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5 great music venues in Bristol

6th February 2019


Trinity Centre

It may look like an ordinary church from the outside but the Trinity Centre is possibly one of Bristol’s most beloved music venues, with over 40 years of music history and known as the home of Bristol Sound. U2, the Prodigy, Public Enemy, Orbital, Mark Lanegan, Portishead and The Fall have all graced the stage at this iconic venue. Recently the building was renovated, in the hopes it will last for generations to come.

Exchange Bristol

Since opening as a Live Music / Club Venue in 2012 – the stage at the Exchange has hosted the likes of Haim, Four Tet, and former BIMM Student George Ezra – to name a few. In 2018, it also became the first community-owned live music venue in Bristol – you can read more about how the venue was saved here.

Mr Wolf’s

Possibly the most established small venue in Bristol – and the perfect place to catch up and coming artists. With its all-encompassing policy, Mr Wolf’s welcomes a diverse roster of acts and all kind of genres. And if all that amazing live music action has you working up an appetite, you can order up a bowl of their speciality noodles!


Located in the heart of Bristol, it started life as a nightclub, but after a rebrand and refurbish in 2015 – SWX became the music venue we know today. The stage has been graced by the likes of The Oh Sees, Roni Size, Cascada, Ride and current Bristol favourites IDLES.

Rough Trade Bristol

Yes, it’s a Record Store – but Rough Trade Bristol also put on some brilliant live music events, so it’s not to be ignored among the many other live music options available in the city. Rough Trade opened in 2017 – with local troupe IDLES being the first band to play at the informal venue.

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Sarah-Louise Burns

Having been part of the BIMM Marketing Team since 2016, Sarah has been working in Social Media Marketing since 2013. She Graduated the University of Hertfordshire in BA(Hons) Photography and Media Business and has a keen interest in the power of social media.