New year, new decade, and most importantly, new gigs of the week! We’re returning to bring you more choice selections of Bristol’s best live music, that’ll surely rouse you back into action after a festive lull of leftover food comas, spirited day drinking, and forgetting your worries with “just a quick nap.”

January ain’t so bad, after all… right? *checks the news and sobs quietly*

Saturday 11th January

Eat Up! 2nd Birthday Party – Exchange

The non-profit collective Eat Up! have been putting on workshops and gigs for two whole years now! Fighting discrimination, making spaces more inclusive for those underrepresented in the music scene, and safer for womxn, queer, trans, and disabled patrons, a celebration is well in order for all they’ve achieved thus far. With performances from Kermes, Clunk, and Okay, Bye; karaoke in the main room; and possibly cake if you’re lucky, it’s going to be a punktastic birthday extravaganza too good to miss. More here…

Monday 13th January

Georgia

Georgia (live + signing) – Rough Trade

I mean honestly, who doesn’t love a good live show followed by a signing? Not to mention the chance to trade a few words with one of London’s brightest artists bringing new life to the dancefloor in the process. We’re of course talking about Georgia, whose debut album we’ve been awaiting anxiously at In Stereo. ‘About Work The Dancefloor’ – one of 2019’s most contagious single releases – had us hooked, and now the weeks we’ve counted down to the release of Seeking Thrills are mere days, we can’t wait! More here…

Bombay Bicycle Club – SWX

Curiously on this same evening, the return of Bombay Bicycle Club, which seemed to lack fanfare but nonetheless sparks much nostalgia in our hearts. A tearful day when the band announced they’d hung up their coats to pursue solo projects, but a reunion is promising considering where they left off in 2016 on So Long, See You Tomorrow and strength of new singles. More here…

Tuesday 14th January

The Big Moon

The Big Moon (live + signing) – Rough Trade

Besides the incredible title, The Big Moon’s debut Love in the 4th Dimension also had the larger-than-life tunes to back it up. It was a refreshing album in a genre that had began to feel stagnant in the latter half of the 10s. The band have since gone on to earn acclaim for their live shows, supported the likes of Ezra Furman and Pixies on tour, and played a significant role on Marika Hackman’s sophomore album, I’m Not Your Man. Who said the moon simply orbits the earth? Catch them at Rough Trade this January performing tracks from their new album, Walking Like We Do. More here…

Wednesday 15th January

Purple Pilgrims – Crofters Rights

One of the overlooked acts of 2019, of which there are many, but seriously… Perfumed Earth is as gorgeous to listen to as the title alone would suggest. I’ve been flummoxed as to why this duo have passed so many by, especially when people have been prattling on about artists with less substance – not naming names, but it rhymes with “schmampire schmeekend.” More here…

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