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What's On in Bristol This Weekend

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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
The Canteen
Mankala
Upbeat African dance rhythms from Soukous to Afrobeat. The jazzy guitars and brass lift the tunes to make proper tropical party music!
Croft Ales
Albeit Records - Summer Series
Vinyl Records and Hand-Craft Beers
Cafe Kino
Bettella & Stabler: EP Launch
Bettella & Stabler EP Launch w/ Maaike Siegerist & Jonni Slater
The Redgrave Theatre
Two Pianos
Join the sensational Two Pianos on a stunning musical journey back in time to celebrate the finest hits that shaped the Rock 'n' Roll music
The Old Market Assembly
MAMA JERK AND THE LADYFINGERS
Armed with wailing psych rock lines and heavy dub rhythm and horns,
The Bristol Fringe
Ian Luther Live
Ian Luther Live FREE Entry
Mr Wolfs
Busk Till Dawn, The Mayfair Players + Lil Bo
Spirited Revelry, Soulful Vocals & Rhythm Driven Funk
LEFTBANK
Bongo Boogie no.2
Hosted by Worm Disco Club feat. Dial Africa
No.1 Harbourside
Bloco Sujos
How can you top a 16-piece samba party in full percussive action?
Clubnights
Lakota
Dimensions Festival x Dropout Disco
Dimensions Festival lands in Bristol’s Lakota to join local tastemakers Dropout Disco for a party of spectacular proportions in the lead up
Cosies
Rough Draft w/ D. Tiffany
Rough Draft w/ D. Tiffany (Planet Euphorique/Pacific Rhythm/Coastal Haze) & Rezidos
Jack of Diamonds
Groove Tools // Channel 128 // Techno
Groove Tools and Channel 128 together for first time to bring you the best techno!
Hy-Brasil Music Club
Monsoon Season
A free party that explores the sounds & grooves of the eastern hemisphere
The Plough Inn Easton
The Gumbo Show - Easton Bloc Party
VoodooFunkSwampSoulHeavyRhythm&BluesRawkusReggaeTopShelfAfroGrooves
To The Moon
One Soul ft Bob YT & Josh Albiston
One Soul is every Friday at To The Moon, DJs playing the best in soulful music all on vinyl.
Other Events
The Wardrobe Theatre
Faye Treacy & Evelyn Mok
Chuckle Busters Comedy - Edinburgh Previews
Emersons Green Library
Henry V
A rapid retelling by Librarian Theatre

Saturday

Gigs & Live Music
Brunswick Club
50% OFF, PURE TOUR
50% PURE is an Edinburgh-based avant-garde music label. Synonymous with the club Supermodel, it supports contemporary art and music
The Wardrobe Theatre
Jess & The Bandits (Part of River Town)
a fun, melodic rollercoaster mix of country rock and ballads.” (Nashville Over Here)
The Wardrobe Theatre
Jess and The Bandits
A melodic rollercoaster mix of country rock and ballads.
The Canteen
Los Kamer
Post-Balkan swing-funk sound, growing into a seven-strong jazz-tinged festival favourite that now regularly spends the summer touring the ou
West Street Kitchen
Three Rivers with support from Zander Sharp
A summer evening of music, food and drink at West Street Kitchen
Estate of the Arts
Estate of the Arts Fair
A creative showcase for Bristol, by Bristol
LEFTBANK
Ngolo Ngolo Disco feat. Sunun
Great world music from some of our favourite Djs
No.1 Harbourside
The Mighty John Street Ska Orchestra
Young and exciting group from Stroud bringing old school ska from the 60s and 70s. With a tight rock steady rhythm section this nine piece.
The Star Fishponds
Martin Furey
Martin Furey at The Star
Clubnights
Cosies
PTS w/ Kai Whiston
Big Dada / Gloo Music
Secret Location
Strictly Yes Presents : Stephanie Sykes
Strictly Yes brings Stephanie Sykes to a secret location in Bristol.
DARE2
PLU - AstroTurf #11 with Albion Venables
For our 2nd installment of our AstroTurf Roof Terrace parties for 2018,
Basement 45
Code Of The Streets
Bristol's popular night out Code of the Streets delivery it's next event of the year with the 'SUMMER EDITION'
the red lion
Optimystic & Friends Free Jungle/DnB Session 12
We welcome one and all back to the Red Lion in July with a great line up of selectors!
Basement 45
Zero Funks Given
Pure funky grooves crossing different genres
Basement 45
In the Machine 002
AdrenoMachine plus Special Guests
Lakota
Sequences official afterparty 2018
LIMITED CAPACITY, SPECIAL GUESTS, ANNOUNCED ON THE NIGHT, TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW
Other Events
Bristol Old Vic
The Dolphin Hotel // at Ferment Fortnight
Somewhere between a cinema and a theatre, Massive Owl present a work in progress of their new show - The Dolphin Hotel
MV Balmoral - Hotwells Road
Bands on Balmoral
3 bands playing on board MV Balmoral opposite SS Great Britain

Sunday

Gigs & Live Music
The Wardrobe Theatre
The Grahams (Part of River Town)
The Grahams’ blend of rootsy folk will bring to life their unconventional journey across a country in turmoil, and the characters they met a
St Philips Gate, Feeder Road
Bananarama (Skyline Series)
Bananarama in Bristol this summer for Skyline Series!
The Redgrave Theatre
SuRie UK Tour
Having been chosen to represent the UK for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, SuRie is celebrating the honour that comes with the selection
The Wardrobe Theatre
Jade Bird, Holly Macve and Emily Barker
A seamless mix of soul, blues, country and folk in Bristol's River Town festival.
The Wardrobe Theatre
The Grahams
A rootsy blend of 'real' folk Americana
The Gallimaufry
Forth & Back Hip Hop Jam
Golden Era Hip-Hop House Band
The Canteen
Wesley Randolph Eader
The Tennessee roots of WR Eader dig deep into the classic Americana of his music. The results are a timeless country and bluegrass mix.
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