Spend an evening with They Might Be Giants

Spend an evening with They Might Be Giants

Posted on: 17 Feb 2023

One of the world’s biggest, oddest alt-rock bands, They Might Be Giants, are coming to Bristol for a special show.




They’re called ‘They Might Be Giants’ – but they’re definitely massive. The strange, 40-year-old alt-rock band duo are known for their surreal, humorous songs and the instantly-recognisable vocals of lead vocalist John Flansburgh.


It’s a very rare treat for UK fans of the US-based band to get a chance to see one of their wild live shows, but we’re in luck – They Might Be Giants are coming for a tour of the UK, hitting just five cities – and Bristol is one of them.


The show, titled ‘An Evening With They Might Be Giants’, celebrates their seminal certified-platinum album ‘Flood’ (1990), which includes tracks like their more-famous-than-the-original cover of Jimmy Kennedy’s ‘Instanbul (Not Constantinople)’, and ‘Birdhouse in Your Soul’.



The show, hosted at O2 Academy, is said to “evolve every night” and includes TWO full sets spanning their entire career (including the whole of Flood) – and the audience should expect spontaneous improvisation that makes every show feel alive.


With such a wild back catalogue, even die-hard fans might not be fully sure what kind of ride they’ll be taken on; songs might range from the weirdo narrative “Doctor Worm”, to the Malcolm in the Middle theme “Boss of Me”, all the way to educational songs like “Alphabet of Nations”.


The core duo will be joined by their ‘incomparable’ full live band, including TMBG’s smash-hit, show-stopping horn section Tricerachops Horns bringing an extra brassy punch to every song.



They Might Be Giants are headed to Bristol’s O2 Academy for Friday 17 November – get your tickets as soon as possible, because this isn’t just a once-in-a-lifetime show, but also one that’s sure to sell out very quickly.


Tickets are on sale now already – so click here to get yours, before they’re all gone.

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Patrick Bate

Patrick is a filmmaker with so much Bristol in his blood the white blood cells are graffiti'd. Educated at the Northern Film School in Leeds, he’s returned home to be a Videographer and Reviewer for 365Bristol and BARBI. When he’s not messing about with cameras, he enjoys playing guitar, spending far too much time on tabletop RPGs, and being an awful snob about cider. Have a look at his work here, or get in touch at patrickb@365bristol.com.