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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

Knowle West Fest in Bristol
Knowle West Fest in Bristol Tickets
The best from Knowle West - music, food, dance and more!
 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.
HENGE in Bristol
HENGE in Bristol Tickets
WE COME IN THE NAME OF RAVE. WE BRING YOU THE GIFT OF COSMIC DROSS - A KIND OF MUSIC NEW TO YOUR WORLD.
LAUREL in Bristol
LAUREL in Bristol Tickets
Gravy Train present: Laurel + guests
Paris Monster, White Feather Collective in Bristol
Paris Monster, White Feather Collective in Bristol Tickets
New York Alt Duo back in the UK by popular demand - you've seen them go viral….now catch them LIVE!

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.
Olanza Bonanza Extravaganza Album Launch tickets
A staple of the Bristol sub-underground since ‘12, Olanza have trudged away through countless support slots with a brazen disregard for acclaim. This Saturday however, they release their debut LP proper, with a headline set at the Drink Moor Beer brewery. ‘Bonanza’ is a rare thing, existing on the fringes of what could be considering ‘math rock’, without falling for the tedious tropes the genre often offers. Instead we get 30 minutes of effervescent instrumental post-hardcore and highly melodic indie/college rock, with particular nods to early '90s greats such as Polvo, Rodan and June of 44. Entry is free £5 suggested donation), with support from DOWNARD, Los Savages and DJs until midnight. Free e-tickets:
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:
Ma Polaine's Great Decline in Bristol
Ma Polaine's Great Decline in Bristol Tickets
fRoots: “think a moody Mary Margaret O’Hara…”
La Luz in Bristol
La Luz in Bristol Tickets
LA based surf-noir enthusiasts making their Bristol debut
Naxatras [GRC] // More TBA in Bristol
Naxatras [GRC] // More TBA at Crofters Rights in Bristol
Greece's notorious hard psychedelic rock band, Naxatras finally grace Snuff Lane for a rare Bristol performance!

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 (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
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:

TRENDING GIGS

Air Waves in Bristol
Crofters Rights Air Waves
New LP 'Warrior' features Kevin Morby and Katie Von Schleicher
IT: Alcuna Wilds, We Are Strangers Minds & Support in Bristol
The Lanes IT: Alcuna Wilds, We Are Strangers Minds & Support
Alcuna Wilds bring Atmospheric Trip Rock to The Lanes for IVW!
CZN - Bellies! - EP/64  in Bristol
The Brunswick Club CZN - Bellies! - EP/64
Valentina Magaletti & João Pais Filipe - Bellies! - EP/64
Lower Slaughter / Acid Cannibals / Pohl in Bristol
The Old England Pub Lower Slaughter / Acid Cannibals / Pohl
A night of party-starting, filthy heavy, raucous and powerfully entertaining music...
Sheelanagig & Shooglenifty Double Header + Effra in Bristol
Fiddlers Sheelanagig & Shooglenifty Double Header + Effra
Triple bill of the best jumping folk acts from across the UK - Scotland Meets Bristol lets have a party!
River Whyless in Bristol
Hy Brasil Music Club River Whyless
FREE: indie folk from Asheville, North Carolina
Bruce Molsky in Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre Bruce Molsky
Bruce Molsky seduces audiences with a combination of rhythmic and melodic virtuosity and relaxed conversational wit
Hen Ogledd + Glorias Navales in Bristol
The Brunswick Club Hen Ogledd + Glorias Navales
Richard Dawson's band project with harpist Rhodri Davies and friends present their album 'Mogic' out in November on Weird World/Domino
Pill Fangs / Karl Band / Daniela Dyson / BPC in Bristol
Cafe Kino Pill Fangs / Karl Band / Daniela Dyson / BPC
Live music, poetry and botanical print making from Bristol Print Collective
Still Corners in Bristol
The Louisiana Still Corners
Dreamy Sub Pop outfit, soon to release their fourth LP 'Slow Air'
Witch And The Wolf Live / Fragile Things + support in Bristol
The Lanes Witch And The Wolf Live / Fragile Things + support
Witch And The Wolf present their third night in the heart of Bristol at The Lanes!
Rakta in Bristol
Rough Trade Bristol Rakta
Brazilian face melters!
Stolen Body Presents: Paul Jacobs w/ support TBA in Bristol
The Old England Pub Stolen Body Presents: Paul Jacobs w/ support TBA
Paul Jacobs comes back with a new release - Easy - out on October 19th through Stolen Body Records.
Worm Disco Club present; Joe Armon Jones & band in Bristol
Exchange Worm Disco Club present; Joe Armon Jones & band
Brownswood artist and super talented Keys player of Ezra Collective.
In:Motion / Love International in Bristol
Motion In:Motion / Love International
Love International lands in the west country.
Camo Clave  in Bristol
The Old Market Assembly Camo Clave
EP launch for tropical trailblazers Camo Clave
Barbara Morgenstern + Rosena in Bristol
The Cube Barbara Morgenstern + Rosena
Visionary folktronica from Berlin + support from Bristol's own
Blue Orchids/Flux Capacitors/Short Stories in Bristol
Crofters Rights Blue Orchids/Flux Capacitors/Short Stories
Founding member of The Fall, Martin Bramah, with his band Blue Orchids.
Chris Webb (full band gig)  with Jack Cookson in Bristol
Zed Alley Chris Webb (full band gig) with Jack Cookson
Chris Webb teams up with Company of Thieves members to play one-off full band gig!
Sundays & Cybele/シベールの日曜日 // MOHIT in Bristol
The Old England Sundays & Cybele/シベールの日曜日 // MOHIT
Hokkaido psych-dreamers Sunday & Cybele are ready for their Bristol debut!

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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