Bristol Live Music Highlights - January 2018

Bristol Live Music Highlights - January 2018

Posted on: 12 Jan 2018

Here at 365Bristol, we're committed to making you aware of the best Bristol has to offer in terms of live music, great food and drink, days out and more. With the Live Music Highlights series, we'll be providing you with a list of the top live events at the beginning of every month, taking into account some of the city's favourite acts and venues as well as some you might never have heard of. January 2018 highlights include American rock trio Highly Suspect, Bristol-based producer-songwriter Mercy's Cartel and a one-day festival at Thekla.

American rockers Highly Suspect are due to play live at Motion on Wednesday 31st Janaury.

Verity White @ Mr Wolf's, Thursday 18th January

Verity White's exciting and powerful voice has earned her a wave of praise recently, allowing her to embark on her first-ever solo headline tour in 2018. Her sound has been described as reminiscent of Stevie Nicks, with a vast range of emotion expressed in her performances. White has previously won an award for Best Alt-Rock Single (Akademia Awards) and was nominated as Best Female Artist by Wigwam Online Radio.


Motionless in White @ O2 Academy, Friday 19th January Motionless in White | O2 Academy | 365 Bristol Pennsylvania's Motionless in White return to the UK with their latest release, Graveyard Shifts. The Track 'Necessary Evil' features special gues vocals from KORN frontman, Jonathan Davis. The band were described by AllMusic as "a blend of metalcore, gothic metal and industrial metal" and their second album, Infamous, drew numerous comparisons to Marilyn Manson. 


Mercy's Cartel @ The Canteen, Tuesday 23rd January

Having started out as a producer, Bristol-based Mercy's Cartel has since tried her hand at songwriting and live performance, with mesmerising results. It was BBC Introducing who outed Mercy as a solo artist in her own right, and rightly so - she brings a cool poise to her unique take on R&B, with clever backing arrangements that give an ever-so-subtle nod to her Bristolian surroundings. Check out a live performance of Mercy's single, Same Drugs, on YouTube.


J'Adele @ The Fleece, Friday 26th January J'Adele | The Fleece | 365 Bristol Acclaimed international vocalist Sarah Evans brings her Adele tribute act to Bristol. Sarah's tribute to Adele is so uncanny that she was invited by the BBC to take part in 2015's ‘Adele at the BBC’ hosted by Graham Norton, during which she sang live with her idol. As J’Adele, Sarah performs all the hits including ‘Rolling In The Deep’, ‘Someone Like You’ and ‘Rumour Has It’. 


Elder Island @ Thekla, Saturday 27th January

Bristol-based trio Elder Island are known for their dreamy techno-influenced tracks, providing audiences with jiving MPC beats as well as a myriad of effected keys, guitar, bass and cello. Their show at Thekla this month is part of a 6-date UK tour, coinciding with the recent release of their latest EP, Seeds In Sand. Undoubtedly one of the live highlights in Bristol this January, tickets are very nearly sold out so get yours booked ASAP to avoid missing out!


Fatso Jetson @ The Lanes, Sunday 28th January Fatso Jetson | The Lanes | 365 Bristol During the 90's in the Palm Desert area of California, the only places to see live bands were pool halls, in restaurants (after hours) and the occasional struggling bar. Then in 1994, Mario and Larry Lalli opened the desert's first "rock club". It was at this club that Tony Tornay and Mario and Larry Lalli, decided to form 'desert rock band', Fatso Jetson. 


Beat The Streets Festival @ Thekla, Sunday 28th January

Beat The Streets' lineup showcases some of the Bristol music scene's most exciting new talent.

Beat The Streets Bristol announced their lineup yesterday, making waves throughout the Bristol music scene. They've compiled a billing full of some of the most exciting talent in the city, split into a day-time lineup (3pm-10am) and an evening event (10pm-3am). Featuring acclaimed artists such as Harvey Causon, Roxelle, Futureboogie and Gorgon Sound and with tickets priced at just £5, get down to Thekla this month to get to know some of Bristol's best and brightest. All proceeds from the event go towards Caring In Bristol, a charity committed to doing essential work to help homeless people in the city.


Highly Suspect @ Motion, Wednesday 31st January

American rock trio Highly Suspect arrive in Bristol at the end of the month for a highly anticipated headline show at Motion. The band's most recent release came in the form of The Boy Who Died Wolf in 2016, from which the standout single, My Name Is Human, reached Number 1 in the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart. The show at Motion marks Highly Suspect's first-ever show in the city - expect politically-minded vocals in amongst a fast-paced style of rock that put the band on the map.


Deer Tick @ The Fleece, Wednesday 31st January 

Deer Tick | The Fleece | 365 Bristol

John McCauley grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, and taught himself to play drums, guitar, piano, and pedal steel. He started recording and touring while still in high school. His music fits loosely into the genre of alt-country category, but his raw vocals bring a rock and grunge edge.

In the band Deer Tick, McCauley is joined by guitarist Ian O'Neil, bassist Chris Ryan and drummer Dennis Ryan. The band's music has been described as ‘rock with folk, blues, and country influences’ and they often  perform cover versions in their live sets, including songs by the likes of Nirvana, Hank Williams, and the Beastie Boys.



Have we missed anyone out? Contact us through our website or on Facebook to let us know! Please note, ticket availability is subject to change - tickets are available for all featured events at the time of writing. Follow the links to book now and avoid disappointment!


Article by:

Matt Robson

Having moved to Bristol from Cornwall in 2015, Matt recently completed a degree in Journalism at UWE. He is keen on a wide variety of musical genres, as well as taking an interest in art and illustration, producing his own work in his spare time. Matt makes the most of Bristol's diverse nightlife and attends live music and club nights regularly. Get in touch via email at