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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 rest of our experimental music listings are in the column to the left.

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The Cube
Red River Dialect + guests - CANCELLED
The band are sad to say they have had to postpone their tour and this show
The Lanes
MOLLY + PERFECT BODY + NOSSIENNES
MOLLY (Austria / Sonic Cathedral) - Skeletal, celestial shoegaze that reflects the cold beauty of the Austrian Alps.
The Old England Pub
U-Bahn
U-Bahn @ Old England
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift presents SWIMS
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
LEFTBANK
OPEN MIC
Sing, strum, pluck, holler, rap - share your talents!
The Thunderbolt
QUIET . LOUD
An evening of beautiful noise at all decibels.
The Grain Barge
Mike Dennis EP Launch
Rapping Violinist Mike Dennis launches his brand new EP
Lessens w/ Borrowed Atlas
Lessens w/ Borrowed Atlas
Two of Bristols best new noisy guitar bands
The Island
SCALPING
SCALPING + Spiritflesh + Sunun + Alya L at The Island
To The Moon
CLUB STOIC ft. CFrame, Nadoone, Spudd
Lucid Dub, 5D Jazz, Utopic Bass + other made-up genres
Crypt of St John on the Wall
Dark Alchemy Presents Dark Ambient in the Crypt II
Dark Alchemy return to the crypt with a night of deep dark sounds...
St George's Bristol
Damien Jurado
with support from Dana Gavanski
The Lanes
MAGIC SHOPPE + RADIATORS + ALMAGREY
MAGIC SHOPPE (US / Little Cloud Records / Cardinal Fuzz)
The Lanes
Molchat Doma / Cruelty / Private World
It's true: Belarus finest, cult synthwave band Molchat Doma are coming to Bristol!
Crofters Rights
The Sound Cupboard
A night of curious, marginal , improvised music & arts
The Old England Pub
The Syamisenist (JPN) + Hoggs Bison
Traditional Japanese music fused with prog from The Syamisenist, & Bristol math-rock formation Hoggs Bison
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift: Synesthesia
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
The Trinity Centre
A Winged Victory For The Sullen
A Winged Victory for the Sullen exist in a strikingly beautiful, ambient world.
LEFTBANK
OPEN MIC
Sing, strum, pluck, holler, rap - share your talents!
The Loco Klub
Kayla Painter + Run Logan Run - KOSAR SOUNDS # 1
An evening of immersive audio (+ / ) visual happenings: Launch of Kosar Sounds # 1
Crofters Rights
Mai Mai Mai // Kinlaw & Franco Franco
Noise industrial finest is back to Bristol with Kinlaw & Franco Franco for a proper britalian night!
Cafe Kino
Trio Sowari/SALTINGSxMGxTH/Grolf Self/Yungylek
Free music, free improvisation, free noise but not free drinks (or curly fries).
Lost and Grounded Brewers
Rainbow Yawn Live + Thought Forms DJ Set
Spewing spectra + retching soundscapes = RAINBOW YAWN
Crofters Rights
Tempers // Jessica93
NYC synthwave duo Bristol comeback!
Zed Alley
Birdman Cult / DAMEFRISØR / Sapphire Blues
Donut records presents...LIVE PUNK AND GARAGE ROCK
Cafe Kino
Marma Sessions: Transparency
Improvised Soundscapes and Visual Art
LEFTBANK
OPEN MIC
Sing, strum, pluck, holler, rap - share your talents!
Rough Trade Bristol
HOUSEWIVES
(LONDON, BLANK EDITIONS)
The Thunderbolt
Uncollective Records Showcase
Seven artists, nice noises, consensual hugs. Beer optional. Niceness mandatory.
The Old England Pub
KONS / Bella Unwin / Nossiennes
Post rock / downtempo / synth pop / semi modular / shoegaze
The Loco Klub
Blanck Mass
Colston Hall presents at Loco Klub
The Cube
Triple Negative, Jamaica!!, Rhodri Davies Viridian
Cacophonous Sarcophagus and QWAK club pull together an evening of music at the outer fringes.
The Old England Pub
Tool Shed (UK TOOL Tribute)
Hits, deep cuts and perhaps one or two surprises along the way.
The Lanes
INSECT ARK + ANTA
BLG present: Insect Ark (Swans), plus guests ANTA.
The Thunderbolt
CVC
Psych/funkadelic rock
Exchange
Special Interest, The Perverts & MissterSpoon
Electro-punk no-wave glam from New Orleans.
the Forge
Sefrial and Brackish
Sefrial are Gold, Sugar, Diamond encrusted magic
Asylum
BIOS
All Paths Lead To
Exchange
Dystopian Future Movies x Grave Lines
Double-headline show for the gloom-ridden apocalypse
The Old England Pub
CVBA / Beefywink / Vienna Youth
Post-hardcore, post-punk and shoegaze from across the UK
Bristol Folk House
Yorkston Thorne Khan
Colston Hall Presents at Bristol Folk House
Exchange
Davis / Grigg / Lash + Noizy Boize + Plop 2
Basement Show. Noise / Free Improvisation / Sonic Weirdness
Exchange
L.O.T.I.O.N. mnc, Powerplant and Scumputer
New York post punk legends in the basement
Exchange
Strange Circuits (USA) + Salac
Cult industrial electronica from the USA with local supports
Rough Trade Bristol
JFDR | Free Entry
Live + Signing (On Stage 7.30pm)
Exchange
Canapé w/Lurka & Ian DPM
The label’s residents are joined by some of Bristol’s most revered and vital dubstep, techno and breaks DJs: LURKA and Ian DPM.
Crofters Rights
Schwet x Bokeh Versions with Souk (Discrepant)
A Schwet x Bokeh Versions Joint, welcoming the inimitable Discrepant label to showcase their 'Souk' dance-faction.
Arnolfini
Kamilya Jubran & Werner Hasler (Wa Album Release)
The scintillating oud/electronics duo return for the release of their third album ‘Wa’.
The Loco Klub
Tuff Life x dBridge, Synkro & Loraine James
Tuff Life return in 2020 joined by dBridge, Synkro and Loraine James
Jam Jar
David Liebe Hart + GFOTY
Colston Hall Presents at The Jam Jar
The Old England Pub
Polaris IV: Shooting Stars
Experimental Journeys into the Unknown
PRSC
YardArts presents: Stuff & Nonsense
Expect the unexpected, at this consortium of performance!
Cafe Kino
Thomas Stone / SALTINGS / Dan Bennett / Phil Swan
The world may be going to shit, but at least we still have harsh noise
Crofters Rights
Isolated Youth
Fabrika Records (She Past Away, Lebanon Hanover & more) Swedish post-punk Bristol debut!
Colston Hall Foyer
SEED Ensemble
A Mercury Award-nominated ten piece band led by alto saxophonist and composer Cassie Kinoshi.
Exchange
Rhythmia I
Part I of RHYTHMIA: a two-day event showcasing some of the finest in underground electronic music.
The Loco Klub
Rhythmia II
Part II of RHYTHMIA: a two-day event showcasing some of the finest in electronic underground music.
The Lanes
FACS
Trouble In Mind Records & members of Disappears / Cat Power
Crofters Rights
SXHWXO1: Aircode, Silver Waves Viridian Ensemble
Silver Waves resurrects old birds Howling Owl to peel an Easter bludgeoning
Exchange
Devon Welsh
Montreal-based singer, songwriter, and artist Devon Welsh presents his delicately crafted songs at Exchange.
Various venues
Bristol New Music 2020: Festival Pass
4 days of concerts, exhibitions + workshops across the city
Arnolfini
Midori Takada - Bristol New Music Opening Concert
The opening concert of Bristol New Music 2020 is a rare UK performance by the masterful Japanese percussionist and composer Midori Takada.
Various venues
Bristol New Music: Friday Day Pass
4 days of concerts, exhibitions + workshops across the city
Various venues
Bristol New Music: Saturday Day Pass
4 days of concerts, exhibitions + workshops across the city
The Lanes
SOMETHING LEATHER
Organ Driven Dark Trippy Alternative Rock
Various venues
Bristol New Music: Sunday Day Pass
4 days of concerts, exhibitions + workshops across the city
Rough Trade Bristol
Rhys Lewis
Live + Signing (On Stage 7.30pm)
Exchange
Bonniesongs, Yumi and The Weather and qariaq
Dreamy experimental art-folk, psych-pop and dissonant avant-garde pop
Exchange
MSE! PHARMAKON + SHOW ME THE BODY + MORE TBA
Pharmakon and Show Me The Body return to shudder the city.
the Forge
Live at the Forge : Platin and Mr Mustard
Paltin; live fusion of electronic music and Jazz improvisation from Romanian born, Manchester-based pianist and composer, Liviu Gheorghe
Exchange
Braids (Live)
Colston Hall presents at Exchange
The Trinity Centre
Shabaka & the Ancestors
Uniquely spiritual and powerful
Jam Jar
Seas Of Mirth & Ushti Baba + PsychoAcoustic Goat
Bristol big banger double headliner! Get immersed in some downright wonky delights and some sub aquatic sensory fun.
The Lanes
Spaceslug // Forming The Void // + More
Following unprecedented demand... Welcome from the depths of space - SPACESLUG.
SWX
Girl Band
“It’s a hellish noisy odyssey in vicious rock n roll” Crack
The Lanes
Bdrmm
bdrmm (Hull / Shoegaze / Dream Pop) + guests
The Old England Pub
Satori, KOOE & more. The Old E. 21/05/2020
Satori and friends bringing you everything from harsh noise to dreamy soundscapes
Crofters Rights
tAngerinecAt on tour!
tAngerinecAt//This Human Condition//Theskyisthinaspaperhere
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