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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.
Look no further for your Friday night soundtrack, you'll find DJ Bex and Nathan Worm on the decks and they will be providing a soulful start to your weekend.
No.51s is offering a whole range of crowd-pleasing events… We're talking Disco, Funk, Hiphop and Dirty Beats! Situated in the heart of Stokes Croft, this is a cracking place for your night out antics. Open Friday & Saturday, the venue style is dimly-lit with antique lamps, shabby-chic cladding and a dance floor in the heart of the venue. Often described as a “festival in a bar”, weekends at 51s are all about house party style DJs from the Bristol scene and beyond! Hedonists rejoice!
In partnership with University West England (UWE), Global Partnerships in Social and cultural Engagement we have invited a group of talented students from UWE to run weekend workshops in papermaking inspired by our exhibition Forest: Wake this Ground
Reggae and ska pioneer Steve Rice will be performing an eclectic set of feel good soul to kick start your weekend. Steve owns and runs Downbeat Melody Soundsystem and is a one of a kind gem. There's a reason he is known as Papa. Expect tasteful rock-steady reggae and Jamaican tinged tunes.
No.51s is offering a whole range of crowd-pleasing events… We're talking Disco, Funk, Hiphop and Dirty Beats! Situated in the heart of Stokes Croft, this is a cracking place for your night out antics. Open Friday & Saturday, the venue style is dimly-lit with antique lamps, shabby-chic cladding and a dance floor in the heart of the venue. Often described as a “festival in a bar”, weekends at 51s are all about house party style DJs from the Bristol scene and beyond! Hedonists rejoice!
Deep dive into the biochemistry, pharmacology and psychology of the drugs you may (or may not?) take every weekend… professional psychedelic researcher Dr Jonathan Iliff is on hand to enlighten and answer your burning questions. Learn how drugs affect the human brain and body from an NHS doctor & psychedelic researcher.... The Science of Drugs: MDMA, Cocaine, Ket & 2C-B at hen & chicken.
Loveable punx Dogeyed bring their jovial and melancholic slacker indie-rock for their first show in aaages to celebrate Specialist Subject’s 5th birthday! Plus Hamburger’s charming indie-pop, high-octane scrappy garage punk from Cosmit, punk-rock karaoke and much more. Specialist Subject Weekender at Exchange Specialist Subject Weekender at Exchange.
The queer, non-binary and poc comic godliness of PARTY is back. It's time for Travis Alabanza be your Whistledown and derail your weekend. A Show Starring The Best Trans/Non-binary/Female Comedic Talent PARTY: Bridgerton at The Cube.
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.

Friday

Gigs & Live Music
Oxwick Farm
Inglefest 2022: 19th - 21st August
Grassroots independent festival showcasing the best of the South West!
Exchange
SUBDUED and CIRCLE NONE plus support
Punk benefit gig at Exchange for BASE Social Centre, with support from Gimic and Spanner
The Louisiana
Klyphex Presents: Try Me (Release Party)
Klyphex Presents: Try Me (Release Show)
Mr Wolfs
Razzomo Band
Full Power Folk Rave!
Crofters Rights
BAD SIDEKICK ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY
BAD SIDEKICK ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY WITH ANNABEL ALLUM, SIT DOWN & HOLY REPTILE
The Gallimaufry
New Forms hosted by Bex & Nathan Worm
Warm soul and slow electronica from DJ Bex and Nathan Worm
The Crafty Egg - Fishponds
Sol
Afro-Cuban, French Chanson, Latin and Funk
Strange Brew
Jaubi and Tenderlonious LIVE - 2-4-1 TICKETS!
Instrumental quartet from Lahore, Pakistan mixing North Indian classical music with Modal Jazz & hip-hop. Support from Pete Ishmael Ensemble
Exchange
Sorry Park
Sorry Park at Exchange
Bristol Beacon Foyer
Hoo-Ha! Festival
Music, dancing, and activities for little people and their families.
Beard and Sabre
Blue 2 The Bone Duo
Blue 2 the Bone is a hard rockin’ blues band whose music combines some of the more contemporary and current interpretations of traditional
Clubnights
Strange Brew
Idle Hands Fundraiser
Club night in aid of Idle Hands' recent Crowdfunder - House, Techno & more - VINYL! - All ticket proceeds will go into the Crowdfunder
Cosies
Level the Vibes
Roots / Dub / Digi / Steppas all night
To The Moon
Cut Up
Cut Up - No Wave, Synth and Wonky Disco From Yesterday's Future
Crofters Rights
French Kiss: Resident DJs All Night Long
French Kiss resident DJs soundtracking Crofters all night long.
The Plough Inn
See No Evil
Amapiano, Afrobeats and UK funky spesh!
Lost Horizon
FUNK ADDICT
SUMMER SPECIAL - Pure Vinyl Clubnight
Dare to club
Deviant Desires
BDSM/FETISH and KINKS
Basement 45
Theory of General Boogability
House &Techno event at Basement 45 with music out of this world, in its second installment
The Crown
SBK - Bristol Debut
London-based grime newcomer SBK hits Bristol for the first time
The Lanes
California Love
(90s/00s Hip Hop and R&B) Bristol
No. 51s
DJ Alfie
Expect everything from Reggae to Soul, Funk, Hip-Hop, House, DnB - Served with a healthy sprinkling of cheese
Other Events
Prior Shop, Cabot Circus
A Sense of Belonging - Art Exhibition
Six local artists whose work is profoundly shaped by an exploration of heritage and identity
The Bristol Improv Theatre
This Is Your Musical
Prepare to be amazed as you witness the creation of a brand new musical theatre show, courtesy of The Bristol Improv Theatre’s flagship musi
Dareshack
Unknown Connections by Matteo Amadio
FREE multimedia and interactive installation at the intersection of sound and light

Saturday

Gigs & Live Music
The Louisiana
Klyphex Presents: Bloody/Bath + Special Guests
Klyphex Presents: Bloody/Bath w/ Shtëpi & Vostok
The Crown
C4C Fest
Mosh hard all day for a good cause
Crofters Rights
Alpaca Presents : SHLUG
SHLUG | Minas | Sickrose | Ben n Ellies Spaghetti Deli
Crofters Rights
WE NEED BANDS | Wildcat Boozy (Single Launch)
POST PUNK | Wildcat Boozy + Bad News First + Morello Cherry + Fluff
The Canteen
Nyamekye Junction
Synths and samplers + enchanting vocals and traditional West African percussion instruments like the Frikyiwa, Kpanlogos and Kayamba
Mr Wolfs
Whistlebelly + John E Vistic
5 piece country based rock band blending sounds of indie, bluesy rock, punk, and hip hop
The Stable, Bristol
Soma Soma
Soma Soma at the Stable, Bristol
Four Quarters
Bristol Beat Social
Creatives Meetup & Producer Open Mic.
The Gallimaufry
Stoned Soul Picnic
Feel good soul for your weekend
Grounded Redfield
The Grounded Garden Party
A day of live music in our garden - Acoustic. Funk n Soul. Folk
Clubnights
The Loco Klub
Roots A Run
First in the uk - Mr Zebre
Strange Brew
Fully Automated: DJ Voices & Yushh
Nowadays resident DJ Voices makes her long-awaited Bristol debut, bringing UK techno, dubstep and tranciness to the Strange Brew back room
The Attic Bar
Stokes Croft Summer Courtyard Party
GlassHouse provides a full summer day party showcasing the best garage, breaks, house, techno and dance club genres around.
Crofters Rights
Higher Level Recs: Borai + LMajor (Club Glow)
Expect ’90s warehouse energy & euphoria spanning Rave - Jungle - Hardcore
Basement 45
TRIAD X DEFUSED: SUMMER SHUTDOWN
DJ HYBRID (JUMP UP SET) & LUPO B2B TEEJ
The Love Inn
Bliss Print Pres. Eich
The full Bliss Print crew come to showcase their sound w/ Keydell, Kincaid, Niceup & Son of Philip & guest Eich
The Volunteer Tavern
PARADISCO DOWN THE PUB (Postponed)
Disco Day Party with PARADISCO DJs & Friends
Dare to Club
F I E N D I S H
Goth, Industrial & EBM Fetish Dance Party - Special Guest DJ: Doktor Joy
Motion
1985 Music Day Party x [SEQUENCES]
1985 Bristol // The Biggest 1985 event to date.
Propyard
Summer Social with Crazy P (DJ) & more
We are proud to welcome Crazy P (DJ) for the first time to Propyard.
Bristol Old Vic
BOV After Dark
Free DJ night in the Bristol Old Vic bar featuring Rema Mukena and FFINN
Lakota
Ibiza Classics: Summer Fiesta
Join us for a night of the best Ibiza classic anthems spanning house and trance as we sonically transport you to the White Isle.
No. 51s
DJ Asian Hawk
51s is all about the dancefloor!
To The Moon
Don't Test! And Friends
Music to make toy stagger
The Plough Inn
Wilfy Rootikal + Rosina
Longtime coming return of the deep roots reggae & dub from Plough family member Wilfy Rootikal.
The Lanes
SURE SHOT
Bring you the best in classic funk and hip hop!
Other Events
Glenside Hospital Museum
Glenside Hospital Museum entry ticket
A museum of mental health treatment since 1861 in Bristol
Dareshack
Unknown Connections by Matteo Amadio
FREE multimedia and interactive installation at the intersection of sound and light
Arnolfini
Papermaking workshop
Make your own paper lead by talented students from UWE
Sea Walls View Point
A scramble/ traverse of the Avon Gorge
A scramble/ traverse of the Eastern side (Clifton) of The Avon Gorge.
Alderman Proctor's Drinking Fountain
Downs and Gorge (Eastern side) wild food foraging
A walk exploring Downs and Gorge (Eastern side), learning, identifying and foraging edible foods.
Prior Shop, Cabot Circus
A Sense of Belonging - Art Exhibition
Six local artists whose work is profoundly shaped by an exploration of heritage and identity
Watershed
The Feast Film screening + Filmmaker Q&A
Welsh horror The Feast followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers
Independent Design Collective
Meet the Maker - Lucy Lawrence
Lucy Lawrence at Independent Design Collective, 76 North Street, Bedminster
PRSC
Yard Party, Paint Jam & Stencilling
Get paint-spattered, develop your street art skills, make some art!

Sunday

Gigs & Live Music
The Cube
Marisa Anderson and William Tyler
Guitarists Marisa Anderson and William Tyler distill deeply rooted and varied traditions into distinctive voices all their own.
Exchange
Monasteries & Creak
Monasteries & Creak at Exchange
Crofters Rights
MARIA BC + DEAR LAIKA
Free show, presented by Damnatio Memoriae & BLG Promotions.
The Stag And Hounds
Andy Hague + Jam Session
Veteran Trumpet Player Guests at The Stag's Weekly Jazz Jam
The Raven
The Sunday Jazz Conspiracy
The Marvin Muoneké Quartet
The Gallimaufry
Family Buisness
Hip Hop jam hosted by MĀDŁY & Binbags
Clubnights
The Loco Klub
Bristol Sound Check
Dub/Roots/Reggae style Sound System Session.
Other Events
Arnolfini
Papermaking workshop
Make your own paper lead by talented students from UWE
The Lookout Lectern, BS8 4BA
Tour of the Caves & Bunkers of Eastern Avon Gorge
A tour of the the Eastern side (Clifton) of the Avon Gorge, including caves, forts, tunnels and bunkers.
Mr Wolfs Rooftop
The Rooftop Comedy Club
Live stand up in one of Bristols most unique settings
The Cloak and Dagger
Summer Scream Alternative Art Market
Alternative market featuring taxidermy, handmade goods, prints and more all from local makers
Prior Shop, Cabot Circus
A Sense of Belonging - Art Exhibition
Six local artists whose work is profoundly shaped by an exploration of heritage and identity
Dareshack
Unknown Connections by Matteo Amadio
FREE multimedia and interactive installation at the intersection of sound and light
Beard and Sabre
Tabletop Sunday
Tabletop Sunday - Board games evening at Beard & Sabre
Kingsdown Vaults
This Next Act - Standup Comedy
Free entry New Material night with pros trying new jokes and newer acts