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Top 4 Live Music Venues in Bristol

George Maguire

With a significant student and youth population, a creative zeitgeist (the city was named the UK’s most artistic city in 2019 after all) and an air of stubborn independence that permeates the city –it’s no surprise that Bristol has some great music venues. Let’s take a look (and then a listen!) at some of the best places to see local, national and global music in Bristol.


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Thekla 
The Grove, East Mud Dock, Bristol, BS1 4RS

Kicking off the list is the enigmatic & Harbourside residing Thekla. Once a German built coastal trading vessel captaining the seas, the (173.2 feet long) boat is now home to new waves of musicians across all genres. Taking place in the boats hull and with up to 7 gigs a week, see Jack Garratt, The Sherlocks and Korpiklaani over the coming months. Lifejackets not required. Take a stroll over to the nearby Wapping Wharf for pre-gig drinks and you will see the amazing Harbourside cranes. If you do so, we recommend Wild Beer, or Little Victories for something a little more lowkey. 


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The Gallimaufry 
26-28 The Promenade, Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8AL 

Sitting on the ever-buzzy and endlessly long Gloucester Road is The Gallimaufry. The venue is something of a room of requirements (yes, a Harry Potter reference) hosting delicious meals, live gigs, open mic nights, DJs, local artwork, casual get togethers, coffee and pints with an air of ease. What more could you possibly need? Enjoy the eclectic interiors, smooth atmosphere at Bristol’s all-inclusive cultural destination. 


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The Fleece 
12 St Thomas Street, Bristol, BS1 6JJ

Since 1982, The Fleece has welcomed the likes of Radiohead, Queens of the Stone Age, Oasis, Amy Winehouse and many, many more. A Grade II listed building and apparently first used to as a place to trade sheep (hence the name) the venue holds capacity for a massive 450 fans. Performing soon are a plethora of cover bands – including Antarctic Monkeys, Gimi Hendrix alongside musicians Brass Against and La Dispute. 


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Exchange
72-73 Old Market, Bristol, BS2 0EJ

Community owned (and a Community Benefit Society) and featuring two event rooms, Exchange is a mecca for the creative arts. Based in Old Market and serving locally roasted coffee in the mornings, record shop sales in the day and live music come night-time, Exchange is a desitnation that is more than capable of charging you up and then letting you release; all in one. The venue currently has 666 reviews on Google Reviews so beware… Stop by Bagelicious (opposite) for a heavenly bagel if you are so inclined…

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