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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 event, 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 Blue Mountain and Lakota.
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.
DJ Culture & Nightlife
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 Odo and Boogie Nights have brought international dance music purveyors to larger venues like Bristol’s Old Crown Courts 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.
After a near-religious Teachings in Dub session last year, vanguards of that Leeds sound Iration Steppas Official return triumphant to Trinity Centre to rattle bones and minds with the heaviest subs to come outta the 90s.
Macky Banton's on the mic this time, he'll be calling for Indica Dubs all night in a huge clash in the original fashion (as the eye-popping poster graphics suggests). The London based system will have their work cut out, whoever wins - the crowd decides.
🎫 Final Release Tickets: hdfst.uk/E57223
Name me another DJ who can play slammers b2b with Ben UFO and drop 2019's dreamiest LP of ambient polyrhythms and cavernous textures on Whities? That's Leif for you though - busy building a cultish following with the heads every year at Freero; and being the deep Welsh house hero we desperately need in between Mood Hut releases.
Morse Audio reel him in to The Crofters Rights for their second party alongside residents Butterfly Effect and Milad.
🎫 Tickets for Tuesday: hdfst.uk/E56587
Imagine a place where donk, trance & hyperpop rule supreme .... where rave classics from Underworld and Basshunter are played free from irony. Planet Fun & Harlecore's collab at Exchange is such a place. Where Berlin Community Radio's RUI HO will showcase their signature hard dance alongside intergalactic regulars Danny L Harle, DJ Cryalot & Peggy Viennetta, serving sugarsweet, high-BPM anthems to melt your inhibitions.
? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E56139
From dub and disco to donk and 140, Bristol's nightlife is wilder than ever. Broaden your club horizons with 6 of the best this month:
DNB & JUNGLE
Samurai Music x NOISE TEST
Local lad Clarity joins Homemade Weapons and Presha for a night of technoid breaks and rolling industrial drums.
DUB & REGGAE
30 years of Cosies!
Dubkasm / Teachings in Dub's Stryda heads a dancehall and roots takeover to celebrate a true landmark for Bristol's best loved basement.
140 & DUBSTEP
CNCPT Collective x Sub.mission
Trinity Centre will shake when Kahn goes b2b with a real master of 21st century lows-ends: System:Sound label head Vivek.
HOUSE & DISCO
With offbeat productions full of electro bleeps and sci-fi twangs; Rhythm Works welcome one of house's loosest characters back to Bristol.
TECHNO & ELECTRO
Set It Out w/ JD Twitch
An undeniable figurehead of Glasgow's fierce underground, the Optimo (Espacio) boss presents an extended history of bleep techno with Matt Anniss.
WORLD & JAZZ
Worm Disco Club 5th Birthday
After their all-conquering Glasto stage, WDC link with kindred souls of global groove Mr Bongo and Kongo Dia Ntotila to bring in 5 years of the wormhole!
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.
Jangling kosmische and discordant acid wobblers are cornerstones of the Ivan Smagghe sound. Like Andrew Weatherall and Vladimir Ivkovic, Smagghe DJs with a post-punk aesthetic - where melding sleazy German new-wave with the Arabic instrumentation of Muslimgauze might just be a regular occurrence.
Also Known As and Nebula invite him to Lakota - Bristol for a cosmic crossover with Mix Nights' em williams and RUF DUG's oddball selections of wiggly jungle and deep balearic. .
🎫 Tickets for Wednesday 25th: hdfst.uk/E56752
Cinematic, sample-heavy tracks that drip with mystery, flitting between lonely melody and chaotic, multi-tempo breaks. By fusing the sonic crush of Delsin Records-esque techno with weightless grime and the paranoid esotericism of Burial and PAN, Cairo-based ZULI has made his sonic signature on 21st century minds.
Paired with the catastrophic post-nuclear hip-hop of Kinlaw & Franco Franco, Psychotherapy Sessions' latest booking is one of their most crucial - a warped workout for adventurous heads at The Crofters Rights.
? Tickets for August 24th: hdfst.uk/E55730
EDITOR'S PICK: DIALOGUE W/ AKUA
Rarely clocking in fewer than 140 BPMs, Discwoman's Brooklyn flagbearer Akua careers through spiny rave cuts and acidic speedball techno at an unfathomable pace, forging a dark psychic path through any dancefloor.
This is what homegrown Dialogue parties do best: bringing it hard n' heavy (think Machine woman, re:ni, SPFDJ) to stellar, inclusive crowds in intimate spaces. Watch the fireworks on Friday at fresh new DIY space Latch in Old Market.
? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E56315/pwd=610779988
TECHNO HARD AS NAILS.
Pounding riot techno that screams Berlin brutalism - kicks clip, synth stabs are crushed beyond recognition and a relentless, aggressive rhythm makes this dance music for bodies to writhe, limbs to thrust and hardened techno fans to sweat. Techno Towers may be gone, but that hasn't stopped Strictly Yes going full pelt. D. Carbone and ØTTA bring the sound of Griessmuehle at 4am to The Loco Klub on Friday.
Event: Strictly Yes : D. Carbone, ØTTA
Arguably one of the finest selectors right now, Dan Shake is more than capable of switching between Samba, Techno, Acid and beyond without e
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.