With a new band announcement practically every week at the moment, Bristol’s musical diary is already sizzling hot for 2019. Save these dates in your diary now, to make sure you don't miss out!

February

4-18 February : Fightback Bristol

Grassroots music venues across Bristol are uniting to create a two week festival of music - to encourage audiences to visit their local grassroots music venue and promote Bristol's emerging and existing musical talent. 14 participating venues are already confirmed with over 100 shows lined up. The venues taking part include Colston Hall, The Crofters Rights, Exchange, Fiddlers Bristol, The Fleece Bristol, The Island, The Lanes, The Louisiana, Mother's Ruin, Mr. Wolf's Bristol, Thekla Bristol, Trinity Centre, O2 Academy Bristol and The Old Bookshop.

6-9 February : Concert in the caves at Redcliffe Caves

A haunting experience of gorgeous acapella singing in atmospheric surroundings that are rarely open to the public.

Thekla - live music in bristol

Image - Thekla, one of the participating venues for Fightback Bristol

March

1 March : The Game at O2 Academy Bristol

Hip Hop fans are in for a treat when The Game, one of America’s biggest rappers of all time comes to Bristol. His past collaborations include legendary artists Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Jamie Foxx, Wiz Khalifa, Drake, J. Cole and Eminem.

1-2 March : Massive Attack MezzanineXXI tour

Bristol band Massive Attack will be playing two hometown shows as part of their MezzanineXXI tour. Expect incredible sets with a completely new audio and visual production designed by Robert Del Naja, plus a re-imagining of the band’s classic album, Mezzanine, 21 years on from its release.

22-24 March : Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival

Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival will be taking over St George's Bristol, the Anson Rooms, and O2 Academy Bristol with a programme featuring everything from swing, funk, bebop, blues, Gypsy jazz gospel, soul and rock ‘n roll from all over Europe and the US.

Massive Attack - live music bristol

Image - Massive Attack

May

3-5 May: Bristol Folk Festival

Check out grass-roots talent at Bristol Folk Festival when the best of the UK’s folk scene take to stages across Bristol for the May bank holiday weekend. The festival is held across St Stephen’s Church and Bristol Folk House on Friday evening and Saturday and culminates at the newly-refurbed St George’s on 5 May. The programme will also spill into the city with workshops and after-hours sessions.

10-12 May: Foodies Festival

Scouting for Girls will headline the MAH stage, while leading Queen tribute act Flash and a host of emerging bands and soloists will have visitors singing and dancing well into the night at this popular Bristol food festival! 

22 May: Rod Stewart at Ashton Gate Stadium

Following the release of his 30th studio album Blood Red Roses, music mega star Rod Stewart will be stopping in to rock Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium for one night on his UK tour.

25-26 May: Love Saves The Day

Prepare to dust off your boogie boots and dig out your best neon garments, for Love Saves the Day, returning to Eastville Park for the May bank holiday weekend. The festival combines the best of Bristol’s thriving underground scene with pioneering artists across the globe, including two massive names, Lily Allen and Chase & Status headlining Saturday and Sunday respectively. Expect the spectacular.

25 May : Dot to Dot Festival

Dot to Dot returns to Bristol to showcase yet another line-up of innovative, exciting and ground-breaking acts in intimate city spaces across the city. Famed for discovering the stars of tomorrow - The xx, Ed Sheeran, Mumford and Sons and The 1975 have all performed at the festival - Dot to Dot has become a festival for those keen to keep their finger on the UK’s musical pulse.

28 May: Take That at Ashton Gate Stadium

It’s 30 years since Take That burst onto the pop scene and to celebrate, the band (of three now – Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen) will be performing their greatest hits at Ashton Gate Stadium. Rick Astley is the special guest.

Love saves the day - live music bristol

Image - Love Saves The Day

June

1-8 June : Clifton International Festival of Music

Bristol’s most exciting annual summer classical music event sees world class artists and Bristol’s most gifted home-grown talent join together for a series of concerts, lectures and workshops. The week-long event takes place in Clifton Cathedral, St Paul’s Church Clifton, The Lansdown and Tyndale Baptist Church.

5 June: Muse at Ashton Gate Stadium

The Grammy award-winning British rock group Muse are set to whip up a musical storm at Ashton Gate Stadium when they play at the venue in the spring.

6-8 June : Party at the Castle at Sudeley Castle

A series of evening concerts are set to take place in the beautiful grounds of Sudeley Castle in the summer of 2019. Musical acts on the bill include Alfie Boe, Will Young and All Saints. Expect a real party atmosphere at this family-friendly summer shindig.

10 June : The Spice Girls at Ashton Gate Stadium  

Get ready to spice up your life with some serious girl power when the Spice Girls hit the city in June. The era defining, history-making, best-selling female group of all time are reuniting for the first time since the London 2012 Olympics, minus Posh Spice. Zig-a-zig-ahhh.

13-16 June : Forest Live at Westonbirt Arboretum

Hear Stereophonics (13 June), music icon Paul Weller (14 June - now SOLD OUT), Jack Savoretti and his band (15 June) and the wildly successful clubbing/classical cross-over show Haçienda Classiçal (16 June) play in the magical woodland setting of Westonbirt Arboretum as part of the Forest Live summer concert series.

26-29 June : Bristol Sounds

Boogie the night away with cider in hand at a series of open-air, Harbourside gigs at the Lloyd’s Amphitheatre. This year’s glittering line-up includes Tom Misch (26 June), The Cat Empire (27 June), Bloc Party (28 June), Elbow (29 June) and The Cinematic Orchestra, (30 June). Tickets go on sale 31 January.

Bristol sounds - live music bristol

Image - Bristol Sounds, credit Paul Box

July

5 July: The Wurzels at the Grand Pier 

Drink down thy cider and sing your heart out to The Wurzels at The Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare. The Somerset-based Scrumpy and Western band will be crooning all their classics with support act Skimmity Hitchers and their famous dancing badger.

6 July – St Pauls Carnival

Celebrate the best of Afro-Carribbean culture at one of Bristol’s most iconic festivals, St Pauls Carnival. Dance the day away with an array of live acts showcasing music genres from dancehall, reggae and soca to dub, calypso and drum and bass.

1-14 July : Bristol Pride

Don your most fabulous outfit for an action-packed Bristol Pride fortnight – the largest free Pride in the UK. As well as theatre, comedy nights, parties, art exhibitions, gaming events and quizzes. The main Pride Day festival will take place on 13 July, kicking off with a rainbow-coloured march through the city and culminating in Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Sonique, NINA, Saara Aalto, and Bristol’s own Dr Meaker serenading the crowds on The Downs - their new venue for 2019.

11-14 July : NASS Festival  

An adrenaline-fuelled action sports & music festival combining the world’s best in Drum and Bass, Dance, Hip Hop and Grime  music plus high octane action sports skateboarding and BMX.

13 July : Tom Jones at Bristol County Ground

My my my...global legend Tom "The Voice" Jones will be treating crowds to his dulcit tones on the green, green grass of The Brightside Ground (home of Gloucestershire County Cricket Club), just off Gloucester Road. It's not unusual to want to snap up your tickets NOW!

19-21 July : Colston Hall presents New Order and The Specials

Launching the Bristol Harbour Festival weekend on 18 July, Colston Hall presents New Order, who will take centre stage in outdoor venue, The Lloyd’s Amphitheatre. The Specials will keep spirits high with a gig in the same place on 19 July, making sure Bristol Harbour Festival gets off to a cracking start. There'll be plenty of live music and entertainment throughout the festival itself, which spans from Underfall Yard all the way to the Cascade Steps, Thekla and Queen Square.

20-21 July : Fantasy Forest at Sudeley Castle

Dress up and join in with fairies, pirates, Vikings, Storm Troopers, knights and elves at this musical, fantasy two-day event at Sudeley Castle. There’ll be live music from leading Celtic rock groups The Dolmen and Greenrose Faire, as well as Irish folk band Harmony Glen and UK folk-goth band Inkubus Sukkubus.

Bristol harbour festival - live music bristol

Image - Bristol Harbour Festival

August

2-4 August : Valley Fest

Get those dancing wellies on for Basement Jaxx who will be getting the party started on 2 August at this family-friendly foodie festival in the Mendip hills. There will be incredible tunes all weekend, with everything from Latin beats, Gospel grooves and even kids raves where youngsters can polish up on their DJ skills.

8-11 August: Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

As well as watching the mass balloons ascents and spectacular night glows, there is always lots of family fun to get stuck into over the course of the four day festival including live music that will announced nearer the time. Watch this space!

31 August: The Downs Bristol

The Downs Festival rounds off Bristol's summer of festivals in superb style. With this year's headliners including Lauryn Hill, Grace Jones, Loyle Garner, IDLES and Neneh Cherry, 2019 is set to be another corker.  

Valley fest -live music bristol

Image - Valley Fest

September

1 September: Madness on the Downs 

As part of the Downs Festival, Pop legends Madness will perform a one-off gig on The Downs!Giving the Bristol summertime an extra special send off, the one-day event will also feature esteemed reggae DJ David Rodigan performing with the Outlook Orchestra, as well as the iconic Trojan Soundsystem.

Make sure you bookmark this page as we will keep updating it throughout the year with lots more exciting live music in Bristol in 2019!

Click on the image below to save it to your Pinterest board for later:

Hottest tickets for live music in Bristol

Related