Ask a seasonally-affected individual, and they’d tell you that Autumn is a time of increasing gloom. Ask a gig-going devotee and they’ll gleefully tell you that October and November are prime touring season, where any self-respecting artist feels the FOMO and knows they need to stop off in Bristol. Here are our latest Gigs of the Week.

Thursday 4th October

Lily Moore

Lily Moore + Plested – Louisiana

When Lily Moore was last in this fine metropolis, she was splendidly warming up the audience prior to James Bay at Colston Hall in June. With her I Will Never Be EP just out, she blatantly will be many things: long-term, she’ll be a force to be reckoned with; short-term she’ll be well worth seeing at The Louisiana on Thursday. More here…

Friday 5th October

Jorja Smith

Jorja Smith + Maverick Sabre – O2 Academy

If the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Stormzy are interested in your work, then it’s by no surprise that half of Bristol seems similarly up for seeing Jorja Smith at the O2 Academy on Friday night. You just need to listen to ‘Beautiful Little Fools,’ which she composed aged sixteen, to know that she emanates more chic in three-and-a-half minutes than the entire cast of The Apprentice manage in one series. More here…

Juiceboxxx + Oloff – Hy-Brasil 

Releasing an EP called Never Surrender Forever on Dangerbird Records and starting off with a track called ‘Ripping Up My Soul’ is likely to give you some linguistic clues to what excitements the output of Juiceboxxx holds in store. Having been noticeable for his spiky punk-rap, he’s certainly dabbling in more guitar-driven power-pop and indie-rock lately. More here…

Saturday 6th October

Anna Calvi

Anna Calvi + Devolicious + Ifeoluwa – SWX

Anna Calvi shreds. Not only does she wield a mighty guitar, but she also shreds as many rule books as she can, especially the one of gender stereotypes and set roles. She’ll shred your nerves for you too as she stalks every sinew and synapse. If you haven’t listened to Hunter during September, then you have October to put this right. More here…

Brutalligators + Rosehip Teahouse + Will O The Whisperer + J.C. Quick – Hydra Bookshop

Alligators are renowned for their teeth. Brutalligators, therefore, have merciless levels of bite and can take chunks out of anyone they sing about. If you’re offensive, easily offended or painfully passive and apathetic, then they’ve undoubtedly managed to fit you into the fast, furious one minute twenty of ‘You’re Brutalligatored.’ More here…

Sunday 7th October

Didirri + Herbal Tea – Rough Trade

Didirri’s birth name derives from Dadirri, an indigenous Australian word and meditation practice which means ‘deep, quiet, listening’. You can hear from his lyrics that he listens to and examines his own conscience deeply. Not only that, but his quiet musical and lyrical intensity demands that you pay extremely close attention too. More here…

Monday 8th October

Ditz

Ditz + Ugly + Pork Pie – Hy-Brasil

In literal terms, wax and fresh juice makes for a bloody unpalatable mocktail, but when it’s two local promoters, Wax and Fresh Juice, serving up a spirited three-band bill (with free entry) then it’s an intoxicating combination. Brighton’s noise-rockers, Ditz will certainly be throwing in the metaphorical Molotovs at Hy-Brasil on Monday night. More here…

Go!Zilla vs Swedish Death Candy + Agarimo – Lanes

Florence has given us Renaissance art and architecture, Dante and Botticelli, Gucci and the Vespa. But what about music? Well, you can forget about Fiorentina Turner once you’ve copped an earful of the psych-rock of Go!Zilla. Co-headlining at The Lanes are Swedish Death Candy, sounding like A Saucerful of Secrets filtered through Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. More here…

Tuesday 9th October

Boy Azooga + Man of Moon + Sock – Thekla

The name Davey Newington somehow sounds boyish and wholesome – probably some cheeky scamp who might pick the odd apple from someone’s orchard, yet will still help old ladies across the road. And so, as Boy Azooga, he retains that refreshing, forward-looking frisson where you don’t know what to expect next, while respectfully paying homage to music of past generations. More here…

The Vryll Society

The Vryll Society + Peach Fuzz – Exchange

On their album, The Course of the Satellite, released in August, The Vryll Society give us an illuminating, shimmering boost with ‘Light at the Edge of the World’. If we’re heading into the months of darkness, then don’t be down – let these Scousers oust your doubts with their lambent, ambient indie-pop. More here…

Holysseus Fly + Jausme – Gallimaufry

Names can be rather evocative. Holysseus Fly could easily be some ninety-year-old dude from New Orleans, or the earth-bound name adopted by some superhero hiding her powers beneath a menial city job. As it really is, Holly Wellington of Bristol’s own Feelgood Experiment lifts your soul skywards with some blissful, nu-jazz vibes. More here…

Wednesday 10th October

Hollie Cook

Hollie Cook – Trinity

Self-titled tropical-popster and refined reggae raconteur, Hollie Cook, returns to Bristol for the second time this year. She’s already charmed a Thekla crowd back in February, but hitting the Trinity Centre in the second week in October will surely bring fond memories of that scorcher of a July, or thoughts of stretches of sand far more exotic than Brean or Weston. More here…

Mercy’s Cartel + Ngaio + Outhouse – Thrift

Saffron Records give you an excuse to knock off work a bit early, listen to a great Bristol artist and bag a free drink on Wednesday. What’s not to like? Mercy’s Cartel is performing in store at Thrift on Park Street. Jamz Supernova’s been feeling Mercy’s vibe recently. Now’s your opportunity. The perfect way to beat the midweek slump. More here…

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