The Thunderbolt

Small gig venue in Totterdown.


The Thunderbolt is an independent Music & Arts venue on the Bath Road, Totterdown Bristol. The the intimate venue is a restored Grade 2 listed former 1830's tollhouse with a large, rear garden. The Thunderbolt's music policy is broad and includes indie, folk, punk, country, roots, rock and ska. Local bands like Yes Rebels, John Vistic Experience, Archimedes, Phantom limb, Annette Berlin, The Liftmen, Empty Pools, First Degree Burns, Ruckus Collective amongst many others have played gigs at the Thunderbolt.

The Thunderbolt has become established as a "circuit venue" on the live music scene, with previous touring bands including:

Nationally John Parish(PJ Harvey), Ian Mclagan(Faces/Small Faces), Hugh Cornwell, Miles Hunt, Will Self, Howe Gelb, John Cooper Clarke, Howard Marks, Jerry Dammers, Carleen Carter, Louisiana Red, Wilko Johnson, Wayne Hussey, The Pretty Things, Justin Sullivan, Jim Bob (Carter USM), The Christians, DJ Don Letts, Roy Bailey, Wreckless Eric, John Power (Cast/The La's), John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett, Zoot Money, Justin Townes Earle, Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets), John Hegley , Dr Feelgood, Blue Aeroplanes, Jim Bob(Carter USM) & Chris Difford.

What's On At The Thunderbolt

Withered Hand & Darren Hayman at The Thunderbolt
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indie rock anti-folk folk-pop singer-songwriter
FLUX // Circle Of Crows // The Cement Garden // Ve at The Thunderbolt
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electronic rock alternative rock
STANLEY DUKE AND THE KINDRED SPIRITS at The Thunderbolt
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experimental rock glam rock psychedelic rock alternative rock indie rock
Thrill City + Buried In Bermuda + Bozos at The Thunderbolt
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indie rock punk post-punk garage rock art rock
GRAVITATE + Novascene + CS Fly at The Thunderbolt
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new wave pop rock synthpop rock
The Brackish + Shoun Shoun + Grandchild at The Thunderbolt
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indie rock post-punk garage rock art rock folk rock
XMAS Party Cougar Mingus + festive support at The Thunderbolt
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hard rock post-grunge stoner rock alternative rock grunge
SONIC SUNRISE + Hollow Trees + Maria J Band at The Thunderbolt
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rock alternative rock soul
THE EMPERIALS at The Thunderbolt
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ska
Gypsy Pistoleros UK Tour at The Thunderbolt
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rock classic rock alternative rock punk

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2nd date added! Irreverent and cultish UK folk punk legends land in Bristol for a crazy intimate gig at the Thunderbolt. Big rousing rootsy fun FFO: The Pogues, The Waterboys, Billy Bragg, Defiance Ohio. THE MEN THEY COULDN'T HANG (Afternoon Show) Doors open: 1pm. Finish: 5pm.

Sell out warning! Irreverent and cultish UK folk punk legends land in Bristol for a crazy intimate gig at the Thunderbolt. Big rousing rootsy fun FFO: The Pogues, The Waterboys, Billy Bragg, Defiance Ohio. THE MEN THEY COULDN'T HANG

Sell out warning! Lush legend and anti-pop heroine Miki Berenyi returns revitalised after her much-acclaimed confessional memoirs with a new trio playing classic Lush tracks and new material. Essential for all dreampoppers, shoegazers and 90s kids. Indie luminaries play an intimate show ahead of Shiiine Festival

Fever dream psychedelic glam-rock meets sci-fi outsider pop; with lashings of feedback and theatrical vocals from Jemma Freeman, formerly of Bella Union’s Landshapes. Plus atmospheric, ethereal post-rock trio Oh The Guilt. + TV Death + Oh, The Guilt + DJ Heidi Heelz

Crystalline, gratifying, pitch-perfect indie pop - Newport’s homegrown the Darling Buds are back on the scene! Totally under-appreciated at the time, this’ll be an essential slice of late 80s/90s history FFO: The Primitives, The Breeders, Shop Assistants, Vivian Girls, The Long Blondes, Veronica Falls. plus DJ Heidi Heelz