What's on at The O2 Academy Bristol - November 2018 Highlights

What's on at The O2 Academy Bristol - November 2018 Highlights

Posted on: 01 Nov 2018

Until the long-discussed and as-yet-unconfirmed plans to build a Bristol Arena become a reality, the city's premier live music venue remains The O2 Academy on Frogmore Street. The club has welcomed huge names through its doors every year since opening back in 2001 and continues to do so today, with some massive shows scheduled for the remainder of 2018. See below for a full list of what's to come at The O2 this November.

Ramshackle at O2 Academy Bristol.

Ramshackle - Every Friday

By far Bristol's biggest weekly club night, Ramshackle is a favourite among students and locals alike for obvious reasons. It's become something of a Bristolian music institution over the years, with events drawing thousands of people through the doors to party. Every Friday night, the O2 Academy Bristol is transformed into a party haven, with cheap drinks and huge tunes on the menu every week.


Blackberry Smoke - Sunday 11th November

Touring in support of their sixth studio album, Find A Light, American country rockers Blackberry Smoke are heading on their biggest-ever run of UK shows, with a stop scheduled at The O2 in mid-November. Their incredible live show has got people talking around the world, and the effortless sonic progressions are set to take Bristol by storm. The band will be supported on the night by fellow American outfits The Quaker City Night Hawks and Junkyard.


Rat Boy - Tuesday 13th November

Rat Boy will play live at O2 Academy Bristol this month.

Indie-rock singer-songwriter Jordan Cardy, better known by his stage name Rat Boy, has experienced a rapid rise over the last three years, from producing his debut project, The Mixtape, in his bedroom in early 2015 to supporting Liam Gallagher on tour last year and hearing one of his tracks sampled on Kendrick Lamar's critically acclaimed 'DAMN'. His 2018 Dumb & Confused tour will see him play six UK shows in November, with the all-important Bristol date falling on Tuesday 13th.


Jessie J - Wednesday 14th November

Jessie J's expansive back catalogue and stunning vocal range have propelled her into the upper echelons of pop stardom over the years, and the feat seems so much more impressive when so many of her contemporaries have fallen out of favour in the six years since she released her debut album, Who We Are. She's back and reinvigorated in 2018, and ready to tour her new project, R.O.S.E. Catch her at The O2 this month performing her confessional new anthems as well as her best-loved hits from previous years.


Kurupt FM - Friday 16th November

Kurupt FM are embarking on what is (probably) their last-ever UK tour in November.

Mockumentary-stars-turned-on-stage-favourites Kurupt FM have exploded onto the UK garage scene in the last few years since the premiere of the hit BBC Three show 'People Just Do Nothing' in 2012. Now approaching the last-ever series of the hit mockumentary show, the group have announced a huge UK tour with the suggestion that it may well be their last - don't miss them this month because you'll certainly miss them when they're gone.

Bowling For Soup - Wednesday 28th November

One of the defining groups of the early-2000s pop-punk scene, Bowling For Soup are making their return to the UK at the end of November for a decidedly festive affair. The 'Almost Christmas Tour' will see the band backed up by New Yorkers Patent Pending for a huge Christmas-themed pop-punk party.


Shaun Ryder's Black Grape - Thursday 29th November

Shaun Ryder's Black Grape.

Shaun Ryder has become somewhat of a British icon in the music industry, thanks to his work with Manchester rock collective, Happy Mondays and his funk-infused Britpop project, Black Grape. He'll be bringing the band to Bristol for one night only in November - certainly not one to miss.


Tickets for the above shows are still available at the time of writing, but may sell out in advance. We recommend that you book your tickets as early as possible via the links in the headings to avoid missing out! Head to The O2 Academy's website for more information or to see what else is coming up in 2018.

Article by:

Matt Robson

Having moved to Bristol from Cornwall in 2015, Matt recently completed a degree in Journalism at UWE. He's 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 matt@365bristol.com.