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Bristol's World Music Gigs

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Bristol's World Scene

Everyone knows that Bristol is a true melting pot of cultures and it comes as no surprise that the city has a healthy world music scene which manages to avoid the cliche. The on-trend big names in world music like William Onyeabor, Ebo Taylor or the Kuti family usually find themselves at home in Bristol’s Colston Hall. Occasional headliners can also be found at The Fleece and the Trinity Centre. St George’s hosts regular world music events covering more traditional music from Senegal, Mozambique and South Africa, where instruments like the kora and mbira are commonplace.

Locally, Bristol is home to some very talented ‘world music’ musicians. Afrobeat stalwarts like Mankala and No Stop Go (formerly Bristol Afrobeat Project) play smaller venues like The Canteen and The Old Market Assembly but also get the opportunity to support international bands at larger Bristol venues.
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Fringe Jazz
JOHN PEARCE & DAVE NEWTON BAND
Brilliant violinist and multi award winning jazz pianist and their quartet.
The Gallimaufry
Snazzback
Afro-funk & psych-jazz
Mr Wolfs
SongSmith Xtra @Mr Wolf's
SongSmith Xtra @Mr Wolf's ft DanceGuru / Rosina Keri/ Bashema / Katy Hurt
Crofters Rights
Lapis Lazuli // Snazzback
Lapis Lazuli + Snazzback - progressive-jazz / fusion / experimental
The Old Market Assembly
Baghdaddies
An eclectic mix of Balkan sounds that you won't want to miss!
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun w/ Manami & Neathway
Worldwide rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
El Rincon
KARSILAMA & THE FEATHERWEIGHT SPACE-BISCUIT
a sonic amalgamation of Balkan, Klezmer, Swing and Soul
Nova Bar
Trojan Voyage
Exhibition Private view, poetry reading, live Arabic music and belly dancing
LEFTBANK
Los Gusanos
5 piece heavy latin blues
friendly records bar
Hi Life Hi Fi @ Friendly records bar
Beautiful records from all corners of Africa.
The Three Tuns
Irish Folk Night with Gypsy Kiss
Weekly folk session, traditional Irish Night
Fringe Jazz
JOHN LAW'S RE-CREATIONS
“One of the UK’s most imaginative and versatile jazz pianists.”
The Cube
Vula Viel - “Do Not Be Afraid” Album Tour
Described as “Ghanaian minimalism”, with the unassuming ability to blur the lines between atmospheres – Vula Viel’s sound may nod to Steve R
The Old Market Assembly
Electric Jalaba
A hybrid of psychedelic sounds with Ganwa grooves.
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun w/ Manami & Neathway
Worldwide rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
Jack Of Diamonds
The Biggest Afro Caribbean party
BM (Rosalina Challenge) live at The Biggest Afro Caribbean Party
The Gallimaufry
Lewis Creaven's Dharma Blues
Electric Blues and fearless improv
Fringe Jazz
SAM CROCKATT QUARTET
Award winning Tenor Saxophonist and his brilliant Quartet
The Love Inn
Midnight Shift Presents Kiwi All Night Long
Kiwi (Futureboogie & Disco Halal) All Night Long at the Love Inn
The Gallimaufry
Snazzback
Afro-funk & psych-jazz
Colston Hall Foyer
Hailu Mergia (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
Ethiopian jazz virtuoso that will have you moving and grooving all night
The Lanes
Etuk Ubong & Full Band (Nigerian Afro-Jazz)
Afrobeat infused Jazz from a 9 piece Nigerian band.
The Old Market Assembly
SOMA SOMA
An TOMA favourite back for another groove!
Faraway Cocktail Club
Booty Bass feat Bass Choir
Bass Choir join the Booty Bass family for a night you haven't experienced yet!
LEFTBANK
Camo Clave
Electro Psychedelic Cumbia
Crofters Rights
Bodywork + Easy People
Round 3 of 2019's Crofters residency brings Easy People up to the stage to battle it out with Bodywork.
Cosies
Ruffnek Diskotek ft Famous Eno & Boa Kusasa
Soca, UK Funky, Dancehall, Afrobeats & the best vibe in Bristol!
LEFTBANK
Hotsteppas
Heavy Reggae from Bristol young guns
The Canteen
Edd Bateman
A mix of African beats for a Sunday evening!
The Attic Bar
Pama International
Following up on their critically acclaimed **** Mojo album Love & Austerity
The Canteen
TWOMANTING
TWOMANTING return!
Fringe Jazz
JAMES MORTON & FRIENDS
Bristol's Brilliant Alto Saxophonist
Elmers Arms
La Bomba!
Afrobeat • Cumbia • Boogaloo • Island Funk
Thekla
Tropical Tea Party's Tropical Cruise at Thekla!
3 headliners and many more acts across 2 rooms aboard our lavishly decorated tropical party cruise ship!
Cosies
Durkle Disco: Kouslin & Logan 'Bad' Launch Party
Join special guests Kouslin & Logan + a heavyweight support lineup of local talent as Durkle return to Cosies
Lakota
Bruk Off - Bristol Spring Carnival
Bruk Off brings the carnival vibes to Lakota for a Bank Holiday special!
Rough Trade Bristol
Worm Disco Club & BamBamBam! Present: Steam Down
Forward thinking London-based Jazz collective make their Bristol debut.
The Lanes
Electric Citizen // Vodun // Blackwater Holylight
Welcome heavy psych rockers Electric Citizen!
Fringe Jazz
CLOUDMAKERS TRIO
Jim Hart / Michael Janisch / Dave Smith
The Thunderbolt
SongSmith Xtra @The Thunderbolt
SongSmith Xtra @The Thunderbolt ft Kala Chng / Pariah / Chinchilla / GINS
The Gallimaufry
Lewis Creaven's Dharma Blues
Electric Blues and fearless improv
Exchange
Flamingods
Sounds from across the world blended for your dancing pleasure...
Crofters Rights
BLG Promotions Present: Brushy One String
BLG Promotions Present: Brushy One String with Dubi Dolczek supporting
SWX
Hang Massive - Luminous Emptiness
Hang Massive are the worlds most well known Handpan players and are now touring with a brand new audio visual show.
The Cube
Cinema of Imagination: I Know Not - Sufi Stories
Crick Crack Club performance storytelling brings its wild haven of fairytales for grown-ups to the Cube...
Crofters Rights
Don Kipper
Don Kipper are a multi-award winning sextet led by the formidable Greek-Serbian singer Dunja Botic. Propelled by a rhythm section featuring
Bristol Folk House
Rory McLeod
Rhythmic storyteller, multi-instrumentalist,…telling unpalatable truths about broken hearts…social injustice