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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

Channel One's Summer BBQ / Bristol / Day Party  in Bristol
Channel One's Summer BBQ / Bristol / Day Party in Bristol Tickets
the mighty Channel One soundsystem will be returning to Lakota this Summer for a sizzling day party outside Lakota
Knowle West Fest in Bristol
Knowle West Fest in Bristol Tickets
The best from Knowle West - music, food, dance and more!
Dubious Jim Records Presents: The Hideaways + more in Bristol
Dubious Jim Records Presents: The Hideaways + more in Bristol Tickets
The Hideaways, Locker 88, The Dardanelles, Chicken Picnic, Common Fault
A Great Big Alternative Music Brist-Alt-Dayer in Bristol
A Great Big Alternative Music Brist-Alt-Dayer in Bristol Tickets
Summer is here and it's Bristalt Bristalt Bristalt
The Carny Villains  in Bristol
The Carny Villains in Bristol Tickets
Raucous blend of stomping swing, ska and Balkan-style folk

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.
Pop or Not & M.G present: BAS JAN + support tickets
BAS JAN is the latest outfit from acclaimed harpist Serafina Steer, also featuring members of TRASH KIT and elysian quartet. They take cues from the post-punk greats such as The Slits! and The Raincoats, with a strong emphasis on earworm hooks. Receiving heavy rotation from Marc Riley BBC 6 music, they’re due to release their debut LP for Lost Map. Don't miss them at The Old England, courtesy of Pop Or Not Promotions Tickets:
UUUU + Errant Monks + Microdeform + Schwet DJs tickets
EDITOR'S PICK: UUUU ––– World-debut at Exchange. The industrial/krautrock supergroup is formed by members of post-punk icons Wire, with Coil/Spiritualized synth-maestro Thighpaulsandra, lead by the peerless Valentina Magaletti, percussionist for Tomaga, Raime etc. Support from the Salford post-industrial outfit Errant Monks and local ambient-whiz Microdeform, plus Schwet DJs. Tickets: Poster: Niall Greaves
Snails + Edward Penfold + more! tickets
SNAILS/EDWARD PENFOLD/EUGENE CAPPER & RHODRI BROOKS Snails supply that Kinks combination of lively guitar pop fused with sorrow. Evoking Syd Barrett or The Pastels Snails mix of the familiar and the unexpected appeals to fans of Euros Childs, Sweet Baboo and The Vaselines. Support from Edward Penfold of TAOS HUMM providing the antidote for a grey January. Joined at Cube Microplex by lo-fi/surf/psych duo Eugene Capper and Rhodri Brookes. Tickets:
New Year / New Noise 5 (Night Two) tickets
SOLD OUT: NYNN W/ GIANT SWAN ––– Giant Swan were one of Bristol’s breakthrough acts in 2017, decimating clubs and festivals across Europe with their brand of blown-out techno, as well as releasing their best 12” yet on Timedance. Their first show of the year is this Saturday at the unique converted working mans' club The Brunswick Club, as part Howling Owl Records fifth & final 'New Year/New Noise' weekender. Last tickets
Perhaps Contraption in Bristol
Perhaps Contraption in Bristol Tickets
Part choir, part chamber orchestra, part avant rock band, they create a truly unique musical experience;
Linkin Park Tribute w/ The Hybrid Theory in Bristol
Linkin Park Tribute w/ The Hybrid Theory in Bristol Tickets
Linkin Park tribute in memory of Chester Bennington
 Holy Moly & The Crackers  in Bristol
Holy Moly & The Crackers in Bristol Tickets
Combining tight, pop sensibility with the naturalism of garage rock and folk/roots.
 Holy Moly & The Crackers  in Bristol
Holy Moly & The Crackers at The Old Market Assembly in Bristol
Combining tight, pop sensibility with the naturalism of garage rock and folk/roots.
The Baghdaddies in Bristol
The Baghdaddies at The Old Market Assembly in Bristol
An exhilarating cocktail of Balkan melodies, ska and latin grooves and sizzling brass played with furious energy and theatrical humour
TRIPTYCH in Bristol
TRIPTYCH at Exchange in Bristol
AUTOBAHN - SPECTRES - BABA NAGA - BIG LAD - MEATRAFFLE - SILVER WAVES - AJA - SWEDISH DEATH CANDY - JESUITS - SCALPING - MXLX

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.
New Year / New Noise 5 (Weekend Ticket) tickets
NEW YEAR / NEW NOISE –––– Howling Owl Records’s annual celebration of ‘Art/Noise/Reaction’ climaxes over 3 nights at The Brunswick Club. Proceedings are topped by Philadelphia’s Moor Mother, her seething ‘hardcore poetry/blk girl blues’ rising to the forefront of experimental circles in ‘17. Bristol-boys-done-good Giant Swan are sure to brew up a cathartic blow-out, after a relentless ascent this year, becoming one of the most talked about live techno duos in Europe. S4U add a spectral quality to their 90s RnB romanticism, whilst Nervous Conditions are a promising young art-rock/post-punk gang. Plus expect more exploratory electronics from Vessel, E B U and many more. Tickets:
Psyched/ The Bug, Radikal Guru, Hybrid Minds, EL-B tickets
?– THE BUG A wild highlight from Simple Things - The Bug's signature brand of leftfield dancehall sonics is not to be missed. Psyched sees him renew his partnership with UK grime royalty, Roll Deep member and 'Skeng' vocalist KILLA P. Dark garage pioneer El-B, ruffneck roots/dubstep giants Radikal Guru and dnb heads Hybrid Minds complete the billing (with more to be announced). Tickets: hdfst.uk/E42404
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:
Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang + Blood Sport + guests tickets
EDITOR'S PICK: BLOOD SPORT / JANKA NABAY –––– After a string of memorable/sweaty shows in Bristol, this is literally your last chance to dance with Sheffield’s aggro-beat pioneers, as they sign off with a final jaunt around the UK. Qu Junktions have pitted them against Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang, from Sierra Leone via Brooklyn, catch them on their debut European tour. With releases on David Byrne’s Luaka Bop, this one’s crucial for fans of KING AYISOBA and Shangaan Electro. Tickets: £8 + 50p.

TRENDING GIGS

HENGE in Bristol
The Old Market Assembly HENGE
WE COME IN THE NAME OF RAVE. WE BRING YOU THE GIFT OF COSMIC DROSS - A KIND OF MUSIC NEW TO YOUR WORLD.
Naxatras [GRC] // More TBA in Bristol
Crofters Rights Naxatras [GRC] // More TBA
Greece's notorious hard psychedelic rock band, Naxatras finally grace Snuff Lane for a rare Bristol performance!
IT: Red Rum Club, Mitch Sanders & Megs Emrys Band in Bristol
The Louisiana IT: Red Rum Club, Mitch Sanders & Megs Emrys Band
'Tarantino-esque' western vibes hit The Louie!
LAUREL in Bristol
The Lanes LAUREL
Gravy Train present: Laurel + guests
Ma Polaine's Great Decline in Bristol
Cafe Kino Ma Polaine's Great Decline
fRoots: “think a moody Mary Margaret O’Hara…”
La Luz in Bristol
The Louisiana La Luz
LA based surf-noir enthusiasts making their Bristol debut
Paris Monster, White Feather Collective in Bristol
Rough Trade, Bristol Paris Monster, White Feather Collective
New York Alt Duo back in the UK by popular demand - you've seen them go viral….now catch them LIVE!
Yndi Halda in Bristol
The Louisiana Yndi Halda
Beautiful post-rock landscapes on Big Scary Monsters
Holy Wave in Bristol
The Lanes Holy Wave
Texan indie psych-enthusiast Holy Wave making their comeback to Bristol after 4 years!
Matt Hollywood // Phobophobes  // Yassassin in Bristol
The Lanes Matt Hollywood // Phobophobes // Yassassin
Brian Jonestown Massacre's legend Matt Hollywood making his Bristol solo-debut
The The (Skyline Series) in Bristol
St Philips Gate, Feeder Road The The (Skyline Series)
Post-punk heroes The The come to Bristol for Skyline Series.
JULIE'S HAIRCUT in Bristol
Crofters Rights JULIE'S HAIRCUT
Gravy Train: Julie's Haircut (Rocket Recordings) + guests
Screaming Females in Bristol
Exchange Screaming Females
New Jersey DIY-punk luminaries return after a May sell out
Garbage (Skyline Series) in Bristol
St Philips Gate, Feeder Road Garbage (Skyline Series)
90's rock legends Garbage come to Bristol this summer for Skyline Series!
Texas and Imelda May (Skyline Series) in Bristol
St Philips Gate, Feeder Road Texas and Imelda May (Skyline Series)
Texas and Imelda May come to Bristol this summer for Skyline Series.
The Vamps (Skyline Series) in Bristol
St Philip's Gate The Vamps (Skyline Series)
The Vamps (Skyline Series) + Plus special guests
James Arthur (Skyline Series) in Bristol
St Philips Gate, Feeder Road James Arthur (Skyline Series)
James Arthur live in Bristol this summer for Skyline Series!
Föllakzoid // Melt Dunes // Arno in Bristol
The Lanes Föllakzoid // Melt Dunes // Arno
Chilean heavy-psych rock legends Föllakzoid making their first Bristol show ever
The Atomic Bitchwax // Suns of Thunder // Stubb in Bristol
Exchange The Atomic Bitchwax // Suns of Thunder // Stubb
Psychedelic Rock, with elements of Prog, Fuzz and Blues.
IT presents LOUD WOMEN in Bristol
The Golden Lion IT presents LOUD WOMEN
A glorious celebration of women in music!
The Burning Hell in Bristol
The Louisiana The Burning Hell
Alter-ego of Canadian songwriter Mathias Kom
Nicholson Heal Album Launch in Bristol
Exchange Nicholson Heal Album Launch
Come join Breakfast Records in launching the long awaited debut album from Bristol indie titans Nicholson Heal
Yawning Man // SOAC // Ruby The Hatchet // More in Bristol
The Louisiana Yawning Man // SOAC // Ruby The Hatchet // More
Legendary Californian desert, stoner rockers YAWNING MAN return to Bristol!
ICONOLOGY in Bristol
The Old Market Assembly ICONOLOGY
Take a voyage down memory lane and revisit the icons of pop as you've never seen them before, in this full-length cabaret

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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