The Thunderbolt

Small gig venue in Totterdown.


The Thunderbolt is an independent music & arts venue on the Bath Road, Totterdown. 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

SNAKE DAY + 213 Park Avenue + Tino Takla Band at The Thunderbolt
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indie pop psychedelic rock indie rock soul
BURNING FERNS + English Weather + Lunar + Old Moll at The Thunderbolt
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pop rock psych folk singer-songwriter
Handbrake Turn Vol 2 at The Thunderbolt
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electronic dark wave folk freak folk experimental
FUBAR + JC And The Great Plague + Corporate Retrea at The Thunderbolt
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alternative rock punk
FALCON STOOP + Invictus + Dynamic Calories at The Thunderbolt
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stoner rock grunge
APPROACH WITH CAUTION + The Scolts + Heather at The Thunderbolt
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post-hardcore rock alternative rock punk shoegaze
Mapache + Thebigbadsad. + Droogs at The Thunderbolt
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post-grunge punk post-punk garage rock art rock
Gypsy Pistoleros UK Tour at The Thunderbolt
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rock classic rock alternative rock punk

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Our recent recommendations for The Thunderbolt

Bristol’s enduring riot grrrrl rock’n’roll banshee Rita Lynch needs to be seen to be worshipped. The St Paul’s icon of razor-blade guitar anthems is always essential viewing FFO: PJ Harvey, Patti Smith, Screaming Females, Breeders, Ex Hex. A Grey Muzzle Promotions event

OG cult UK horror punks! Back from the dead for their just deserts, to claim the undead throne of British deathrockin’ power-punk. With support from Costa Rican goth originators Last Dusk, this is a macabre must FFO: Eloise-era Damned, TSOL, Bauhaus, Misfits, Naut, Virgin in Veil, Horror Vacui. Cheltenham legends joined by Goth from San Diego and Post Punk from Mexico

Triple-hitter of West Country DIY scene talent for less than the cost of a pint, headed up by the charming prehistory ballads of dino-concept emo pop sweeties Nervous Rex. On support: anarchic fuzz-punk duo Peacelily and high-octane queercore scrappers Ladyshoulders. Big fun FFO: The Menstrual Cramps, Spook School, Martha, Pink Suits, Gender Chores. A Grey Muzzle Promotions event

Cult neon-punk legends at the Thunderbolt! Rubella Ballet were always total anomalies with their bouncy day-glo goth inspired anarcho image alienating them from crusts and vampires alike. Recent re-appraisal (thanks Dark Entries) proves they’re one of the 80s’ greatest. Essential FFO: Siouxise, Bone Orchard, Poison Girls, Crass, Omega Tribe. A Grey Muzzle Promotions Event

Jazz-pop perfection somewhere between Stanlaey, t l k and Jessie Ware; Stevie Toddler’s grooving double bass and unforgettable melodies float her gracefully to the top echelons of Bristol’s nu-jazz scene. A Grey Muzzle Promtions event