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Bristol’s best club nights

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.

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Hidden | Optimo All Night Long in Bristol
Hidden | Optimo All Night Long in Bristol Tickets
What better date for dancing than a bank holiday! Join us for day & night time music to start the summer right.
Hidden: Or:la & Oceanic in Bristol
Hidden: Or:la & Oceanic in Bristol Tickets
We’ve been super excited to announce this one. Two artists that need little introduction, we welcome Or:la and Oceanic to Hidden.
Boogielands • The Return of the Boogie in Bristol
Boogielands • The Return of the Boogie in Bristol Tickets
The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe themed club event in the Victorian Court House and Prison Cells (Bristol)
Love Drums Day Party at Dare 2 Club  in Bristol
Love Drums Day Party at Dare 2 Club in Bristol Tickets
378 days after the original date, the Love Drums family are back at our favourite venue for a day dance!

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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.

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.
Next Up Presents: Just Banco, Blaze YL & Guests tickets
Next Up is a new dawn for hip-hop in Bristol - recent bookings like JD. Reid and Black Josh Ape stick out from the rent-a-mic verse merchants at your local boozer: this is UK rap, and it's raw. Just Banco rolls into The Loco Klub for their next missive - baiting UK road police and 'youd do better in America' advice on his latest
Green King Soundsystem + King Alpha / Full Stack / tickets
Bristol dubwise institution Green King Cuts invites London's mighty King Alpha Sound System back for a community dance at Kuumba Centre, powered by the full stack Green King Soundsystem. For our money, along with King Earthquake and local operators Kai Dub, King Alpha is the best dub producer of the post-Iration Steppas age - these are year 4000 cuts with heavy bass for the militant dancers and righteous movers! Get down on Saturday for this energetic session with real grounded food from Ital Garden Caribbean Vegan Cafe and fresh cuts for sale from the near-legendary Roots Hitek Muzik record stall. 🎫 Tickets for Saturday: hdfst.uk/E57778
Phonic Locker w/ Vladimir Ivkovic & Sower tickets
Recognised as one of DJing's last true stylists, Vladimir Ivkovic has ushered in a return of sludgy psychedelics, pitch-bending, downright weirdness and fun (do you remember fun?) to dancefloors. Part of the Salon des Amateurs dynasty of world-conquering DJs (along with Lena Willikens and TOLOUSE LOW TRAX) - expect everything from alien electro, dense murky acid and wrongspeed trance. On Friday, Phonic Locker welcome Vlad to The Island for an extended set of no-genre eclecticism - resident Sower will bring his own bag of downtempo wobblers to set the tone on warmup duties. 🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E58552
TONIGHT! Tuff Life 003 x Instra:mental & Laksa tickets
How can you summarise what the Autonomic podcasts did to 00s bass music? After forever widening the parameters of dnb with DBridge, Instra:Mental are back, reunited by the release of the Timelines LP (their first in 8 years). Junglists, downtempo geeks and post-dubstep techno heads lay down your weapons, this Tuff Life session in The Loco Klub tunnels will unite us all. A huge recommendation for fans of Andy Stott, Actress and Djrum - Boddika and Kid Drama will join Bristol native and Timedance favourite Laksa for widescreen UK bass music at its finest. 🎫 Tickets for November 8th: hdfst.uk/E56867
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The Renegade Rave in Bristol
The Renegade Rave in Bristol Tickets
A fusion of Heavy Bass, Cabaret and Renegade Performance
Psyched Presents: Riz La Teef  in Bristol
Psyched Presents: Riz La Teef in Bristol Tickets
(NEW DATE: 20TH JULY) We have invited garage legend Riz La Teef to help us celebrate the reopening of raves.
En Masse 2021 in Bristol
En Masse 2021 at The Trinity Centre in Bristol
Showcasing the past, present & future of UK bass in one of Bristol’s most iconic venues.
Vantage Presents Pluralist & Yushh in Bristol
Vantage Presents Pluralist & Yushh at Dare to Club in Bristol
Pluralist, Yushh and more bring their quirky electronics underneath the flashing lights of Dare To Club.

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.
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ErektTek tickets
Prepare to Make Breakcore Gay Again as Erektronica gathers some of the most ridiculous names in rave, from Pants and Socks to DJ Sucks to TOecUTTER all under one roof. Think Bang Face heights of hedonism without the bleakness of Pontins. For their biggest party to date they're teaming up with Lemtek to take over The Loco Klub for a suitably weird hardcore party in The Tunnels. More highlights include Salander’s no-holds-bared melodic breakcore and SLIME TIME's interactive neon Slugtopia, along with sets from the Erektronica Allstar founders. 🎫 Tickets for Saturday: hdfst.uk/E57017
Teachings in Dub tickets
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
Morse: Leif [Whities] tickets
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 ?


Der Liebe Presents: Prophecy 003 in Bristol
Secret location Der Liebe Presents: Prophecy 003
Daytime rave in a secret church location
 S.P.Y presents Dubplate Style *rescheduled* in Bristol
Thekla S.P.Y presents Dubplate Style *rescheduled*
10 years since Hospitality Bristol's maiden voyage on Thekla Bristol, we are BACK to set sail into a storm of epic DNB + jungle proportions
Songs for The Deaf in Bristol
Exchange Songs for The Deaf
Songs for The Deaf - stoner influenced grooves
Hidden | Romare (Rescheduled due to COV-19) in Bristol
The Loco Klub Hidden | Romare (Rescheduled due to COV-19)
Romare is up there with the funkiest humans on the planet
Nera: ANII // Afterlife // Kompakt (Bristol debut) in Bristol
Dare to Club Nera: ANII // Afterlife // Kompakt (Bristol debut)
ANII's Bristol debut and 8 hours of LGBTQ friendly techno
Der Liebe Presents: Prophecy 002 in Bristol
Secret location Der Liebe Presents: Prophecy 002
A day rave in a unique and new space in the city centre
Bristol Mix Sessions x Eloisa x Goldfat in Bristol
Basement 45 Bristol Mix Sessions x Eloisa x Goldfat
Bristol Mix Sessions invites UK DnB Labels: Eloisa & Goldfat
The Stomp Project x Korridor Kru:Rave Renaissance  in Bristol
The Loco Klub The Stomp Project x Korridor Kru:Rave Renaissance
We are back with our biggest and best night yet...
P.Y.T. in Bristol
Exchange P.Y.T.
P.Y.T. Disco, funk & soul
A night of D&B bangers from the hottest up and coming DJs!
Hardcore Energy - Origin8a & propa, Benton + more in Bristol
Dare to Club Hardcore Energy - Origin8a & propa, Benton + more
Taking you back to the roots of the rave with modern production. Nicky Blackmarket old school rave set + very special guest!
Everyday House Party  in Bristol
Basement 45 Everyday House Party
With Moylan Family, Wavezd, Skeleton King and Tabideee
Deep Tempo x Foto in Bristol
Crofters Rights Deep Tempo x Foto
Deep Tempo and Foto link up to host their first ever co-run event.
En Masse 2021 in Bristol
Strange Brew En Masse 2021
A social affair under the mirror ball soundtracked by three Bristol favorites.
Materials: Lone & Sully (Date TBC)  in Bristol
The Island Materials: Lone & Sully (Date TBC)
Materials are back in Bristol, this time fusing the sounds of techno, breaks and jungle.
Dept S Club Night ✰ JTM ✰ Eyes of Caelum + Support in Bristol
The Lanes Dept S Club Night ✰ JTM ✰ Eyes of Caelum + Support
Eyes of Caelum (plus support) play the Department S Club Night with DJ John The Mod
Return of PTS ϟ LSDXOXO in Bristol
Exchange Return of PTS ϟ LSDXOXO
LSDXOXO, Grove, ALYA L, Heathen Ritual
Contraband Circus! in Bristol
The Loco Klub Contraband Circus!
Circus performances, Kick drums and amens!
Shall Not Fade: Kettama, Big Miz, Demuja & more in Bristol
Motion Shall Not Fade: Kettama, Big Miz, Demuja & more
To celebrate 6 years of Shall Not Fade we move outdoors.
NSC // 002 // Take 5 Cafe in Bristol
Take Five Cafe NSC // 002 // Take 5 Cafe
NSC back for Round 2 // Techno / Acid / Breaks
Breach Presents: Kyrist, Ill Truth & MC gusto  in Bristol
Crofters Rights Breach Presents: Kyrist, Ill Truth & MC gusto
Kyrist, Ill Truth & MC Gusto @ The Crofters Rights
PLU AstroTurf #19 in Bristol
Dare to Club PLU AstroTurf #19
After over a year and a half of being in the wilderness...we are back for our 19th AstroTurf Party.
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.