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  • Quite a few. They come and go
  • Fleece
  • Fleece
  • Fleece
  • exchange, fleece, 02, the croft has closed and im glad it did the place stunk of piss, loads of local snobby bands! theres loads of others these are the main one
  • Mr Wolfs
  • The Cooler (alternative/indie - generally smaller touring bands or big local acts), Thekla (alternative/indie/electro/metal/rock - smaller touring bands and some great DJs), O2 Academy (pop/alternative/indie/metal/punk/rock - all the big bands stop here on their tours), Mr. Wolf's (jazz/funk/ska/rock), The Anson Rooms (everything - the other main tour venue for big bands), Old Duke (Jazz), Cori Tap (Jazz/Funk), The Louisiana (everything unsigned)
  • anson rooms pisses on the academy tho
  • The only music venue reli is the george hall but it is like super posh music most of the time.
  • carling acadamey, hippodrome
  • The Acadamy is a blatantly obvious venue, its next to the ice rink.
  • The Croft - best bristol venue in my opinion. Separate bar area with good bar and didicated stage and band room with decent live PA. Mr Wolfs - great noodle bar in town with live acts most night. The only venue in Bristol the bands get properly paid too which means you get lots of the better acts there for very cheap.
  • St. Georges (off Park Street) does a lot of really good jazz, classical & world music concerts.
  • The Old Duke on King Street is a truly superb Jazz pub. I particularly recommend Monday night's there - some really great trad jazz with a trumpet, trombone, banjo, clarinet and piano. Superb.
  • The Croft, Thekla, Old Duke, Louisiana, Fleece....
  • The Fleece and the Beerkeller are my venues of choice to either watch other bands or gig there myself.
  • Bristol Academy. Great!
  • The Old Duke in town or the Prom on Gloucester Road.
  • carling academy,fleece,etc
  • 2004: Bristol uni is starting to get some good acts. Bristol academy also but can be v. expensive. Colston hall for more mainstream, although it is a crap venue. hopefully we'll actually get a new concert hall at some point...
  • Louisiana small but good line ups, Fleece and Firkin is slightly bigger with probably better bands, The Old Duke in Bedminster has some of the best world class jazz in the country. Thekla has bands oin a boat in this good club
  • err... Cardiff!
  • the Prom
  • Bristol Academy, Just had the Stereophonics in
  • fleece n firkin
  • The Trinity Center is cool- a converted church how that place rocks! The Bierkeller once played host to Nirvana oh how I wish I knew it then! Check out The fleece and Firkin for local bands and various gigs!
  • the koole bar is wkd new place onpark street and also the walkabput is amazin nite out start off down stairs then later up to da club ......pretty mint!
  • Colston Hall - outdated but still has good acts The Old Duke - a bit pretentious sometimes but generally cool
  • Second the Old Duke (Eddie Martin on Sunday nights if you like that sort of thing)
  • The Old Duke, King Street. The place to go for some blues on a Sunday night, care of Eddie Martin.
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  • The Old Duke
  • we all love the fleece and firkin.
  • The prom bar on the Gloucester road is fantastic for free live Jazz on a monday evening
  • Trinity Hall was great once, no idea what it's used for now
  • Fleece and Firkin Louisiana
  • You must be joking, a few pubs that have stages but that is it
  • Place to avoid like the plague: the BAWA in Filton. Good floor, sometimes good bands, full of uni pillocks and their clones doing ceroc and thinking they're jitterbugging. No style, septic atmosphere.
  • University: Anson Rooms.
  • The Fiddlers is another good music venue, The Thekla (live and clubs), plus gigs at Trinity as well as clubs, Colston Hall (typical council owned 2000 capacity place), The Polish Club, Millionaires' Club, The Albert Hole pub (wickedly good jazz venue), The Brewhouse pub, Malcolm X Centre, The Inkworks, The Bierkeller (urggh - only mentioned in the interests of being comprehensive), The Victoria Rooms and The Watershed occasionally ... and I've missed a few.
  • The best place for real, live, Irish music, and even spontaneous dancing, too, is the Kingsdown Vaults, on Kingsdown Parade, in Cotham. Go there if you are friendly and unpretentious!
  • The Thekla - good for dance type bands eg The Egg.
  • The two best Live music venues to play and attend are The Fleece and Firkin, St Thomas St, just south of Bristol Bridge and The Fiddlers in Bedminster. Both hold about 400 people and have a great atmosphere and good quality control on the bands playing.

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