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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.
Check out this week’s Bristol gig selections over on the Headfirst Facebook page and don’t forget to like us for ticket alerts and announcements about interesting bands coming to Bristol.
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.
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.
SWISS SYNTH PUNX AT THE SURREY
Lo-fi new wave and wonky post-punk from Geneva girls Maraudeur.
They stop off at The Surrey Vaults on 19th Oct, as part of their first UK jaunt. Their debut LP is out soon on bruit direct disques, continuing the punk-funk stylings of ESG, Kleenex and Delta 5.
Tickets: hdfst.uk/E41074 £3.50 + 50p.
Limited Free eTickets, Trinity Centre, 7th November 2017
At a time when the creative industries are facing financial pressures from all angles, arts funding is important now more than ever. PRS for Music - one of the UK’s main funding platforms - have teamed up with Glastonbury Festival (official) to deliver a one-off workshop focused on helping developing artists secure the financial help they need. The session kicks off with a half hour conversation and Q+A with Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis, before moving on to a panel discussion and networking session featuring representatives from BBC Introducing, Arts Council England, Bristol Music Trust and more.
Limited free tickets:
WORM DISCO CLUB: HELIOCENTRICS
London’s The Heliocentrics might just be a crate-diggers’ wildest fantasy. The shapeshifting psychedelic collective somehow sew a thread from cosmic jazz, Italian library breaks, Anatolion rock, Afro-funk and beyond. Previous collaborators include Ethio-jazz legend Mulatu Astatke (Official Artist Page), THE GASLAMP KILLER and MF Doom. Catch them live at The Kuumba Centre.
Tickets: £12 + 50p.
EDITOR’S PICK: SUN ARAW
Obsessed by stringed instruments, Araw’s music is a tangle of weightless staccato plucks, gated percussion and deliciously clumsy mechanical rhythm. Following collaborations with Laraaji and The Congos, Sun Araw’s current 3 piece ensemble brings “cowboy poetry” to his sonic playground. Vocals bound in tape delay drip with mescaline while arrhythmic samples pan hard into the corners of the desert sky.
The gig is this Tuesday at The Crofters Rights, presented by Qu Junktions.
Tickets: £8 +50p.
The Scandinavian and Turkish free jazz overlords unite!
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.
Like a delightfully broken Ben Webster, Alabaster dePlume's fragile, breathy saxophone playing is as immediately captivating as it is extraordinary. Performing with the Bloom musicians (Yama Warashi, The Evil Usses et al), expect delicate solo work, warm ensemble and spoken word in turmoil from the Mancunian's bitter tongue.
DePlume joins Daniel Inzani's Spindle Ensemble and diy instrument maker ICHI for an afternoon of unconventional jazz/folk/classical music at The Wardrobe Theatre. Next Sunday, 10th September, 4pm. Tickets: £10 +50p.
An evening of radical dance, sound art and experimental DJs at The Brunswick Club, a re-purposed working man’s club in central Bristol.
Headlined by Imma Asher: the captivating NYC nightlife personality and transgressive performer. Holly Herndon collaborator Colin Self will also perform a piece that aims to transcend boundaries via “queer theory, liturgical ritual, trap rhythms and electro-acoustic sound design”. More TBA soon.
Tickets: £10-14 + 50p.
DETROIT NOISE LEGENDS
–––– Wolf Eyes hit Exchange on Sat 11th Aug, via Cacophonous Sarcophagus.
The 'Trip Metal' pioneers claim to be "U$A's longest-running homemade primitive electronic poetry & vibes trio". Even more chaotic sounds from Guttersnipe; the UK's most eccentric & deranged punk duo. Plus, a rare live set from infamous mash-up overlord ShITmAT.
Tickets: £10 + 50p.
TICKET WARNING: ESDR W/ ALASKA
Serving up a 90-minute live show of pure rebellious realness, Alaska Thunderfuck is one queen you don't wanna mess with. The RuPaul drag race winner will be packing the Poundcake into Thekla Bristol for Eat Sleep Drag Repeat next Sunday .
Tickets: £25 - £40)
Using just their incredible voices, Pete Truin, Jamie Doe and Sam Brookes explore ballads, shanties and seafaring songs that tell tales of w
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.