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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 Sasha Velour in Bristol
ESDR presents Sasha Velour in Bristol Tickets
Eat Sleep Drag Repeat present SASHA VELOUR
ESDR presents Alaska: Poundcake LIVE (BRISTOL 14+) in Bristol
ESDR presents Alaska: Poundcake LIVE (BRISTOL 14+) in Bristol Tickets
Alaska Thunderf*ck Poundcake LIVE in concert (90 minute show from Alaska)
Elder // King Buffalo // Sigiriya // Sgt. T'hoof in Bristol
Elder // King Buffalo // Sigiriya // Sgt. T'hoof in Bristol Tickets
Psychedelic landscapes, with luscious stoner rock groove.

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.
Pond+Fresh Juice: Tropic + Guests  in Bristol
Pond+Fresh Juice: Tropic + Guests in Bristol Tickets
Pond Blog and Fresh Juice present Tropics' Single Launch show at The Crofters Rights
Pikacyu*Makoto, KURO, EP64 & Mummies in Bristol
Pikacyu*Makoto, KURO, EP64 & Mummies in Bristol Tickets
Evening of psych & experimental acts from Japan & Bristol in a 14th century crypt
Cloudshoes, EP/64, PonPon & Lot Grundy in Bristol
Cloudshoes, EP/64, PonPon & Lot Grundy in Bristol Tickets
'BLOOM Presents' at the Wardrobe Theatre

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

The Ballina Whalers in Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre The Ballina Whalers
Using just their incredible voices, Pete Truin, Jamie Doe and Sam Brookes explore ballads, shanties and seafaring songs that tell tales of w
Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith (Plus A in Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith (Plus A
Highly acclaimed multi-instrumentalist folk duo who play traditional and original storytelling music of the British Isles.
Greenhorn // The Dead At Sea // More TBA in Bristol
The Gryphon Greenhorn // The Dead At Sea // More TBA
A night of enormous brutal, sludge and luscious. gripping soundscapes.
The Thing, KonstruKt & Calcine Quartet in Bristol
Exchange The Thing, KonstruKt & Calcine Quartet
The Scandinavian and Turkish free jazz overlords unite!
Elephant Tree // Old Man Lizard // Sky:Lark! in Bristol
The Old England Pub Elephant Tree // Old Man Lizard // Sky:Lark!
Expect: Doom, Stoner, Sludge, Country-Flare, with Big Riffs and Big Beats.
Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow in Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow
Folk music from Europe, America and beyond; combining dazzling playing with a fine sense of musicality and showmanship and some damn great t
Girl Ray in Bristol
The Louisiana Girl Ray
London based / Moshi Moshi signed indie pop
NNTS : COM TRUISE - Live in Bristol
The Fleece NNTS : COM TRUISE - Live
hyper-futuristic and vintage cyberfunk. "Neo-nostalgia"
Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra (Pl in Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra (Pl
Potent songs, silky double-bass, fiery fiddling and smoking harmonicas. An album launch event for their latest live release; D’rect From The
THE PROPER ORNAMENTS in Bristol
Crofters Rights THE PROPER ORNAMENTS
Gravy Train presents: The Proper Ornaments, plus support TBA.
Rachel Newton (Plus Effra) in Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre Rachel Newton (Plus Effra)
Stunning singer, fiddle player and harpist, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Musician of the Year 2017 and Scottish Traditional Music Awards Instrumen
Acid Mothers Temple in Bristol
Exchange Acid Mothers Temple
Acid Mothers Temple in Bristol 19.10.17
Ulrika Spacek in Bristol
The Louisiana Ulrika Spacek
Huge / wiggy psych rock from London
Stoned Jesus // Beastmaker  // More TBA in Bristol
Exchange Stoned Jesus // Beastmaker // More TBA
For the first time ever in the UK, Ukraine's Stoned Jesus will perform their pinnacle album 'Seven Thunders Roar' in its entirety.
Front Country in Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre Front Country
This ground-breaking, genre-shaking San Francisco group screw up every tradition of the sound America gave to the world and remoulded it.

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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