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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 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.

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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 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.

Bristol's lesser-spotted unicorn DJs at our favourite nightclub. Club night at the Thekla in Bristol.

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10-tonne heavy, triple soundsystem meeting between West London’s mighty Ital Power, Gloucester’s King Majesty and Bristol’s homegrown Concrete Lion (ft. Kai Dub and Dubtronics). All rigs and crews come road-tested and tweaked to deliver only the heftiest Year 3000 militant steppas to shake subs, walls, minds and feet. Unification Of Dub at Green Works.

Brown Excellence jump aboard a transformed Thekla for another blow-out show feat live tabla in the dance + BE’s sweaty signature combo of Bollywood and Bhangra big hitters mixed w/ techno, garage and grime. Guaranteed to keep things moving til the wee hours. Brown Excellence Chronicles pt.2 at Thekla.

2 towering giants of year 4000 steppas enter the ring together for the most thunderous dance Cosies has seen in a while. The Dubfather Nomadix’s quaking subs and celestial pads meet Jonah Dan’s conscious harmonies in a historic meeting of these two 90s soundsystem warriors. TWO STEP FORWARD PRESENTS: NOMADIX & JONAH DAN at Cosies.

Free before 11pm!? Bandulu brothers Kahn and the artist formerly known as Hi5ghost run the BPM range from roots to dubstep for an intimate session in the Green Works warehouse. Money Problems W/ Kahn B2B Yuseemi at Green Works.

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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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Sell out warning! Soft Butch returns for an adventurous deep dive into butchness and dancefloor somatics. Opening with queer comedian Charlotte McEvoy and intersectional wildlife/humanlife speaker Jasmine Qureshi leading us up to a group meditation before founder and resident DJ LEXX unleashes the dancehall / dnb / afrobeat heat. Soft Butch at The Jam Jar.

Juke bounce werrrrrrrk! Swisha brings that footworkin jersey club and amen-broken electro for a hella delirious Livity Sound outting with PTS’ not-so-secret weapon Jurango. Livity Sound w/ DJ Swisha & Jurango at Strange Brew.

Free entry junglism on a Sunday!? If you know you need it, you need it, and Western Lore can more than provide with Dead Man’s Chest and Elkie taking you on a 4 hour b2b journey til 1am (so you don't even need to pull a sickie). Western Lore: Sunday Sessions at Cloak.

Twisted assemblage of jungletek/breakcore/gabber rotters from the combined neon nightmares of DRM, Korridor Kru and Stomp Project. Get yer crusty free-party allowance of bonkers edits and amen4tekno bruisers with MATT:scratch, Selecta Spinach + more. DRM x Korridor Kru x The Stomp Project at The Loco Klub.

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.