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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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Round 3 for Cloak’s soundsystem specialists Baxu, slinging dance-positive vibes from the roots, reggae and dubstep continuum with Misscoteque’s DJ Ammi. Plus vegan dinner and screening of a talk from Kibir La Amlak about the deep spiritual significance of Rastafari and music. Baxu #3 – Spring at Cloak.

Wicked & deadly Bristol > JA imprint Poor Man's Friend buck the relentless march for the new by producing staggeringly authentic roots reggae / rocksteady in glorious 70s / 7" stylee. This is the real deal! Expect exclusive plates featuring sweet soulful latter-day vocal gold from reggae greats, lush horn sections and bubbling basslines. ST. PAULS DUBWISE at Cosies.

Walloping scouse house and hard groove contortions from one of Bristol’s finest yung rave renegades. Longeez touches decks on an especially rowdy Tuesday nighter with hi-NRG femme collective Bad Bitch Dubz. 100% hoover-liscious FFO: Nova Cheq, X Club, Borai, Denham Audio. Pulse Presents : Longeez, BBD + Support at Crofters Rights.

The original messenger of the UK jazz dancefloor, Paul Murphy paved the way for Gilles Peterson by reframing far-out jazz and frenzied latin rhythms as viable club music for the DJ. From the 100 Club to the Electric Ballroom and now to Old Market Assemblies, Worm Disco have bagged a true legend! Worm Disco Club return to The OMA after two most vibe-tastic Bongo Boogies so far!

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Airspace x Lab 54 Festival at PYTCH - UNDER THE JET
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Sat 13th July
25 Years Of Logan D at Lakota
Sun 26th May
LSTD Afters w/ Invicta Audio at Lost Horizon
Tue 24th September
Summer Solstice Outdoor Garage Rave at Motion

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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Editor's club recommendations

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Norway’s kosmische breaks overlord returns. The Sex Tags boss has spawned an expansive world of pseudonyms and aliases spanning oddball house, cybotron dub and chugging acid. So expect the unexpected (but expect to dance) in an all-night b2b meltdown with co-conspirator Telephones. Strange Brew Pres: DJ Fett Burger B2B Telephones at Strange Brew.

Wut! You must witness the Rephlex-anointed god of UK electro in this crazy small cap live hardware spectacular, thanks to the impeccable psychonauts @ Club Blanco. Vital squelching squarewaves, acid dreamscapes and bleep-funk beatdown for all terrestrial aliens. Club Blanco w/ DMX Krew + Chez de Milo at The Love Inn.

Huge Bristol double debut from two of the finest in mind-altering, experimental post-club electronics. Catch Emma DJ slinging everything from trap and industrial to no-wave and bloghouse + a heady live set of mutant-arthropod-filled electronics, cybernetic productions and syncopated beats from 33EMYBW. Truly nuts FFO: Aisha Devi, SVBKVLT, Lee Gamble, Jlin etc etc. EMMA DJ & 33EMYBW +++ at Strange Brew.

Papa Nug-approved nu-electro wunderkid Just Blakey lands at Crofters for a night of sleek and dubby Detroit-indebted futurism. Essential Thursday biz FFO: Drexciya, Stingray, CPU Recs, Legowelt etc. Mirror Studies Presents 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.