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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.

Bristol Club Listings

Distilled Presents: Paul Woolford in Bristol
Distilled Presents: Paul Woolford in Bristol Tickets
Buckle up, we've got quite a year ahead.
Art Vandelay's Summer Finale : Loft Party in Bristol
Art Vandelay's Summer Finale : Loft Party in Bristol Tickets
Art Vandelay returns! This time to conclude summer with a secret location, private loft party...
Jungle Horror Story  in Bristol
Jungle Horror Story in Bristol Tickets
Jungle Horror Story :: Bristol Bridewell Complex Halloween 2019
Jungle Massive Free Party: Bristol w/ DJSS  in Bristol
Jungle Massive Free Party: Bristol w/ DJSS in Bristol Tickets
Jungle Massive Free Party: Bristol w/ DJSS [Birthday Set]

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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 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.
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
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
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Suck My Donk Presents - Gydra, Akov, Special Guest in Bristol
Suck My Donk Presents - Gydra, Akov, Special Guest in Bristol Tickets
We’re bringing in some serious international heavyweights including GYDRA playing their BRISTOL DEBUT!!
Boogielands Opening Party: Cirque Du Boogie! in Bristol
Boogielands Opening Party: Cirque Du Boogie! in Bristol Tickets
Boogielands Opening Party: Cirque Du Boogie!
DONUTS Freshers Party  in Bristol
DONUTS Freshers Party in Bristol Tickets
DONUTS is back at Thekla for our first party of the year!
DONUTS Freshers Party  in Bristol
DONUTS Freshers Party at Thekla in Bristol
DONUTS is back at Thekla for our first party of the year!
TakeOff Presents: Swamp81 and NoFuture in Bristol
TakeOff Presents: Swamp81 and NoFuture at Blue Mountain in Bristol
TakeOff back with their first show of 2019 with Bass music connoisseurs Swamp 81 and Bristol based taste makers No Future.

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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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 📺
Musu x Colours w/ Nicolas Lutz & Ivan Smagghe tickets
VENUE ANNOUNCEMENT: NICOLAS LUTZ Musu x Colours return to Band Studios - the 500 capacity BS4 industrial estate film studio with club-grade soundproofing and enviable audio (anyone in the crowd at their June collab with DJ Fett Burger / LNS will swear by that). For 8 hours this rarely used space will host My Own Jupiter's Nicolas Lutz, a true leader and survivor of Berlin's old guard whose revered mixes posses a truly cosmic vision within the house/techno continuum. NTS juggernaut and pioneer of "frozen balearic gay biker house" Ivan Smagghe supports alongside Rough Draft's rising resident Ellie Stokes. 🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E52387 📺 3D Venue Tour: goo.gl/maps/X1FmNGdEE1z
Musu x Colours w/ Nicolas Lutz & Ivan Smagghe tickets
THIS FRIDAY: MUSU X COLOURS Musu x Colours return to Band Studios for 8 hours with My Own Jupiter's Nicolas Lutz - a true leader and survivor of Berlin's old guard whose revered mixes posses a truly cosmic vision within the house/techno continuum. NTS Radio juggernaut and pioneer of "frozen balearic gay biker house" Ivan Smagghe supports alongside Rough Draft's rising resident Ellie Stokes. 🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E52387

TRENDING CLUB NIGHTS

In:Motion 2019 / Sven Vath, Ilario Alicante & more in Bristol
Motion In:Motion 2019 / Sven Vath, Ilario Alicante & more
Known on the scene as 'Papa Sven', Sven Vath returns to Bristol on 20th December
Apex 7th Birthday /w Rebekah in Bristol
Lakota Apex 7th Birthday /w Rebekah
Apex 7th Birthday at Lakota!
24hr Garage Girls - Halloween Boat Party in Bristol
Thekla 24hr Garage Girls - Halloween Boat Party
After another huge takeover at Boomtown Fair as well as touring the globe with their signature sweet UKG sound of winding basslines & old sc
The Dark Side III: Anetha  in Bristol
The Island The Dark Side III: Anetha
Blocaus resident debuts in Bristol with a Halloween special in the cells
Jurassic Behaviour w. Mr.k/ Stivs / Samurai Breaks in Bristol
Jack Of Diamonds Jurassic Behaviour w. Mr.k/ Stivs / Samurai Breaks
We head to Isla Nublar for some Jurassic park themed fire alongside some amazing artists such as Mr.K, Stivs & Samurai Breaks
O'Flynn All Night Long in Bristol
Thekla O'Flynn All Night Long
The mighty O'Flynn is joining us back at the boat for a very special all night long set.
Breach  in Bristol
Crofters Rights Breach
Minimal Drum and Bass
Simple Things Festival 2019 - Night in Bristol
Simple Things Festival 2019 - Night Simple Things Festival 2019 - Night
The Night programme of Simple Things festival takes over the Lakota & Coroners Court complex
Get Down and Disco in Bristol
SouthBank Get Down and Disco
Move to the groove at the first Get Down and Disco
Wonky Goose Audio presents - The Wonky Swan in Bristol
The Black Swan Wonky Goose Audio presents - The Wonky Swan
Wonky Goose Audio is back with a bang! DnB - Jungle - 4x4 - Neurofunk - Core - Tek
Method Lab 18: Cop Envy and Manami in Bristol
The Old England Pub Method Lab 18: Cop Envy and Manami
Cop Envy makes his long awaited bristol debut alongside local head Manami
Minotaur Sound #6 – Alex Banks (live a/v set) in Bristol
The Loco Klub Minotaur Sound #6 – Alex Banks (live a/v set)
Alex Banks live a/v set to launch 'Beneath the Surface' album
Marmalade Presents: Vol. 2 in Bristol
Take Five Cafe Marmalade Presents: Vol. 2
Take 5 Cafe // 05.10.19 // Steph Garratt // Acts tba
Bandulu Gang all night at Thekla in Bristol
Thekla Bandulu Gang all night at Thekla
Bristol's own Bandulu Gang will be taking over Thekla Bristol for an all night back-to-back session with special guest Commodo
A$AP - Part One in Bristol
Thekla A$AP - Part One
Bristol'$ harde$t new clubnight playing everything from Rap, Hip Hop, Grime & Drill, to Jer$ey Club, Horrorcore & Cloud Rap from around the
Morse: Leif [Whities] in Bristol
Crofters Rights Morse: Leif [Whities]
Morse welcome Whities contributor and Freerotation resident Leif for their second party.
Tread Heavy Rolls Thru in Bristol
The Attic Bar Tread Heavy Rolls Thru
The Tread Heavy gals are back and better than ever, this time hitting the streets of Bristol
IN:MOTION 2019: Drumcode Day & Night in Bristol
Motion IN:MOTION 2019: Drumcode Day & Night
PAN-POT, NICOLE MOUDABER, ENRICO SANGIULIANO, MATADOR, WEHBBA, DENSE & PIKA and many more
PROM 2019 in Bristol
The Old Market Assembly PROM 2019
Get on your dancing shoes, there's one thing on your mind.
Redacted: 003 - Objectiv, Sinic, Pangea in Bristol
Take Five Cafe Redacted: 003 - Objectiv, Sinic, Pangea
Redacted returns to Take 5, showcasing a myriad of talent. Join us as we combine the dirtiest rhythms with flawless productions.
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.