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, 17th August

Lambchop – The Fleece | Tickets

Lambchop’s lyrics take you on an unmissable journey through every song, describing experiences in a near journalistic way before stripping them down and piecing them together with gorgeously ornamented and perfectly placed piano parts.

Laura Gibson – The Lantern | Tickets

Writing within the broad church of folk music layered with delicate shades of alt-country, Gibson’s beautiful songs are framed with deceptive simplicity as she observes and remarks upon the human condition.

Fri, 18th August

Everything Else – The Thunderbolt | Tickets

Day 2 of Everything Else’s South-England tour takes place at the Thunderbolt Bristol. Supported by tour-mates South Drive from London, As It Stands from Plymouth and Waved Albatross in their hometown - four young bands with a lot of energy.

Solid Gone – Mr Wolf’s | Tickets

Alternative Blues/Folk/Rock vibes featuring powerful vocals, dirty slide guitar, wild saxophone, thumping double bass and an irresistible beat.

Sat, 19th August

Tony Matterhorn – O2 Academy | Tickets

Dancehall reggae deejay Tony Matterhorn is making the trip across the atlantic from Kingston, Jamaica to O2 Academy Bristol.

Cirque du Burlesque – The Fleece | Tickets

Roll up, roll up, this summer as Burlesque Wonderland Presents: Cirque du Burlesque. A flamboyant and exciting burlesque night awaits you…

Sun, 20th August

Lonely Robot – Thekla | Tickets

Lonely Robot currently have their new release at number 6 in the Official Rock charts following a highly successful first album. The band is fronted by John Mitchell – singer, songwriter, guitarist and music producer at Outhouse Studios in Reading, UK.

Jonah Matranga – The Exchange | Tickets

Jonah Matranga heads to The Exchange for an intimate bar gig. Support comes from the uber-talented Helen Chambers and Dogeyed.

Mon, 21st August

Kikagaku Moyo – Crofters Rights | Tickets

Bristol Psych Fest and Stolen Body Records are happy to bring Japanese psych giants Kikagaku Moyo to Bristol and The Crofters Rights. The last time they came down they sold out the Cube so grab tickets quick. Support comes from Bristol based Captain Süün.

Lo Fi Funky Space Quest – Old Market Assembly | Tickets

Tom and Cheeba return to earth in search of a squadron of space cadets to help them overcome the mysterious Flatscreenzombierobot virus that has bewitched the Grown ups of Planet Earth.

Tues, 22nd August

Holy F*ck – The Lantern | Tickets

Canadian electronica band Holy F*ck have always defied categorisation, although describe themselves as ‘hardcore thrift-store found-object punk’. After a six year hiatus, the band returned in 2016 with a new album and a return to their raw, unapologetic roots.

A Werewolf – Mother’s Ruin | Tickets

If you were looking for a thrashing good time then look no further than The Mother’s Ruin. A Werewolf, Nietzsche Trigger Finger and Punch On are three bands that are set to blow your ears off.

Weds, 23rd August

Action Beat & Gw Sok – Crofter’s Rights | Tickets

Action Beat are a perennially touring and intense improvisational noise band from Milton Keynes ussually consisting of at least 3 guitars, baritone, bass, and 3-4 drummers.

Henhouse Prowlers – Mother’s Ruin | Tickets

Award winning, hard-driving, Chicago bluegrass. Internationally touring 365 days a year. Head to The Mother’s Ruin to catch this group in action.

Haven’t found what you’re looking for? Check out our full live listings here.