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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.
Expect country-fried art-rock lewdity and post-punk swagger from Bristol’s LICE, as they host a bash for their debut 12” release at the subterranean The Loco Klub. Fans of the 80's icons such as The Fall, The Pop Group and The Birthday Party will likely be smitten. Ep/64 are an entirely different beast, each set completely improvised with a constantly shifting cast. This particular night, they will feature Dali alongside Silver Waves & Jesse of GNOD & Repo-Man. Prepare for free-form industrial and no-wave battery. Tickets: hdfst.uk/E44971
THIS WEEK'S BEST GIGS IN BRISTOL. Tap Learn More for info and tickets. Livity Sound w/ Minor Science, Gigsta [dubstep, techno, house] Canapé Presents: Subnautica [dupstep, drum and bass, house] Schwet x Dance Party. w/ Apostille [electro, techno, experimental] Evolve w/ Politis, Elevator Sound [electronic, techno] Dub Forward w/ King Alpha, Rasta Yard [reggae & dub] Greenhouse Effect w/ Mama Snake, Solid Blake [rave, electronic, techno] Worm Disco Club w/ DJ Tahira [world, electronic, experimental] Love Saves Lakota w/ Alfresco Disco [disco, house] Optimystic, Kelan [drum and bass] Evil B vs B Live w/ Logan D, Majistrate [drum and bass, garage, grime] hdfst.uk/E45129 Something missing? Suggest events in the comments? Tap Learn More for info and tickets.
Celebrating 5 years of Cacophonous Sarcophagus, Schwet invites Glasgow’s Apostille, C.E.O of Night School and certified synth-pop sensation to Stag and Hounds Public House (in the upstairs Courtroom). Citing “Depeche Mode, Suicide and Fad Gadget” as key influences, the live show has become infamous for their infectious energy and unrelenting FUN. Schwet DJs will go b2b with Dance Party's Amos & EC Ryder (Copper Sounds) 'til 4am, dropping likely the most out-there selections you’ll hear in this fair city. Tickets:
THIS WEEK'S BEST GIGS IN BRISTOL. Tap Learn More for info and tickets. Anna Burch, Tungz [alt-pop] Gravy Train w/ Cocaine Piss [rock, punk, drone/noise, experimental] MLUTV w/ Is Bliss, wych elm [rock, indie, drone/noise, experimental] Wizzarding w/ Radar Men from the Moon [post-rock, drone/noise, experimental] hdfst.uk/E45067 Breakfast Records w/ Yukon Era, Wych Elm [rock, indie, punk] Hannah James & Claudia Schwab [folk & acoustic] 1% of One w/ Screaming Females [rock, indie, punk] LICE - EP Launch [rock, punk] FIZZ, Tugboat Captain, Lily Hayes, Elliot Br [indie] Eyebrow, Mammal Hands [jazz, experimental music, world] Efa Supertramp, Pussy Liquor, Brassick [punk, drone/noise, folk & acoustic] The Silken Same [folk & acoustic, gypsy jazz] Stolen Body w/ Captain Süün [rock] Afon Sistema [world] BEEF: Modern Ritual [experimental music, poetry] Hell Hath No Fury w/ Vulpynes, Menstrual Cramps [punk, drone/noise, folk & acoustic] Witch Please w/ Oberon White [performance] Leonie Evans [folk & acoustic, jazz, blues] Tiger Lion, Abi Wade [experimental pop, indie, experimental] Tap Learn More for info and tickets.
Powered by Sinai Sound System, Green King Cuts host a 13 hour day & night session The Black Swan in the gear up to St Pauls Carnival. Both heads and dub dilettantes are more than spoilt here: Danny Red on the mic, Reggae Roast's Adam Prescott Music, 90s steppas luminaries and Green King favourites Alpha And Omega as well as the peerless King Alpha Sound System (who return after an unforgettable dance down at the Kuumba Centre). Tickets: hdfst.uk/E45328
THIS WEEK'S BEST GIGS IN BRISTOL. Tap Learn More for info and tickets. Chiverin w/ Cousin Kula, Dirty Nice [rock, indie, jazz, funk and soul] Jericho Noguera, Shuwanfey [blues, jazz, indie] Mayfest w/ Mesadorm, DJ Waxmouse [rock, indie, folk & acoustic] Ear Trumpet Music w/ Eli West, Kit Hawes [folk & acoustic] Japanese Breakfast [indie, blues] Bristol Refugee Rights w/ Matthew Crampton [folk & acoustic, theatre] KOLA Roasta [world] Global Groove, Snazzback [jazz, funk and soul, world, electronic] Stolen Body x Bristol Psych Fest w/ BOYTOY, YO NO SE [experimental, drone/noise] Cacophonous Sarcophagus w/ Father Murphy, Miki Yui [drone/noise, folk & acoustic, experimental music] Area Boys w/ Byron Biroli [world] Viridian Ensemble, Konik, Matt Davis [drone/noise, jazz, experimental music] Imagine That w/ The Harry Miller Band, Luna Lake [folk & acoustic, funk and soul] Sam Evian, Willie J Healey [pop, experimental pop, blues] Night Bus UK w/ Wasuremono, The Blood Choir [indie] Young Waters, Spindle Ensemble [folk & acoustic] hdfst.uk/E42917 Lysergic Limes x BAD LUCK w/ Levitation Room [rock] Mr Dowland's Midnight [jazz] Tap Learn More for info and tickets.
Key figures of the ‘Italian Occult Psychedelia’ community, Father Murphy have toured with the likes of Swans, Xiu Xiu and most recently collaborated with Jarboe. Their sound is hard to pigeonhole, though conceptually always refers back to their Catholic upbringing. Over nearly 20 releases, they’ve conjured ritualistic Giallo industrial, Gregorian dark ambient, avant-garde black metal, atonal no-wave and now on their final album, a mournful requiem to the project itself. They perform in the atmospheric Church of St. John the Baptist thanks to Cacophonous Sarcophagus, playing alongside Japanese electro-acoustic artist Miki Yui, modular synth wiz Sam Weaver and the cinematic drones of Mésange. Tickets:
South African performance-art duo / “multi-disciplinary cultural movement” FAKA make their Bristol debut on 29th June at Thorny, the city’s premier experimental and inclusive event series. FAKA is a project by Fela Gucci and Desire Marea, exploring “black queer bodies, navigating the cis-hetero-topia of post-colonial Africa.” Closely linked with labels like NON and Janus, their recent Amaqhawe EP is a conceptualised take on Durban’s Gqom sound, though when we caught their Euro debut at Unsound, it was something closer to Sunn O))) soundtracking a Ball. Tickets here:
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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.
Powered by the potent flute and vocals of leadsinger, Ríoghnach Connolly, Honeyfeet tear apart blues, soul and irish folk and fuse them in ways that never sound overdone. This Friday, the band bring their Shambala Festival-headlining performance to Trinity Centre to raise money for Misfits Theater, who provide opportunities for people with learning difficulties in the local community. Nuala Honan Music, Binbag Wisdom, DJ Dad & Sally Jenkinson round off the bill. Tickets:
A staple of the Bristol sub-underground since ‘12, Olanza have trudged away through countless support slots with a brazen disregard for acclaim. This Saturday however, they release their debut LP proper, with a headline set at the Drink Moor Beer brewery. ‘Bonanza’ is a rare thing, existing on the fringes of what could be considering ‘math rock’, without falling for the tedious tropes the genre often offers. Instead we get 30 minutes of effervescent instrumental post-hardcore and highly melodic indie/college rock, with particular nods to early '90s greats such as Polvo, Rodan and June of 44. Entry is free £5 suggested donation), with support from DOWNARD, Los Savages and DJs until midnight. Free e-tickets:
SATURDAY: ROMAN LINDAU / GUY ANDREWS / TERR Three of Bristol's brightest promoters and one of it's best radio stations (Mi Casa Su Casa, High Tech Soul, 10 Twenty Radio) have come together to curate an exciting line up of no-nonsense, club-ready energy for a two-room date at the Old Crown Court. It's hard to pick favourites between Roman Lindau’s relentless driving four-to-the-floor, TERR's anthemic synth-driven groovers and Guy Andrews industrial ambient techno. Tickets: hdfst.uk/E44616
Los Angeles' own queens of the desert L.A. WITCH bravely return to Bristol (after all their gear was robbed last time). Give them the reception they deserve at the intimate pub The Old England, hosted by Bristol Psych Fest on June 25. Essential listening for fans of The Black Angels & Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Official Page). Tickets:
Young Bristol-based duo Run Logan Run present their debut album ‘The Delicate Balance of Terror’ at The Cube Microplex this Friday. Produced by members of The Comet is Coming, expect a barrage of freeform tri-ballastic percussion colliding with cyclical, trance-inducing sax skronk. Crucial listening for fans of contemporary jazz such as atColin Stetson, Melt Yourself Down &Sons Of Kemet etc.
FRIDAY: TRUK X LOOSE LIPS TRUK and Loose Lips return to The Island to host two Bristol debuts for a night of unapologetic, high-energy, percussive bedlam. J. Tijn has spent the past five years establishing himself as one of UK techno’s heavyweights and most in-demand exports. His productions bridge the gap between Perc and Truss’ industrial techno and Livity Sound’s jagged, post-dubstep inspired sound. FLmm meanwhile has been busy playing mechanised future-shock techno across the continent, sharing bills with hard-hitters such as Ansome and Manni Dee. Tickets: hdfst.uk/E44967