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Dance music dominates Bristol’s musical landscape with the city’s electronic music producers and DJs considered some of Bristol’s finest exports. Outsiders and bloggers frequently fail to understand Bristol’s dance music, using resorting to sweeping statements about dubstep, disco or house music or cringe-inducing references to the ‘Bristol Sound’. The truth is that Bristol’s musical integrity is a direct result of sheer variety and the passion of individuals working in the music scene today.
Like Manchester’s Warehouse Project, Motion is the first nightclub many visitors to Bristol will be introduced to. While Headfirst is generally focused around the city’s smaller nights and events, the value Motion adds to Bristol’s musical culture in undeniable. The ability to book DJ’s like Ricardo Villalobos and Laurent Garnier or live acts like Moderat, inspires the next generation of promoters that will bring their own talent to venues like dare2, Lost Horizon and Lakota.
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Since 2016 clubbers have been able to buy tickets for events at venues like Coroner’s Court, Lakota and The Small Horse here on Headfirst. We work directly with the club promoters providing an ethical and independent place to buy your club tickets. Headfirst provides barcode-based club night tickets which are scanned by staff outside nightclubs and venues in Bristol on a nightly basis.
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Stokes Croft’s Idle Hands record shop has earned international recognition from both international and Bristol DJs and is frequently listed alongside Rush Hour Records and Public Possession as one of Europe’s best sources of electronic music. The rise of house music (and with it disco) has seen the club focus begin to shift from headline producers to experienced djs and record collectors. Where true DJ bookings were once the domain of small niche nightclubs like Cosies and Take 5 Cafe, recently promoters like Simple Things and PTS have brought international dance music purveyors to larger venues like Propyard and The Island’s prison cells. Clubbers rush to buy Dropout Disco tickets before the full line-up is announced while Dirty Talk and Alfresco Disco’s innovative approach to the typical ‘nightclub venue’ sells out on the promoter’s reputation alone.
Breakstep drums and chest-rattling subs courtesy of Bristol’s darkside dnb / techstep futurist outfit Exodus Records. Turn up for the broken eski-junglism of local lad Napes - a large mid-week manoeuvre for fans of Samurai Breaks, Zomby or Tim Reaper & Sully. Exodus Records Pres: Jungle Of Eden - Nectax, Napes & Nuvaman
“I want people to be confused.” — Combining ultra-hi-fi, synesthesiac sound design and stammering industrial techno with such deft elegance sets object blue far apart from the current trends. Lorraine James and Lee Gamble fans prepare to be delighted. Brain-bending Techno, Electro & Jungle in Bristol's most beloved dungeon.
Return of the annual rave-on institution promising a pan-club music buffet at Motion (with afters at Dare to Club and Exchange hdfst.uk/E75061). Pairing the best of Bristol like Thrilogy’s bumpin’ deep house or DJ Die’s bass-led gutterfunk with dnb/hardcore legends like Nicky Blackmarket + so much more over 16 hours. DNB/GARAGE/HOUSE/TECHNO/DISCO/GRIME/ELECTRO/JUNGLE
Brown Excellence are bringing Bollywood and Bhangra to Bristol’s dancefloors: for their fourth outing the duo are going b2b all night with a selection of friends, spinning South Asian inspired selections with club heavy-hitters across grime, garage, jungle and techno. The Brown Excellence party returns to Crofters for their last show of the season
Bristol Disco Festival returns for a full day & night festival at Lakota...
Electronic music In Bristol
Experimental dance music and boundary-pushing techno will always be found in Bristol’s smaller club venues. The Island’s cells space for example, continues to provide opportunities for new promoters that have vision beyond simply booking a DJ and running a publicity campaign. With no permanent sound system or DJ equipment, the old prison cells is blank canvas club - at it’s very best when an innovative event organiser puts in the time to transform the whole dancefloor space.
Editor's club recommendations
DAIS Records specialise in the more obscure parameters of pop, post-punk and avant-garde. For their first ever showcase, the label brings the range of their sounds from the off-kilter dream-pop of Choir Boy to Helm’s harsh industrial experimentalism, SRSQ’s melancholic yet melodic shoegaze and more. Late night live performances from Private World, Choir Boy, SRSQ, Riki and Helm - Italo, Shoegaze, New Wave, Synth pop & indie
Footwork, industrial, electro, broken grime and effortlessly cool halftime cuts - this is the “future club” music we’ve been waiting for. A ballistic delight for PTS heads, arm-sword dancers and fans of Jasss, Willikens and Demdike Stare. UK debut for Low Jack b2b Lee Gamble - wall-to-wall club slammers, low-slung bass nourishment and mutated dancefloor freakery
Alternative Spaces and New Club Venues
One of the main strengths to Bristol's club scene is it's relentless dynamism, every year enthusiastic new promoters bring new experiences to the table. Unlike raves of the previous decades, new events shirk the crusty, rebellious connotations of free party culture in favour of organised, party-centric events in interesting locations.