Fightback Bristol

The inaugural Fightback Bristol comes to the city this February to celebrate grassroots music venues and encourage audiences to support them. Here the organisers choose some top picks from the bill...

Bekki Bemrose
  • By Bekki Bemrose
  • 11 Jan 2019
  • min read
The inaugural Fightback Bristol comes to the city this February to celebrate grassroots music venues and encourage audiences to support them.

The event has been organised by the charitable organisation Music Venue Trust (MVT) and will feature over 100 acts across 14 venues.

Gary Prosser of MTV says: 'These venues are the backbone of the live music scene in Bristol, providing spaces where artists can take their first steps, develop and grow. Fightback Bristol provides an opportunity to showcase the fantastic range of artists and venues that Bristol enjoys, celebrating the history of our music scene and supporting its future.'

MVT’s Clara Cullen added: ‘MVT was set up in 2014 to protect, secure and improve grassroots music venues. Bristol has a vibrant music community with incredible grassroots music venues. Let's celebrate them by heading down to Fightback Bristol this February. If you want to get in on the excitement early, check out this playlist we've made with some of our favourite picks appearing across Fightback Bristol.’

Please click venues and dates below to purchase tickets, and visit for more information.

Dorian Concept – No Time Not Mine
An experimental bedroom beatmaker, Dorian Concept's 'No Time Not Mine' showcases the best of his synthesized jazz funk.
The Fiddlers 15 February

White Denim – Magazin
Magazin is the smashing new single from White Denim's long overdue new album Performance. Making a much-needed Bristolian return, this track is guaranteed to get you through any February blues.
O2 Academy 12 February

Doe – Team SpiritM
Bursting out from the UK's DIY Punk scene, Doe's Team Spirit is an in your face triumph showing a band full of promise. The future of the UK punk scene is in good hands with Doe. Catch them in
Bristol to see one of the best bands in the scene.
The Exchange 14 February

Beans on Toast - Watching The World Go By
A veteran of the touring circuit, Beans on Toast's drunk folk storytelling has been enthusiastically embraced by Bristolians throughout the city. Having played Bristol many times before, Watching The World Go By is sure to be a new fan favourite.
Thekla 15 February

Poppy Ackroyd – Strata
Beautifully melancholic and atmospheric, Poppy Ackroyd's compositions create a world of instrumental delights that flicker with hidden daring. The perfect tune to unwind to. Catch her live to hear the magic in person.
Colston Hall 13 February

Leah Senior – Graves
Like capturing sunshine in a bottle, Graves is the kind jangly indie pop that needs to soundtrack your summer evenings.
Crofters Rights 9 February

Avi Buffalo – Panegyric
A bit of a curve ball choice here, Avi Buffalo's Paneyric can't really be classified, an oddball misfit of soundscapes and noises. If you're looking for something fresh and a bit different check this gig out.
The Louisiana 15 February

Cub Sport - Summer Love
Glorious melodic synthpop that's grand and heartwrenching in equal measure. Check out Cub Sport now before they become massive. Trust us.
The Louisiana 16 February

Koan Sound – Cobalt
Trippy and unnerving, Cobalt by Koan Sound is a little bit Massive Attack and a whole lot of attitude. The perfect tune to lose yourself to
Trinity 16 February

Haken - Puzzle Box
The heaviest band on this playlist and one for all your rock fans, Puzzle Box is a monster of a song. If you fancy a bit of headbanging head out to their gig.
The Fleece 17 February