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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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Cumbiatón and guaracha at the Brew! Unmissable Bristol debuts from two hugely influential figures from the Colombian and Mexican underground music scenes: reggaetón queen Rosa Pistola and Latin bass luminary and Paria Records boss Bclip. Plus a live dykehall special from Grove. Huge. SNOG: Rosa Pistola +Grove at Strange Brew.

Local Livity Sound double team meets Montreal’s techno-dancehall star SIM in the dance! Expect hard drum, electro, dembow and 140 all chucked in a blender with sleek and deadly dancefloor pressure juicing out the top. Damn essential FFO: Equiknoxx, Low Jack, DJ Plead, Pressure Dome. SIM B2B Cando at The Love Inn.

Anthony Naples here to serve you one of the most thrilling journeys through the house and techno spectrum money can buy. Expect some of the most lifted dancefloor clobber this (or that) side of the Atlantic with LDN's softi deftly whisking skeletal techno and slo/fast bass into a delicious euphoric froth. Huge FFO: OK Williams, Omar S, Yushh/Pressure Dome. Public Affair #17: Anthony Naples & softi at Strange Brew.

Percussive polyrhythms and thundering bass engineered to test those hips! When Hyperdub’s Fiyahdred and Club Djembe’s DJ Polo go tune-for-tune, expect syncopated wrigglers played with full love and feeling inna amapiano / UKF / ballroom / bashment bruk-out stylee. DJ Polo B2B Fiyahdred at The Love Inn.

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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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Mega link-up from four of Bristol’s finest queer party starters! Summer is officially here (come rain or shine) with PLU, Crotch, QUEERKY and Soft Butch teaming up for the inaugural garden day party at Loco Klub; expect house, disco, reggaeton, techno and Italian food. What more could you want? The Garden Of Queerdom at The Loco Klub.

Forget house producers turned DJ, Orpheu is the real deal. The Redlight co-founder and Music From Memory veteran packs virgin disco from the darkest and weirdest corners of the universe and we can’t shout this loud enough: Orpheu The Wizard is one of the world’s very best diggers. Club Blanco w/ Orpheu The Wizard & Chez de Milo at Strange Brew.

Expect nothing but rough, raw and ready junglism when Brazen and Upraw collide. It’s hardcore futurism and rolling ravey breaks from the two crews inside with Distant Planet + a rootical dubwise meeting outside with Simalay Sound and Firmly Rooted family. A proper 6 hour sunshine session with subs for all! Upraw x Brazen Records - DAY PARTY at Green Works.

Turned out Nice are spearheading the broken beat revolution in Bristol and there ain’t no stopping it. Starting guns blazing with Bugz in the Attic originators + nu-skool leaders like Last Nubian and Don Surf, now they’re hitting you with a residents-only b2b tearout. Expect grade-A shufflers and syncopated delights floating in the jazz dance, 2-step, UKF continuum. Turned Out Nice W/ Taygo + Winona + Drifty at Crofters Rights.

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.