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.
San Proper's playful irreverence is one too rarely seen behind the decks. The Dutch producer brings a rock n’ roll defiance to the dance - wailing guitar solos and 80’s New York vocals wind around proto-house and boogie beats with an acidic, sleazy twist, cut through with booming 808 kicks and thunderclap snares.
‘The Doctor’ is a core member of an infamous Amsterdam family, featuring the likes of Detroit Swindle and Tom Trago. Flying the banner for Rush Hour, Red Light Radio and Perlon, San visits Exchange on Saturday alongside rising Bristol star Kayne Hermit - host of Noods Radio’s now-legendary The Hermit Show. They’ll be celebrating Continuous Movement’s 2nd Birthday with live visuals by Lewis Bradley Muir & Phoebe Hudson.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E50627
Bristol heavy-psych institution Stolen Body Records dream up a double-headline show of epic scope at The Island - all part of the build up to the 6th installment of Bristol Psych Fest (now renamed Astral Festival).
Al Lover's heady electronics are sludge in atmosphere only; with no guitars in sight, this Californian experimentalist crafts a melting pot of trip-hop and trap that breathes in everything from kraut to dubtech too. Alongside label mates Yama Warashi, he's one of the acts that make Stolen Body hardest to pigeonhole. Burried between dense sci-fi guitar fuzz and Nuggets-esque garage hooks, space-rockers SLIFT fly over from France to offer another kick in the teeth for disciples of local acts like YO NO SE.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E50635
Flitting between high-speed acid jams, dark techno pieces and lo-fi electro cuts, Legowelt Music’s live shows are defined by his affinity for the imperfect, crafting off-kilter, oddball breaks that continue to bewilder hardware nerds and ravers alike. Pushing the boundaries of experimental electronics, Danny’s no stranger to synthesis, building his own ‘sentient Star Shepherd’ from scratch.
Catch the electro wizard live in The Loco Klub's cavernous tunnels alongside local talent DJ October and Gallegos for one of French Kiss's most boundary-pushing line-ups yet.
🎫 Final Tickets: hdfst.uk/E50425
James Chance Official’s vision of funk improvisation delivered with punk attack can hardly be rivaled. A leading figure of the downtown New York scene in the late 70s, with his groups Teenage Jesus & The Jerks (alongside Lydia Lunch) and with The Contortions, creating arguably the most essential punk-funk hybrid.
Don’t miss this extremely rare chance to see them in the UK at The Lanes on March 13th (courtesy of Lysergic Limes and BLG Promotions).
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E49976
Few can list a t.A.t.u remix as one of their finest achievements and retain their musical credibility. Yet, like much of techno’s new wave of pioneering producers, no cultural stones lay unturned for Air Max '97 Music. In keeping with Bristol’s own experimental sound, the Melbourne producer spills a diverse pool of influences across his oblique DJ sets, reworking the likes of Bjork, Rihanna, Kelela and even Gangsta Boo into unrecognisable, frenzied mayhem, packed with rhythmic complexity and a floor-heavy focus. Joining the dots between broken beat, bassline, grime and garage, his own productions are dark and twisted amalgams, warping vocal samples into nightmarish yet melancholy textures that call to mind IDM greats such as Burial, Aphex & Autechre.
Don’t miss him alongside Hi5ghost, Zoee, Saaaz and NES$ b2b MUN SING for Illegal Data’s first show of 2019 at The Old England.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E50870
Nebula invite breakbeat-house poster boy The Burrell Connection to The Crofters Rights on January 30th.
Underground favourites of La Cheetah Club, Craigie Knowes and the wider Glasgow scene, their twisted Analog-driven cuts are full of raw energy, emotive pads, 808 basslines and huge breaks.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E50626
Parisian selector Raphael Top-Secret brings a packed bag of dancefloor obscurities to Lakota - Bristol for the first of Deep Discs’ 2019 Spring Series. A close affiliate of Music From Memory boss Jamie Tiller, the selector’s oddball sensibilities saw him enlisted to co-curate the label’s 2017’s Uneven Paths compilation, whilst his afro edit ‘Owhaaou!’ made a star appearance on Hunee’s seminal Hunchin All Night comp in 2018.
Drawing from an extensive pool of wide-reaching influences, Raphael’s DJ sets inject a dose of summer sunshine to the darkest of winter nights, spanning from lilting lover’s rock to pumping disco cuts, balearic warmers and unknown 80s house gems.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E50344
While national politics is an increasingly bleak proposition with increasingly inhuman spectres gracing TV and broadsheet, Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol cuts a figure of integrity and reminds us that local victories can be won. The first directly elected black mayor of a major European city - The Mayor's Race - Documentary follows his hard won 2016 bid for the Bristol Mayoral Election.
Rees' story of perserverence, mobility, class, race-relations has gained traction in Europe and the States and it's central message cuts beyond party political boundaries. Premiering last year after a successful Indiegogo campaign, here's another chance to see the crowd-funded film about Bristol's self-made Mayor at Bristol's most loved self-run cinema - The Cube Microplex.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E50661
📺 Trailer: vimeo.com/58363234
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Hodge and Mor Elian play their second back to back session at The Black Swan this month, following an explosive first encounter in London last November. A pioneer of the ‘Bristol sound’ that’s taken techno by storm, Hodge returns home after his latest release for Livity Sound with Laurel Halo. A staggering showcase of high-speed, rolling techno, the EP’s trippy synths flicker against backdrops of dubby, washed-out textures and grating industrial rhythms.
Like her counterpart, Israeli-born selector Mor Elian wears her influences on her sleeve, fusing electro, rave and acid influences. Sparks will fly when these these two experimental talents collide at Method LAB on 25th Jan with Metrist and Akiko Haruna in support.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E50251
PLU mark their first party of the season this Valentine's after their beyond-choice mad miran and Paquita Gordon bookings late last year.
Expect off-kilter, jagged fusions with Diamin in the mix at Dare to Club, where melancholic new-wave sensibilities work side by side with techno rhythms.
The Buenos Aires-based selector fluctuates between throbbing deep house, jangling acid cuts and 90s electro and breaks with a naturalistic atmosphere, melding tribalistic percussion with an uncanny, transcendental ambience. Don't miss Diamin's long overdue European debut after making waves in Argentina's underground with residencies at New Trash and Lacura.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E50268
🎧 Listen: soundcloud.com/diamantegrafito
New Years Eve at the Swan is all about heavy-sub cross-genre niceness from the Psyched collective, pulling together local dub and steppas outlets Hold Tight Records and Dub From Above with DnB/Neurofunk firestarters Suck My Donk and the ruthless kicks, snares and bass of Kurrupt Recordings' Falling Abyss
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🎫 TICKETS: hdfst.uk/E50462
All 3 rooms of the Swan will be running things into the red with 3 heavyweight sounds; RC1, NSL Sound Void and Firmly Rooted. It's a family thing, at Bristol most notorious venue celebrating the best of Bristols underground music culture with the promise of 3 secret headliners still to be announced.
Howling Owl Records' in-house answer to Fugazi: Milos Planes make tortured bursts of deft hardcore for kicking over bins in Stokes Croft.
With a new album rumoured to be brewing, the success of Breakfast Records favs The Gnarwhals and punk techno deities Giant Swan have suddenly turned the Naturals into Bristol's hottest super-group
Photo of Wych Elm by Simon Holliday: simonholliday.com/
Boy Harsher specialise in torchlit EBM tracks for late night drives round David Lynch sets and wild ones at the Roadhouse. Set aside from their retro-fetish peers by electronics that suck in the full breadth of post-80s club DNA - Boy Harsher are the new cold wave. Since its cassette release a few years back, their anthem 'Pain' has struck a Youtube nerve to the tune of over 4 million views. It's a rare opportunity to see them at The Lanes, where ghoulish new night Damnatio Memoriae is bringing in the support of industrial strength EBMer Kontravoid for a night of minimal synth and pulsing dark rays.
Huge recommendationfor fans of: The Soft Moon, Crystal Castles, Cold Cave, Marie Davidson's Essaie Pas or anything on Minimal Wave
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E49437
TEACHINGS FROM THE DUB MASTERS: CHANNEL ONE
There's many lessons to be learnt at Trinity Centre on Friday from survivors of UK reggae Channel One Sound System. 30 years holding ground at Notting Hill with a box of dubplates to match, this sound brings the name of Kingston's legendary Channel One Records into new decades and new scenes.
Far from 'just a roots/dub' sound system: Channel One nights are a journey - running the full gauntlet through steppas and onto harder sounds. Their Dub to Dubstep and Dub to Jungle tours paired them with RSD, Kromestar and Congo Natty (as well as beating Metalheadz and Boy Better Know and the Red Bull Culture Clash). So it's a dream partnership to see them hosted by Teachings in Dub, whose close ties with everything dubstep in Bristol has let to infamous dub crossover nights with Bandulu and Deep Medi.
Your masters of ceremony are innovators and icons in their own right, Mikey Dread & Ras KAYLEB.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E50058