CUT THROAT FRANCIS + The Minke Whales + The Mantic Muddlers


CUT THROAT FRANCIS: Cut Throat Francis sing songs about failing to be successful, responsible grown-ups on folk instruments; sometimes in swing rhythms, and mostly with upbeat Eastern European flavours. So we’re a Bristol based Balkan swing band… kind of. But they’re not folk songs in the traditional sense. We like loud and sweaty shows, even if every now and then we do slow, sad songs about ghosts or feeling sleepy. This means we play anywhere and everywhere, from house parties to festival stages. We want to sing, dance and get drunk with you, so let’s have it!  Let’s meet up in dingy cellars and soggy fields, let’s get drenched in beer and get our knees up off the ground, because what else are you doing with your evenings anyway?

THE MINKE WHALES: Bristol five-piece formed in 2009 by Edinburgh singer songwriter Stuart Reid (formerly of Shifty Disco Record's band, Seagull Strange) and bassist Neil Hughes when they discovered their collective love of recording music in allotment potting sheds.Tales of revenge, lost love and witch hunts wrapped up in sweet melodies that blend twisted folk with Reid's grizzled Scottish vocal gruff, an English nightingale and banjo laden stomping to give them a dark and brooding intoxication.

The Minke Whales released their 4 track EP ’The Women of The Barrows’

"...blessed with weight, depth and sublime melodies... quite wonderful stuff."   (247 Magazine)

"Ragged, literate, highly musical folk for raising barns to - and then raising the roofs of said barns... Reliable, festival-flavoured knees-uppage." (The Venue Magazine)

“… virtually dripping with emotion… Reid seems to be living every syllable” (Fresh on the Net)

The Mantic Muddlers combine a rich influence of sonic stylings and serve up their stories on a foundation of infectious grooves and raucous melodies... For lack of a legitimate genre, you'll be hearing Roots, Rattle & Roll!

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

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

'John E Vistic Presents: Punk Rock Babylon with CIVIL WAR GHOST + Bullybones + Turbo Island + Droogs + Leathers

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John E Vistic Presents: Punk Rock Babylon Vol.1!
An awesome night of punk rock and garage, featuring the anarchic Civil War Ghost, Bristolian garage badasses, Bully Bones, the adult slaying Droogs, the 60s inspired rock n roll of Turbo Island, plus the amazing LEATHERS from Bath, and introductions and DJ sets from John E Vistic.
Get there early and leave late!!

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

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

WE USED TO SEE THE SKY + Rowel + Interflux + Death By Magic

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WE USED TO SEE THE SKY: Playing at the Thunderbolt for the fourth time, so they must be doing something right. This bunch of misfits came together in common purpose to take on today’s messed-up world. Ostensibly an alternative rock band also influenced by electronica, they’re not one for labels.

Mike Grant’s lyrics and vocals dive head first into political uncertainty and the ever-changing maelstrom of relationship drama, while Steve Collard sears his guitar into the stratosphere to sky-write a potent mix of beautiful melodies and dark, all-encompassing FX. Below them, Holly Chapman unleashes a cavalcade of propulsive bass, while Steve Sansum holds everything together with his urgent beats. Meanwhile, Paul Wheatcroft’s keyboards soar untethered with angel’s wings before burrowing for the depths of the soul. WUTSTS take the listener on a journey that they certainly weren’t expecting and will definitely never forget. Think!!! Radiohead, Everything Everything, David Bowie, Interpol, Jack White, The White Stripes, Underworld, Portishead !

ROWEL: Rowel are an alternative rock and indietronic band based in Italy.
Rowel's new album 'COLD WAVES' is out now!
Rowel's album 'Cold Waves' is also available to download from Bandcamp:

INTERFLUX: An original band that plays alternative, Indie and rock

DEATH BY MAGIC: A fusion of spiritual sounds, haunting melodies, and emotionally driven lyrics.

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

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

Quit Yr Job Records Presents JOY + Football FC + Charivari + Sam Grudgings


With Joy having recently relaunched after moving to Bristol and announcing their new lineup, this is to be their first headline show in their new home. They will be joined by the lads from Football FC, Bath Shoegazers Charivari and Bristol's infamous Storygiver Poet (Sam Grudgings) will be kicking off the night with his ever visceral poetry.

Doors - 7:30pm
Sam J. Grudgings - 8pm
Charivari - 8:45pm
Football FC - 9:30pm
joy - 10:15pm

Tickets £3 in advance from Headfirst Bristol
£5 on the door



VALENTINA + Radio Makers + Mustard Allegro (tbc) + Glass Angel


VALENTINA: Bristol indie rockers with an ambient sound! They get better and better and now can boast some crafty songwriting chops!

RADIO MAKERS: Bristol Glam power pop


GALLS ANGEL: Sean McCrindles ace power poppers with some great songs and a recent album to boot!

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

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

FRANKLIN MINT + Black Wendy + Conspiracy of Chaplains + Doomicidal

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The Thunderbolt Presents


Four times finalists in the South West Metal to the Masses competition despite not being a metal band and with their debut album Scrage voted 6th best of 2018 by the Sunday Rock Show on BCfm radio this Bristol four-piece are coming to the Thunderbolt to play their full-on mix of prog, post-punk and everything in between. Hard to pigeonhole and even harder to pin down this will be one of the rare appearances they make this year as they work on their second album tentatively titled One Day Son, All This Will Be Theirs.

"Twisting tunes, knotty off kilter riffs and sideways lyricism.” Amplifier

"I've never really heard anything like them before, and I really don't think I'm going to...this might just be the greatest thing you ever listen to.Metallum Sub Terr

“They threaten to blow the roof off the building...utterly bonkers...daft as a brush, but utterly capitivating.” Planet Mosh

BLACK WENDY:: Black Wendy have rehearsed their 10 track set for 300 hours. This will be the inaugural gig. And what a better place than in the Thunderbolt with these artists. Expect musings about Gangster Cats, Punk rock Vagabonds, Militant Joy riders and Poetic Boxers. They're loud, loud and LOUD.

CONSPIRACY OF CHAPLAINS: Bristol alt rockers with an artful twist

DOOMICIDAL: Bath Doom metal/stoner rock/psychedelic merchants!

Open: 7.30pm Admission: £5 on the Door

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

Acorn Trust Benefit : THE FLUX CAPACITORS + Holly Carter Music + Grym + Corky & CLAYTON BLIZZARD


The Flux Capacitors are a three piece vegan rock band from Bristol. Lead guitarist Hazel Winter has headlined Reading Festival, toured Europe, and played the Glastonbury pyramid stage during her time with 80s Art Rock group The Blue Aeroplanes. These are moments she tries to hang on and hug herself to while pushing an amp through the streets of Berlin in a supermarket shopping trolley at bastard o clock in order to play a gig with a couple of 20 year old lads who have basically got her into the band because she’s Got A Car.

“The song-writing is so astute, clever, funny and off the wall that it works brilliantly. The whole artistic freedom, no commercial pressure or expectations make [debut album Courtesan] irresistible and lovably grrrreat... ...Against all the odds, despite breaking every rule in the book, even though they are weird, wired, loopy, mis-matched, wonky and strange – this is probably the best combination of wit, poetry, surf-punk, feminine post-punk blues and existential angst with added sarcasm and feedback that you will hear, this or any year” - Louder Than War

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

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

ROUND MOUNTAIN GIRLS (Australia) + Witch Doctor Blues Band + Leon Daye Band + The Dunbars

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If The Pogues, The Levellers, Mumford & Sons, and Metallica had a love child it would be Round Mountain Girls. Described as 'the finest purveyors of celtabilypunkfolkrootsgrass in the Southern Hemisphere', RMG deliver a raw, joyous energy that has graced many of Australia's biggest venues.

They’ve recently toured with THE LEVELLERS

"...they play like they own the place, never has a band seemed so comfortable on a stage”

Sam Fell - Rhythms Magazine

WITCH DOCTOR BLUES BAND:This band know how to roll a barroom. We specialize in way strong mojo, ritualistic barroom blues healing. We dispense nothing but the finest nitromethane fueled REAL blues action. THE WITCH DOCTORS know what a seventh chord is and how to use it. All that and not one shred of SRV wannabe filler. This is the real deal!

LEON DAYE BAND: Alternate Rock band from Cirencester, formed by local solo artist Leon Daye, the band perform upbeat original material.

THE DUNBARS: Bristol Acoustic / Blues and Original songs from this local popular outfit!

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

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

CLEM BURKE (Blondie) and the TEARAWAYS + Ryan Hamilton and the Harlequin Ghosts + The Orange Skies


THE TEARAWAYS: Back on our shores the band combine power pop with the influence of the British Invasion with the California Surf sound. They have had Little Steven's Coolest Song In the World (March 2019) in the Underground Garage with their tribute to the Wrecking Crew entitled "THE WRECKING CREW" - currently available on Spotify, Apple and all major streaming outlets. Co written by Rodney Bingenheimer and Clem Burke the song has been getting airplay on over 200 radio stations and services. New single "HEY JUDAS" was just banned by a radio station in Japan just in time for Easter. "Sweet Sounds of Summer" features Ron Dante from The Archies.

New album out in May 2019 will feature The Wrecking Crew, Hey Judas, Jessica Something, Here I Am, Calipopicana, What's Good For You Is Good For Me, Stuff Your Stocking, It's For Her and more - Album is produced by Ron Dante, Brandon Friesen and Earle Mankey

RYAN HAMILTON & THE HARLEQUIN GHOSTS: Trans Atlantic rock n roll band hailing from Texas and the UK. New album, The Devil's in the Detail, OUT NOW!

THE ORANGE SKIES: Premier new British Beat Group combining high octane garage rock, jangly folk ballads, a strong sense of lyrical storytelling inherited from Bob Dylan and Lou Reed and a hint of post punk via their Marquee Moon inspired guitar!

Doors Open: 7.30pm Admission: £15 on the Door

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


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“Highlight of Glastonbury” Mark Radcliffe BBC2

BEST ALBUM- Spiral Earth (Readers poll)

BEST LIVE ACT- Spiral Earth (Readers poll)

BEST LIVE ACT- Hancock Awards

With Celtic and eastern influences, the 3 Daft Monkeys’ dynamic style of world folk music reflects the global village in which we now live. Their infectious dancing rhythms lead you through a musical journey of the senses and emotions, and will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. After experiencing the band’s notoriously energetic live performance at Glastonbury Festival Mark Radcliffe declared them as one of his “Highlights of the Festival” on BBC TV coverage, and subsequently invited them to play a session on his BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. The band have also performed a live session with Whispering Bob Harris on Radio 2. Following a highly successful crowdfunding campaign in 2017, the band have released a brand new album which has received 5* reviews in both Rock n Reel and fRoots. The title track “Year of the Clown”is a social and whimsical comment on the strange and disturbing times we find ourselves in, where the ‘elected principles’ in the world circus appear to be the fools. With their quirky and original approach to music, and their passion, intensity and sheer joy of life, 3 Daft Monkeys have gained themselves a large and loyal cult following. Their music is hard to pigeon-hole, mixing and crossing many musical genres from Celtic, Klezmer, Gypsy, Balkan, Latin, Ska, Dub Reggae, Indie, Rock and even a hint of Shostakovich. 3 Daft Monkeys have always maintained an independent and cottage-industry approach to their musical career, and have gained a huge following whilst ploughing their own furrow through the music business, gaining momentum through their live performances and intensive European touring schedule. With a brand new 4-piece line-up, the band weave enchanting melodies with catchy choruses, virtuoso vibrant fiddle, rhythmic 12-string guitar, 6-string bass, bespoke hand-percussion and 4-part vocal harmonies. Fascinating lyrics of personal and whimsical observations on life, and folk tales both ancient and modern, are told within the swirling layers of their music, all with the essential catchy sing-along chorus.

The band’s diversity is reflected in the acts for whom they have been invited as special guests, including touring across the UK and Europe with the Levellers, and opening for bands such as Hawkwind, Bellowhead, Show of Hands and Dreadzone, as well as headlining their own national tours. 3 Daft Monkeys have played at a huge number and variety of festivals in the UK, including Fairport Convention’s Cropredy, Beautiful Days, Trowbridge Village Pump, Towersey Folk Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival and Boomtown Fair. Their eclectic mix of styles has drawn them a following right across Europe, and the band have headlined festivals in Holland, Germany and France. 3 Daft Monkeys have also recently joined acrobats and circus performers in the new and vibrant boutique “busking festival” scenes of Switzerland and Italy.

“The musicianship- the virtuosity, the song craft, the arrangement- is simply astonishing (Spiral Earth)

“Varied and stirring acoustic style.. Outstanding fiddle work” (The Guardian)

“Music as joyously life-affirming as this deserves a huge audience” (West Briton)

“A brilliant band… I think this is absolutely amazing” Mike Harding (BBC Radio 2)

“A veritable melting pot of styles makes a colourful carnival of sound” (fROOTS)

“Their live show strikes a quality balance of spaced-out dizziness, dance-ability and sophisticated folk music.” (Bearded Theory Festival)

Doors Open: 7.30pm   £10 on the Door

Tickets: £9Adv + b/f from Bristol Ticket Shop Tel 01179299008

THE GRATEFUL DUDES ( Grateful Dead Tribute)


Based in Leicester, in the heart of England, The Grateful Dudes have come together to play the music of The Grateful Dead in the spirit of adventure. Highly experienced in the European Dead scene, they have been playing these songs since the mid 80s in various line-ups and venues. Deadicace, The Cosmic Charlies, The Shotgun Ragtime Band, now The Grateful Dude

With a large repertoire of songs to choose from, the band is able to offer a varied set which reflects the Grateful Dead’s long playing and recording career. We are a well-known and respected band among UK and European Grateful Dead enthusiasts. At a recent gig in Cockfosters, London, we even had three or four people there who had flown over from Boston (USA, not Lincolnshire!) specifically to see us. They certainly weren’t disappointed.

Recent gigs include the Trades Club  at Hebden Bridge, the Brooklyn Bowl, London, and the Half Moon in Putney, returning to Hebden Bridge later this month, followed by three days as main act at a festival in Germany. We are then headlining the Summer of Love (again) in early August followed by playing the Wharf, Tavistock later in the month.

The band’s website is and we are on Facebook here:

Videos of the band are here:  (  and you can listen to a recent gig here (please enter zero as the purchase price and you will have access to the entire event, track by track) :  

Doors Open: 7.30pm Admission: £10 on the Door

Tickets: £9 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, High Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008

The Total Rejection New LP Launch Party!

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A Launch Party Concert for the second album release by The Total Rejection. With guests Davey Woodward and The SinicTones.

THE TOTAL REJECTION: Garage-Psych-Rock. Their first LP was released last year via their own Raving Pop Blast! Record label, and found it'self on the radio, getting ace reviews, and selling in quantities no one thought would happen in this day & age! Their new album is released on August 30th.
Like a modern day version of The Sonics, with The Who!Prisoners!Barracudas!Spacemen!Creation!Chords! - Vibes! Nice!

"The first piece of great life-affirming, trash-garage rock 'n' roll I've heard this year" (Louder Than War)

“Smashing piece of Garage rock, sounding something like The Seeds or early Love – It’s raw and raucous(Norman Records)

DAVEY WOODWARD: Indie-icon, Legend!...From the Brilliant Corners & Experimental Pop Band through to his new Winter Orphans. Tonight Davey will treat us to a rare solo performance. He is currently promoting the first D.W & The Winter Orphans LP (Tapete Records), so we may get a song or two from that, as well as his genius back catalogue. But Davey has also been known to make up songs on the spot when playing a solo show. So always expect the unexpected!

THE SINICTONES: Originators of Psycho Surf Noir, combining frantic surf beats with fuzzed-spy guitar riffs, driving ear-candy bass lines and dark menacing tones for the upside-down, misfit jiver.
Featuring songs from deep down the rabbit hole with Film Noir / B-Movie / Femme Fatale and Pulp Fiction (the books, not the film!) vocal themes.
It's Surf, but not as you know it!