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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.
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Hodge and Mor Elian play their second back to back session at The Black Swan this month, following an explosive first encounter in London last November. A pioneer of the ‘Bristol sound’ that’s taken techno by storm, Hodge returns home after his latest release for Livity Sound with Laurel Halo. A staggering showcase of high-speed, rolling techno, the EP’s trippy synths flicker against backdrops of dubby, washed-out textures and grating industrial rhythms.
Like her counterpart, Israeli-born selector Mor Elian wears her influences on her sleeve, fusing electro, rave and acid influences. Sparks will fly when these these two experimental talents collide at Method LAB on 25th Jan with Metrist and Akiko Haruna in support.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E50251
PLU mark their first party of the season this Valentine's after their beyond-choice mad miran and Paquita Gordon bookings late last year.
Expect off-kilter, jagged fusions with Diamin in the mix at Dare to Club, where melancholic new-wave sensibilities work side by side with techno rhythms.
The Buenos Aires-based selector fluctuates between throbbing deep house, jangling acid cuts and 90s electro and breaks with a naturalistic atmosphere, melding tribalistic percussion with an uncanny, transcendental ambience. Don't miss Diamin's long overdue European debut after making waves in Argentina's underground with residencies at New Trash and Lacura.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E50268
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New Years Eve at the Swan is all about heavy-sub cross-genre niceness from the Psyched collective, pulling together local dub and steppas outlets Hold Tight Records and Dub From Above with DnB/Neurofunk firestarters Suck My Donk and the ruthless kicks, snares and bass of Kurrupt Recordings' Falling Abyss
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🎫 TICKETS: hdfst.uk/E50462
All 3 rooms of the Swan will be running things into the red with 3 heavyweight sounds; RC1, NSL Sound Void and Firmly Rooted. It's a family thing, at Bristol most notorious venue celebrating the best of Bristols underground music culture with the promise of 3 secret headliners still to be announced.
Howling Owl Records' in-house answer to Fugazi: Milos Planes make tortured bursts of deft hardcore for kicking over bins in Stokes Croft.
With a new album rumoured to be brewing, the success of Breakfast Records favs The Gnarwhals and punk techno deities Giant Swan have suddenly turned the Naturals into Bristol's hottest super-group
Photo of Wych Elm by Simon Holliday: simonholliday.com/
Boy Harsher specialise in torchlit EBM tracks for late night drives round David Lynch sets and wild ones at the Roadhouse. Set aside from their retro-fetish peers by electronics that suck in the full breadth of post-80s club DNA - Boy Harsher are the new cold wave. Since its cassette release a few years back, their anthem 'Pain' has struck a Youtube nerve to the tune of over 4 million views. It's a rare opportunity to see them at The Lanes, where ghoulish new night Damnatio Memoriae is bringing in the support of industrial strength EBMer Kontravoid for a night of minimal synth and pulsing dark rays.
Huge recommendationfor fans of: The Soft Moon, Crystal Castles, Cold Cave, Marie Davidson's Essaie Pas or anything on Minimal Wave
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E49437
TEACHINGS FROM THE DUB MASTERS: CHANNEL ONE
There's many lessons to be learnt at Trinity Centre on Friday from survivors of UK reggae Channel One Sound System. 30 years holding ground at Notting Hill with a box of dubplates to match, this sound brings the name of Kingston's legendary Channel One Records into new decades and new scenes.
Far from 'just a roots/dub' sound system: Channel One nights are a journey - running the full gauntlet through steppas and onto harder sounds. Their Dub to Dubstep and Dub to Jungle tours paired them with RSD, Kromestar and Congo Natty (as well as beating Metalheadz and Boy Better Know and the Red Bull Culture Clash). So it's a dream partnership to see them hosted by Teachings in Dub, whose close ties with everything dubstep in Bristol has let to infamous dub crossover nights with Bandulu and Deep Medi.
Your masters of ceremony are innovators and icons in their own right, Mikey Dread & Ras KAYLEB.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E50058
Also Known As light up your Monday night with an overdue homecoming headline from Young Echo's resident finger on the dials: Ishan Sound. Operating somewhere high up in murky post-dubstep ground of low-end, steppas influenced grime and dancehall takes on 140, Ishan's registered thundering anthems on Peng Sound and TectonicRecordings that stand shoulders above many Stokes Croft imitators.
Known best for his live desk dub mixes and thunderous vocal cuts with fellow Young Echo man-on-mic Rider Shafique, Ishan is Bristol through and through. Recent 12" takes on Hotline Recordings and Sector 7 Sounds hint at new developments to his signature sound - those making roads to The Crofters Rights on Monday will be rewarded in full.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E49935
Glasgow's Still House Plants are part of the same hyper-fertile scene as Golden Teacher, Domestic Exile & Optimo Music etc. The young trio "take cues from lo-fi R&B, off-kilter post-punk and free jazz" to create something decidedly new. They headline affairs at Cafe Kino this evening.
Cacophonous Sarcophagus host the proceedings with stellar support from fresh London duo O YAMA O and Bristol's most erratic improv troupé EP/64.
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Joining forces with heralded Welsh harpist Rhodri Davies, as well as Dawn Bothwell and Sally Pilkington (and even a cameo from Will Guthrie on the LP), Hen Ogledd is the latest proposition from contemporary folk hero RICHARD DAWSON.
Drawing on “medieval history, robots, romance, computer games and waterfalls”, the group are bewildering mix of olde and nu.
Qu Junktions host the event within the idiosyncratic The Brunswick Club, with support from Chilean trance-rockers GxNx - Glorias Navales, who sound like a basement Velvet Underground bootleg, in the best way possible.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E48224
Driven by the notion that raves should be places of dark and dizzying eccentricity, upsammy favours trippy, oddball soundscapes over floor-ready dance cuts. Though upsammy's sets shift slowly from psychedelic, washed-out ambience to slamming electro cuts and fierce drum and bass, she crafts her signature sound through a commitment to the unheimlich.
Behind the controls at De School, this Amsterdammer has taken the time and space to develop into one of today’s most defiant and intriguing selectors. And if that wasn't enough...Housework still have the highest calibre residents in the BS-postcode (take a bow Shanti Celeste, Gramrcy, Daisy Moon and Golesworthy).
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E48905
POST-GLOBAL EXPERIMENTALISM AT ST. THOMAS CHURCH
There’s a subtle thread of Outernationalism running through the acts at the Cacophonous Sarcophagus event this Saturday.
Headlined by Jerusalem In My Heart, an A/V duo who use 4x 16mm analogue projectors alongside buzuks, modular synthesis and Arabic lamentations to conjure a singular vision of contemporary Middle Eastern folk music.
‘Post-American’ artist Porest is behind many of the greatest releases for SUBLIME FREQUENCIES, though his solo material is known for it’s scathing critique of Arab-US relations, held together by a rapid-fire barrage of samples and hot takes, presented in the form of absurdist radio plays. Not quickly forgotten…
The bill is topped off by local dub-sorceress Sunun. Her 12” of ghost-rhythms and raw, spacious rhythms just dropped on the unstoppable Bokeh Versions. Don’t miss this chance to hear her sound with the extra reverb of the 50ft high church ceilings.
Like his label counterpart Andy Stott, Claro Intelecto’s work is characterised by its commitment to textural experimentation. Heavily influenced by the smooth, filtered dub of Rhythm & Sound-era techno, the sculpted curves of his early releases on Modern Love contrast sharply with the jagged and abrasive edges seen on 2017’s Exhilarator LP from Delsin Records. Committed to his Analog setup, Claro is renowned for his live sets, which weave moments of ecstatic lightness into the fold of his dark, choppy soundscapes.
Crushing electro meets emotive IDM at the Arnolfini for a very special Room 237 Bristol live showcase on Saturday. Claro Intelecto will be joined by Varg, Gábor Lázár, White Peak and Brecon.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E49180
Dr. Rubinstein puts her successes down to good fortune, but her infrequent mixes, and local hero status at ://about party pay testament to a wealth of skill and knowledge. Driven by her unabated love for acid, the doctor’s selections are borne from an urgent need to dance, fusing the notorious 303 wiggle with heavy basslines and coarse, industrial rhythms. Rubinstein’s sets also showcase a reflective capacity - the breakbeat journey of her September FACT mix is laced with a stunning intimacy that far surpasses the dancefloor, giving way to a deeply emotional trip.
She headlines for Shutter at The Island on Friday with Fake Doors and Little to warm the floor.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E48825
It’s little wonder that Harvey Sutherland’s jazzy dance cuts are endorsed by MCDE Recordings and Rhythm Section International. The self-proclaimed funk synthesist has been crafting shimmering, Chicago-tinged floorfillers with an Analog swing since 2014. Shifting slowly towards his Bermuda Trio live setup, the Melbourne native has retained the irresistible groove of his earlier works, whilst embracing a more fluid potential that's drawn comparisons with Floating Points. His latest release ‘Amethyst’ is a frenetic free-jazz journey alongside prodigal saxophonist Nubya Garcia, that sheds light upon the full depth of his influences.
Flâneur Company brings the trio to the Colston Hall foyer on Saturday for a British Heart Foundation fundraiser with Sven Atterton Music and the Noods Radio crew.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E49370