We hope you’ve all got your jumpers ready and trees assembled – Christmas is around the corner and there’s no fighting it off now. The season is here and no-one is safe from festive cheer and endless carolling. However, there are still plenty of fun things going on that don’t centre around the festivities; gigs, for instance. We’ve listed a few going on in Bristol that you might be interested in…
3RD – SG LEWIS – THEKLA
SG Lewis is “Britain’s emotive dance music maker-in-chief” and he’s at Thekla this December to show off his new material. His two EPs ‘Shivers‘ and ‘Yours‘ did incredibly well, and he’s just released ‘Dark‘, the second EP in a three-part ode to club music. ‘Dusk‘ was the first, and we can look forward to ‘Dawn‘, which will complete the series. Lewis is a producer, songwriter and DJ with an atmospheric approach, and he’s got some awesome mixes that you may well have heard on the radio or at your local club night. Get along to this one if you like to dance and lose yourself in the music. Tickets available here
4TH – EVERYTHING ELSE – THE LOUISIANA
Everything Else headline the Louisiana with support from Badlake Hill and The Silverstones. This indie-rock band have enormous energy on stage, which they have showcased in multiple Bristol venues. Their first EP ‘The Land of Hurt (And Poorly Expressed Feelings)‘ came out earlier this year. Get down to the gig and see what they’re like for yourselves. Tickets available here
6TH – COUSIN KULA – LOUSIANA
Psych-pop band Cousin Kula are Bristol natives, and they’re bringing their genre-blending show to the Louisiana. Their energetic and eclectic sound really came to life in their recent EP ‘Oodles’, showing their potential and gaining them some great industry feedback. They’ve got an interesting background and their dedication to each other (the band even live together!) makes for tight performances and intriguing tracks. Tickets available here.
7TH – ETTA BOND – ROUGH TRADE
Etta Bond does things differently and approaches her music with the intent of making a point. She’s full of feminist expression and creativity and she’s determined to get her opinions across. Bond has worked with some big names, including Wretch 32 and Skepta, and she shows no sign of slowing down. She’s bringing her unique show to Rough Trade and it’s most definitely worth checking out. Tickets available here.
8TH – RAZORLIGHT – SWX
Johnny Borrell and co’ are back with some new indie-rock tunes, and they’re coming to SWX to play for Bristol in all their tight-jeaned glory. They released their album ‘Olympus Sleeping’ this year; their first album in a decade, which brings the same electric energy as their debut record. Whether you liked them way back then or you’ve just got into them now, their show is bound to bring good times for all. Grab a ticket while there are some left.
10TH – THE DESERT + ALESUND – CROFTERS RIGHTS
The Desert’s haunting single ‘Just Get High’ gained BBC radio attention and paved the way for positive praise regarding their debut EP ‘Playing Dead’. They’ve since released two singles this year and are headlining The Crofter’s Rights alongside atmospheric indie/folk band Alesund and Chaz Thorogood as supports. It’ll be a night full of interesting sounds and magical music – if you’re into hearing new stuff, and want to see what Bristol has to offer, get yourself a ticket to this.
10TH – LUKE SITAL-SINGH – ROUGH TRADE
An incredible songwriter and musician, BIMM Brighton graduate Luke Sital-Singh has real soul and grit when it comes to the tracks that he creates. His latest single ‘The Last Day’ masterfully crafts hope and light out of the embracing of mortality and echoes the beauty that can be found in many of his songs, re-affirming his placement on the BBC Sounds of 2014 list, subsequent record deal and critically-acclaimed releases that followed. Get to grips with his honest and quality tunes live, by seeing him play at Rough Trade.
12TH – BLOSSOMS – O2 ACADEMY – SOLD OUT
Now known as one of the biggest indie-rock bands to come out of the UK in recent years, Blossoms are heading to Bristol O2 Academy during their UK tour. Their 2016 debut album topped the charts, and their 2018 follow up ‘Cool Like You’ reached the no.4 spot. If you like indie music, you can’t help but like Blossoms. Unfortunately, this event is sold out, but keep an eye out for any last minute tickets on resale.
16TH –SØNDER – BRISTOL SESSIONS @ THE SOCIAL (Christmas special)
The beautiful choir SØNDER, whose members comprise of many BIMM Bristol alumni, are playing a few shows this December, including this Christmas special at The Social. Their voices are not ones to be missed – expect gorgeous harmonies and arrangements. If you want to get into the Christmas spirit and hear some festive songs sung well, this group are the ones you want on stage. Take a look at their Facebook for ticket info.
There’ll be lots more fantastic gigs to come in 2019… but, for now, have a Merry Christmas everyone!