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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.

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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.

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Breakfast Records presents: BREAKFEST tickets
Get a hearty helping of Breakfast Records’ finest as they host their first mini-festival at Thekla Bristol. The inaugural All-Day Breakfest features local grunge rockers wych elm, who channel the spirit of Hole with inimitable zeal and likeness, alongside the ethereal, lilting tones of Emily Isherwood, and the formidable, earnest lofi-rock of DOGEYED. Elsewhere, prepare for eccentric vegetable enthusiasts GORK, tequila-drenched psychedelia from Los Bitchos, and the poignant and playful charm of the effervescent Kate Stapley. And that's just half the lineup.... there's even an after party at The Louisiana with Big Jeff. Tickets for 14th September: hdfst.uk/E52916
Rhythm Works // Luca Lozano tickets
From dub and disco to donk and 140, Bristol's nightlife is wilder than ever. Broaden your club horizons with 6 of the best this month: DNB & JUNGLE Samurai Music x NOISE TEST Local lad Clarity joins Homemade Weapons and Presha for a night of technoid breaks and rolling industrial drums. DUB & REGGAE 30 years of Cosies! Dubkasm / Teachings in Dub's Stryda heads a dancehall and roots takeover to celebrate a true landmark for Bristol's best loved basement. 140 & DUBSTEP CNCPT Collective x Sub.mission Trinity Centre will shake when Kahn goes b2b with a real master of 21st century lows-ends: System:Sound label head Vivek. HOUSE & DISCO Luca Lozano With offbeat productions full of electro bleeps and sci-fi twangs; Rhythm Works welcome one of house's loosest characters back to Bristol. TECHNO & ELECTRO Set It Out w/ JD Twitch An undeniable figurehead of Glasgow's fierce underground, the Optimo (Espacio) boss presents an extended history of bleep techno with Matt Anniss. WORLD & JAZZ Worm Disco Club 5th Birthday After their all-conquering Glasto stage, WDC link with kindred souls of global groove Mr Bongo and Kongo Dia Ntotila to bring in 5 years of the wormhole!
HARLECORE X PLANET FUN tickets
Imagine a place where donk, trance & hyperpop rule supreme .... where rave classics from Underworld and Basshunter are played free from irony. Planet Fun & Harlecore's collab at Exchange is such a place. Where Berlin Community Radio's RUI HO will showcase their signature hard dance alongside intergalactic regulars Danny L Harle, DJ Cryalot & Peggy Viennetta, serving sugarsweet, high-BPM anthems to melt your inhibitions. ? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E56139 ?
St Paul's Adventure Playground Fundraiser tickets
This ear-watering who's who of Bristol bass culture descent on St Pauls Adventure Playground to secure it's future for the community. Check the full lineup below and please pledge to help the great work Team Love have been doing. Strictly limited tickets (via donation) here: hdfst.uk/E56728 Full Lineup: Roni Size, DJ Die, KRUST, RSD, Pinch & Joker - Official, Kahn & Neek, Dubkasm, Dismantle, Sledge Head, Queen Bee, Feel The Real Soundsystem, DJ Bunjy, Vanessa Maria, J Oh Zee, Delocx, Elliot JR, Pariah, Bleeeks & ΤΛΣ, Domz, Champion Love Soundsystem ft. Raider$ 32, Baga Brown, Daddy Gee, Generals HiFi, Big Roy, Fellowdread, Wildlife Soundsystem & more Live Painting from Inkie, Sepr, 3DOM graffiti & Friends Headfirst are donating all booking fee proceeds to the project.
St Paul's Adventure Playground Fundraiser tickets
This ear-watering who's who of Bristol bass culture descent on St Pauls Adventure Playground to secure it's future for the community. Check the full lineup below and please pledge to help the great work Team Love have been doing. Strictly limited tickets (via donation) here: hdfst.uk/E56728 Full Lineup: Roni Size, DJ Die, KRUST, RSD, Pinch & Joker - Official, Kahn & Neek, Dubkasm, Dismantle, Sledge Head, Queen Bee, Feel The Real Soundsystem, DJ Bunjy, Vanessa Maria, J Oh Zee, Delocx, Elliot JR, Pariah, Bleeeks & ΤΛΣ, Domz. Champion Love Soundsystem ft. Raider$ 32, Baga Brown, Daddy Gee, Generals HiFi, Big Roy, Fellowdread, Wildlife Soundsystem & more Live Painting from Inkie, Sepr, 3DOM graffiti & Friends Headfirst are donating all booking fee proceeds to the project.
Dialogue w/ Akua + Residents tickets
EDITOR'S PICK: DIALOGUE W/ AKUA Rarely clocking in fewer than 140 BPMs, Discwoman's Brooklyn flagbearer Akua careers through spiny rave cuts and acidic speedball techno at an unfathomable pace, forging a dark psychic path through any dancefloor. This is what homegrown Dialogue parties do best: bringing it hard n' heavy (think Machine woman, re:ni, SPFDJ) to stellar, inclusive crowds in intimate spaces. Watch the fireworks on Friday at fresh new DIY space Latch in Old Market. ? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E56315/pwd=610779988
PTS w/ ZULI, Kinlaw & Franco Franco, k means tickets
Cinematic, sample-heavy tracks that drip with mystery, flitting between lonely melody and chaotic, multi-tempo breaks. By fusing the sonic crush of Delsin Records-esque techno with weightless grime and the paranoid esotericism of Burial and PAN, Cairo-based ZULI has made his sonic signature on 21st century minds. Paired with the catastrophic post-nuclear hip-hop of Kinlaw & Franco Franco, Psychotherapy Sessions' latest booking is one of their most crucial - a warped workout for adventurous heads at The Crofters Rights. ? Tickets for August 24th: hdfst.uk/E55730
Dakhabrakha Live tickets
dakhabrakha's otherworldly, experimental, folk-imbued incantations , can unlock a deeply primordial emotivity with their music that's hard to put into words. Drawing on a wealth of vibrant worldly inspirations (whilst being firmly rooted in their Ukranian heritage), the last time they played Bristol was celebrated as a defining moment for The Lanes. Thanks to the excellent trio of The Grey Area, Erratic Batting, and BLG Promotions, the Dakhabrakha quartet returns on Tuesday to grace us with their 'Ukrainian Ethno Chaos'. ? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E54522 ?

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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.

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.


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Strictly Yes : D.Carbone, ØTTA tickets
TECHNO HARD AS NAILS. Pounding riot techno that screams Berlin brutalism - kicks clip, synth stabs are crushed beyond recognition and a relentless, aggressive rhythm makes this dance music for bodies to writhe, limbs to thrust and hardened techno fans to sweat. Techno Towers may be gone, but that hasn't stopped Strictly Yes going full pelt. D. Carbone and ØTTA bring the sound of Griessmuehle at 4am to The Loco Klub on Friday. Tickets: hdfst.uk/E55146 Event: Strictly Yes : D. Carbone, ØTTA
My Octopus Mind Album Launch with The Evil Usses tickets
Saturday: Waxslax w/ SANS [math rock, noise rock] Since their first shows early last year Sans have earned a reputation for packing a powerful punch with their unbridled, razor-sharp noise-rock. With Milo's Planes and Bad Tracking joining them, it’s sure to be an aural assault courtesy of three of Bristol’s loudest. ? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E54842
Thorny Summer Party 2019 tickets
Purveyors of gloriously decadent parties and a vital platform (and haven) for underrepresented voices - Thorny makes a hugely welcome return with their summer party. The night before Bristol Pride, Thorny hosts a majestic array of performers at Trinity Centre which sees swamp-pop enigma E B U, dramatic dancefloor selector Ifeoluwa, and dreamy post-punks Oh, The Guilt return to play. Electro-pop royalty Tami T makes her Bristol debut, alongside performance artist and activist Katy Jalili aka Cool Dad, multidisciplinary sound artist Rebekah Ubuntu - Artist and many more. Prepare for a meticulously curated, dazzling spectacle of a night in true Thorny fashion. ? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E52910
Housework & Field Maneuvers: Day and Night  tickets
Throwing parties at Berlin's Sameheads and venues across Bristol, Housework uber residents Gramrcy, Golesworthy, Daisy Moon and Shanti Celeste specialise in colourful house and breaks nights, welcoming the likes of upsammy and PLO Man in recent months. Intergalactic Gary takes the lead at their upcoming 12 hour Arnolfini marathon with Field Maneuvers, alongside Going Good's Brian Not Brian. Gary's roots in The Hague's 80s italo scene have kept booming kicks at the beating heart of his glitchy and expansive mixes. Like Rush Hour compatriot Orpheu The Wizard and fellow chuggers Weatherall & Ivkovic, Gary deftly weaves leftfield textures and soaring meodies between acidic stompers and oddball komische. ? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E54792
Cosmo Sheldrake + Murmuration Choir tickets
Cosmo Sheldrake has a unique capacity for crafting infinitely intriguing, fantastical sonic fauna within his compositions - reflecting the kaleidoscopic assortment of field recordings that inform, and are incorporated within his songs. The multi-instrumentalist’s curiosity for distinct sounds from across the globe and fascination with natural soundscapes are tangible in his lilting, spirited creations, influenced by his background in ethnomusicology, folk music and anthropology. Returning on July 4th after his sold-out show at Fiddlers Bristol in November, this time the multi-instrumentalist is combining forces with Bristol’s Murmuration Choir for a very special performance of Sheldrake’s music at Trinity Centre. ? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E54421
TRIPTYCH tickets
Celebrating the more obscure, dissenting sounds from our local scene, Gravy Train's Triptych day festival on Saturday boasts a formidable wealth of Bristol acts (as well as experimental royalty Justin K Broadrick, Hey Colossus and Mai Mai Mai to name just a few). Our Avon highlights are the spectral, hypnotic soundscapes of Orryx; brooding darkwave courtesy of Fever 103o; oscillating, psychedelic techno from Rainbow Slicer and the eccentric decadence of a certain Lazarus Kane. And if you’ve not yet witnessed the sheer, unadulterated sensory onslaught of Bad Tracking or the abrasive industrial trap of Kinlaw & Franco Franco then prepare for a cathartic sonic onslaught as they play consecutively at The Elmer's Arms. ? Final Release Tickets: hdfst.uk/E50252
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