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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

Pete&Bas Lads on Tour Bristol show  in Bristol
Pete&Bas Lads on Tour Bristol show in Bristol Tickets
Pete&Bas back in Bristol as part of their UK tour
Breakfest 2020 in Bristol
Breakfest 2020 in Bristol Tickets
Bigger. Better. Breakfest.
Levitation Room in Bristol
Levitation Room in Bristol Tickets
Bristol's L.A. psychedelic pop favourites Levitation Room are back!
Seas Of Mirth & Ushti Baba + PsychoAcoustic Goat in Bristol
Seas Of Mirth & Ushti Baba + PsychoAcoustic Goat in Bristol Tickets
Bristol big banger double headliner! Get immersed in some downright wonky delights and some sub aquatic sensory fun.

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.
TRIPTYCH tickets
Hosted by Gravy Train, the inaugural Triptych saw the likes of AJA, E B U, and SCALPING deliver searing and triumphant sets. The festival returns with another exceptional line-up with enigmatic Italian noise artist Mai Mai Mai, vociferous alt-rock heavyweights Hey Colossus and hypnotic doom techno courtesy of Justin K Broadrick all to anticipate. Not to mention local off-kilter fuzz-pop legends Pet Shimmers and buoyant psych prodigies The Evil Usses; Triptych looks to cement a reputation as an imperative yearly happening for all experimental/noise fans great and small. This heady mix of local and international acts is set to explode across Exchange, Stag and Hounds Public House, and The Elmer's Arms on Saturday June 8th ? Final Release Tickets: hdfst.uk/E50252
TRIPTYCH tickets
Celebrating the more obscure, dissenting sounds from our local scene, Gravy Train's Triptych day festival on Saturday boasts a formidable wealth of Bristol acts (as well as experimental royalty Justin K Broadrick, Hey Colossus and Mai Mai Mai to name just a few). Our Avon highlights are the spectral, hypnotic soundscapes of Orryx; brooding darkwave courtesy of Fever 103o; oscillating, psychedelic techno from Rainbow Slicer and the eccentric decadence of a certain Lazarus Kane. And if you’ve not yet witnessed the sheer, unadulterated sensory onslaught of Bad Tracking or the abrasive industrial trap of Kinlaw & Franco Franco then prepare for a cathartic sonic onslaught as they play consecutively at The Elmer's Arms. ? Final Release Tickets: hdfst.uk/E50252
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 ?
POSTPONED! Chai Wallahs Presents: Afla Sackey in Bristol
POSTPONED! Chai Wallahs Presents: Afla Sackey in Bristol Tickets
Chai Wallahs Presents: Afla Sackey & Afrik Bawantu
GoGo Penguin / European Tour 2020 in Bristol
GoGo Penguin / European Tour 2020 in Bristol Tickets
“the Radiohead of British jazz” (Line of Best Fit)
FREYA BEER in Bristol
FREYA BEER in Bristol Tickets
Free show presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
FREYA BEER in Bristol
FREYA BEER at The Lanes in Bristol
Free show presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
TEMPESST in Bristol
TEMPESST at The Lanes in Bristol
Free show presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
THE IMBECILES in Bristol
THE IMBECILES at The Lanes in Bristol
Free show presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.

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.
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
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 ?

TRENDING GIGS

The Genius of David Bowie playing Scary Monsters in Bristol
Cloak and Dagger The Genius of David Bowie playing Scary Monsters
The Genius of David Bowie playing Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) (40th anniversary show)
India Electric Co. + support TBC in Bristol
Frenchay Village Hall India Electric Co. + support TBC
India Electric Co. headline Downend Folk Club's April concert at Frenchay Village Hall
Space Jams/ Steel City: Hotline Bristol in Bristol
Rough Trade Bristol Space Jams/ Steel City: Hotline Bristol
A retro wave evening in a record shop in Bristol
WP: Green Lung · Juniper Grave · Neuromatic in Bristol
Exchange WP: Green Lung · Juniper Grave · Neuromatic
Surges with all the druggy riffs and spooky psychedelia you could ever want
Shopping in Bristol
Rough Trade Bristol Shopping
Post-punk funkers Shopping return to Bristol
Rachel Baiman - Rescheduled in Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre Rachel Baiman - Rescheduled
Well versed in a variety of fiddle traditions including Old-Time, Bluegrass, Scottish and Canadian styles, Rachel Baiman is a versatile and
LIFE + Sleep Eaters at Rough Trade, Bristol  in Bristol
Rough Trade Bristol LIFE + Sleep Eaters at Rough Trade, Bristol
LIFE plus Sleep Eaters at Rough Trade, Bristol
BANANAGUN in Bristol
Rough Trade Bristol BANANAGUN
Brazilian tropicalia
Daoirí Farrell - Rescheduled  in Bristol
Jam Jar Daoirí Farrell - Rescheduled
Winner of two BBC Folk Awards 2017: The Horizon Award for best newcomer and Best Traditional Track
Nadia Reid in Bristol
Exchange Nadia Reid
The award winning NZ based folk artist returns to Bristol
Sinead O'Brien in Bristol
Rough Trade Bristol Sinead O'Brien
Irish poet and performer
 Silverbacks in Bristol
Crofters Rights Silverbacks
Silverbacks are a five-piece band based in Dublin.
Melt Yourself Down in Bristol
Jam Jar Melt Yourself Down
Colston Hall Presents at The Jam Jar
Dana Gavanski in Bristol
Exchange Dana Gavanski
BBC 6 Music approved, Toronto based Dana Gavanski returns to Bristol
Porridge Radio in Bristol
Exchange Porridge Radio
Dana Margolin and co bring their debut LP 'Every Bad' to Bristol
SKINNY MILK in Bristol
The Lanes SKINNY MILK
Free show presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
Siamese in Bristol
Crofters Rights Siamese
OMEGA Live & Lazarus Music by Arranagement with NMC Live Presents: Siamese at The Crofters Rights
IT: Psycho Comedy & Support in Bristol
The Grain Barge IT: Psycho Comedy & Support
Psycho Comedy bring their art rock sound to the dock of the bay
IMMERSE at Exchange (Basement), Bristol in Bristol
Exchange IMMERSE at Exchange (Basement), Bristol
IMMERSE play Exchange (Basement) on Thu 21st January as part of their UK run on the build up to their new album.
Postponed: Drag Queen Bingo: Disco Divas! in Bristol
The Love Inn Postponed: Drag Queen Bingo: Disco Divas!
Drag cabaret show with an irreverent twist
POSTPONED! Chai Wallahs Presents: Amy True in Bristol
The Old Market Assembly POSTPONED! Chai Wallahs Presents: Amy True
Chai Wallahs and Assembly Nights Present: Amy True
POSTPONED! Chai Wallahs Presents: Gypsy Hill in Bristol
The Old Market Assembly POSTPONED! Chai Wallahs Presents: Gypsy Hill
Chai Wallahs and Assembly Nights presents: Gypsy Hill
POSTPONED! Chai Wallahs Spring Gathering: Agbeko in Bristol
Jam Jar POSTPONED! Chai Wallahs Spring Gathering: Agbeko
Chai Wallahs Spring Gathering featuring Agbeko @ The Jam Jar
Urban Folk Quartet in Bristol
Bristol Folk House Urban Folk Quartet
“A sizzling hot ensemble who fuse folk with elements of dub, house and rock with an ease that shouldn’t naturally follow that list of genres
HELEN MONEY + STANFORD PARKER in Bristol
Exchange HELEN MONEY + STANFORD PARKER
USA / Thrill Jockey Records

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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