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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.

Bristol Club Listings

Dialogue in Bristol
Dialogue in Bristol Tickets
We return to Lawrence Hill for another all-night party.
The Prog Lab Presents King Unique in Bristol
The Prog Lab Presents King Unique in Bristol Tickets
King Unique (Bedrock / Sudbeat) 3 hour set
No Future 04: Galtier, Ifeoluwa in Bristol
No Future 04: Galtier, Ifeoluwa in Bristol Tickets
Experimental drum music at a Stokes Croft staple
Italo Disco Legacy in Bristol
Italo Disco Legacy in Bristol Tickets
Documentary on the cult disco movement + Bodywork DJs in the bar
Deep Discs x Nebula 2018/19 Launch Party at Lakota in Bristol
Deep Discs x Nebula 2018/19 Launch Party at Lakota in Bristol Tickets
Deep Discs and Nebula return to Bristol for this 2018/19 Launch Party

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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.
Schwet x Dance Party with Apostille (Night School) tickets
Celebrating 5 years of Cacophonous Sarcophagus, Schwet invites Glasgow’s Apostille, C.E.O of Night School and certified synth-pop sensation to Stag and Hounds Public House (in the upstairs Courtroom). Citing “Depeche Mode, Suicide and Fad Gadget” as key influences, the live show has become infamous for their infectious energy and unrelenting FUN. Schwet DJs will go b2b with Dance Party's Amos & EC Ryder (Copper Sounds) 'til 4am, dropping likely the most out-there selections you’ll hear in this fair city. Tickets:
Room 237 presents Silent Servant tickets
ROOM 237 W/ SILENT SERVANT Alongside the likes of Regis and Function, Silent Servant (Official) has been a driving force behind two of the 21st century’s most forward thinking and influential techno-orientated labels, Sandwell District and Jealous Gods. Amongst his label output, his DJ sets and his own productions, clear influences of EBM, post-punk and big room craft a unique style of darkly melodic, dystopian techno. Room 237 Bristol will be bringing him to The Island for a night of dystopian techno, robotic EBM and darkly Tickets: hdfst.uk/E44482
Mi Casa Su Casa Presents..... tickets
SATURDAY: ROMAN LINDAU / GUY ANDREWS / TERR Three of Bristol's brightest promoters and one of it's best radio stations (Mi Casa Su Casa, High Tech Soul, 10 Twenty Radio) have come together to curate an exciting line up of no-nonsense, club-ready energy for a two-room date at the Old Crown Court. It's hard to pick favourites between Roman Lindau’s relentless driving four-to-the-floor, TERR's anthemic synth-driven groovers and Guy Andrews industrial ambient techno. Tickets: hdfst.uk/E44616
Eminent x CPU w/ CPSmith, Daddy Long Leg tickets
As electro continues its unstoppable resurgence, Sheffield’s Central Processing Unit has solidified its reputation as the UK’s most prolific and consistent purveyor of chattering 808’s. CPSmith has since 2012 curated an enviable portfolio of spacey futurism and dancefloor weapons, and taking over everybody’s favourite basement alongside Daddy Long Legs – a man who combines sleazed-out b-boy flavours with retrospective, atmospheric synth-pop to become the golden boy for CPU. Support comes from Eminent’s very own rising star Zobol to round off a line-up of contemporary hard hitters of an unmatchable sound. Tickets: hdfst.uk/E44043 Listen: bit.ly/2qrUNoO
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Shutter w/ Inga Mauer (All Night Long) in Bristol
Shutter w/ Inga Mauer (All Night Long) in Bristol Tickets
Shutter return after summer with a special 6-hour set from St Petersburg resident Inga Mauer.
Subsist Presents: Deep, Dark & Dangerous in Bristol
Subsist Presents: Deep, Dark & Dangerous in Bristol Tickets
Truth // Distinct Motive // Sepia // Khiva // Khanum // SGT Pokes
Subsist Presents: Deep, Dark & Dangerous in Bristol
Subsist Presents: Deep, Dark & Dangerous at Blue Mountain in Bristol
Truth // Distinct Motive // Sepia // Khiva // Khanum // SGT Pokes
Off-Switch Audio Presents: Vivid State 001 in Bristol
Off-Switch Audio Presents: Vivid State 001 at Crofters Rights in Bristol
Vivid State 001 w/ Margari's Kid (Cosmic Bridge), Pulsar, Muhla, Bethbethbeth, Sam ULG & Nuboid + visuals
Alternate » Halloween Apocalypse 2018 in Bristol
Alternate » Halloween Apocalypse 2018 at The Trinity Centre in Bristol
Alternate w/ DJ Marky, Ivy Lab, Ulterior Motive, T>I + Special Guest TBA

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.
Club audience bought their tickets on Headfirst Bristol.
Loose Lips x TRUK in Bristol tickets
FRIDAY: TRUK X LOOSE LIPS TRUK and Loose Lips return to The Island to host two Bristol debuts for a night of unapologetic, high-energy, percussive bedlam. J. Tijn has spent the past five years establishing himself as one of UK techno’s heavyweights and most in-demand exports. His productions bridge the gap between Perc and Truss’ industrial techno and Livity Sound’s jagged, post-dubstep inspired sound. FLmm meanwhile has been busy playing mechanised future-shock techno across the continent, sharing bills with hard-hitters such as Ansome and Manni Dee. Tickets: hdfst.uk/E44967
Love International presents: Palms Trax tickets
TICKET WARNING: PALMS TRAX It’s easy to forget that this world-touring, Essential Mixing, line-up topping sensation has released just four 12” singles to date. Yet in only a handful of tracks - shared between Dekmantel and Lobster Theremin - Palms Trax has achieved more than most do in a lifetime. He has much to do with the recent popularity of melodic, lo-fi dance music - yet his sets stay consistently ahead of the curve on account of the sheer depth of his tastes. He plays the Love International Festival Warm Up party at The Coroner's Court alongside Dave Harvey, Christophe and DIRTYTALK residents. Tickets: hdfst.uk/E44205
DUBCULT // Kaiju / Karma + More tickets
DUBCULT W/ KAIJU AND KARMA –––– Combining dubbed-out Rhythm and Sound atmospherics with tight steppers rhythms, Londoner Karma is a firm favourite from Dubstep’s new-school. With tight ties to Innamind Recordings, System and Goth Trad’s Back To Chill collective, his sets come packed full of rarities and exclusives - all cut to dubplate and acetate in the true spirit of the originators. Catch him at DUBCULT alongside DEEP MEDi favourites Kaiju, Militant Youth System and Zamwise. Tickets: hdfst.uk/E44135
Continuous Movement - Tako (Music From Memory/RLR) tickets
Followers of Amsterdam’s fertile electronic music scene will recognise Tako as a leading member of the Red Light Radio crew, and the incessant crate digger behind the seminal Music From Memory record label. Like his contemporaries Orpheu The Wizard and Jamie Tiller, Tako's collection of rare disco, vintage electro, EBM and synth must be heard to be believed. Catch him at The Loco Klub alongside Wigflex resident Blades courtesy of Continuous Movement Tickets:

TRENDING CLUB NIGHTS

Simple Things Festival - Nighttime  in Bristol
Simple Things Festival - Nighttime Simple Things Festival - Nighttime
Helena Hauff, DJ Stingray, Optimo, Jane Fitz and much more.
Der Liebe 1st Birthday in Bristol
Take Five Cafe Der Liebe 1st Birthday
Very limited number of tickets
1991, Keeno, Skankandbass, Special Guest TBA // Fr in Bristol
Lakota 1991, Keeno, Skankandbass, Special Guest TBA // Fr
1991, Keeno, Skankandbass, Special DNB Guest TBA
TOKYO WORLD - 2018 Sunday After Party in Bristol
Motion TOKYO WORLD - 2018 Sunday After Party
We'll be heading to Motion to carry on the party after the sun goes down...
TOKYO WORLD - 2018 Saturday After Party in Bristol
Motion TOKYO WORLD - 2018 Saturday After Party
We'll be heading to Motion to carry on the party after the sun goes down...
Nu:Motive DNB Freshers Special in Bristol
Lakota Nu:Motive DNB Freshers Special
Nu:Motive are back for a HUGE Drum and Bass Freshers show in the heart of Bristol
JungleVision  in Bristol
Lakota JungleVision
Ray Keith, Brockie, Det, Bryan Gee,
End Of Summer Day Party in Bristol
Lakota End Of Summer Day Party
Last Day Party Of The Summer
3 Years Of Shall Not Fade - Bristol in Bristol
Motion 3 Years Of Shall Not Fade - Bristol
Shall Not Fade return to Bristol with Mella Dee leading the charge for a very special extended 3 hour set!
Tunnel Vision : BRS Disco 003 in Bristol
The Love Inn Tunnel Vision : BRS Disco 003
12 th September, Birminghams finest party throws its 3rd party in the 0117!
PROM in Bristol
The Old Market Assembly PROM
It's time to go to prom. Dress your best and come dancing - disco/house/funk/soul and of course power ballads... All. Night. Long.
Dub From Above SoundClash in Bristol
Lakota Dub From Above SoundClash
Laktoa two heavyweight soundsystems clash it out on the 7th September
The Downs - Official Afterparty in Bristol
Lakota The Downs - Official Afterparty
Channel One DJ Set, Potential Badboy, Bunny B2B Cridge, Deli G, Special Guest
3 years of Mi Casa Su Casa  in Bristol
Dare to 3 years of Mi Casa Su Casa
Join us and Celebrate 3 years of Mi Casa Su Casa
WLTP Terrace Session : BABA Stiltz in Bristol
Colston Hall WLTP Terrace Session : BABA Stiltz
Terrace Sessions 2018: We Like To Party Presents BABA STILTZ + residents
Satsumas W/ Ashton Holland + Nadoone in Bristol
Cosies Satsumas W/ Ashton Holland + Nadoone
Ashton Holland (left alone) Nadoone (Sweet Sensation)
Continuous Movement Summer Party in Bristol
The Radnar Rooms Continuous Movement Summer Party
This time around we have invited Calypso Steve, Customs and a selection of Bristol based illustrators to a beautiful new roof terrace space
 The Peep Show in Bristol
Dare to Swing The Peep Show
Dreamy Days & Restless Nights Presents:
Musu 3rd Birthday Terrace Session in Bristol
Colston Hall Musu 3rd Birthday Terrace Session
ft. Charlie Bones & Golden Filter
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.