CHINA SOUL +Haytor + Molly Anne + Kaleidoscope Eyes


CHINA SOUL: China Soul, the daughter of actors David Soul and Julia Nickson, was born in Tampa, Florida and raised in Los Angeles. Since moving to London in 2007, China has built an outstanding live reputation and appearances on such shows as the Jools Holland and Dermot O'Leary BBC Radio Two shows have cemented her reputation as a real name to look out for.

China Soul released her debut album, Secrets & Words, on 25th October 2010. The tracks on Secrets & Words showcase China’s richly expressive and distinctively soulful voice and the album is steeped in the sound of West-Coast 70’s folk-rock while still managing to feel vibrant and contemporary. Co-written with Blockheads legend Chaz Jankel, Secrets & Words draws on China’s inspiration from such artists as Bob Dylan, Ray Charles and Tracy Chapman, while remaining uniquely personal to her. The album, Secrets & Words, heralds the arrival of a special new talent on a record that is soulful to its very core.

HAYTOR: young, tweed-clad, Bristol based Pop band. They recently released their first single, ‘American Folk’ which debuted on BBC Devon. Gaining a good following in Bristol!

MOLLY-ANNE:With a soulful, country inspired sound fused with elements of indie folk, Molly accompanies herself on the harmonica and acoustic guitar. Molly-Anne writes poetic songs from the heart - looking to spread her message of self-love, natural beauty positivity and balance through holistic practice. 


With recent airplay of her demo single 'Young Fever' on BBC Introducing as well as coverage from BSR, Jelli Records, Longside and Somer Valley FM, Molly-Anne hopes to spread her catchy and joyful lust for life through her songwriting and performance. 

KALEIDOSCOPE EYES: Alternative Pop band made up of Olivia Cowell on vocals, Louis Cowell on keys, Joanna Bacon on guitar and Archie Davis on the drums.

Doors Open: 7.30pm Admission:£5 on the Door

Tickets: £4 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 01179299008

Bizarro Promotions Presents; BAND OF HOLY JOY + Short Stories

Bizarro Promotions Presents


The Band Of Holy Joy 2017 model is a sleek beat outfit that owes as much to Indie music in the proper sense of Indie as it does to the Brechtian connotations of past Band Of Holy Joy incarnations. They have lineage but never dwell on it preferring to forge forward. They have a history too but never let it drag them back. For the past few years they have been quietly growing and gestating and now they have emerged fully reborn with renewed purpose of sound and vision. They have signed to Tiny Global (which is probably the best label in the world at this present moment in time in terms of roster and vision and general empathic discernment towards both band and listener) and have just released an album FUNAMBULIST WE LOVE YOU. They are a six piece of drums, bass, guitar, visuals, sixties organ and vocals, I couldn’t tell you who they sound like, but they love The Subway Sect, The Jefferson Airplane, Mary J Blige, Gray, Funkadelic and the like, and when they play they possess the stage and make a beautiful racket, tell passionate tales and fill the room with light and wonder, they same to be on a mission of some sort, a mission of intent and possibilities, of old punk sensibilities honoured, and glamour in age portrayed. On a Friday night they put out a radio show called BAD PUNK which has nothing to do with any kind of new wave but is a beautiful strange mix of soundscape and poetry, very arch, sometimes a bit too sensitive, but on the stage they are a different beast, on stage they blow and howl, they they make musical bows to Funk and Soul at times and are wont to throw the odd Vincent Gallo cover version in to their set. Classically minded songs suddenly billow out into intense noise work-outs. They are quite traditional in set up but oh how the lyrics reflect these wyrd modern times we live in. That’s all I can say really, other than forget old notions of what you think Holy Joy may or may not have been, whether they were any good or just terminally bad, if you like crooked style and sentient smiles, if you see the beautiful in the ugly or the happy in the sad still and just love a band intent on playing a great strange different kind of song come and see this band.


Short Stories were formed in 2007 in Bristol, England by Tim Rippington and Stephen Miles. Tim and Stephen were at school together, a year apart but sharing the same musical values that made them firm friends. After school, the two went their separate ways – Tim spent the next twenty years playing in various indie bands such as the Flatmates, the Five Year Plan and later the Beatnik Filmstars. He also ran his own recording studio for five years, and produced records for, amongst others, the now legendary indie label Sarah Records. In 2003 Tim formed a new band Forest Giants, who made four great LPs before folding in 2007. In the meantime, Steve became a school teacher, dabbling only briefly in music with a spell as drummer for Bristol indie band Modesty Blaise.

In 2007 the two met for the first time in 20 years, and discovered that they still had much in common and The Short Stories were born. Since then several albums and singles have been released which can be heard here.

This is the ticket link,

Tickets are £7.50 in advance/£9.00 on the door





JW-JONES RETURNS FOR UK TOUR - NOV/DEC 2017 Since his first UK tour in spring of 2016, JW-Jones has released a new CD called “High Temperature” that won the International Blues Challenge (via Blues Foundation in Memphis). It was named the Hot Shot Debut on the Billboard Top 10, and has been in the top 2 most-played roots music recordings on radio stations across Canada for 10 weeks. Early last year, George Thorogood & The Destroyers’ management specifically requested Jones to open several of their tour dates, which included standing ovations at legendary venues such as Massey Hall in Toronto, and Ottawa’s National Arts Centre. Jones is a JUNO Award Nominee (the equivalent of the Grammy in USA), tours constantly, and is known for his high-energy live shows. JW has released nine albums, and performed in twenty-three countries and four continents. In 2015/2016, JW played over 100 shows per year, including being invited five times to perform alongside Buddy Guy, and twice with Woodstock legends, Canned Heat. From the ‘High Temperature’ liner notes: “Acclaimed Nashville producer Colin Linden takes Jones into new territory with warm, analog-driven tones, and a wide-range of material. His evolution as a musician and vocalist shine through on this record like never before. Real songs, real playing by real people, and JW is the real deal.” – Chuck Leavell (The Rolling Stones)

Doors Open: 7.30pm  Admission:£12 on the Door

Tickets: £10 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008

LED OR BLACK + Big Smile Revival + Renaissance Grrl

TICKETS: £4, £5 on the door!


Led or Black are the UK's number 1 "sound-alike" Led Zeppelin & Black Sabbath tribute. Covering all the well known classics such as "War Pigs", "Stairway to Heaven", as well as some of the lesser known gems.


A Bristol based alternative rock band, who have recently released their first EP.


Renaissance Grrl (Alannah Jackson) writes dark alternative garage and grunge songs and performs them live with an acoustic guitar & her haunting vocals.

CENTREFOLDS "HQ Xmas Do"" + Steepways + Dan & Chris (My Friend Friday)


“A creative multi-genre breakfast of champions, combining the best bits from punk, electronica, French house, trance and rock, bringing it together to create a sound that’s going to see Foals cowering in a corner behind Soulwax” – BBC 6 Music

Doors Open: 7.45pm  Admission:£5 on the Door

Tickets: £4 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol                               Tel 0117


MARTIN STEPHENSON and the DAINTEES: Always popular on the circuit, Stephenson’s “must see” live performances are an exuberant tour-de-force combining heart-in-your-mouth intimacy with playful humour and warm self-deprecation.

The Daintees’ critically acclaimed 1986 debut BOAT TO BOLIVIA opened up an always interesting story. It showcased Stephenson’s songwriting, poetic romanticism and spiritual depth – so marking him out as a soulful cream of the leftfield crop during the self-obsessed 1980s.

Never pandering to a particular scene, Stephenson’s lightness of touch on a varied mix of musical styles was immediately apparent. His path was destined to be a lifelong journey through the music he loved: folk, ragtime, jazz, rockabilly, show tunes, punk-pop and country.

CALIFORNIA STAR  & HAUNTED HIGHWAY continue his tradition for eclectic roots songwriting, adding to a discography now amounting to over 40 albums.

His latest album - a re-recording of his classic debut BOAT TO BOLIVIA, sees him reunited with The Daintees, the band he’s intermittently fronted through a string of albums – and hundreds of gigs – since his teens in the North East.

Doors Open: 7.30pm Admission:£18 on the Door

Tickets: £16Adv + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008

From Blues and Gospel to the Great American Songbook.

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In this multimedia, live music and spoken word presentation, Natalie Davis (Vocals) and Dave Merrick (Guitar) will introduce and perform live some of the early ‘Classic Blues’ songs of Bessie Smith that influenced Billy Holiday and some of the Blues influenced songs that Billy then made her own. We will include live video footage of both Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday, and audio video footage of some of the earliest recorded Classic Blues music. Our main emphasis, though, will be on live performances of more than a dozen women’s Blues classics. Come and join us on a Blues journey through the twenties, thirties and beyond.

Natalie will Davis (Vocal), Dave Merrick (Guitar) and Brendan Whitmore (Sax) wil play a selection of blues and jazz songs from the 'Great American Songbook'. In doing so they will perform songs from, and show some slides and video of, famous women performers who crossed from Blues and Gospel to Jazz. Most of all they are planning a fun evening of two full sets of retro jazz and classic blue. Come and join in the fun. Tickets £7 and £5 concession.






Ska Party band! We shamelessly cover a range of classics & offer them up with a large helping of brass n' ass shakingly good rhythms, served with a smile!

MYSTERY CHORDS: Bristol punk covers band!

Doors Open: 7.30pm Admission:£5 on the Door

Tickets: £4 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008

Auricula Event Management Presents a Christmas Party with WYCH ELM + Support



Auricula Event Management Presents a Christmas party @ the Thunderbolt Bristol. 

Dec 20th.

£5 adv £5 otd

Wych Elm

wych elm deliver a sleazy, yucky take on lo-fi with messy, fuzzed out guitar squalls dragged straight from the muddy banks of bristol

From Idols to Ashes

From Idols To Ashes are a 4-piece post hardcore band. Their love for bands such as Rage Against The Machine is reflected by their heavy riffs, groovy bass-lines and unorthodox drum beats. However they strive to incorporate elements from different sub-genres of rock and metal, which often take their tracks to unexpected places and experiments with a variety of vocal styles.


Driftt are a three piece band from Warminster, England. They take inspiration from the likes of Wolf Alice and Black Honey. Packing a real punch for a three piece band, the wall of sound summoned up in their songs have elements of shoegaze incorporated into the type of modern indie guitar band that are loved nowadays in the UK.

The Basil Boys

Tom O’shea

Renaissance Grrl

Renaissance Grrl is the sudo name for singer songwriter Alannah Jackson, formed in 2016. Renaissance Grrl writes dark jangly alternative garage and grunge songs and performs them live sometimes solo with an acoustic guitar and sometimes with a full fuzzy electric line up.
Renaissance Grrl live performances are full of energy and charisma and always memorable for every member of the audience.

Death or Glory Presents The Clash Tribute ****LONDON CALLING**** ...40 year Anniversary.


Death or Glory Presents-

40 year anniversary at the Thunderbolt with-
London Calling-

£8 adv / 18+/ £10 on the Door

The Rock Shop, St Nicks Market (Only 50p Booking Fee)




THE EMPERIALS "Xmas Skaromp!"

The Emperials are a long running major force on the UK’s Ska scene with a live reputation for fun, entertaining, professional and very lively shows.

With an 8 piece line up; the rock solid drums, pounding bass, skanking guitar and Hammond keyboard provide the basis of the band, with the tightest and most energetic brass section in the land adding the blasting horn lines, all topped off by versatile lead & backing vocals.

With a set consisting of our own take on classic ska songs, from the days of 2tone, Trojan and Studio One, we never fail to fill a venue, get the dance floor packed and the crowds singing, dancing and shouting for more.

Doors Open: 7.45pm  Admission:£15 on the Door

Tickets: £12 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol                               Tel 0117 9299008

XMAS EVE at The Thunderbolt 4-8pm ***FREE ENTRY & Family Friendly!***


After last years success! The Thunderbolt welcomes you back to our special Xmas Eve FAMILY FRIENDLY event on Sat Dec 24th between from 4-8pm. 

HOT NUTS: MULLED WINE & CIDER: Sophie will be doing her usual mix of xmas drinks and snacks!

DJ CHRIS "Mass-Eve" BADLEY: For the last 9 years Chris has been our trusted best Xmas Day DJ. Chris is a treasured community asset who DJ`s the annual Hillcrest Primary Schools leavers disco. Chris will playing well known Xmas Classics as well as some more obscure xmas tunes. He never fails to get people up dancing! Seeing is believing!

Three bands will be short (25mins) xmas electro acoustic inspired sets including;

7pm: THE DISORDERLIES: Thunderbolt Daves  band playing a few xmas classics here and there!

*** FREE ENTRY *** 4-8pm