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The White Buffalo

Plus L.A. Edwards

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A black and white photo of a person wearing a cowboy hat and poncho smoking a cigarette.

Oregon-born, Southern California-raised singer, songwriter and guitarist The White Buffalo – aka Jake Smith is embarking on a voyage of discovery. However, committing to the less travelled path in the name of reinvention is no easy feat – that’s where the new LP, ‘Year Of The Dark Horse’ comes in.

Out with the old, the organic, the expected the tried; in with the new – new producer, new studio, new location, no distractions, no looking back. “With this album, I wanted something outside of what I’ve ever done”, Jake confirms. “I wanted to open up. Do something dangerous. I’m hard to put into a singular genre as it is, but now I really wanted to take away any kind of preconception or pigeon-holing.

Over the years, Jake has built a second-to-none reputation for the emotional weight of his music, and here this core element dramatically underpins a body of work that allows the imagination of the listener to play an important part throughout, building on a tale of debauchery (of the drunken variety) and blame, of love and loss, a life lived against the odds, the whole thing set in one lunar year, following our anti-hero through the highs and lows of the seasons.


Presented by Bristol Beacon and O2 Academy Bristol

Unreserved standing show

Age: 8+ (Under 14s to be accompanied by an adult)

Doors: 19.00
Start: 20.00
Finish: 23.00

Ticket price includes £1.50 levy for O2 Academy Bristol

“Charismatic and emotive storytelling performed by musicians effortlessly moving between delicate fragility and passionate raw power.”

Louder Than War

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L.A. Edwards

L.A. Edwards (Luke Andrew Edwards) is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Julian, CA. Formed in 2015 as a solo project after his tenure with the Smart Brothers, L.A. Edwards and his band of brothers have since recorded and released three studio albums and toured across the US and Europe supporting the likes of The Beach Boys and Jefferson Starship.

Their latest album, Out of the Heart of Darkness taps into the full range of human emotions and includes their widest instrumentation to date. From the haunting organ heard in Already Gone, to the barroom punk-and-circumstance of Let It Out, each of the songs is vastly different while fitting comfortably within the cohesive collection of songs.

The venue

O2 Academy Bristol

Getting to the venue

Location: O2 Academy is a 300m walk from The Centre and opposite The Hatchet Inn behind Bristol Beacon.

Address: Frogmore St, Bristol BS1 5NA


Bicycle racks can be found directly opposite the venue and at the bottom of Park street. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.

Car parking

The nearest multi-storey car park is Trenchard Street multi-storey car park, 183m from the venue.

  Bristol Clean Air Zone

O2 Academy Bristol is inside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. Check if your vehicle will be charged and how much you’ll have to pay.


College Green bus stops are 146m from the venue, with services to and from the city centre.

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O2 Academy Bristol has step-free level access into the venue and a ramp into the auditorium, with a dedicated accessible viewing area to the right of the stage.


There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor.

Assistance Dogs

Registered assistance dogs are allowed in the venue and auditorium.

Hearing Facility

There is no induction loop facility at this venue.


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