9 unmissable gigs in Bristol this month | January Highlights

9 unmissable gigs in Bristol this month | January Highlights

Posted on: 05 Jan 2020

Expect unforgettable sets from Bombay Bicycle Club, Kokoroko, Krept & Konan and more.


It's business as usual for Bristol's favourite live venues in January, with an array of artists from across the musical spectrum ready to usher in the new year with a wide range of performances. Check out our rundown of this month's biggest gigs and get your tickets below.


Waldo's Gift Reworks @ The Gallimaufry | Wednesday 8 January


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 - be sure to get down early before the queue starts building.

Waldo's Gift Reworks @ The Gallimaufry.

Breakfast Records pres. Frank & Beans @ Crofters Rights | Friday 10 January


Hailed as 'The Best Band in the World', although it's not clear exactly who gave them the title, Brighton-based two-piece Frank & Beans are coming to Bristol on Friday 10 January to headline a night hosted by renowned local label Breakfast Records.


Advance tickets are just a fiver - a bargain, regardless of whether they really are the world's best band or not.

Frank & Beans @ Crofters Rights.

Janelle Monae: Dirty Computer @ The Cube | Friday 10 January


Having drawn comparisons with Beyonce's visual album Lemonade and Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly, Janelle Monae's 2018 concept album Dirty Computer is being shown at The Cube this month.


The accompanying film, which takes audiences through the striking journey of a young woman as she navigates her way through a totalitarian near-future society, will be followed by a listening session inside the cinema.

Janelle Monae's Dirty Computer @ The Cube.

Lynks Afrikka, Football FC & Social Contract @ Crofters Rights | Saturday 11 January


Revered Bristol bands Lynks Afrikka and Football FC are joining forces for this one, promising to put the Crofters Rights through its paces with an all-nighter from two of the most chaotic live acts on the scene right now.


They'll be joined on the night by London-based outfit Social Contract, with The Milkshake Boys laying down some grooves between sets.

Lynks Afrikka @ Crofters Rights.

Rough Trade pres. Bombay Bicycle Club @ SWX | Monday 13 January


Rough Trade Bristol are proudly presenting a special Bombay Bicycle Club album launch show this month, with a full live performance at SWX on Monday 13 as part of their extensive 2020 comeback tour. 


Expect old and new material from one of the UK's best-loved bands in this one, with Everything Else Has Gone Wrong due for release on 17 January via Mmm... Records.



The Big Moon @ Rough Trade | Tuesday 14 January


All-female four-piece The Big Moon will be playing live at Rough Trade in January, following it up with an in-store album signing in support of their brand-new record, Walking Like We Do, due for release on 10 January.


They'll be playing off the back of an extensive 2019 tour supporting Pixies, as well as supporting Bombay Bicycle Club at the above show the night before they headline their own.

Big Moon @ Rough Trade Bristol.

Krept & Konan @ O2 Academy Bristol | Sunday 26 January


Rescheduled from its original November run after Casyo Johnson was slashed backstage at a show in Birmingham, Krept & Konan's Revenge is Sweet tour will be bringing them to Bristol towards the end of this month.


The record-breaking duo are back on the road for the first time in over a year, touring in support of their eagerly-awaited second album, Revenge is Sweet.

Krept & Konan @ O2 Academy Bristol.

Kokoroko @ Trinity Centre | Thursday 29 January


The latest entry in the Colston Hall Presents series sees London-based Afrobeat innovators Kokoroko headline the Trinity Centre on Thursday 29 January.


Sat right at the forefront of London's burgeoning jazz scene, the eight-piece band consist of a trumpet, sax, trombone, guitar, keys, bass and a range of percussion, fusing infectious grooves with genuine force on stage.

Kokoroko @ Trinity Centre.

SOLD OUT Sam Fender @ O2 Academy Bristol | Friday 31 January


Geordie singer-songwriter made a habit of selling out shows in 2019, and he's continuing in the same vein this month on his biggest headline tour to date.


Playing in support of his critically acclaimed debut album, Hypersonic Missiles, BRITs Critics' Choice winner Fender is right at the top of his game right now.

Sam Fender @ O2 Academy Bristol.

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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.