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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.
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.
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.
Venues like Colston Hall 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.
The Crofters Rights What: Residents from Bristol’s best experimental/alt house nights united for the mother of back-to-back sessions at The Crofters Rights. With no expensive djs to fly over, it’s a bargain for a fiver Who: Musu, The Love Below, Bodywork, Satsumas Bristol, Colours Tickets? £5,
Fresh from vocal work on Aldous Harding’s ‘Party’, Fenne Lily's rapid ascent to stardom continues. Sitting somewhere between the earnest songwriting of Laura Marling and the pristine folk-pop of sóley and JFDR, Lily has quickly found favour with BBC Radio 6 djs and local collaborators Tamu Massif and Oliver Wilde. Her first headline show at The Louisiana may not be until February, but tickets are already running extremely low. Support from Oro Swimming Hour, presented by Chiverin. last chance tickets:
WOVEN w/ TOM DEMAC ––– Since 2004, Tom Demac has released a near-constant stream of house and techno floor fillers, with outings on an impressive array of industry-leading labels: Hypercolour/ Glass Table, Drumcode, Aus Music. Catch him at The Island courtesy of WOVEN. for a night of bassline-heavy house and earworm electro. Visuals from Relevant Films and sound from the The Washing Machine Soundsystem complete the bill.
Final tickets: With slo-mo techno, shadowy electronica and Turkish disco, Zozo has been at the epicentre of the Turkish dance music scene since the late 90s. Having won the hearts of programmers at De School and Berghain / Panorama Bar, it seems appropriate that PLU are hosting her Bristol debut in a fetish club. For fans of Red Axes, TOLOUSE LOW TRAX, Dekmantel. It's primarily a queer night, if you're not cool with that, sort yourself out because these parties are unmissable.
JUST ANNOUNCED: STENNY & ANDREA (Ilian Tape) With hench breakbeats and hazed-out pad work, Stenny & ANDREA's productions pang as much of early Warp Records as they do Tessela and Polykicks . The pair make their Bristol debut for Loose Lips following a string of shows at De School, Robert Johnson and fabriclondon . Limited £6 early-birds:
Anybody lucky enough to have caught one of Insight Ensemble's spellbinding subterranean performances will know they are not to be missed. Join them in The Tunnels beneath Temple Meads for an immersive winter-themed spectacular at The Loco Klub, complete with full symphony orchestra, dancers, shadow-puppets and performers.
WORLD AIDS DAY / HORSEPLAY + DTYM –––– This Saturday, two of Bristol’s primary LGBT party crews join forces for a raucous fundraiser in aid of Brigstowe - a Bristol charity providing support for people living with AIDS. Tickets & full info: hdfst.uk/E41903 Expect a steamy mix of homo house, disco and classic pop from Horseplay and Don't Tell Your Mother residents, plus live visuals from Disco Grenade and performance art courtesy of johnsmith . A no-holds-barred dress code make this party at The Loco Klub a must for LGBT+ clubbers.
TONIGHT: DIALOGUE ––– Dialogue returns with another impressive midweeker of live electronics and experimental techno. Bristol duo Organchrist create grinding, industrial drones and bleeping melodies using hardware pedals and tape loops. Meanwhile, SIREN resident re:ni and up-and-coming producer object blue blend leftfield ambient tracks with spacious uk-rooted club cuts. Tickets: hdfst.uk/E42131
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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.
Room 237 Bristol locks off an impeccable year of bookings with one of the all-time greats of industrial techno. Whether flying solo as Regis, or in-tandem as a member of both Sandwell District and British Murder Boys, Karl O’Connor’s bruised UK techno has always come in ahead of the curve. The influence of his music can be heard in so much of the contemporary techno coming out of Bristol today - so it makes perfect sense to see him booked in the city’s best subterranean club space, The Prison Cells. Support from Scrase and Black Amiga. Tickets: hdfst.uk/E41199
EDITOR'S PICK: BLOOD SPORT / JANKA NABAY –––– After a string of memorable/sweaty shows in Bristol, this is literally your last chance to dance with Sheffield’s aggro-beat pioneers, as they sign off with a final jaunt around the UK. Qu Junktions have pitted them against Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang, from Sierra Leone via Brooklyn, catch them on their debut European tour. With releases on David Byrne’s Luaka Bop, this one’s crucial for fans of KING AYISOBA and Shangaan Electro. Tickets: £8 + 50p.
?– THE BUG A wild highlight from Simple Things - The Bug's signature brand of leftfield dancehall sonics is not to be missed. Psyched sees him renew his partnership with UK grime royalty, Roll Deep member and 'Skeng' vocalist KILLA P. Dark garage pioneer El-B, ruffneck roots/dubstep giants Radikal Guru and dnb heads Hybrid Minds complete the billing (with more to be announced). Tickets: hdfst.uk/E42404
EDITOR'S PICK: SPINDLE ENSEMBLE (THIS SUNDAY) Connecting the dots between Bristol’s elite musicians as much as between genres. With members of The Unthanks, Count Bobo and Tezeta, it’s not surprising Spindle Ensemble are gaining a reputation as a bit of a super group. More than just the sum of their parts, delicate and mesmerising sequences erupt into staccato exchanges and blistering marimba improvisation. Blythe Pepino’s new Mesadorm project completes the bill. Tickets £6):
UNDERGROUND TECHNO W/ SOLAR –– Since the early 90s, Solar has been a cornerstone of San Francisco's underground club scene. Through seminal parties Sunset Sound System and No Way Back, he has enthusiastically pushed techno, EBM, electro and house to Bay Area dancers - a role that has steadily gained him a glowing reputation on the universal circuit. Dirtybird founder Justin Martin calls him the best DJ in the world - see for yourself at The Loco Klub, where he plays alongside Viscera and Continuous Movement residents. Tickets: hdfst.uk/E41796 Listen: soundcloud.com/solarsf/bis-radio-show-721-with-solar
NEW YEAR / NEW NOISE –––– Howling Owl Records’s annual celebration of ‘Art/Noise/Reaction’ climaxes over 3 nights at The Brunswick Club. Proceedings are topped by Philadelphia’s Moor Mother, her seething ‘hardcore poetry/blk girl blues’ rising to the forefront of experimental circles in ‘17. Bristol-boys-done-good Giant Swan are sure to brew up a cathartic blow-out, after a relentless ascent this year, becoming one of the most talked about live techno duos in Europe. S4U add a spectral quality to their 90s RnB romanticism, whilst Nervous Conditions are a promising young art-rock/post-punk gang. Plus expect more exploratory electronics from Vessel, E B U and many more. Tickets: