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What's On in Bristol

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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.

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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.

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What's On: Featured Bristol Events

Dropout Disco ft. Romare, O'Flynn & A Very Special tickets
Preaching ‘creativity without order,’ Banoffee Pies Records’ eclectic discography holds testament to its founders’ wide-reaching and well-developed tastes. Birthed from a passion for house and disco, the label’s releases span from the leftfield jazz of the likes of Yadava and Seb Wildblood, to the pumping breaks of Liem and Eddie Ness. Taking the helm of Lakota - Bristol’s main room for Deep Discs x Nebula at the end of the month, the Bristolian label will be joined by another homegrown hero, Housework co-founder Daisy Moon, alongside Lukas Wigflex, founder of Nottingham’s notorious Wigflex parties. 🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E47829 📺
Dropout Disco ft. Romare, O'Flynn & A Very Special tickets
Preaching ‘creativity without order,’ Banoffee Pies Records’ eclectic discography holds testament to its founders’ wide-reaching and well-developed tastes. Birthed from a passion for house and disco, the label’s releases span from the leftfield jazz of the likes of Yadava and atSeb Wildblood, to the pumping breaks of Liem and atEddie Ness. Taking the helm of Lakota - Bristol’s main room for Deep Discs x Nebula at the end of the month, the Bristolian label will be joined by another homegrown hero, Housework co-founder Daisy Moon, alongside Lukas Wigflex, founder of Nottingham’s notorious Wigflex parties. 🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E47829 📺
Raise the Bar | Feat. DANEZ SMITH + More tickets
On paper Danez Smith is a decorated poet and author - most recently for their collection Don't Call Us Dead - but it's their inspired and ecstatic delivery where these poems truly live. Co-ounder of The Dark Noise Collective Danez deals with the realities of queer life in an America that denies its deep-rooted racism. Poems like 'Dear White America' set new standards for Youtube-hosted spoken word, while pieces like 'Self Portrait As A 90s R&B Star' showcase Danez uniquely subversive humour. Raise the Bar - Bristol's beating pulse for international and local spoken word - have done us a huge favour by bringing a groundbreaking force and an urgent voice to Arnolfini for a night of the finest spoken word. 🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E47839 📺
Bristol Dub Club : 15 Hour Day & Night Session  tickets
Unsung city-wide opinion: Maasai Warrior Sound System is the mightiest dub sound around. Bolstered by Kai Dub's year 4000 steppas productions, they're the BS postcode Iration Steppas we all need. They'll power the switches in the The Black Swan main room alongside Bass-I and the mic talent of Murray Man from MELLOW VIBES STUDIO PRODUCTION and sometime Maasai wordsmith Joseph Lalibela. Bristol Dub Club have done the right thing and added some 2 - 10pm rootical programming including Peng Sound resident Wilfy and Dub From Above (bouncing back after an amazing session at the Swan with Soom T); plus record stalls from hand-picked local stockists. West country dubheads, cancel all Saturday plans. 🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E47974 📺
Dropout Disco ft. Romare, O'Flynn & A Very Special tickets
Melding deft soul and jazz samples with bluesy hooks and jangling rock n’ roll, Romare’s productions depict a learned passion for America's musical history. Like his namesake, the Afro-American master of collage, Romare’s multi-layered tracks flit between the borderlines of genre, yet his unique, dancefloor-ready sound remains unmistakeably his own. Like his compositions, Romare’s DJ sets span the breadth of his influence, joining the dots between the many corners of his taste. The Ninja Tune mainstay heads to Lakota - Bristol on October 6th - where Dropout Disco pair him with O'Flynn's global disco selections and one 'very special guest'. Tickets: hdfst.uk/E47829
The Renegade Fabulon tickets
Bristol's home-made anarchic circus troupe returns to our favourite subterranean arts and performance venue, The Loco Klub, for two evenings of renegade circus acts, wild storytelling and live musical scoring Every event The Invisible Circus host is a new world and this round of site-specific performances (titled Renegade Fabulon) boasts a topical narrative "where communities are forgotten and profit is king". We're envisioning a night of immersive Cirque du Soleil entertainment with Mad Max grit and a Stokes Croft heart. Renegade Fabulon runs for two nights only and 3 of 4 performances are already sold out. Thursday 9:30pm Tickets: hdfst.uk/E47289
The Renegade Fabulon tickets
Bristol's home-made anarchic circus troupe returns to our favourite subterranean arts and performance venue, The Loco Klub, for two evenings of renegade circus acts, wild storytelling and live musical scoring Every event The Invisible Circus host is a new world and this round of site-specific performances (titled Renegade Fabulon) boasts a topical narrative "where communities are forgotten and profit is king". We're envisioning a night of immersive Cirque du Soleil entertainment with Mad Max grit and a Stokes Croft heart. Renegade Fabulon runs for two nights only and we've got a limited amount of tickets left for each. Thursday Tickets: hdfst.uk/E47289 Friday Tickets: hdfst.uk/E47293
Powerdove, FOQL + Copy Corpo & SWIR tickets
Cacophonous Sarcophagus invite you to again descend into one of the cities' unfrequented, under-foot spaces. Held at the captivating crypt beneath St. Paul's Church (Southville), the line-up is topped by New York State trio powerdove. Harnessing highly unorthodox instrumentation and creative songwriting, together they conjure an uncommon form of folk music that's equal measures noise as it is pop. Joining them from Poland are FOQL and Copy Corpo, presenting a site-specific audio-visual installation, which will transform the space into a womb-like tomb of incubatory ambiance. Local support from Swir. 📷: Daniel Higgs by Simon Holliday Tickets:

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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.


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Upcoming Events

Worm Disco Club + Manana Cuba present: tickets
Worm Disco Club bring an infectious and singular blend of Cuban jazz and live electronics to Kuumba Community Centre in the shape of Ariwo - an integral part of the Manana // Cuba project of re-wiring the Afro-Cuban folkloric tradition. Support comes from the Tezeta segment of Bristol's multi-armed Bloom Collective (who share members with some of the best live acts in town via Run Logan Run, The Evil Usses and Yama Warashi). A massive recommendation for fans of Moritz von Oswald Trio or any Markus Ernestus related projects. 🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E47233 📺
AKA: The Second Leg w/ COEO tickets
Mainstays on Germany's prodigious Toy Tonics label, COEO close out the summer season in Bristol, bringing their disco-infused deep house to The Lanes. Sample-heavy grooves informed by funk sensibilities and a firm grasp of rhythm, COEO's pounding kicks and soulful melodies conjure a nostalgia for those lingering, joyful festival moments, still fresh in our mind. Converting the Lanes alleys for one evening only, Bristol's own AKA Collective warm the floor with in-house residents and support from 64zoo. Limited Tickets: hdfst.uk/E47809
Room 237 presents Silent Servant tickets
ROOM 237 W/ SILENT SERVANT Alongside the likes of Regis and Function, Silent Servant (Official) has been a driving force behind two of the 21st century’s most forward thinking and influential techno-orientated labels, Sandwell District and Jealous Gods. Amongst his label output, his DJ sets and his own productions, clear influences of EBM, post-punk and big room craft a unique style of darkly melodic, dystopian techno. Room 237 Bristol will be bringing him to The Island for a night of dystopian techno, robotic EBM and darkly Tickets: hdfst.uk/E44482
Insight Ensemble: The Dawn of Time tickets
INSIGHT ENSEMBLE: THE DAWN OF TIME Bristol's only adventurous classic music troupe,Insight Ensemble, return to their underground home (The Loco Klub) for a night of orchestral storytelling. Past sell-out nights weaved multi-media soundscapes evoking winter and outer-space. This time they're turning their bows and brass to the grand topic of Creation. Expect pyrotechnics, spoken word and collaborations with The Invisible Circus. And leave your conceptions at the door: it's rare for classical to be this immersive, engaging, and playful. Tickets: hdfst.uk/E44449
TRIPTYCH tickets
Gravy Train takes over Old Market’s Exchange & Stag and Hounds Public House for 11 hours of revelry across 3 stages on 9th June. Headlined by the likes of Big Lad, Autobahn, Swedish Death Candy and Baba Naga, it’s actually the local artists we’re most excited for. Don’t miss some of Bristol’s finest psychedelic and noisy acts; Ep/64, MXLX, Bad Tracking, Repo-Man, Silver Waves etc. Early-birds long gone, so be hasty: 🎬
Eminent x CPU w/ CPSmith, Daddy Long Leg tickets
As electro continues its unstoppable resurgence, Sheffield’s Central Processing Unit has solidified its reputation as the UK’s most prolific and consistent purveyor of chattering 808’s and peaking synth stabs. Since 2012, CPSmith has curated an enviable portfolio of spacey futurism and dancefloor weapons. Smith takes over everybody’s favourite basement alongside Daddy Long Legs – a man who combines sleazed-out b-boy flavours with retrospective, atmospheric synth-pop to become the golden boy for CPU. Support comes from Eminent’s very own rising star Zobol to round off a line-up of contemporary hard hitters of an unmatchable sound. Tickets: hdfst.uk/E44043 Listen: bit.ly/2qrUNoO
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