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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.
Housework is back for another 12 hours of chaos/fun at Arnolfini.
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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.
Strictly Yes’s razor-sharp, industrial vision brings exceptional sound and setting to Bristol nightlife - Benjamin Damage and Stephanie Sykes are now followed by recent Discwoman signing, VTSS. Leading Warsaw’s experimentalist shift, the Brutaż affiliate’s productions span from slower, Tzusing-esque stompers on her Intrepid Skin debut, to the distorted, speedy weirdness of 2019’s Self Will EP.
Her recent Boiler Room debut showcased the boundless nature of her sets too, blending pummelling percussion with rave-inspired breaks, glittering discordance and the raw vocals of hard-drum and dancehall - she plays all night on May 4th.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E52121
VENUE ANNOUNCEMENT: NICOLAS LUTZ
Musu x Colours return to Band Studios - the 500 capacity BS4 industrial estate film studio with club-grade soundproofing and enviable audio (anyone in the crowd at their June collab with DJ Fett Burger / LNS will swear by that).
For 8 hours this rarely used space will host My Own Jupiter's Nicolas Lutz, a true leader and survivor of Berlin's old guard whose revered mixes posses a truly cosmic vision within the house/techno continuum. NTS juggernaut and pioneer of "frozen balearic gay biker house" Ivan Smagghe supports alongside Rough Draft's rising resident Ellie Stokes.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E52387
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THIS FRIDAY: MUSU X COLOURS
Musu x Colours return to Band Studios for 8 hours with My Own Jupiter's Nicolas Lutz - a true leader and survivor of Berlin's old guard whose revered mixes posses a truly cosmic vision within the house/techno continuum. NTS Radio juggernaut and pioneer of "frozen balearic gay biker house" Ivan Smagghe supports alongside Rough Draft's rising resident Ellie Stokes.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E52387
Charge up your Nokias and hold on tight, a true trance legend takes the helm of Planet Fun’s cruise to the Four Pillars of Paradise tomorrow. DJ Cammy soundtracked noughties childhoods alongside Alice Deejay and Scooter, the beating heart of Britain's bluetooth-connected, emotionally vulnerable hardcore renaissance.
PC Music’s sugarsweet ice queen Hannah Diamond takes control as second headliner; her heartfelt, ethereal ballads the perfect complement to Cammy’s millennial nostalgia. They’re joined by nightcore fiend SURATI, DJ FINGERBLAST, I Am A Raver’s own Garry MCF and Bristol's only 'ardkore raffle queen Peggy Viennetta.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E52454
French Kiss turns two with a big Day and Night party!
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.
What comes to mind when I say 'Bristol drum and bass'? Well UVB-76 Music feels above and beyond that: Dark, spectral and menacing; it's the local halfstep renaissance that's got increasingly more in common with the ritualistic subwaves of the Skull Disco 'movement' (yes it's time to call it that) or Felix Krone's forward Hidden Hawaii imprint.
Frequent collaborators NOISE TEST upgrade to The Island for a showcase of UVB's special home-grown strains inclluding Blackest Ever Black associate Pessimist and a joint live set (the first we've seen) from Karim Maas and Stave. This is a crew deserving of more recognition, the Island is the destination, buckle in:
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E51624
EDITOR'S PICK: CUE W/ VIOLET
"I want to die an optimist" Violet declares on naive's Soundcloud. It's an ethos she swears by, serving transcendental, post-rave bliss from her label's Lisboan base. Fusing the joyous, playful tendencies of HNNY with the rhythmic complexity of LONE and Overmono, the Rádio Quântica founder's ecstatic leanings have made naive an ideal home for Eris Drew's motherbeat, Octo Octa's dreamy piano breaks and Ilana Bryne's pulsating, cosmic house cuts.
Hosted by Kiia and LMR, Cue's promising Pata Negra party follows a string of well-informed bookings, including De School native Cinnaman and Desert Sound Colony.
🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E52021
A stunning 3rd birthday with Jane Fitz confirmed Restless Nights as standard-bearers for cosmic techno in Bristol. They return on Saturday with The Pickle Factory and Butter Side Up mainstay, Truly Madly.
Alongside Gene On Earth, The Ghost and Youandewan, Truly heads a new wave of talented minmal selectors. Taking over where Dopplereffekt and Basic Channel left off, his sets invite warm introspection, weaving fuzzy dub and glittering broken-beat into spacious, interstellar canvases. Support comes from Idle Hands affiliate Christian Jay and a close-knit family of exquisite diggers from his Berlin-based Meld.
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
Pre-Pride performance clubnight featuring queer artists from the local scene and across the UK
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.