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What's On 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 to the left 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.
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Mon 31st/10/2016
Spectres presents Dark Habits Tickets
— Benjamin Perry Boathouse
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Thu 3rd/11/2016
BLOOM presents at The Wardrobe Theatre Tickets
— The Wardrobe Theatre
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Fri 11th/11/2016
Yama Warashi Album Launch Tickets
— The Cube
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Fri 18th/11/2016
Jam Packed Presents: The John Langan Band Tickets
— The Jam Jar Collective
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Sun 20th/11/2016
The Wave Pictures Tickets
— Start The Bus
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Sun 20th/11/2016
Peter Brötzmann & Heather Leigh Tickets
— The Cube
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Sat 26th/11/2016
Blood Sport presents Hybrid Vigour Tickets
— Crofters Rights
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Sun 4th/12/2016
YNH Presents Oozing Wound & Knifeman Tickets
— Exchange
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Fri 9th/12/2016
The Burning Hell + Support TBA Tickets
— Start The Bus
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Sat 27th/05/2017
Dot to Dot Festival 2017 Tickets
— Various Venues

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Richard Dawson + Mette Rasmussen at Redcliffe Caves in Bristol
Fri 2nd/12/2016
Richard Dawson + Mette Rasmussen
Richard Dawson + Mette Rasmussen
Richard Dawson + Mette Rasmussen at Redcliffe Caves in Bristol
Sat 3rd/12/2016
Richard Dawson + Mette Rasmussen
Richard Dawson + Mette Rasmussen
Dot to Dot Festival 2017 at Various Venues in Bristol
Sat 27th/05/2017
Dot to Dot Festival 2017
The best up and coming indie talent across a selection of the city's best venues
Yama Warashi Album Launch at The Cube in Bristol
Fri 11th/11/2016
Yama Warashi Album Launch
Japanese dream freak-out tribe celebrate the release of their new album ‘MOON EGG’ with cosmic friends
Robbie McIntosh Band at Salt Café in Bristol
Fri 4th/11/2016
Robbie McIntosh Band
McCartney & Pretenders guitarist plays a rare solo set
Sun 25th/06/2017
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New Year / New Noise 4 at Arnolfini in Bristol
Sat 21st/01/2017
New Year / New Noise 4
Girl Band / Silver Waves / johnsmith / ASDA / Yama Warashi
Psyched presents Tom Misch (DJ Set) at Small Horse Inn in Bristol
Fri 9th/12/2016
Psyched presents Tom Misch (DJ Set)
Having been compared to J Dilla and Flying Lotus, his laid-back hip hop beats meld mellow percussion, brooding riffs and
Dropout Disco & Organised Fun at The Old Crown Courts in Bristol
Fri 11th/11/2016
Dropout Disco & Organised Fun
The best collaboration since bangers met mash, in Bristol's most exciting venue
Shapes Presents: Quarantine w/ Ryan Elliott at Secure Location in Bristol
Fri 28th/10/2016
Shapes Presents: Quarantine w/ Ryan Elliott
There’s only one hope. The Quarantine.
Riddim Cottage VS Psyched Halloween With COMMODO at Blue Mountain in Bristol
Sat 29th/10/2016
Riddim Cottage VS Psyched Halloween With COMMODO
Vantablack II at Take Five Cafe in Bristol
Sat 19th/11/2016
Vantablack II
Hosting techno in intimate venues.
Hold Tight at Blue Mountain in Bristol
Fri 18th/11/2016
Hold Tight
VIVEK, Versa, Earl Gateshead, Sepia + More // Powered By No Ice Cream Sound
Parcel Party at Parcel in Bristol
Sat 20th/05/2017
Parcel Party
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Gangstagrass at Thekla in Bristol
Fri 25th/11/2016
Gangstagrass perform at Thekla
Charlie Worsham at Thekla in Bristol
Wed 2nd/11/2016
Charlie Worsham
Charlie Worsham performs at Thekla
Mr.Woodnote, Eva Lazarus , Lil Rhys at Exchange in Bristol
Sat 29th/10/2016
Mr.Woodnote, Eva Lazarus , Lil Rhys
Mr.Woodnote, Eva Lazarus , Lil Rhys
Chris Tye / Dan Hartland at Salt Café in Bristol
Thu 27th/10/2016
Chris Tye / Dan Hartland
Two sublime Americana-influenced singer-songwriters
Robbie McIntosh Band at Salt Café in Bristol
Fri 4th/11/2016
Robbie McIntosh Band
McCartney & Pretenders guitarist plays a rare solo set
RSJ Blues at Salt Café in Bristol
Fri 11th/11/2016
RSJ Blues
Superb seasoned blues trio (ex-Ben E King / Patti Labelle)

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Browse With Your Ears

Stop looking at line-ups and band names and start browsing with your ears. Wherever you find events on the Headfirst website, you will also find audio clips from Spotify, Soundcloud and YouTube.

Personalised Recommendations

We want to provide every Headfirst user with their own, personal list of recommendations. To see yours,

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We don't have any sponsors, advertisers or investors to please. Headfirst is about supporting Bristol's independent promoters and providing a fair platform to discover new live music in Bristol. We also pay our taxes and believe in running every aspect of our business as responsibly as possible. Visit our about page if you'd like to know more.

A New Ticket Shop for Bristol

Starting Small

Currently Headfirst is only working with select handful of Bristol promoters. We know many of you are keen to jump on the exposure that comes with inclusion in the Headfirst Ticket Shop but please be patient. If you're an event organiser you can express your interest in working with us. Currently we are accepting 2 or 3 new promoters each month. Adding an event to Headfirst is still open to everyone, just create an account or login here.

Simple Booking Fees

Our booking fees are the lowest in Bristol:

50p on tickets under £12
70p on tickets under £20

Simpler E-Tickets

We've rethought how e-tickets should work. Here are a couple of the ways we're doing things differently:

Designed to fit your phone (printing optional)
1 E-Ticket per person (arrive separately)
Transfer to a friend (if you can't go)

Fraud-proof Tickets

We've eliminated any chance of counterfeit tickets by creating a secure ticket transfer system for guests who can no longer attend. This service is free.

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Still Independent

Small Bristol Team

Headfirst is run by Harry Wiles, a former promoter and regular gig goer. Harry made the original website in 2008 and still looks after all things technical at Headfirst.

Local Focus

Headfirst aims to put a spotlight on the independent bands and promoters that make Bristol's music scene what it is. Because we are slowly working with more Bristol promoters, you'll be able to buy tickets to more Bristol events as time goes on.

Spotted a bug?

With a project as ambitious as Headfirst, we always expect a few bugs to squash here and there. If you spot something that's not quite right, please let us know.

Live Music in Bristol

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.

Bristol Nightlife & Nightclubs

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.
You can buy tickets to most Bristol clubnights on Headfirst. The most recent tickets to go on sale are shown below:

Blue Mountain & The Black Swan Tickets

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.

Tickets for Live Music in Bristol

Venues like Colston Hall, usually get all the attention when Bristol's gigs are discussed online. Headfirst aims to put the focus on Bristols smaller venues, selling tickets for venues like The Lousiana and Exchange and including all Bristol's gigs in our live music listings. The best-selling events in our Bristol events calendar are:

What's On in Bristol

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.
Best Selling Tickets
The Lantern
Keston Cobblers Club
Keston Cobblers Club return to Bristol to play The Lantern.
Alma Tavern & Theatre
Ella Julian
Sassy soultress performs song from her new EP, Pray
St George's
Lucy Parham & Henry Goodman
'composer portrait' chronicles the life Rachmaninov
The Bristol Fringe
The Eternal Now Trio
Experienced improvisers pull music through the ether never heard before or again.
The Trinity Centre
British Electronic-Soul duo formed from London
The Gallimaufry
The Bristol Sessions
All-star live soul hosted by Ruth Royall
The Canteen
You know those duos where one is multi-instrumental Persian belly dancer and the other is a Danish fashion model turned music producer? Wel
The Stable, Bristol
Chaz 'n' Slim
The rose-tinted spectaculars duo...
No.1 Harbourside
Flamenco Loco -
Every 4th Sunday of the month, come to No.1 Harbourside for a taste of flamenco music and dance. From 7pm dancer Noemi Garcia will guide yo
The Old Fish Market
The Paulo Adamo Trio
Jazz Trio (Guitar/Bass/Drums)
Reggae Sunday
Reggae Sunday Presents
The Lantern
Digital Done Right
Free Music Industry Experts Panel on Digital Marketing
The Wardrobe Theatre
Kid Carpet's Super mega Rockin Rock Show
Kid Carpet’s Super Mega Rockin’ Rock Show A fun packed interactive rock show suitable for small kids, big kids and animals!
Bristol Old Vic
The Grinning Man
The Grinning Man is a brand new musical, based on The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo.