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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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Mungos Hifi x Electrikal x Jungle Cakes in Bristol
Mungos Hifi x Electrikal x Jungle Cakes in Bristol Tickets
The Full Mungos Hifi & Electrikal Sound System: FULL SCOTTISH SOUND SYSTEM SHOWCASE
RAVE ON AVON 2021 in Bristol
RAVE ON AVON 2021 in Bristol Tickets
Boogielands • The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe in Bristol
Boogielands • The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe in Bristol Tickets
The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe themed club event in the Victorian Court House and Prison Cells (Bristol)
Hidden | Optimo All Night Long | Day & Night Event in Bristol
Hidden | Optimo All Night Long | Day & Night Event in Bristol Tickets
What better date for dancing than the only Friday bank holiday of the year? Join us for day & night time music to start the summer right.

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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.
Next Up Presents: Just Banco, Blaze YL & Guests tickets
Next Up is a new dawn for hip-hop in Bristol - recent bookings like JD. Reid and Black Josh Ape stick out from the rent-a-mic verse merchants at your local boozer: this is UK rap, and it's raw. Just Banco rolls into The Loco Klub for their next missive - baiting UK road police and 'youd do better in America' advice on his latest
Green King Soundsystem + King Alpha / Full Stack / tickets
Bristol dubwise institution Green King Cuts invites London's mighty King Alpha Sound System back for a community dance at Kuumba Centre, powered by the full stack Green King Soundsystem. For our money, along with King Earthquake and local operators Kai Dub, King Alpha is the best dub producer of the post-Iration Steppas age - these are year 4000 cuts with heavy bass for the militant dancers and righteous movers! Get down on Saturday for this energetic session with real grounded food from Ital Garden Caribbean Vegan Cafe and fresh cuts for sale from the near-legendary Roots Hitek Muzik record stall. 🎫 Tickets for Saturday: hdfst.uk/E57778
Phonic Locker w/ Vladimir Ivkovic & Sower tickets
Recognised as one of DJing's last true stylists, Vladimir Ivkovic has ushered in a return of sludgy psychedelics, pitch-bending, downright weirdness and fun (do you remember fun?) to dancefloors. Part of the Salon des Amateurs dynasty of world-conquering DJs (along with Lena Willikens and TOLOUSE LOW TRAX) - expect everything from alien electro, dense murky acid and wrongspeed trance. On Friday, Phonic Locker welcome Vlad to The Island for an extended set of no-genre eclecticism - resident Sower will bring his own bag of downtempo wobblers to set the tone on warmup duties. 🎫 Tickets: hdfst.uk/E58552
TONIGHT! Tuff Life 003 x Instra:mental & Laksa tickets
How can you summarise what the Autonomic podcasts did to 00s bass music? After forever widening the parameters of dnb with DBridge, Instra:Mental are back, reunited by the release of the Timelines LP (their first in 8 years). Junglists, downtempo geeks and post-dubstep techno heads lay down your weapons, this Tuff Life session in The Loco Klub tunnels will unite us all. A huge recommendation for fans of Andy Stott, Actress and Djrum - Boddika and Kid Drama will join Bristol native and Timedance favourite Laksa for widescreen UK bass music at its finest. 🎫 Tickets for November 8th: hdfst.uk/E56867
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The Renegade Rave in Bristol
The Renegade Rave in Bristol Tickets
A fusion of Heavy Bass, Cabaret and Renegade Performance
[POSTPONED] Tuff Life x dBridge, Synkro & more  in Bristol
[POSTPONED] Tuff Life x dBridge, Synkro & more in Bristol Tickets
Tuff Life return in 2020 joined by dBridge, Synkro and Loraine James
Into The Wild // Harrison BDP in Bristol
Into The Wild // Harrison BDP at Exchange in Bristol
We’re going Into The Wild with Harrison BDP, for an intimate showcase of house and electro all night long.
Nera: ANII // Kompakt (Bristol debut) in Bristol
Nera: ANII // Kompakt (Bristol debut) at TBC in Bristol
ANII's Bristol debut and 8 hours of LGBTQ friendly techno

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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ErektTek tickets
Prepare to Make Breakcore Gay Again as Erektronica gathers some of the most ridiculous names in rave, from Pants and Socks to DJ Sucks to TOecUTTER all under one roof. Think Bang Face heights of hedonism without the bleakness of Pontins. For their biggest party to date they're teaming up with Lemtek to take over The Loco Klub for a suitably weird hardcore party in The Tunnels. More highlights include Salander’s no-holds-bared melodic breakcore and SLIME TIME's interactive neon Slugtopia, along with sets from the Erektronica Allstar founders. 🎫 Tickets for Saturday: hdfst.uk/E57017
Teachings in Dub tickets
After a near-religious Teachings in Dub session last year, vanguards of that Leeds sound Iration Steppas Official return triumphant to Trinity Centre to rattle bones and minds with the heaviest subs to come outta the 90s. Macky Banton's on the mic this time, he'll be calling for Indica Dubs all night in a huge clash in the original fashion (as the eye-popping poster graphics suggests). The London based system will have their work cut out, whoever wins - the crowd decides. 🎫 Final Release Tickets: hdfst.uk/E57223
Morse: Leif [Whities] tickets
Name me another DJ who can play slammers b2b with Ben UFO and drop 2019's dreamiest LP of ambient polyrhythms and cavernous textures on Whities? That's Leif for you though - busy building a cultish following with the heads every year at Freero; and being the deep Welsh house hero we desperately need in between Mood Hut releases. Morse Audio reel him in to The Crofters Rights for their second party alongside residents Butterfly Effect and Milad. 🎫 Tickets for Tuesday: hdfst.uk/E56587
Rhythm Works // Luca Lozano tickets
From dub and disco to donk and 140, Bristol's nightlife is wilder than ever. Broaden your club horizons with 6 of the best this month: DNB & JUNGLE Samurai Music x NOISE TEST Local lad Clarity joins Homemade Weapons and Presha for a night of technoid breaks and rolling industrial drums. DUB & REGGAE 30 years of Cosies! Dubkasm / Teachings in Dub's Stryda heads a dancehall and roots takeover to celebrate a true landmark for Bristol's best loved basement. 140 & DUBSTEP CNCPT Collective x Sub.mission Trinity Centre will shake when Kahn goes b2b with a real master of 21st century lows-ends: System:Sound label head Vivek. HOUSE & DISCO Luca Lozano With offbeat productions full of electro bleeps and sci-fi twangs; Rhythm Works welcome one of house's loosest characters back to Bristol. TECHNO & ELECTRO Set It Out w/ JD Twitch An undeniable figurehead of Glasgow's fierce underground, the Optimo (Espacio) boss presents an extended history of bleep techno with Matt Anniss. WORLD & JAZZ Worm Disco Club 5th Birthday After their all-conquering Glasto stage, WDC link with kindred souls of global groove Mr Bongo and Kongo Dia Ntotila to bring in 5 years of the wormhole!


Der Liebe Presents: Prophecy 003 in Bristol
Secret location Der Liebe Presents: Prophecy 003
A day rave in a unique and new space in the city centre
Hidden | Romare (Rescheduled due to COV-19) in Bristol
The Loco Klub Hidden | Romare (Rescheduled due to COV-19)
Romare is up there with the funkiest humans on the planet
Der Liebe Presents: Prophecy 002 in Bristol
Secret location Der Liebe Presents: Prophecy 002
Daytime rave in a secret church location
Materials: Lone & Sully  in Bristol
The Island Materials: Lone & Sully
Materials are back in Bristol, this time fusing the sounds of techno, breaks and jungle.
Canapé w/ Lurka & Ian DPM (New Date) in Bristol
Exchange Canapé w/ Lurka & Ian DPM (New Date)
Canapé residents are joined by LURKA and IAN DPM for a visually immersive 2-room rave at The Exchange
[RESCHEDULED] - Emergency Room w/ Leon Vynehall in Bristol
The Island [RESCHEDULED] - Emergency Room w/ Leon Vynehall
Leon Vynehall at The Island. Zaltsman and Sakul on support.
[POSTPONED] Rhythmia II in Bristol
The Loco Klub [POSTPONED] Rhythmia II
Part II of RHYTHMIA: a two-day event showcasing some of the finest in electronic underground music.
[POSTPONED] Rhythmia I in Bristol
Exchange [POSTPONED] Rhythmia I
Part I of RHYTHMIA: a two-day event showcasing some of the finest in underground electronic music.
Omertà x Sudo: Sepia + MORE (POSTPONED) in Bristol
Crofters Rights Omertà x Sudo: Sepia + MORE (POSTPONED)
Omertà x Sudo: Sepia + MORE (POSTPONED)
Cipher: Politics of Dancing w/ Laidlaw in Bristol
The Lanes Cipher: Politics of Dancing w/ Laidlaw
Cipher invites there first headliner, Beeyou records owner, Laidlaw, to discuss the politics of dancing.
Apex 8th Birthday: Nastia [Extended Set] in Bristol
Lakota Apex 8th Birthday: Nastia [Extended Set]
We invite Nastia to celebrate our birthday!
 S.P.Y presents Dubplate Style *new date* in Bristol
Thekla S.P.Y presents Dubplate Style *new date*
10 years since Hospitality Bristol's maiden voyage on Thekla Bristol, we are BACK to set sail into a storm of epic DNB + jungle proportions
Interrobang Presents : SUBSTATION in Bristol
Dare to Club Interrobang Presents : SUBSTATION
Bristol premier Jungle/Breaks/oldschool/core sit down events
Morse: Breaka & Ian DPM in Bristol
Dare to Club Morse: Breaka & Ian DPM
Morse return for their first outing at Dare to with Breaka & Ian DPM.
Psy Jelly Presents: The Double EP Launch in Bristol
Basement 45 Psy Jelly Presents: The Double EP Launch
A tabled event featuring the best psydub Bristol has to offer!
Disco Social Club 2nd Birthday W/ SPICYIVY in Bristol
The Lanes Disco Social Club 2nd Birthday W/ SPICYIVY
Disco Social Club are back for their first social distanced sit down event @ The Lanes, Bristol.
At The Jam Jar with Wonka & AAA Badboy in Bristol
Jam Jar At The Jam Jar with Wonka & AAA Badboy
The musical minds behind Boomtown join us for the weekend.
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.