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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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Exchange
Continuous Movement w/ Max Abysmal, Zaltan +++
Back at the our the dark backroom of the exchange with three of our favourite dj's Max Abysmal, Zaltan & Kayne The Hermit
Rough Trade Bristol
An Evening With Joy - Single Release
Fresh out of the studio, Joy celebrate the release of their single "Plastic Waste (At The Bottom Of The Mariana Trench)"
The Lanes
THE ORANGE SKIES
Plus The Malarkey & Gabriel Templar.
The Hare on the Hill
Rauschenberg + DJ Skidmark
Electronic Rock am Roll/ Acid House
Thekla
Black Country, New Road
Cambridge based Speedy Wunderground signees return to Bristol.
Greenbank Pub
Arthaus Ensemble and Matthew Mark Dom
Poetry, free jazz and improvisation
Exchange
Who Are You?: Walt Disco - Mouse - Fever 103°
Who Are You begins 2020 with their most eclectic line-up yet
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift w/ AV Trio
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
LEFTBANK
OPEN MIC
Sing, strum, pluck, holler, rap - share your talents!
Cosies
Schwet x Plaque: FUMU (Youth) + Kinlaw
"Hard-edged, sweaty-palmed industrial electro, wrong-techno and aggro hip-hop jams"
Church of St John on the Wall
Dark Alchemy at St John on the Wall
A night of atmospheric Dark Ambient / Industrial / Neoclassical
The Cube
Surya//Sonance//Torpor
Vestigial Bristol and The Cube Microplex Presents A Night of Visuals and Doom / Post-metal / Sludge
Dare to Club
GET LOOSE PARTY #2
All night club night to Get Loose™ with Bruce and friends
Exchange
Printhead: Twin Siblings + Guests
Baritone Guitar and Drum Machine Sludge
Exchange
Sunday Improv Teams Z and Q
Freely Improvised Music and Noise
The Cube
VANISHING TWIN + TARA CLERKIN TRIO
Gravy Train proudly present: Vanishing Twin, plus Tara Clerkin Trio.
The Old England Pub
Slugabed (live band)
Independent Venue Week 2020: Slugabed ft a live band, at The Old E
Crofters Rights
The Sound Cupboard
Event of experimental & improvised msuic
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift: Synesthesia w/ Holysseus Fly
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
LEFTBANK
OPEN MIC
Sing, strum, pluck, holler, rap - share your talents!
The Gallimaufry
Snazzback Open Stage
The spirit of collaboration
The Island
Semi Peppered w/ Mozhgan & Solar
Behold the powers of the psychedelic techno Gods.
St. James' Wine Vaults
IVW / RMT Music • Penelope Isles (Bella Union)
Penelope Isles return to Bath as part of Independent Venue Week!
The Island
Germ III: Silver Waves Live (3D Audio) + Guests
A night of vital experimental music and technological innovation: Silver Waves, EP/64 (feat. Ben Vince), BAAST, Jackson Veil Panther
Crofters Rights
M!R!M
London-based Italian finest darkwave promo mini-tour!
Crofters Rights
Black Marble // Panther Modern
Sacred Bones Lo-Fi dark pop cult Black Marble will be finally playing Bristol for the first time!
Fringe Jazz
PAUL DUNMALL & JEFF WILLIAMS QUARTET
Two giants of post-Coltrane improvised music together in one band for the fist time.
LEFTBANK
OPEN MIC
Sing, strum, pluck, holler, rap - share your talents!
Cafe Kino
Silencio. An evening of Ambient Music.
The Grey Area presents an evening of ambient music.
Cosies
Absolute Body Control
Red Rack'em, Nathan Worm & Saeph
The Old England Pub
S/Tron - Bella Unwin - YAW
Free entry show at The Old England (synth pop/modular/ambient/techno)
Crofters Rights
Into The Wild - Back To Our Roots
We're going Back To Our Roots... lofi-house all night long.
The Trinity Centre
Anna Meredith
Anna Meredith’s blending of electric and acoustic instruments comes to Bristol
The Old England Pub
PTS w/ Oli XL, Gage & E B U
Oli XL, Gage & E B U — £5 / 6 / 7
The Elmer's Arms
Sister Squish: Chapter 1
Danceable rarities for the nation
Cafe Kino
Pigeon • Matt Davis • Deborah
Free Improvisation / Noise / Free Jazz / Male Bonding
LEFTBANK
OPEN MIC
Sing, strum, pluck, holler, rap - share your talents!
Jam Jar
LowKey 002: Kinkajous - Hidden Lines
LowKey are elated to announce the return of London based Kinkajous to Bristol in 2020.
St George's Bristol
Shards
Shards is the stunning vocal project led by singer / producer Kieran Brunt.
St Annes Church
Romance & Fantasy with Fran & Flora
Romance is in the air with the seductive sounds of Cello, Violin and voice of Fran and Flora, with fantasy folk from Eastern Europe.
Zed Alley
No Alternative: 16
Post-punk - Synth - Free Party
The Cube
Red River Dialect + guests
Shifting musics, heart wenching vocals, this is wild and touched folk making songs with a burning soul
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
LEFTBANK
OPEN MIC
Sing, strum, pluck, holler, rap - share your talents!
The Island
SCALPING
SCALPING + Spiritflesh + Sunun + Alya L at The Island
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
Молчат Дома // Cruelty
It's true: Belarus finest, cult synthwave band Molchat Doma are coming to Bristol!
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!
Crofters Rights
Mai Mai Mai // Kinlaw & Franco Franco
Noise industrial finest is back to Bristol with Kinlaw & Franco Franco for a proper britalian night!
The Loco Klub
KOSAR SOUNDS # 1
An evening of immersive audio (+ / )visual happenings: Launch of Kosar Sounds # 1
Cafe Kino
Trio Sowari/SALTINGSxMGxTH/Grolf Self/Yungylek
Free music, free improvisation, free noise but not free drinks (or curly fries).
Crofters Rights
Tempers // Jessica93
NYC synthwave duo Bristol comeback!
Rough Trade Bristol
HOUSEWIVES
(LONDON, BLANK EDITIONS)
The Thunderbolt
Uncollective Records Showcase
Six artists, nice noises, consensual hugs. Beer optional. Niceness mandatory.
The Loco Klub
Blanck Mass
Colston Hall presents at Loco Klub
The Old England Pub
Tool Shed (UK TOOL Tribute)
Hits, deep cuts and perhaps one or two surprises along the way.
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
L.O.T.I.O.N. mnc, Powerplant and Scumputer
New York post punk legends in the basement
Exchange
Strange Circuits (USA) + Support
Cult industrial electronica from the USA with local supports
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
Cafe Kino
Thomas Stone / SALTINGS / Dan Bennett / Phil Swan
The world may be going to shit, but at least we still have harsh noise
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 electronic underground music.
The Loco Klub
Rhythmia II
Part II of RHYTHMIA: a two-day event showcasing some of the finest in electronic underground music.
Exchange
Devon Welsh
Montreal-based singer, songwriter, and artist Devon Welsh presents his delicately crafted songs at Exchange.
Crofters Rights
HIDE // NGHTCRWLR
Noise industrial finest Bristol comeback!
Various venues
Bristol New Music 2020 (festival pass)
4 days of concerts, exhibitions + workshops across the city
Exchange
MSE! PHARMAKON + SHOW ME THE BODY + MORE TBA
Pharmakon and Show Me The Body return to shudder the city.
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
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