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Events in Bristol
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.
FRIDAY: SUB.MISSION X CNCPT ––– Legendary US dubstep crew Sub.mission make their Bristol debut with a stacked line-up of OG, dancefloor-focused 140. DEEP MEDi favourite Bukez Finezt joins forces with original wobble merchants SUKH KNIGHT Cluekid and COTTI - STN, alongside local heads Chonk Mob, Kloudmen and Content. Gunfingers at the ready. Tickets:
EDITOR'S PICK: UUUU ––– World-debut at Exchange. The industrial/krautrock supergroup is formed by members of post-punk icons Wire, with Coil/Spiritualized synth-maestro Thighpaulsandra, lead by the peerless Valentina Magaletti, percussionist for Tomaga, Raime etc. Support from the Salford post-industrial outfit Errant Monks and local ambient-whiz Microdeform, plus Schwet DJs. Tickets: Poster: Niall Greaves
Deep Discs celebrates a year in business with a jaw-dropping triple header of house music heavies. Topping the bill: Pender Street Steppers - undisputed heroes of the über-fertile Vancouver house scene. Expect earworm melodies, pots-n-pans percs and off-kilter party jams. The duo are joined by lowkey Mancunian legend Jon Rust and Rinse FM favourite Josey Rebelle. Tickets:
SOLD OUT: NYNN W/ GIANT SWAN ––– Giant Swan were one of Bristol’s breakthrough acts in 2017, decimating clubs and festivals across Europe with their brand of blown-out techno, as well as releasing their best 12” yet on Timedance. Their first show of the year is this Saturday at the unique converted working mans' club The Brunswick Club, as part Howling Owl Records fifth & final 'New Year/New Noise' weekender. Last tickets
SATURDAY: JOEFARR & MANNI DEE ––– Fans of industrial, Berghain-style techno would do well to pay close attention to new Bristol crew TRUK. Their second outing at The Island this month brings together Leisure System bright-light JoeFarr and Perc Trax favourite Manni Dee - both highly recommended for fans of high octane, impeccably produced big-room belters. Residents Krash and Exocet complete the bill. Tickets:
SNAILS/EDWARD PENFOLD/EUGENE CAPPER & RHODRI BROOKS Snails supply that Kinks combination of lively guitar pop fused with sorrow. Evoking Syd Barrett or The Pastels Snails mix of the familiar and the unexpected appeals to fans of Euros Childs, Sweet Baboo and The Vaselines. Support from Edward Penfold of TAOS HUMM providing the antidote for a grey January. Joined at Cube Microplex by lo-fi/surf/psych duo Eugene Capper and Rhodri Brookes. Tickets:
In 2017, the Salon des Amateurs gang changed the game. Alongside Tolouse Low Trax, Jan Schulte and Vladimir Ivkovic, the seminal Dusseldorf collective are rightly credited for injecting new life into the European DJ circuit. Perhaps only rivalled by Helena Hauff, Willikens digs deeper than any to bring esoteric electro, minimal synth and sludgy acid to those hungry for something different to the ‘techno club monotony’. Lena Willikens joins Batu_music at The Island's cells space for the latest Timedance. Final tickets: Photo: WAATERKANT
£4 tickets on sale 3pm today Heading off the beaten track, Body Clocks take their Dialogue project into Lawrence Hill’s back streets with a rare 6am license. A tidy collaboration with London’s Universe of Tang spreads viscous electro, off-kilter compressed techno and live electronics across two floors of this extremely distinctive venue. On the bill: SIREN, re:ni, Sybil, Jay, Moonbow , Black Amiga (Room 237 Bristol), SPFDJ, tamypro, Ntalia, Captain WAP, Bad Tracking
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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.
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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.
The Crofters Rights What: Residents from Bristol’s best experimental/alt house nights united for the mother of back-to-back sessions at The Crofters Rights. With no expensive djs to fly over, it’s a bargain for a fiver Who: Musu, The Love Below, Bodywork, Satsumas Bristol, Colours Tickets? £5,
Fresh from vocal work on Aldous Harding’s ‘Party’, Fenne Lily's rapid ascent to stardom continues. Sitting somewhere between the earnest songwriting of Laura Marling and the pristine folk-pop of sóley and JFDR, Lily has quickly found favour with BBC Radio 6 djs and local collaborators Tamu Massif and Oliver Wilde. Her first headline show at The Louisiana may not be until February, but tickets are already running extremely low. Support from Oro Swimming Hour, presented by Chiverin. last chance tickets:
WOVEN w/ TOM DEMAC ––– Since 2004, Tom Demac has released a near-constant stream of house and techno floor fillers, with outings on an impressive array of industry-leading labels: Hypercolour/ Glass Table, Drumcode, Aus Music. Catch him at The Island courtesy of WOVEN. for a night of bassline-heavy house and earworm electro. Visuals from Relevant Films and sound from the The Washing Machine Soundsystem complete the bill.
Final tickets: With slo-mo techno, shadowy electronica and Turkish disco, Zozo has been at the epicentre of the Turkish dance music scene since the late 90s. Having won the hearts of programmers at De School and Berghain / Panorama Bar, it seems appropriate that PLU are hosting her Bristol debut in a fetish club. For fans of Red Axes, TOLOUSE LOW TRAX, Dekmantel. It's primarily a queer night, if you're not cool with that, sort yourself out because these parties are unmissable.
JUST ANNOUNCED: STENNY & ANDREA (Ilian Tape) With hench breakbeats and hazed-out pad work, Stenny & ANDREA's productions pang as much of early Warp Records as they do Tessela and Polykicks . The pair make their Bristol debut for Loose Lips following a string of shows at De School, Robert Johnson and fabriclondon . Limited £6 early-birds:
Anybody lucky enough to have caught one of Insight Ensemble's spellbinding subterranean performances will know they are not to be missed. Join them in The Tunnels beneath Temple Meads for an immersive winter-themed spectacular at The Loco Klub, complete with full symphony orchestra, dancers, shadow-puppets and performers.