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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 an independent what's on website founded in 2008. From it's humble beginnings as a shared Google Calendar, Headfirst is now Bristol's leading event listings website with thousands of daily users. Headfirst's iphone and Android apps have been installed on over 45 thousand smartphones. The website is run a by a former promoter who puts an emphasis on the independent music and new talent that makes Bristol special. Until the arrival of ticket sales in 2016, Headfirst has been run as a not-for-profit enterprise and has never featured any advertising.

Who runs Headfirst?

Harry Wiles is a former music promoter and successful online businessman, now working fulltime on Headfirst. Moving to Bristol from Norfolk in 2005, Harry has spent the last 10 years in the midst of Bristol's music scene, helping promoters get their gigs online and attending live music events and clubnights. With a strong disdain for corporations and commercial events operations, Harry has made it clear that Headfirst is here to put a spotlight on smaller, independent promoters.


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New blurbz.
MAY 2011
Iphone and Android apps released.
New website.
First Headfirst website.
The beginning. A Google Calendar was setup on an old domain I had kicking about (headfirstmusic.co.uk), I emailed a few promoters and momentum picked up pretty quickly. The calendar was initially used for promoters to cross-reference dates with each other, but soon the amount of punters using the calendar massively outweighed the promoters.