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, 11th May
Underoath – O2 Academy | Tickets
The screamo kings return to celebrate the legacy of album They’re Only Chasing Safety. With their post-hardcore tendencies still ringing true for diehard fans, expect plenty of chorus ‘scream-a-longs’.
Mishka Shubaly – Stag & Hounds | Tickets
Best-selling author, singer-songwriter, truth-teller, trash-talker and feeling-hurter Mishka Shubaly returns to the UK the celebrate the 10 year vinyl reissue of cult favourite “How to Make a Bad Situation Worse.”
Fri, 12th May
Damo Suzuki (of CAN) – The Exchange | Tickets
A genuinely unique talent, Damo Suzuki found fame after krautrock legends CAN found him busking in the streets of 70s Cologne. Suzuki’s synthetic language creates an absolutely astonishing performance and his voice remains a beautiful philosopher’s stone.
Flamingods – The Lantern | Tickets
Previous Bristol Live cover stars Flamingods return to the city to perform their technicolour sound. Originally from Bahrain and Dubai but eventually colliding in the UK, its members have absorbed the influence of many different cultures.
Sat, 13th May
Ducktails & James Ferraro – The Old England | Tickets
Matt Mondanile of Real Estate side project Ducktails stops off in Bristol for a super intimate solo show. He’ll be joined by the magnificent James Ferraro and Spencer Clarke (of The Skaters). Latest record St. Catherine was released on Domino.
The Spook School – Stag & Hounds | Tickets
The Spook School are a four-piece band from Edinburgh, Scotland. The name is a reference to the Glasgow School. The band’s lyrics explore “gender, sexuality and queer issues” with themes such as “fluidity and the lack of a binary in gender”.
Sun, 14th May
Wheatus – Thekla | Tickets
You’re lying if you say you can’t remember the lyrics to Wheatus’ break-out hit ‘Teenage Dirtbag’. The project of Brendan B. Brown, the band return to tour their biggest hits as well as few new tracks.
Twin Palace – The Crofter’s Rights | Tickets
Acting as the launch show for QUIT YR JOB Records, Twin Palace, The Shuks and Loralie & Miracle Run will be performing at The Crofter’s Rights. Expect spiralling melodies, fizzing guitars and shimmering textures.
Mon, 15th May
Ekat Bork – The Fleece | Tickets
Ekat Bork is a Siberian force of nature, who studied at the Music Conservatoire in St. Petersburg. Already an established artiste in her now native Switzerland, she’ll be bringing the magic of her second album yasDyes to life.
The Coathangers – The Exchange | Tickets
Following several visits on support tours, The Coathangers finally hit Bristol for their first headline date! Though the Atlanta three-piece released full-length Nosebleed Weekend last year, they’ll return with new material via the Parasite EP.
Tues, 16th May
The Cribs – O2 Academy | Tickets
The Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, FOREVER Anniversary Arena tour brings The Cribs to Bristol on Sunday, 16th May. The three-piece will be playing classic indie bangers, so expect lots of sing-a-longs and men hugging each other.
Aaron Douglas – The Louisiana | Tickets
Aaron’s approach to songwriting is all about honesty. Consequently, he has songs about impatient people at airports, passing on bad habits to your kids, friends, PMA, and the glorious power of hindsight.
Weds, 17th May
Sad13 – The Crofter’s Rights | Tickets
Slugger, the debut LP from Sad13 a.k.a. Sadie Dupuis, prioritizes self-possession in every sense. Sadie, who fronts the dynamite grunge-pop band Speedy Ortiz, forewent her usual modes of collaboration on Slugger, writing and producing the record herself.
The BUG CLUB – Thunderbolt | Tickets
Chepstow 5 piece band playing rock, blues, folk and roots originals with driving melodic guitars and close vocal harmonies. They recently supported Status Quo and Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel at Caldicot Castle.
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