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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 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

Soul Link - May Bank Holiday Summer Party in Bristol
Soul Link - May Bank Holiday Summer Party in Bristol Tickets
The Washing Machine Soundsystem, Woven, Truk, Strictly Yes & Cosmix come together.
Garage VS Bassline Chronicles Summer Closing Party in Bristol
Garage VS Bassline Chronicles Summer Closing Party in Bristol Tickets
Catch some of the hottest up & comers in the UKG & Bass scene right here!
DONUTS End Of Term Party in Bristol
DONUTS End Of Term Party in Bristol Tickets
!FREE DONUTS! A huge thank you to everyone who's partied with us this year!
Boogielands 1st Birthday: Bristol  in Bristol
Boogielands 1st Birthday: Bristol in Bristol Tickets
Disco, Funk, Soul in a Victorian Court Room + Prison

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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.
The Dark Side II: Regis tickets
From the absurdist post-punk of British Murder Boys (with Surgeon), to the cold, experimental slabs he issues on Downwards Records, UK techno has had a long love affair with Regis. His solo productions are built around the same Analog swing and raw imperfections as Jeff Mills and UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE. Yet they're mixed with the jaded wit of Brummie Britain, an industrial DIY escapism that comes straight from the heart of post-Thatcherite suburban landscapes. No stranger to a Klubnacht, Regis' grooving, thunderous soundscapes will feel just right at The Island on Friday. A rare Dark Side event from Der Liebe, calling in Bristol's noise-techno drone merchants organchrist for support. 🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E51264
Floor Function: SHYBOI and Yushh tickets
SHYBOI crafts blistering, politically-charged collages of vocal snippets, soulful Detroit techno and polyrhythmic hard drum. Like her contemporaries UMFANG, Rizzla and Dj Haram, these boundless journeys enact a musical queering of the dancefloor that poses radical cultural questions. Paving a way for LGBTQ+ and non-male artists through the Discwoman and KUNQ collectives, Shyboi's been reshaping the discourse around dance music. She debuts in Bristol alongside Yushh on Saturday. A huge booking for Floor Function who've made a splash at Take Five with the likes of FAE and a more-than-welcome 'minimal phones on the dancefloor' policy. ​🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E51605 📺
APR x BKX v PTS tickets
PTS x ASTRAL PLANE X BOKEH Psychotherapy Sessions - PTS collab with two leading labels of experimental club (LA's The Astral Plane and Bristol's very own Bokeh Versions) at Stag and Hounds Public House for a 1e strong lineup extravaganza of hard drum, jersey club and that anything-goes aesthetic fans of PTS will demand. Loft's rhizomic drum programming and hallucinogenic sound design is the big pull with local ascendant industrial trap duo Kinlaw & Franco Franco hot in support with SHALT, DJ Roy Bar, Vio_l3t, nunu, Ye Ye and Jurango. 🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E51196
APR x BKX v PTS tickets
PTS x ASTRAL PLANE X BOKEH Psychotherapy Sessions - PTS collab with two leading labels of experimental club (LA's The Astral Plane and Bristol's very own Bokeh Versions) at Stag and Hounds Public House for a 15 strong lineup extravaganza of hard drum, jersey club and that anything-goes aesthetic fans of PTS will demand. Loft's rhizomic drum programming and hallucinogenic sound design is the big pull with local ascendant industrial trap duo Kinlaw & Franco Franco hot in support. 🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E51196
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Thorny Summer Party 2019 in Bristol
Thorny Summer Party 2019 in Bristol Tickets
SAVE THE DATE - FRIDAY 12 JULY
Present Tense x Ornate Music: Reedale Rise in Bristol
Present Tense x Ornate Music: Reedale Rise in Bristol Tickets
Present Tense teams up with London's Ornate Music to present Reedale Rise Live
PHUCT - Bristol's Rock & Metal Alternative  in Bristol
PHUCT - Bristol's Rock & Metal Alternative in Bristol Tickets
Bristol's Rock, Metal and Alternative club with a Bloodstock Promo!
PHUCT - Bristol's Rock & Metal Alternative  in Bristol
PHUCT - Bristol's Rock & Metal Alternative at The Lanes in Bristol
Bristol's Rock, Metal and Alternative club with a Bloodstock Promo!
Musu x Colours w/ Nicolas Lutz & Ivan Smagghe in Bristol
Musu x Colours w/ Nicolas Lutz & Ivan Smagghe at Secret Location in Bristol
Musu & Colours lock horns for round 2, joined by Nicolas Lutz & Ivan Smagghe.
Spice Girls: Sleaze Up Your Life in Bristol
Spice Girls: Sleaze Up Your Life at TBA in Bristol
Sleazy Sessions is here with the ULTIMATE Spice Girls tribute night.

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.
Iration Steppas Soundsystem - All Night Session  tickets
Inarguably the heaviest and most sci-fi of the 90s steppas titans, an all night Iration Steppas Official dance is one you can feel deep in your spine (just try finding a live
AKA x 64zoo | Deep Sea Diggin' w/ Or:la tickets
After parties with Ishan Sound, COEO and Special Request, Also Known As collab with 64zoo to bring Hotflush signee, WHP resident and Deep Sea Frequency owner Or:la to Lakota - Bristol for their biggest (aquatic-themed) event to date. Expect chuggy acid numbers, skippy percussive sounds and more techno-leaning four to the floor from "one of the most underrated DJs on the UK circuit at the moment" (Thump). 🎫 Tickets and info: hdfst.uk/E51647
AKA x 64zoo | Deep Sea Diggin' w/ Or:la tickets
AKA & 64ZOO w/ OR:LA After parties with Ishan Sound, COEO and Special Request, AKA collab with 64zoo to bring Hotflush signee, WHP resident and Deep Sea Frequency owner Or:la to Lakota for their biggest (aquatic-themed) event to date. Expect chuggy acid numbers, skippy percussive sounds and more techno-leaning four to the floor from "one of the most underrated DJs on the UK circuit at the moment" (Thump). Tickets and info: hdfst.uk/E51647
Club Blanco w/ Moscoman tickets
Bucking the trend for heavy handed 'world' edits, Moscoman's Disco Halal imprint has become the go-to for brooding, melodic techno with strong Middle Eastern influences. Home to the likes of Red Axes and Mehmet Aslan, the DH sound Moscoman favours is defined by restraint, drawing dark, loopy vocals and traditional instrumentation together into bristling grooves packed with explosive tension. Moscoman plays alongside Futureboogie Recordings' Dave Harvey for an all-night workout on 9th March. After Club Blanco's inaugural party last November with Massimiliano Pagliara, we expect big things from their second magic carpet ride at the Boxing Club in St. Judes. 🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E51000 📺

TRENDING CLUB NIGHTS

Madlib, Kamaal Williams, The Heliocentrics,Carista in Bristol
The Marble Factory Madlib, Kamaal Williams, The Heliocentrics,Carista
Madlib, Kamaal Williams, The Heliocentrics,Carista
Motorcity  in Bristol
The Lanes Motorcity
Motorcity - Motown, Soul, Funk, Disco & Rock 'n' Roll
Motorcity  in Bristol
The Lanes Motorcity
Motorcity - Motown, Soul, Funk, Disco & Rock 'n' Roll
Lockyard x 1020 Radio in Bristol
Motion Lockyard x 1020 Radio
1020 Radio will be joining Motion Bristol for their Lockyard summer series this July.
Motorcity  in Bristol
The Lanes Motorcity
Motorcity - Motown, Soul, Funk, Disco & Rock 'n' Roll
Membrain Festival Launch Bristol: Secret Lineup  in Bristol
Blue Mountain Membrain Festival Launch Bristol: Secret Lineup
We're kicking off the festival celebrations with an all star lineup at Blue Mountain!
TRUK Presents : Rene Wise in Bristol
Dare to Club TRUK Presents : Rene Wise
Rolling out; how you like it.
Der Liebe Presents: Summer Solstice Day Party  in Bristol
Blue Mountain Der Liebe Presents: Summer Solstice Day Party
All dayer open air terrace party + After party at a secret location
Queer Dystopia in Bristol
Take Five Cafe Queer Dystopia
Techno Solstice for the Disassociated
Lockyard x Hyphen in Bristol
Motion Lockyard x Hyphen
Motion are returning their Lock Yard series this year, and on June 21st, Hyphen have the honour of taking over this unique terrace space.
Summer Terrace Party - ACID Reflex at Dare to Club in Bristol
Dare to Club Summer Terrace Party - ACID Reflex at Dare to Club
ACID Reflex will be taking over Dare to Club on June 21st to celebrate the longest day of the year.
Lock Yard x Midnight Shift Presents Fold  in Bristol
Motion Lock Yard x Midnight Shift Presents Fold
Fold (NTS Radio) Sunset Vibes at Motion's Lock Yard
Dock34 Presents: Volruptus  in Bristol
The Island Dock34 Presents: Volruptus
Out of this world electro brought to you by the alien boogey commander Volruptus
Wide Eyes: Skeptical (140 Set) / Commodo / Goth Tr in Bristol
Lakota Wide Eyes: Skeptical (140 Set) / Commodo / Goth Tr
Wide Eyes: Skeptical (140 Set) / Commodo / Goth Trad
RED ROOM W/ DAISY MOON in Bristol
Undertone RED ROOM W/ DAISY MOON
It is the anniversary of RED ROOM events and to celebrate we invite Bristol's Daisy Moon.
Motorcity  in Bristol
The Lanes Motorcity
Motorcity - Motown, Soul, Funk, Disco & Rock 'n' Roll
Emerged: profile w/ eksman & ic3 (free rave)  in Bristol
Blue Mountain Emerged: profile w/ eksman & ic3 (free rave)
Emerged launch with a free rave with massive guests, free before 11
ℂℂ01 - ꜱᴇᴄʀᴇᴛ ʜᴇᴀᴅʟɪɴᴇʀ (ɴɪɢʜᴛ ꜱʟᴜɢꜱ) in Bristol
The Old England Pub ℂℂ01 - ꜱᴇᴄʀᴇᴛ ʜᴇᴀᴅʟɪɴᴇʀ (ɴɪɢʜᴛ ꜱʟᴜɢꜱ)
A secret night slugs headliner leads affairs at the Old England, joined by a list of DJ's and RC1 soundsystem across 2 rooms.
Lock Yard x Club Blanco x Strange Frequency in Bristol
Motion Lock Yard x Club Blanco x Strange Frequency
Club Blanco x Strange Frequency Open Air
Room 237: DJ Stingray, Umwelt, Afrodeutsche in Bristol
The Loco Klub Room 237: DJ Stingray, Umwelt, Afrodeutsche
Electro Special with DJ Stingray, Umwelt, Afrodeutsche
Love Saves Unofficial After Party! in Bristol
Blue Mountain Love Saves Unofficial After Party!
We Love Blue Mountain: Love Saves Unofficial After Party!
Contraband Circus- Terrace day party! in Bristol
Blue Mountain Contraband Circus- Terrace day party!
Figcake / Wamjam / Easy J / Dirty Chronic
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.