What's On in Bristol
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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.
The Burning Hell at Hy-Brasil Music Club, Friday 9th December The ever-busy Burning Hell come to Bristol on the 9th December. Their diverse, comical and literate take on pop and country music has put the band in high-demand across Europe & Canada. A wonderful fact for you - in 2012, the band played 10 shows between the Netherlands and Slovenia in under twenty-four hours. Tickets - £5.00 +50p.
Shall Not Fade / The Small Horse Social Club Experimantal, avant-garde house label Shall Not Fade showcase the artists behind their two newest releases. The first is LK, the man behind SNF008’s coltish and disco-led tracks. The second is venice-based STEVE MURPHY, the architect of SF009’s forthcoming treats, who makes raw tracks that span across the house/techno spectrum. Support comes from Bristolian label boss, KGW. Tickets - £3.00 +50p.
Hy-Brasil Music Club, Monday 12th December First given a break by the one and only Slum Village, Detroit-born Black Milk has gone on to work with respected artists such as Danny Brown and Robert Glasper. Computer Ugly’s rapper will be joined by the keyboard player, Aaron Abernathy. Tickets: £8.50 +50p.
SATURDAY Vacation Bristol bring LuckyMe's designer, illustrator and not forgetting all round top DJ, Eclair Fifi, to The Small Horse Social Club on Saturday. Similar to her NTS Radio show, she'll be gliding through different genres ensuring the dancefloor stays full of energy. Tickets: £3 + 50p.
You're Not Human Presents Oozing Wound & Knifeman - Exchange This Sunday Thrill Jockey Records’s Oozing Wound will be slaying Exchange with their blend of noise-rock and wierded-out thrash metal. Joining them will be avant-psych group SEX SWING and the lo-fi, DIY Bristolians, KNIFEMAN. Tickets: £8.00 +50p.
Cacophonous Sarcophagus & Fat Paul Presents: Radian, Tomaga & Iceman Furniss Quintet - Exchange Austrian forward-thinkers Radian, of Thrill Jockey Records and Editions Mego, grace Bristol on Monday. The trio combine electronics, drums and guitar to make experimental and fragmented neo-noise. Joining Radian are the complete improvisations of Noctone’s Iceman Furniss Quintet & Blank Editions Tomaga, who have proven themselves with two stunning Bristol shows over the last year. Tickets: £10.00 + 50p.
Cult // History of Bassline // JAMIE DUGGAN OFFICIAL at Analog Bristol As Sheffield's legendary Niche looks set to re-open, their most famous resident will be bringing the warpers and the organs to Bristol for a midweek 4x4 bassline frenzy. Duggan sits at the top of the pile in this genre, a must see for any bassline fan. Tickets: £5 + 50p.
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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.
Exchange, Friday 2nd December, 20:00-02:00 With the hype and excitement for the next THORNY already throbbing, all stops are being pulled-out for another flamboyant night of freedom. Performance-art meets live music in an alternative and explicit club environment. Line-up includes drag performances from Arnolfini veterans, The Great White Males, Many Monika, Paula Varjack - Performance, Tom Marshman & Viki Browne. DJ sets from Vogue Fabrics Alexandre Simões & Dutty Dozen Soundclash founder, Ms Midas. Tickets: £8 +50p.
TONIGHT Schwet x Algorave w/ Renick Bell w/ Steph Horak, Yaxu, Ep/64 + more at Exchange Binary coded music all night long from Texas via Tokyo, Sheffield & Bristol, with minimal nuances, smart programming & controlled computer chaos being a key theme throughout. Tickets: £5 + 50p.
SATURDAY 17 DECEMBER Noods Radio 1st Birthday: Tasker [Whities/NTS Radio] at The Crypt (Malcolm X Community Centre) Nic Tasker is the mastermind behind Young Turks' techno label Whities, ensuring releases such as Kowton's Glock & Roll & Avalon Emerson's The Frontier saw the light of day. His 88 Transmissions shows on NTS radio portray his impressive ability to smoothly pass through his eclectic tastes which will no doubt also be transferred onto the dancefloor for this Noodle partay. Tickets: £8 + 50p.
Psyched presents Preditah (BBK) - Analog Bristol Polydor & Ministry of Sound’s Preditah takes control of Analog this Saturday. As a DJ for one of the world’s most famous grime outfits, BBK , he’s established himself as a household name. Support from residents ALXZNDR, Stout b2b Britt, Buckfast Boys Club, Take Off Bristol, Shaboom & Crux Bristol. 11pm - 6am final tickets: £8.00 + 50p.
Odyssey, The Wardrobe Theatre, nightly until Saturday For 6 days, The Wardrobe Theatre plays host to an intense, one-man performance. Join Odysseus for a journey fuelled only by pure love. Following the success of 'Translunar Paradise' and 'Ballad of the Burning Star', Theatre Ad Infinitum present another legendary story of desperation and determination. Full info -
BAMBOO + Kayla Painter, Roll For The Soul: Bristol's community bike cafe Fresh from their second album release, multi-instrumentalists Bamboo are joined by ambient electronica mistress Kayla Painter (Turnstile Music). Doors 20:00-22:30. Buy tickets - £6.50 +50p.