Before arriving at the Crofters Rights in Stokes Croft last December, my expectations of Sleeptalking were very high. It’s hard to find a single bad word written about them, and they appear to be making enough waves for Michael Eavis to have personally invited them to play at Glastonbury 2017. Words like eccentric and flamboyant …

It’s 1999, the year of the Nokia 3210 and the rise of nu metal. Break Stu invites you to travel back in time to bring in the millennium cheer all over again, with some of your favourite nu-metal classics. 31 December // 10pm – 5am // £11 – £16.30 // The Fleece Facebook event // …

Bristol born and bred five-piece Goan Dogs have been friends since school. As well as being some of Bristol’s favourite musical residents, their drawling desert rock has found a fan in Elbow’s Guy Garvey, Clash Music and it seems Made in Chelsea, who have now twice soundchecked the band on the quarter million people-viewed show. …

After a whirlwind year celebrating the release of their 2017 album Jelly Deals and touring the festival circuit, Bristol 8-piece Smerins Anti-Social Club are bringing their brass-heavy instrumentals of hip hop, rock and drum and bass home to The Fleece to wrap up their journey with a bang. Joined by Bristol’s own hip hop-obsessed AV star …

Acoustic singer songwriter Leo James draws influences from blues, roots, Americana and folk. With his warm lyrics and soothing husky vocals, Leo’s live shows only magnify his raw talent. Witness a bit of magic at Kingsdown Vaults in an inviting, intimate performance. 8 December // 9pm – 1am // Free // The Kingsdown Vaults Facebook event

Mothers’ Ruin is celebrating its 10th birthday in style with a whole weekend of party antics. With a clientele of indie kids and punk rockers and free entry almost every night of the week, this iconic Bristol pub regularly hosts some of Bristol’s finest live music, as well as having a range of club nights …

Funnel Music have built up quite reputation for mentoring emerging artists and leading them down a path to major labels, super indies and publishers. This Thursday they will be showcasing some of their current talent along with a range of special guests, for an evening of indie pop and ambient rock music. Taking inspiration from …

West Country duo Marnie treat The Golden Lion to their infusion of acoustic rock, soul, funk and blues. They bring an extra dimension to their heartfelt music with a mandolin, foot stomper and a very adept use of live loops. 26 November // 4pm – 7pm // Free // The Golden Lion Facebook event // thegoldenlion.com

Finally, the notorious protest punk, rock group from Moscow, Pussy Riot are setting foot in Bristol to showcase their unapologetic sounds and frank attitudes. The energy from this band will leave an ever-lasting impression. 18 November // 6.30pm – 10pm // £16.50 // Marble Factory Facebook event // tickets // marblefactorybristol.com

IDLES have long been close to the heart of Bristol’s live scene, so the city’s chest swelled with pride when their 2017 debut album Brutalism received national acclaim and set them up with a headline European tour, not to mention the small matter of being handpicked by Foo Fighters to support them at their London …