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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

Vile Creature / Bismuth / Age Decay in Bristol
Vile Creature / Bismuth / Age Decay in Bristol Tickets
A celebration of slow, heavy riffs at Bristol's Stag and Hounds Public House.
Cure Cabaret in Bristol
Cure Cabaret in Bristol Tickets
Off The Wall Performance, Created & Curated by Bristol Artists.


Rachel Baiman  in Bristol
Rachel Baiman in Bristol Tickets
Baiman found music to be a welcome escape from worrying about global politics. “I often found the constant discussion of seemingly unsolvabl
The Once in Bristol
The Once in Bristol Tickets
Indie-folk trio The Once bring together their Newfoundland roots with something altogether modern. Pure, understated but never lacking in he

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.
ILLEGAL DATA #4: Daddy Long Legs / Don Sinini +++ tickets
Illegal Data has come out of nowhere to become the most consistently surprising post-whatever 'club night' - with it's fingers so deep on the pulse that they're practically inside the vein. Four nights in and they've already hosted PC Music's SPINEE, a crushing nu-metal set from SLACK ALICE's Kelan, sino-grime from L U C Y and washes of machine noise from Silver Waves. This instalment welcomes Central Processing Unit nu-electro king Daddy Long Legs, industrial trap from Kinlaw and MC Franco Franco (Noods Radio / Avon Terror Corps) and cloud gazing dancehall from Mixpak's Don Sinini. Part of some really eye-watering promoters flocking to make theStag and Hounds Public House Bristol's finest music pub of late (RIP Surrey Vaults). 🎫 Tickets hdfst.uk/E48378 📺
The Grey Area presents: The Scorpios & Tezeta tickets
TheGreyArea welcomes The Scorpios to Bristol for their debut. Lead by vocalist Regia Ishag, they continue the legacy of legendary group The Scorpions. Fusing music old & new, rhythms from the Horn of Africa to Latin America, they’ve been out smashing the festival season. Now they hit The Lanes on 22nd Oct. Local support comes from the Bloom Collective's s 8-headed Tezeta project, started in tribute to Mulata Ashtake and the Ethiopiques series. 🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E46902 📺
JULIE'S HAIRCUT tickets
This Italian 6-piece have been active since the mid 90s, but their latest LP for Rocket Recordings sees them really opening up to a myriad of new sounds...organ-heavy trips recalling the Velvet Underground at their most debauched, floor-tom-led ethno-psych excursions, pulsing sax flourishes underpinned by an unwavering forward momentum, recalling Can or electric Miles Davis. They'll make their Bristol debut for Gravy Train atThe Crofters Rights on Sat 8th September. Tickets: hdfst.uk/E45836
The Grey Area: Goat, Mai Mai Mai & The Evil Usses tickets
Brain-child of electronic producer YPY, Japan’s Goat are masters of restraint. Removing all context, they are in essence a minimal techno act, delivered in a barebones post-punk fashion. Via bass guitar, saxophone and two percussionists, they wield almost inhuman levels of precision and polyrhythmic syncopation. Essential for fans of NISENNENMONDAI, Horse Lords, Housewives and 空間現代. They play The Crofters Rights, with support from the ever-entertaining The Evil Usses back after nearly 20 dates on the mainland and a new album. Presented by The Grey Area. Tickets:
Ian Sweet in Bristol
Ian Sweet in Bristol Tickets
Boston based, Hardly Art signed alt pop
Prudent Primate EP launch in Bristol
Prudent Primate EP launch in Bristol Tickets
Launch of the debut Prudent Primate EP with Snazzback and Insomnichord!
Prudent Primate EP launch in Bristol
Prudent Primate EP launch at Crofters Rights in Bristol
Launch of the debut Prudent Primate EP with Snazzback and Insomnichord!
Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow + Jacob & Drinkwater in Bristol
Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow + Jacob & Drinkwater at The Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol
Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow are a Bristol based duo playing acoustic, folk and roots music, Devon based duo Jacob & Drinkwater have been call

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.
The Grey Area: Goat, Mai Mai Mai & The Evil Usses tickets
Brain-child of electronic producer YPY, Japan’s Goat are masters of restraint. Removing all context, they are in essence a minimal techno act, delivered in a barebones post-punk fashion. Via bass guitar, saxophone and two percussionists, they wield almost inhuman levels of precision and polyrhythmic syncopation. Essential for fans of NISENNENMONDAI, Horse Lords, Housewives and 空間現代. They play The Crofters Rights, with support from the ever-entertaining The Evil Usses back after nearly 20 dates on the mainland and a new album. Presented by The Grey Area. Tickets:
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:
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:

TRENDING GIGS

Flook in Bristol
The Station Flook
FLOOK - The flutes of Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, the guitar of Ed Boyd and the bodhran of John Joe Kelly weave and spin traditionally r
Moore Moss Rutter in Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre Moore Moss Rutter
The distinct pulse, energy and group-intuition of trad-music haunts their playing as they continue to push the creative boundaries for Engli
Georgia Anne Muldrow & The Righteous in Bristol
Fiddlers Georgia Anne Muldrow & The Righteous
Colston Hall Presents at Fiddlers
The Rheingans Sisters in Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre The Rheingans Sisters
Winners of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Original Track, The Rheingans Sisters make playful, powerful and richly connecting music
Leveret in Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre Leveret
Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England's finest folk musicians. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each rega
Boy Harsher // Kontravoid in Bristol
The Lanes Boy Harsher // Kontravoid
Minimal synth/EBM enthusiasts Boy Harsher to be doing a Bristol debut show, exclusive to the south of England
Kælan Mikla in Bristol
Crofters Rights Kælan Mikla
Robert Smith's favourites female darkwave trio Kælan Mikla Bristol debut!
Toundra // Cegvera // Super Goliath in Bristol
The Old England Pub Toundra // Cegvera // Super Goliath
Spanish instrumental power-force TOUNDRA returns to Bristol for a rare intimate performance.
Leah Senior in Bristol
Crofters Rights Leah Senior
Voice of King Gizzard's "Murder of the Universe" Leah Senior to be doing her Debut show at the Crofters Rights!
Breakfast presents: Dim Vanilla EP Launch  in Bristol
The Mothers Ruin Breakfast presents: Dim Vanilla EP Launch
Swedish shoegaze stalwarts supported by brilliant Bristolian bulwarks.
Jerry Paper in Bristol
Crofters Rights Jerry Paper
Stones Throw avant-pop mind Jerry Paper to be doing his Bristol debut at The Crofters Rights!
Jamie Cruickshank EP Launch in Bristol
HOURS Space Jamie Cruickshank EP Launch
An intimate gig by Breakfast Records to celebrate the launch of Jamie Cruickshank's new EP 'Worn Through'
Martyn Joseph in Bristol
Bristol Folk House Martyn Joseph
"Intelligent and enlightened songs are both energising and provocative…from subtle tenderness to growly indignation. A Welsh national treasu
Air Waves in Bristol
Crofters Rights Air Waves
New LP 'Warrior' features Kevin Morby and Katie Von Schleicher
HER'S in Bristol
Exchange HER'S
Gravy Train presents... Her's, plus guests.
Omar Souleyman in Bristol
The Marble Factory Omar Souleyman
Syrian-born dabke pioneer
IT: Alcuna Wilds, We Are Strangers Minds & Arno in Bristol
The Lanes IT: Alcuna Wilds, We Are Strangers Minds & Arno
Alcuna Wilds bring Atmospheric Trip Rock to The Lanes for IVW!
Daniel Knox in Bristol
The Louisiana Daniel Knox
Chicago based composer, of whom's new LP features Jarvis Cocker
THE WAVE PICTURES in Bristol
Exchange THE WAVE PICTURES
The WAVE PICTURES in BRISTOL
N0V3L in Bristol
The Old England Pub N0V3L
Canadian post-punk-funk from members of Crack Cloud / Women
Boss Keloid // Desert Storm // Baron Greenback in Bristol
Crofters Rights Boss Keloid // Desert Storm // Baron Greenback
Stoner Rock extravaganza, featuring some of the UK's finest!
Acid Dad in Bristol
The Old England Pub Acid Dad
NYC's sewer spirits Acid Dad will be finally coming to Bristol for their first time at the Old England.

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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