The long hot summer that we’ve all been openly enjoying (and secretly hoping would end) is gone, and it’s September already. There’s still plenty of music going on, and we’ve picked some of the best gigs that are happening this month. It’s not warm enough to hang about in a beer garden until the late hours anymore… so go catch one of these shows instead!
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Harvey Causon + more – The Downs – 1st September
The popular festival on The Downs is back this year, and there are still final tickets available. Presented by Team Love and Crosstown Concerts, there are some massive names ready to rock the people of Bristol. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Paul Weller are two of the biggest names on the line-up, and there’s lots of smaller acts on the bill who are getting some well-deserved attention. Artists making waves recently include Swimming Girls, Soeur, Dream Wife and BIMM Bristol’s very own Harvey Causon. This is a day of music you’ll want to experience, so make sure you’re there.
We Are Leif – Jazz at Future Inn – 6th September
We Are Leif’s album ‘Breathe’ is due for release on September 9th, but they’re playing a pre-launch show in their beloved hometown. Their album will be available to buy on the night, which is an exclusive to Bristol fans. BIMM Bristol’s Mark Whitlam is part of the jazz/soul quartet, who will be performing in here first ahead of their album launch week. More event information can be found here.
The Seamonsters + more – Mothers Ruin – 7th September
An evening presented by This Feeling sees The Seamonsters, JOY, Pompadour and The Delinquents taking to the stage at one of Bristol’s favourite central venues, the Mother’s Ruin. Headlining are the all-girl powerful sextet, The Seamonsters, who’s 80s synth vibes and “dreamy angelic vocals” make them ones to watch (GigSlutz). BIMM alumni The Delinquents are also playing, bringing their best Brit-Pop vibes – it’s going to be a great time. Get a ticket here.
The The – Ashton Gate Stadium – 9th September
As the final part of the Skyline Series in Bristol The The are headlining Ashton Gate Stadium, with support from Field Music. The The is the project of Matt Johnson, who’s been giving his art and creativity to music since the late 70s. The band themselves dissolved in the early 00s, but they are back and ready to showcase their artistry to audiences once again.
Soccer Mommy – Thekla – 11th September
Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, Soccer Mommy is the bedroom pop project of Sophie Allison. Her “chill but kinda sad” tunes have gained millions of listens on Spotify and have now brought her all the way to Thekla. ‘Clean‘, her most recent album, showcases her talent for song-writing, and explains why she featured in a New York Times article entitled ‘Rock’s Not Dead, It’s Ruled By Women’ – because she’s got talent. She’s only twenty years old, but there’s quite a buzz about her. She’s touring the UK, along with her band and you’ll want to be there. Tickets available here.
Everything Else – The Louisiana – 14th September
Headlining the Louisiana in celebration of their debut EP are BIMM alumni, Everything Else. The indie rock group, who may appeal to fans of Don Broco and Brand New, offer an energetic show and are a new band worth keeping up with. They’re joined by As It Stands, Silent Facade and Hena, and tickets are £6 on the door. The EP, ‘Land Of Hurt (And Poorly Expressed Feelings)‘, is released on 14th September and you can discover more event information here.
The Notorious B.I.G – An Orchestral Rendition of Ready To Die – O2 Academy – 20th September
“Prepare to experience Biggie’s work of genius in a way you never have before.” After becoming one of London’s most beloved musical experiences, the 16-piece orchestra are out on a nationwide tour and are coming to Bristol. Titled the ‘saviour of East Coast hip-hop’, Biggie Smalls was a gifted storyteller during his life, and those stories have continued since his death. This is a brand-new way to hear the music of The Notorious B.I.G. and if you’re a fan, we suggest you do not miss this. Secure your spot at an unforgettable evening.
Spring King – Thekla – 25th September
Spring King have just dropped their new album ‘A Better Life’, a much anticipated follow up from their successful record ‘Tell Me If You Like To’ in 2016. The indie group have performed at SXSW, supported Courtney Barnett, and have got a lot of backing for their latest album from Apple and Beats 1, with a premiere from Zane Lowe and plays on Elton John’s Rocket Hour Show. This band are bound to put on a good show, so get your hands on a ticket here.
Joe Probert – The Crofter’s Rights – 29th September
Joe Probert is one of the most exciting artists Bristol has to offer right now. With impeccable vocals and songs full of soul, funk and groove, this headline show is one you do not want to miss. To celebrate the release of his single ‘I Couldn’t Want You More’, and after the success of his performances at Dot to Dot and Harbourside Festival, Joe Probert is heading to The Crofter’s Rights and he’s ready to provide a party. It’s predicted to be a sell-out, so grab a ticket here while you still can.
Venomfest – The Exchange / Stag & Hounds – 29th September
The second instalment of Venomfest, created by former BIMM Bristol student and head of KME Collaborative Kristie Easterbrook, is happening this September. With over thirty bands of mixed genre across four stages, and a vintage-style artist market and vegan street food available, there’s something for everyone! Bands on the line-up include Rough Hands, WACO and Pushing Daisies (plus many more). Tickets are now £13 on second release, and are available here.