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, 20th July

The Belishas – The Louisiana | Tickets

Bristol outfit The Belishas are hosting a summer party at The Louisiana with a few of their very talented pals. Expect The Belishas’ alternative rock charms to be joined by indie rock from The Malarky and shoegaze from Tropic.

Dan Baird & Homemade Sin – Thunderbolt | Tickets

Classic hard rock made in the USA. Featuring Dan Baird (ex-Georgia Satellites) and Warner E. Hodges (Jason & The Scorchers), Dan Baird & Homemade Sin know how to hold a rip-roaring party – and you’re all invited.

Fri, 21st July

Shanty – The Old Market Assembly | Tickets

Hailing from London town and fronted by soulful vocalist Benjamin Willis and Grime MC Levi Gordon, Shanty bring Dubwise bass & rhythms with a UK sound. With a modern twist on classic roots reggae you can expect a set that will get you poppin’.

Saul Williams – The Fleece | Tickets

Williams has been breaking ground since his debut album, Amethyst Rock Star, was released in 2001 and executive produced by Rick Rubin. After gaining global fame for his poetry and writings at the turn of the century, Williams has performed in over 30 countries. Don’t miss his stop in Bristol.

Fri 21st – Sun 23rd July

Bristol Harbour Fest | Free

Bristol Harbour Festival is one of the UK’s largest public festivals and a chance for the city to showcase its rich musical and performance roots. Some of the best talent around will be taking over venues such as Hy-Brasil Club, Grain Barge and more.

Mon, 24th July

White Fang – Crofter’s Rights | Tickets

In the 10 years since they’ve formed, White Fang has released 8 albums, has built a cult-following of loyal fans with their brash, unrelenting antics on and off stage, and toured all over the world. Be sure to catch these antics in person!

Big D and The Kids Table – The Exchange | Tickets

US Ska punk LEGENDS returning to Bristol on one of only 4 UK dates in 2017! Support comes from France’s very best and longest running ska punk band P.O. Box.

Tues, 25th July

Acid Kings – The Louisiana | Tickets

Sludge metal masters Acid Kings are heading to The Louisiana to bring their legendary San Francisco psychedelic doom metal. FFO: Electric Wizard, Spirit Caravan, Saint Vitus, Orange Goblin.

Flamenco Thief – The Canteen | Free

Craig Sutton, better known as The Flamenco Thief, is an English guitarist whose phenomenal rise within the DIY music scene has seen him become one of the busiest touring artists in the country.

Weds, 26th July

Spooky Men’s Chorale – Colston Hall | Tickets

The Spooky Men’s Chorale emerged blinking-eyed from the Blue Mountains of New South Wales fifteen years ago. Armed with only their raw vocal power, a dab touch of deadpan, improbable facial hair and an ill-matched set of hats, they have been wooing audiences throughout Australia, New Zealand and the UK ever since.

The Sound Cupboard – Crofter’s Rights | Tickets

The Sound Cupboard opens his stage to folk music ! What ? Yes, but folk with a pinch of electro and you’ll also have the usual noise – expect sets from Solarference, Chrx and DSC.

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