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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.
Part of the Guruguru Brain family alongside Kikagaku Moyo / 幾何学模様 and 破地獄 Scattered Purgatory, Minami Deutsch are leading lights of the new wave of Japanese psychedelia. Slaves to the driving Motorik beat (central to much of the Krautrock movement), they are also influenced by the endless cyclical rhythms of minimal techno. Catch Minami Deutsch / 南ドイツ's hypnotic Bristol debut for Gravy Train at The Lanes on 12th April. Tickets:
Followers of Amsterdam’s fertile electronic music scene will recognise Tako as a leading member of the Red Light Radio crew, and the incessant crate digger behind the seminal Music From Memory record label. Like his contemporaries Orpheu The Wizard and Jamie Tiller, Tako's collection of rare disco, vintage electro, EBM and synth must be heard to be believed. Catch him at The Loco Klub alongside Wigflex resident Blades courtesy of Continuous Movement Tickets:
TICKET WARNING: PALMS TRAX It’s easy to forget that this world-touring, Essential Mixing, line-up topping sensation has released just four 12” singles to date. Yet in only a handful of tracks - shared between Dekmantel and Lobster Theremin - Palms Trax has achieved more than most do in a lifetime. He has much to do with the recent popularity of melodic, lo-fi dance music - yet his sets stay consistently ahead of the curve on account of the sheer depth of his tastes. He plays the Love International Festival Warm Up party at The Coroner's Court alongside Dave Harvey, Christophe and DIRTYTALK residents. Tickets: hdfst.uk/E44205
P MONEY / ALIX PEREZ / IVY LAB Grime veteran ‘King’ P Money has clashed everyone from Ghetts to Big H to Dot Rotten in his time - and nobody has come close to dethroning him. Catch him live at Lakota - Bristol alongside drum and bass futurists Alix Perez and Ivy Lab, as well as 140 young-guns Sepia and ALEXZNDR. Support from Alternate, Back2Bass, Nu:Motive Promotions and more. Tickets:
Since launching in 2014, the Brothers From Different Mothers label has provided a focal point for a new wave of experimental house and techno artists emerging out of Paris and Lyon. Central to the team is OKO DJ, who mixes nails electro and sticky EBM with post punk and hip-hop to pulse-raising effect. It makes perfect sense to see her booked here by Noods Radio affiliates Escalator To Nowhere, who brought BFDM signees The Pilotwings to Basement 45 this time last year. Tickets: Listen: https://soundcloud.com/digitaltsunami/digital-tsunami-129-oko-dj
Totality host the welcome return of Big Lad (previously Shitwife) for a raucous blow-out across both floors of The Old England. The live duo feature certified breakcore legend Ladyscraper, going toe-to-toe against ex-shield your eyes’ drummer Henri Grimes. Expect saccharine synths, ballistic breakbeats and sweaty strangers bouncing all around you. Plus sinister drone from BURL, up-front industrial from PUSS and femme-tastic bangers from the Queens of the Neighbourhood. Tickets:
London's most debauched noise-rockers Luminous Bodies return to Bristol at long last. Featuring members from Part Chimp, Gum Takes Tooth, Terminal Cheesecake & DETHSCALATOR, it's the closest you'll get to seeing Butthole Surfers any time soon... The Cosmic Dead's James will also unleash his new 'stoner violence' duo Acid Cannibals. TAMAN SHUD's necro-psych-biker-punk complete the bill. Wizzarding Promotions at The Old England. Tickets:
Hot on the heels of the NYE mash-up with SLACK ALICE & Satsumas, Schwet returns upstairs at The Stag & Hounds, for another outsider all-nighter in the atmospheric & intimate ‘Ancient Court of Pie-Poudre’. Guest selector for the evening is Bucharest’s Agnes Aves. She promises an expansive 3-hour journey; unearthing obscure post-punk gems, oddball techno chuggers, dancefloor-ready Krautrock, outernational rhythms, mutant electro and bizarre experiments, plus resident DJs playing the usual unusual.
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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.
Between Berghain / Panorama Bar and Houghton Festival, brooding techno harbinger Conforce (aka Versalife) makes a visit to The Island’s Police Cells. While the Dutchman’s productions have made him a Delsin and Clone Records mainstay, it’s Conforce’s hypnotic live sets that truly set him apart - off-kilter, bleeping arpeggios and rolling kicks penetrate rich industrial soundscapes as the audience are dragged from void to vortex and back. Support from Headfirst favourite Anina and Room 237 Bristol resident Black Amiga. Last tickets:
BAS JAN is the latest outfit from acclaimed harpist Serafina Steer, also featuring members of TRASH KIT and elysian quartet. They take cues from the post-punk greats such as The Slits! and The Raincoats, with a strong emphasis on earworm hooks. Receiving heavy rotation from Marc Riley BBC 6 music, they’re due to release their debut LP for Lost Map. Don't miss them at The Old England, courtesy of Pop Or Not Promotions Tickets:
A refreshing break from male-dominated programming, Dialogue bring raw electronic music and techno to one of Bristol’s most open-minded and gender-balanced audiences. There’s only room for 30 more people to find out why we consider these to be some of the best parties in Bristol. Last tickets £10 + 50p.
The latest signing to Trashmouth Records ushers ethereal yet propulsive post-punk from the same South London scene as The Fat White Family and The Moonlandingz. Fresh from heavy rotation from BBC Radio 6 Music's Gideon Coe, Madonnatron bring their murky dirged-out sass to Hy-Brasil Music Club next month. Gravy Train DJs play psych/shoegaze/dream-pop etc until 2am. free tickets: (donations encouraged)
Originally commissioned as a piece for SUPERNORMAL festival, their debut LP for VHF mixes floating, hypnagogic vocals over a bed of fizzy tones and jittery drones. The Slowest Lift are in essence a English psych-folk duo, albeit one informed by the post-industrial, ambient-noise tradition of West Yorkshire. Through organising Tor Festival and as part of legendary psyche delinquents Vibracathedral Orchestra, Sophie Cooper and Julian Bradley are key figures of the North England experimental realm. Promoted by Matthew Cheney at Cube Microplex. First-rate local support from Tara Clerkin Band and Motes. Tickets:
Londoner Kincaid - UK may be young and fresh faced, but his well crafted, melodic deep house sounds anything but. In a short space of time he has notched up releases on Disco Halal, Nie Wider Schalfen and Skream’s Of Unsound Mind label. Catch him at The Island courtesy of One Two Five Events for a night of tribal house and proggy techno. Tickets: