What's On In: Bristol

Known for it's vibrant culture and rich maritime history, it comes as no surprise that Bristol has plenty on offer if you're looking to get something booked in. Whether you're after a boogie at one of the many music venues situated around the city, or you're looking for a chuckle at a comedy show there's no doubt that there's something for you. Take a look at our picks below!

Music & Festivals


Echo and The Bunnymen

Venue: Bristol Beacon

When: Wednesday 6 March

One of the most influential British bands in modern history, Echo and The Bunnymen are embarking on a UK tour this March including a stop in Bristol! The tour will celebrate the songs that have brought the group twenty top 20 hits and nine top 20 albums so far during their incredible 40+ year career. Tickets are running low for this one so grab yours while you can.

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Big Special

Venue: Bristol Strange Brew

When: Sunday 12 May

Birmingham duo Big Special are set to play Bristol Strange Crew this May as part of a UK tour. The tour follows on from their latest EP including 'This Here Aint Water'. The duo draw disparate influences from a variety of names including Sleaford Mods & Tom Waits, channelling the healing power of soul and the electric charge of rock into something new. Tickets on sale now.

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Dot to Dot Festival

Venue: Various Venues

When: Saturday 25 May

Led by Jockstrap as headliners, and joined by 15 incredible spotlight artists including Hovvdy, Panic Shack, Mary In The Junkyard and more, Dot to Dot hits Bristol on May 25th.  Emerging acts will grace the stages for the bank holiday, and there's more to come! General release tickets are available now.

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Love Saves The Day

Venue: Ashton Court

When: Saturday 25 - Sunday 26 May

Love Saves The Day returns to Ashton Court, taking place on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th May for another love-fuelled bank holiday weekend! Already announced are CamelPhat, Rudimental, The Streets and Sub Focus. Instalment plans are available for this one so get something booked in!

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Bess Atwell

Venue: Thekla

When: Saturday 08 June

Emerging indie folk singer-songwriter Bess Atwell is back on tour this summer and promises to bring her hauntingly beautiful melodies and introspective lyrics with her. Atwell's music often explores themes of love, loss, and self-discovery, drawing listeners into her deeply personal narratives. With each song, Atwell showcases her talent for crafting poignant and soul-stirring music, solidifying her place as a rising star in the indie music scene.

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Bristol Sounds

Venue: Canons Marsh Amphitheatre

When: Saturday 22 June - Sunday 30 June

Celebrating a decade, the Lloyds Amphitheatre will host legends of rock, reggae, punk, and dub across three all-day events. Headliners include Skindred, Placebo, and James Arthur. The finale on June 30, presented by Ritual Union, features The Breeders and Ty Segall leading an all-day indie rock event, with Squid and more acts to be announced soon!

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Venue: Bristol Downs

When: Saturday 31 August - Sunday 1 September

Forwards is an inner city music festival drawing the biggest names in international music to Bristol Downs. The festival aims to present high quality, diverse, and heritage music acts alongside emerging artists from Bristol & beyond. The festival aims to present a contemporary curation of music while paying homage to Bristol’s long standing history of being a music city. Early Bird tickets go on sale Friday 1st March at 10am, but in the meantime you can sign up to the presale here!

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Ed Gamble

Venue: Bristol Hippodrome

When: Tuesday 19 March

Ed Gamble has minced a load of meat (thoughts), piped it into a casing (show) and it’s coming to a bun (venue) near you. There will be all your classic Gamble ranting, raving and spluttering but he’s doing fine mentally. Promise. You can catch the 'Taskmaster' champion when he stops off in Bristol as part of his UK tour 'Hot Diggity Dog' this March!

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Alison Spittle

Venue: Wardrobe Theatre

When: Saturday 06 April

Comedian du jour Alison Spittle is simmering with jokes and probably rage, she doesn't know what the burning sensation is. This silly goose has appeared on 'Off Menu', 'You're Dead To Me', 'Guilty Feminist' and 'The Gargle' but to name a few. Voted one of British Comedy Guide's best reviewed artists of the Fringe, Alison - formerly tour support for Maria Bamford and Fern Brady - is heading out on her own this year on a UK tour. Tickets for her Bristol show are on sale now.

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Rachel Parris

Venue: Bristol Old Vic

When: Saturday 20 April

Rachel Parris is back with her biggest tour yet, presenting a dazzling new hour of her signature blend of stand-up and songs. The BAFTA-nominated comedian is best known for both her viral satirical segments on 'The Mash Report' and 'Late Night Mash' which have had over 100 million views, and as one of the founding cast members of the award-winning improv group Austentatious, who regularly perform to sold out crowds in London’s West End. Tickets for Rachel Parris' UK tour are on sale now.

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Jessica Fostekew

Venue: Tobacco Factory

When: Sunday 09 June

A brand new stand-up show about passion, pace and purpose from the critically- acclaimed star of BBC’s 'QI', 'Live at the Apollo' and C4’s 'Travel Man'. Jess’ son’s joined a cult AND her cat’s learnt to talk – but despite all that she’s fine, actually. In fact she’s hurtling faster and hustling harder than ever for the things that she wants and needs. She’s also been on all your favourite panel shows from 'Celebrity Pointless' to 'House of Games'. Tickets for Jessica Fostekew's UK tour are on sale now!

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Brian Butterfield

Venue: Bristol Beacon

When: Saturday 22 June

Demand for the return of Brian and his tell-all business seminar has been phenomenal, and so Brian is once again heading out to reach the masses with his 'Call Of Now' tour. Brian believes that every failure is just an opportunity to learn a new lesson. Having opened, and closed several businesses, Brian has learnt over 1000 lessons. And most importantly, the secrets to success.

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Nestled in the heart of Bristol, The Marble Factory is an iconic venue amidst live music goers. Freshly renovated in 2017, the venue is home to all sorts of live music from metal, to rap, to reggae. We've chosen some of our stand-outs coming to The Marble Factory here!


August Burns Red

When: Saturday 23 March

American metalcore band August Burns Red are making the trip across the pond this March for a show at The Marble Factory as part of their UK shows! The set is sure to be full of the band's atmospheric, riff-laden, controlled chaos and is a must for any metalcore fan.

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Pete & Bas

When: Thursday 28 March

South East London's finest grime duo Pete & Bas are back with new music and and heading to Marble Factory Bristol on 28th March. Fresh from their sold out tour last October they'll be joined by special guests The Northern Boys. Tickets on sale now!

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Sky Ferreira

When: Friday 29 March

Sky Ferreira is set to grace the UK with her mesmerizing synth-pop sound and gothic undertones on a highly anticipated tour this spring. The tour is in support of her long-awaited second album, 'Masochism,' which has been five years in the making. Fans have eagerly awaited this release since her first album, 'Night Time, My Time,' made waves.

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The Zutons

When: Friday 12 April

The magical songwriting smarts of The Zutons has been absent for far too long, thankfully the band have announced a full UK tour in 2024 in support of their forthcoming album 'The Big Decider', which arrives on 26th April 2024.  They are The Zutons, they are back, and they’re here to uplift your 2024!

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New Model Army

When: Thursday 25 April

Formed in Bradford in 1980, New Model Army are storming through their fifth decade and show no signs of letting up. The band have announced their 16th studio album ‘Unbroken’ to be released in 2024 alongside a huge tour of UK dates to go with with it. The band started writing the album in 2021 against a backdrop of everything that is happening in a fast-changing world and in their own lives. Tickets for their UK tour including a Marble Factory date are on sale now.

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