whale in Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre Three Cane Whale
A multi-instrumental acoustic trio based in Bristol, UK, featuring members of Spiro, Get The Blessing and Scottish Dance Theatre
Geezer // Stubb // Plus More in Bristol
The Old England Pub Geezer // Stubb // Plus More
Full-Force Heavy Psychedelic Riff Rock
Milon in Bristol
Salt Café Milon
Jazz/rock improv quartet with riffs and grooves galore
Breakfast Presents in Bristol
The White Rabbit Breakfast Presents
Am-En, Bones, Gin Birkins and Valita
LTO 'Storybook' Album Launch in Bristol
Cafe Kino LTO 'Storybook' Album Launch
Launch for LTO's new album 'Storybook'
Pile + Kagoule in Bristol
The Louisiana Pile + Kagoule
Astonishingly brilliant Boston basement heroes / Nottingham goth-grunge-trio
Snails / Mouse Deer in Bristol
Salt Café Snails / Mouse Deer
Melodic and intelligent guitar-pop of the highest order
THORNY w/ johnsmith / KosmoSuna / MUN SING / E B U in Bristol
The Cube THORNY w/ johnsmith / KosmoSuna / MUN SING / E B U
Amidst eternal darkness moonlight reveals all that you are and all that is missing.
BIKE (BR) + THE EVIL USSES + TARA CLERKIN BAND in Bristol
Crofters Rights BIKE (BR) + THE EVIL USSES + TARA CLERKIN BAND
Gravy Train Presents: Bike (Brazil), The Evil Usses & Tara Clerkin Band (Live) at The Crofters Rights
Voice of the Eagle [Robbie Basho doc] + C Joynes   in Bristol
The Cube Voice of the Eagle [Robbie Basho doc] + C Joynes
A celebration of spiritual guitar primitivism on screen and live.

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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