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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.
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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 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.
Dr. Rubinstein puts her successes down to good fortune, but her infrequent mixes, and local hero status at ://about party pay testament to a wealth of skill and knowledge. Driven by her unabated love for acid, the doctor’s selections are borne from an urgent need to dance, fusing the notorious 303 wiggle with heavy basslines and coarse, industrial rhythms. Rubinstein’s sets also showcase a reflective capacity - the breakbeat journey of her September FACT mix is laced with a stunning intimacy that far surpasses the dancefloor, giving way to a deeply emotional trip.
She headlines for Shutter at The Island on Friday with Fake Doors and Little to warm the floor.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E48825
atYoung Marco is a selector who’s not afraid to put purists in their place. Dropping 'Last Christmas' in mid-July amidst afro-boogie throwdowns and obscure proto-house gems, Marco's renegade status sees him ditching ‘discogs melts’ in pursuit of a good time. This ethos, combined with top-notch selection and a commitment to deep-digging, makes him one of Amsterdam’s most treasured musical elite.
Celebrate with him at atblThe Black Swan as Noods Radio turn three this November.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E48386
Djrum sits alongside Burial as one of few UK artists to have successfully captured the emotional ebb and flow of 90s rave culture. The multi-instrumentalist melds the excessive tempos of gabber and hardcore with the mind-boggling time signatures of jazz and classical, crafting otherworldly and cinematic pieces that complicate understandings of UK bass. His latest LP, 2018’s 'Portraits of Firewood', flits between heart-wrenching vocal snippets, and blurred, frenetic techno, nestling somewhere in the spaces ‘between euphoria and sadness’ (The Quietus).
One Two Five Events bring him to The Island cells on November 9th alongside Nie Wieder Schlafen's Sower and J Chrysalis.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E48742
Mainstays on Germany's prodigious Toy Tonics label, COEO close out the summer season in Bristol, bringing their disco-infused deep house to The Lanes. Sample-heavy grooves informed by funk sensibilities and a firm grasp of rhythm, COEO's pounding kicks and soulful melodies conjure a nostalgia for those lingering, joyful festival moments, still fresh in our mind.
Converting the Lanes alleys for one evening only, Bristol's own AKA Collective warm the floor with in-house residents and support from 64zoo.
Limited Tickets: hdfst.uk/E47809
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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.
Brutal, twisted kicks contrast with delicate highs, nods of Aphex delight minds while bodies convulse to one of Europe's most uninhibited techno producers, Bjarki.
Since breaking through in 2015 with brash raver anthem 'I Wanna Go Bang', the Icelander has refined his output as a mainstay on Nina Kraviz’ трип label, crafting a brand of haunting horror-techno that gathers the influence of gabber, hardcore and 90s techno into a nightmarish whole.
Pushing out thunderclap snares, lo-fi kicks and throbbing baselines from their Glaswegian home, Dixon Avenue Basement Jams have carved their name as a forerunners of pumped-up jackin’ dance music. Underpinned with a consistent commitment to deep, deep grooves, the label-running duo are true tastemakers of funky house, dropping acid tinged, emotive dance cuts and ‘rockin’ raw sat*t’ for the floor on Wednesday.
Absolute peache of a debut event for Rhythm Works at The Lanes - watch this space.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E48534
Melding deft soul and jazz samples with bluesy hooks and jangling rock n’ roll, Romare’s productions depict a learned passion for America's musical history. Like his namesake, the Afro-American master of collage, Romare’s multi-layered tracks flit between the borderlines of genre, yet his unique, dancefloor-ready sound remains unmistakeably his own.
Like his compositions, Romare’s DJ sets span the breadth of his influence, joining the dots between the many corners of his taste. The Ninja Tune mainstay heads to Lakota - Bristol on October 6th - where Dropout Disco pair him with O'Flynn's global disco selections and one 'very special guest'.
Preaching ‘creativity without order,’ Banoffee Pies Records’ eclectic discography holds testament to its founders’ wide-reaching and well-developed tastes. Birthed from a passion for house and disco, the label’s releases span from the leftfield jazz of the likes of Yadava and atSeb Wildblood, to the pumping breaks of Liem and atEddie Ness.
Taking the helm of Lakota - Bristol’s main room for Deep Discs x Nebula at the end of the month, the Bristolian label will be joined by another homegrown hero, Housework co-founder Daisy Moon, alongside Lukas Wigflex, founder of Nottingham’s notorious Wigflex parties.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E47829
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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.