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About Headfirst

— who we are
“Headfirst has always been about doing things differently. For me, that means supporting local, independent music whenever possible.”

About The Website

Headfirst is a not-for-profit organisation set up with a goal to preserve and proliferate diverse independent arts in Bristol. We provide mentorship and support new people (typically 18-25yrs) entering the arts and work to help level the playing field and keep the events industry accessible to the next generation regardless of background. We believe that the events that deserve the spotlight are those that are breathtaking, boundary pushing, honest or humble - not those with the biggest budgets or teams of expert social marketers.

Founded by a former promoter and events producer, Headfirst has been supporting Bristol’s underground, experimental and independent arts since 2009 - we have no sponsors, no advertising and we do not sell our homepage spots or conduct any paid content. After eleven years supporting Bristol’s scene, our integrity has paid off and Headfirst is the city’s definitive what’s on resource and ethical ticket provider.

More recently, thanks to steady growth and extremely humble revenue goals, Headfirst has begun exploring other positive impacts we can have on the city outside of the arts and are extremely proud to have supported local organisations including Caring in Bristol, One25, Bristol Drugs Project, St Paul’s Adventure Playground, Acorn, Shelter, Babbasa and Bridging Communities. Our aim is to raise £20,000 per year for local causes by 2023. We have also used our positive reputation and contacts within the music industry to kick off national, non-partisan register-to-vote campaigns for both the 2017 and 2019 elections.

Harry Wiles, Director


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