What's On in Bristol

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Events in Bristol

Made famous by the legendary Lakota, Bristol's warehouse events are the keystone to the city's clubbing culture. These no-frills venues are the place to see Bristol's house and techno at it's best. If you need addmission to forthcoming warehouse parties, you can buy Dare2 tickets here.

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Events in Bristol

Headfirst is Bristol's leading gig guide with a freshly launched online ticket shop. We work directly with the city's promoters to provide the most up-to-date guide what's on in Bristol you'll find. The events calendar includes all events happening in Bristol tonight and for the forthcoming weekend. If you're a musician, band member or club night organiser be sure to add your event to the Headfirst Bristol calendar.

Thu 31st October
SPECTRES + EX AGENT + JEROME at Rough Trade Bristol
Fri 6th December
Our Girl at Strange Brew
Fri 25th October
Hang Massive at Lost Horizon
Thu 1st August
TOKKY HORROR at Lost Horizon
Mon 14th October
Great Lake Swimmers at The Louisiana
Fri 13th December
Half Happy at The Louisiana

Gig Tickets

Bristol has always had it's fair share of what's on resources. While paper-based listings magazines like Venue and forums like Hijack Bristol favoured certain musical niches, Headfirst was Bristol's first truly comprehensive what's on resource. Our listings not only go far into the future (click on a date in the calendar) but also provide some great last minute resources. If you're planning a night out at short notice please see our list of live music tonight and events listings for this weekend.

Venues like Bristol Beacon and Thekla usually get most of the attention when Bristol's gigs are discussed online. Headfirst aims to put the focus on Bristols smaller live music venues. Here, you can buy tickets for concerts at Bristol's Louisiana and Exchange or browse our entire Bristol gig list.

Wed 6th November
Noahfinnce + special guest at The Fleece
Fri 26th July
Stack Up Camp Out 2024 Weekend Festival at Hideaway Campsite, Northlew EX20 3PG
— Hideaway Campsite, Northlew EX20 3PG

Stack Up Camp Out 2024 Weekend Festival in Bristol Tickets

Sat 15th March
Miracle of Sound at The Trinity Centre
Thu 28th November
The Kairos + special guests at The Louisiana
Fri 16th August
CAPER CEILIDH at The Trinity Centre
— The Trinity Centre

CAPER CEILIDH in Bristol Tickets

What's On: Featured Bristol Events

Tickets for our event recommendations

Sell out warning! Sell out warning! Activist, comedian and radical troubadour Grace Petrie brings her unique brand of fist-in-the-air protest folk to the Trinity; examining social and political issues of austerity-ravaged modern Britain with Bragg-approved anthems of solidarity and solace. Big FFO: Frank Turner, Laura Jane Grace, Kirsty MacColl, Onsind, Mischief Brew. Grace Petrie at The Trinity Centre.

Sell out warning! Darlings of chaos boogie Getdown Services are back on home soil for their first full band show on the road to almost certain infamy. If you know them, they need no introduction. If you don’t: picture two drunk dads spitting razor-sharp semi-nude social commentary to a screaming crowd. Getdown Services - Full Band Extravaganza at Strange Brew.

Sell out warning! The jazz gods have spoken, allotting us mortals in Bristol one final chance to reach true transcendence and achieve a love supreme. Get down on your knees - the greatest reedsman of the 21st century is about to lift the roof off St Mary Redcliffe. Praise be the Worms! SHABAKA in concert at St Mary Redcliffe.

Sell out warning! Not jazz nor rock nor film music, fans just call it ‘Necks music’. That spine-tingling unwinding of instrumental textures and improvised magic - a once in a lifetime gig for those who’ve never witnessed. The Necks at Strange Brew.

Live music and gigs recommended by our music team

Sell out warning! Zeke weld snot-punk fury and bluesy hard rock riffage into their own time-honoured brand of demolition derby hardcore. Ain’t nothing faster FFO: Poison Idea, Motorhead, Dicks, The Bronx, Supersuckers, Dwarves. ZEKE plus Zero Again and Split Dogs at Exchange.

Sell out warning! Everything Jim Jones touches turns to swampy gold. Now backed by a full horn section, he can still spew the finest punk rock blues and garage gospel with the swagger of the UK’s greatest undead Jerry Lee Lewis. Jim Jones All Stars at The Golden Lion.

Sell out warning! A rapturous return for Bristol’s travelling post-post-punk / swamp-rock societal satire, careening back into our lives with their demeted disregard for personal health and conventional timing. This is biting and savage guitar Dada FFO: black midi, Fat White Family, Hey Colossus, PiL, the Birthday Party. LICE at Strange Brew.

Sell out warning! Exultant bluegrass meets Nashville-grade pop - Rachel Baiman’s the most exciting thing in indie-country in recent memory FFO: Ana Egge, Kelly McFarling, Darling West, Dustbowl Revival. Rachel Baiman at Strange Brew.

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Headfirst is the most objective Bristol gig guide on the internet. With no editorial to write, bands to interview or advertisers to please, we can focus on creating the best music listings & ticket shop this side of the Avon. From Bristol University’s music graduates playing a concert at St Georges Hall to an intimate gig at The Louisiana - we believe these events are what make Bristol special.

Bristol Nightlife & Nightclubs

Electronic music produced in Bristol has a knack of rewriting the rules and penetrating the international club scene. From Tectonic to Apple Pips to Eats Everything & Arkist - Headfirst has seen Bristol’s music scene grow and evolve since our humble beginnings in 2008. Now Headfirst is working with Bristol’s best dance music promoters and providing a secure place to buy tickets for Bristol club nights. While Motion may catch most of the attention, Headfirst is the place to buy tickets for all Bristol's clubnights and maybe even the next Alfresco Disco party. Over the coming months we'll be adding buy tickets buttons to many of our what's on listings.

From Headfirst's Ticket Shop

Fri 9th August
FÜLÜ Electrobrass at Lost Horizon
Fri 19th July
Club Roomtone Yard Bar Session at Lost Horizon
Sat 27th July
PianoRama at Lakota
Sun 25th August
The Afters: Emperor at Lakota
Sat 3rd August
The Afters: Randall at Lakota
Sat 20th July
Kaotik Kartel Day Rave at Lost Horizon
Sat 14th September
Keep Hush Day Festival at Central Warehouse
— Central Warehouse

Keep Hush Day Festival Tickets

Sat 20th July
Lakota X Expansion Records at Lakota

Bristol Experimental Music

The Headfirst music guide originally emerged from Bristol's blossoming experimental scene and our humble beginnings were as a what's on guide for Bristol's weirdest and most unconventional events.