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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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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 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.
From the absurdist post-punk of British Murder Boys (with Surgeon), to the cold, experimental slabs he issues on Downwards Records, UK techno has had a long love affair with Regis. His solo productions are built around the same Analog swing and raw imperfections as Jeff Mills and UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE. Yet they're mixed with the jaded wit of Brummie Britain, an industrial DIY escapism that comes straight from the heart of post-Thatcherite suburban landscapes.
No stranger to a Klubnacht, Regis' grooving, thunderous soundscapes will feel just right at The Island on Friday. A rare Dark Side event from Der Liebe, calling in Bristol's noise-techno drone merchants organchrist for support.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E51264
SHYBOI crafts blistering, politically-charged collages of vocal snippets, soulful Detroit techno and polyrhythmic hard drum. Like her contemporaries UMFANG, Rizzla and Dj Haram, these boundless journeys enact a musical queering of the dancefloor that poses radical cultural questions. Paving a way for LGBTQ+ and non-male artists through the Discwoman and KUNQ collectives, Shyboi's been reshaping the discourse around dance music.
She debuts in Bristol alongside Yushh on Saturday. A huge booking for Floor Function who've made a splash at Take Five with the likes of FAE and a more-than-welcome 'minimal phones on the dancefloor' policy.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E51605
PTS x ASTRAL PLANE X BOKEH
Psychotherapy Sessions - PTS collab with two leading labels of experimental club (LA's The Astral Plane and Bristol's very own Bokeh Versions) at Stag and Hounds Public House for a 1e strong lineup extravaganza of hard drum, jersey club and that anything-goes aesthetic fans of PTS will demand.
Loft's rhizomic drum programming and hallucinogenic sound design is the big pull with local ascendant industrial trap duo Kinlaw & Franco Franco hot in support with SHALT, DJ Roy Bar, Vio_l3t, nunu, Ye Ye and Jurango.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E51196
PTS x ASTRAL PLANE X BOKEH
Psychotherapy Sessions - PTS collab with two leading labels of experimental club (LA's The Astral Plane and Bristol's very own Bokeh Versions) at Stag and Hounds Public House for a 15 strong lineup extravaganza of hard drum, jersey club and that anything-goes aesthetic fans of PTS will demand.
Loft's rhizomic drum programming and hallucinogenic sound design is the big pull with local ascendant industrial trap duo Kinlaw & Franco Franco hot in support.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E51196
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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.
After parties with Ishan Sound, COEO and Special Request, Also Known As collab with 64zoo to bring Hotflush signee, WHP resident and Deep Sea Frequency owner Or:la to Lakota - Bristol for their biggest (aquatic-themed) event to date.
Expect chuggy acid numbers, skippy percussive sounds and more techno-leaning four to the floor from "one of the most underrated DJs on the UK circuit at the moment" (Thump).
🎫 Tickets and info: hdfst.uk/E51647
AKA & 64ZOO w/ OR:LA
After parties with Ishan Sound, COEO and Special Request, AKA collab with 64zoo to bring Hotflush signee, WHP resident and Deep Sea Frequency
owner Or:la to Lakota for their biggest (aquatic-themed) event to date.
Expect chuggy acid numbers, skippy percussive sounds and more techno-leaning four to the floor
from "one of the most underrated DJs on the UK circuit at the moment" (Thump).
Tickets and info: hdfst.uk/E51647
Bucking the trend for heavy handed 'world' edits, Moscoman's Disco Halal imprint has become the go-to for brooding, melodic techno with strong Middle Eastern influences. Home to the likes of Red Axes and Mehmet Aslan, the DH sound Moscoman favours is defined by restraint, drawing dark, loopy vocals and traditional instrumentation together into bristling grooves packed with explosive tension.
Moscoman plays alongside Futureboogie Recordings' Dave Harvey for an all-night workout on 9th March. After Club Blanco's inaugural party last November with Massimiliano Pagliara, we expect big things from their second magic carpet ride at the Boxing Club in St. Judes.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E51000
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.