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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 events, 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 dare2, Lost Horizon and Lakota.
Join us for an outdoor DnB weekend of day parties this bank holiday with the infamous Wide Eyes & Invicta Audio combination!
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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 Simple Things and PTS have brought international dance music purveyors to larger venues like Propyard 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.
14 hours of Stokes Croft club picknmix @ Attic Bar headlined by Breaka's breakbeat futurism, Shy One’s peerlessly upful UK funky/acid/boogie, Danielle’s wiggling electro/UK bass fusion + rnb edit empire Ghost Phone. GlassHouse provides a full summer day party showcasing the best garage, breaks, house, techno and dance club genres around.
For 11 years Idle Hands has been a shining beacon of quality dance music and the only real record store on Stokes Croft. Now with the knockout combo of COVID and Brexit, they’re having to close. Help secure the shop (and label) a future; grab a ticket and move your ass to the choicest electro/garage/house/techno in BS2. Club night in aid of Idle Hands' recent Crowdfunder - House, Techno & more - VINYL! - All ticket proceeds will go into the Crowdfunder
Queer club majesty from the queen of pop edits; Bored Lord will have you dancing to Kylie Minogue at 160BPM in between amen-laced footwork, woozy bass euphoria and piano breakbeat fyah. Summoning equal measures of T4T joy as labelmates Eris Drew and Octo Octa, it’s another surefire patent formula for Health & Beauty dancefloor therapy. 100% Organic queer clubnight ~ House, electro, acid, techno & more
Yusuf Suave spearheaded RepresentAsian to elevate the South West’s South Asian DJs above and beyond stereotypes. So expect dancefloor fusion of the highest order; Bollywood cut with dancehall, Bhangra chopped baile funk + next-gen cosmic jazz junglism from Sheeba Q collaborator No Nation. RepresentAsian is back for for a mid summer shubz, shining a light on the best South Asian DJ's the SW has to offer.
The date you’ve all been waiting for, the return of the biggest date in the Bristol DNB calendar… RUN All Day!
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.
Editor's club recommendations
Loco Klub in a dub session! Hard Pressed Hifi roll in the big guns from Paris for a UK debut, calling on steppas hi-flyer Mr Zebre and Footprint System to nice up their 5 scoop stack. Proper soundsytem bassweight and heavy roots music for fans of Shaka, Jah Tubbys, O.B.F, Vibronics, King Earthquake. First in the uk - Mr Zebre
DJ Voices is always doing the most and her Bristol debut is not one to miss! Expect a playful, groove-driven mix of hard techno, warped house and heady dub from the NYC’s Nowadays resident. Plus blissful deep cuts from Bristol’s Pressure Dome head Yushh. Nowadays resident DJ Voices makes her long-awaited Bristol debut, bringing UK techno, dubstep and tranciness to the Strange Brew back room
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.