Things are getting a little quiet in the live scene while artists head off for festival appearances, but the real troopers are still out hitting the streets of Bristol for your evening entertainment. This week, we have a veritable feast from feminist punk rock and US rap to political anti-folk.

Thursday 4th July

Hands Off Gretel – Louisiana

Riding the fresh new wave of rock music are Hands Off Gretel. A true powerhouse alt-rock outfit have garnered support from the likes of BBC Introducing, who shouted about their hard graft, passion, energy and intense live performances. Ready your rafters, Louisiana, for they are about to be shaken. More here…

Friday 5th July

Personal Best + Kermes + Pup Tent – Exchange

Personal Best make music that caresses the ears, the heart and soul…but only for a second. Sweet acoustic openings descend into epic, fuzzed-out guitar breakdowns that don’t let up, encouraging all forms of head-banging and face sweating. Self-described as “classic rock for tragic lesbians”, this is a band that really nails their brand. More here…

Saturday 6th July

The Belishas + Sapphire Blues + The Bad Mothers + Jack King – Louisiana

The Louisiana is busy this month and welcomes in the weekend the best way they know how: with a big old barn dance of a party. Bristol’s own The Belishas come in hot in the run up to their single launch, ‘Chlorine Maureen’, which is out on July 6th. This lineup is bursting with support from Sapphire Blues, The Bad Mothers and Jack King. More here…

Firebird Festival 2019: The Travis Waltons + Minke Whales + Mike Dennis + Waldo’s Gift + more – Firebird Studios

Back after a short hiatus, the friendly folks at Firebird Studios are throwing a new instalment of their infamously-good festival. Always dripping in top-tier Bristolian acts, this year is no exception with the adept rock songwriting of The Travis Waltons, the stompy folk of Minke Whales and much, much more.

Sunday 7th July

Kirin J Callinan – Louisiana

After premiering ‘The Whole of the Moon’ at SXSW in March, the stunning artist Kirin J Callinan comes to Bristol for a night of conceptualised pop music which challenges the mind and senses. Expect intimacy and depth in iconic choruses, strong literary narratives and questions about life, love and acceptance. More here…

Monday 8th July

Oxygen Thief + Deux Furieuses + The Travis Waltons – Crofter’s Rights

Ahead of their takeover of the Xtra Mile Recordings stage at 2000trees festival, Oxygen Thief come to take all of the air out of the room at Crofter’s Rights. Sucking up the CO2 in massive riffs, deep drum solos and stomping rhythms, the band try to make sense of a post-Brexit post-Trump world. They’re supported by angsty feminist punk rock band deux furieuses. More here…

Tuesday 9th July

JPEGMAFIA – Exchange

Bringing the sounds of Baltimore to Bristol is US rapper JPEGMAFIA. The outspoken political artist brings classics from Black Ben Carson and Veteran, as well as new singles ‘The Who’, ‘Thug Tears’ and ‘Puff Daddy’. He’s as fluent in the language of underground hip-hop and noise music as he is in political discourse. More here…

Julia Meijer + Campbell Sibthorpe + Sailing Stones – Louisiana

Swedish-born singer-songwriter Julia Meijer developed her minimalist folk musings and turned them into digestible folk-pop that shines live on stage. She presents the release of her debut album Always Awake at the Louisiana, which is very much rooted in the indie/folk/pop space. This is a gig for lovers of Laura Marling and Lucy Rose. More here…

Wednesday 10th July

Billy Bragg – Fiddlers

The UK’s very own political singer-songwriter. I’m not sure he’ll have a 20,000-strong crowd but what I am certain of, is him being able to get his audience to shout profanities at Boris Johnson. The leading figure of the anti-folk movement of the 80s, Bragg is the best of grassroots activism in candid lyricism form. More here…


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