With exam season almost over, it’s time to start making summer plans. And for those of you who enjoy music, we’ve gathered a list of some of the best venues for gigs in Bristol! Whether it’s to hire and perform yourselves or to enjoy some live music with your friends, these venues are a must-visit.
Trinity Centre, Trinity Rd, St Jude’s, Bristol BS2 0NW
This venue has been playing live music since 1976, and is still around today! Known for its acoustics, it hosts a busy programme filled with unique sounds. Trinity also acts as a community hall, and has multiple events besides music to check out!
12 St Thomas St, Redcliffe, Bristol BS1 6JJ
This venue used to be a Victorian wool hall, however, it now regularly hosts live indie music gigs. A Grade II listed building, it boasts recent refurbishments that enhance the experience. These include a larger stage and viewing screens. Some famous names it has hosted in the past include Radiohead, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran.
Wapping Rd, Bathurst Terrace, Bristol BS1 6UA
One of the smaller venues, The Louisiana is located above a pub and holds a capacity of 140 people. Dedicated to nurturing homegrown talent, they also host national bands. They are great at giving unknown acts a chance. Check them out this summer at one of Bristol’s many festivals. They are actually acting as a fringe venue for the Harbourside Festival, and are one of the venues in Bristol’s Dot-to-Dot festival.
Trenchard St, Bristol BS1 5AR
This Grade II building is managed by the Bristol Music Trust and is home to some of the best eclectic music around. They have been hosting live music since 1867, and are able to boast big names like The Beatles. As a charity, they also work with young people, emerging artists and communities to create life-changing musical experiences.
Great George St, Bristol BS1 5RR
One of the multiple former churches on this list, St Georges is known particularly for its world, jazz and classical music. They have a 580 seat concert hall and have been claimed to have the best acoustic for chamber music in Europe. With a busy programme for summer, definitely check them out if your taste veers away from traditional pop.
22 Nelson St, Bristol BS1 2LE
The Lanes is one of the more unique venues on this list, as it boasts a stringless bowling alley alongside live music. It promises a fun and lively experience, with a busy schedule for summer. As well as gigs, they also offer karaoke!
72, 73 Old Market St, Bristol BS2 0EJ
This venue holds two separate spaces, one with a small capacity of 60 people, and the other with a capacity of 250 people. It is a Community Benefit Society and focuses on supporting a wide range of musical projects and creative endeavours. Probably one of the most recently established venues on our list, it started hosting live music in 2012. However, this has not held it back as they maintain an exciting gig programme.
Comment below if you feel there are any venues missed out! For more things to do this summer in Bristol, check out this article with the best restaurants to try.