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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
The Utopia Strong (Steve Davis, Kavus Torabi)
Prog guitarist Kavus Torabi and former snooker player Steve Davis team up with Michael J. York to form The Utopia Strong
Crofters Rights
BLG / Wizzarding Promotions Presents: Kristof Hahn
BLG & Wizzarding Promotions Proudly Presents: Kristof Hahn (Swans) plus support
LEFTBANK
LUNAR Sessions | Bristol Launch
Eclectic live performance, sound and visuals at LeftBank.
The Hare on the Hill
The Twelve Hour Foundation
Bristol-based synth duo playing sounds created from samples of household objects and the human body
The Louisiana
Pram
Experimental pop band Pram bring their beautifully constructed and tautly produced sound world to The Louisiana this December.
Exchange
Yoke / Carnivorous Plants / Euan Metz
Basement Show. Noise / Free Improvisation / Sonic Weirdness
Crofters Rights
POLYGAZE Christmas Edition
An evening for you to enjoy some blasting sounds, proggy polyrhythms and shoegazey soundscapes.
Crofters Rights
The Sound Cupboard
A night of improvised & electronic music with a piece of cardboard & talkie/walkies
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift: Reworks: Astral Weeks
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Bristol Academy of Creative Music
Songwriting Course Taster Class
We are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to be mentored by one of the leading UK songwriters, James Warren
Rough Trade Bristol
BLUE HAWAII
Trance, acoustic, UK garage, trip-hop and house, lighthearted and groovy.
The Louisiana
The Cat Magic
Bristol dream pop 4-piece return to the Louisiana
Crofters Rights
Ossia & EP/64 support by Sunun
In their 55th performance, EP/64 meets the mighty Ossia to created a new challenging set of electronic & improvised music
The Cube
QWAK club #6: Kelly Jayne Jones + Jon Collin
QWAK club is a carefully curated night at the Cube of out-there sound, vision and performance coupled with a fun and inclusive atmosphere.
The Louisiana
Timbers #2 - Flag Fen / Cities and Memory / Bubba
A midwinter rite of audiovisual disturbance
Mr Wolfs
John E Vistic Rock N Roll Soundsystem plus DJs
VistMas Special Post-Xmas, Pre-NYE gig with Special Guest punk rock DJs
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift: Reworks: TBC
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Crofters Rights
The Bottle presents: Lynks Afrikka, Football FC...
Lynks Afrikka, Football FC, Social Contract + The Milkshake Boys (DJ)
Cafe Kino
Tongue Theory - Day 1 (Evening)
2 Day Festival of Free Improvisation, Noise, Free Jazz & other avant-gardery
Exchange
Tongue Theory - Day 2 (Afternoon)
2 Day Festival of Free Improvisation, Noise, Free Jazz & other avant-gardery
Exchange
Tongue Theory - Day 2 (Evening)
2 Day Festival of Free Improvisation, Noise, Free Jazz & other avant-gardery
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift: Open Collaboration
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
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.
Thekla
Black Country, New Road
Cambridge based Speedy Wunderground signees return to Bristol.
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
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//Cegvera
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
The Cube
VANISHING TWIN + TARA CLERKIN TRIO
Gravy Train proudly present: Vanishing Twin, plus Tara Clerkin Trio.
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift: Synesthesia w/ Holysseus Fly
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
The Gallimaufry
Snazzback Open Stage
The spirit of collaboration
The Island
Semi Peppered w/ Mozhgan & Solar
Behold the powers of the psychedelic techno Gods.
Crofters Rights
Black Marble // Panther Modern
Sacred Bones Lo-Fi dark pop cult Black Marble will be finally playing Bristol for the first time!
Cafe Kino
Silencio. An evening of Ambient Music.
The Grey Area presents an evening of ambient music.
The Trinity Centre
Anna Meredith
Anna Meredith’s blending of electric and acoustic instruments comes to Bristol
The Elmer's Arms
Sister Squish: Chapter 1
Danceable rarities for the nation
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 (Austria / Sonic Cathedral)
Skeletal, celestial shoegaze that reflects the cold beauty of the Austrian Alps.
St George's Bristol
Damien Jurado
with support from Dana Gavanski
The Lanes
MAGIC SHOPPE + RADIATORS
US / Little Cloud Records / Cardinal Fuzz
The Lanes
Molchat Doma / Молчат Дома
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.
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).
Crofters Rights
Tempers
NYC synthwave duo Bristol comeback!
Rough Trade Bristol
HOUSEWIVES
(LONDON, BLANK EDITIONS)
The Loco Klub
Blanck Mass
Colston Hall presents at Loco Klub
Exchange
Dystopian Future Movies x Grave Lines
Double-headline show for the gloom-ridden apocalypse
Exchange
Strange Circuits (USA) + Support
Cult industrial electronica from the US with local supports
Colston Hall Foyer
SEED Ensemble
A Mercury Award-nominated ten piece band led by alto saxophonist and composer Cassie Kinoshi.
Exchange
Devon Welsh
Montreal-based singer, songwriter, and artist Devon Welsh presents his delicately crafted songs at Exchange.
Various venues
Bristol New Music (festival pass)
4 days of concerts, exhibitions + workshops across the city
Exchange
MAXIMUM SPIRIT ECONOMY! PHARMAKON + MORE TBA
Pharmakon returns to shudder the city.
SWX
Girl Band
“It’s a hellish noisy odyssey in vicious rock n roll” Crack