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This weekend in Bristol.

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.

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.
Light up your world with back to back 1D Hits!! Including songs from their solo endeavours and other similar artists, including The Jonas Brothers and The Weekend, for good measure!!
This is one of our two Friday weekend shows! Each week we host an early and a late show (this is the early show) jam packed with names from the UK comedy circuit at the top of their game. Hosted each week by either Greg Winfield or Burt Williamson, if you come for a good time know that we will absolutely deliver it.
This is one of our two Friday weekend shows! Each week we host an early and a late show (this is the late show) jam packed with names from the UK comedy circuit at the top of their game. Hosted each week by either Greg Winfield or Burt Williamson, if you come for a good time know that we will absolutely deliver it.
COSTA DEL HORIZON kicks off this weekend with Bristol's Hold Tight Records on Saturday. It's time to connect, celebrate and chill in our newly revamped outdoor space. A diverse journey full of vibes; taste bud tingling food, drink deals for days and insane takeovers. Start your weekend right and enjoy the sun with the LH crew. Did we mention it's 22 degrees this weekend? ☀️
It’s time for a Friday night stand up special in the home of one of the best comedy new material nights in Bristol city centre. Featuring an all woman bill, start your weekend in the best, funniest way possible.
Build a creepy light-sensitive synth you can wear on your face, from scratch! Need we say more. Run by PRRRRRT! as part of the EP/64 #64 The Grand Final Weekend Facesiren Workshop at Arnolfini.
Heading up Amsterdam label Kalahari Oyster Cult, Rey Colino brings his ethereal, textured selections to kick off the bank holiday weekend. Expect cosmic house rhythms, acid-infused electronica and ambient techno mutations. House & techno - a rare UK show from the One Eye Witness boss for a Bank Holiday special, plus Daisy Idle Hands w/ Rey Colino, Danielle, Daisy Moon +++ at Strange Brew.
Stepping away from Livity-esque minimalism, Two Shell's attention to detail remains front and center as the pair brandish some of the most refreshing UK breakbeat in years. The pranksters light-take on glimmering rave music is delightfully modern and without doubt this weekend's strongest dj booking. Join us at The Island with Two Shell, Monoke and Zaltsman! Emergency Room w/ Two Shell, Monoke, Zaltsman at The Island.
Up the punx! Weekend fest fundraiser for the Exchange with 20 killer bands and an after party including Pizzatramp, P.A.I.N. and Armoured Flu Unit. Bristol Punx Picnic 2021 Bristol Punx Picnic 2021 at Exchange.
Pt. 2 bonanza of the Sotofett weekender with a bona-fide side-stepping jazzer legend, Jimi Tenor; somehow duelling with Sex Tags mobile dub unit Kambo Super Sound powered by Dr. Bevis' rarely seen Roots Radical Soundsystem. Eye-watering.... Day 2 of the DJ Sotofett weekender! Jimi Tenor [Live], DJ Sotofett & Kambo Super Sound at Strange Brew.
None more wide-ranging and adventurous, the Sex Tags maestro hosts a Strange Brew weekend. Pt. 1 promising nothing but unreleased cuts of dubbed out Norwegian astral tech..house-not-house..something. Just call it Sex Tags baby! Sotofett weekender part 1 of 2! DJ Sotofett (All Night Long) w/ Angela Zia at Strange Brew.

Friday

Gigs & Live Music
Arnolfini
EP/64 - 64 The Grand Final
A very special two-night show marking the last ever EP/64 concert
Crofters Rights
ASIDHARA plus supports
Friday Night Thrash and Hardcore at The Crofter's Rights
The Jam Jar
LowKey: Hailu Mergia + Daniel Inzani + DJ set
We are delighted to announce Awesome Tapes From Africa signed Ethio-Jazz legend Hailu Mergia!
The Cube
Floating World Pictures w/ support: Jon Tye
Friendly Records presents: 'The Twenty-Three Views' L.P. launch
Exchange
WE NEED BANDS | Belle Royals + Support
Belle Royals + Murder Hobos + Civil Villains + Electric Effigy
Cotham Parish Church: BS6 6DR.
Cotham Club Presents: Bringing us together
The Afro Welsh Connection, Moussa Kouyate, and Bunja Conteh
Exchange
Faye Webster
Faye Webster at Exchange
The Old Market Assembly
The Mouse Outfit Soundsystem
Golden age HipHop, Reggae, Funk, Soul and DNB
Mr Wolfs
INTERGALACTIC BRASSTRONAUTS
Mighty 12 Piece brass band
Beard and Sabre
The Peppercorns
The Peppercorns will be rocking the stage at Beard and Sabre Taphouse on Friday 27th May, 9pm.
Strange Brew
Knucks [LIVE]
Innovative rap from South Kilburn
The Thunderbolt
THE OVERMORROW
With support from Urban Struggle
The Stable, Bristol
Deems Experiment
Drawing from a wide variety of sonic sources including jazz, art rock, classical and electronic music, Deems Experiment is a collaborative,
The Lansdown
DJ Nev // Set
DJ Nev Evening Set
Clubnights
Strange Brew
AM: Low Jack b2b Lee Gamble, Ayla L b2b i-sha
UK debut for Low Jack b2b Lee Gamble - wall-to-wall club slammers, low-slung bass nourishment and mutated dancefloor freakery
The Black Swan
MoreFireSound - Inna Di Jungle
Cutting Edge Dub and Jungle productions on the Legendary MoreFireSound System
The Island
Emotional Intelligence Presents: Alec Falconer
UK Legend Alec Falconer will be joining us at The Island for a big night of fun.
The Loco Klub
CNCPT Presents: Hyroglifics & Friends
Hyroglifics, Drone, Cesco & Amy Kisnorbo join us for a night of 140-170 flavours!
Crofters Rights
Community Disc-O's Presents // #7
Support your community discotheque!
The Globe
Worm Disco Club in Cardiff!
Our first multi-lineup event ever in Wales!
The Lanes
POWER The Kanye West Club Night
Two hours of Non Stop Kanye? Get ready to Touch The Sky!
Take Five Cafe
Hooney tunes - Debut event at take 5
Hooney tunes presents our first event at take 5. full of 4X4, Tek, Dnb, Jungle etc with a big ol rig to shake the room. for only £3
Lost Horizon
Empathy 21st Birthday / Laurent Garnier
Laurent Garnier 3hrs, Jim RIvers, Stuart Wilkinson, Simon Lloyd, Sam T Richardson
Lakota
Wide Eyes x Invicta Audio: Hedex, Ama, T-Lex
Wide Eyes team up with Bristol based record label Invicta Audio for their first Bristol show of 2022!
Dare to Club
LIBERATION TRUTHorDARE
LIBERATION TRUTHorDARE – THE SWING PLAY & DUNGEON PLAY PARTY
98 club
The Biggest Afro Caribbean Party | African print
The best in Afrobeats, Dancehall, Amapiano, Soca....
Gravity Bristol
DTM Bristol • FREE PARTY! UK vs US Rap
The best DJs playing your favourite genres every week!
The Love Inn
Space Dimension Controller & Ido Plumes
Space Dimension Controller is coming to show us how it's done...
The Hare on the Hill
On the Decks: DJ Shake Appeal
DJ Shake Appeal plays left-field pop music for the masses
Other Events
Queenshilling
Punka Presents: URSULA MAJOR
Dragula alumni comes to the UK for a twisted drag show and alternative club night!
Spike Island
BEAMS: Alvin Curran
A special live performance by avant-garde composer Curran with a group of local artists and musicians
Unit 21, Ground Floor, The Galleries
‎polyphony (World Premiere)
An immersive audio installation composed from the weaving and splicing of conversations with people across the country by Verity Standen.
Bristol Old Vic
A Crash Course in Cloudspotting
Raquel Meseguer Zafé leads an intimate audio journey exploring the depths of human connection and the subversive act of lying down
The Whitmore tap
DRAG BINGO
Our first drag 'BJ BINGO' with our delectable drag Blue Jay
Sidney & Eden
Bristol Comedy Den: Weekend Early Show
Top level comedy in the basement of a brilliant Bristol venue
Sidney & Eden
Bristol Comedy Den: Weekend Late Show
Top level comedy in the basement of a brilliant Bristol venue
HOURS Space
Bristol Life Drawing
Life drawing in the heart of Bristol to promote creativity and diversity!
Alma Tavern and Theatre
A Cold War Double Bill
A Cold War double bill of critically-acclaimed one-act plays
Circomedia
BTEC End of Year Show
Circomedia’s second-year BTEC students take centre stage for the last time whilst on the course.
The Bristol Improv Theatre
The Bish Bash Bosh: The Improvised Game Show
Our mischievous cast will seamlessly interweave your suggestions into their games and dazzle you with their improvised nonsense!

Saturday

Gigs & Live Music
Arnolfini
Wax Record Making Workshop
Run by Copper Sounds as part of the EP/64 #64 The Grand Final Weekend
The Lanes
DOT TO DOT 2022
Free entry • 12pm-11pm
The Red Lion
Mark McDowell and Friends + DJ's
Mark McDowell and Friends is a psychedelic-folk-rock group from Bristol.
Arnolfini
Ecstatic Drum Beats Workshop
Run by Dan Johnson as part of the EP/64 - #64 The Grand Final Weekend
Crofters Rights
WINDSHAKE LIVE
WINDSHAKE'S GREAT AGAIN LANUCH SHOW
The Lightship
Peter Case & Sid Griffin with Guy Malkerson
Legends Peter Case & Sid Griffin in Bristol one night only on their European tour
Crofters Rights
Sleep Naked Records Presents 'An Alt Rock Evening'
For Lovers of Punk, Grunge and Alternative Rock
The Attic Bar
TUN UP! ft. LR Groove
Global Vibes For The UK Clubs
The Old Stillage
Backyard Jam
featuring Mac Lloyd LIVE
Beard and Sabre
Emma Webb
Emma Webb is an acoustic pop and indie, British singer songwriter.
The Stable, Bristol
Karyo
Post Punk / Ska 5 piece
Exchange
Cedric Burnside
Cedric Burnside at Exchange
The Jam Jar
The Door Is Ajar
Monthly inclusive jam night
The Lansdown
The Houdinis // Live
Live Music from The Houdinis
Clubnights
Strange Brew
DM ▾ Dais Records Showcase
Late night live performances from Private World, Choir Boy, SRSQ, Riki and Helm - Italo, Shoegaze, New Wave, Synth pop & indie
Dare to Club
DTE: Holly Lester, Baby Rollen, Dylan Forbes
Down To Earth returns for first rave fuelled cosmic trip with Holly Lester, Baby Rollen and Dylan Forbes
Crofters Rights
Worm Soundsystem: with guest Jonny Mintaka
Monthly Worm Disco Club residency. Every last Saturday of the month!
The Cloak and Dagger
PDA
Queer chaos in an intimate setting. If you know, you know...
Zed Alley
TYRANNY
Goth - Industrial - EBM - Electronic
The Lanes
Fat Lip's Big Birthday Bash!
★ Are YOU ready to storm through the party like your name is El Niño? ★
Lost Horizon
Hardcore Energy Bristol 003
Origin8a & Propa, The House Crew, Samurai Breaks, Josie Bee, Sherry S
Lakota
Summer Disco Day Party
Join us for the Summer Disco Day Party featuring LF System (Dancing Cliché) and Glitterbox's Natasha Kitty Katt
Lakota
Fun House: The Lost City
Immerse yourself into the mysterious Lost City, deep in the jungle... (Disco, House, DnB, UKG)
The Love Inn
Bozak All Night Long
Paul Bozak is a family favourite for us here at the Inn ...
The Hare on the Hill
On the Decks: DJ Liang
Liang spins downtempo/house/ambient
Other Events
The Galleries
HABITAT (UK Premiere)
A hymn to the naked body beyond cultural inscriptions and conventional ideals of beauty by choreographer Doris Uhlich
Bristol Old Vic
A Crash Course in Cloudspotting
Raquel Meseguer Zafé leads an intimate audio journey exploring the depths of human connection and the subversive act of lying down
Unit 21, Ground Floor, The Galleries
‎polyphony (World Premiere)
An immersive audio installation composed from the weaving and splicing of conversations with people across the country by Verity Standen.
St. Anne's House
Celebration at HIDEOUT/RETREAT
Join us at St. Anne's House to celebrate the progress of artist Sam Hallett's project HIDEOUT/RETREAT
The Watershed
The Triffids: Love in Bright Landscapes
Doc'n Roll Bristol presents The Triffids Documentary
Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company, The Bamboo House, Bristol
Postgraduate Open Day
Exploring Fourth Monkey's MA Collaborative Theatre for 2022 Entry!
Alma Tavern and Theatre
A Cold War Double Bill
A Cold War double bill of critically-acclaimed one-act plays
Glenside Hospital Museum
Glenside Hospital Museum entry Children free
A museum of mental health treatment since 1861 in Bristol
The Trinity Centre
Crafts & Resistance: Activist China Workshop
Decorate your own unique radical fine bone china mug

Sunday

Gigs & Live Music
The Lanes
TROPICAL FUCK STORM + DEADLETTER
Presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
Arnolfini
Facesiren Workshop
Run by PRRRRRT! as part of the EP/64 #64 The Grand Final Weekend
Exchange
Slime City/ Erotic Secrets of Pompeii/ Head Noise
Blowout Presents Slime City with support from Erotic Secrets of Pompeii and Head Noise
Arnolfini
Magnum Percussion Instrument Workshop
Run by Bristol Community Modular as part of the EP/64 #64 The Grand Final Weekend
Arnolfini
A Deep Dive into Drum Synthesis Workshop
Explore the Magnum PI Prototype with Bristol Community Modular // part of EP/64 #64
The Stag And Hounds
Terry Quinney + Jam Session
Top saxophonist guests at The Stag's Weekly Jazz Jam
The Canteen
Sunday Sessions
Vinylly... a treat for our hard working friends in hospitality + vinyl record fans alike!
Clubnights
Dare to Club
A little difference
Something a little different
To The Moon
Liquid Lunar
Liquid drum and bass open decks session
The Love Inn
Elevator Sound Sunday Ambient Service
Again, its that time, the end of the month and how else to finish up that some tranquil sounds from the crew down the road at Elevator Sound
Other Events
The Galleries
HABITAT (UK Premiere)
A hymn to the naked body beyond cultural inscriptions and conventional ideals of beauty by choreographer Doris Uhlich
College Green
Rallying Cry (World Premiere)
Unfortunately we are not able to go ahead with the performance of Rallying Cry as part of Mayfest. Click for more details.
The Lookout Lectern, BS8 4BA
Tour of the Caves/ Tunnels/ Bunkers of the Eastern
A tour of the the Eastern (Clifton) side of the Avon Gorge, including caves, forts, tunnels and bunkers.
Unit 21, Ground Floor, The Galleries
‎polyphony (World Premiere)
An immersive audio installation composed from the weaving and splicing of conversations with people across the country by Verity Standen.
Space 238
(Say It) As It Is
An autobiographical show about sexuality
Mr Wolfs
Rooftop Comedy & Cocktails
Open air comedy with cocktails!
The Inn on the Green
Traditional Sunday Quiz
Our traditional Sunday Quiz is back once again for all your quizzing needs.