11 unmissable gigs in Bristol this month

11 unmissable gigs in Bristol this month

Posted on: 02 Nov 2019

Bristol is set to welcome a multitude of genres to its best stages in November. Here's the best of the bunch:


Injury Reserve @ The Fleece | Wednesday 6 November


US rap trio Injury Reserve have been coming out with a steady stream of catchy, honest hip-hop tracks since their inception in suburban Pheonix in 2013.


From recording their debut mixtape in a dentist's office (appropriately named Live from the Dentist's Office), the group have gone on to feature in Noisey, Complex and Billboard and receive radio play on Beats 1.


Armed with material from their critically acclaimed, self-titled debut album, Injury Reserve's Bristol debut is certainly not one to miss.Injury Reserve at The Fleece | Wednesday 6 November.

Waldo's Gift Rework: Red Hot Chili Peppers @ The Gallimaufry | Wednesday 6 November


Made up of acclaimed Cousin Kula drummer James Vine, Route2Roots bassist Harry Stoneham and Alun Elliott-Williams on guitar, Waldo's Gift have made a name for themselves with weekly performances at The Gallimaufry on Gloucester Road.


The group's Rework nights continue to gain attention from music fans all over the city, and they'll be taking apart the extensive Red Hot Chili Peppers back catalogue in this one.Waldo's Gift Rework: Red Hot Chili Peppers @ The Gallimaufry.

Acid Arab @ Fiddlers Club | Thursday 7 November


Parisian outfit Acid Arab are all set to headline one of the Fiddlers Club's most intriguing shows in November.


Combining a typically club-oriented sound with North African and Middle Eastern vocals and instrumentation, the group have worked with several artists like Omar Souleyman and Rizad Said. 


Their latest album, Jdid, released this year, sees Acid Arab move forward on their path and further explore a wide range of sounds and styles.Acid Arab @ Fiddlers Club | Thursday 7th November.

Dennis Rollins @ Bambalan | Thursday 7 November


Acclaimed jazz trombonist Dennis Rollins is no stranger to the Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival, and he'll be providing the soundtrack as the organisers unveil their full 2020 programme.


We caught Rollins playing as part of his Funky Funk project at last year's festival, and can't wait to see him in action again on Bambalan's scenic roof terrace this month.

Dennis Rollins @ Bambalan | Thursday 7 November. Image: Darren Cowley

Football FC @ Rough Trade Bristol | Saturday 9 November


Donut Records have brought together three of the finest post-punk and garage-rock in the UK right now for this one at Rough Trade.


Having emerged from the Bristol undergrowth earlier this year, Football FC are widely regarded as one of the city's most exciting new musical prospects. They'll be back up this month by Brighton rockers Keg and fellow Bristol outfit Birdman Cult.

Football FC @ Rough Trade | Saturday 9 November.

JAWS @ The Fleece | Friday 15 November


Hailing from Birmingham and formed in 2012, JAWS have enjoyed a rapid ascendency to the forefront of the UK indie scene in recent years. Having released two full-length albums so far, 2014's Be Slowly and Simplicity in 2016, the band finished work on their third record this year.


Released back in April, The Ceiling represents another leap forward for the band, adding new textures to their sound. It's a welcome addition to their musical output, which has been celebrated by an ever-growing fan base since their inception.JAWS @ The Fleece | Friday 15 November.

Mahalia @ O2 Academy Bristol | Monday 18 November


Breakout R&B star Mahalia will be stopping off at Bristol's O2 Academy this month as part of an extensive UK & European tour.


Her debut album, Love and Compromise, was eagerly awaited up and down the country prior to its release in September, and features hit tracks like 'I Wish I Missed My Ex' and 'Simmer'.Mahalia @ O2 Academy Bristol | Monday 18 November

Ocean Wisdom @ The Marble Factory | Monday 18 November


Camden rapper Ocean Wisdom, once heralded as "the future of UK hip-hop" by Complex Magazine, is travelling to Bristol off the back of his hotly-anticipated third studio album, Big Talk Vol.1, released last month. 


Joining his critically acclaimed debut Chaos 93 and 2018's Wizville, the latest record is another polished extension of the poetic rapper's unadulterated style.Ocean Wisdom @ The Marble Factory | Monday 18 November.

Cousin Kula @ The Crofters Rights | Wednesday 20 November


Having initially come together as active members of Bristol's burgeoning jazz scene, Cousin Kula bonded over a shared love for an eclectic range of music, from pop and psych through to prog, disco, afrobeat and more. 


Now living together and sharing a rehearsal room in their basement, the band have grown into one of the tightest groups on the local circuit, combining elements of their favourite genres into a contemporary and totally unique sound.Cousin Kula @ The Crofters Rights | Wednesday 20 November.

Elder Island @ The Marble Factory | Saturday 23 November


Highly-regarded Bristol trio Elder Island will be returning to the city for a hometown show at The Marble Factory this month. Known for their dreamy techno-influenced tracks, the band provide audiences with jiving MPC beats as well as a myriad of effected keys, guitar, bass and cello.

Elder Island @ The Marble Factory | Saturday 23 November

Ezra Collective @ Trinity Centre | Friday 29 November


The Ezra Collective are a key component in the UK's new-age jazz sound, flourishing among contemporaries like Henry Wu, Alfa Mist and Tom Misch.


The London-based five-piece combine a classic jazz sound with afrobeat, hip-hop and more to craft their unique style, which has earned recognition from the likes of Gilles Peterson and the musical press.Ezra Collective @ Trinity Centre | Friday 29 November.

Article by:

Matt Robson

Having moved to Bristol from Cornwall in 2015, Matt graduated from UWE with a degree in Journalism in 2018. 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 gigs and club nights regularly. Get in touch via email at matt@365bristol.com.