Bristol gig guide: The best bands playing the city in November

Summer may be a distant memory but it’s not all doom and gloom as we head deeper into the depths of winter.

There are plenty of things to like about the colder season, including hearing the sound of leaves crunching under foot and tucking into a roast dinner at one of Bristol’s cosiest pubs.

Not only that but it’s also a great time for gigs with another festival season done and dusted – especially this year as venues will be keen to host as many events as possible to recoup losses incurred by the devastating coronavirus pandemic.

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As we all know, there are dozens of fantastic venues across Bristol and they’ve all got some brilliant live music lined up in November, so we’ve rounded up the pick of the bunch – many of which you can still buy tickets for.

By going to one of the gigs listed below, you’ll be supporting a venue at a time of desperate need as well as seeing some first-class live music.

There is now of course no limit on audience numbers for concerts, however you might be required to show proof of a negative test or Covid pass at some places, so it’s worth checking the website of the respective venue before you attend.

One venue in Bristol has also urged gig-goers to continue wearing masks, despite the fact they are not legally required to.

Below are 16 gigs taking place in Bristol between now and the end of November covering a wide range of genres. There’s bound to be something here that you like.

Joy Crookes

When: November 7

Where: Trinity Centre

Joy Crookes has drawn comparisons to Amy Winehouse thanks to her stunning neo-soul vocals, and her debut album Skin has earned widespread acclaim.

Tickets available here

Arlo Parks

Where: O2 Academy

When: November 8

London-based indie-pop singer-songwriter and poet Arlo Parks has enjoyed a meteoric rise in recent years thanks to her thought-provoking and heart-rendering music. The 21-year-old won the Mercury prize for her debut album, Collapsed in Sunbeams .

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Steam Down

Where: Exchange

When: November 9

Blending soul, jazz, trap and grime, with spontaneous bursts of improvised free versed madness, moments of soulful clarity and mad crowd hype, a Steam Down show is like no other. Expect the unexpected at their Exchange gig.

Tickets available here

Joel Culpepper

Where: Thekla

When: November 13

Joel Culpepper has an unforgettable voice and a distinctive style that defy comparison – and it is the dynamism, energy and impact of his live shows where he is at his undeniable best. This recent breakthrough star is destined for big things.

Tickets available here

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NewDad

Where: The Louisiana

When: November 16

Hailing from Galway, NewDad emerged at the beginning of last year, self-releasing their first string of tracks which picked up millions of plays on Spotify and plenty of radio airtime on BBC 6 Music. The fast-rising quartet have been featured in NME, DIY, Dork, Clash and many other publications.

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Porridge Radio

Porridge Radio
Porridge Radio
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Where: Exchange

When: November 17

Porridge Radio are a British indie rock band formed in Brighton in 2015, fronted by vocalist, songwriter and lead guitarist Dana Margolin. The Guardian listed them among their top 40 new artists of 2018 and described their music as ‘slacker indie’.

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Glass Animals

Where: O2 Academy

When: November 18

Having formed in 2010, Glass Animals have an impressive back catalogue comprising three studio albums and are loved for their live shows, in which they play re-worked, dance-heavy versions of their songs which never fail to get the crowd moving. With support from Biig Piig, this is sure to be a fantastic night.

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Bess Atwell

Where: Exchange

When: November 18

Possessing an incredibly soothing and beautiful voice, Bess Atwell’s fan base is quickly growing – especially after the release of her stunning debut album, Already, Always.

Tickets available here

Sports Team

Where: O2 Academy

When: November 23

One of the UK’s most raucous live bands, Sports Team will play their critically acclaimed, Mercury Prize-nominated album Deep Down Happy at this show.

Tickets available here

St Etienne

Where: Trinity Centre

When: November 23

St Etienne arose in the 90’s indie-dance era, creating a unique sound which paved the way for what would later become known as Britpop. Their music captures the melancholy longing for a time, place, person, or mood that can’t be revisited.

Tickets available here

Pigs x7

Where: Marble Factory

When: November 24

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, aka Pigs x7, are an English rock band formed hailing from Newcastle, loved for their energetic live shows.

Tickets available here

The Horrors

Where: Marble Factory

When: November 24

With five albums under their belt, The Horrors’ eclectic sound has been shoehorned as garage rock, garage punk, gothic rock, shoegazing and post-punk revival since their formation in 2005.

Tickets available here

Georgia

Where: Trinity Centre

When: November 25

Georgia has been on a long, dazzling journey since the release of her critically acclaimed debut album in 2015. Her first self-titled collection of percussive, punk-inflected pop songs was lauded by The Guardian, Vice, The FADER and others.

Tickets available here

The Charlatans

Tim Burgess frontman The Charlatans
Tim Burgess frontman The Charlatans
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Where: O2 Academy

When: November 26

The Charlatans have notched up 13 Top 40 studio albums – three of them number ones – alongside 22 hit singles, four of them Top 10. The classic Charlatans sound – driving Hammond organ, Northern Soul and house-influenced rhythms, swaggering guitars and Tim Burgess’ sunny yet somehow yearning vocal – is instantly recognisable. This show, part of the band’s 30th anniversary tour, is set to be one to remember.

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Shame

Where: Marble Factory

When: November 27

Post-punk outfit Shame have received critical acclaim from a wide range of publications including NME, Clash and Paste since forming in 2014. They have two albums under their belt in Songs of Praise and Drunk Tank Pink.

Tickets available here

Mr Jukes and Barney Artist

Where: Thekla

When: November 28

Mr Jukes is the moniker of the solo project from Bombay Bicycle Club frontman Jack Steadman. He has brought the project into a new realm by working with south London rapper Barney Artist. This is sure to be an evening of first-rate, eclectic music.

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