Bristol Live Music Highlights - November 2018Posted on: 01 Nov 2018
There are some great gigs happening this month. Check out our top picks for the best live music events happening across Bristol this November! We've got rap, instrumental, alt-rock and more to suit every music lover's desire, irrespective of preferred genre. So what are you waiting for? Have a listen and get booking!
Wax Music & Fresh Juice: Magic Potion @ Crofters Rights
There’s lots of Bristol collectives putting on gigs nowadays, but Fresh Juice and WAX are two worth mentioning. The radio show and music blog are joining their media forces to host spindly Swedish indie rock outfit Magic Potion at the start of the month. With their tinges of surf-rock underpinning their laidback, airy vocals, Magic Potion’s gig is the perfect fit for Crofters; grab a good pint and chill.
The Beths @ The Exchange
Guardian Music journalist Laura Snapes loves The Beths – and we can see why. Guitar pop, post-punk tones, and sophisticated indie rock, this Montreal outfit is founded on long-time friendship and high-energy. With their harmonies and quick melodies forging unmistaken riffs, their performance at The Exchange should be a playful outlet for any muso.
Marie Davidson @ Colston Hall Foyer
Last year, hypnotic electronic DJ, producer and, writer, Marie Davidson, gave one of the best performances of 2017’s Simple Things Festival. Now she’s back with a brand-new album, more straight-talking sound and, her classic clasping snares. Her performances are one of few which tie performance, spoken word, and electronic command into one authoritative party. Her show is not to be missed.
Yazmin Lacey @ The Louisiana
U.K. contemporary jazz has entered an exciting new chapter recently, and Yazmin Lacey is a prime example of it. Controlled, smoky and cool, Lacey's soul radiates from her effortlessly laissez-faire sound. Smooth and sophisticated, Lacey's acclaim pays tribute to her clever merging contemporary hip-hop stints with classic jazz accents.
Kojey Radical @ Thekla
Kojey Radical is more than just a musician; his creativity spans multiple disciplines. Merging pop, rap, grime, vocals, and hip-hop; Radical’s sound is exemplary of his multitalented persona. With its different sides, the sound at this gig could be one of many things. But above all, it will be evidence of sophisticated genre transfusion.
Seun Kuti @ Thekla
Youngest son of legendary Afrobeat originator Fela Kuti, Seun leads his late father's former band Egypt 80. He'll be playing Thekla this month as part of a tour promoting new album, Black Times, on which he has collaborated with the likes of Carlos Santana, Yasiin Bey (a.k.a Mos Def) and Nai Palm of Hiatus Kaiyote among others. Kuti lives and breathes Afrobeat music, making this one a must-see for anyone with even the slightest interest in the genre - you won't get the chance to see him on a Bristol stage again for a long time.
Slaves @ 02 Academy Bristol
Slaves are a duo who helped bring punk back to the masses. In 2015, they released Are you Satisfied? A record which gained instant attention from musos and mass-culture media alike. They’ll be bringing their screaming, stomping sound to the 02 Academy this November, so watch out and prepare for a night of sweat, grit and, fun.
Fatoumata Diawara @ Fiddlers
Fatoumata Diawara is the face of Modern African-French sound. A bold tribute to her roots, but a nod to the versatility of contemporary edge, Diawara’s music is both experimental and entirely accessible. She’s genuinely innovating upbeat sound, and her vocal range is to die for.
Dinosaur Pile-Up @ The Fleece
The grungy sounds of the Leeds music scene are some of the best. Their heavy progressions, twanged bass and, high-energy riffs are found throughout the underground scene – but Dinosaur Pile-up is a band who have pushed their sound far beyond Yorkshire. They've played nationally and internationally since forming back in 2007, so they're well practiced in getting a party started. Don't miss it!
The Kendrick Lamar Ensemble @ Trinity Centre
He’s arguably the biggest name in hip-hop right now, and there are good reasons why. Now, sonic alchemists Beyond Collective are turning their attention toward the sounds behind the rap. They’re dedicating an evening to reworking some of Kendrick’s classic tracks with their incredible the 8-piece ensemble! Of course, advance booking is highly recommended.
Kate is a second-year Philosophy student at the University of Bristol. Alongside helping to run the online side of the university's independent student newspaper, Kate regularly contributes to music platforms in the city. You can follow Kate on Twitter at @katefhutchison.