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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
Blue Mountain • Winter Carnival Free Rave in Bristol
Blue Mountain • Winter Carnival Free Rave in Bristol Tickets
Blue Mountain • Winter Carnival Free Rave - Last one of 2019
Alice In Wonderland's Magical Circus! • Boogieland in Bristol
Alice In Wonderland's Magical Circus! • Boogieland in Bristol Tickets
Alice In Wonderland's Magical Circus! • Boogielands Bristol
Disco Stu's Jungle Boogie & Motorcity NYE at The L in Bristol
Disco Stu's Jungle Boogie & Motorcity NYE at The L in Bristol Tickets
Ring in 2020 with the best in Disco, Funk, Soul and all your favourite classic bangers all night.
Blue Mountain: House & Techno Winter Rave in Bristol
Blue Mountain: House & Techno Winter Rave in Bristol Tickets
Blue Mountain: House & Techno Winter Rave w/ Natasha & Tekno Tom

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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.
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
Housework & Field Maneuvers: Day and Night  tickets
Throwing parties at Berlin's Sameheads and venues across Bristol, Housework uber residents Gramrcy, Golesworthy, Daisy Moon and Shanti Celeste specialise in colourful house and breaks nights, welcoming the likes of upsammy and PLO Man in recent months. Intergalactic Gary takes the lead at their upcoming 12 hour Arnolfini marathon with Field Maneuvers, alongside Going Good's Brian Not Brian. Gary's roots in The Hague's 80s italo scene have kept booming kicks at the beating heart of his glitchy and expansive mixes. Like Rush Hour compatriot Orpheu The Wizard and fellow chuggers Weatherall & Ivkovic, Gary deftly weaves leftfield textures and soaring meodies between acidic stompers and oddball komische. ? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E54792
Thorny Summer Party 2019 tickets
Purveyors of gloriously decadent parties and a vital platform (and haven) for underrepresented voices - Thorny makes a hugely welcome return with their summer party. The night before Bristol Pride, Thorny hosts a majestic array of performers at Trinity Centre which sees swamp-pop enigma E B U, dramatic dancefloor selector Ifeoluwa, and dreamy post-punks Oh, The Guilt return to play. Electro-pop royalty Tami T makes her Bristol debut, alongside performance artist and activist Katy Jalili aka Cool Dad, multidisciplinary sound artist Rebekah Ubuntu - Artist and many more. Prepare for a meticulously curated, dazzling spectacle of a night in true Thorny fashion. ? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E52910
Mi Casa Su Casa Summer Party #4 tickets
MI CASA SU CASA W/ VERA 15 hours of Mi Casa Su Casa in the daytime sun of the Dare to Club roof terrace with Berlin-based Ricardo Villalobos collaborator and Perlon associate Vera. When the sun has set MCSC favourite Roberto - Fossil Archive will be gifting us his brand new live set in the intimate depths of Dare To Club. Saturday 8th June is the closest we've come to a full-blown Mi Casa festival, grab your 2nd release tickets now: ? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E53579
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NYE 2020 Masquerade Ball & Fireworks Display!    in Bristol
NYE 2020 Masquerade Ball & Fireworks Display! in Bristol Tickets
The greatest NYE night that you were waiting for the whole year!
NYE 2020 Masquerade Ball & Fireworks Display!    in Bristol
NYE 2020 Masquerade Ball & Fireworks Display! at Lockleaze Sports Centre in Bristol
The greatest NYE night that you were waiting for the whole year!
Utopia: Laurence Guy, O'Flynn, Theo Kottis in Bristol
Utopia: Laurence Guy, O'Flynn, Theo Kottis at Lakota in Bristol
For our next journey, we will joined by a selection of top selectors, transporting you to the narrow backstreets of Tokyo, Japan.
Deep Discs Basement Sessions 005: W/ DMC in Bristol
Deep Discs Basement Sessions 005: W/ DMC at Basement 45 in Bristol
Deep Discs Basement Sessions 005: W/ Dead Man's Chest

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.
Room 237: DJ Stingray, Umwelt, Afrodeutsche tickets
Seizing the floor at The Loco Klub for a Room 237 Bristol bank-holiday Sunday of Drexciyan proportions, DJ Stingray melds the bone-rattling snares of dystopian Detroit techno with the bump n’ grind funk of West Coast electro. While Stingray's fast-cutting approach to mixing severs ties from the long-blends of contemporary dance music, Afrodeutsche's rising UK interpolations of classic 313 cybotron electro make her the perfect support. ? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E53050
Dialogue X Room 4 Resistance tickets
Over the past few years Dialogue has nurtured an inclusive community of like-minded techno fans, collaborating with the likes of Siren London, Universe of Tang, and now, for their 3rd birthday, Berlin-based queer collective Room 4 Resistance. Returning to the intimacy of Dare to Club on Friday for their last night before a planned (and hopefully brief) hiatus, Dialogue once again hosts a unique and diverse line-up. Nazira - dj brings her emotive, mesmeric sound all the way from Kazakhstan (before playing Berghain on Saturday), LOFT returns to close the dungeon with her brilliantly unpredictable dancefloor prowess, and The Palace International Film Festival will also be screening films throughout the night. ? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E53035
Club Blanco w/ A Love From Outer Space tickets
The interstellar lovechild of Andrew Weatherall and Hardway Bro's Sean Johnston, A Love From Outer Space lends a punky aesthetic to an often clean-cut scene, breathing new life into long-lost balearic, krautrock and komische. Warping their exquisite collection beyond recognition, ALFOS' chuggy celestial soundscapes belie a slow maturity at odds with the hectic relentlessness of contemporary techno. The iconic pair play the long game with a 5-hour set at Easton’s Boxing Club on Saturday hosted by Club Blanco. ? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E52974
Strictly Yes : VTSS [Open to Close] tickets
Strictly Yes’s razor-sharp, industrial vision brings exceptional sound and setting to Bristol nightlife - Benjamin Damage and Stephanie Sykes are now followed by recent Discwoman signing, VTSS. Leading Warsaw’s experimentalist shift, the Brutaż affiliate’s productions span from slower, Tzusing-esque stompers on her Intrepid Skin debut, to the distorted, speedy weirdness of 2019’s Self Will EP. Her recent Boiler Room debut showcased the boundless nature of her sets too, blending pummelling percussion with rave-inspired breaks, glittering discordance and the raw vocals of hard-drum and dancehall - she plays all night on May 4th. ? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E52121 ?

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TERRACE SOUL ALL DAYER  in Bristol
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Stokes Croft Block Party: One Ticket, 13 Venues! in Bristol
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Bristol's biggest day party, set across 13 venues in the heart of Stokes Croft.
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Secret location Der Liebe Presents: Prophecy 002
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Motion Shall Not Fade: Kettama, Big Miz, Demuja & more
To celebrate 4 years of Shall Not Fade we bring our largest line up to Motion featuring KETTAMA, Big Miz, Demuja, Black Loops
The Dark Side IV: Secret line up  in Bristol
The Island The Dark Side IV: Secret line up
Featuring one of techno’s most exciting artists in Europe
Into Darkness x Back To Bass:ics x Krupted in Bristol
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General Levy's Love Boat in Bristol
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After selling out his last Bristol show the legendary junglist GENERAL LEVY returns to Thekla for another night of Valentines Jungle Club Ma
Apex Presents: FJAAK (Live) | Adiel in Bristol
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We're honoured to welcome globally renowned, smoked out Berlin duo FJAAK for a pulverising live show inside the legendary Bristol club and o
Timedance - 5 Years in Bristol
The Trinity Centre Timedance - 5 Years
Timedance returns - this time at Trinity Centre, powered by the Sinai Sound System
Der Liebe Presents: Prophecy 001  in Bristol
Secret location Der Liebe Presents: Prophecy 001
A day rave in a unique and new space, a church in the city centre
Apex Presents: FJAAK (Live) & Adiel in Bristol
Lakota Apex Presents: FJAAK (Live) & Adiel
We invite Berlin duo Fjaak for our first big party of the year
Chop Shop: Coco Bryce, LMajor, Disaffected in Bristol
The Island Chop Shop: Coco Bryce, LMajor, Disaffected
Jungle and techno-breaks night in the basement of an old Victorian police station
French Kiss presents: Saoirse (All Night Long) in Bristol
The Loco Klub French Kiss presents: Saoirse (All Night Long)
We return to The Loco Klub for our first event of 2020, an all night long affair with the excellent Saoirse.
Will Sparks, Bristol in Bristol
Motion Will Sparks, Bristol
Melbourne Bounce trailblazer Will Sparks comes to Motion to make his Bristol debut
Dropout Disco: Or:la, Andrew Weatherall, Courtesy, in Bristol
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You’re invited to a collective ritual in loving the unknown. Courtship displays by leading others, lovers and dysfunctional brothers from ac
Semi Peppered w/ Mozhgan & Solar in Bristol
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Bad Reputation - Freaky Friday in Bristol
zed alley Bad Reputation - Freaky Friday
Cnight with DJs DEE2 & SPICYIVY dedicated to playing multi genre spanning, womxn fronted music for womxn, non binary folks & friends.
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Utopia Presents: 2 years running. in Bristol
Crofters Rights Utopia Presents: 2 years running.
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HAAi Curates in Bristol
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HAAi, Peach, Optimo [4hrs], Roi Perez, Manami, Tosh Ohta
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.