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Live Music

Coffee House Sessions

Wednesdays // Balloon Bar

Every Wednesday Coffee House Sessions takeover the stage at the Balloon Bar to host free pop-up sessions featuring some of the freshest new talent in live music performances. Each week we’ll showcase different up and coming artists.

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In:Motion / Friendly Fires Live

01 December // Anson Rooms 

Summer 2018 has truly been one to remember for St Albans trio Friendly Fires. The band returned to the recorded music and live arenas this year following a hiatus, to remind us all exactly why we fell in love with them in the first place. Now, Friendly Fires return to tour some of the UK's best loved cities with some very special guests in tow. 

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DMA's

05 DECEMBER // Anson Rooms

Indie trio DMA's are heading out on a UK headline tour where they’ll flaunt the gloriously uplifting sound of their new album, "For Now". Known for their emotive indie-rock anthems, the band have been wowing crowds since the release of debut album Hills End back in 2016, and now they’re ready to do it all again!

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Avatar + Special Guests

19 January // Anson Rooms

The music is as always, rooted in the extreme, with plenty of melodic sensibility and a lust for experimentation. There is a love for intense double bass drumming, riffing and shredding of timeless dimensions alongside rough edges, slow grooves and epic storytelling for the ages.

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Soft Machine

22 March // Anson Rooms 

As part of the Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival the legendary jazz-rock band Soft Machine will take to the stage in the Anson Rooms. With sounds spanning powerful progressive jazz fusion to atmospheric psychedelia and free improvised jazz-rock Soft Machine will deliver an evening of unique and totally contemporary music. 

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Hannah Williams and the Affirmations

22 March // Anson Rooms 

Darlings of the soul scene Hannah Williams and the Affirmations will be joining us as part of the Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival. Described as the “Stomp-your-feet and clap-your-hands type of soul music that lit up the 60s and 70s” this is one not to be missed.  

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The Bristol Bluesmen

23 March // Anson Rooms 

In a unique collaboration for the Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival, six of the South West’s premier blues players will recreate the sounds of an era that saw the blues explode into the mainstream, bringing the electric guitar to the fore and changing the face of popular music forever. 

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Kirk Fletcher Trio

23 March // Anson Rooms 

Described by Joe Bonamassa as “one of the greatest blues guitarists in the world today” Fletcher is one of a new generation of young African-American blues artists. He will be performing in Bristol as part of an increased, by popular demand, blues programme 

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Ray Gelato & The Giants

23 March // Anson Rooms 

The legendary ‘Godfather of Swing’ and his world class band The Giants deliver a high energy, footstompin’ show that never fails to get a crowd on its feet and leaves them feeling uplifted and inspired. 

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The Big Swing feat: Jonny Bruce Big Band

23 March // Anson Rooms 

Dust off your dancing shoes because Bristol’s biggest swing dance is back! With music from the 16-piece Jonny Bruce Big Band playing authentic and classic arrangements from the swing era of the 30’s and 40’s. 

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Josh Smith Trio

24 March // Anson Rooms 

One of the greatest blues guitarists/vocalists on the scene today Josh Smith, even at 14 years old, was “three heartbreaks away from being a true blues genius” by Jimmy Thackery. Several years and several albums later, Smith fulfils that prophecy night after night. See for yourselves with this rare UK visit when Josh and his power trio will raise the roof! 

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Ian Siegal

24 March // Anson Rooms 

In 2019 Ian will tour an unplugged presentation of songs from his latest album All The Rage including a beautifully adapted acoustic version of the soul stunner, Sweet Souvenir. Classic Rock tags Siegal “a national treasure,” America’s blues bible “vast talent” and MOJO magazine ranks him  “the cleverest writer and most magnetic blues performer in the UK.” 

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Aynsley Lister

24 March // Anson Rooms 

Award-winning blues-rock aficionado Aynsley Lister continues his ‘Eyes Wide Open Tour’ following the release of his eighth studio album, released on October 7 2016 on Straight Talkin’ Records.   

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Lucky Peterson

24 March // Anson Rooms 

A rare visit to the UK, and Bristol in particular, is highly anticipated and will also feature, as support, many of the South West’s blues musicians at this special concert. 

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Midge Ure

4 May // Anson Rooms

Midge Ure with support from India Electric Company

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