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Check out these free Bristol gigs in May

Written by
Rhys Buchanan

Saving that hard-earned dollar for the holidays? Not to worry, Bristol's packed with tantalising free music this month. Here's some shows that won't cost you a thing. 


Ishan Sound, Trinity Centre, May 10

Trinity Centre's annual garden party returns this month bringing music, food and workshops. Ishan sound is just one of the many fruitful artists set to perform. Notably a founding member of the forward thinking musical collective Young Echo, we can be sure to expect melodic dubstep at its finest. The youngster often delivers moody sounds similar to that of Peveralist - plus with a recent appearance at the Outlook launch party under his belt, this is definitely a freebie worth hitting. 


Repo-ManRoll For The Soul, May 15 

Noise pop is an incredibly satisfying entity and locals Repo-Man flawlessly back that notion. Tracks like 'Static Excess Strobe Effect' skulk with impassioned levels of confidence and attitude. The abrasive bunch are hitting the homely surroundings of Roll For The Soul this month alongside the more whimsical, slurring Motes. This one's guaranteed to leave the old ears ringing.


Summer Camp, Rise, May 18

As Summer Camp return with their third album under the legendary label Moshi Moshi, they're stopping by Rise for an intimate in-store this month. In order to bag a couple of free tickets for this one all you need to do is pre-order the record here. It only takes one listen to the new single 'Bad Love' and it will all click, you'll make the purchase in hasty fashion and those bulky synths will lure you deeper. 


The Bots, Start The Bus, May 20

Start The Bus has a great knack for booking bands on the rise. The Bots are exactly one of these, with a huge online following and having appeared on tours as prestigious as Vans Warped - it's fair to say that this is one you don't want to go missing. The duo's first single 'All I Really Want' was premiered by Zane Lowe as he proclaimed, 'The Bots make brilliant, weird, rock and roll music'. True that. 


The Bots


Isolde, Rise, May 23

Now's an exciting time for emerging local musicians. We've had a smattering of incredible exploits so far in 2015. Isolde is one of these, promoting an inspired and colourful sound and raised by a family of artists, it's no surprise her output is consistently textured and visual. She launches her debut EP 'Seed Bud Bloom' down at Rise on the 23rd. Nothing like some homegrown talent.


Axis Of, Stag and Hounds, May 27

Another duo to be relentlessly storming the world of rock are Axis Of. Filled with an air of booze, The Stag and Hounds is the perfect venue for this noisy, ramshackle pair to hit up. They go for the big riffing approach like Manchester Orchestra only they hail from Northern Island unlike their contemporaries from across the pond.


WaxmouseBocabar, May 29

Basking in the heart of Paintworks, Bocabar often provides a classic variety of contemporary DJ sets. Waxmouse is set to round off our month of freebies with a set filled with funk, disco and electronic soul. As a frequent face on the Bristol scene, this one's guaranteed to get the masses moving. The night will probably be accompanied well with one of the venue's many cocktails. We're down. 

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