What's on in Bristol: Upcoming Concerts and Events in 2023

What's on in Bristol: Upcoming Concerts and Events in 2023

Bristol is a city that has long been a hub for music and entertainment, and it's no surprise that it's home to some of the most exciting concert and show events in the country. From intimate gigs at local venues to large-scale performances at some of the city's most iconic locations, there's something for everyone to enjoy. With so many exciting concerts and shows on the horizon, it's the perfect time to grab a ticket and experience the best of what the city has to offer.

Indie Gigs in Bristol


O2 Academy Bristol is in for a treat as Dodgy, the Britpop trio, are set to perform their most successful album, ‘Free Peace Sweet’, in full. Featuring hit songs like ‘Good Enough’ and ‘If You're Thinking of Me’, Dodgy's characteristically chilled-out, acoustic guitar-driven indie pop is sure to have audiences singing along.

    The Chats

    The Chats, the Australian punk rockers, will be tearing up the stage at Bristol's O2 Academy with their energetic and irreverent music. The catchy and unapologetic lyrics of songs like ‘Smoko’ and ‘Pub Feed’, helped by their hilarious (and popular) music videos, have helped the band’s rise to prominence - but to see them live is an entirely different beast.

    Orlando Weeks

    Orlando Weeks, the former lead singer of The Maccabees, is set to take the stage at Bristol's Thekla for an intimate and emotional performance. Showcasing his unique voice and songwriting on his solo album ‘A Quickening’ and backed by a highly talented and experimental group of musicians, audiences are bound to be left breathless.

    Reverend and the Makers

    Having supported such indie heavyweights as Oasis, Kasabian, and Arctic Monkeys in the past, Sheffield-based indie rock band Reverend and the Makers are bringing their own show to Bristol's O2 Academy this year. The funky, danceable rhythms and electronic flashes of such hit songs as ‘Heavyweight Champion of the World’ and ‘Silent Sigh’ have kept fans keen to find out what else Jon McClure - and the Makers, for that matter - will pull out of his sleeve next.

    Rock Concerts in Bristol

    The Damned

    British punk rock heroes, the Damned, are raring to smash up Bristol's O2 Academy - figuratively speaking, of course. The Damned have established themselves as one of the most influential and enduring bands in the punk rock genre over the past four decades, with Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible veering between punk rock, post punk, and gothic rock. Only a fraction of the raw power and energy of ‘New Rose’ and ‘Wait for the Blackout’ can be captured on tape - so get your tickets to see them live now!

    Dead Kennedys

    When it comes to punk rock, few bands are as influential as Dead Kennedys. The band, who formed in 1978, are set to take the stage at Bristol's SWX, where they'll be performing hit songs like ‘Holiday in Cambodia’ and ‘California Über Alles’. This is a concert not to be missed for fans of Dead Kennedys’ insane energy and sharp political satire.

    Built To Spill

    Built to Spill, the alternative rock band from Boise, Idaho, are set to bring their dynamic live show to Bristol's The Fleece. Built to Spill have established themselves as one of the most respected and enduring acts in modern rock, sorcing hits with songs like ‘Carry the Zero’ and ‘You Were Right’. Mixing creative guitar-driven rock and introspective lyrics, this is one musical experience that will leave you reeling.

    Tubular Bells

    Mike Oldfield invites you to the 50th Anniversary Celebration of his legendary album, Tubular Bells, at the Bristol Hippodrome. This is a special chance for fans to experience the album, which was released in 1973, in its entirety, performed by a full live band. Mike Oldfield’s impact on modern music over the past five decades is undeniable - witnessing this album live is at the top of every music-lover’s to-do list.

    Pop Concerts in Bristol

    The Proclaimers

    The Proclaimers, the Scottish twin brothers known for their hit songs ‘I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ and ‘Letter from America’, are coming to rock the Bristol Hippodrome with their signature folk-tinged stomp. Having established themselves as one of the most enduring and beloved acts in modern music, the Proclaimers march on after more than thirty years in the public eye. Grab your tickets now and join in on the sing-along!

    Aston Merrygold

    Aston Merrygold, former member of the popular boy band, JLS, is heating up Bristol's O2 Academy this year with an unforgettable night of music and dance. Merrygold has moved firmly out of the shadow of his former band’s massive success, scoring a slew oif solo hits including ‘Get Stupid’ and ‘Show Me’ - and the talented vocalist brings them to live with fantastic dance routines. Tickets are selling fast - don’t miss this one!

    Carly Rae Jepsen

    Carly Rae Jepsen, the Canadian pop superstar, is scheduled to delight her Bristol fanbase at the O2 Academy this year. Jepsen’s catchy pop hooks and memorable lyrics really shine through on her popular songs ‘Call Me Maybe’ and ‘I Really Like You’, and are guaranteed to have audiences singing along. As a live performer, Jepsen is known for her energy, her spontaneity, and her irrepressible good vibes.

    Nick Mulvey

    British singer-songwriter and guitarist, Nick Mulvey, is performing an intimate folk set at Bristol’s SWX. Following the success of his Mercury Music Prize-nominated first album, 2014’s ‘First Mind’, Mulvey’s latest album, 2022’s ‘New Mythology’ sees the Cambridge musician continue to explore and draw inspiration from a range of styles and cultures.

    Metal Gigs in Bristol

    Napalm Death

    Napalm Death, one of the forerunners of UK grindcore, are showing Bristol's O2 Academy that they haven’t lost any of their signature intensity and energy over the past 35 years. Establishing themselves as one of the most influential and respected bands in the genre of extreme metal with hit songs like ‘Scum’ and ‘You Suffer’, Napalm Death's live shows are infamous for their sheer power and aggression.


    American glam metal band, W.A.S.P., are celebrating ‘40 Years Live’ - and they want you to party with them! W.A.S.P. infuse their heavy metal with classic Sunset Strip theatricality, making the excess of hit songs like ‘I Wanna Be Somebody’ and ‘Wild Child’ all the more enjoyable.

    Devin Townsend

    Devin Townsend, the Canadian musician, singer, and songwriter who can cover everything from screaming to an operatic singing in his 5 octave vocal range, is performing at the O2 Academy Bristol. Having postponed his 2022 solo tour in favour of supporting Dream Theater, Townsend’s latest solo album ‘Lightwork’ is finally being given the outing it deserves.

    Cannibal Corpse

    American death metal band Cannibal Corpse have set their sights on the O2 Academy Bristol for a night of pure brutality. If you hand’t guessed already from the title of siuch hit songs as ‘Hammer Smashed Face’ and ‘Evisceration Plague’, an evening spent in Cannibal Corpse's company can quickly dissolve into detuned, death-growling chaos - and metal fans can’t get enough of it.

    Steel Panther

    The best thing about Steel Panther is that, while they’re self aware enough to play up to the hair metal stereotypes of the eighties bands they’re clearly apeing, they can actually play. Hit songs like ‘Death to All But Metal’ and ‘All You Can Eat’ can melt your face even as they’re putting a smile on it - come and catch their ‘On The Prowl World Tour’ at Bristol's O2 Academy and you’ll see what we mean!

    Comedy Shows in Bristol

    Russell Howard Live

    Good News! Bristol’s own Russell Howard is embarking on a huge UK comedy tour - and it would only be right if he made a couple of quick stops at the Hippodrome, wouldn’t it? The excitable Howard, beloved for his relatable family stories and incredulous take of current affairs, is a joy to behold in person. Tickets are selling fast - get yours now!

    Jimmy Carr

    With a smart suit, smart haircut, and an even smarter mouth, British comedian and television personality Jimmy Carr is bring his ‘Terribly Funny 2.0’ stand-up show to the Bristol Hippodrome. Frequently making news headlines for treating the line between good and bad taste like a tightrope, Jimmy Carr is a force of comedy nature and will make you laugh at things you’ll never dare repeat.

    Tim Heidecker Live!

    Tim Heidecker, the American comedian, actor, writer, director, musician, and one half of comedy duo ‘Tim & Eric’, is touring his new live comedy show in the UK. If you love his sketch show ‘Awesome Show, Great Job!’, his horror anthology series ‘Bedtime Stories’, his call-in show ‘Office Hours Live’ and his album ‘Urinal St. Station’ with the Yellow River Boys, get tickets to see what Heidecker has is store for you at the Trinity Arts Centre.