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Daytime festivals, intimate gigs and rumbling basslines all feature in Headfirst Bristol's weekend listings.

Trending live music in Bristol this weekend

There are more than 59 gigs happening in Bristol this weekend and we've managed to collect them all onto this one page. The event listings below include all the local bands and musicians playing on both Friday and Saturday evenings. If you are planning on going to any of the larger gigs and concerts this weekend we strongly recommend buy tickets in advance from our ticket shop.
New Year / New Noise 5 (Night Two) tickets
SOLD OUT: NYNN W/ GIANT SWAN ––– Giant Swan were one of Bristol’s breakthrough acts in 2017, decimating clubs and festivals across Europe with their brand of blown-out techno, as well as releasing their best 12” yet on Timedance. Their first show of the year is this Saturday at the unique converted working mans' club The Brunswick Club, as part Howling Owl Records fifth & final 'New Year/New Noise' weekender. Last tickets
New Year / New Noise 5 (Weekend Ticket) tickets
NEW YEAR / NEW NOISE –––– Howling Owl Records’s annual celebration of ‘Art/Noise/Reaction’ climaxes over 3 nights at The Brunswick Club. Proceedings are topped by Philadelphia’s Moor Mother, her seething ‘hardcore poetry/blk girl blues’ rising to the forefront of experimental circles in ‘17. Bristol-boys-done-good Giant Swan are sure to brew up a cathartic blow-out, after a relentless ascent this year, becoming one of the most talked about live techno duos in Europe. S4U add a spectral quality to their 90s RnB romanticism, whilst Nervous Conditions are a promising young art-rock/post-punk gang. Plus expect more exploratory electronics from Vessel, E B U and many more. Tickets:
Noods Radio 2nd Birthday: Mr Ho(Klasse Recordings) tickets
EDITOR’S PICK: NOODS BIRTHDAY WEEKENDER –– Fri 1st - Sun 3rd December Nobody embodies Bristol’s enduring DIY spirit better than the Noods Radio​ crew. Over the last two years the team have hosted countless live-streams, pop-ups, parties and pub sessions, all with a sense of fun and creativity unrivalled in this city. Join them for a weekend of parties celebrating two years in the business. On the Friday, Klasse Recordings / Klasse Wrecks co-head Mr. Ho Music Page​ takes over The Black Swan​ for a night of tripping house, bleep techno and Japanese disco. On the Saturday, the crew open up their studios for a day of open-invite live streams. Finally, on Sunday, they return to their spiritual home at The Surrey Vaults​ for a day of pints and post-punk. Just remember to book the Monday off work. Tickets: hdfst.uk/E42066 Listen: soundcloud.com/the-ransom-note/mr-ho-the-ransom-note-mix
Musu Terrace Party ft. Pender Street Steppers tickets
It’s no secret that Vancouver is home to one of the best house music scenes on earth right now. Its distinctive sound - lush, languid and lo-fi - has been imitated everywhere, but nobody comes close to matching original Mood Hut favourites Pender Street Steppers and Hashman Deejay. Both play Musu's day-and-night double bill this weekend - a must for fans of dreamy pads, new age synths and pots-n-pans percs. PSS (Day): £5) Hashman Deejay (Night): £4)

This Weekend's Trending Clubnights

We started Headfirst in 2008 and since then we have seen Bristol's weekend nightlife programme week upon week. Currently Bristol's clubnights are some of the most diverse and innovative in the UK, ranging from small venues like Cosies and The Island to larger clubs like Motion and Blue Mountain. The best of this weekend's club events are below.

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Friday

Gigs & Live Music
Exchange
Noods: MXMJoY
Post-punky dubbed out disco
Crofters Rights
Lapis Lazuli // Snazzback
Lapis Lazuli + Snazzback - progressive-jazz / fusion / experimental
Hy-brasil
AT: Radiators and Almagrey (Free Event)
Punk and sleazy psychedelia night with two live acts and DJ's
The Greenbank Pub, Easton
Loophole #2: Emily Magpie & She, Robot + support
LOOPHOLE: The second night of BRISTOL LOOPERS COLLECTIVE
Anson Rooms
Soft Machine
Bristol SU Live // Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival
Anson Rooms
Hannah Williams and the Affirmations
Bristol SU Live // Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival
Anson Rooms
Elles Bailey
Bristol SU Live // Bristol Jazz and Blues Fest
O2 Academy
The Herbaliser
O2 Academy Bristol
The Old Market Assembly
Baghdaddies
An eclectic mix of Balkan sounds that you won't want to miss!
The Golden Lion
Duncan Disorderly & the Scallywag Party Warmup
In the spirit of merriment and mayhem, tomfoolery and togetherness we present the Scallywag Party 2019 festival warm up night.
El Rincon
KARSILAMA & THE FEATHERWEIGHT SPACE-BISCUIT
a sonic amalgamation of Balkan, Klezmer, Swing and Soul
Kingsdown Vaults
SLIMLINE SHUFFLERS
New Orleans Style Rhythm n Blues
LEFTBANK
Konketsu
New sounds from some young Bristol heads
Mr Wolfs
Year of the Dog and The Keystonez at Mr Wolfs!
Year of the Dog + The Keystonez // Papamoonin
Nova Bar
Trojan Voyage
Exhibition Private view, poetry reading, live Arabic music and belly dancing
Crofters Rights
Five10's Funked Up Fridays - Disco Fever
Expect old school tunes, confetti, disco balls and glitter galore.
The Canteen
Jelly Cleaver
Jelly Cleaver is a guitarist, singer-songwriter and producer on the London jazz scene.
Clubnights
The Black Swan
Iration Steppas Soundsystem - All Night Session
IRATION STEPPAS SOUNDSYSTEM @ THE BLACK SWAN
Lawrence Hill
Dialogue
A sweaty, heavy and queer-friendly techno night
The Lanes
Father Funk's Church of Love: Nuns N' Roses
BROTHERS AND SISTERS! On March 22nd we will be bringing you the most rockin’ Church of Love yet…
The Attic Bar
Ruffneck Ting Take Over!
Ruffneck Ting take over the legendary Attic Bar for the 14th time!
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun w/ Manami & Neathway
Worldwide rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
Thekla
Sector 7 Sounds // Commodo + Rocks FOE
Expect the finest in Grime, Dubstep, UK Rap and everything in between, local heroes Sector 7 Sounds will be bringing their roster, as well a
Blue Mountain
4 Years in the Jungle
Aphrodite, Demolition Man, Ray Keith & more
The Lanes
Father Funk's Church of Love: Nuns N Roses
BROTHERS AND SISTERS! On March 22nd we will be bringing you the most rockin' show yet...
To The Moon
One Soul - featuring Afro Nick & Delboy Rousseau
For one of our last One Soul sessions we welcome back Afro Nick & Delboy Rousseau.
The Love Inn
Palette ft Leif
March sees Idle Hands owner Chris Farrell hold the residency with Leif up third.
Other Events
Square Club & Waterstones
Panel, Nine Arches, Laureate's Choice
Bristol Poetry Festival welcomes esteemed publishers Nine Arches and Laureate's Choice for two fantastic readings from their poets.
PRSC
I am Echoborg at PRSC The Space
A funny and thought-provoking show that is created afresh each time by the audience in conversation with an artificial intelligence.
The Trinity Centre
Art Battle Bristol
Live painting action where audience vote decides the winner.
Crypt Of St John On The Wall
Macbeth
A production of Macbeth at the Crypt at St John on the Wall

Saturday

Gigs & Live Music
Rough Trade Bristol
So Young x Wax Music: wych elm
The EP release show for one of Bristol's most anticipated bands
Spike Island
Mole & Gecko | Family Friendly Rap Musical
Mole & Gecko, poet and singe, perform an interactive rap musical At Spike Island. Suitable for all ages 5+.
Crofters Rights
Breakfast Presents: Rebecka Reinhard EP Launch
An evening of indie folk, indie pop, pop, indie and folk.
Anson Rooms
Rebecca Nash
Exciting new British band ATLAS, led by pianist Rebecca Nash.
Anson Rooms
The Bristol Bluesmen
Bristol SU Live // Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival
Anson Rooms
Kirk Fletcher Trio
Bristol SU Live // Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival
Anson Rooms
Ant Law Trio
British guitarist Ant.
Anson Rooms
RAY GELATO & THE GIANTS
The legendary ‘Godfather of Swing’ and his world class band The Giants.
Anson Rooms
Julian Siegel
the BBC Jazz Award winning saxophonist with the Julian Siegel Quartet.
Anson Rooms
YAZZ AHMED
‘psychedelic Arabic jazz, intoxicating and compelling’.
Anson Rooms
The Big Swing feat: Jonny Bruce Big Band
Bristol’s biggest swing dance is back!
Anson Rooms
DENNIS ROLLINS - THE ‘FUNKY HORNS’ MASTERCLASS
Open to all brass and woodwind players interested in making their horn section performances more dynamic.
Anson Rooms
Kirk Fletcher Trio
Described by Joe Bonamassa as “one of the greatest blues guitarists in the world today” Fletcher is one of a new generation of young African
Anson Rooms
In Conversation with Pee Wee Ellis
Pee Wee will take you on a trip through his musical life and times with the likes of James Brown and Van Morrison.
Anson Rooms
Little Swing
Family Swing Dancing!
Mr Wolfs
Arcadia Roots at Mr Wolfs
Arcadia Roots // Asian Hawk
The Cube
Group Listening
Two friends ambient re-workings with woven hums, space echos, analogue weaves, void fold and the like
Arnolfini
Bristol Poetry Festival | Annual Slam Final
Watch some of the region's finest performance poets battle it out to be crowned Bristol Festival Slam Champion. Featuring Olivia Gatwood!
LEFTBANK
Los Gusanos
5 piece heavy latin blues
Kingsdown Vaults
THE UNCLES
Upbeat Swingin' Rhythm n Blues
Bath Chapel Arts
Faeland + Sealionwoman
"Faeland: You're guaranteed songwriting at its most appealing and enchanting" Bristol Live Magazine 2018
Clubnights
The Stag And Hounds
APR x BKX v PTS
ft. LOFT, Kinlaw & Franco Franco & more
Take Five Cafe
Floor Function: SHYBOI and Yushh
SHYBOI [Discwoman] makes her Bristol debut alongside Yushh [Eminent]
Dare 2
Ornaments w/REKA (BITE, TRESOR.Berlin)
A special night by Blind Allies & Tales of Psychofonia
The Marble Factory
Sonny Fodera Presents SOLOTOKO
Sonny Fodera returns to Bristol next March, bringing his 'Solotoko' imprint to Bristol for the first time.
Basement 45
Code of the Streets
Bristol's popular night out code of the Streets returns for the first event of 2019.
The Lanes
Back To The 80s - Bristol
Join us for the ultimate 80's extravaganza dedicated to the soundtrack of your youth.
The Hatchet
Cosmic Cabaret Club Night and Costume Party
Live, deep House band - Robot Monkey, Live Trip Hop by Pierott The Acid Clown, Dancers, Drag Queens, Cabaret and Wild Costumes
Lakota
Jungle Cakes - The Roots
We're back for ROUND 2, bringing with us some of the top selectas to entertain and educate the people.
To The Moon
Space Pirates 12 - rum event
Space Pirates is back! Our rum event returns for it's 12th instalment after a break and we can't wait!
friendly records bar
Hi Life Hi Fi @ Friendly records bar
Beautiful records from all corners of Africa.
Crofters Rights
Innate x Placid x Gilbert (live)
To celebrate the release of Innate 002, we're heading to Crofters Rights for an evening of late night electronic grooves.
The Island
Pretty Pretty Good: rRoxymore, Minor Science
Don't Be Afraid's rRoxymore and Whities' Minor Science join PPG resident Monika Taneska for an evening of hard hitting techno
Other Events
Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre
Book Launch and Signing - 'Britain's Greatest Brid
We celebrate the launch of two fantastic new works on the history of transportation with a joint signing session with authors Joseph Rogers
The Royal Photographic Society
IPE161 Photographer Talks
Talks by IPE161 photographers Catherine Hyland, Oli Kellett and Thomas Duffield
Crypt Of St John On The Wall
Macbeth
A production of Macbeth at the Crypt at St John on the Wall
Ashton Court
'I went to a marvellous party'
A performance and installation by Tom Marshman in collaboration with the University of Bristol Theatre Collection, kindly supported by Arts

Sunday

Gigs & Live Music
Anson Rooms
Josh Smith Trio
Bristol SU LIve // Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival
Anson Rooms
Aynsley Lister
Bristol SU Live // Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival
Anson Rooms
Lucky Peterson
Bristol SU Live // Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival
Anson Rooms
Ian Siegal
“The cleverest writer and most magnetic blues performer in the UK.”
Anson Rooms
Babelfish
Improvising vocalist and composer Brigitte Beraha is one of the leading talents on the UK Jazz scene.
Anson Rooms
Andy Hague Sextet play Kind of Blue
Hear one of jazz’s most important works played live by a band of Bristol jazz greats!
Anson Rooms
Soweta Kinch
Multi-Award winning saxophonist and MC, Kinch has made huge impression in both the jazz and hip-hop community.
Anson Rooms
Jonny Mansfield's Elftet
Bristol SU Live // Bristol Jazz and Blues Fest
Anson Rooms
Jam It! (Workshop) with Red Roots Jazz
The workshop will include useful tips and tricks to use when improvising and jamming with a new group of musicians.
Anson Rooms
Josh Smith Trio
One of the greatest blues guitarists/vocalists on the scene today Josh Smith, even at 14 years old, was “three heartbreaks away from being a
Anson Rooms
LIANE CARROLL - JAZZ VOCAL WORKSHOP
Explore all aspects of jazz singing with multi-award winning vocalist Liane Carroll.
Anson Rooms
Dennis Rollins' Funky-Funk
Fresh from the Maceo Parker ‘School of Funk’, Dennis joins an elite lineage of trombone players responsible for changing it’s perceptions.
Anson Rooms
Little Swing
Family Swing Dancing!
Crofters Rights
Febueder | Bristol
Crosstown Concerts presents FEBUEDER
The Spin Bar
Platform 1 / Rebecca Shelley
Folk & roots trio / Multi-instrumentalist songwriter
The Old Market Assembly
Les chansons de Edith Piaf
A night celebrating the music of Edit Piaf with The Fantasy Orchestra Paris & Bristol
The Gallimaufry
Forth & Back Hip Hop Jam
Hip-Hop jam, covers & originals hosted by Goose
The Stag And Hounds
Eliza Fyfe Quartet
The all singing all dancing Eliza Fyfe hosts the Stags Weekly Jazz Jam
Alma Tavern and Theatre
Wrecked Chateau
A fusion of spoken word & jazz performed by master craftmen, in aid of Amnesty International
The Golden Lion
JJ Gatsby
Vintage Swing band
The Canteen
The Hot House Four
Since swapping the television for a piano, The Hot House Four progressed from jamming in the lounge to a band in a matter of months.
Other Events
Wills Memorial Building
Poetry In A Time Of Civil Unrest
Outstanding poet and lecturer Anthony Anaxagorou illustrates how poetry has shaped our world through times of political conflict.
Ashton Court
'I went to a marvellous party'
A performance and installation by Tom Marshman in collaboration with the University of Bristol Theatre Collection, kindly supported by Arts