Whether you’ve only read a few of these Gigs of the Week articles over the course of 2018, if you’ve read quite a few of them or, heaven forbid, all of them (thanks Mum), thank you for your support. I hope that they have occasionally been of use. Bristol’s live scene is rather splendid, and not many cities can claim to rival it. It’s got the venues, it’s got the bands and it has rather excellent gig-goers. Have a joyous Christmas. Back for more in the New Year?

Thursday 20th December

John E Vistic

John E Vistic Rock N Roll Soundsystem + Joe T Johnson + Droogs – Golden Lion

The John E Vistic Rock N Roll Soundsystem Winter Psycho Tour comes to The Golden Lion, with the promise of new material from the forthcoming album, The Moronic Inferno. We featured a live performance of ‘Psycho Death Kult (Hunter Gatherer)’ earlier this month, which ought to have both terrified you and inspired you. Dress code is black. More here…

Laid Blak’s Christmas Party + Aleighcia Scott – The Attic

Ain’t no party like a Laid Blak party. Bristol’s ‘urban heavyweights’ float like a butterfly, but sting like a bee. If you enjoyed them at The Downs Festival in September, then one more night in the more intimate surroundings of The Attic is in order. With the incredible voice of Aleighcia Scott in support, you’ll be smiling all the way. More here…

Young Echo Xmas Party – Exchange

It’s rare that anyone associates Christmas with innovation. Same old films, Christmas songs that sound like every other Christmas song and same old food-induced coma by three in the afternoon on the day itself. If there’s one thing you can guarantee from the Young Echo Crew, it’s something pleasantly different. They’re also promising special guests. What’s not to like? More here…

Saturday 22nd December

The Menstrual Cramps (photo by Mar Reyes)

Gender Fender’s XXXMas: The Menstrual Cramps + Bitch Theme + Martyrials – Canteen

Christmas time – mistletoe and wine, children singing christian rhymes? Not likely with The Menstrual Cramps leading Gender Fender’s festivities at The Canteen. Bitch Theme do a fine line in shouting and Martyrials will take it down the psychedelic synth-punk route. Three bands also come with three drag acts. I assume Cliff Richard would have a shit fit. More here…

Flag Fen + The Hysterical Injury + Shoun Shoun – Louisiana

If Druidism went electric, it would sound like Flag Fen. Named after a Bronze Age site near Peterborough, they are as elementally ancient as they are technologically modern. If you need to get 2018 out of your system, then a trip to The Louisiana wouldn’t go amiss. The Hysterical Injury launch their single and Shoun Shoun launch their EP. Plenty to look forward to. More here…

Jinglefest – Exchange

Inglefest’s seasonally-puntastic gathering offers a belting all-dayer, with two stages and mulled cider. You’ll also get Shoot The MoonJamie CruickshankSounds of Harlowe, Nicholson HealEmily MagpieSLONKLuke NederveenVinegarCat UnaThe OrnsteinsCallum McAllisterRonny MauriceMolly-Anne and Dan Mosley. Did I mention the mulled cider? More here…

Monday 31st December

Little Thief

Welcome to the Jungle: Featuring Little Thief – Mr Wolf’s

Mr Wolf’s are planning on turning their generally civilised establishment into a wild and wonderful place, with vines, creepers and what they describe as ‘bonus wildlife’. You’ll also get the leonine roar of Charlie Fitzgerald when Little Thief take to the stage. There’s face and body painting, so you could definitely do your elephant impersonation. More here…

One-Eyed Willie’s #3: Lame Judy Dench vs Splice Girls – Louisiana

A night of Bristol supergroups to see in 2019 ought to strike you as an intriguing and uplifting prospect. Splice Girls are Adrian Dutt and Andy Came of Spectres, and Alistair Shuttleworth and Silas Dilkes of LICE. Lame Judy Dench is a six-piece, including Oliver Wilde, James Rushforth of Scalping and Mr Louisiana himself, Mig Schillace. This sells itself. More here…

Monday 7th January

Nigel + Hippodrone + Dactyl Terra – Crofters Rights

In 2016, there wasn’t a single baby christened Nigel in the UK. There have been some fine Nigels over the years (Mansell, Clough, Havers, Owens) and at least one deeply-questionable one (Farage). This Nigel is a five-headed stoner-rock beast from Llantwit Major in South Wales. Make sure you learn the words to ‘Bastard’ before you go. More here…

Kimbo Nice + Fewels + The Love Handles – Mothers Ruin

Having launched their joint release with Alexander Sun at Rough Trade at the end of December, the gorgeously chilled and yet wonderfully warm sound of Kimbo Nice returns and offers some early 2019 solace at The Mothers Ruin. You can hear ‘I Like It’ below. They’re rather daring you not to like it, but you’ll find it hard to object. More here…

Wednesday 9th January

Dutch Criminal Record

Dutch Criminal Record + Cassanova + 747s – Crofters Rights

Sometimes it’s a good gig that gets you through, so there’s something poetic about listening to a band on a Wednesday night that released ‘Waiting On The Weekend’ back in August. Chichester’s Dutch Criminal Record are an indie-surf outfit that’ll certainly have you thinking that you’re no longer in the bleak midwinter, or indeed the bleak midweek. More here…

Two Day Coma + Kimbo Nice + Mae Bradbury – Louisiana

The emotive indie of Two Day Coma is a thing of beauty. Sometimes that beauty is heart-rending. Sometimes it is joyous. Sometimes it is quiet and delicate and sometimes it is loud. If you’re a fan of a well-considered lyric and of musical composition that is rich and layered, then this could be the very best way to kick off your 2019 gig-going adventures. More here…

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