8 of the biggest gigs happening in Bristol this month

8 of the biggest gigs happening in Bristol this month

Posted on: 04 Dec 2019

Revered wordsmith Benjamin Zephaniah, Aussie pub rockers The Chats and beloved local outfit IDLES are among our picks for the biggest gigs going down in Bristol this month. 


Despite facing numerous challenges in 2019, Bristol's live scene is alive and kicking. December tends to be pretty dry with Christmas on the horizon, but there's still time for some unmissable performances between now and the new year.


Benjamin Zephaniah and The Revolutionary Minds @ The Spiegeltent | Wednesday 4 December


One of this year's most exciting live performances at The Spiegeltent is locked in for Wednesday 4 December, as a pioneering poet, musician and author Benjamin Zephaniah takes the stage alongside his band, The Revolutionary Minds.


Zephaniah's work has educated and inspired an entire generation - certainly not one to miss at one of Bristol's most unique live venues.

Benjamin Zephaniah live at The Spiegeltent.

Mad Dog Mcrea @ The Fleece | Thursday 5 December


Added as a second date due to popular demand, folk-rockers Mad Dog Mcrea will be taking over The Fleece for the first of two consecutive nights on Thursday 5 December.


The band's infectious sound has won them a small army of dedicated fans, and they've progressed from a popular festival booking to a bonafide recording act, releasing five studio albums and working on a sixth in 2019.

Mad Dog Mcrea at The Fleece.

Wax Music 6th Birthday @ Rough Trade Bristol | Saturday 7 December


Wax Music have enjoyed another busy year in 2019, and they're rounding things off this weekend with a huge birthday celebration at Rough Trade. Expect huge sets from beloved Bristol bands including wych elm, Gum Soul, Football FC and more, as well as a few special guests from further afield.

Football FC at Wax Music's Sixth Birthday.

Hannah Williams and The Affirmations @ Rough Trade Bristol | Tuesday 10 December


Undoubtedly one of the most powerful voices coming out of Bristol right now, Hannah Williams will be performing at Rough Trade this month in support of her upcoming album, 50 Foot Woman.


Having worked with Jay-Z previously on the title track of his acclaimed 2017 album 4:44, Williams has earned comparisons with the likes of Adele and Amy Winehouse recently and will be performing an eagerly-awaited hometown gig alongside her band, The Affirmations.



Give A Shit Christmas @ The Marble Factory | Thursday 12 December


Following on from a successful benefit last year, Friendly Records will be bringing Give a Shit Christmas to The Marble Factory for a huge fundraiser in support of Bristol-based homeless charities. 


Expect stellar live sets from Beak>, Bootleg Blondie and Billie Nomates, as well as an IDLES DJ set. They'll also be a raffle drawn by a host of Homes Under the Hammer fame. Dig deep to help some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

Beak at Give a Shit Christmas.

The Chats @ O2 Academy Bristol | Friday 13 December


If you love ciggies, pub grub and punk rock, this is the Bristol gig for you. Aussie outfit The Chats have taken the world by storm after gaining notoriety with their breakout single 'SMOKO', and have gone from strength to strength this year.


Counting the likes of Alex Turner, Dave Grohl and Iggy Pop among their growing fan base, the three-piece will be bringing their uncompromising sound to the O2 Academy this month for what's certain to be an unforgettable Bristol debut.



The Libertines @ O2 Academy Bristol | Monday 16 December


Formed in London in the late 90s by friends Pete Doherty and Carl Barat, The Libertines' mark on modern British music is unquestionable. They're back on tour in 2019 in support of their first new material in more than four years.


Critically and commercially successful as well as being one of the most reckless bands around during their heyday, for a time they personified indie music and their existence paved the way for countless future bands.

The Libertines at O2 Academy Bristol.

Waldo's Gift Reworks: Van Morrison's Astral Weeks @ The Gallimaufry | Wednesday 18 December


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 performing Van Morrison's acclaimed second album, Astral Weeks, in this one.

Waldo's Gift at The Gallimaufry.

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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.