Bristol is great for music – often too great, meaning there’s an overwhelming choice when it comes to picking which show or in-store you’ll end up at. So to help you with this very predicament, every Thursday, we’ll be picking out the best gigs to look forward to for the coming week. Take a look at some of the best shows Bristol has to offer below.
Thurs, 15th June
David Ford – Thekla | Tickets
Ford’s songs combine Americana, English melodicism and a touch of rock ‘n’ roll, tied together with finely-crafted lyrics. A multi-instrumentalist and master of the loop pedal, Ford’s mesmerising live performances regularly sell-out venues on both sides of the Atlantic. He remains one of the UK’s most important singer/songwriters.
BIKE – The Crofter’s Rights | Tickets
” 1943 “, the debut album from BIKE , was one of the most celebrated albums by the press in 2015. Hailing from Brazil, the band are busy working on the follow-up “In Search of the Eternal Journey”, which will be released in April 2017. The songs tell the story of a being who travels for a hundred thousand years in space and time.
Fri, 16th June
Body Clocks EP Launch – The Crofter’s Rights | Tickets
Mystic new-age Klezmer revivalists Body Clocks return to Bristol from their west country village hall tour. Their debut EP is here at last with glowing reviews from some highly respected music publications.
The Dunbars – Thunderbolt | Tickets
The Dunbars are a Bristol based stomping acoustic / blues band, who have brought along the Megs Emrys Band, Marykins and Back in the Day for a jam-packed line-up at The Thunderbolt. Expect a rip-roaring good time.
Sat, 17th June
Kraftwerk 3-D – Colston Hall | Tickets
German electro pioneers Kraftwerk are considered one of the most influential quartets within pop music. It’s hard to imagine what present day music would be like without the minimalism, vocoders & live electronics that Kraftwerk introduced to the world back in 1970. They bring their 3-D tour to Colston Hall.
Hollowfest III – The Gryphon | Tickets
2 Days of metal, sludge, death, doom, and ale. Lots of wonderful ale. Capacity at The Gryphon is limited, so we strongly advise buying your ticket in advance. Not only do you secure your place at the event of the century, you also get ’em a lot cheaper than if you were to pay on the door!
Sun, 18th June
Kabaka Pyramid – The Fleece | Tickets
Blending the power, energy and melody of Reggae with the lyricism of Hip hop, the Kingston Jamaica native will be spreading the message of conscious evolution that demands that you sit up and listen.
Glass Caves – The Louisiana | Tickets
Penultimate show of the Swim Tour, Glass Caves head to The Louisiana’s for what’s set to be as tightly packed as kippers in a tin. With support from Farebrother and Fossette, it’s set to be a Sunday night to remember.
Mon, 19th June
Tom Clarke (The Enemy) – The Fleece | Tickets
Tom Clarke from The Enemy acoustically celebrates 10 years of We’ll Live and Die In These Towns. Expect plenty of sing-a-longs!
The Itinerants – The Louisiana | Tickets
Party to celebrate the release of itinerants debut ep ‘Let Go’. The line up also features support from the Disbands. and Dr days Junction and there will also be DJs playing in-between bands.
Tues, 20th June
The astonishingly brilliant Boston basement heroes Pile return to Bristol to showcase new LP ‘A Hairshirt of Purpose’. Two cuts have already made it into the open and if recent single “Dogs” is anything to base assumptions upon, expect a fusion of their signature riffing.
From the Forest – The Gallimaufry | Free
A monthly night of fuzzy folk music in the midst of The Gallimaufry, with live performances from local to national talent.
Weds, 21st June
Paramore – Colston Hall | Tickets
Despite their ever-changing line-up, Paramore are back with their strongest album to date. Full of straight-up pop bangers, it’s a new route for the previous pop-punkers but with tracks like ‘Hard Times’ and ‘Told You So’, they’re well on their way to being the band they were born to be.
Pond – Thekla | Tickets
Not to be confused with the band from Portland, Oregon that was on Sub Pop in the ’90s, Australia’s Pond were conceived by two members of Tame Impala’s touring group, guitarist Nick Allbrook and drummer Jay Watson, along with Joseph Orion and Jamie Terry.
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