The heatwave is set to continue so cancel your holiday plans – may as well enjoy the weather at home, right? There’s plenty of gigs happening this month to keep you busy, so here are some music recommendations that you won’t want to miss this August in Bristol.
Hush Mozey – Rough Trade – 3rd
BIMM alumni Hush Mozey have a headline show at the new Rough Trade venue in central Bristol. Known for their sound of ‘drowsy rock ‘n’ roll’, the band have gathered a loyal group of followers who are sure to fill out the venue in their biggest headline gig to date. As regulars on the festival circuit and with their debut EP ‘Tales of Bigotry’ in tow, Hush Mozey know how to put on a great performance. Support comes from Okay Leader, Beefywink and Pre Valentina. Get your tickets here.
Beverly Shrills – The Lanes – 4th
In celebration of their new single ‘Like To Be Alone’ coming out on HUBB Records, the student-run label from BIMM Bristol, Beverly Shrills are playing a show at The Lanes this month. As part of the Department S Club Night, it’s bound to be a fantastic night full of awesome music. Beverly Shrills are bringing their best alternative-pop game to Bristol, with support from fellow BIMM alumni Parowan and also Rapha Ghetti. Tickets are £5 on the door – Find out more about the event here.
Darlingside – Thekla – 7th
Indie-folk band Darlingside are coming over from the States to play a few shows here in the UK, one of which is in Bristol. These guys produce music that you can get lost in, and with their latest album released earlier this year, there’s plenty of material for you to peruse and immerse yourself in. It’s relaxing, inviting storytelling at its best. We’d recommend checking these guys out, so buy a ticket here and pop down to Thekla on the 7th August.
THC Dreams and ICYMI – The Exchange – 15th
“Sparkle punk” band THC Dreams and alt/pop-punk group ICYMI are heading out on tour together and playing a headline show at The Exchange this month. THC Dreams describe themselves as “dirty emo kids” who will “make you hate suburbia” and ICYMI, who’s lead vocalist Elin Allan attends BIMM Bristol, are infectious and energetic – if this sounds like something you could get into, go along to their show.
Tickets are £6 in advance and £8 on the door, and it’s sure to be a sweaty but fun night. There’s some great support bands playing including Everything Else, a pop/rock group whose guitarist is BIMM alumni Elliott Tottle. AS FEAR FADES and The Out Crowd will also be supporting. Tickets can be found here.
Gabrielle – Trinity Centre – 16th
Gabrielle is best known for her 90s hit songs ‘Dreams’ and ‘Out of Reach’ (which featured in the film Bridget Jones’s Diary), but this August she’s releasing her first album in 11 years. ‘Under My Skin’ comes out on the 17th, and she will play a show at Trinity Centre as part of her celebrations. At the show, she’ll be showcasing her new music, but also some older classics and popular 90s material. Tickets available here.
Wye Oak – The Louisiana – 16th
Despite living on opposite sides of the US, the members of Wye Oak have embraced the distance between them and have managed to continue making music. This pop/electronica group have just given us their fifth album, which was met with great acclaim, and they’re currently playing their new songs from ‘The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs’ all over the world.
They’ve been touring the US throughout July and are invading the UK for the duration of August, before returning to finish more dates in the states. Their past albums have been highly praised and with the latest record providing a “rapidly evolving instrumental palette” (Drowned In Sound), this show is not one to miss. If there are any tickets left, you can find them here.
Rising Appalachia – Thekla – 17th
Sisters Leah and Chloe produce beautifully soulful songs for the globe. They describe their band as “a genre-bending force of sound that uses vocal harmony, lyrical prowess and diverse artistic collaborations to defy cultural clichés and ignite a musical revolution” – expect harmonies, banjo and fiddle duets and pure creativity. Along with their band, they’ll be making their way around Europe from Boomtown to Bristol to Tallinn to Zurich. Join them on their musical movement, buy a ticket here.
Phoebe Bridgers – Thekla – 20th
Phoebe Bridgers is coming to Thekla all the way from L.A. to show us her folk-rock music and indie-pop heart. Her voice commands an attentive audience, and with her 2017 album ‘Stranger in the Alps’ filled with emotive songs and laid-back melodies, she’s sure to get the attention from the audience that she deserves. She recently featured on Lord Huron’s track ‘The Night We Met’ for the ’13 Reasons Why’ series 2 soundtrack and has just released her first single of this year called ‘Killer + The Sound’. Phoebe Bridgers is one to watch, so grab a ticket for her Bristol show here.
James Arthur – Harbourside Amphitheatre – 24th
As part of the Skyline Series, a brand-new set of concerts in Bristol and Birmingham this summer, James Arthur is coming to play the Harbourside Amphitheatre this August. He recently brought out a new single, ‘You Deserve Better’, rumoured to feature on his third studio album. Support comes from the talented JP Cooper, who’s debut album was a massive success last year, and also Nina Nesbitt, who’s been releasing some great new songs lately. Tickets will be flying out the door for this show, so best get one now.
The Vamps – Harbourside Amphitheatre – 26th
Another Skyline Series gig, but this time The Vamps are bringing some pals along to give the people of Bristol some well-deserved pop music. With their most recent album ‘Night and Day (Day Edition)’ already out and singles ‘Just My Type’ and ‘Hair Too Long’ doing well, The Vamps remain one of the nation’s favourite young bands. Main support comes from HRVY, with performances from Jack Maynard and New Hope Club as well.
Their audiences may be younger, and they might attract a large teenage crowd, but if you like feel-good pop music you might just have a great time, no matter your age. Plus, you get to watch the show in the beautiful Harbourside Amphitheatre, with the river as a backdrop. Grab a ticket while there are some left.
She’s Off Beat – Hy-Brasil – 30th
To promote women in music, Arts2Life present an entirely female fronted line-up called ‘She’s Off Beat’ as their 5th event at Hy-Brasil. Artists performing include BIMM Bristol student Chrissie Huntley, Sylvia Daley, Rachel Phox, Molly-Anne and Hetty Jane. Not one to miss, find out more about the event here.
Tiny Ruins – The Louisiana – 30th
Hollie Fullbrook is the songwriter and creator of Tiny Ruins, originally a solo project but now a band. Fullbrook was born in Bristol but has been in New Zealand since the age of ten, and that’s where the band are based. Their third album is set to be released this year, so it’s no wonder they’re touring as much as they can. The UK and European dates will see the full band play together for the first time outside of Australia and New Zealand, and then Fullbrook will continue to tour Aus/NZ as a solo support act for Jen Cloher and also The Chills. Tiny Ruins produce delicate but intricate songs that are full of emotion and thought. See them play The Louisiana by buying a ticket here.
Texas and Imelda May – O2 Academy – 31st
Much-loved Scottish band Texas are joining forces with Irish artist Imelda May for a show as part of the Skyline Series. The original venue was St Phillips Gate, but now moved to the Bristol O2 Academy, a more intimate venue that’s sure to make the show even more special. Tickets available here.