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.
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Musu x Colours return to Band Studios - the 500 capacity BS4 industrial estate film studio with club-grade soundproofing and enviable audio (anyone in the crowd at their June collab with DJ Fett Burger / LNS will swear by that).
For 8 hours this rarely used space will host My Own Jupiter's Nicolas Lutz, a true leader and survivor of Berlin's old guard whose revered mixes posses a truly cosmic vision within the house/techno continuum. NTS juggernaut and pioneer of "frozen balearic gay biker house" Ivan Smagghe supports alongside Rough Draft's rising resident Ellie Stokes.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E52387
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SHYBOI crafts blistering, politically-charged collages of vocal snippets, soulful Detroit techno and polyrhythmic hard drum. Like her contemporaries UMFANG, Rizzla and Dj Haram, these boundless journeys enact a musical queering of the dancefloor that poses radical cultural questions. Paving a way for LGBTQ+ and non-male artists through the Discwoman and KUNQ collectives, Shyboi's been reshaping the discourse around dance music.
She debuts in Bristol alongside Yushh on Saturday. A huge booking for Floor Function who've made a splash at Take Five with the likes of FAE and a more-than-welcome 'minimal phones on the dancefloor' policy.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E51605
Inspired by a nuanced love affair with cross-continental cultures, Auntie Flo’s 2018 'Radio Highlife' LP bears the distinctive watermarks of a Brownswood mainstay. Cuban and Latin-American jazz infuences meld with bubbling keyboard melodies, complex percussive patterns and a pool of soaring vocal samples and field recordings from Flo's travels.
Like contemporaries Romare, Daphni and collaborator Andrew Ashong, his productions are not born with the floor in mind, yet they retain a undeniable danceability that will leave Soundway Records and Rush Hour fans irresistably shuffling. It's a promising launch night for new promoters it's peachy in the intimate settings of The Jam Jar Bristol; Flo will be joined by Bambooman (live) and Rough Draft resident Ellie Stokes.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E51723
Bucking the trend for heavy handed 'world' edits, Moscoman's Disco Halal imprint has become the go-to for brooding, melodic techno with strong Middle Eastern influences. Home to the likes of Red Axes and Mehmet Aslan, the DH sound Moscoman favours is defined by restraint, drawing dark, loopy vocals and traditional instrumentation together into bristling grooves packed with explosive tension.
Moscoman plays alongside Futureboogie Recordings' Dave Harvey for an all-night workout on 9th March. After Club Blanco's inaugural party last November with Massimiliano Pagliara, we expect big things from their second magic carpet ride at the Boxing Club in St. Judes.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E51000
Love is in the House for Harry & Mikey Presents' next party this Friday (secret location to be announced on the night). PC Music and Charli XCX fans alike can look forward to live sets from hyperpop fiends GFOTY and Count Baldor, high-BPMs with Planet Fun's Peggy Viennetta and a special appearance from Elvis himself (via living vessel JoeisElvis). Take a ride to Love Town, Baby.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E50711
Bristolian bass lynchpin Ossia serves up a righteous bill at The Brunswick Club on March 8th, as part of the Submerge festival.
Fresh from dropping his debut LP on Blackest Ever Black, he’ll play live alongside a heavyweight all-star cast with mutant dub-tek hybrids from John T. Gast, scuzzy improv punk via EP/64, distorto beatnik beatz from ASDA and eyes-down melancholia courtesy of local Young Echo auxiliary unit Jabu.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E51282
Stripping back techno, grime, UK Funky and dancehall to their raw, unadulterated cores, NKC's boneshaking drum workouts are the basis of the sound he's nurtured through his atEveEven the Strong label. Peppered with pop-culture sampling and stuttering vocal snippets, NKC sets are second to none, serving up a rhythmic layering that leaves ceilings dripping and bodies aching.
The Her Records associate comes to Cosies! on Friday 8th March, hosted by Psychotherapy Sessions - PTS for a night of dystopian madness. With a beefed-up soundsystem, hardcore warmups from DJ Roy Bar and strictly limited free etickets, dance in confidence that hard drum will never die.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E51589
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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.
With co-signs from Ricardo Villalobos and Zip and remixes from Fabric's Craig Richards; Voigtmann's incredibly forward take on house and techno was never destined to go unnoticed.
The Yumé Records and Toi Toi Musik alumni touches down at The Island this Friday for a rare Bristol show courtesy of Deep Discs, with residents in full support.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E50742
Schwet returns again to the stately upstairs room of The Stag And Hounds Public House to host Barcelona’s post-industrial dance duo Dame Area. Their live set features ethnic percussion, 80s synths, crashing sheet metal and striking vocals, crucial for fans of Toresch, Suicide and atminimal wave records.
They’re joined by HARRGA, a local duo set to release their debut LP via the shadowy Avon Terror Corps. Resident DJs playing the usual unusual until late...
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E51032
Fusing the freeform creativity of Salon Des Amateurs and the unified optimism of the Ruhr region's early rave scene, DJ Normal 4 spans industrial rhythm with a nimble hand. 90s trance and hardcore fuse with junglist breaks and the Aiwo rec. founder's own blend of off-kilter electro - the oddball kind you'll find on leftfield imprints like SecondCircle and Klasse Wrecks.
Breakneck tempo changes and a liberated mixing style awaits punters at The Love Inn on Thursday as Monkey Sounds return for their promising second party. Support comes from SisterWorks affiliate Manami. and Pretty Pretty Good maninstay Austen.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E51057
San Proper's playful irreverence is one too rarely seen behind the decks. The Dutch producer brings a rock n’ roll defiance to the dance - wailing guitar solos and 80’s New York vocals wind around proto-house and boogie beats with an acidic, sleazy twist, cut through with booming 808 kicks and thunderclap snares.
‘The Doctor’ is a core member of an infamous Amsterdam family, featuring the likes of Detroit Swindle and Tom Trago. Flying the banner for Rush Hour, Red Light Radio and Perlon, San visits Exchange on Saturday alongside rising Bristol star Kayne Hermit - host of Noods Radio’s now-legendary The Hermit Show. They’ll be celebrating Continuous Movement’s 2nd Birthday with live visuals by Lewis Bradley Muir & Phoebe Hudson.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E50627
Bristol heavy-psych institution Stolen Body Records dream up a double-headline show of epic scope at The Island - all part of the build up to the 6th installment of Bristol Psych Fest (now renamed Astral Festival).
Al Lover's heady electronics are sludge in atmosphere only; with no guitars in sight, this Californian experimentalist crafts a melting pot of trip-hop and trap that breathes in everything from kraut to dubtech too. Alongside label mates Yama Warashi, he's one of the acts that make Stolen Body hardest to pigeonhole. Burried between dense sci-fi guitar fuzz and Nuggets-esque garage hooks, space-rockers SLIFT fly over from France to offer another kick in the teeth for disciples of local acts like YO NO SE.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E50635
Flitting between high-speed acid jams, dark techno pieces and lo-fi electro cuts, Legowelt Music’s live shows are defined by his affinity for the imperfect, crafting off-kilter, oddball breaks that continue to bewilder hardware nerds and ravers alike. Pushing the boundaries of experimental electronics, Danny’s no stranger to synthesis, building his own ‘sentient Star Shepherd’ from scratch.
Catch the electro wizard live in The Loco Klub's cavernous tunnels alongside local talent DJ October and Gallegos for one of French Kiss's most boundary-pushing line-ups yet.
🎫 Final Tickets: hdfst.uk/E50425