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is there any particular reason no-one has mentioned thekla as a good venue? (particularly for live indie bands?) iv seen a couple of bands there including the holloways and its a really really decent live venue - from my experience, most bands seem to play academy if they're big(ish) and thekla if they're small(ish). theres certainly no shortage of good indie anyway!

how about ramshackle on a friday night anyone?
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Reply 21
Ramshackle's OK for the first two times you go, but gets a bit tedious after that. It's a far better gig venue than it is a club venue, IMO.
WokSz
Is there like a post-hardcore/emo scene in Bristol? and do any bands, like Saosin, Thrice and Underoath tour there?


Thrice played at the Academy last January as part of their National Tour with Coheed and Cambria. I went - Thrice were fantastic, Coheed absolutely weren't.
Reply 23
WHAT? Thrice came to Bristol? They're my favorite band :smile:.
They most certainly did. To be honest, most bands pop to Bristol when doing a National tour, regardless of genre. I've also found that if a band doesn't pass by Bristol, they'll almost certainly visit Cardiff, and it's really easy and relatively cheap to pop over there by train if you're after the bigger venues.

Oh, and there will always be some metal bands playing at the Fleece or the Croft, although they won't be big bands, but it's still the same genre...
Worth mentionning that if you're a student and fancy a night of culture, the Colston Hall sells student tickets to all their big classical concerts with the BSO for only £5 which is amazingly cheap...

You can catch all us first year Muso students down there on a Thursday night, usually followed by a couple of drinks in the nearby watering holes :p:
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carodiscobear
They most certainly did. To be honest, most bands pop to Bristol when doing a National tour, regardless of genre.


Not really. Bristol gets missed out on a lot of tours for some reason. It gets a decent amount, but compared to somewhere like Nottingham, Manchester, Leeds or Birmingham it's not that great. It has got better lately with the Thekla now being owned by the Rock City people, mind.

For the record, AFAIK, Saosin have only done one tour in this country and that was the Taste Of Chaos tour, where they didn't play Bristol (there probably isn't a suitable venue here) but did play Cardiff.
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bobbob
Not really. Bristol gets missed out on a lot of tours for some reason. It gets a decent amount, but compared to somewhere like Nottingham, Manchester, Leeds or Birmingham it's not that great. It has got better lately with the Thekla now being owned by the Rock City people, mind.

For the record, AFAIK, Saosin have only done one tour in this country and that was the Taste Of Chaos tour, where they didn't play Bristol (there probably isn't a suitable venue here) but did play Cardiff.

Evidently it's not a patch on Manchester, but having lived in Leeds and Bristol, I can say Bristol gets more bands, at least at the bigger venue end of the scale (the Academy). Leeds gets a fair few up and coming bands at places like the Cockpit (similar size to the Fleece), but it doesn't really have anywhere to compete with the Academy and Colston Hall. The universities do have gigs, but not as many as you'd expect.
Reply 28
anyone mentioned the bier keller yet? Thats for all you metal heads :smile:
Reply 29
gwar are playing there soon, haha.

Anyone seeing the answer tonight at the trinity centre?
Saw them a year or two and they were amazing, definatly recommended.
Reply 30
My mates punk band will be there very very soon :biggrin:
Reply 31
At the keller?
Reply 32
uhuh
Reply 33
Trigger
anyone mentioned the bier keller yet? Thats for all you metal heads :smile:

I love the Bierkeller as a venue. Admittedly the bands I've seen there weren't metal bands (Josh Ritter, Mercury Rev and British Sea Power), but they were great gigs made even better by a great venue. I'm very fond of the place.
Reply 34
BSP are the sex!
Reply 35
They are indeed. They were spiggin' awesome. Nothing less than I expected.
Reply 36
woohooness :biggrin:
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It's British Sea Power! And a bear!

(Not the greatest quality I know, but it has the bear.

Oh, and



(Incidentally, taken at the Leeds Festival, not the Bierkeller)
Reply 38
Awesome photos.

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