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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 Dare2 tickets here.
WIKI in Bristol Tickets
Presented by Damnatio Memoriae.
Angeline Morrison + Germa Adan in Bristol Tickets
Angeline Morrison is a vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who believes in the inherent beauty of sad songs.
M(h)aol in Bristol
M(h)aol in Bristol Tickets
Why don't you study my gender?
Tonstartssbandht in Bristol
Tonstartssbandht in Bristol Tickets
Brothers Andy & Edwin White make their long-awaited Bristol return
Off Grid (ft. Pom Pom Squad, The Golden Dregs +++) in Bristol Tickets
A brand new arts fayre (11am-3pm) + indie rock all-dayer (3pm til late) !!
Dana Gavanski in Bristol
Dana Gavanski in Bristol Tickets
Following a triumphant second album release, Dana Gavanski makes her return
Lime Garden in Bristol Tickets
So Young signees make their debut Bristol headline

Gig Tickets

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 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.
Pet Shimmers in Bristol
Pet Shimmers in Bristol Tickets
Bristol cult favourites return with their new single "Sonder" via Bob Nastanovich of Pavement's legendary Brokers Tip label
J.Zunz & guests in Bristol Tickets
Finally, fingers crossed, we host the hypnotic, swirling sonics of J.Zunz
Jemima Coulter + Bonsi + Soft Den in Bristol
Jemima Coulter + Bonsi + Soft Den in Bristol Tickets
Jemima plays their debut headline full band show !
Dub Legacy The mid summer reggae festival in Bristol Tickets
Black Roots live on stage / Soundsystems Roots Injection Indica Dubs Green King Tappa outta Bassi soundsystem
Animal Collective in Bristol Tickets
Simple Things proudly presents: Animal Collective live at SWX
BABEHEAVEN in Bristol Tickets
Presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
Surfbort + Witch Fever LIVE in Bristol
Surfbort + Witch Fever LIVE in Bristol Tickets
Charismatic Brooklyn punks make their long awaited Bristol return! Led by Dani Miller - NYC’s iconic, devil eye-browed anarchy queen

What's On: Featured Bristol Events

Rotting electro-grindcore that somehow scared its way onto the Sub Pop roster (they eat Father John Misty for breakfast). DUMA is the sound of the earth vomiting. RIYL: Gabber Modus Operandi, Fuck Buttons remixing Nyege Nyege. Presented by Damnatio Memoriae & BLG Promotions. DUMA at The Lanes.
Raw, bumping house (Sally C, 1-800 Girls) meets 'ardkore junglist nostalgia (Tim Reaper, Coco Bryce, Mixtress) on a lineup that's too big to be contained by the Headfirst event page. A who's who all-dayer of underground dance sonics and the greatest thing to grace all 3 stages at Propyard. We celebrate our 7th birthday by bringing you our debut festival in Bristol... Shall Not Fade Festival 2022 at Propyard.
Outsider sad-boi muzack for films that don’t exist yet - Advance Base is the new incarnation of cult downer-pop act Casiotone For The Painfully Alone. Stripping back the chiptune aesthetics for a woozy pastoral, folky hit (with the same lo-finess you fell in love with). Owen Ashworth (formerly of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone) returns to the UK with support from Karima Walker + SH Davidson HCM// Advance Base + Karima Walker + SH Davidson at The Cube.
Palestine’s beats/trap scene is booming - so the first UK Muqata’a tour is a big deal and a triumph of music over borders. Schwet hosts the West Bank’s experimental hip-hop figurehead with a huge Discrepant Records showcase and Avon Terror Corps ruffians in orchestra formation. Experimental Palestinian hip-hop, ATC collective, live tropical-dystopia from Tenerife and rhythmelodix from Portugal Schwet with Muqata'a, LAGOSS, Serepente, Biped etc at Strange Brew.
Editors pick from our what's on guide.
Indefinable, heavy and indefinably heavy … fronted by the singer from avant-rock heroes Oxbow, Buñuel are either the sludgiest post-punk band ever or the weirdest noise band ever. RIYL: Drive Like Jehu, The Jesus Lizard, Pissed Jeans. Presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions. BUNUEL at Crofters Rights.
SELL OUT WARNING: guttural doom for this mortal coil: Thou’s quagmire of sludge metal strikes right to your soul. For fans of The Body and cathartically crushing hardcore. Presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions. THOU + PORTRAYAL OF GUILT + COOL JERKS at The Lanes.
Psychedelic Chilean trio conjuring motorik repeato-rock to levels of cyclical trance normally reserved for minimal techno. Presented by Gravy Train. FÖLLAKZOID at Exchange.
After the unforgettable Trinity double bill of Jah Shaka and the Twinkle Brother band, Dub Legacy spoil us again with the live spectacle of St. Paul’s roots legends Black Roots. Plus 7 hours in the dance powered by 4 of the mightiest rigs with selectors in full force: it’s the closest you’ll get to carnival. Black Roots live on stage / Soundsystems Roots Injection Indica Dubs Green King Tappa outta Bassi soundsystem Dub Legacy The mid summer reggae festival at The Trinity Centre.
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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.

From Headfirst's Ticket Shop

Dazed Disco Bristol: Boat Party [Vol. 2] at Thekla in Bristol
We are back in Bristol after our sell out event in April!
Funk The Boat: Disco Special! at Thekla in Bristol
Funk The Boat is back this June to fill your summer night with grooves and moves to funk the blues away! Featuring Bristol’s best selectors,
Wide Eyes Summer Closing Party: LINE UP TBA in Bristol
Wide Eyes Summer Closing Party: LINE UP TBA at Lakota in Bristol
Join us for an outdoor DnB summer day party with 360 DnB and Friends!
Wide Eyes x Invicta Audio: Bank Holiday Special in Bristol
Wide Eyes x Invicta Audio: Bank Holiday Special at Lakota in Bristol
Join us for an outdoor DnB summer day party this bank holiday with the infamous Wide Eyes & Invicta Audio combination!
Lakota's 30th Birthday - Bristol Legends in Bristol
Lakota's 30th Birthday - Bristol Legends at Lakota in Bristol
We're celebrating 30 years of Lakota with some Bristol Legends!
SoulSuppliers | Bank Holiday Boogie in Bristol
SoulSuppliers | Bank Holiday Boogie at Lost Horizon in Bristol
The leading wholesale suppliers of Funk, Soul and Motown kick off their residency at Lost Horizon.
Lakota's 30th Birthday - Goldie b2b Randall in Bristol
Lakota's 30th Birthday - Goldie b2b Randall at Lakota in Bristol
We're celebrating 30 years of Lakota bringing you one of the biggest Drum and Bass lineups this year!
Rumble in the Jungle: Junglist Jubilee in Bristol
Rumble in the Jungle: Junglist Jubilee at Lakota in Bristol
Rumble in the Jungle are back in full force to provide you with a 16 all day/night DnB party across the full Lakota complex
GlastNOTbury Free Party in Bristol
GlastNOTbury Free Party at Lakota in Bristol
A night showcasing Bristol's local DnB talent for FREE!
Addison Groove (Tropical Special) in Bristol
Addison Groove (Tropical Special) at Lost Horizon in Bristol
Club Roomtone hosts a Addison Groove for a Cumbia & Afro special down in the Lost Horizon courtyard
Summer Disco Day Party in Bristol
Summer Disco Day Party at Lakota in Bristol
Join us for the Summer Disco Day Party featuring LF System (Dancing Cliché) and Glitterbox's Natasha Kitty Katt
Shutdown: Free Rave in Bristol
Shutdown: Free Rave at Lakota in Bristol
A night showcasing Bristol's local DnB talent for FREE!
Hatcha, Zed Bias, Sir Hiss, Bakey, Flowdan +more in Bristol
Hatcha, Zed Bias, Sir Hiss, Bakey, Flowdan +more at Thekla in Bristol
For our third link up we're bringing through a stacked line up for our first outing to Thekla!!

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