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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.
The all-female Discwoman collective has been turning heads world over recently, and for good reason. Alongside crew mates UMFANG, Juana, SHYBOI et al, Philly resident Dj Haram blends bumping Jersey and Baltimore club with traditional Middle Eastern dance music and noisy DIY electronics to serious effect. She makes her Bristol debut at The Crofters Rights tonight courtesy of Psychotherapy Sessions - PTS. Support from local boys Roy Bar and Jurango. Tickets: hdfst.uk/E41065
Satsumas Bristol, Secret Location NTS Radio favourites Bahamian Moor are specialists in avant garde dance music. Their sets are dark and banging - full of skeletal drum tracks, noir disco cuts and lo-fi electro clangers. Their recent cassette for Trilogy Tapes has been on constant repeat in the Headfirst office and we can’t wait to hear them loud and in person. Support comes from Blackest Ever Black associate Kenny White and Noods Radio team members Queens Of The Neighbourhood. Tickets: hdfst.uk/E41100
FLAMINGODS + MUNCIE GIRLS + 808INK Flamingods, propelled by the irresistible rhythm section build layers of sound rich with influences, from Boredoms to disco to East African funk (see also: Imarhan; The Comet is Coming). The multi-instrumentalist 5 piece, a big hit at this year’s SXSW, are joined by Sleater-Kinney-esque Muncie Girls and the experimental hip-hop of charismatic London duo 808INK Trinity Centre provides the perfect space for this eclectic PRS Foundation showcase. Tickets £7):
Berlin comes to Bristol for an all-night quadruple bill of raw, direct, jacking house and techno. The bill is topped by Beste Modus label-head Diego_Krause and Ron Wilson, who will be well-known to Bristolians having released distorted drum-machine chugger ‘Albino Turtle’ on Banoffee Pies Records. They are joined on deck by Salon - Zur wilden Renate and ABOUT BLANK regulars Marius Krickow and Jonathan Ritzmann for a mammoth back-to-back session at Basement 45. TIP! Tickets: hdfst.uk/E40814
Mastering engineer at Berlin’s D&M studio, Rashad Becker is a behind-the-scenes legend. As a composer, he has released two volumes of 'Traditional Music for Notional Species' on PAN, each absolute masterclasses in subtle intricacy and head-stretching abstraction. Expect more improv rhythmic pressure from Kinlaw, plus 16mm loops & reel-to-reel from Louisa Fairclough. Tickets: £7 + 50p.
SWISS SYNTH PUNX AT THE SURREY Lo-fi new wave and wonky post-punk from Geneva girls Maraudeur. They stop off at The Surrey Vaults on 19th Oct, as part of their first UK jaunt. Their debut LP is out soon on bruit direct disques, continuing the punk-funk stylings of ESG, Kleenex and Delta 5. Tickets: hdfst.uk/E41074 £3.50 + 50p. ????:
Few techno artists match the impeccable credentials of Sleeparchive. Alongside working the counter at legendary record store Hard Wax, the Berlin resident is responsible for producing some of the finest minimal dance records of the past decade. His discography includes releases on Tresor Records, Arsenik Records and Mord Records, and classic remixes for Rhythm & Sound and MODESELEKTOR (OFFICIAL SITE). When it comes to pure, hypnotic, impeccably reduced DJ tools, nobody comes close. Catch him in the Prison Cells at The Island courtesy of Room 237 Bristol. Tickets: hdfst.uk/E41002
Limited Free eTickets, Trinity Centre, 7th November 2017 At a time when the creative industries are facing financial pressures from all angles, arts funding is important now more than ever. PRS for Music - one of the UK’s main funding platforms - have teamed up with Glastonbury Festival (official) to deliver a one-off workshop focused on helping developing artists secure the financial help they need. The session kicks off with a half hour conversation and Q+A with Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis, before moving on to a panel discussion and networking session featuring representatives from BBC Introducing, Arts Council England, Bristol Music Trust and more. Limited free tickets:
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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.
Bristol institution Psyched turns 4 with the who's who of jungle, grime, dubstep and bass music, plus a secret headliner that practically guarantees a sell out next Friday... SECRET HEADLINER Logan D b2b Majistrate King Tubby's SoundSystem Hi5ghost b2b Boofyy ft Uncle Mez & PK BadOmbre Flowdan Phatworld Deadbeat UK Tribe Steppaz & Ragga Twins Kenny Ken b2b Kenny Ken Serial Killaz UK ft Wardoo Laid Blak Sepia b2b Samba ALXZNDR Keep Hush Special guest: DJ Guv (exclusive Jungle special) Full line-up & final tickets: hdfst.uk/E41030 £5-15)
It was Alexander Nut's label Eglo Records that first introduced the world to Floating Points and Fatima. With an unparalleled ear for new music, Nut is always two steps ahead of the pack - whether he’s drawing for hip-hop, funk, experimental beats or disco, there are unifying themes: seasick synths, loping bass lines, soulful vocals and unquantized beats. A master at blending the peculiar with the heavy. Catch Alexander Nut alongside Marcel Lune for The Love Below at Exchange on Saturday.
SATURDAY: HOMO-HOUSE / SWEATBOX Horseplay is a queer-leaning art-disco-club with a distinctly open-minded vibe. This time the Horseplay residents are joined by PLU (People Like Us), upping the inhibition and taking the party to new depths of The Loco Klub's steamy underground tunnels. House, techno and disco. Tickets: hdfst.uk/E41104 £10 +50p.
After 30+ years in the game, roots-dub duo Alpha and Omega finally make their Bristol debut. Having collaborated with everyone from Jah Shaka Official to Official Gregory Isaacs and even OM, the legendary pair play The Black Swan through the almighty Sinai Sound System. Tickets: hdfst.uk/E40813 £6-10 + 50p.
Alongside contemporaries Rabit and Why Be, Elysia Crampton uses music as a tool for exploring socio-political issues of identity - in her case, the identity of the Aymara people, Latinx and queer cultures. As such her music takes influence from a range of backgrounds: Southern hip-hop, Latin metal, North American psych-folk and well beyond. Tuned acoustic drums rattle beneath square-wave synths, pan-pipes, junglist air horns and cybernetic soundscapes. Catch her alongside performance artist Imma Asher and explorative composer/choreographer Colin Self at The Brunswick Club courtesy of Howling Owl Records and THORNY. Remaining Tickets: hdfst.uk/E40316
Alongside contemporaries Rabit and Why Be, Elysia Crampton uses music as a tool for exploring socio-political issues of identity - in her case, the identity of the Aymara people, Latinx and queer cultures. As such her music takes influence from a range of backgrounds: Southern hip-hop, Latin metal, North American psych-folk and well beyond. Tuned acoustic drums rattle beneath square-wave synths, pan-pipes, junglist air horns and cybernetic soundscapes. Catch her alongside performance artist Imma Asher and explorative composer/choreographer Colin Self at The Brunswick Club courtesy of Howling Owl Records, DIRTYTALK and THORNY. Tickets: hdfst.uk/E40316