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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

Stolen Body: Al Lover/Slift Co headline show  in Bristol
Stolen Body: Al Lover/Slift Co headline show in Bristol Tickets
Al Lover and Slift double album release show at The Islands basement venue.
MIDNIGHT RITUAL 2ND BIRTHDAY BASH! in Bristol
MIDNIGHT RITUAL 2ND BIRTHDAY BASH! in Bristol Tickets
2 Years of Showcasing the best in Latin Bass
Squirrel Flower in Bristol
Squirrel Flower in Bristol Tickets
Squirrel Flower will be live in-store at Rough Trade Bristol to perform tracks from her 'Contact Sports and Bonus Tracks' EP

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 sets from SLACK ALICE's Kelan, sino-grime from L U C Y, and washes of modular noise from Silver Waves. This instalment welcomes Central Processing Unit nu-electro king DADDY LONG LEGS, industrial trap from Kinlaw and Italian MC Franco Franco (from new Bristol firestarting collective Avon Terror Corps), vapor-dancehall from Mixpak's Don Sinini. Part of some really eye-watering promoters flocking to make The Stag And Hounds Public House Bristol finest music pub of late (RIP Surrey Vaults). 🎫 Tickets hdfst.uk/E48378 📺
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
Ashanti Beats Fundraiser in Bristol
Ashanti Beats Fundraiser in Bristol Tickets
Ashanti Beats presents a night of glory music, full of tropical beats and only good vibes to make your feet move!
Reggae artist 'NIGGI' Live On Stage  in Bristol
Reggae artist 'NIGGI' Live On Stage in Bristol Tickets
NIGGI LIVE ON STAGE!!! - The Red And White Pre Valentine Party.
No Go Stop in Bristol
No Go Stop at The Old Market Assembly in Bristol
A 12-piece Afrobeat collective you wouldn't want to miss.
Kasai Masai in Bristol
Kasai Masai at The Old Market Assembly in Bristol
First class exponents of the soukous style of music, Kasai Masai aren’t known for doing things by halves.

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:
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:

TRENDING GIGS

The Stroppies in Bristol
Crofters Rights The Stroppies
Melbourne-based DIY titans head to the south for their debut Bristol show
TRIPTYCH in Bristol
TBA TRIPTYCH
T R I P T Y C H : S A T U R D A Y 8 J U N E
James Yorkston in Bristol
The Louisiana James Yorkston
Returns to Bristol with new record 'The Route to the Harmonium’, out on Domino in Feb 2019.
Priests in Bristol
Rough Trade Bristol Priests
Washington D.C. punks return with the 2nd record 'The Seduction of Kansas'
DF: RIP • Sergeant Thunderhoof [Zed Alley] in Bristol
Zed Alley DF: RIP • Sergeant Thunderhoof [Zed Alley]
R.I.P. (US) & Sergeant Thunderhoof (UK) // Double Header at Zed Alley
Martin & Eliza Carthy in Bristol
The Station Martin & Eliza Carthy
English folk song legends
Bee Bee Sea in Bristol
The Lanes Bee Bee Sea
Lysergic Limes kickoff garage rockers Bee Bee Sea from Italy are coming back to Bristol!
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
The Underground Youth in Bristol
The Lanes The Underground Youth
Fuzz Club bright black stars are finally playing their first ever Bristol show!
Rakta & Deafkids in Bristol
Rough Trade Bristol Rakta & Deafkids
Brazilian Proto-Noise and Drone
Rozi Plain in Bristol
SouthBank Rozi Plain
After a lengthy absence the This Is The Kit collaborator returns to her adopted home of Bristol.
Mike Krol in Bristol
Crofters Rights Mike Krol
Merge signed American scuzzy punk Mike Krol returns after a four-year break.
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
CC Smugglers "How High" Album Launch Tour in Bristol
The Old Market Assembly CC Smugglers "How High" Album Launch Tour
CC Smuggler’s long awaited debut album is finally announced. ‘How High’ r
Anna St. Louis in Bristol
Hy Brasil Music Club Anna St. Louis
New record 'If Only There Was A River' was produced by Kevin Morby / Kyle Thomas (King Tuff)
Porridge Radio in Bristol
The Old England Pub Porridge Radio
Absolutely brilliant sadcore from Brighton.
Richard Digance with special guest Eric Sedge in Bristol
Bristol Folk House Richard Digance with special guest Eric Sedge
Richard Digance is a BAFTA Nominated entertainer and a recipient of The Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters.
Liela Moss in Bristol
The Louisiana Liela Moss
The Duke Spirit's singer brings her debut LP to Bristol.
Georgia Anne Muldrow & The Righteous in Bristol
Fiddlers Georgia Anne Muldrow & The Righteous
Colston Hall Presents at Fiddlers
MARSHES (featuring Beth Porter) plus STANLÆY in Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre MARSHES (featuring Beth Porter) plus STANLÆY
Marshes is the new incarnation of Beth Porter and the Availables. Stanlæy (Bethany Stenning) is primarily an artist, singer and multi-instru
Folk Devils / Inca Babies in Bristol
Crofters Rights Folk Devils / Inca Babies
An evening of Post-Punk-Blues and Swamp-Rock shenanigans from 80s John Peel favourites.
Etuk Ubong & Full Band (Nigerian Afro-Jazz) in Bristol
The Lanes Etuk Ubong & Full Band (Nigerian Afro-Jazz)
Afrobeat infused Jazz from a 9 piece Nigerian band.
Art School Girlfriend in Bristol
The Louisiana Art School Girlfriend
Signed to Paul Epworth's Wolf Tone label (home to The Horrors + Glass Animals)
DÄLEK + ANTA + MXLX + SANS in Bristol
The Lanes DÄLEK + ANTA + MXLX + SANS
Gravy Train x BLG presents: Dälek, plus support from Anta, MXLX & Sans.

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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