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Bristol's Free Gigs Scene

Where to find free music in Bristol Free music's pretty easy to find in Bristol. Whilst most gigs outside of the big venues are usually only a few quid, it's always nice to see some bands for free or a couple of pounds in a bucket (if they're good!) For guaranteed free music with your pint, go to a venue which has a free entry policy.

The Old Duke, The Canteen and The Golden Lion (except fridays) should probably be your first port-of-call to check out Coronation Tap are also very reliable and popular for free gigs. Luckily free gigs can happen anywhere, this means you can keep things interesting and not get bored of rotating the same Bristol venues. Free live music can crop up anywhere from the Grain Barge and Lousianna to Colston Hall and even St Georges.

Free outdoor gigs and festivals in Bristol

From mid June to the beginning of September Bristol Council and independent organisations put on some great free music events. Best of all there's something different almost every weekend and they don't cost any money! Significant large events include St Werbergh's Fair, The Harbourside Festival and St Pauls Carnival. In addition there are some great smaller, open air gigs with free entry to be found in places like Queens Square, Stokes Croft and Castle Park.
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The Canteen
Peanut Shuffle Club
Sweet and nutty pop songs from the 30s and 40s
The Canteen
Professor No Hair and The Wiglifters
Classic boogie-woogie piano from South London
Beer Emporium
Tim Funnell Trio
Jazz trio playing an eclectic mix of jazz standards and contemporary original compositions.
Kingsdown Vaults
KDV Open Mic - Every Thursday
Weekly Open Mic - All abilities welcome
El Rincon
Orphic
Cracking new acoustic jazz quartet
The Canteen
SOMA SOMA
Sun soaked compositions, groovy beats and contagious horns
El Rincon
The Slate Trio
A new jazz trio with shards of genius
The Chelsea Inn
Deathtraps / The Bitten / The Setbacks
A night of blistering punk rock - and FREE ENTRY!
The Rising Sun - Windmill Hill
Trip For Biscuits
Well known modern hits in a unique 1920's, toe tapping, tassel shaking style!
The Canteen
TwoManTing
Sunshine Afro-roots
The Gallimaufry
Sun Sessions w/ Two Day Coma
+ Alexander Sun, Kimbo Nice & Watching Paint Dry
The Canteen
Galli
Alternative, jazzy rock with the intimacy of singer-songwriter music
The Hare on the Hill
Kitchen Kapelye
Kitchen Kapelye play klezmer and Eastern European folk
The Golden Lion
The Pangollians
Rockabilly with a twist
The White Rabbit
Polish Your Pistols - Open Mic Night
PREPARE FOR THE WILDEST, MOST CAMP AND MOST DIVERSE OPEN MIC NIGHT
LEFTBANK
LeftBank Jazz Jam Feat. Greg Sterland
Top tenor guests at The Leftbank's weekly Jazz Jam
The Canteen
Bethany Roberts & Rowan Elliott
Intricate acoustic soundscapes
Exchange
NAUT EP Show - Bristol (Free Entry)
Join us in celebrating our latest EP - Post-Punk/Dark Rock
Fork n Ale, 18 Walliscote Road, Weston-super-Mare
The Steepholmers - Sea Shanties at Fork n Ale
The Steepholmers back playing traditional and original sea shanties
The Hare on the Hill
Jazz piano with Dan Somers
Dan Somers plays stride piano and early swing on our pub piano
Beer Emporium
Tim Funnell Trio
Jazz trio playing an eclectic mix of jazz standards and contemporary original compositions.
El Rincon
Holly Carter
Engaging multi-instrumentalist
The Canteen
Joshua Blackmore’s SiZE/ Tom Cawley’s False 9
Retrofuturist trio and Aphex Twin inspired set
Kingsdown Vaults
KDV Open Mic - Every Thursday
Weekly Open Mic - All abilities welcome
The Rising Sun - Windmill Hill
Bandaoke
Karaoke but with a professional live band
El Rincon
BALANÇA
Sparkling bossa-nova duo
The Mothers Ruin
FOOTBALL FC /// LESSENS /// MODERN LITERATURE ///
Plus support from Borrowed Atlas. FREE ENTRY.
The Rising Sun - Windmill Hill
The Lewis Creaven Band
The UK's hardest working Blues Band! Bringing you electrifying Texas Blues, Funk, Rock and Psychedlia too!
The Hare on the Hill
Mr Bricks and the Rubble
Join us for Italian three-piece Mr Bricks and the Rubble, playing rock n roll, blues and indie
Friendly Records Bar
Slack Dads: Staying Up & Out
Music for the mature b-boy, retired raver & refined eclectic
The Stag And Hounds
Greg Sterland plays Jazz at The Stag and Hounds
Top tenor guests at the Stag's weekly Jazz jam
The Canteen
Rookeries
Ambient folk duo
The White Rabbit
Polish Your Pistols - Open Mic Night
PREPARE FOR THE WILDEST, MOST CAMP AND MOST DIVERSE OPEN MIC NIGHT
The Gallimaufry
Hélélé
Improvised West Africa rhythms
The Canteen
Emma Holbrook & Fiona Barrow
Drummer & free-flowing folk fiddler
Colston Hall Foyer
Journeys of Sound
A free night of improvised music at Colston Hall, hosted by vocalist and songwriter Priscilla Andersohn and her live band
The Canteen
Fat-Suit // Album Launch at The Canteen
Big percussion, loud brass, snappy strings, groovy guitars and keys
Kingsdown Vaults
KDV Open Mic - Every Thursday
Weekly Open Mic - All abilities welcome
El Rincon
Sophie Stockham & Ruth Hammond
Brilliant saxophone & keyboards duo
Friendly Records Bar
Hit the Decks at Friendly Records Bar
Open Decks: Bring your records. All Welcome
Zed Alley
XUUKI Presents: 010
A Night of Mellifluousness. Bristol-based artists performing electronic, r&b & hip-hop.
The Chelsea Inn
Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons / Bullybones / KMK
Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons return to The Chelsea, with support from two of Bristol's finest garage punk bands!
El Rincon
Slippery Slope
Foot-stomping acoustic quartet based in Hereford
Swan with Two Necks
Between the Breaks
Gothic Folk String Band from Bristol
The Old Market Assembly
Mr Tea and the Minions: End of Tour Party
Mutiny Album Release Tour Closing Party! Free Entry/On Donation
The Canteen
Junior Bill
Highly individual multi-lingual blend of reggae, dub, bossa nova and hip-hop that’s fresh as you like.
Friendly Records Bar
Local mischief maker John Ricky
Our resident mischief maker plays in-a-fine style
The Tobacco Factory
Orphic
Chord-less jazz quartet
Crofters Rights
IT: Anna Colette & The Average Men + Support
Anna Colette & The Average Men bring their debut single release show to Crofters!
The Canteen
Lady Nade
An evocative voice and heartfelt songs with cards dealt from the decks of soul, jazz and pop and folk.
The Canteen
Simon Panrucker & Bandrucker
Joy based high energy power pop funk punk with cosmic escapades, and plenty of nonsense.
The Canteen
Brass Junkies
8 piece brass band inspired by the funky Mardi Gras sounds of the New Orleans street bands
The Canteen
Los Clandestinos
Cutting edges between jazz, rock, folk and early music
The Canteen
Pet Yeti
Bluegrass group from Bath
El Rincon
Michaela Fedeczko
top-notch Bristol vocalist and her soul, jazz & pop duo
The Canteen
Shama Rahman
Unique sitar performance and composition
Filwood Community Centre
Arts2LifeUK's End of Year Showcase
Arts2Life UK's big end of year celebration gig!
The Old Market Assembly
Ají Pa'Ti
Tropical fusion of Salsa, Cumbia, Son and caribbean rhythms
El Rincon
Carter Creaven Duo
Quicksilver double-guitar duo
The Canteen
The Trouble Notes & Good Habits
Pan cultural mix of folk and pop
The Old Market Assembly
Moonshot
One of Bristol's longest established ska outfits
The Canteen
DeCyphers Hip Hop Trio
Open hip-hop jam session
The Canteen
Prudent Primate
Experimental jazz/ funk band
The Old Market Assembly
Camo Clave
Original Electro Tropical band
El Rincon
Andrew Christie Quartet
Lyrical instrumental jazz-inflected quartet
The Old Market Assembly
SOMA SOMA
Sun-soaked compositions, groovy beats and contagious horn lines
El Rincon
Ministry Of Swing
Vivacious Stroud-based acoustic swing combo
The Old Market Assembly
45s
Fuzzy, scuzzy Motown & Rock n' Roll
The Cloak & Dagger
Lewis Creaven Band
Lewis Creaven Band resident set, 1st Friday of every month
Crofters Rights
IT: The Slaughter House Band + Support
Garage rock at its finest a la The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Ty Segall, Fat White Family...
The Cloak & Dagger
Lewis Creaven Band
Lewis Creaven Band resident set, 1st Friday of every month
The Lanes
IT & BLG: Go Cactus + Support [FREE ENTRY]
Garage surf rock from Mallorca to The Lanes...
The Cloak & Dagger
Lewis Creaven Band
Lewis Creaven Band resident set, 1st Friday of every month
The Cloak & Dagger
Lewis Creaven Band
Lewis Creaven Band resident set, 1st Friday of every month
The Cloak & Dagger
Lewis Creaven Band
Lewis Creaven Band resident set, 1st Friday of every month