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 27th April
Temples – Trinity Centre | Tickets
This Kettering four-piece have had a phenomenal few years after the release of debut album Sun Structures. Signed to Heavenly Records, this tour is in support of the brilliant new LP Volcano – head to Trinity for shoegaze-tinged indie.
Safehaus – The Louisiana | Tickets
This Glastonbury based band create acoustic indie rock that’s as melodic as it is catchy. Made up of members Ben Kench, Robin Davey, James Kench and Paul O’Reilly, support comes from Nick Parker & The False Alarms and Madyon.
Fri, 28th April
Stormzy – O2 Academy | Tickets
With a number one debut album under his belt, Stormzy has quite literally, stormed the past few months. This show is set to be an electrifying performance of his finest cuts and one that will surely go down in the books as one of the best of the year.
Wretch – The Gryphon | Tickets
Formed from the ashes of doom-scene stalwarts The Gates of Slumber, Indiana’s Wretch prepare to level the Gryphon. Last year’s self-titled album was one of 2016’s best. Support Iron Void bring their groovy and glorious traditional doom.
Sat, 29th April
Foreign Beggars – The Marble Factory | Tickets
Since their formation in 2002, multi-genre UK trio Foreign Beggars’ unique trajectory has seen them evolve from underground hip hop heroes to trailblazing electronic crossover act. Expect a certain poetic energy from this renowned three-piece.
Jamie Lenman – Thekla | Tickets
Jamie Lenman is best known as the singer, guitarist and songwriter for underground heroes Reuben, who toured and released relentlessly for most of the noughties. Catch him in a new light with this very special solo tour.
Sun, 30th April
October Drift – The Louisiana | Tickets
Local(ish) four-piece October Drift have gained a mass following through word-of-mouth and its easy to see why – their live shows, teamed with their catchy-as-heck output solify them as one of the must-see bands of the moment.
Proletaryat – The Exchange | Tickets
Forming in 1987, Proletaryat are a renowned Polish heavy rock outfit with eleven albums under their belt. Support comes from Kobranocka and Dierevers.
Mon, 1st May
LICE – The Louisiana | Tickets
Local four-piece LICE have quickly solidified themselves as the Bristol band to watch, with relentless punk-influenced instrumentation and confronting lyricism. This show acts as a single launch for the band with support from the brilliant Jesuits and Scalping.
Marianas Trench – The Fleece | Tickets
This Canadian pop-punk group have been churning out catchy-as-heck releases since their formation in 2001. Latest album ‘Astoria’ is said to be influenced by 1980’s fantasy adventure films; specifically The Goonies.
Tues, 2nd May
The Kooks – Colston Hall | Tickets
Indie darlings The Kooks were undoubtedly one of the biggest bands of the early to mid-noughties. With four full-length albums under their belt, this show at Colston Hall is sure to be packed out with hits of the past as well as new material.
The Rifles – Thekla | Tickets
Joel Stoker (vocals), Lucas Crowther (guitar), Rob Pyne (bass), and Grant Marsh (drums) create the jaunty garage rock sound of the Rifles. Head to Thekla to catch them in a rare acoustic-only show.
Weds, 3rd May
Fazerdaze – The Louisiana | Tickets
Fazerdaze make the kind of dreamy indie-pop that’s a perfect pairing with the early signs of Spring. The DIY, bedroom project of New Zealand’s Amelia Murray, the tour comes in support of her upcoming album ‘Morningside’.
Hot Cops – The Crofter’s Rights | Tickets
Irish three-piece Hot Cops will be taking to The Crofter’s Rights to play their moody, jarring slice of indie-rock. Support comes from Bristol’s Pictures of Belgrade as well as Thrill House, who will be playing their first ever show.
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