The Jam Jar

The Jam Jar

Volunteer-led venue and live music haunt.


Known for its long open-ended jam sessions, this unique space in (you guessed) an old Jam factory on the edge of Old Market has been a well kept secret for live music fans in Bristol. Gigs are often free entry with the free-wheeling vibes of 70s loft parties but the versatile space also hosts exhibitions from local artists.

What's On At The Jam Jar

Long Pose Purdie Life Drawing at The Jam Jar
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lgbtq+ talks workshops & classes life drawing exhibition
Memorial - Album Release Tour + Tamasene at The Jam Jar
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indie pop indie rock
Danny Chaska + Support at The Jam Jar
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hip hop underground hip hop rap grime
High Colour w/ Cykada, And Is Phi, Ash Walker at The Jam Jar
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contemporary jazz electronic rock
TERRAIN presents: Bangers Without Borders at The Jam Jar
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tropical electro dancehall amapiano afrobeats
Purdie Life Drawing at The Jam Jar
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lgbtq+ talks workshops & classes life drawing exhibition
Long Pose Purdie Life Drawing at The Jam Jar
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lgbtq+ talks workshops & classes life drawing exhibition
Puerto Candelaria at The Jam Jar
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alternative pop cumbia ska world
Twende at The Jam Jar
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dub reggae salsa world soul
Long Pose Purdie Life Drawing at The Jam Jar
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lgbtq+ talks workshops & classes life drawing exhibition
Sabar Family West African Drum, Dance & Song at The Jam Jar
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world traditional folk folk
Chai Wallah's Present - TC & the Groove Family at The Jam Jar
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afrobeat world rap jazz
Florence Adooni at The Jam Jar
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afrobeat world gospel
Topette 10th Anniversary Tour at The Jam Jar
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traditional folk folk
RODRIGO GALLARDO at The Jam Jar
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electro folk
Gia Fu at The Jam Jar
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house disco salsa funk
The Door is Ajar at The Jam Jar
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tropical reggae ska folk hip hop
Ustad Noor Bakhsh at The Jam Jar
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world folk
Rum 'N' Bass at The Jam Jar
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dancehall amapiano afrobeats afrobeat hip hop
Systema Solar at The Jam Jar
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breakbeat cumbia world hip hop
Beans on Toast at The Jam Jar
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country bluegrass folk
Bixiga 70 at The Jam Jar
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afrobeat world jazz funk
Sahra Halgan at The Jam Jar
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afrobeat world
La Bomba presents the FLAMMER DANCE BAND at The Jam Jar
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cumbia afrobeat world psych funk
Dr Syntax & Pete Cannon at The Jam Jar
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jungle hip hop rap
Buzz’ Ayaz at The Jam Jar
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world alternative rock psych folk
Les Imprimés at The Jam Jar
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R&B world soul
Kit Sebastian at The Jam Jar
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alternative pop new wave synthpop jazz
Fanfare Ciocărlia at The Jam Jar
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world
Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra at The Jam Jar
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blues-rock new orleans blues country swing
Rokia Koné at The Jam Jar
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world
Natu Camara at The Jam Jar
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world
Avantdale Bowling Club at The Jam Jar
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hip hop underground hip hop old school hip hop trip hop jazz

Get a feel for The Jam Jar

Our recent recommendations for The Jam Jar

Tender indie-folk teeming with plaintive dual harmonies and soft-as-snow acoustic minimalism. Vital therapy and tender sonic yearning FFO: Iron & Wine, Fleet Foxes, Aquilo, Sufjan Stevens. Memorial - Album Release Tour + Tamasene at The Jam Jar.

Asmâa is a revolution. The first woman in Morocco to play the three-stringed guimbri in public and blow the Gnawa blues tradition wide open - she leads Bnat Timbouktou through trance-inducing sacred desert music with call-and-response mantras and the hypnotic clack of the qaraqab. History in the making! The foremost female ambassador of Moroccan Gnawa music, with her group Bnat Timbouktou

14 hours of forward global bass and infectious riddims across 4 venues in St Jude’s. With blessed psychedelic dubwise from On-U Sound’s original nyabinghi punks African Head Charge, femme-powered Afro-Latin jazz powerhouse Colectiva + much much more. The Jam Jar & Lost Horizon team up on an all day & night fiesta across 4 venues in St Judes. Jam on the Horizon is back for a second year!

Ecstatic, dizzying Congolese soukous and rumba lingala rhythms coupled with blaring Cuban salsa brass. Imagine Buena Vista Social Club and Papa Wemba making you stomp til you’re practically dragged out the Jam Jar…. A captivating blend of Congolese Rumba and Cuban Salsa

If you last til 4am you’ll be soaked to the bone by uncontrollable dancefloor fever with soca and bashment bruk-out anthems delivered by longtime Ruffnek Discoteque crewdem Atki2, Dub Boy, AAA Bad Boy and Josey Wales. Bristol's monthly club night of global dance bangers - S.S.S. Takeover