There’s a lot going on at The Old Market Assembly. The Wardrobe Theatre provides an action-packed programme of live theatre almost every night of the year meanwhile The Old Market Assembly hosts some of the finest musical and performance artists around.

On Friday we usually have live music, providing a stage for emerging talent and top-notch touring acts alike to get the dancefloor jumping. Saturdays are more event oriented and could be anything from cabaret to one of our late night immersive club nights that take over the whole venue. Sometimes free, sometimes not, but always good.

Tickets for all events available through Headfirst

What's On?

Afrik Bawantu

Afrik Bawantu is an orchestra producing African rhythm-driven, dance-inducing fusion with traditional roots, formed by Ghanaian vocalist and djembe drummer Afla Sackey. The uplifting rhythm section in harmony with roaring brass accompanied by high-powered bass lines creates a powerful Afro-Funk sound with an energy that drives audiences to the dance floors. Tickets £5 and available … Continue reading Afrik Bawantu

Queer Prom Bristol // Love Ball //

QUEER PROM BRISTOL 💕LOVE BALL💕 Didn’t go to your Prom? Or didn’t go as your true self? Do it again. Do it right. Do it Queer AF. Following on from our three sold-out events in Brighton and London (as seen on BBCThree’s ‘Amazing Human’s’ series and featured by Diva, Attitude, Pink News, Gay Star News, … Continue reading Queer Prom Bristol // Love Ball //

Kasai Masai

Tickets £5, get them here  Based in London, and led by Voodoo King, Nickens Nkoso, Kasai Masai mix the traditional sound of the equatorial African village with a distinctive urban edge. The band’s fast-paced style of soukous and rumba meld with Congolese folkloric traditions to create an infectious form of dance music. Interested? Click on … Continue reading Kasai Masai

Punka Presents: Tokyo Taboo, Cosmic Ninja & Dis Charge

You do not wanna miss this gig, seriously! Click interested on the Facebook event here. TICKETS>>> –T O K Y O T A B O O– We are so excited to be able to host Tokyo Taboo on their U.K tour! They have built up quite a reputation for their crazy outfits, insane live performances and addictive … Continue reading Punka Presents: Tokyo Taboo, Cosmic Ninja & Dis Charge

Bare Jams

Bare Jams captures the sounds of that one summer you’ll never forget. This six-strong collective comes together to seamlessly mix flavours of reggae, dub, soul, pop and ska. This sound is then delivered with exuberance and relentless energy, creating a stage presence that radiates love and good times. This inescapable feeling has been present whilst … Continue reading Bare Jams

Mr Tea and The Minions

It’s ALWAYS a fun time when Mr Tea and The Minions are in town! – Tickets £5 ( – Music starts at 10PM Bristol based, serial knee jerkers Mr Tea and the Minions play their own unique take on full power Balkan flavoured Ska, Dub, Swing and Folk, inspiring uncontrollable silly dancing and wild bouts … Continue reading Mr Tea and The Minions

Category is…Hollywood

Category is… is a night dedicated to showcasing all the styles and versatility the British & European drag scene’s have to offer. Along with our fabulous host Alyssa Van Delle, we will be opening our doors & celebrating the wonderful world of drag in all it’s forms, with the theme changing each event to keep … Continue reading Category is…Hollywood

The Destroyers

A collection of rogues and misfits surfing a tidal wave of horns, fiddles and guitars! Rapidly exploding from the ‘Balkan Brass’ genre they emerge as an anarchic orchestra of blazing passion and breathtaking originality. So enter the big top and be immersed in the winding world of the hurdy-gurdy, the sonorous land of the tuba … Continue reading The Destroyers

New York Minute City – Single Launch w/ James Riley

Tickets: £4.50 ADV £5 OTD Time: 7PM – 10PM Gracefully navigating the line between folk, Americana and adult pop, UK born Anglo/American singer-songwriter James Riley is set to release his new single New York Minute on March 22nd. Taken from his forthcoming debut album, the single is accompanied by a cinematic self-directed video, filmed on … Continue reading New York Minute City – Single Launch w/ James Riley


Baghdaddies ⚡️   Tickets: £8 adv / £10 otd ( Time: 10PM Facebook event.   – Exuberant and rampant brand of world music is an exhilarating cocktail of Balkan melodies, ska and latin grooves and sizzling brass played with furious energy and theatrical humour, making them as unforgettable on stage as they are when performing … Continue reading Baghdaddies

Les chansons de Edith Piaf Catherine Deas & The Fantasy Orchestra Bristol/Paris

The voice of Edith Piaf represents French popular culture at its most alluring. With uncomplicated yet beguiling tunes, and her simple stage presence, she was able to project a raw emotional honesty that is rarely to be found today. She was France’s most popular entertainer after the war, after which she toured internationally and achieved … Continue reading Les chansons de Edith Piaf Catherine Deas & The Fantasy Orchestra Bristol/Paris


SOMA SOMA at The Old Market Assembly 🎸   Tickets: £5 (   Sun-soaked compositions, groovy beats and contagious horn lines that will transport you to sunnier climes and contagiously get the whole room dancing!   Formed in Falmouth back in 2011, this now Bristol based group are renowned for their distinctive fusion of samba, … Continue reading SOMA SOMA

CC Smugglers

CC Smugglers started off as young British street performers. However over the years their infamously engaging live performances and innovative brand of self promotion saw them take the show on to stages and audiences across the world. Formed by a young busker; frontman Richie Prynne in his early twenties. He soon recruited his childhood friends … Continue reading CC Smugglers

John Fairhurst

The Old Market Assembly presents … an evening with John Fairhurst. Tickets: £8 ( Time: 10PM In equal parts revealing, vulgar, cathartic and thrilling, the virtuoso guitarist is channelling the discontent felt in the western world to pay tribute to –and to update –the very idea of rock n roll as protest music.