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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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Free entry (before 9:30pm)! The grind/metal-friendly sound system we always needed squeezes into the Canteen for a sub-rowdy session with Kahn & Neek’s dread pressure Gorgon Sound project. BIG in all senses. GORGON SOUND - Stokes Croft Sub Sessions at The Canteen.

It’s a Pure Love Unity takeover! Norris Brown heads up the bill with his sweet and soulful clutch of roots and lovers anthems. His impeccable voice and showmanship’s powered by the foundational Bass-I soundsystem and kept fed by Pure Love Foods - dub fans can’t miss this one. TAPESTRY DAY PARTY FT NORRIS BROWN + SUPPORT at Tapestry By Props.

Hot and steamy b2b locals night at the Brew! ETN’s at the helm with bags of heady psychedelia and dubby dance pressure, Payback & Farrell excavate only the rarest groove and haunted doo-wop + party-starting boogie selections from Wild Donna x Amber. SB Nights: ETN, Farrell, Andy Payback, Wild Donna at Strange Brew.

Real reggaeton fire with RepresentAsian's Yusuf Suave second venture into dembow dreamland ft. WIDE Radio’s She Is El Capo slinging everything from old school salsa to Latinx club futurismo. FIESTA GASOLINA 2: Reggaeton / Dembow / Dancehall at Crofters Rights.

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Fri 27th September
Document Opening Party: Bru-C at DOCUMENT
Fri 9th August
FÜLÜ Electrobrass at Lost Horizon
Sat 27th July
PianoRama at Lakota

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.

Editor's club recommendations

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An unsung hero of Chicago club culture, Darryn Jones conquered Bristol hearts and feet way back in 2018 with his disco-fied house beatdown (chucked through a soulfood blender). The legend returns for a euphoric night of funk soul celebration and elevation, attendance is mandatory FFO: Theo Parrish, Ron Hardy, Soundstream, Moodymann, Galcher Lustwerk. HBS x CDO Presents Darryn Jones at Strange Brew.

Demonic techno wrecking crew EYD celebrate 5 years in the game with piledriving industrial slammers from HEMPTOTE and London hardtek weapon Johnny Piras. A relentless 4am marathon FFO: I Hate Models, Shlomo, Dax J, KAOS/Gegen. EYD 5th Anniv w/ HEMPTOTE, Johnny Piras, TORRE at 395.

Yesssssssss percussive slammers and authentic Latinx bass movers! It’s round 2 of Aæe’s Pontes De Ritmos with Void Radio’s Lolli bringin future favela club fusion of the highest grade. PONTES DE RITMOS WITH AÆE & LOLLI at Crofters Rights.

Bristol new bounty for bad acid balearica and bruised bleeps. Bellayche Records enters your waking life with the worldwide debut of DJ October’s sludged and skudged nu-beat alias Funn Bobby. Plus a live set from industrial sleaze-noir prince Kelan and deep dancefloor psych from Deep Nalstrom, Jackin Patz and aka Zato. They’re not calling it the 4th summer of love for nothing! Strange Brew x Bellyache Records 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.