Welcome to Cotham Club

Community Through Music | Great Global Sounds

Cotham Club: a brilliant, eclectic monthly live global music club with a passion for community at its core.

Music, with all its sublety and spirit, has immense power to unite people. It is the universal language of mankind.

The sounds of Africa, America, Eurasia and Oceania have always found a home in Bristol and there are few better examples of the city’s cultural cross-pollination than Cotham Club, a celebration in sound of what unites rather than divides. Each month we showcase some of the most diverse and brilliant musicians from Bristol and beyond, linking audiences to great music and to each other.

Cotham Club: not only music, a community, a sense of having a place to belong.

epic gigs + grassroots vibes + warmest crowds in brilliant space w/ unique atmosphere + intimate feel = great night out


Friday 22 September 2023 7.30pm
Ya Freshness & The Big Boss Band
From £12 | £5 conc. | £2 under-18s
BOOK NOW: hdfst.uk/E91019

Skank in style to the exultant sounds of ska.

It’s party time. With explosive feel-good energy and true soul, rude boy singer Ya Freshness (Godfrey Green) and his top ranking outfit lets rip with a thrillingly original take on 60s and 70s ska.

Its glorious uptempo sound is a bustling carnival of stabbing horns, rollercoaster keys, relentless guitar hooks, killer choruses, unbeatable beats and a sense of boisterous bonhomie. A blur of legs, arms, pork pie hats and tonic suits, the band is a frantic mass of kinetic energy, its members suddenly springing into life, leaping up and down, rushing backwards and forwards across the stage.

Featuring striking modern state-of-the-nation smashers celebrating the glorious sound that energised a generation, this is an off-beat, full-tilt, socially charged, proudly multicultural, dance-crazy sound that embodies the get-up-there-and-do-it spirit.

Listen to ska and live a better life in seconds.

‘So real … it’s got so much life; it’s the most vital music in the world.’
David Bowie



Friday 20 October 2023
Mohamed Errebbaa & Tagna Groove
Rocking deep trance Gnawa blues.
BOOK NOW: hdfst.uk/E91021

Friday 24 November 2023
RSVP Bhangra
A high-energy Bhangra bash.
BOOK NOW: hdfst.uk/E91022

Friday 15 December 2023
Michel Padrón Ensemble
Sizzling Cubano danza música.
BOOK NOW: hdfst.uk/E91023





Book tickets
in advance:
from Headfirst Bristol online ticket shop: hdfst.uk/cotham-club

on the door:
tickets available in person from 7pm
(subject to availability)

we seek to partner with organisations to extend our welcome, at low or zero cost, to people who wouldn’t otherwise get to a live concert in Cotham | to this end we are active in our outreach to refugee organisations, schools, and community organisations across Bristol, and we will help arrange transport if necessary | if this sounds like you then please get in touch: cothamclub@gmail.com


Venue address
Cotham Parish Church
Cotham Road
( top of St Michael’s Hill )

Running times
doors: 7pm
start: 7.30pm
finish: 10pm

Cross-generational events
we offer accessible and inspiring experiences for all ages | the atmosphere is relaxed and pleasurable, and generally people are allowed to enter and leave their seating freely | there is an open attitude towards audience noise and movement, and dancing is encouraged


Eat & drink
choose from a selection of wine, beer, cider, hot drinks, soft drinks and snacks from 30 minutes before performance start and during the interval | free nibbles/ sweet treats available at selected events

accessible toilets available

Firstbus service 72 (Bristol Temple Meads Station to UWE Frenchay Campus): firstbus.co.uk

10 minute walk from Clifton Down Train Station: gwr.com | 15 minute walk from Redland Train Station: gwr.com

15 minute walk up St Michael’s Hill from Christmas Steps | 10 minute walk from Everyman Cinema, Whiteladies Road | 15 minute walk from The Arches, Cheltenham Road

Car parking
on-street parking available | limited on-site accessible parking available for Blue Badge holders

Zero tolerance
Cotham Club is a place of safety and respect for everyone who visits our events or who works here | we expect you to be a part of that by understanding and upholding inclusive behaviours as part of our community

Safety & security
the safety and security of our visitors, staff, and artists is paramount | our Front Of House team and volunteers are here to assist you and enhance your experience – they are here to provide a safe and welcoming environment for everyone | please cooperate fully with all requests and support these vital members of our team as they carry out important work to keep us all safe