THE WATTS: Nicki Jones fab indie rock covers band - from Blondie to Primal Scream and ACDC !!! 

SUPER D:Indie/Rock covers band playing Coldplay, The Killers, Blink 182, Nirvana, The Stereophonics, Mumford & Sons, Feeder, Ocean Colour Scene, Bon Jovi, Black Sabbath and many more

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

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


The SoapGirls write outsider anthems that are androgynous, audacious and straight from the heart, with each song born from a real experience, either with themselves or someone close, ensuring every song is very honest.
Mie on guitar and vocals sets the pace beautifully as she powers through each song with a certain style and grace that captivates every audience. 
Armed with unforgettable melodies and catchy choruses, The SoapGirls energy, rawness and authenticity live, has earned these road warriors a formidable reputation.
Performing continuously throughout 2016, these fearless French born sisters Ca(Millie) and Noe(MIE) Debray, backed by their strong songwriting abilities, dedication and determination to their craft, have slayed critics and earned a dedicated group of followers known as the ‘The SoapSuds’, who follow the band across the UK and Europe. 
Her biggest musical influences are Fleetwood Mac, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Heart, Nirvana,The Butthole Surfers and R.E.M and prefers more chilled out melancholy music.
Millie on bass and vocals is influenced by Alice in Chains, Marilyn Manson, The Smashing Pumpkins, Korn, Alanis Morrissette, Hole, Aretha Franklin, Nirvana, Napalm Death and L7 and tends to prefer heavy angry music. This is evident in her performance as she connects and hypnotises the crowd.
Their common ground is grunge, with Nirvana, Alice in Chains and L7 being their biggest influences and with both girls sharing the singing role, this dynamic duo breathe new life into the genre, for others to follow.
The release of Bad Bitch and their intensive touring schedule saw the band featured in both the Music and National press including the Daily Mirror, while the Bad Bitch was played on BBC Radio and play listed by Planet Rock Radio.
The intensive Bad Bitch with its lyrics of empowerment is the first taste of things to come and The SoapGirls ability to hold back on the clamour and let their often sardonic lyrics and hooky choruses shine bodes well as they enter the studio to record their official European debut album, set to be released in 2017. 
Proud and humble The SoapGirls are a force of nature who inspire anyone to “follow their dream and believe in themselves”. Described by some in the music industry as being “the new kids on the block, The SoapGirls are here to set the standard for the new generation.”
The SoapGirls stand for freedom and non-judgement, fiercely outspoken for animal rights, society’s most vulnerable and anti government policies .The SoapGirls play rock 'n' roll the way its meant to be: Loud. Raw. Dirty. Fast and furious. and the hard graft is paying off having already captured the attention of some movers and shakers in the industry.
The SoapGirls next release will be their succulent new single Rather B Dead , a primal and emotional break up song. Rather B Dead’s sardonic lyrics and hooky chorus shines, with their ever-so-edgy vocals, fuzzed guitar and throbbing bass creating an insouciant blast of grunge-rock.
The SoapGirls remind us that music can still be straight to the point, efficient, honest and exciting, so brace yourself for The SoapGirls’s next chapter with details of a new album, festival appearances all to follow release of Rather B Dead, 2017 is set to be pivotal year for the band.
“Be brave enough to be yourself always, we have only one life that we know of so Rock it and embrace it without losing yourself” - The SoapGirls.

Doors Open: 7.30pm Admission:£7 on the Door

Tickets: £6 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008

Auricola Records Presents:

Doors 7pm £5 ADV £6 OTD

Tristan Exon: Rock and blues infused pop vocalist Tristan Exon brings his blend of Acoustic expression to the front of the stage. Rocking an arsenal of cover songs from many of his influences such as Jason Mraz and George Ezra, he brings energy and enthusiasm to every performance. Under a thin layer of nerves lies a cocktail of anticipation, excitement and potential to bring any show to life.

Abandoned flaws: Bristol based duo who plays everything from covers to originals.

Amie kitanik: Amie K combines her love of poetry and the English language with her passion for music to create an ever changing sound. Matching life's tendency to never stay still, her lyrics and sound are ever evolving whilst maintaining her distinctive Indie Folk style.

Sam neal: Bristol based singer-songwriter performing a mixture of classic well known covers and original acoustic compositions

Jon gray: Acoustic - chilled thoughtful originals and a variety of covers

George bell:Engaging songsmith with fun and light hearted stage personality.

The thatchers - High energetic acoustic trio based in the heart of the county of Somerset, formed in 2013. Highly influenced by the Southern americana folk scene The Thatchers blend a heavier side of the genre with their signatured, well balanced three part harmonies, and have been quoted by many as a ' festival favourites' due to their on stage charisma. With their very well recieved debut album 'Whiskey Tales' released in 2015 alongside a very ambitious UK tour, which saw them play alongside some legendary acts, it is very clear that this band are set on making themselves heard.

JOHN OTWAY (Moved from 9/6/17)

John first achieved notoriety with his eye-watering performance on Old Grey Whistle Test and subsequent hit single 'Really Free' in 1977. A heady mix of blind ambition and rank incompetence was to keep this microstar shining for almost two decades despite Otway's ability to turn any situation to his own disadvantage. 

His autobiography 'Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure' out sold, by a factor of ten, all the records he had released since his hit, and now Otway is struggling to live up to this billing - selling out London Astoria for his 2000th gig in 1993, filling the Royal Albert Hall in 1998, and charting at number 9 with his 2002 single 'Bunsen Burner'. For John 'Two Hits' Otway, 'the future's bright; the future's Otway!


Doors Open: 7.30pm  Admission:£13 on the Door

Tickets: £11 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117


‘The Stingrays - emerge from the Japanese punk underground to play the Bolt’

Saturday1stJuly 2017


Hot on the heels of their 7th tour across Japan, The Stingrays make a welcome return to the Thunderbolt and a rare appearance in Bristol, the city they were formed in back in 1977. 


The Stingrays contributed ‘Sound’ to the seminal 1979 Bristol compilation “Avon Calling” , John Peel described their Countdown Ep released on Fried Egg Records as, “Excellent”. Theywere an integral part of the Bristol punk/new wave scene, playing one of the last punk shows at the Bamboo before it was burnt down, a recording of their chaotic live show at the Dugout in 1977 has been released by Bristol archive records. They were among the first punk bands to play at the Trinity Centre as part of the early Rock against Racism shows. In 2003 their Countdown EP was re-released by the Japanese 1977 Records label


The Thunderbolt gig will feature material from their new LP “Ticket from Home” recorded in Osaka with legendary punk engineer Ippei Suda. The Stingrays are hugely influenced by the Japanese Live House scene both in terms of performance and song writing and are becoming increasingly influential on the Japanese punk – high energy- power pop scene.

Tickets £5 in advance - £7.50 on the door. 

Selected tracks from Ticket from Home can be heard at The Bristol Stingrays

Soundcloud site

The Bristol Stingrays Facebook page is


SHE TELLS LIES + Gina Leonard + Hallelugenia + Emily Magpie

SHE TELLS LIES:  Folk-pop lullabies. Songs of darkness and light, soaring birds and hearts, fallen leaves and loves. Melodies that swim around in your head for days.

She Tells Lies is very much in the vein of Elliott Smith and Jeff Buckley; acoustic, dark, folk - but lead by a powerful and a unique voice.

GINA LEONARD: Sparkling Bristol singer-songwriter writes and plays dream-like, enigmatic alternative folk music, based around acoustic guitar, some atmospheric effects and vocals that weave gently through.

"This impressive EP finishes all too quickly…..(If you need more, listen to Gina’s heartrending cover of Dylan’s ‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right’ on YouTube….)" CAMBRIDGE REVIEW WEEKLY

"Leonard’s interesting, tangled folk which is both contemporary and beautiful in its delivery" SLATETHEDISCO.COM

HALLELUGENIA: Bristol based electronic-rock duo.

EMILY MAGPIE: Singer songwriter / producer Emily Magpie with her ethereal voice and fusion of ukulele, harmonies and low-fi electronic ambience released her debut EP Same Stuff in 2016.

"'An ethereal, dreamy EP, taking you on a journey of emotive feelings and observations. Vocally sweet, Ukulele infused and electronica combined…I LIKE IT!!" -Wozzy Brewster, OBE, Midi Music Company

"You should all check out Emily Magpie- beaut of an EP!" - Sarah Ardell, Londontheinside

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

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

THE WORRIED MEN + Below The Salt

THE WORRIED MEN: It’s no surprise to learn that JAMIE THYER’S loyal audience is still growing. When an artist has survived the music industry's whimsical fortunes merely by being themselves, adjectives like charisma, integrity and endurance are obviously appropriate.

JAMIE has entertained audiences for some 30 years with his bold, unique and expressive guitar playing, alongside the likes of ROBERT CRAY, PETER GREEN, JEFFERSON STARSHIP, JOHNNY WINTER et al.

3000 performances of hard gigging and recording, from pub back rooms to festival stages.
Jamie Thyer is always at home with an audience that gets his unique and refreshing message.
Jamie Thyer ............ an artist with a proud history ................ and an exciting future.

Few bands these days are in such great demand as the worried men, why?
" impeccable live reputation" - Venue
" Brilliant" - AWOL Bikers Magazine
" These boys can show 'em all a clean pair of heels" - British Blues Connection
" ... listen to Jamie Thyer how he raped his guitar" - Keys and Chords.

Blues, R&B, Rhythm and Blues
It just doesn't get any better than this!

BELOW THE SALT: Bristol blues merchants!

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

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





Tensheds’ audacious showmanship deftly delivers a brand of gritty, heavy, edgy blues/punk, which incorporate elements of this classical background. Back with a new album and line-up consisting of only himself on piano and Ed Wells on drums, this duo take no prisoners when they deliver what Tensheds has coined “21st Century Blues”. For the uninitiated think ‘The White Stripes meets Tom Waits via Jerry Lee Lewis’.

In 2015, this punk prince crashed back into the music scene like a cannonball. His latest album entitled ‘The Dandy Punk Prince’ released earlier this year, four years after the award winning ‘Crazy Beautiful’, is rightfully generating buzz in the press, with Classic Rock Magazine declaring “You’ll believe the hype” and Vive Le Rock hailing him a “Genius”, not to mention extensive BBC Radio play and live sessions.

Tensheds has honed his persona over many years in the time-honoured tradition, hoboing the road, supporting and guesting for the likes of John Mayall, Mick Taylor, Hazel O’Connor, Roger Chapman, The Blockheads and James Burton. Throw in recent tours with Jim Jones and Bad Seeds drummer Jim Sclavunos and what you get live is a finely tuned, electrifying and totally unique performer. It’s no wonder he’s been labelled “Jerry Lee Lewis and Tom Waits’ love child”.




RICK WAKEMAN "A Very Rare Talent", MOJO "He's Exceptional", UNCUT 4/5, Classic Rock "You'll Believe His Hype", Maverick 5/5, Viva Le Rock "Genius", Get Ready To Rock "Album Of The Year", Blues Matters "A Stunning Album", All Gigs "Be prepared to be transfixed"

Supported: John Mayall, Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones), Hazel O'Connor (5 UK Tours), Beans On Toast (UK Tour), Roger Chapman, The Blockheads, Spear Of Destiny, Paul Kelly, James Burton. Currently plays keys with Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind

Performing Rights Society - UK Unsigned Artist, Discretional Rock Award from the House Of Lords, Northern Trax Award, Blues Track of The year - Indie/Pure Rawk Awards, Celtic Connections Festival Award, World Record for Most Gigs Performing in 24 hours

Doors Open: 7.45pm  Admission:£7 on the Door

Tickets: £6 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol                               Tel 0117 9299008

Auricol Records Presents;


£6 OTD £5 ADV  7pm

Dusted Out
formed in 2015 and have developed a unique hard rock sound challenging the roots of rock from the 70's to the present day

False flags

False Flags are a brand new four-piece rock band from Gloucestershire UK, playing their own music. They make a sound which blends The Who, QOTSA, Iron Maiden, Manics and, most of all, themselves into a heady, original brew fit for parched music lovers everywhere. They have spent the last five months in a darkened rehearsal studio, perfecting the mix, and will emerge, blinking in the light and only slightly confused, to serve up the very first batch at The Thunderbolt on July 13th.


Bio: Gruff alternative punk with a keen melodic edge, drawing from a wide palette of influences. All played really loud.


5 Piece progressive/hard rock band based in Bristol


PeterPan Syndrome are a 3 piece Pop Punk/American Pie-Core band from Bristol, England. With the pounding rhythms of Rowan Derverson, sick guitar riffs of Adam Brunt, and the delicate vocals and funky basslines of Billy Glanville, they're bringing some old school girl-oriented Pop Punk to the present day music scene, to smack a smile on your face!


5 Piece progressive/hard rock band based in Bristol




PROMISES PROMISES + Saint Loe + Conor Hughes

PROMISES PROMISES: Bristol four-piece EDM/Pop band focused on movement, energy and the fluidity of sound.

SAINT LOE: Bath based popsters doing a national tour throughout July.                     'A quartet of pop rock vocal harmony talent, and masterly musicians to boot their blue-eyed ballads seethe with passion. Although you may experience a whiff of rock 'n' roll nostalgia, Saint Loe have a catchy sound, and a look that is excitingly, and authentically theirs.'

CONOR HUGHES: Totterdown based Indie rocknroll blues popsters! These guys play some awesome tunes!

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

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


The Georgia Satellites were one of the most ferocious bands of the 80’s. What set them apart from the other 100,000 bands who cranked their amps up to eleven was that their wild riffs and tanked up cries came from a band who, from the start, understood its place in the rock tradition and fought hard to solidify it with each recording.

Elektra records quickly signed the band and their first single, Keep Your Hands To Yourself, became a runaway hit. It reached #2 on the singles chart and their eponymous debut album reached the same position on the album charts.

But where the Satellites really earned their reputation was with their live shows. All those years of three sets a night paid dividends and laid waste to audiences across the States and particular, Europe, which took the band to its collective heart, a love affair that continues to this day. The rhythm section on both Dan Baird solo albums were Keith Christopher (bass) and former Georgia Satellites drummer Mauro Magellan, the duo responsible for a large part of Dan’s trademark sound.

Jump to 2007 and the band was completed by Jason And The Scorchers founder member and guitarist extraordinaire, Warner E. Hodges. The quartet released their debut album in 2008, championed by Allan Jones (Uncut), Scott Rowley (Classic Rock) and Bob Harris.In 2013, Circus Life, the long awaited follow up to the debut album, was released and attracted great reviews across Europe.

2014 saw long term bassist Keith Christopher replaced by ex Bonafide man Micke Nilsson as their touring schedule stepped up, seeing shows in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland, UK and USA. The last night of the 2014 tour saw the band play their first ever acoustic show before a sold out London audience.

Doors Open: 7.30pm

Admission:£14 on the Door

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


Meet EDITSELECT, the five-piece indie rock n roll band from South East London.

Building on their reputation acquired from extensive touring across the UK and Europe, EDITSELECT have long since shown they are worth mentioning alongside notable acts they have supported including Catfish & The Bottlemen and played in association with Bombay Bicycle Club and The Maccabees, to name but a few. 

Fresh off the release of their second EP All My Gold in 2016, EDITSELECT are back, ready to bring their particular brand of indie-inflected rock n roll to music fans across the world. 

Having released their debut EP Lungs in November 2013, DITSELECT have never looked back. Extensive airplay on XFM, BBC Radio 2, BBC London and BBC Kent and praise from influential DJS John Kennedy and Dermot O’Leary saw the rockers profile raised by shows at prestigious venues like Scala, Brooklyn Bowl and Barfly. 

Known for their engaging stage presence, EDITSELECT have played numerous festivals includingEurosonic, Reeperbahn Festival, Brownstock, Guilfest and more.

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

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

REBECCA HOSKING (Nashville, USA) + Ruzz Guitar Duo

Rebecca Hosking is a singer/songwriter that has been pounding the pavement in Nashville, TN on Music Row making her pressence known. Over the years she has collected numerous TV and movie cuts, Independent artist cuts, and major label holds as she continues to solicit her music through numerous genres and avenues. Currently promoting her latest CD release, My Mother's Child a follow up to her Love and Other Disasters CD, She is a columnist for Skope magazine. A member of the Woman's Music Business Assoc. and artist.

Ruzz Guitar Duo: Gretsch endorsed, guitar slinger hailing from Bristol UK. Playing a mix of Blues/R’n’B/Americana covers and originals, along with Joe Allen on Double Bass, they bring a set of songs that are sure to keep everyone entertained all evening!

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

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

FRANKLIN MINT + Dead Romantics + Sirens Of Titan + Rumbling Hoof

FRANKLIN MINT: From the dismembered corpse of Gargantuant emerges a new band with the same strange intensity and familiar punch-in-the-face riffs but this time wearing bunny slippers.

This exceptional band offers authentic, hand-crafted, individually numbered rock songs for discerning rock metal collectors everywhere, including the underground North Korean market.

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

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



SKATING POLLY + Hands Of Gretal + Cormorants + Civil War Ghost

SKATING POLLY: Sister duo from Oklahoma made up of Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse, formed in 2009 after a jam session at the girls’ Halloween party. After recording their debut album Taking Over the World in their living room. Their sophomore album, Lost Wonderfuls, (produced by Exene Cervenka of X and mixed by Kliph Scurlock of The Flaming Lips) was released in April, 2013. Their third album, Fuzz Steilacoom, released March of 2014 was tracked by Calvin Johnson of Beat Happening at Dub Narcotic Studio.

Raised on ‘70s punk and early-‘90s alt-rock, Mayo (age 15) and Bighorse (19) mine inspiration from artists as disparate as Johnny Cash, The Ramones, Nirvana, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Bikini Kill and saturate their own songs with a raw energy reminiscent of their musical heroes. Skating Polly takes a minimalist approach to songwriting, with the two self-taught musicians (Bighorse plays guitar, Mayo plays a guitar/bass hybrid called a basitar, and both girls play drums and piano) crafting super-catchy melodies mainly by “messing around with our instruments and figuring out how to make cool noises,” according to Bighorse. But despite their stripped-down aesthetic, their songs contain a rich emotionalism that’s at turns brutally in-your-face, gut-wrenchingly tender, and irresistibly fun. A critic described their single ‘Alabama Movies’ as “an undeniable piece of work…a knockout punch that pummels your rib cage into shrapnel shards for all its thunderous percussion, palpable tension and Kelli Mayo’s piercing, possessed vocals.”

Along with earning the adoration of Cervenka (whom they befriended after attending one of the X singer’s 2010 solo shows and playing their demos on a cell phone), Skating Polly has found fans and supporters in Rosanne Cash, Kat Bjelland and Lori Barbero (Babes in Toyland), Sean Lennon, Donita Sparks (L7), Kate Nash, John Doe (X), legendary DJ Rodney Bingenheimer and the actor Viggo Mortensen. They have shared the stage with punk legends like Mike Watt, and hit the road with indie heavy-hitters Deerhoof, Kate Nash, Flaming Lips and Band of Horses. The stepsisters typically optimize their travel time by writing songs on their ukulele.

Prolific songwriters who are constantly recording when not on the road, the duo is finalizing two new releases for 2015. In the meantime, they are hitting the road with Perfect Pussy in March. In May, they will play overseas for the first time when they tour the UK with the reunited Babes in Toyland.

Both Mayo and Bighorse are intent on ignoring what’s fashionable and staying true to their passion for challenging music with long-lasting appeal. “The musicians we’re most inspired by are the ones who keep on going and going, who devote their entire lives to coming up with new and different stuff,” says Mayo. “A lot of times at our shows people will come up to us and tell us, ‘Keep on doing what you’re doing, don’t ever stop’ and we’re just like, ‘Yeah—we weren’t planning on ever stopping.”

Power, passion and songwriting excellence.” -Kerrang!

“One of the strongest punk records in recent memory.” -Paste

“A breath of fresh air.” -Upset

“Brilliant!” -Soundlab

“A complex, diverse, incredible record, with so much heart and soul it almost hurts.” -The Punk Archive

“Skating Polly reach beyond their limits - and beyond the limits of punk rock - to achieve an inventive and compelling musicality.” -Gigsoup

“Worthy goddaughters to the original women of grunge.” -Gigslutz

Hans Off Gretal:

Cormorants: Bristol Punky folky duo!

Cival War Ghost: Bristol heavy noise punk duo with a lot of energy !

Doors Open: 7.45pm  Admission:£7 on the Door

Tickets: £6 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol                               Tel 0117 9299008

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




THE BELISHAS: Bristol based Alt/Indie band. Described as "having a significant future in the music industry" - indiekiddie blog.

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

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


Everything Else are currently making ground in the South West of England playing energetic, pop-punk shows in a number of venues.With new original songs being added to their sets on a regular basis, Everything Else are a band worth keeping up with.

Their dynamically varying shows have began to turn the heads of the live music community and the boys are relishing the early stages to their life as "Everything Else"

Everything Else - Pop-Punk from Bristol est.2016

£5 on the Door

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