What's On in Bristol

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Events in Bristol

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 Dare2 tickets here.

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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.

Fri 26th July
Ogives Big Band + Special Guests at Rough Trade Bristol
Tue 8th October
L'Entourloop at The Trinity Centre
— The Trinity Centre

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Wed 27th November
Villagers at The Trinity Centre
— The Trinity Centre

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Sun 3rd November
Mercury Rev at The Trinity Centre
— The Trinity Centre

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Sat 26th October
Rozi Plain + special guests at Lost Horizon
Mon 4th November
Wand + Special Guests at Strange Brew

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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 truly 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 Bristol Beacon 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.

Tue 22nd October
Flo Perlin at The Wardrobe Theatre
— The Wardrobe Theatre

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Fri 6th September
O. + special guests at Rough Trade Bristol
Sun 27th October
The 5.6.7.8's at Lost Horizon
Sat 3rd August
Colour Block Festival at The Trinity Centre
Fri 1st November
Dog Unit at Dareshack
Thu 26th September
Gemma Hayes at Strange Brew

What's On: Featured Bristol Events

Tickets for our event recommendations

Sell out warning! Zeke weld snot-punk fury and bluesy hard rock riffage into their own time-honoured brand of demolition derby hardcore. Ain’t nothing faster FFO: Poison Idea, Motorhead, Dicks, The Bronx, Supersuckers, Dwarves. ZEKE plus Zero Again and Split Dogs at Exchange.

Sell out warning! Everything Jim Jones touches turns to swampy gold. Now backed by a full horn section, he can still spew the finest punk rock blues and garage gospel with the swagger of the UK’s greatest undead Jerry Lee Lewis. Jim Jones All Stars at The Golden Lion.

Reverant folk blues played on 12 string guitar with the poetic fever of Townes Van Zandt, summoning the same ghosts of mental illness and the mundane country sprawl. Parr isn’t a revivalist - he’s one of the last of the true originals. Charlie Parr at Exchange.

Sell out warning! ATTN art punks!! Snõ​õper's high-velocity weirdo fuzz exploded out of Nashville from the pandemic sludge and hasn't slowed a minute since, winning namedrops from the likes of Henry Rollins and a scenewide rep for eccentric paper-mache use. Imagine a hardcore Devo presenting children’s TV at breakneck speed. Unmissable FFO: Ausmuteants, Gee Tee, Prison Affair, Powerplant. Snõõper at Exchange.

Live music and gigs recommended by our music team

Ritual psych-folk, heavy on the widescreen fantasy and mystical doom. Smote are capable of opening new pagan pathways in the minds of devoted listeners. FFO: Sunburned Hand Of The Man, Natural Snow Buildings, Six Organs of Admittance, Amon Düül, The Wicker Man, G!YBE. SMOTE + THRAA at Crofters Rights.

Sell out warning! There’s drum solos, and then there’s a Ryosuke Kiyasu show. Armed only with two sticks and a snare the esteemed grindcore / free jazz scenester somehow summons rhythmical re-awakenings and moments of pure musical ecstasy in all that witness. RYOSUKE KIYASU at Crofters Rights.

Brutal anarcho-crust-noize like the most careening Crass moments mashed into Merzbow’s greatest power electronic ballads. Bad Breeding summon the unholy voice of disenfranchised Stevenage youth - the most crucial punk bands of the last 10 years? Essential for fans of: Flux of Pink Indians, Pissed Jeans, Killing Joke. BAD BREEDING plus supports at Exchange.

UK modal sax-punk originals inna James Chance meltdown style. Blurt and Ted Milton are still a mutant jazz hurricane to be reckoned with, 40 years on from their first release. BLURT at The Thunderbolt.

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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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Bristol Experimental Music

The Headfirst music guide originally emerged from Bristol's blossoming experimental scene and our humble beginnings were as a what's on guide for Bristol's weirdest and most unconventional events.