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The best live music tonight in Bristol.

What's On in Bristol Tonight

— all today's events.
As part of Bristol's most comprehensive events guide, this page lists all gigs and live music happening in Bristol this evening.

Live Music and Gigs Tonight

One of the best things aboute Bristol's live music scene is that every day is different. Use the event listings on this page (see left hand column) to plan your day in Bristol. Headfirst includes the entire spectrum of bands playing in Bristol today - from local folk and jazz gigs to large concerts at venues like Colston Hall and Start The Bus get ready for a musical journey.

Most of today's gigs start around 8pm so be sure to catch an early dinner to avoid missing the music. Many of the gigs to the left are free to attend, some request a donation in the bucket and others will require advanced tickets. To guarantee entry, we suggest always buying tickets in advance from our ticket shop.

Tonight's Clubnights & Nightlife

Like every other day of the week, there are clubnights in Bristol happening this evening. Bars with regular late licenses and regular djs include The Small Horse Inn and The Love Inn - both extremely busy on weekends. Thursday, Friday and Saturday see the bulk of Bristol's club events when huge venues like Motion and Lakota open their doors to punters. To make this page, we've collected all of the clubnights happening tonight this can be found beneath today's gig listings in the left hand column.
Simon Armitage | Live at Bristol Poetry Festival tickets
Now in it's second revamped year - Bristol Poetry Festival 2020 returns with renewed energy and already-sold out events. Kicking off this week, here are our picks for poetry lovers, literary novices and families of book lovers. View the full programme here: https://www.lyrafest.com/ -------------------------------------- 1. Simon Armitage Live An illustrious opening: the UK's poet laureate comes to Will's Memorial Building for a reading and discussion of his acclaimed works. 🎫 Tickets for Friday 13th March: hdfst.uk/E60857 -------------------------------------- 2. Bristol Poetry Fest Final w/ Danez Smith Some of the most vital and morally urgent spoken-word you'll ever witness: Danez Smith supposedly brought Harry Headfirst to tears 2 years ago at Arnolfini! 🎫 Tickets for Sat 14th March: hdfst.uk/E60940 -------------------------------------- 3. Poetry and Music for Climate Action Zena Edwards leads a poetical call for our planet curated by local performance poetry stables Raise the Bar and The Hip Yak Poetry Shack. 🎫 Tickets for Mon 16th March: hdfst.uk/E61105 -------------------------------------- 4. Stephen Sexton + Bad Betty Press An evening of readings from the radical UK voices of Bad Betty Press including Gboyega Odunbanjo, Charlotte Geater and Jake Wild Hall - Poet. 🎫 Tickets for Friday 30th March hdfst.uk/E61057 -------------------------------------- 5. Stage to Page Writing Workshop (w/ Amy Acre) Already a spoken word or performance artist? Award-winning writer Amy Acre will help mould your ideas into publishable works. 🎫 Tickets for Sat 21st March: hdfst.uk/E61113
Slugabed (live band) tickets
LIVE MUSIC NEEDS YOU - This week is Independent Venue Week, support your local venues and get to these gigs: -------------------------------------- 1. Slugabed (live) Core member of Activia Benz, Slugabed returns to The Old England, this time with a full live band. Joined by Avon Terror Corps’ Walkie Talkestra, expect a suitably eclectic and experimental experience. 🎫 Tickets for Tonight: hdfst.uk/E59882 -------------------------------------- 2. Captain Süün The Stolen Body Records signees bring their languid, psychedelic surf rock to Mr. Wolf's Bristol. 🎫 Tickets for Thursday: hdfst.uk/E60276 -------------------------------------- 3. Spinny Nights w/ 404 Guild Spinny Nights serve us unrelenting energy and quickfire bars as London’s 404 Guild joins Kinlaw & Franco Franco and Grove for another special Old E outting. 🎫 Tickets for Friday: hdfst.uk/E60235 -------------------------------------- 4. Cousin Kula: Saturday 1st Feb, The Louisiana Hosted by Chiverin, catch Cousin Kula’s groove-laden alt-pop with support from Langkamer, Pocket Sun and Herbal Tea. 🎫 Tickets for Saturday: hdfst.uk/E59193
PERFORMANCE | Uncanny Valley Girl  tickets
From cyborg fembots to sensory Twin Peaks experiences, enrich yourself with this month's unique arts happenings. ----------------------------------------- 1. Cables + Cameras Platforming films from emerging BAME filmmakers for Black History Month, Cables&Cameras bring films from the Birmingham Backin project to The Cube Microplex. ----------------------------------------- 2. Uncanny Valley Girl Prepare to be confronted by the intersection of femininity and technology encompassed in the fembot motif as Uncanny Valley Girl delves into a world of darkly humorous, dystopian explorations as part of Arnolfini’s Still I Rise programme. 🎫 Tickets for October 25th: hdfst.uk/E57023 ----------------------------------------- 3. TBC Editions Launch Making a hugely welcome return, The Brunswick Club community takes over Dawkins Ales to celebrate their new TBC EDITIONS label with an eclectic selection of sonic and audiovisual experimentations from Viridian Ensemble, Copper Sounds, COIMS and more. ----------------------------------------- 4. Cinebra: A Brief History of Horror A unique comedy horror narrative that traces the history of horror classic and tropes in cinema through the medium of musical comedy. A multimedia frenzy of gore, haunted amulets and the most popular girl in college. ----------------------------------------- 5. Fairytales for Grownups Inspired by the Día de Los Muertos, The Crick Crack Club hosts an evening of storytelling revelling in ritual and narratives between life and death. ----------------------------------------- 6. Between Two Worlds: Welcome to Twin Peaks Step into the unsettling, surreal world where the owls are not what they seem as The Cube hosts a truly immersive Lynchian affair, featuring a special performance from the mercurial Sarahsson. ----------------------------------------- 7. AMRA (Imran Perretta and Paul Purgas) A collaborative audiovisual performance, with experimental electronics and analogue media, addressing South Asian identity; presented alongside Imran Perretta’s solo exhibiton at Spike Island and in partnership with Qu Junktions.
Alabaster dePlume & Peluché tickets
Like a delightfully broken Ben Webster, Alabaster dePlume's fragile, breathy saxophone playing is as immediately captivating as it is extraordinary. Expect delicate solo work, warm ensemble and spoken word in turmoil from the Mancunian's bitter tongue. Hot off recent collabs with cosmonaut jazz trio The Comet is Coming, DePlume joins Peluché for an evening of unconventional jazz/folk/classical music at The Jam Jar Bristol courtesy of it's peachy. ? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E51897 ?

From events on Friday

“They comprise, quite honestly of the finest West African session musicians alive on this planet today… With legendary band leader & Bassist Edd Bateman hosting rhythmic influences from Senegal, Guinea Conakry, Mali, Cameroon and Congo. Featuring Lingala singer and soukous aristocrat ‘Jeannot Bel’, blues rock and astropheric soundscaping guitarist, vocalist and Bristol lad ‘Julian Burdock’, Guinean Master Griot kora player ‘Mosi Conde’ and Congolese rhythm machine ‘Felix Ngindu Kasanganayi’”
“DATE: FRIDAY 22ND OCTOBER 2021
EVENT TIMINGS: 22:00 - 04:00
TICKETS: £10 General Release, £12 Final Release
LOCATION: BASEMENT 45, BRISTOL, BS1 5NA
18+
GENRE: DNB ALL NIGHT
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SHOW CALENDAR
LIVE MUSIC: 18 EVENTS
Exchange
Tugboat Captain, Muffintops and Ketibu
Nautical indie popsters on their rescheduled UK tour - with local support
The Forge, Bristol
Sefrial
Sefrial are Gold, Sugar, Diamond encrusted magic
Mr Wolfs
Stone Jets + Long Tonic
Feel good music wrapped in rhythmic soul
The Lanes
TEMPESST + HEKA
Free show, presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
The Old Market Assembly
London Astrobeat Orchestra Perform Talking Heads
‘London Astrobeat Orchestra’ perform songs from the iconic Talking Heads’ ‘Stop Making Sense’ movie, live.
Crofters Rights
Francis Of Delirium
Francis of Delirium Live in Bristol at Crofters Rights
Jam Jar
Real Lies + Bonsi
Electronic duo Real Lies play “euphoric songs evoking long nights dancing and even longer drives back home to the suburbs” (The Guardian).
El Rincon
Kevin Figes & Denny Ilett
Top-notch saxophone and guitar jazz duo
The Hen & Chicken
Michaela Fedeczko Album Launch
Bristol-born soulstress Michaela Fedeczko presents her debut album ‘Blue Embrace’
The Elmers Arms
The Relay Rips ( followed by bang d.js)
Upbeat brass fueled rock n' roll for the dance floor!
Fiddlers
The Allergies
Making “funk and soul for the 21st century” (Craig Charles), The Allergies know how to bring the fun.
No.1 Harbourside
Innes Sibun Trio
World class blues guitarist Innese Silbun plays at No. 1 Harbourside
The Rose of Denmark Bristol
Prohibition Fridays: Alannah Jackson
Chilled vibes from Rosie’s Cool Cats in Bristol’s most groovy underground speakeasy
The Old Stillage
The Prohibition: 1920s Speakeasy Night
Come gather at the Speakeasy for a night of cocktails, music and dapper dancing.
The Canteen
Brass Junkies
Dynamic and versatile 8-piece brass band performing New Orleans style jazz, pop and funk covers
Sidney and Eden
The Smokin' Hot Shots
50's rock n roll and doo wop
CLUB NIGHTS: 14 EVENTS
Strange Brew
Health & Beauty x SB ~ Loraine James [LIVE] & more
Loraine James, Grove, Ifeoluwa, PMS Casualty
Dare to Club
Amity 001: Yak, Syz, Cando
Amity takeover Dare To for a night of percussive techno and UK sounds
Take Five Cafe
Rhythm Works W/ i-sha B2B Junior + Billie George
Yes Yes! After one year out due to the pandemic, Rhythm Works returns to the café for another 5-hour throw down…
Secret Location
Dialogue
A sweaty, queer rave in a rarely used, secret location on the edge of Bristol.
Crofters Rights
Community Disc-O's Presents // #5
Admin, Mike Shawe (Hot Buttered Soul) & Frederika (Discs of Fun & Love) join for an intimate B2B
Lakota
Wide Eyes: SHERELLE + Special Guests
Wide Eyes brings Sherelle and some special guests to Lakota Friday 22nd October
Ill Repute
BIG7
Revival Ska Reggae night! Original vinyl Sound System style
To The Moon
Club Stoic at To The Moon
Galaxian Dub, Spectral Funk, Haunted House & other Unidentified Flying Genres
Lost Horizon
Lost Horizon x Team Love Presents: Fatboy Slim
The Rockafeller Skank creator will be hitting the Lost Horizon HQ stage in advance of his eight date UK wide tour.
The Hare on the Hill
On the Decks: DJ Shake Appeal
Left field pop music for the masses
NON MUSIC: 4 EVENTS
St Annes House
Archiving Glitches with Dhaqan Collective
Join Dhaqan Collective to hear about their varied practice, current research & plans while in residence in Bricks' RELAY project space.
Arnolfini
Stephen Gill and Hazel Hammond exhibitions
Join us for our Autumn 2021 programme, with exhibitions across our galleries, Reading Room, Light and Dark Studios
Bricks @ St Anne's House
Party: Ghost Party
A Show Starring The Best Trans/Female/Non-Binary Comedic Talent
Alma Tavern and Theatre
Timeless
If you can’t trust your memory what can you trust?