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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.

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RAVE ON AVON 2020 in Bristol
RAVE ON AVON 2020 in Bristol Tickets
2020 SEES RAVE ON AVON MOVING INTO NEW GROUND: OLD MARKET
Jungle Massive Free Party: Aphrodite in Bristol
Jungle Massive Free Party: Aphrodite in Bristol Tickets
After 7 sold out shows Jungle Massive returns with its next big bad and heavy Free Party to grace Bristol!
Hidden | Optimo All Night Long | Day & Night Event in Bristol
Hidden | Optimo All Night Long | Day & Night Event in Bristol Tickets
What better date for dancing than the only Friday bank holiday of the year? Join us for day & night time music to start the summer right.
Boogielands • The Lion, The Witch & The Boogie in Bristol
Boogielands • The Lion, The Witch & The Boogie in Bristol Tickets
The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe themed club event in the Victorian Court House and Prison Cells (Bristol)

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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.
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
HARLECORE X PLANET FUN tickets
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 ?
Rhythm Works // Luca Lozano tickets
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 Luca Lozano 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!
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Blue Mountain Free Rave • Spring Opener! in Bristol
Blue Mountain Free Rave • Spring Opener! in Bristol Tickets
Blue Mountain Free Rave with Drum n Bass, Bassline, UKG and 140 classics
An Aquatic Voyage:Ten Thousand Beats Under The Sea in Bristol
An Aquatic Voyage:Ten Thousand Beats Under The Sea in Bristol Tickets
Shindig Pre Party hosted in collaboration with The Invisible Circus, Minirigs and Shindig Festival
An Aquatic Voyage:Ten Thousand Beats Under The Sea in Bristol
An Aquatic Voyage:Ten Thousand Beats Under The Sea at The Loco Klub in Bristol
Shindig Pre Party hosted in collaboration with The Invisible Circus, Minirigs and Shindig Festival
The Renegade Rave in Bristol
The Renegade Rave at The Loco Klub in Bristol
A fusion of Heavy Bass, Cabaret and Renegade Performance

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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Nebula x AKA: Desert Disco w/ Ivan Smaghe, Ruf Dug tickets
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
PTS w/ ZULI, Kinlaw & Franco Franco, k means tickets
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
Dialogue w/ Akua + Residents tickets
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
Strictly Yes : D.Carbone, ØTTA tickets
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. Tickets: hdfst.uk/E55146 Event: Strictly Yes : D. Carbone, ØTTA

TRENDING CLUB NIGHTS

TERRACE SOUL ALL DAYER  in Bristol
The Radnor Rooms TERRACE SOUL ALL DAYER
Soultrain Revival present in a stunning ROOF TOP TERRACE THE 2020 SUMMER SOUL ALL DAYER with Soultrain DJ's
SIX WAS NINE Summer Terrace Party in Bristol
Blue Mountain SIX WAS NINE Summer Terrace Party
SIX WAS NINE is back once again at the infamous Blue Mountain Terrace for another summer day party!
Oh Sees - Thee Afterparty! in Bristol
The Lanes Oh Sees - Thee Afterparty!
Join us at The Lanes for thee unofficial Oh Sees afterparty!
Stokes Croft Block Party: One Ticket, 13 Venues! in Bristol
Lakota Stokes Croft Block Party: One Ticket, 13 Venues!
Bristol's biggest day party, set across 13 venues in the heart of Stokes Croft.
YARD: Open Air Club with Denis Sulta, Palms Trax + in Bristol
Motion YARD: Open Air Club with Denis Sulta, Palms Trax +
YARD: Open Air Club with Denis Sulta, Palms Trax, Chaos in the CBD, Dusky & more!
YARD: Open Air Club -Alan Fitzpatrick, KiNK in Bristol
Motion YARD: Open Air Club -Alan Fitzpatrick, KiNK
YARD: Open Air Club with Alan Fitzpatrick, KiNK [Live], DJ Tennis, Dense & Pika and more!
That Astrophonica Thing in Bristol
Bristol That Astrophonica Thing
Astrophonica label showcase.
PTS VII in Bristol
Exchange PTS VII
DJ Spinn, Coucou Chloe, Christoph de Babalon, Ikonika
Wrong Music x GFOTYBucks in Bristol
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Wrong Music x GOFTYBucks return
Der Liebe Presents: Prophecy 003 in Bristol
Secret location Der Liebe Presents: Prophecy 003
A day rave in a unique and new space in the city centre
Rototom Sunsplash Launch Party: Queen Omega  in Bristol
Kuumba Centre Rototom Sunsplash Launch Party: Queen Omega
Queen Omega Powered by Lionpulse x Qualitex + Local Support
Wide Eyes: Skeptical / Enei / GLXY & More in Bristol
Lakota Wide Eyes: Skeptical / Enei / GLXY & More
Skeptical, Enei and more join us at Wide Eyes!
Dolce Vita & Minotaur Sound present: Nera in Bristol
Dare to Club Dolce Vita & Minotaur Sound present: Nera
Nera - an 8 hour LGBTQ friendly techno night
Housework ft. Eris Drew in Bristol
The Black Swan Housework ft. Eris Drew
For our first Bristol party of 2020 we are delighted to welcome Eris Drew.
Turbo Disco w/ Maurice Fulton in Bristol
The Loco Klub Turbo Disco w/ Maurice Fulton
Easter Bank Holiday Sunday Turbo with Maurice Fulton
That Thing with Illexxandra, Lakeway + more in Bristol
Jam Jar That Thing with Illexxandra, Lakeway + more
Illexxandra makes her Bristol debut and Lakeway goes b2b with Samurai breaks for 2 hours
Bristol Disco Fest: Horse Meat Disco & Much More! in Bristol
Lakota Bristol Disco Fest: Horse Meat Disco & Much More!
Following on from a fabulous sold out day and night debut back in September, Bristol Disco Fest return on Sunday 12th April for a Bank Holid
RoadBlock - Indica Dubs with Danman   in Bristol
The Black Swan RoadBlock - Indica Dubs with Danman
Hard Pressed Promotions & Earthtrax have joined forces to bring a night to the Black swan this Easter Bank holiday!
Ben Nicky & Friends in Bristol
Motion Ben Nicky & Friends
Ben Nicky returns following a sell out last year to Bristol's Motion with some special guests Saturday 11th April
The Blast present // Souped Up Bristol in Bristol
The Marble Factory The Blast present // Souped Up Bristol
Stepping up to the crease for their first standalone innings in Bristol, Souped Up Records are teaming up with The Blast for a 8-hour sloggi
Toolroom Bristol in Bristol
Motion Toolroom Bristol
Toolroom comes to Bristol!
Apex presents Jay Lumen  in Bristol
Lakota Apex presents Jay Lumen
Jay Lumen comes to Bristol for a 3 hour set
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.
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