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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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The Old England Pub
Chris Forsyth & Dr CHAN
A mixup medly of heady spacey jams and lo-fi garage rock at The Old England
The Stag And Hounds
Schwet with Agnes Aves
DJs spinning post-punk, psychedelia, underground techno, mutant disco, world music, krautrock etc.
Exchange
Cosmic Soul Collective
Organic Experimental Expression
Church of St John the Baptist
Ålesund+Hannah Nicholson+Brook Tate+Gina Leonard
A night of ethereal Indie Folk at St John the Baptist’s Church
The Brunswick Club
H + H + M light show
Experimental Analogue Light Show
The Gallimaufry
Satta Lites w/ Andy Payback
Rarities, dubplates and one-aways
Mon 26th/02/2018
The Old England Pub
Come Alt Jam (on Monday this week)
Weekly open to all and no rules jam session
Tue 27th/02/2018
The Old England Pub
Improv's Greatest Hits - Coims, Hexcut and more
ECLECTIC FUTURE IMPROV AND JAZZ championing new explosion in bristol improvised based music of all kinds and with outside guest
Wed 28th/02/2018
Crofters Rights
The Sound Cupboard
Monthly forward thinking night newly into its 5th year. This month is a free jazz party with both masters and newcomers
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift w/ Andrew Neil Hayes (Run Logan Run)
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Thu 1st/03/2018
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
The Canteen
Hippo
They claim to be future jazz, thanks to jousting synths and restless drumming with a hefty dose of improvisation.
Sat 3rd/03/2018
Star and Garter
No Future Presents: The Astral Plane UK Tour 2k18
LA based experimental club label graces the Star & Garter
Victoria Rooms
Come and Play Day
Musicians invited to all-day workshop of a brand new work by Nigel Osborne
Sun 4th/03/2018
LEFTBANK
Modulus III live
Live improvised Electronic
Mon 5th/03/2018
The Bristol Fringe
FringeFreeMusic
Improvised music with the FringeFreeMusic regular quartet
Wed 7th/03/2018
Fringe Jazz
MARTIN SPEAKE TRIO
Groundbreaking Anglo-American Trio
Colston Hall
Solomon Grey (in The Lantern)
Acclaimed composer/producer duo bring captivating original sound to The Lantern
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift Trio
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Thu 8th/03/2018
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
Fri 9th/03/2018
The Stag And Hounds
Woven Skull & Yerba Mansa
Outer-limits improvised trance rock from rural Ireland & Manchster
The Cube
The Osiris Club, Asteroid Deluxe, Run Logan Run
Avant guard metal, stoner rock and jazz!!!!
Sat 10th/03/2018
The Old England Pub
Luminous Bodies / Taman Shud / Acid Cannibals
The Bristol debut of STONER VIOLENCE in the form of a mysteriously coughed up cacophony... ACID CANNIBALS!
The Cube
Improv's Greatest Hits
Improv night dedicated to challenging attitudes and distorting traditional jazz and other forms of music
The Gallimaufry
Satta Lites w/ Kelan (Slack Alice)
Up front dancehall and sugary pop hooks
Sun 11th/03/2018
Hy-Brasil Music Club
Gnoomes + The Altered Hours
Gravy Train Presents: Gnoomes (Rocket Recordings) + The Altered Hours + More TBA
Wed 14th/03/2018
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift - Reworks: Cinematic Orchestra
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
The Louisiana
Mutant-Thoughts
Experimental Alternative evening
Thu 15th/03/2018
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
Fri 16th/03/2018
Lawrence Hill Industrial Estate
Dialogue
Two rooms of techno and live electronics hosted in a swingers club
Sat 17th/03/2018
Take Five Cafe
Diessa // Donnagan // Yuki Ame // Ifeoluwa GR001
Breathe, Repeat release show. downtempo, ambient, techno, IDM + more
The Gallimaufry
Satta Lites w/ Beavis
Idles drummer, never a butthead
Sun 18th/03/2018
Colston Hall
Ivo Neame
Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival presents...
Wed 21st/03/2018
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift w/ Zeitgeist
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Thu 22nd/03/2018
Exchange
Crowhurst / Atragon / Torpor / Age Decay
An evening of crushing blackened metal borne and tied intimately to the sludgey ruins of modernity and lifted by harsh experimentation and
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
Sat 24th/03/2018
Exchange
GERM II: Oliver Wilde (band), MXLX, Kayla Painter
The launch show for Chapter II of The Bristol Germ, featuring three heroic figures from the past few years of Bristol's leftield music
Hy-Brasil Music Club
MADONNATRON + Guests (FREE)
Gravy Train Presents: Madonnatron + Support TBA + Gravy Train DJs
Wed 28th/03/2018
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift: Open Collaboration
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Thu 29th/03/2018
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
The Canteen
Yusufla
You can do a lot with a three-sax frontline, or at least you can if you have the kind of musical imagination that Yusufla have.
Fri 30th/03/2018
The Loco Klub
Continuous Movement - Tako (Music From Memory/RLR)
Redlight Records & Music From Memory associate and renowned digger; Tako sound tracks our new space. Featuring special guests.
Sat 31st/03/2018
Salt Cafe
Kodian Trio & guests
Free Jazz, Free Improvisation, Free Noise
The Gallimaufry
Satta Lites w/ Andy Payback
Rarities, dubplates and one-aways
Sun 1st/04/2018
Exchange
Easter Everywhere!
Psychedelic folk from around the world
Thu 5th/04/2018
Rough Trade
NNTS: Nabihah Iqbal (Formally Throwing Shade)
Moody, propulsive basslines with shimmering synth atmospheres.
Wed 11th/04/2018
Thekla
Alex Cameron
Australian croon pop maestro, collaborating with Angel Olsen and The Killers on his latest record.
Thu 12th/04/2018
The Lanes
Minami Deutsch (JP) + Guests
Gravy Train & The Lanes Present: Minami Deutsch (JP) + Support TBA
Sat 14th/04/2018
The Brunswick Club
Sounds of Sisso, Guttersnipe, Harrga
High-energy Tanzanian dance mania & the UK's finest alien punk duo
The Old Market Assembly
Level Up
Level Up is a cosplay night for all those who like to dress their best and strut their stuff
Fri 20th/04/2018
Spike Island
Elysia Crampton, Coby Sey, Laurie and Olly, AUDINT
A night of visionary contemporary live music in the Spike Island gallery space.
Sat 21st/04/2018
Crofters Rights
Thorny: MHYSA / lawd knows + guests
Platform for the underrepresented voices of Bristol & beyond
Wed 25th/04/2018
The Old England Pub
Death Engine / Wren / Cegvera / Children
Sounds to bathe in the bleak brutalist realisation of now featuring DEATH ENGINE, WREN, CEGVERA
Exchange
Cosmo Sheldrake + support
Wonderfully eccentric multi-instrumentalist hero
Thu 26th/04/2018
Rough Trade Bristol
SPECTRES / HOUSEWIVES / E B U
Howling Owl Records present another night of unforgivable excellence.
Fri 4th/05/2018
The Cube
Matana Roberts & Kelly Jayne Jones
A brand new collaboration developed and performed for the first time at The Cube
Tue 22nd/05/2018
Hy-Brasil Music Club
MLUTV Presents: IS BLISS
MLUTV Presents: IS BLISS + JENNIFER + WYCH ELM + THE MALARKEY
Sun 27th/05/2018
The Old England Pub
All-Day Bash: Toke / Year of the Cobra / More TBA
Filthy All-Day Bash; comprised of the globes finest Sludge-slingers!
Fri 1st/06/2018
Blue Mountain
Krupted Presents ? ? ? ? BIG BRAND LINK
Without a doubt a GURANTEE'D date for your diary this summer!
Sat 9th/06/2018
The Louisiana
Palm + Support
Palm plays rock music backwards