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.
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.
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
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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
Djrum sits alongside Burial as one of few UK artists to have successfully captured the emotional ebb and flow of 90s rave culture. The multi-instrumentalist melds the excessive tempos of gabber and hardcore with the mind-boggling time signatures of jazz and classical, crafting otherworldly and cinematic pieces that complicate understandings of UK bass. His latest LP, 2018’s 'Portraits of Firewood', flits between heart-wrenching vocal snippets, and blurred, frenetic techno, nestling somewhere in the spaces ‘between euphoria and sadness’ (The Quietus).
One Two Five Events bring him to The Island cells on November 9th alongside Nie Wieder Schlafen's Sower and J Chrysalis.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E48742
atYoung Marco is a selector who’s not afraid to put purists in their place. Dropping 'Last Christmas' in mid-July amidst afro-boogie throwdowns and obscure proto-house gems, Marco's renegade status sees him ditching ‘discogs melts’ in pursuit of a good time. This ethos, combined with top-notch selection and a commitment to deep-digging, makes him one of Amsterdam’s most treasured musical elite.
Celebrate with him at atblThe Black Swan as Noods Radio turn three this November.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E48386
Rioghnach Connolly's commanding vocals return to Trinity Centre after gracing the stage with her Shambala headling group, Honeyfeet. Rioghnach's woozy voice is matched by jazz-leaning structures and an attention to sonic design that's unsurprising given the rest of The Breath's affiliaition with The Cinematic Orchestra. Their new album for Real World Records is a modern alt-folk milestone from the Manchester band - a total trip through delicate hushed Hardanger fiddles, torch-bearing choruses and heartfelt moments of introspection.
Backed by SOME THING GOOD's DJ Dad and the haunting soundscapes of rising Bristol act The Desert - this is a big recommendation for fans of Mazzy Star, Fleet Foxes or Afro Celt Soundsystem.
🎫 Tickets hdfst.uk/E46727
Illegal Data has come out of nowhere to become the most consistently surprising post-whatever 'club night' - with it's fingers so deep on the pulse that they're practically inside the vein. Four nights in and they've already hosted PC Music's SPINEE, a crushing nu-metal set from SLACK ALICE's Kelan, sino-grime from L U C Y and washes of machine noise from Silver Waves.
This instalment welcomes Central Processing Unit nu-electro king Daddy Long Legs, industrial trap from Kinlaw and MC Franco Franco (Noods Radio / Avon Terror Corps) and cloud gazing dancehall from Mixpak's Don Sinini. Part of some really eye-watering promoters flocking to make theStag and Hounds Public House Bristol's finest music pub of late (RIP Surrey Vaults).
🎫 Tickets hdfst.uk/E48378
Illegal Data has come out of nowhere to become the most consistently surprising post-whatever 'club night' - with it's fingers so deep on the pulse that they're practically inside the vein. Four nights in and they've already hosted PC Music's SPINEE, a crushing nu-metal sets from SLACK ALICE's Kelan, sino-grime from L U C Y, and washes of modular noise from Silver Waves.
This instalment welcomes Central Processing Unit nu-electro king DADDY LONG LEGS, industrial trap from Kinlaw and Italian MC Franco Franco (from new Bristol firestarting collective Avon Terror Corps), vapor-dancehall from Mixpak's Don Sinini.
Part of some really eye-watering promoters flocking to make The Stag And Hounds Public House Bristol finest music pub of late (RIP Surrey Vaults).
🎫 Tickets hdfst.uk/E48378