List of bands from Bristol

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This is a list of notable music groups, musicians and singers from, and associated with, the English city of Bristol and its surrounding areas (including North Somerset, Bath & North East Somerset, Western Wiltshire, and South Gloucestershire).


  • Angel Band - John Coveney and Andy Price. Original material, singer songwriter band - usually 8 piece with Country/Irish/Americana bent. Headlined Ashton Court festival for two years.
  • Another Unknown 1980–1982, New wave/punk band, lisa Hodges-vocals, Ian Griffiths-Guitar, Chris Rundell-Bass and Paul Devonshire-Drums. Split in 1983, since reformed with Lisa and Ian from the original line up with Rob Colledge (Mayfair) on bass and Nick Clinch on Drums.
  • The Agents: Post Punk band (1980–1983). In 1981 they released in Germany the single and album called 'Everybody's Gonna Be Happy'. They split up in 1983, with members Richard Snow, Dave and Steve Libby going on to form Force Majeure.
  • Airbus: Rock band (1987–2002), formed by Nick Davidge, James Childs, Chris Fielden and Simon Hedges. They released three LPs, but their most notable recording was 'Airbus Reconstructed' on the B-side of Portishead's 'Sour Times' single.
  • Rodney Allen: Guitarist and songwriter. Released the Happysad LP on The Subway Organization in 1987, and after a brief spell in The Chesterfields joined The Blue Aeroplanes.
  • Andy Fairley, poet and singer in Fish Food (with Howard Purse), The Birth of Sharon (with Howard Purse) and produced a solo album (System Vertigo) for on U Sound. Retrospective album, Fish Food Vs The Birth of Sharron, released 3 February 2013
  • The Alligators: Rock n Roll and 60s rockers. Formed by Alan Griffiths in the 80s as (predominantly) an Elvis tribute act. The band has evolved over the years into a punchy, no nonsense, harmony driven, professional 5 piece. Current line up is: Tony Graham (Lead Vocals, Harmonica, Percussion). Robin Fry (Piano, vocals) Nick Pallett (Lead guitar, vocals). Grahame Osborn (Bass Guitar, vocals). Julian Hankins (Drums). They have, in 2015, released their 4th album "It's (not)Only Rock n Roll"
  • Animal Magic: 1980 – 82 Brassy sextet led by vocalist Howard Purse, Punk funk hardcore dance floor sensibility. Two sessions for John Peel and two singles for Recreational Records. Contributed one track to 'Touchdown' compilation on Fontana.
  • Apartment: Post Punk band (1979–1980) released double A-sided single 'The Car'/'Winter' in 1980 on Heartbeat Records also featured on the 1979 Bristol compilation album 'Avon Calling'. A live album 'Live in Bristol' (compiled by Dave Massey - see below) has been released online via in the summer / autumn of 2019.
  • Lauren Aquilina: Singer / songwriter and pianist born in Bristol who had three self-funded hit singles from 2012–2014. Now signed to Island Records, she is currently recording her debut album.
  • Art Objects: New Wave "Art band" (1978–1981). Fronted by Bristol Beat Poet Gerard Langley, brother John Langley on drums, dancer Wojtek Dmochowski (all later of The Blue Aeroplanes), plus bassist Bill Stair and guitarists/brothers Jonjo and Robin Key. They released two singles, and the album 'Bagpipe Music' on local label Heartbeat Records.
  • Armchair Committee: Alternative Rock Band (2011–present). Notable for reviving Coach House Studios, home to Massive Attack and Portishead's earliest recordings.[1]
  • Aspects: Hip Hop group (1996–present). The outfit's core members are emcees El Eye and Mantis, producer Specify and beatbox Monkey Moo.
  • Axial View, Pop Punk/New Wave band, consisting of Richard Webber on Vocals, Chris Hewitt on Guitar, Will Tavener on Guitar, Sam Hughes on Bass and Kieran Gallop on Drums, in 2015 they released their debut EP titled 'Await Rescue'.


  • Bad Company UK (Formerly Bad Company) Formed in 1998. One of the most influential Drum and Bass groups / artists of all time, and their single called "The Nine" has been voted as the greatest drum and bass single of all time.
  • Bad blood, formed in 1996 by jon springer and nick ellis, released ignorance is bliss on German label campary records 2003 [2]
  • Badlake Hill, an alternative rock band formed in 2016. Musically reminiscent of Queens of the Stone Age, Biffy Clyro, Nine Inch Nails and Royal Blood.
  • Bananarama, 80s all-female group.
  • Geoff Barrow: Producer, songwriter and instrumentalist (born 1971). Founder member of Portishead. In 1991, he assisted on the recording of Massive Attack's breakthrough album Blue Lines.
  • Beatnik Filmstars : Lo-Fi Noise pop band (1990–2008)Signed to MERGE RECORDS.
  • Beat Route 38: Bristol based Hip Hop group originally formed by two MC's – Truck and Gee Swift. Mr Fantastic joined as DJ shortly after and 4th member Dr Krome joined a couple of years later as 2nd DJ.
  • Babyhead: Ska/Hip Hop fusion band formed 1998 and still gigging.
  • Acker Bilk: Clarinetist and songwriter (1929-2014). Best known for his 1961 UK hit single, "Stranger on the Shore", which also became the first British recording to reach No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1962.
  • Black Roots: A roots reggae band from the St. Paul's area of Bristol, formed in 1979. Their first (self-titled) album was released on their own Nubian label, and the band was commissioned by the BBC to write and record the theme song to the sitcom The Front Line. They released several other albums before they stopped touring in 1990 and officially disbanded in 1995.
  • The Blue Aeroplanes: Art rock guitar band (1983–present). Formed out of the ashes of Art Objects, over its lifetime the band has had a fluid membership, with the two constants being Gerard Langley as "singer" and Wojtek Dmochowski (dancer). The band became the official owners of The Fleece live music venue in May 2010 after bassist Chris Sharp purchased the lease.
  • Blue Side of Midnight 1982–1986. A Rock band formed 1982 that gained a strong following and toured both the UK and Europe.
  • Blue Riverside - "Here was a Bristol guitar band brimming with ATTITUDE – brash, snotty, hi-octane, and totally stellar." Live album compiled by Dave Massey (see below) released via
  • Beki Bondage: Rebecca Louise Bond, singer and musician (born 1963). Came to prominence as a member of Bristol Punk Band Vice Squad.
  • The Bohana Mouse Band: Jazz Funk band with Paul Owen (Vocals), Martin Tutton (Guitar), Paul Onslow-Carey (Drums), and Jon Fifield (Percussion). They were the first release on Circus Records with their 12" single 'F', in 1981.
  • Pete Brandt's Method: Large jazz-funk band led by Pete Brandt. Their only single, ‘What You Are/ Positive Thinking’ was released on Fried Egg Records in 1980. Pete Brandt is now producing melodic acoustic folk.
  • Boppity Bop: 1982–1984. Formed by lead vocalist Dawn. A female-fronted 1950s/1960s rock 'n' roll band. Featuring: Dawn Inch (founder/lead vocals) Gary Bacon (lead guitar/lead vocals) Mike Perry (bass guitar/lead vocals) Kevin Fitzsimons (Drums). Boppity Bop soon became one of Bristol's top club/cabaret bands.
  • The Brass Disciples: The Brass Disciples were born out of a collective love of New Orleans brass bands. Playing a lively mix of well-known tunes. Member numbers range from 15-24 and the ensemble typically contains trumpets, trombones, saxes, horns, tuba, and percussion. The Brass Disciples are a popular Bristol Festival band.
  • Breakbeat Era: Short-lived British project, that combined the breakbeat talent of drum and bass producers, Roni Size and DJ Die, with the vocals of singer Leonie Laws.
  • Brent Ford and the Nylons: Bristol based Punk / Rhythm 'n Blues band from the late 1970s, featuring Keith Warmington – harmonica and vocals, Steve Payne – guitar and vocals, Chris Green – guitar and vocals, Phil Topham – bass guitar, Paul Taylor – drums.
  • The Brilliant Corners: Indie band that encompassed a variety of musical styles over its lifetime (1983–1993). They released a series of albums and singles, including one for the charity Mencap, called Brian Rix. Subsequently, Davey Woodward and Chris Galvin formed the Experimental Pop Band in 1995.
  • Brockley Forest: Bristol Rock duo (2012–present). Notable for filming their music video 'Rubicon' inside the notorious Strachan Henshaw Block.[3]
  • Bronnt Industries Kapital: Musical project based around producer and multi-instrumentalist Guy Bartell. They have released three studio albums, 'Virtute et Industria', 'Häxan' and 'Hard for Justice'.
  • Thomas Brooman: A drummer and along with Bob Hooton, a record label owner (Wavelength Records), magazine editor (The Bristol Recorder) and founder of WOMAD. He co-founded Real World Records with Peter Gabriel in 1987, and was appointed a CBE in 2008; he was named in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his services to music and to charity.
  • Angelo Bruschini: Rock guitarist who has been a member of The Numbers, The Rimshots, The Blue Aeroplanes, and now Massive Attack. He produced Strangelove's eponymous album in 1997. He also played guitar on Jane Taylors' award-winning single "Blowing This Candle Out" in 2003.
  • Danny Byrd: Drum and Bass DJ, producer and musician from Bath. His first record release was in 1998, a 12" single entitled 'Manhattan'.
  • Pete Byrne: Songwriter and singer (born 1954, Bath, Somerset). Originally part of the short-lived group Neon with Rob Fisher. Both went on to form the pop duo Naked Eyes, and had a hit record with their cover version of "Always Something There to Remind Me".


  • Candado Palado: Pop punk semi novelty band (1977–79) which supported many of the better known bands of the time including Cortinas, Shoes for Industry, Joe Public and The Spics.
  • Cassette Culture: Lo fi indie rock band (2010–present)
  • Cauda Pavonis: Death Rock. dark wave Gothic rock band, formed around the core due of husband and wife team Su and David Wainwright. 1989–present. Have issued six full-length albums and numerous eps and singles.
  • The Cautioners: A new three-piece alternative rock band just started to burst into the music scene with their new explosive EP, "Conditional Identity". More EPs and live performances are sure to follow as they were recently signed by Scylla Records.
  • Chaos UK: Hardcore punk band (1979–present). Originally signed to Riot City Records, they have toured the world and released numerous albums and singles.
  • Chaotic Dischord: Punk band (1981–1988). Initially formed as a joke, by members of Vice Squad and their road crew, to prove a point to Simon Edwards of Riot City Records. They subsequently went on to be one of the label's best-selling acts.
  • Chapter One - The Band: Jazz Funk Fusion Outfit from Bristol in the UK playing all original music and songs in the early to late 1990s. Founding members from the song writing duo DOD.
  • The Chesterfields: Indie pop band from Yeovil, Somerset (1984–1989). They garnered Indie Chart Hits for their singles and albums on Bristols' The Subway Organization label, as well as their own Household label.
  • Chikinki: Funk band that evolved into electro-pop (1996–present). Originally signed to Bristol label Sink and Stove Records who released their debut album Experiment with Mother, they then joined Island Records, but were later dropped.
  • Children: On/off doom rock duo exploring and embodying real negative feelings. Influences include early music, folk, post metal, math and grunge. Members well known in the Bristol music scene having been involved with almost everybody's projects at some point.
  • Gary Clail: Rap singer and producer. Part of On-U Sound Records and led Gary Clail's Tackhead Sound System. His 1991 single 'Human Nature' released as Gary Clail On-U Sound System reached No. 10 in the UK chart.
  • Claytown Troupe: An alternative rock band from Bristol, Bath, and Weston-super-Mare, England. (1984–1993, 2004–present). Formed by lead singer Christian Riou. They have produced albums for Island Records and EMI.
  • Climie Fisher: Pop duo (1987–1990), formed by former Naked Eyes keyboardist Rob Fisher and vocalist Simon Climie. They are best known for the 1987/88 hit singles "Love Changes (Everything)" and the hip hop-styled remix of "Rise to the Occasion".
  • Concrete Contraption: Rock band (1979-1980). Formed by the Nash brothers, Simon and Jonathan (guitar and keyboards respectively), with Francis Kirkham (guitar), William Ng (drums, from the Bristol Youth Orchestra) and Robin Laney (bass). Incredibly short-term singer, Mark Jones (two rehearsals, late 1979), went on to become a multiple award-winning author, having worked out very quickly that singing was not his forte.
  • CPR Music Collective: A group of hip-hop/electronic artists who had several releases including Back Pocket Beats (2005) and New Thang (2008). The artists include: Madkut, Lonesine, AudioH, Lounj Brown, Principle/P_Quincy, Jimmy Shiver, Trixta & B-Bop.
  • Russ Conway: Pianist and composer (1925–2000). He had a cumulative total of 83 weeks on the UK Singles Chart in 1959, including two number one records: ‘Side Saddle’ and ‘Roulette’. He appeared as himself in French and Saunders' 1994 Christmas special, playing 'Side Saddle' in their spoof of The Piano.
  • Roger Cook: Singer and Songwriter (born 1940, Fishponds, Bristol). Has written many hits, usually with his writing partner Roger Greenaway, for themselves and other recording artists. Was a member of The Kestrels, David and Jonathan and Blue Mink.
  • The Cortinas: Originally started as a R&B Band, but is more famous for its punk and new wave incarnations (1976–1978). Featured bassist Dexter Dalwood, guitarists Mike Fewings, drummer Daniel Swan (Sneetches) and future Clash member Nick Sheppard. They split up in the same year they released, on CBS, their debut album, 'True Romances'.
  • Colonel Kilgores: A visual live act and recording artist who released a 12-inch single 'Colonel Kilgores Vietnamese Formation Surf Team Napalm Blues'
  • The Cougars: Rock instrumental group (1961–1964). They had a modest UK hit in 1963 with the single, "Saturday Nite at the Duck-Pond", which was based on a small section of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, and was consequently banned by the BBC.
  • Crescent: Alternative band whose music is described as slow, minimalistic and melancholy (Early 1990s onwards). Shares members in common with Movietone.
  • Cridge (DJ Producer): DJ on the Rave scene, with a diverse musical outlook who went on to join Up Bustle & Out in the mid 1990s and also form various drum & bass/dubstep offshoots alongside Suv from Reprazent.
  • Crow hailer: an indie/folk band from Bristol, England. Their debut album was released on Velvet Antler Records in 2012.
  • Adge Cutler: Alan John Cutler Scrumpy and Western singer and songwriter (1930–1974). Originator of the description Scrumpy and Western music, and founder of The Wurzels in 1966. Best known for his minor UK hit single in 1967 (and unofficial West Country Anthem), 'Drink Up Thy Cider'.
  • Johnny Carr and the Cadillacs: They had a minor hit in 1965 with 'Do You Love That Girl ? ', but their claim to fame is that they gave Gerry And The Pacemakers the idea of recording 'You'll Never Walk Alone' when both bands were performing nightly in the Hamburg clubs. Johnny Carr would bring the house down when closing his show with this number, so Gerry decided to record it as a follow-up to ' I Like It' in 1963.


  • Day One duo from Bristol first LP Ordinary Man,2nd LP Probably art 3rd lp Intellectual Property
  • Daddy G: Grantley Evan Marshall (Daddy G) DJ and singer (born 1959). Former member of The Wild Bunch and founding member of the band Massive Attack in 1988.
  • David and Jonathan: Name used by Bristolian pop duo Roger Greenaway and Roger Cook after The Kestrels. They wrote the songs "This Golden Ring" and "You've Got Your Troubles" for the group The Fortunes. In 1966 they teamed up with George Martin and did a cover of The Beatles' "Michelle", which was a hit single in both the UK and the US.
  • Robert Del Naja: Also known as 3D or "D". Artist, vocalist and musician (born 1965). Originally a graffiti artist and a member of The Wild Bunch, Del Naja went on to become a founding member of the band Massive Attack.
  • Dave Massey: Former member of H.A.M (see below) and Soliloquy (see below)who went on to become a music journalist for NME, Sounds, Melody Maker and other publications; worked with local bands The Escape, Wadi Vision, Hey Belaba and The Royal Assassins; moved to London and was A&R Manager at Chrysalis Music and Creative & International Director at Hit & Run Music Publishing, signing several acts and songwriters who went on to have major UK and international success. He consults for and has curated and produced a compilation of local 1980s pop acts ('This Is 80s Pop - Out West) including liner notes written by him, and has also contributed liner notes to studio albums by Apartment and Love Jungle. Live albums by The Royal Assassins, Blue Riverside, The Escape and Apartment, and studio recordings by Bath's popsters Wadi Vision, and Bristol goth quartet Our Violet Hour put together and produced by him have been released via the site. He also contributed tracks by several local reggae acts that have subsequently appeared on Bristol Archive's reggae compilations.
  • The Death of Mr. Smith – Five piece grunge/alternative band. Founded by Orlando Collins (Vocals and Guitars), Tom Armstrong (Guitars), Theo Gardner (Guitars), Alex Perkins (Bass), Gabe Palmer (Drums).
  • Devious: Commercial Hard Rock (1993–1996). Mike Blakemore (Vocals), Phil Rossitor (Guitars), Andy Muse (Bass), Lee Godbert (Drums), Paul Godbert (Guitars, 1993–1994).
  • DJ Die: Daniel Kausman, formed a partnership with Jody Wisternoff (who later formed Way Out West with Nick Warren). He was a core member of Reprazent and later in 1998 became one third of Breakbeat Era.
  • DOD - The Band: Song writing duo from Bristol in the UK.
  • Disorder: Hardcore Punk band (1980–present). Bass guitarist Phil Lovering (of The X-Certs) joined the ever-changing line up in 1982 and has remained the only constant member since then. Their own label Disorder Records was an offshoot of Heartbeat Records.
  • Dollhouse: Seminal post-post-punk band from Bristol (2012-), combining garage, krautrock and post-punk. Will Ainsley (guitar), Nick Browning (bass), Zak Thomas-Akoo (singer), Tom Stevens (drums).
  • Double Vision: A mix between Ska and Reggae (1979–1981). Melanie Dicks (singer), Dan Stevens (guitar), Hilda Ash (bass guitar) Ed Ash (guitar) Neil Mcdougall (percussion).
  • Dragons: Indie rock band (2005–present). Formed by singer Anthony Tombling Jr and drummer David Francolini, the band also includes Adam Coombs (synthesizer), Calvin Talbot (guitar), Will Crewdson (guitar) and Jim Fage (bass). Their debut album 'Here are the Roses' was released in 2007.
  • Dr Meaker Drum N Bass, Dubstep, Regaae 7-piece band 2001–present. The band consists of Clive Meaker (Keyboards, synths), Lorna King (Vocals), Ben Wood (Sax), Rob Childs (Bass, Double Bass), Jon Winder (Trumpet). Album A Lesson From The Speaker was released on 17 November 2008 and followed up with an EP The Acoustic Sessions.
  • Drift Disorder: Indie rock band (2012–present). Formed by the bass player and singer Naui T. Serra, the guitarist Arnau Giribet "A.G" March and the drummer Jordan Andrews.


  • The Eagles: Instrumental rock band (1958–1964) formed at the Eagles House Club in Bristol. In 1962 Ron Grainer (composer of the Doctor Who theme) had them contribute to the soundtrack of his film 'Some People', about a fictional Bristol band not unlike themselves.
  • Earthling trip hop band (1990s). They produced several singles, 12"s and two albums (the first album, 1995's 'Radar' had scratching and guitar by Geoff Barrow of Portishead, and the second 'Humandust' was (released in 2004 after they had split).
  • East of Eden, a progressive rock band formed in 1967
  • Electric Guitars: Esoteric pop/funk band (1979–1983). After initially recording singles for local labels (Fried Egg Records and Recreational Records) and contributing live tracks to the first edition of The Bristol Recorder, the band was signed to Stiff Records. They released in total five singles and two post break-up albums (one download only).
  • Manny Elias: Drummer and songwriter (born 1953 in Calcutta, India). Originally a member of the pop/rock band Interview from Bath, in 1982 he began working with Tears for Fears on the albums The Hurting and Songs From The Big Chair, and has co-writing credits on "The Way You Are" and "The Working Hour". He left Tears for Fears in 1986, and has provided percussion on albums for such artists as Peter Gabriel, Peter Hammill and Julian Lennon.
  • Matt Elliott: Guitarist and singer playing dark folk music, also producer and remixer. Until 2001 he produced and recorded under the name The Third Eye Foundation.
  • Rob Ellis: Robert Damian Ellis (born 1962) is a rock drummer, producer, and arranger. He is best known for his work with PJ Harvey, with whom he has been most closely associated as producer, arranger and musician since 1990.
  • The Escape: Post Punk-Goth band (1981–1984) formed by Alan Griffiths & Emil from Apartment with bassist Stuart Morgan. Released one single on their own Volatile Records label. In 1983 signed to Phonogram Records / Mercury Records & released two singles. A live album 'Live in 1982' (compiled and with liner notes by Dave Massey - see above) has been released on CD and online via in the summer / autumn of 2018.
  • Europeans: New wave band (1977–1979). Their self-titled single 'Europeans' was the second release on Heartbeat Records. Jon Klein, guitarist, went on to form Specimen and later played with Siouxie & the Banshees.
  • Evita: Melodic metalcore band (2006–2009). They released their debut EP in 2007 on Bristol-based label Glasstone Records, and an album in 2009 on Basick Records.


  • Faeland:[4] Indie-folk/acoustic band (2017–Present), fronted by Rebecca Nelson (vocals, guitar) and Jacob Morrison (guitar, ukulele, banjo). The duo usually play live with Martin Solomon (harp, fiddle, accordion) and Lizzie Tucker (double bass). Their debut album, All My Swim, was released in January 2018 to critical acclaim.[5]
  • FAB208: long-running Glam Rock band (1991–Present). Managed by Tim Pinton and featuring Alan Longbottom, Karlos Sultana, Dozy Powell and Jim Dairy-Lea. Line-up guests have included Derek Longmuir (Bay City Rollers) and John Springate (The Glitter Band). Former members include David Chastity, Shim Shimmer, Ron Sparks, Mungo Teddy, Roy Wooden, Dr. Terry Tinkle, Hank Starvin, Peter Frampton-Cotterell, Mick Ronseal, Steve Hardly and Rudi Snapshot... amongst others.
  • The Fans: Guitar band (1978–1980). Consisting of George Smith, Barry Cook, Tony Bird and Rob Williams, their first release was an EP with ‘Giving Me That Look In Your Eyes/Stay The Night’ and a version of Jim Reeves' song 'He'll Have To Go'. A second single in 1980 had 'You Don't Live Here Anymore/Following you'.
  • FEDERATION: 7 piece vocal harmony band 1968–1978. Soul,Motown,Reggae,Pop. Consisted of Marilyn Ross and Roger Whatley (Alias Woffle) on lead vocals,Frank Chlebko vocals/saxophone, Several lineups during this time. Bev Guard guitar (later to join Mcarther Park) Pete Picket guitar, and Alan Holmes guitar/vocals (later joining The Scottish band Marmalade)John Mileham on Keyboards/vocals, Paul Ross on base/vocals, Kieron Ross drums/vocal.Singles release with EMI "Scallywag" "Gimme That Sweet Sweet Magic" "Glove Puppet" Numerous appearances on BBC Radio 1, ITV, with appearances mainly around Europe.
  • Rob Fisher: Rob Fisher (1956–1999) was a British keyboardist and songwriter from Cheltenham. His early bands included The Xtians and Whitewing, and in 1979 he joined up with Pete Byrne in Bath to form Neon. He achieved chart success in the UK, Europe and North America as a member of Naked Eyes (again with Pete Byrne), and later Climie Fisher (with Simon Climie).
  • Fish Food. 1980 - '81. The best band to ever come out of Bristol.
  • Fire at William: A hardcore punk metal band (2011–present) there single is out soon "Another Face In The Crowd" with a E.P to follow.
  • Five Knuckle: A punk and hardcore band, popular within the UK punk scene and active between 1998 and 2005.
  • The Flatmates: Indie pop band (1985–1989). The band's core members were Martin Whitehead (Guitar) and Debbie Haynes (Vocals). Initially, the band also included Kath Beach (Bass guitar) and Rocker (Drums). They released five singles, all of which featured in the UK Indie Chart Top 20.
  • Flying Saucer Attack: Experimental space rock band (1992–2000). David Pearce and Rachel Brook were core members.
  • Force West: Formed early 1960s from a combination of 'Danny Clark and the Jaguars' and 'Johnny Dee and the Diatones' Charlie Dobson (Danny Clark), Adrian Castillo, John 'Sid' Phillips, John Strange and Mike Hewer. Hewer was replaced by Brian Trusler. Morphed into 'Shakane' after the departure of Charlie Dobson in 1973.
  • Force Majeure: Electronic dance band (1983–1986). Included ex-members of The Agents (English band) and featured as part of the Farian Corporation on a German top ten charity recording of 'Mother and Child Reunion'.
  • Fuck Buttons: Two-piece experimental electro-noise duo (2004–present). Consisting of Andrew Hung and John Power, their debut album 'Street Horrrsing' was released in 2008.
  • Fresh Milk: Hardcore Punk band (2007 – present). Consists of Mark Roscow (Guitar), Jack Murphy (Vocals), Thaddaios Yianni (Bass), and Barnabas Yianni (Drums).
  • Fear of Darkness: Signed to Heartbeat Records and released their debut single in September 1984 – a three track 12 inch EP.(Single of the Week in Melody Maker).
  • Frozen Food: Funcore Metal band (1988-1992). Definitive lineup consisted of Chris Evans (vocals), Phil Williams (guitar), Karl Hemmings (bass) and Neil 'Woody' Woodsford (drums). Infamous for blanket-flyposting of Bristol town-centre before each gig, and their anthem 'Mr. Silly's Got a Funny Hat'.


  • Beth Gibbons: Singer and songwriter (born 1965, Exeter, England). She moved to Bristol at the age of 22 and is best known as the vocalist of Portishead.
  • Glaxo Babies: Post-punk group (1977–1980 & 1985–1990). They released four singles and four albums, and recorded two sessions for the BBC's John Peel.
  • Gonga Hard rock band (1997 – present). Signed to Invada Records.
  • Graduate: New wave/Mod revival band from Bath (1979–1981). Most notable for having future Tears for Fears duo Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal as members. In 1980, they released an album, "Acting My Age", and a single "Elvis Should Play Ska".
  • Gravenhurst: Gravenhurst (1999–2014) was a vehicle for the music of singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Nick Talbot and was signed to Warp Records.
  • Roger Greenaway: Singer and songwriter (born 1938, Fishponds, Bristol). Has written many hits, usually with his writing partner Roger Cook. Was also a member of The Kestrels and David and Jonathan.
  • Will Gregory: Songwriter and keyboardist (born 1959). Best known as part of electronic music group Goldfrapp. In the 1980s and 1990s he performed with artists including Tears for Fears, Peter Gabriel, The Cure and Portishead. Gregory also played the oboe for Tori Amos and has recorded with Paula Rae Gibson.
  • The Groove Farm ; (1986–1990) Indie pop Garage band, part of the C86 scene. Best known for Indie hits : Surfin' Into Your Heart & Heaven Is Blue.


  • H.A.M Duo comprising Brian Hore (keyboards and other instruments) and Dave Massey (see above) (drums and other instruments) influenced by Soft Machine, The Nice, Frank Zappa and Deep Purple. Material now available for view on YouTube and will be on music sites via Massey's Visceral Thrill Recordings imprint in 2020
  • Head: Rock/proto-trip hop band (1987–1989). Included Nick Sheppard from The Cortinas (and briefly The Clash), and Gareth Sager. They released three albums in total.
  • Heavy Lungs - punk band created in 2017.
  • The Heads: Stoner rock band (1990–present) that have released seven albums, numerous EPs and singles. Between 1995 and 1999 they recorded three John Peel Sessions.
  • Herb Garden – Acid punk outfit active 1985 – 1994, issued three full-length albums and numerous ep's and singles.
  • Horse Lover Fat (HLF, hxlxfx): Math punk duo (2012–present) from Chew Valley, South Bristol, currently residing SE London. Multi-instrumentalist members Barnabas and Thaddaios Yianni are well known in many musical guises in and around Bristol and the South West.
  • Nellee Hooper: DJ, producer, remixer and composer (born 1963). Member of The Wild Bunch and known for his work with Björk, No Doubt, Gwen Stefani, Madonna, Garbage, U2, Sneaker Pimps, Soul II Soul and Massive Attack.
  • Hot Dog Jacksons Rockin' Boogie Aces: Original concept by Bob Pedrick and Guy 'Lurch' Taylor. First show at Moles Club in Bath early 1979. The core of the band were Bob, Guy, and Frank Aust with a fluid rotation of other members including Les Grogan and Ken Jones (Bass), Steve Chandler, Andy Haycock, Kevin Newton and Neil Taylor (Guitar), Malcolm Sadler and Ray Columb (Sax). The show was developed by Brian Popay who acted the part of "Hot Dog" for a while, and Frank Aust. "Guest appearances" from other notables including Manny Elias and Phil Crowther (Interview) Chris Goulstone (Bronz) to name a couple were regular occurrences. Bob quit the band in 1984 to join Shakane and Frank assumed the persona of "Hot Dog". He still performs under the guise occasionally.
  • Wayne Hussey: Singer, songwriter and guitarist (born 1958). Best known as the lead singer of The Mission and guitarist with The Sisters of Mercy.
  • Hundred Strong: Soul/Funk/Hip Hop/Reggae infused project from producer Ben Dubuisson. Mr Fantastic joined as DJ in 2003.


  • IDestroy - punk rock band (2016–present)
  • Idles - punk rock band (2009–present).
  • If?: Indie-dance band from the late 1980s and early 1990s. Comprising former JoBoxers members Sean McLusky and Robert Marche, along with Paul Wells. They recorded singles 'Everything And More' and 'Saturday's Angels' on MCA Records.
  • Ilya: trip hop/downtempo duo (2004–present). Consisting of Joanna Swan and Nick Pullen, their track 'Bellissimo' used a short film starring Martin Freeman as the accompanying music video.
  • Illusion: Indie-dance band from the early 1990s. Heavily guitar and bass driven, with massive psychedelic rock and funk influences. Formed by Nick Porter, Chaz Craik, Derek DiGiovanni and Richard Mizen - with occasional dancer, Matt Bird.
  • Indigo Listen: Electronic band (1983–1986). Ally Patterson-Fox, Neil Bailey, Steve Thomas and John Furlong.
  • The Insects: Instrumental rock/soundtrack duo (1996–present). Tim Norfolk and Bob Locke were former members of Startled Insects and apart from co-writing songs for Massive Attack they wrote the soundtrack to the film Love and Death on Long Island, and received an Emmy for the documentary Life at the Edge.
  • Interview: Five piece pop/rock band (1977–1981). Formed by Pete Allerhand, Alan Brain and Jeff Starrs in Bath, they added Manny Elias and Phil Crowther to complete their first line-up. They were signed to Virgin Records, and between 1978 and 1981 released two albums and four singles.
  • Isola: Four piece instrumental/prog-rock/post-rock band (2009–present). Formed by Nick Borrie (Guitar/Keyboards), Ben Marshalsea (Guitar/Keyboards), Chris Newton (Bass), and Ben Tuckwell (Drums).
  • Immersed Earth: Crushing Progressive Heavy Metal band (2008–Present) Formed by Rich Hawkes (Drums/Percussion) Allister Budd (Guitar/Vocals) and Al Riglin ( Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals). later joined by Bass guitarist James Geoghegan in 2009


  • Jaguar: Heavy metal band, part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement (1979–1985 & 1999–present). Formed in Dec 79 by Jeff Cox and Garry Pepperd. Guitarist Garry Pepperd has been the only constant member throughout the bands numerous line-ups. Their debut album 'Power Games' was released in 1983.
  • JoBoxers: Pop/soul band (1981–1985). Formed when ex-Subway Sect members: guitarist Rob Marche, keyboardist Dave Collard, bassist Chris Bostock and drummer Sean McLusky, teamed up with American singer Dig Wayne. The band's debut single, 'Boxerbeat', peaked at No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart. Their next hit 'Just Got Lucky' made the UK Top 10 and US Top 40.
  • Jack: (1976–1979) Power Pop/Rock
  • Jet Chapeau (1989-1991) Acoustic Band covering most English and American genres. Chris Green - Guitar and Vocals, Bill Barraclough - Guitar and Vocals, Stuart Gordon (RIP) Violin and Vocals. Chris Green emigrated to Oregon U.S.A. in 1991. Residing and performing in France since 2007.
  • JetKing: Indie rock band with heavy electronica (2006–2011). Initial line-up was Nick Church, Vaughn Atkinson and Andy Thompson. Drums were provided by a drum machine until Mark Griffin joined the band on drums in 2008.
  • Jingu Bang: (2019–present) Funk band with jazz influences formed by Jethro Tull drummer Scott Hammond. Other bank members: Ruth Hammond - saxophone, Talk box & Vocoder vocals and Bass clarinet; Dale Hambridge - Fender Rhodes, Keys; Lisa Cherian - percussion; Greig Robinson - Electric bass
  • John Curzon and the Editors: 2013–2016. Dub/folk fusion band from Bower Ashton.


  • K-Passa: Manic Squeeze-box driven Cajun Folk Rock. Formed in 1988, and recently reformed with a new rhythm section.
  • Nik Kershaw: Singer-songwriter (born 1958). Born in Bristol, he grew up in Ipswich, Suffolk. He had a number of hits during the mid-1980s, including a total of 50 weeks on the UK singles chart in 1984. He also wrote the 1991 UK No. 1 hit "The One and Only" for Chesney Hawkes.
  • The Kestrels: Vocal harmony quartet (1955–1965). Initially a trio of Tony Burrows, Roger Greenaway, and Roger Maggs, they later expanded to a quartet with the addition to Jeff Williams. The group were in great demand as backup singers for other popular acts of the time, but never had a hit record themselves. In 1964 Roger Cook joined as a replacement for Pete Gullane, and this was the start of a very successful partnership he had with Roger Greenaway.
  • Kick City: Rock-Pop Band. 1986 lineup: Richard Angell, David Loach, Geoff and Sally Everett. Single: Still Life released 1987, Cover Your Eyes: added to Bristol Archive Records CD This is 80's Pop Out West 2017.
  • The Kick Inside: Indie-Pop band (2007–2012). Consisting of Sean Guest, Thomas Aherne, James Dyke and Alexander Piper. Releasing records on Big Pink Cake Records and Oddbox Records.
  • Kit Lear: Singer-songwriter, acoustic guitar. Folk/indie pop. Beautiful lyrics and melodies. Born and lives in Bristol, performs mostly in the Chew Valley.
  • KOAN Sound: Dubstep, Drum and Bass, Glitch Hop, Neuro Funk, Neuro Hop. (2008–present) The duo consists of Will Weeks and Jim Bastow.
  • Kosheen: trip hop, drum and bass, rock group (1999–present). The trio consists of producers Markee Substance (Mark Morrison) and Darren Decoder (Darren Beale), with singer and songwriter Sian Evans. Their first album, 'Resist' was released in 2001 and reached No. 8 in the UK album chart. The name of the band is a combination of the Japanese words for "old" ('ko') and "new" ('shin').
  • The Korgis: Pop band (1978–1982, 1985–1986, 1990–1993, 2005–present). Originally composed of singer/bassist James Warren and singer/drummer Andy Davis, both former members of 1970s band Stackridge. Their 1980 single, 'Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime' was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • Krust: Keith Thompson or DJ Krust, is a drum and bass producer and DJ (born 1968). Part of the Reprazent collective, as well as releasing his own solo material.
  • Kubrick: Hardcore punk band active 1992 - 1999. One single "Rodeo" on Rocket recordings.


  • Laws of Motion: Bath/Bristol based alternative rock band.
  • Gerard Langley: Bristol Beat Poet, frontman and lyricist for Art Objects (band) and The Blue Aeroplanes. His "singing" style is similar to that of Bob Dylan.
  • Alex Lee: Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (born 1970). Played guitar and keyboards for The Jade, The Coltraines, The Blue Aeroplanes, Strangelove, Suede, Placebo and Goldfrapp amongst others.
  • Lupine Howl: Rock band (1999–2003). Formed by Sean Cook (vocalist, bassist), Mike Mooney (guitarist) and drummer Damon Reece, when they were sacked from Spiritualized by Jason Pierce. Two albums were released before they broke up.
  • Rita Lynch: Musician & singer-songwriter, also a member of the Blue Aeroplanes contributing guitar & backing vocals.
  • Last Rights: Pop Punk. Have supported the likes of The Blackout, Elliza Doolittle and are featured on Radio One.
  • The Lost Boyz. formed by Jeff Cox (Jaguar) and Fred Hale, 'Diamond Dust' album released on Communique records in the USA.
  • The Love Reggae Band - Five piece reggae band playing lovers rock and reggae with a positive vibe
  • The Lust: Punk Grunge band formed in 2002 and disbanded in 2005. Thomas Wellicome (Vocals, Guitar), Pete Carpenter (Guitar, Vocals), Gareth Powell (Drums), Luke Worgan (Bass)
  • Los Conios (The Cunts). A provocative and punk fuelled alternative rock 'show'. Known for bizarre on stage characters, an insane manager, their 'Sexy times' fanzine newspaper and their turbo charged staged show.
  • Light: 1990s lo-fi, folk, psychedelic, soundscapes, home made recordings released on Vinyl through the independent label Wurlitzer Jukebox associated with other bands of the era like Flying Saucer Attack.
  • Lice - Angular Post Punk four-piece (2015–present).


  • MacArthur Park, Radio One sessions band, 1969 -
  • The Mallards
  • Mayfair : 1978–1983 New wave, Mod revival R&B, Jon Locomotion Bass/Vocals, Rob Colledge Guitar/Vocals, Conway Wynn Jones Drums
  • Massive Attack: trip hop/electronica Band (1988–present). Originally consisted of DJs Grantley Marshall (Daddy G or "G"), Andrew Vowles (Mushroom or "Mush") and painter-turned-MC Robert Del Naja (3D or "D"), who met as members of The Wild Bunch.
  • MJ12 The Band : ACID ... Nuff Said.
  • Maximum Joy: Post punk jazz/funk group (1979–1983). Formed from three members of the Glaxo Babies (Tony Wrafter, Dan Catis and Charlie Llewellin), with singer Janine Rainforth and John Waddington from The Pop Group. Their debut album 'Station MXJY' released in 1982.
  • Meet Your Feet []: 9-piece all women's band playing original songs. A mixture of soul/jazz/rock with tight rhythms and harmonies.
  • Ménage à trois: current line-up is Ryan Kenning, Ricky Martin & Stuart Lockyer a Folk/Bluegrass/Pop Fusion with Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar.
  • Mesh : Synthpop/SynthRock Duo (1991–present). Mark Hockings - vocals, guitars, keyboards, programming, lyrics and Richard Silverthorn - keyboards, programming, backing vocals. Mesh are joined by Richard Broadhead - Keyboards, backing vocals and Sean Suleman - Drums for their live shows.
  • The Merics - 4 piece punk pop band from North Bristol. Released 7" single Imaginary Girlfriend on Trash City Records in 2000. Went to be played on John Peel. The Merics gigged extensively from 1999 until their break up in late 2001.
  • Metropolis: 1981 – 1982. Synthpop/new wave group. Russell Thomas – guitar/vocals, Steve Libby – Kybds, Geoff Fulton – bass, Simon Phillips – drums.
  • Mike Brandt: The Lead Singer from Chapter One - The Band. ( A Man from the valley's ).

Magic Mirror: known as one of Bristols longest standing Rock pop covers bands early years 3 piece with great harmonies and later adding keys with additional vocals. Also unusually fronted by drummer lead vocals.

  • Mirror Mirror: Technical Hard Rock/Metal (1989–1992). Formed by Sy Keeler (ex-Onslaught, Vocals) and Andy Muse (Bass) with Rich Akbar (Guitars), Dettmar E Otto (Drums, later Lloyd Coates) and Alan Jordan (Guitars, later Matt Evas).
  • Monk & Canatella: trip hop/breakbeat duo (1994–present). Their second album 'Do Community Service' included artwork from local graffiti artist Banksy. Portishead included a track titled "A Tribute to Monk and Canatella" on their 1995 CD single "Sour Times (Nobody Loves Me)".
  • Movietone: Post-rock band (1994–present). Core members are Kate Wright and Rachel Brook (now Rachel Coe). Their 2003 album 'The Sand and The Stars' was recorded almost entirely live on a beach.
  • Mr Fantastic: Hip Hop DJ and Producer from Bristol – part of Beat Route 38 and also solo artist. Harvey's Bristol Cream LP (2011), All The Critics (2011) and What U Rhymin' 4? (2012).
  • Last Rights: Pop Punk. Have supported the likes of The Blackout, Elliza Doolittle and are featured on Radio One.

Mike Starr & The Citizens - 60s band, playing in Germany at The Star Club and various other bands era of The Beatles, biggest gig Colston Hall


  • Naked Eyes: Synth based pop band (1982–1985 & 2006–present). Consisted of childhood friends Pete Byrne on vocals and Rob Fisher (1959–1999) on keyboards.
  • Neon: Keyboard/Guitar band from Bath (1979–1981). Rob Fisher joined up with singer Pete Byrne to form the band, and their first single "Making Waves/Me I See You" was released on their own 3D Music label. The band later went on to recruit Neil Taylor, Manny Elias, Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal, before they finally broke up in December 1981.
  • New Rhodes: (2001–present): Indie band consisting of James Williams, Joe Gascoigne, Jack Ashdown and Tim Desmond. In 2006 they released their first album "Songs From The Lodge" and in 2009 released their second LP, "Everybody Loves A Scene".
  • The Numbers: Nick McAuley, Angelo Bruschini, Wayne Kingston and Lee Gardener. The band recorded for Heartbeat Records with the tracks "Cross-Slide" on the Avon Calling LP and "Alternative Suicide" on the four Alternatives EP (Pulse 4).
  • Newton's Falling: Pop Rock group, current line up consists of Josie Newton (Vocals/Guitar), Jamie Hoyte (Keyboard/Vocals), Kurt Swain (Bass) and Dale Booker (Drums) 2014–present


  • Onslaught: Thrash metal band initially active from 1983 to 1991, and then reforming in 2004. The band initially drew influence from second wave punk rock bands such as Discharge and The Exploited, and then adopted a straightforward thrash metal sound.
  • Roland Orzabal: Roland Jaime Orzabal de la Quintana is a musician, songwriter and record producer (born 1961). He is known mainly as a co-founding member, with Curt Smith, of Tears for Fears where he is the main songwriter and vocalist.
  • OPE : One of the few live Psy-Trance / Techno bands from Bristol in the 1990s.


  • Panic Office: A four piece progressive outfit formed in 2004 with members from Bristol and the surrounding area.
  • Pentworth's People - Popular 1960s Band from the late 1960s
  • Pigbag: Post punk/funk band from Cheltenham (1980–1983). They included ex-The Pop Group bassist, Simon Underwood. Scored a UK No. 3 hit with their 1982 single 'Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag'.
  • John Perry: Played in many Bristol bands till moving to London and forming The Only Ones with Peter Perrett. Best known for their single Another Girl, Another Planet.
  • Phaeleh: multi-instrumentalist, producer and DJ (2008–present). Produces cinematic electronica with roots in dubstep, garage, and house.
  • The Pigs: punk band (1977–1978, 2009–present). They recorded the Youthanasia EP for New Bristol Records in 1977. These and other tracks were re-released by Bristol Archive Records in 2010.
  • Pigsty Hill Light Orchestra: Folk/Scrumpy and Western band (1968–1979, 1988–1992). An eccentric band formed in early 1968 to play a fusion of comedy, jazz, and folk music, they also featured an eclectic mix of instruments, some of them home-made, such as the egg-cupaphone and the ballcockaphone. They also provided backing for Fred Wedlock on his album, The Folker. They disbanded in 1979, but in 1988 reformed with singer Hannah Wedlock (Fred's daughter).
  • The Pop Group: Post punk band with jazz influences (1978–1981). Featuring singer Mark Stewart, Gareth Sager and Dan Catis (who replaced Simon Underwood). The band split in 1981, after legal wranglings and internal disagreements. Members of the group went on to form bands including Pigbag, Maximum Joy, Head and Rip Rig & Panic.
  • Portishead: trip hop band and purveyors of the Bristol Sound (1991–present). Consists of Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons and Adrian Utley. Their 1994 debut album Dummy reached No. 2 on the UK Album Chart and won the 1995 Mercury Prize.
  • Press!: Pop funk punk 7 piece from Bath with stand up drummer, two bass players and two vocalists, 1985 EP IcePink, 1986 EP Another Pasta.
  • Propellerheads: An electronic act from Bath who had a hit album in 1998, complete with the hit single "Bang On!".
  • Purgatory: Grunge/New Romantic band (2005–2006).
  • Pushing Daisies: Pop Punk Bristol band (2014–present) who write about their girlfriends and stuff. The drummer is also known to have had an affair with the drummer of Dearist.
  • Private Dicks: New wave punk band, Formed in Bristol 1979. Appeared on the two Heartbeat compilations Avon Calling. Released single "She said go" June 1979 and later released on the Cherry Red compilation album I'll give you my heart 2003. Released album called Homelife on Japanese label 1977 records in 1999, Album "Homelife collection 1979 /80" on Italian label Rave up records, Single "Exiles in Neverland " released 2014 on German label Queen Mum records.Split up in 1980 the original line-up reformed to promote the re-release of the Avon Calling compilation release on CD. Have since played throughout Europe and released a second single 'Exiles in Neverland' Also known for appearing on some celebrated punk bootleg albums released worldwide in the 1990s. Original line up reformed and touring. The Band; Gavin King (ex Uncle Po), Mark "Sybs" Seabright, Huw "Shugs" Davies and Paul "Guivey" Guiver.


  • Quinton: Indie band, made up of Andy Woodward (brother of Davy Brilliant Corners Woodward) – vocals Tom Adams Beatnik Filmstars and The Fauns – Steve Yabsley (ex-Rorschach and BBC presenter) and Hugo Morgan who later went on to join The Heads.


  • The Reaction: Mod/Psychedelic band 1985–1988. Members: Kim Atkins: Drums, Dave Atkins: Bass and Backing Vocals, Nick Cotton: Rhythm Guitar, Harmonica and Backing Vocals, Sean Thomas: Lead Guitar, Organ and Lead Vocals, John Pickford, additional Guitar, Tambourine and Lead Vocals (1987-1988).

Records released on Waterloo Sunset and Unicorn Records. Toured extensively within the UK receiving BBC Radio 1 airplay via D.J's John Peel and Andy Kershaw, and national music press coverage.


  • Santa Cruz: Pioneering Bristol indie band formally known as Rorschach. Released LP Way Out in 1997
  • Savage Heart: Commercial Hard Rock (1986–1989). Nik Gaye (Vocals), Dee Stevens (Guitars), Andy Muse (Bass), Jake West (Keyboards), lee Godbert (Drums).
  • Shakane: Adrian Castillo, Brian Trusler, John Strange and John 'Sid' Phillips. From 1973 until 1984 they delivered a number of singles and two albums. Chart success in Scandinavia with 'Big Step' written by Adrian. Eventually renowned as the house band at the 'Towns Talk' on the Bridgewater Road. John left the band in 1984 replaced by Bob Pedrick from Hot Dog Jacksons Rockin' Boogie Aces. The band finally retired in 2014.
  • Andy Sheppard: Jazz saxophonist and composer (born 1957).
  • Nick Sheppard: Guitarist and songwriter (born 1960). Came to prominence at the age of 16 with punk band The Cortinas, with recordings on Step Forward Records and CBS. After they disbanded he was a member of The Viceroys and The Spics. After The Clash sacked Mick Jones in 1983, Sheppard toured America and Europe with them and played on their final album 'Cut the Crap'. He then joined up with Gareth Sager to form Head.
  • Shoes for Industry: Crystal Theatres' anarchic “house band”. Fried Egg Records was formed to release their two singles, and an album called ‘Talk Like A Whelk’.
  • Roni Size: Ryan Williams (Roni Size) is a music producer and DJ (born 1969). He came to prominence in 1997 as the founder and leader of Reprazent, a drum and bass collective. They won the Mercury Prize for their album "New Forms" in 1997.
  • Curt Smith: Musician and songwriter (born 1961, Bath). Best known for his work with Roland Orzabal as Tears for Fears. Smith and Orzabal met as teenagers and formed their first band at school, then went on to form the ska influenced Graduate. They were also session musicians for the band Neon. Smith has released three albums as a solo artist, the last two in association with guitarist-producer Charlton Pettus.
  • Smith & Mighty: drum and bass/trip hop duo (1987–present), consisting of Rob Smith and Ray Mighty, with Peter D Rose. Their early work included breakbeat versions of "Walk on By" and "Anyone Who Had a Heart", by Burt Bacharach/Hal David.
  • Sneaky Bat Machine: Cybergoth band (1997–2000). The band consisted of Sneakybat (aka Ross Tregenza), Evil C (aka Crash 303, aka Clive Lewis), and Maxislag (aka Max Niblock). In 2000 the band changed its name (to Goteki), and its musical direction to 'lo-fi phuturists'. They released a number of albums before disbanding in 2006.
  • Sons of Liberty (2014–present). Original rock band taking their influence from the classic and modern Southern Rock bands. Formed by Fred Hale (guitar) and Andy Muse (guitar) with Rob Cooksley (vocals), Mark Thomas (bass) and Steve Byrne (drums). The band released two EPs in 2018: ...Shinola and Aged In Oak and a debut Album in 2019: ANIMISM (Roulette Records). The band are currently performing extensively across the UK.
  • Sophie Hosken-Taylor: a singer songwriter of "nostalgic folk pop", signed to Shabby Cabin Records and originally from Yate, Bristol.
  • Soliloquy: Trio involving later concert promoter, Kevin Draper (keyboards), later Baton Rouge bassist, Mike Dixon and drummer Dave Massey - see separate entry above. Their music was a blend of jazz-rock, psychedelia and rock with the main gigs by the band being at the Corn Exchange and Victoria Rooms. An earlier quartet version (heavily influenced by Soft Machine, Egg and 'Extrapolation' era John McLaughlin) featuring Dixon and Massey, along with guitarist Rob Vickery, and violinist Tony Mallet, made various home and live recordings that will be viewable on YouTube and available online via Massey's Visceral Thrill Recordings in 2020.
  • Specimen: A Glam Goth band (1980–1985 & 2006–present). Guitarist/vocalist Jon Klein was formerly in the band Europeans, and later went on to work with Siouxie & the Banshees. Although their record output was not prolific, they are credited as one of the pioneers of the Gothic movement.
  • The Spics: Short lived Big-Band, notable members included Nick Sheppard on guitar, Thomas Brooman on drums and Wendy and Sarah Partridge on backing vocals. The Spics released their only single 'You and Me/Bus Stop' on Wavelength Records in 1981.
  • Spiro, a band who emerged in 1993 from the Bristol session scene, combining folk, Celtic, minimalist, ambient and dance influences. They reached a higher level of fame when Peter Gabriel signed them to his world label Real World Records.
  • Stackridge: The band mix folk, pop and progressive rock with quirky humour (1969–1976, 1999–2000, 2007–present). Formed by Andy Davis and James "Crun" Walter, their debut single was Dora the Female Explorer. They played the first and last notes at the first ever Glastonbury Festival in 1970. James Warren and Andy Davis went on to form The Korgis.
  • Stanton Warriors: Breakbeat duo Dominic Butler and Mark Yardley (1997–present). They are a DJ and producer team of Breakbeat electronic dance music. Their name was originally conceived from one of the warriors tripping over a "Stanton Warrior" draincover on Tower Bridge, London.
  • Stantz:Bristol based multi instrumentalist / producer and performer composing a mixture of world sounds with contemporary dance music such as garage, dubstep and IDM
  • Startled Insects: Synthpop/Rock band (1983–1996). Originally a collective of three producers/multi-instrumentalists (Tim Norfolk, Bob Locke and Richard Grassby-Lewis), they were commissioned by the BBC to produce music for two of their wildlife documentaries.
  • Stereo Models: New wave band (1971–1981). The Stereo Models song 'Move Fast-Stay Ahead, released on the Bristol compilation album Avon Calling in 1979.
  • Steven and the Possetts, alternative rock band (2011–present). Fronted by Steven Possett, the rest of the band consists of Patrick Fenton and George Dibble, both on guitar, James Goodyer on bass and Tom Dean on Drums.
  • Mark Stewart: Vocalist, songwriter, and pioneer of industrial hip-hop (born 1960). Founding member of The Pop Group, after their split in 1981 he recorded as a solo artist, and with The Maffia. He has been a major influence on Bristol's eclectic music scene where he blended diverse genres of dub, funk, punk, techno, and electro noise along with political lyrics.
  • The Stingrays: New wave band (1977–current). The line-up included, amongst others: Russ Mainwaring, Chris Bostock, Sean McLuskey, and Bill Stair. Current Line up is Russ Mainwaring (guitar/vocals), Paul Matthews (bass) and Richard H. Meredith (drums).
  • Strangelove: (1991–1998). The initial line up was: Patrick Duff (vocals, guitar), Alex Lee (guitar, keyboards), Julian Pransky-Poole (guitar), Joe Allen (bass) and David Francolini (drums). Francolini played two gigs with the band, before being replaced by John Langley, then Nick Powell (keyboards) joined in late 1995. Their 1996 single 'Beautiful Alone' reached No. 34 in the UK Chart.
  • Steve Street: Bassist with Europeans, and later joined Apartment, then briefly Interview. He recorded demos at his studio (GBH) for The Pop Group and the Glaxo Babies, and subsequently went on to engineer and produce a number of other Bristol-based bands including Electric Guitars, The X-Certs, Vice Squad and The Blue Aeroplanes.
  • The Strates: Alternative Pop/Rock Band (2013–Present). Line-up including Nat Shervington (Drums/Vocals), Oli Pickering (Guitar/Vocals) and Jedd Sprosen (Bass/Vocals).
  • The Struts: Punk band (1977). Adrian Hulbert (vocals) Nick Rippington (guitar/vocals) Geoff Fulton (bass) Kevin Norton (drums). Possibly the first punk band from Yate and Winterbourne.
  • Soundsmith: 1990s melodic, lo-fi, psychedelic tracks and soundscapes, home made recordings released on Vinyl and CD through the independent label Wurlitzer Jukebox and Enraptured Records. Associated with other bands of the era like Flying Saucer Attack, Amp and Light.


  • Talisman: Multi-racial Reggae Band who provided Recreational Records with their very first single and UK Indie Chart hit (#17).
  • Jane Taylor: Bristol-based guitarist, pianist, songwriter and vocalist. Jane won the UK and International Songwriting Competition in 2003 with her song "Blowing This Candle Out".
  • TC: drum and bass producer and DJ Tom Casswell.
  • Tears for Fears: Pop rock duo from Bath (1981–present). Formed by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith after the break-up of New wave/Mod revival band Graduate. They were initially called History of Headaches, but the change in name was inspired by the Primal Therapy theory, developed by the American psychologist Arthur Janov; in 'Prisoners of Pain' (1980) Janov suggested "tears as a replacement from fears".
  • The Dirty Drugs: Alternative, prog rock. Formed by Jamie Ashley, Paul Watson, Richard Murphy and David Granburg. (1996 - 2002) 5 Track EP recorded - "Nest of Wires" by Latch Productions.
  • The New Manifesto: Indie Rock/Alternative Bristol band.
  • The Third Eye Foundation: Electronic music band (1996–2001).
  • The St Pierre Snake Invasion (TSPSI): (2010–present) post-hardcore/garage/punk/alt/rock. Featuring Damien Sayell (vocals), Szack Notaro (guitar), Patrick Daly (guitar), Mark Fletcher (bass) and Sam James (drums).
  • Torpedo (1981-1985): Reggae band from Bristol formed by Junior Simpson (vocals), Paul Cox (lead guitar), Elvis Johnson (bass), Martin Gay (drums) and Denis Brown (sax).
  • The Torr (1996–present) Formed in Bristol by Jon Steadman and James Trotham who are the principle songwriters. Other members include Neil Berry (lead guitar), Paul Coles (bass) and Alan Miller (bass). Original material released via iTunes and other online distribution networks
  • The Carny Villains, 6-piece stomping swing circus show band. Storming stages and creating music for circus and theatre with The Invisible Circus since 2009.
  • TLi (2006–present) 3-piece Punk group formed of Jack Higgins (Guitar/vox), Wes Herat (Bass/Vox) & Emily Witham (Drums)
  • Tricky: Adrian Nicholas M. Thaws is a trip hop rapper, lyricist, musician, producer and actor (born 1968). Originally involved with The Wild Bunch and Massive Attack, his 1995 debut album
  • Turbowolf: Rock band formed 2008 with a sound that has been noted as containing elements of rock and roll, psychedelia, punk rock and electronica.
  • Two in a boat: Acoustic duo from Knowle. Recent winners of Live and Unsigned 2010, they played at Glastonbury in June 2010
  • T Minus 50: Electronica/rock band formed by TV/film composer Timo Baker in 2005. Album "Digital Scars" released in 2008 – several tracks used in the CSI: NY series.


  • Ultranova: '80s referencing 4-piece synthpop band that spearheaded a 1980s pop revival between 2007/08 with their 21st century take on the genre. The band garnered much underground attention due to their "embed-your-head choruses" (Julian Owen, Venue Magazine) and thoughtful lyrics on minor hits "The Games We Play" and "Sol Jacker".
  • Unity Station
  • The Untouchables: R'n'B band like Dr. Feelgood. Wilko Johnson produced their single 'Keep on Walking/Keep Your Distance'.
  • Up, Bustle and Out: Musicians and recording artists (1994–present), consisting of DJ D. "Ein" Fell (also known as Clandestine Ein), producer-performer Rupert Mould (also known as Sêenor Roody)and Dave Cridge (Beat Keeper and mainstay tour DJ). Their music combines jazz, hip-hop and funk, but with distinctly South American and Cuban influences.
  • The Undead: A five piece Bristol punk band. Al Scarlett, David Simmons, Martin Hamm, Phil Hamm, Richard Denning), formed in mid-1981.
  • Ushti Baba, Gypsy Jungle Turbo Folkstep, a mixture of Eastern and Western European folk music with Jungle, Drum n Bass and Dubstep rhythms. They are originators and pioneers of Gypsy Jungle Turbo Folkstep, the title of their first EP. Band members: Gerry Barnett: Cajon, Darbouka, Cello, Vocals. Henry Edmonds: Bass, Vocals. Jack Salt: Beatbox, Jassy Seagull: Accordion, Vocals. Sam Ford: Guitar, Clarinet, Vocals. Sam Garrard: Banjo, Spanish Guitar, Vocals. Simon Alexander: Trumpet, Vocals. Ursula Billington: Violin, Vocals.[6]


  • Various Artists: Pop band fronted by Jonjo Key, brother Robin Key, bassist Christian Clarke and drummer John Langley. Released a track on Avon Calling, a Fried Egg Records single and the 'Solo Album' LP on their own label.
  • Valis Ablaze: Progressive Metal band (2012–present). Formed by drummer Rich New and guitarist Ash Cook. Released an EP themselves.
  • Vice Squad: Punk band (1978–1985 & 1997–present). The original group formed from two other local punk bands: The Contingent and TV Brakes, and included songwriter, vocalist and Punk Pin-Up Beki Bondage. They set up Riot City Records with Simon Edwards, and it became one of the major punk labels of the era. Their 1981 debut single "Last Rockers" sold over 20,000 copies.
  • The Viceroys: Rock band including Nick Sheppard and Mike Crawford, their only release was 'Angels in the Rain' on the Fried Egg World Tour EP, which was sold exclusively at gigs. The Spics went on to play 'Angels in the Rain' at their very last appearance, on the BBC West TV arts show RPM.
  • Joe Volk: solo artist signed to Invada. Debut album 'Derwent Waters Saint' was recorded and produced by Portishead's Adrian Utley. Original singer for Bristol band Gonga. He is the lyricist and singer in Crippled Black Phoenix.
  • Andrew Vowles: DJ and songwriter (born 1967). Originally in The Wild Bunch and founding member of Massive Attack. He left Massive Attack shortly after the release of their 1998 album, 'Mezzanine', due to profound differences of opinion in the direction the band should go.
  • Vine: alt/indie group set up by Roger Mills, who was also a member of Statik Sound System and Spaceways as well as playing trumpet with Purple Penguin and Grantby. Mills was joined by Marc Day from the indie group, Sourpuss, and vocalists Mariska Jenks and Hannah Bristow. The group released an EP Cold Spring on Milk Recordings and their debut album Siren on the Kordula imprint, renamed Eludea after they received a solicitors letter from the Australian group The Vines.


  • Nick Warren: is an English house DJ and producer. He is well known for his eight albums released in the Global Underground series and as a member of the duo Way Out West. He is head of A&R for the progressive house and breaks record label Hope Recordings.
  • Vid Warren: is a solo artist best known as a human beatbox and instrumental beatbox artist. Influences include Jazz, Glitch and Hip-Hop
  • The Waxworks. Core group of Jason Evans, Adam Stewart and Max Black. Number three in UK Radio One's unsigned chart in 2003 with the album Lost Negative.
  • Way Out West: House, trance and progressive breaks duo (1994–present). They are producers and DJs Jody Wisternoff and Nick Warren. Their song 'Don't Forget Me' has been featured in season two of Grey's Anatomy, 'Melt' was used in The O.C., and a loop of their song 'The Gift' is used for the title theme on the MTV show True Life.
  • Fred Wedlock: Folk and Scrumpy and Western singer (1942–2010). Former teacher who took up music full-time in the 1970s, and best known for his 1981 UK hit single, "The Oldest Swinger in Town".
  • Ben Westbeech: DJ, singer and producer originating from Bristol. He trained as a cellist and vocalist, and his influences include House, Rock n Roll, punk, jazz and hip hop. He has appeared on Later... with Jools Holland alongside Paul McCartney and Björk.
  • Wild Beasts: R'n'B band, only released the one single, ‘Minimum Maximum/Another Man’ on Fried Egg Records in 1979.
  • The Wild Bunch: Proto-Bristol Sound (trip hop) sound system based in the St Pauls district of Bristol (1983–1986). Notable members included at one time or another were: Nellee Hooper, Tricky, and the trio Robert Del Naja (3D), Grant Marshall (Daddy G) and Andrew Vowles (Mushroom) who went on to form Massive Attack.
  • Will Tun and the Wasters: Ska Punk band originating in Bristol based around Burmese frontman 'Will Tun'.
  • Jody Wisternoff: is best known as one half of the Bristol progressive house duo Way Out West and as a producer of dance music spanning early 90s hardcore to electro house.
  • Wulfen: is an Industrial/Experimental/Noise artist based in Bristol. Formerly a 2-piece playing Sludge/Doom/Post-Metal, now a solo act focusing on Electronica, mainly Techno, Breakcore and Noise.[7]
  • The Wurzels: Scrumpy and Western band (1966–present). Formed as a backing group for, and by, singer/songwriter Adge Cutler. They continued after Cutlers' death in 1974 and are probably best known for their 1976 UK No. 1 hit 'The Combine Harvester'.
  • Robert Wyatt: Percussionist, singer, and composer (born 1945). Founding member of the influential Canterbury scene band Soft Machine. As well as his band and solo work, he has also been a prolific collaborator with other musicians. The Tears for Fears song "I Believe" from 'Songs from the Big Chair' (1985) is dedicated to Wyatt.


  • The X-Certs: Punk band that later diverged into reggae (1978–1981). Included guitarist Chris Bostock and bassist Phil Lovering (later of Disorder). They had a track on Heartbeat Records 1979's four Alternatives EP (Pulse 4), the 1980 Avon Calling LP.


  • The Yakometties: original line-up was Beef (guitar), Colin 'Dog' Gardiner (bass), Rich Munday (keyboards), Paul Dowding (drums) and Simon Fraser (vocals) coming together in 1984, playing and winning the Bath Rock Contest on their debut performance. They performed regularly in Bristol and Bath and occasionally further afield. Two records were released on the Zeds label: the 12" single 'Dance Music'/'Love Puppets'/'St. Pancras' in 1985 and 7" 'The One And Only'/'No Time To Lose' in 1986. By 1987, the line-up had evolved, via drummer Nigel Price and guitarist Alan Keen, to Fraser plus Rob Allen (guitar), Mike Park (bass), Steve Crane (drums), Trevor Francis (percussion), Jackie Fionda (trumpet) and Karen Keen (alto sax). The final incarnation in 1989 was Beef, Fraser, Park, Crane and Francis. They contributed one track - Head-Count - to the Airspace benefit album, 1989.



  • Zoon van snooK: Solo songwriter, producer and remixer of Oddtronica (2008–present). His debut album (Falling from) The Nutty Tree was released on Mush Records in December 2010 and the second album The Bridge Between Life & Death released on Lo Recordings in April 2013.
  • The Zen Hussies : Established in 2001 by songwriter and frontman Jules Landau, the band have ranged from 5- to 10-piece line-ups.

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