The Underdog is back, and 2016 is going to be bigger, better and louder than ever! The eleventh of our twelve heats will feature five indie / alternative bands from around the South West!

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TICKETS ★ ★ ★ 
Advance tickets are worth double votes on the night and are on general sale NOW. Tickets are available directly from the bands or via Headfirst (no booking fees*) and Bristol Ticket Shop (online and in store).

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THE LINE UP ★ ★ ★ 
► Arcadia Bay | Bristol // Ambient / Indie
"Arcadia Bay was formed early this year by four guys from Bristol, starting out with two members creating songs in their bedrooms. Their sound consists of articulate and meaningful lyrics on top of memorable riffs, melody's and hooks creating an indie, rock, post-rock and ambient vibe. As a contrast they've been compared to the likes of The Beatles and The Stone Roses. As well as these bands we're inspired by Radiohead, Mogwai, Broken Social Scene and many more! They're currently in the studio recording their up coming EP and starting to gig locally."

► Haze | Bristol // Pop Punk / Indie
"Old school (90's style) pop punk from Bristol called Haze."

► James Humphrys | Bristol // Indie Pop

► We Merry Kings | Bristol // Indie / Rock
"If you are willing to dig deep enough, you can find the music that moves you and the songs that steal your heart. But if that's too much effort then you should probably give We Merry Kings a try."

► Youth | Bristol // TBA
"Imagine Ben Howard with the addition of an overdriven, reverb drenched electric guitar with a band to back that up and you’ll be somewhere close to Bristol’s YOUTH. A healthy blend of intricate beauty and emotive noise."

► Date: Friday 05th August 2016
► Venue: The Thunderbolt (
► Doors open: 19.00
► Tickets: £5.00 (Advance tickets worth double votes)
► Age Restrictions: All Ages

We’ve moved out Grand Final to the main stage of the o2 Academy, so save Saturday 3rd September in your calendars for our biggest ever show where we’ll be announcing the winners of The Underdog: 2016.

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New for 2016, we've introduced our Season Tickets - one ticket gets you entry into all seventeen shows! There's a very limited supply and season ticket holders get triple votes. Available here:

* - tickets are listed at £4.50 + BF, so you'll only pay £5.00 (face value).