What's On

 

ALL NIGHTS ARE FREE UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED

atm

Monday 24 November

ACCESS TO MUSIC BRISTOL SHOWCASE

Access to Music offers a wide range of music courses for 16-18s, 19+/adult, university level and for international students. Courses include Music Performance, Music Technology, Music Composition and Music Business. University level courses include Artist Development, Music Educator, Popular Musician and Session Musician Foundation Degrees and new degrees in Music Performance and Music Business.

For more info: 0330 123 3153 or contact ATM at Unit 309 Central Park Petherton Road, Bristol Tel 012755 47428

Website:
www.accesstomusic.co.uk
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
FREE ENTRY

atm

Tuesday 25 November

ACCESS TO MUSIC BRISTOL SHOWCASE

Access to Music offers a wide range of music courses for 16-18s, 19+/adult, university level and for international students. Courses include Music Performance, Music Technology, Music Composition and Music Business. University level courses include Artist Development, Music Educator, Popular Musician and Session Musician Foundation Degrees and new degrees in Music Performance and Music Business.

For more info: 0330 123 3153 or contact ATM at Unit 309 Central Park Petherton Road, Bristol Tel 012755 47428

Website:
www.accesstomusic.co.uk
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
FREE ENTRY

nile

Wednesday 26 November

CRH Music in Conjunction with The Thunderbolt Presents;

WILLIE NILE + Jefferson Grizzard

WILLIE NILE:Anyone who’s paid attention to his recent output knows that Willie Nile is currently in the midst of a creative renaissance that’s produced some of the most compelling music of his 35-year career. The tradition continued with his last album American Ride, which has been lauded by critics and fans alike.

Willie Nile's fans include Bruce Springsteen, with whom he’s guested onstage on multiple occasions, and Pete Townshend, who personally requested him as the opening act on the Who’s 1982 US tour. Other avowed Nile admirers include Bono, Lou Reed, Paul Simon, Ian Hunter, Graham Parker, Jim Jarmusch, Adam Duritz, Little Steven and Lucinda Williams, who once remarked: 'Willie Nile is a great artist. If there was any justice in this world, I’d be opening up for him instead of him for me.'

Willie's forthcoming new album 'If I Was A River' will be released on 11th November and will be available at the show!

'Willie puts life into song like only a few in the world can!' – Marky Ramone

'Willie’s so good I can’t believe he’s not from New Jersey!' – Little Steven

Website:
www.willienile.com www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ88erofN2s
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£14 on the Door
Tickets:
£12Adv + bf from The Thunderbolt and Bristol Ticket Shop Union Street, Bristol www.bristolticketshop.co.uk www.wegottickets.com http://www.crhmusic.com

daft

Thursday 27 November

SNG Promotions Presents

3 DAFT MONKEYS

3 DAFT MONKEYS: Cornish gypsy-folk band 3 Daft Monkeys’ 4-piece line-up features Athene on fiddle, Tim on 12-string guitar & vocals, Lukas on bass guitar and Richie on percussion, adding a fuller and richer sound. The band weave world music influences around classic folk melodies and their passion, intensity and sheer joy of life mixed with their infectious dancing rhythms will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. The desire to dance at one of their live shows is irresistible!

3 Daft Monkeys release their sixth studio album 'Of Stones and Bones' in 2013 - their most story-led and theatrical album to date; a compelling collection of songs that draws the listener into the bizarre and mysterious world of Cornish tales and superstitions, both ancient and modern.

Tim Ashton and Athene Roberts form the heart of the band, and during a break from gigging due to the birth of their son Arlo, Ashton turned his songwriting gaze on his adopted home county of Cornwall. The wild Celtic heritage and folklore of Kernow shines through in these songs, the roots of which delve deep, touching the stones and bones that are the fabric of this epic landscape and its wild and colourful inhabitants.

Characters are brought to life in a theatre of sound, from upbeat mischievous musings on the god of the sea, Bucca Dhu, to the tragic and heart-wrenching tale of Jenny Trayer and her unfortunate child, from tales of curses inspired by a hair-raising night in the Boscastle Witch Museum to the eccentric story of Reverend Hawker, all the colourful otherworldly life of the region is here.

In traditional 3 Daft Monkeys style, the songs hold up a looking glass to their subjects and invite us to step through, much like Alice into a Wonderland. Whilst exploring the old tales, Ashton manages to throw new light on them; in 'St Agnes the Giant Killer’ he poses the question of whether the sainted local heroine Agnes was just a cold hearted murderess? Likewise in the playful 'One and All' he considers what has happened to the elusive Cornish quest for independence.

Whilst containing the intoxicating blend of rhythms and styles that is instantly recognisable as 3 Daft Monkeys, there is also an added dimension of traditional Cornish tunes within the songs. Of Stones and Bones' is musically the most diverse album the band has produced, and the first that double bass player Lukas Drinkwater has performed on. He also lends his vocal skills making it possible for the first time to create spine-tingling three-part harmonies. To add a new dynamic impact, percussionist Rich Mulryne, has been invited to lend his varied drumming styles both to this album and the live shows.

3DM is the perfect band to engage with this mythic landscape, themselves icons of the underground counter culture of the last decade.

Website:
www.3daftmonkeys.co.uk
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Tickets:
£12Adv + b/f from Bristol Ticket Shop Tel 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

lightout

Friday 28 November

Livewire Presents:

Lights Out + Burning Memories + Francesco Fonte Band + DeadMinds + Mouri

Some of the best bands that Bristol has to offer and the excellent Francesco Fonte from London.

We also have the privilege of having BCfm's Jon Wisbey as DJ and Compere.

Lights Out (formerly City Dolls)

Burning Memories

Francesco Fonte Band

DeadMinds

Mouri

Website:
https://www.facebook.com/events/669534189825757/
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£5 on the Door

STONECOLD

Saturday 29 November

EP Launch

STONE COLD FICTION + Glue Foot + Social Glitch

STONE COLD FICTION: Bristol based alternative rock three piece band. Having formed in December 2013, Stone Cold Fiction have taken to the Bristol music scene fast, playing some of the city’s biggest venues like The Fleece, The Louisiana and The Exchange. Alongside these big-name venues, they have played a range of pubs and even a guitar shop. Stone Cold Fiction had their first headline gig at The Louisiana, following this they were asked back to headline for a second time. The band was then asked to headline The Exchange shortly after.

Stone Cold Fiction features a tight rhythm section which accompanies frantic, melodic and dirty guitar riffs, creating an altogether unique sound. Even though the band is still in its first year, they have several originals ranging from bluesy rock to upbeat/heavy to melodic indie-rock. Stone Cold Fiction are currently recording their debut EP.

GLUE FOOT:Alternative rock trio based in Bristol.

SOCIAL GLITCH: : Alt Rockers casuing a stir

Website:
www.facebook.com/events/1557479991138435/ http://m.soundcloud.com/glue-foot > > https://www.facebook.com/pages/Glue-Foot/84523325882727
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£5 on the Door
Tickets:
£4Adv + bf from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

privatevent

Monday 01 December

PRIVATE EVENT

The Thunderbolt is closed for a private event!


wordof

Wednesday 03 December

Word of Mouth Presents:

A Evening of

Storytelling in verse, prose and song!

***Free Entry*** END OF YEAR/XMAS PARTY

Word of Mouth is a free event held on the first Wednesday of the month at The Thunderbolt focusing on 'storytelling in verse, prose and song'. We aim to provide an informal atmosphere where poets, authors, artists and musicians can meet and exchange ideas. All welcome.

Website:
www.tangentbooks.co.uk
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
***FREE ENTRY***

noise annoys

Thursday 04 December

NOISE ANNOYS Presents:

NASTY LITTLE LONELY + Fauxchises + Wax Futures

A monthly cutting edge menu of alternative rock with a melting pot of ingredients mixing post-punk, alternative and noise!

Nasty Little Lonely: Bristol's industrial post-punk trio return after their triumphant headline slot in July

Fauxchisles: two-piece noise rock from Birmingham

Wax Futures: post hardcore trio from the Midlands

Website:
https://www.facebook.com/nastylittlelonely https://www.facebook.com/waxfutures https://www.facebook.com/fauxchisels
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£4 on the Door

hang

Friday 05 December

THE HANGING TREE

+ Nanook Of The North + The Kasuals + Karma Control + The Brackets

HANGING TREE:Bristol based Dirty Dark Blues Rock causing quite a stir!

NANOOK OF THE NORTH:Atmospheric Indie Quartet from Bristol.

THE KASUALS: Bristol based indie popsters where The Kinks meet the Arctics!

KARMA CONTROL: Indie Rockers with a twist

THE BRACKETS: Alt indie Rock

Website:
https://soundcloud.com/hanging-tree

https://www.facebook.com/thekasuals

https://soundcloud.com/karmacontroluk
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£5 on the Door
Tickets:
Tickets £4 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

chrischris

Wednesday 10 December

The ‘2 MANY CHRIS(s) XMAS POP QUIZ

... 8pm Start!...

Let’s get quizzical!

The Thunderbolt presents The ‘2 many Chris(s)’ Pop Quiz

Calling all you music know-alls! Chris and Chris invite you to a pop quiz like no other, pushing the boundaries of the format and redefining the genre (you can already hear Mike Read turning in his grave).

Live performance questions*, 2 many Chris(s) mini DJ sets, cash prizes, booby prizes and they even perform their own theme tune.

Come as a team or form one on the night.

£1.00 to enter – Plus you get a FREE Bic Biro just for entering.

*All questions 100% home grown and locally sourced.

Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£1 per person per team!

PET

Saturday 13 December

CRH Music Presents:

THE PETUNIA DUO + Nathan Godfery

Petunia has played two memorable previous shows in Bristol, fronting his band Petunia and the Vipers, and he's back this time with guitar ace Nathan Godfrey. Whether he's paying tribute to Jimmie Rogers, performing a unique interpretation of Edith Piaf, or showing why he's been described as a yodelling hillbilly baby of David Lynch and Nick Cave, the only consistent thing about him is that whatever he does it's probably unexpected and unquestionably brilliant.

'Hybrid musical style…edge of punk appreciation…a whole range of different styles. Incredibly entertaining'– Bob Harris – BBC 2

'Remarkable'- Bristol Evening Post

Website:
http://www.petuniaandthevipers.com/
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Tickets:
£13Adv + bf from The Thunderbolt and Bristol Ticket Shop Union Street, Bristol www.bristolticketshop.co.uk www.wegottickets.com http://www.crhmusic.com

atm

Tuesday 16 December

ACCESS TO MUSIC BRISTOL SHOWCASE

Access to Music offers a wide range of music courses for 16-18s, 19+/adult, university level and for international students. Courses include Music Performance, Music Technology, Music Composition and Music Business. University level courses include Artist Development, Music Educator, Popular Musician and Session Musician Foundation Degrees and new degrees in Music Performance and Music Business.

For more info: 0330 123 3153 or contact ATM at Unit 309 Central Park Petherton Road, Bristol Tel 012755 47428

Website:
www.accesstomusic.co.uk
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
FREE ENTRY

BLUED

Wednesday 17 December

The Agency Presents

THE BLUE DAWNS + The Sombrero Society

Rock and roll trio from York formed April 2014 and debuting at London’s This Feeling. First EP I’ve Seen The Signs In August was released after testing out the songs in small venues across England.

Summer 2014 was spent busking on the streets of the UK, building a fan base and honing performance skills, reflected in the band’s stage presence which, combined with a DIY writing/recording/promoting ethos, has let THE BLUE DAWNS present a refreshingly honest outlook on life.

Check out their regular lighthearted updates online and you’ll see why they have a rapidly expanding fanbase, catching the attention of music lovers worldwide who enjoy a seeing a band that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

With a second EP release scheduled for November, The Blue Dawns are touring England and Scotland through December.Rock and roll trio from York formed April 2014 and debuting at London’s This Feeling. First EP I’ve Seen The Signs In August was released after testing out the songs in small venues across England.

Summer 2014 was spent busking on the streets of the UK, building a fan base and honing performance skills, reflected in the band’s stage presence which, combined with a DIY writing/recording/promoting ethos, has let THE BLUE DAWNS present a refreshingly honest outlook on life. Check out their regular lighthearted updates online and you’ll see why they have a rapidly expanding fanbase, catching the attention of music lovers worldwide who enjoy a seeing a band that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

With a second EP release scheduled for November, The Blue Dawns are touring England and Scotland through December.

THE SOMBRERO SOCIETY: Bristol based Young Indie Rock upstarts!

Website:
http://facebook.com/thebluedawns http://twitter.com/thebluedawns https://soundcloud.com/thebluedawns/ http://thebluedawns.com
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£5 on the Door
Tickets:
£4Adv + bf from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

snatch

Friday 19 December

SNATCH 22-The Annual Xmas Bash

Xmas bash for South Bristol`s craziest comic indie/rockabilly popsters! Packed last year so get their early!

Website:
www.myspace.com/snatch22band
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£5 on the Door
Tickets:
£4Adv from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

regz

Saturday 20 December

The REGZ.... Annual Festive Feast 2014

The REGZ present their Annual Festive Feast for the 10th year, returning to The Thunderbolt after last years `total sell out'

This ever popular event completes the REGZ 10th year and is held as a big thankyou to all of the wonderful people who continue to support the band!

The REGZ remain Bristol's premier show band, that is made up of nine members (including a full brass section) This will be a musical journey that will take you from the golden days of Motown to the Rude Boy day's of Ska, picking up the Otis, Aretha and James Brown along the way!!

This evening will kick off your Christmas celebrations with the ultimate party, so due to the popularity of this event, it is advisable to obtain your tickets early!

Website:
www.theregz.co.uk www.myspace.com/theregs7
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£6 on the Door
Tickets:
£5Adv from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

radiocalshhy

Monday 22 December

Remembering and Celebrating Joe Strummer (1952-2002)

RADIO CLASH (Clash Tribute) + Gaz Le Punk

Radio Clash are a band that pays tribute to the music of The Clash in all its glorious, chaotic variety.

A gumbo of punk, reggae, ska, funk, soul, rockabilly, gospel and jazz magnificent!

An evening with Radio Clash is a treat for fans of The Clash, for fans of loud fast rock n roll, for fans of reggae in fact an evening with Radio Clash is just a treat. Full stop!

GAZ LE PUNK (DJ Set)

Former Viva Le Punk frontman Gaz spins vinyl from the 101ers to rare Clash through to the Mescaleros!

Website:
www.radio-clash.com
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£6 on the Door
Tickets:
£5adv from Bristol Ticket Shop Tel 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

xmastree

Thursday 25 December

XMAS DAY Celebrations..All Welcome!

12-3pm

We are please to announce the following for Xmas Day. Decking the halls and hauling the decks on xmas day. A crazy Christmas mix of vinyl and digital (CDs). No one, has a more eclectic collection of Christmas tracks!

Doors Open:
12am-3pm
Admission:
FREE ENTRY

privatevent

Saturday 31 January

PRIVATE EVENT

The Thunderbolt is closed for a private event!


petersmarching

Saturday 28 February

MIKE PETERS (THE ALARM)

Mike Peters, lead singer and songwriter of internationally acclaimed Welsh band The Alarm will this year embark on a huge 30 date acoustic World Tour, celebrating 30 years of The Alarm's distinctive Red Poppy. The exploding Red Poppy made it's iconic debut on the band's 'Marching On' single (released via the IRS Record label back in 1982) and has featured in some shape or form on every Alarm release since.

The Red Poppy Tour begins with an Independence day 'Spirit Of '76' concert in New York on July 4th, followed by dates all across Europe (including concerts on the summits of both Snowdon and Ben Nevis - The Highest Gig in Britain on August 25th), and closing at The Alarm's legendary Gathering event in Peters' hometown of Prestatyn, North Wales on January 25th 2013. The Mike Peters 'Red Poppy' Tour will carry the life affirming spirit of The Alarm as epitomised in it's flaming blood red poppy logo (which in itself is a symbol of both renewal and life) to music fans everywhere.

Outside of Mike's duties as front man for The Alarm (and more recently as guest vocalist with Scottish celt-rockers Big Country), Mike has proved himself as an inspirational solo acoustic performer and (as a two times cancer survivor), founder of what is now regarded as the world's leading rock and roll cancer charity 'Love Hope Strength Foundation'.

Mike Peters is currently preparing for the release of a brand new Alarm record �Vinyl - The Official Soundtrack Album�, to be released in 2013 with a major UK Alarm tour to coincide with 'Vinyl' - the film's British cinematic debut and remains as passionate as ever about his music, Wales and his charity Love Hope Strength.

When Mike was first diagnosed with cancer in 1995, quitting music wasn't an option and now in 2012 and in his second remission from Leukaemia, Mike is still challenging himself and his audience through music and the outreach of his charitable actions. In Mike's own words and from the title of one of his own songs `Never give it up without a fight`

And it is to this man alone we turn tonight; every bit as powerful and commanding armed with acoustic guitar, harmonica and those songs of hope, spirituality, camaraderie and lifelong friendship amongst fans; fifteen hit singles including 68 Guns, Spirit of 76, Rain In The Summertime, Strength and The Stand; five million albums sold; pioneering musicality and stage-sharing duties with Dylan, U2 and Neil Young. It all adds up, don't it? No wonder Mike Peters is a legend.

Website:
www.thealarm.com
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£18 on the Door
Tickets:
£15adv + bf from Bristol Ticket Shop Tel 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

LENE

Thursday 05 March

LENE LOVICH BAND

Detroit-born legendary post-punk pop singer Lene Lovich hit the top of the UK charts with her single 'Lucky Number' in 1979, and was crowned the 'Queen of Quirk', influencing a generation of pop and alternative acts, from Nina Hagen to Boy George, and from Madonna to Dresden Dolls. A normally reclusive figure, Lovich turned her back on the limelight after her third album No Man’s Land was released in 1982 amid disagreements with her record company about her unwillingness to compromise her groundbreaking visual style for the then newly emergent MTV.

Subsequently she has recorded only two albums in the last thirty years. Lovich’s unique vocal and visual style, along with her catchy but experimental songwriting, has exerted a huge influence over alternative pop culture and garnered her many plaudits and continued interest. She has been described as everything from 'Kate Bush on acid' to the New Wave Maria Callas'. Her hits 'Lucky Number', 'Say When', 'Bird Song' and 'New Toy' are still regular features in the clubs and radio of Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA.

In May 2012, Lene joined forces with Subterraneans frontman Jude Rawlins for a celebration of the music of German composer Kurt Weill. During the tour they hatched an idea to form a new band to take Lene’s classic material back on the road. Jude immediately recruited bassist Lydia Fischer and drummer Morgan King in June, and keyboardist Kirsten Morrison joined in July. It was a baptism of fire for the new band, after just one low-key show at London’s much-loved 12 Bar Club, their next appearance was headlining the annual Drop Dead Festival in Berlin. Since then they have, in the words of one reviewer, been 'festooned with metaphorical bouquets'.across the UK and Europe. Their UK tour in 2013 culminated in a triumphant sell-out show at London's Cargo, a feat repeated in Berlin a few weeks later at the celebrated Wild At Heart in Kreuzberg.

With new bassist Valkyrie on board, the band are back on the road in 2014.

Website:
http://www.lenelovich.net/
Doors Open:
7.30pm
Admission:
£14 on the Door
Tickets:
Tickets £12Adv + b/f from Bristol Ticket Shop Union Street, Bristol Tel 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

privatevent

Saturday 30 May

PRIVATE EVENT 2015

The Thunderbolt is closed for a private event!


privatevent

Saturday 12 September

PRIVATE EVENT 2015

The Thunderbolt is closed for a private event!


PRIVATE EVENT

Monday 14 September

PRIVATE EVENT

The Thunderbolt is closed for a private event!