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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.

Sell out warning - buy tickets while you can!

Hardcore will never die as long as Vinyl Destination continues this home run of OG hardcore/jungle/dnb Dare2 parties beamed through time to save all dedicated ravers. Top of the bill’s the infamous DJ Sy aka Scratchmaster aka half of power force Sy & Unknown bringing those Dreamscape / Fantasia vibes with an old skool special. Vinyl Destination 8 at Dare to Club.

Phonk gremlins unite! Canada’s nuked out dance party / traphouse of horrors ruptures a Memphis-sized hole in the Island with DJ Smokey’s army of codeine demonz and sizzurp trills. 101% turnt FFO: DJ Screw, Three Six Mafia, Spaceghostpurrp, SOUDIERE, DEVILISH TRIO. All Centre x 3SR: DJ Smokey, K Means + more at The Island.

Our petition to make Raise The NRG a monthly residency has almost been heard! Bringing thundering hard trance and queer techno to the Exchange with HE.SHE.THEY darkwave beauty Wax Wings and Boudica resident Donna - this will be one hella steamy dancefloor. Raise The NRG w/ Wax Wings & Donna at Exchange.

Sell out warning! In 2050 someone will make a ‘golden years of Bristol 2020s’ nostalgia page full of Accidental Meetings posters. If you want to get in THAT comment box, you need this golden ticket. Willikens’ esoteric electro and sludgy acid + Demdike’s evil rave / occult bass + Memotone’s pastoral reverence = heaven. AM: Lena Willikens, Demdike Stare, Jonquera & more at Strange Brew.

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Fri 2nd February
Metalheadz at Lakota
Fri 8th December
Berlin Berlin: Forbid & Jevan at Lakota
Fri 26th January
Benji B at Lost Horizon
— Lost Horizon

Benji B Tickets

Sat 3rd February
Apex presents: Hector Oaks + More at The Coroner's Court
Sat 10th February
Valve Sound System Bristol 2024 at Motion
Fri 1st December
Rave on Avon: Michelle Manetti at Lakota
New Years Eve
Obsidian NYE at The Trinity Centre
— The Trinity Centre

Obsidian NYE Tickets

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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Editor's club recommendations

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NYE sell out warning! The understated god of weirdo funk - Maurice Fulton treads the experimental with genuine soul to his own beat of post-disco cosmic house realness. Yes, disco isn’t dead as long as Maurice lives. Let the 90s maestro fill your ears with infinite cowbells, ecstatic vocals and low-slung grooves til the lights come on. Club Blanco NYE w/ Maurice Fulton at the red church.

Beirut’s most infamous crate-digger, Ernesto Chahoud has the rarest of rare groove and the most ethio-jazz smarts in the Middle East. Catch him fling psychedelic cumbia or euphoric tarab across the dancefloor like it was bread to the pigeons. La Bomba presents Ernesto Chahoud at The Jam Jar.

When we all die Ron’s gonna be sitting up with Frankie Bones and Jesus in rugged machine electro-funk heaven. The brains behind LIES aka the best EBM/ acid house/ whatever label this century brings his twisted wisdom to the decks to rip your bloody face off and stomp it into the ground. Club Blanco w/ Ron Morelli & Chez de Milo at Strange Brew.

Sell out warning! Mercurial techno wizard Call Super steps up for another cerebral space•lab with sci-fi racer Wipeout on PS1 in the front room all night long - guaranteed to scramble brains with proggy retroid wonderment. space•lab w/ Call Super, Lora Mipsum b2b Dr. Baird at Strange Brew.

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.