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Bristol's Experimental Music Listings

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Bristol's Experimental Music Scene

It’s Bristol’s dance music that has earnt Bristol’s music scene international recognition, but the city’s playful experimentation between musicianship, electronics and sound art that is starting to gain the most traction. It's with a sigh of relief that we bid farewell to loop-pedal-powered hippies of the past and embrace the patch bays, compressors and modular synths of the future. All Bristol’s experimental music events are listed on this page.

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What our editors say

“Following the release of his critically acclaimed and expansive album Music For Animals in September 2022, Nils made his return to the live stage for the first time since 2019 with his current global tour, Music For. Since then, he is back touring all over the world, presenting brand-new music moving between the worlds of experimental, ambient and electronica.”
From: Music For Bristol

“Crafted as ‘jukebox worthy singles’, their songs fuse Radio Wolf’s soulful electric guitar, soaring synths, atmospheric experimental SFX, pulsating electro-dance beats and of course the haunting vocals of NINA.”
From: Hotline Bristol Part Deux

“Boasting an intense work ethic and a wildly experimental outlook that reaches from synth prog to folk-rock, the stats on Australian psychedelic collective King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s colourful career are stacking up fast, with 25 albums thus far – 13 of which charted in Australia’s Top 20.”
From: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

“Two albums, numerous EP and mini-album releases deep, 2020's 'Now Here's An Echo From Your Future', and 2023's 'The Rest Is Distraction' received critical acclaim across the board for their experimental, intense and abrasive take on post-punk, with lyrical content that focuses on human, internal mental struggles, leaving the banner waving and sloganeering to the current crop of UK groups. 'Enveloped' from the 2022 German release 'Konsumrausch' added dark electronics and drum machines into the mix, while recently released single 'I Know No Other Way' stripped back some of the noisier elements of their sound, and replaced it with glassy clarity and a cold sparseness.”

“joining the lineup will be Manchester hardware / software wizard and sound design / visual artist LSMarley - whose music has been featured in by Arts Council England, various contemporary dance productions and has previously performed as part of the AGEOFTHE collective in Leeds. LSMarley's music walks a line somewhere between the experimental sound design of acts like Emptyset or Amon Tobin's ISAM project with modern mutant club sounds - music for the body and mind equally”
From: SSP4 w Ye Gods, LSMarley, Monika Badly & BloodTest

Trending Experimental Music Gigs

The Book Club + Clemencie & Half Happy at Rough Trade Bristol
— Rough Trade Bristol
synthpop alternative rock indie rock shoegaze psych
— Dareshack
post-punk dark wave
Sunnbrella at The Louisiana
— The Louisiana
experimental pop synthpop indie rock shoegaze experimental
أحمد  / Josephine Foster / Skylla at Strange Brew
— Strange Brew
freak folk experimental
QWAK Club presents.. at The Cube
— The Cube
Keeley Forsyth at Bristol Beacon
— Bristol Beacon

Bristol's Trending Live Music Venues

Exchange The Louisiana Jam Jar The Trinity Centre The Marble Factory Rough Trade Bristol
Ryoji Ikeda presents ‘ultratronics’ +  Jlin at Bristol Beacon
— Bristol Beacon
art pop footwork experimental
Klein / Aho Ssan / Penumbra at Bristol Beacon
— Bristol Beacon
in Motion | Class+Jam at The Trinity Centre
— The Trinity Centre
experimental workshops & classes
Elaine Mitchener/ Jules Reidy/ Lonnie Holley at Bristol Beacon
MINAMI DEUTSCH / 南ドイツ at Dareshack
— Dareshack
experimental rock rock alternative rock psych
Bristol New Music 2024 at Various venues
— Various venues
contemporary classical experimental festival
— Dareshack
contemporary classical experimental
Moor Mother at Bristol Beacon
— Bristol Beacon
contemporary jazz experimental hip hop jazz poetry
DRAHLA at Dareshack
— Dareshack
alternative rock punk post-punk noise rock experimental
BIG BRAVE + AICHER at Dareshack
— Dareshack
metal alternative rock experimental noise
Yellow Days at The Trinity Centre
— The Trinity Centre
psych soul
The Rain Parade + special guests at Strange Brew
Oh, The Guilt & HAVVK - double album launch gig at Rough Trade Bristol
— Rough Trade Bristol
post-punk grunge shoegaze lgbtq+ drag
Jaguar Sun + Junior at Dareshack
— Dareshack
art pop indie rock shoegaze