As the birthplace of ground-breaking music from legendary acts such as Massive Attack, Portishead, Roni Size, Tricky and IDLES, Bristol is well known for its rich music scene.

With an ever-growing line-up of live music events in 2022, a welcome return after a few quieter years, it’s an exciting time for music fans coming to the city. Here’s our round-up of some of the best gigs and concerts to come at Bristol’s iconic gig venues and clubs. Save these dates in your diary now!

April

Booty Bass and Shade Cartel at Trinity Centre (22 April)

Booty Bass is a collective of female and non-binary DJs playing unapologetic bangers that celebrate different cultures from across the world, mixed with much-loved UK sounds. Expect afrobeats, Latin, bashment, UK funky, 90s, garage, grime, trap and more. 

Booty Bass

Image - Booty Bass

Bristol Folk Festival (29 April – 1 May)

Celebrating the UK’s best-loved folk artists, Bristol Folk Festival will be headlined by Kate Rusby, O’Hooley & Tidow, Jon Boden and Kitty Macfarlane. Opening on Friday Night at Clifton Cathedral, St George’s Bristol forms the heart of the festival over the rest of the weekend, while Bristol Folk House also hosts ceilidhs and upbeat sets.

Exterior of St George's Bristol - photo credit Evan Dawson

Image - St George's Bristol, credit Evan Dawson

May

Ronan Keating: All The Hits at Bristol Hippodrome (1 May)

The former Boyzone frontman will be serenading the audience with hits from his time in the band and his solo career, including Nothing at All, Life is a Rollercoaster and Baby Can I Hold You.

Bristol New Music Festival (5 – 8 May) 

Experience four days of concerts, exhibitions and workshops across Bristol. Highlights include performances of new pieces from Oscar-nominated composer Mica Levi and sound artist Kelly Jane Jones performing in the ‘secret vaults’ underneath Bristol’s iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Anatomy of the Orchestra event at Bristol Beacon

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The Killers at Ashton Gate Stadium (26 May)  

Two years after they were initially meant to play in Bristol, The Killers supported by the Manic Street Preachers will perform on Bristol’s biggest stage on 26 May.

Sister Nancy & Legal Shot Sound at Trinity Centre (27 May)

Dancehall legend Sister Nancy is bringing her renowned 'inna soundsystem' style to Trinity Centre. Grab a ticket to catch classics like Bam Bam and One Two performed live. 

Dot to Dot Festival (28 May)

Famed for discovering the stars of tomorrow, multi-venue festival Dot to Dot takes place across the city’s intimate music spaces. This year’s bill features post-punks Squid, grime rapper MC Ghetts and anti-pop singer Baby Queen.

June

Love Saves the Day (3 & 4 June)

Dance your way into the Jubilee bank holiday weekend at electronic music festival Love Saves The Day, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary with its biggest party yet at new home Ashton Court Estate. The line-up is chock-a-block with huge names, including Bicep, Chase and Status, Arlo Parks, Andy C and Bristol’s own Eats Everything.

Love Saves The Day 2019 Credit Mike Massardo

Image - Love Saves The Day, credit Mike Massardo

Forest Live at Westonbirt Arboretum (9 – 12 June)

There are four nights of live music with an enchanting forest backdrop in store at Westonbirt Arboretum for Forest Live 2022. While the Rag’n’Bone Man and Madness gigs have sold out, there’s still a chance to get tickets for Keane on Friday 10 June and Texas on Sunday 12 June.

Hacienda at Westonbirt Forest Live

Image - Westonbirt Forest Live, credit Anthony Mooney

River Town (11 June – 1 August)

There’s a series of whiskey-soaked, barn-storming gigs in store for River Town, a celebration of country, blues and roots music. Lee Fields and St Paul & The Broken Bones will be joining the likes of The War and Treaty, Adia Victoria, Richard Hawley and Martha Wainwright and many more across various venues in the city.

Bristol Sounds (22 – 27 June)

After a two-year hiatus, one of the most exciting music events in the city is making a return to Bristol’s Harbourside. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds & Confidence Man will kick off Bristol Sounds on Wednesday 22 June, followed by Paolo Nutini (whose show has already sold out) on 23 June, Elbow on 24 June, Jungle on 25 June, First Aid Kit & Katy J Pearson on 26 June and The War on Drugs on 27 June.  

Bristol sounds - live music bristol

Image - Bristol Sounds, credit Paul Box

Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road: The Final Tour at Ashton Gate Stadium (22 & 26 June)

There are two chances to see pop legend Elton John in Bristol, as part of the UK leg of Farewell Yellow Brick Road: The Final Tour. He’s taking to the stage at Ashton Gate Stadium on Wednesday 22 and Sunday 26 June.

Senbla presents… at Longleat

Concert promoters Senbla have organised a stellar series of gigs by iconic acts on the grounds of Longleat House, home of the much-loved safari park. Tom Jones performs on Thursday 23 June, followed by Simply Red on 24 June, Ball and Boe on 28 June, Diana Ross on 1 July and Tears For Fears on 2 July.

July

Bristol Pride Day (9 July)

Party on The Downs for Pride Day, part of the two-week long Bristol Pride celebrations for 2022. The full line-up is yet to be revealed but acts announced so far include Canadian drag queen Priyanka, Katrina from 80s pop group Katrina and the Waves and one of the UK’s best Abba tribute bands, Abba Inferno.

Smoked & Uncut Festival at THE PIG-near Bath (9 July)

Take at trip to the rolling Mendip Hills for Smoked & Uncut, a festival that’s more glamour than grunge. Boogie to Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Sister Sledge and the Dub Pistols in between indulging in homemade festi-food, local ales and the odd cocktail.

Smoked & Uncut Festival at The PIG-near Bath

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Bristol Beacon Presents: Nile Rodgers & CHIC at Lloyds Amphitheatre (13 & 14 July)

Renowned the world over for their electric outdoor performances at festivals like Glastonbury and Coachella, Nile Rodgers and CHIC are quite simply the ultimate party band. As their timeless hits including ‘Everybody Dance’, ‘Le Freak’, and ‘Good Times’ sound out across Lloyd's Amphitheatre, this will go down as one of Bristol’s most memorable summer parties.

Bristol Harbour Festival (15 – 17 July)  

The Harbourside’s annual extravaganza is back, providing a weekend of free activities, live music, food, markets and maritime fun. Scottish Indie legends Belle and Sebastian open this year's festival with a show at the Lloyds Amphitheatre, as part of the Bristol Beacon Presents programme.

Bristol harbour festival - live music bristol

Image - Bristol Harbour Festival

Siren Bristol (29 & 30 July)

New music event series Siren is taking over the Amphitheatre on 29 and 30 July. On Friday, catch electric duo Groove Armada perform hits like Superstylin’ and I See You Baby, before a Hospitality on the Harbour takeover with drum and bass heavyweights like High Contrast and Hybrid Minds on the Saturday.

August

Valley Fest (4 – 7 August)  

Family-friendly Valley Fest combines music and local food in an idyllic location, right by Chew Valley Lake. This year’s headliners are Travis, Clean Bandit, Faithless (DJ set), Roni Size b2b Nia Archives with Dynamite MC, Kosheen, The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club and Judge Jules.

Valley fest -live music bristol

Image - Valley Fest

September

FORWARDS (3 & 4 September)

New festival FORWARDS is bringing together internationally renowned acts and local Bristol talent. See big names like Charlie XCX, Jamie XX, The Chemical Brothers, Little Simz, Khruangbin and Roisin Murphy alongside ‘next generation’ acts such as Ishmael Ensemble and Friends, Willow Kayne and Melt Yourself Down.

Bookmark this page, as well update it throughout the year with exciting live music in Bristol in 2022, and check our What's On pages to find even more gigs, festivals and other events. 

Read next: Top 10 music venues in Bristol

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