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, 10th August

Sly Palms – The Louisiana | Tickets

Another quality Thursday Night Special hosted at the Louisiana, with Sly Palms heading proceedings straight to the bottom of Alice’s potion bottle. Drink up guys and gals. Third Ace and IronVolt join Sly Palms for the festivities.

Ilenkus – Mother’s Ruin | PWYW

Ilenkus are a 5-piece metal/hardcore band from Galway, Ireland. Their sound is primal and rooted in raw aggression, yet also fluid and divergent. Support comes from Sugar Horse.

Fri, 11th Aug

Leeches – The Old England | Tickets

Leisure Records’ home boys LEECHES will be exhibiting their riffs live and direct inside The Old England. Supported by the incredible noise math punk rioters No Violet and fresh faced psych punk supergroup The Dolce Vita.

Wolf Eyes – The Exchange | Tickets

The USA’s longest homemade primitive electronic poetry & vibes trio”return to Bristol after a three year absence. “Born in the dead, dread-filled haunted hills of Michigan, Wolf Eyes are the rabid beasts of Trip Metal.

Sat, 12th Aug

Sublime With Rome – O2 Academy | Tickets

Californian trio, Sublime With Rome are heading back to the UK following a sold-out show at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in 2010. The alt-dub icons play a blend of reggae, hip-hop and alt-rock.

The Hungry Ghosts – Crofter’s Rights | Tickets

Birmingham based The Hungry Ghosts and Bristol’s own Captain Süün head to the Crofter’s Rights for a one off co-headline show. If that wasn’t enough, the party continues until 3am with DJ’s playing psychedelic tunes.

Sun, 13th August

The Flaming Lips – Colston Hall | Tickets

Three-time Grammy-Award winners, The Flaming Lips are one of the most enduring, influential, unpredictable, and globally respected bands of their generation. Led by Wayne Coyne, they have been cited as the ultimate live attraction and life-affirming festival band.

Damo Suzuki – Exchange | Tickets

A genuinely unique talent, Damo Suzuki found fame after krautrock legends CAN found him busking in the streets of 70s Cologne. Immediately drafting him in to replace Malcolm Mooney, the band is considered one of the greatest outfits in western musical history.

Mon, 14th Aug

Open Mic Night – The Gallimaufry | Free

Hosted by Chuman, the Gallimaufry’s weekly open mic night is a well attended, bustling evening of jamming, performance and socialising. Just make sure you turn up before 9pm to pencil yourself in.

Jazz Session – The Canteen | Free

Held in the bustling surroundings of Stokes Croft’s Canteen, the jazz session allows musicians to come together and well, jam. Head down for an evening of laid back performance and good grub.

Tues, 15th Aug

Larkins – The Louisiana | Tickets

Indie Rock n’Roll is what Larkins do and they intend to provide us with the big bold anthems of the future. Support comes from Bristol based 5 piece, Rozelle who deliver punchy and experimental electronic music.

Jesus Piece – The Exchange | Tickets

Heavy hardcore from Americas murder capital (Philadelphia, PA). One of the most talked about bands in US hardcore right now – the pit will not be your friend when they play.

Weds, 16th Aug


Radio Moscow – The Exchange | Tickets

American hard rocking, psych power-trio RADIO MOSCOW finally return to the UK, with their first UK tour. Legendary support from GROUNDHOGS, led by Ken Pustelnik; original member of the ‘classic line-up’.

Shifty Lao – The Louisiana | Tickets

Shifty Lao are an alternative soul band based in Bristol whose sound consists of funky dance-inducing rhythms mixed with silky vocal harmonies. These charismatic guys combine to put on an exciting performance that’s not to be missed.

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