The longstanding, big-names in American punk have found home in many of Bristol’s large gig venues with The O2 Academy, The Fleece and Bristol Bierkeller catching the most footfall. The area around Old Market has undoubtedly built a renaissance of forward-thinking, British punk music. The Exchange and the Stag and Hounds are arguably leading the way with new, up and coming talent. Fans of the older punk scene can find tributes to bands like The Ramones and The Sex Pistols at The Tunnels, The Fleece and The Thunderbolt.
What is the link between punks and anarchism in bristol?
Bristol has a deep anarchist subculture with a local wing of the Anarchist Federation and world-famous bristol punk bands like the Pop Group. But what does an increase in local anarchist activity have to do with the Bristol punk scene? In truth, punks and anarchists might have had a closer link at the birth of the punk scene in 1977, but not all punks are anarchists and Vice versa. Many ‘punk’ looking people maybe be blamed for anarchists attacks in Bristol, but this is a media portrayal of the punk scene that is now almost 40 years out of date. Leave Bristol punks alone.
Our recent punk recommendations
Packed all-dayer sees 10 live bands ransack The Louisiana. Our tip? Don’t miss Minor Conflict, whose post-pop-punk sits somewhere between the sharp-tongued drawl of Dry Cleaning and the playful diy of Trash Kit, Shopping et al.
5%: 5 years of 1% of One at The Louisiana.
Circolo Vizioso (Vicious Circle) plays abrasive, groovy punk music influenced on the one hand by the New York, Chicago and Washington sound of the Ninentees, from bands such as Fugazi, Blonde Red Head and Sonic Youth, and on the other hand by the early 80's and 90's Eastern German and the Eastern European sound of punk bands like Dezerter, Sandow and Schleimkeim.
Beefywink, Peacelily, Burnout, SHLUG, Erotic Secrets of Pompeii, Bloodshots and Twthpaste. This Halloween, (best holiday of the year!) there is a riot going on at the Chelsea, Easton. FOR FREE we are offering none stop sweaty, visceral punk music from 6 till 10pm.
// LUMER // Straight out of Hull, LUMER present eerie post punk music. Following the release of their EP in 2018, they have released their single ‘White Tsar’ this September on Permanent Creeps Records and recorded a session at London’s Maida Vale Studios for BBC Introducing. youtu.be/WVZA9UaXUmE
Surfbort’s live experience is visceral and confrontational. Their feedback-strafed, guitar-shredding punk music says no to a digital age full of intolerance; they radiate love and friendship. Fresh off a tour with The Black Lips after playing this year’s Coachella, the band just released ‘Bort to Death’ a raw 4-track 7” on Hozac Records and “Romance” a dreamy 2-track flexi on Julian Casablancas' Cult Records. https://surfbort.bandcamp.com/
Rita Lynch is a household name in the Bristol live music scene. Having been active on the local circuit for 28 years, Rita formerly lived through the punk music era of the 1980s, starting her own band before relocating to Bristol where she found her niche with like minded musicians.