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What's On 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 to the left 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.
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Sat 6th/08/2016
Howling Owl Records 5th Birthday
— Limited Boat Party
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Fri 12th/08/2016
worriedaboutsatan / Sunset Graves / Thomas Ragsdale
— Cafe Kino
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Wed 17th/08/2016
Sax Ruins, Barberos & Big Naturals + Anthroprophh
— Exchange
£9.00 + £0.50 Buy Tickets
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Fri 2nd/09/2016
Silver Apples
— Exchange
£11.00 + £0.50 Buy Tickets

Bristol Gig Tickets VIEW ALL

Small Horse Inn
Fatima Yamaha - Imaginary Lines
Fatima Yamaha' Imaginary Lines Tour bring him to Bristol , in the Small Horse Social Club.
INFO TIME: 19:00
LEE ' Scratch' PERRY
The legend that is LEE SCRATCH PERRY to Bristol for the final leg of his 40th Anniversary UK tour!
INFO TIME: 19:30pm
Gilcombe Farm, Bruton
Farmfest 2016
5000 capped, fiercely independent music & arts festival...
INFO TIME: 10:00am
The Fleece
The Underdog: Semi Final One
The first Semi Final for The Underdog: 2016
INFO TIME: 19:00pm
The Fleece
The Underdog: Semi Final Two
The second Semi Final for The Underdog: 2016
INFO TIME: 19:00pm
Blick Blassy
Transcendent French-Cameroon Folk
INFO TIME: 20:00
The Hatchet Inn
Lazarus Music Presents: Napoleon
Napoleon & Create To Inspire slamming down on August 13th @ The Hatchet Inn
INFO TIME: 18:00pm
The Thunderbolt
The Underdog: Heat Ten
Local Battle of the Bands | Grunge / Alternative
INFO TIME: 19:00pm
Take Five Cafe
Body Clocks Present Dialogue
Live electronics and techno in the Take 5 basement
INFO TIME: 22:00pm
Small Horse Inn
Psyched Summer Session w/ Afriquoi
Psyched summer session with Afriquoi
INFO TIME: 22:00pm
Basement 45
Disco Fudge presents...Cowboy Rhythmbox
Electro/Acid/Disco [Unofficial Tokyo World Afterparty]
INFO TIME: 22:00pm
The Black Swan
Babyfather with GAIKA and Mica Levi (DJ)
Babyfather with GAIKA and Mica Levi (DJ)
INFO TIME: 21:00pm
The Island
Mi Casa Su Casa's 'Smokey House'
Bristol get to eat, drink, bop - then let that house beat drop
INFO TIME: 14:00

Trending Bristol Gigs VIEW ALL

Totterdown Baptist Church
Saltcellar Folk Club
Jez Lowe guests. Floor spots welcome 7.30pm
INFO TIME: 20:00
Totterdown Baptist Church
Saltcellar Folk Club
Simon Boulter plus JaCob.Floor spots. 7.30pm
INFO TIME: 20:00
Gilcombe Farm, Bruton
Farmfest 2016
5000 capped, fiercely independent music & arts festival...
INFO TIME: 10:00am
The Trinity Centre
This is The Kit
The beloved musical project of one Kate Stables.
INFO TIME: 20:00pm
Mura Masa
Mura Masa performs at Thekla
INFO TIME: 19:00pm
Limited Boat Party
Howling Owl Records 5th Birthday
Milo's Planes & Lice play on a boat to commiserate our 5th Birthday
INFO TIME: 18:00pm

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Browse With Your Ears

Stop looking at line-ups and band names and start browsing with your ears. Wherever you find events on the Headfirst website, you will also find audio clips from Spotify, Soundcloud and YouTube.

Personalised Recommendations

We want to provide every Headfirst user with their own, personal list of recommendations. To see yours,

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We don't have any sponsors, advertisers or investors to please. Headfirst is about supporting Bristol's independent promoters and providing a fair platform to discover new live music in Bristol. We also pay our taxes and believe in running every aspect of our business as responsibly as possible. Visit our about page if you'd like to know more.

A New Ticket Shop for Bristol

Starting Small

Currently Headfirst is only working with select handful of Bristol promoters. We know many of you are keen to jump on the exposure that comes with inclusion in the Headfirst Ticket Shop but please be patient. If you're an event organiser you can express your interest in working with us. Currently we are accepting 2 or 3 new promoters each month. Adding an event to Headfirst is still open to everyone, just create an account or login here.

Simple Booking Fees

Our booking fees are the lowest in Bristol:

50p on tickets under £12
70p on tickets under £20

Simpler E-Tickets

We've rethought how e-tickets should work. Here are a couple of the ways we're doing things differently:

Designed to fit your phone (printing optional)
1 E-Ticket per person (arrive separately)
Transfer to a friend (if you can't go)

Fraud-proof Tickets

We've eliminated any chance of counterfeit tickets by creating a secure ticket transfer system for guests who can no longer attend. This service is free.

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Still Independent

Small Bristol Team

Headfirst is run by Harry Wiles, a former promoter and regular gig goer. Harry made the original website in 2008 and still looks after all things technical at Headfirst.

Local Focus

Headfirst aims to put a spotlight on the independent bands and promoters that make Bristol's music scene what it is. Because we are slowly working with more Bristol promoters, you'll be able to buy tickets to more Bristol events as time goes on.

Spotted a bug?

With a project as ambitious as Headfirst, we always expect a few bugs to squash here and there. If you spot something that's not quite right, please let us know.

Live Music in Bristol

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.
You can buy tickets to most Bristol clubnights on Headfirst. The most recent tickets to go on sale are shown below:

Blue Mountain & The Black Swan Tickets

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 Blue Mountain tickets here.

Tickets for Live Music in Bristol

Venues like Colston Hall, usually get all the attention when Bristol's gigs are discussed online. Headfirst aims to put the focus on Bristols smaller venues, selling tickets for venues like The Lousiana and Exchange and including all Bristol's gigs in our live music listings. The best-selling events in our Bristol events calendar are:

What's On in Bristol

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 truely 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.
Best Selling Tickets
The Golden Lion
The Lavens (USA) &The Rosellys (UK)
The Best of Texan and British Americana.
Railway Tavern
Angel Up Front
Angel Up Front at the Railway Tavern
Summer Cuts
Join Dirtytalk residents Jackin Patz, Tender T, Leewok and Rocky Newman for the second instalment of Summer Cuts.
The Old Market Assembly
Camo Clavé + Worm Disco Club DJs
Things are set to get steamy down in Old Market! It’s summer, let’s party. Who better to set the vibe than the brand-new and brilliant elec
Chongo De Colombia
Colombian Folk Afro Beat Fusion
Mr Wolfs
Waiting For Kate + Support
Plus Rat A Tat Tat will be DJing til late
The Lanes
The annual Department S Club Night with DJ John The Mod, live music this time from WHITE PARKER, support from DELLAVEGA.
The Canteen
Mansion of Snakes
There’s a lot of them, many playing horns, and they whip up something between Afrobeat, Ethiopiques-style funk and good old modern jazz. Yet
No.1 Harbourside
Faith i Branko
She was an accordionist from the Cotswolds, he a Romani violinist in deepest Serbia. Their paths crossed through music, their lives twined t
Rose of Denmark
The Schmoozenbergs
Heart warming, hip swinging sound
A new one day sound system festival for Bristol
Roots Factory presents CONSCIOUS SOUNDS
Roots Factory proudly present 'Conscious Sounds'
The Plough Inn
Hi Life Hi Fi
African beats & Global grooves
Small Horse Inn
Supersmash - Official Upfest After Party
Both floors, special guests
Sequences Festival x Complex Official Afterparty
Sequences Festival afterparty
The Gallimaufry
Centre For Better Grooves DJs
Jazz, funk, soul & hip-hop
The Wardrobe Theatre
Impromptu Shakespeare
A completely improvised Shakespeare play inspired by audience suggestions!
The Island
Iconic Black Bristolians: Bristol Beats and Bass
Bristol-born fine artist Michele Curtis presents this series of portraits celebrating Bristol’s Afro-Caribbean soundsystem pioneers.