Headfirst is Bristol's leading gig guide with a freshly launched online ticket shop. We work directly with the city's promoters to provide the most up-to-date guide what's on in Bristol you'll find. The events calendar includes all events happening in Bristol tonight and for the forthcoming weekend. If you're a musician, band member or club night organiser be sure to add your event to the Headfirst Bristol calendar.
Made famous by the legendary Lakota, Bristol's warehouse events are the keystone to the city's clubbing culture. These no-frills venues are the place to see Bristol's house and techno at it's best. If you need addmission to forthcoming warehouse parties, you can buy Blue Mountain tickets here.
Bristol has always had it's fair share of what's on resources. While paper-based listings magazines like Venue and forums like Hijack Bristol favoured certain musical niches, Headfirst was Bristol's first truely comprehensive what's on resource. Our listings not only go far into the future (click on a date in the calendar) but also provide some great last minute resources. If you're planning a night out at short notice please see our list of live music tonight and events listings for this weekend.
Venues like Colston Hall and Thekla usually get most of the attention when Bristol's gigs are discussed online. Headfirst aims to put the focus on Bristols smaller live music venues. Here, you can buy tickets for concerts at Bristol's Louisiana and Exchange or browse our entire Bristol gig list.
Cinematic, sample-heavy tracks that drip with mystery, flitting between lonely melody and chaotic, multi-tempo breaks. By fusing the sonic crush of Delsin Records-esque techno with weightless grime and the paranoid esotericism of Burial and PAN, Cairo-based ZULI has made his sonic signature on 21st century minds.
Paired with the catastrophic post-nuclear hip-hop of Kinlaw & Franco Franco, Psychotherapy Sessions' latest booking is one of their most crucial - a warped workout for adventurous heads at The Crofters Rights.
🎫 Tickets for August 24th: hdfst.uk/E55730
dakhabrakha's otherworldly, experimental, folk-imbued incantations , can unlock a deeply primordial emotivity with their music that's hard to put into words. Drawing on a wealth of vibrant worldly inspirations (whilst being firmly rooted in their Ukranian heritage), the last time they played Bristol was celebrated as a defining moment for The Lanes.
Thanks to the excellent trio of The Grey Area, Erratic Batting, and BLG Promotions, the Dakhabrakha quartet returns on Tuesday to grace us with their 'Ukrainian Ethno Chaos'.
? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E54522
TECHNO HARD AS NAILS.
Pounding riot techno that screams Berlin brutalism - kicks clip, synth stabs are crushed beyond recognition and a relentless, aggressive rhythm makes this dance music for bodies to writhe, limbs to thrust and hardened techno fans to sweat. Techno Towers may be gone, but that hasn't stopped Strictly Yes going full pelt. D. Carbone and ØTTA bring the sound of Griessmuehle at 4am to The Loco Klub on Friday.
Event: Strictly Yes : D. Carbone, ØTTA
Saturday: Waxslax w/ SANS
[math rock, noise rock]
Since their first shows early last year Sans have earned a reputation for packing a powerful punch with their unbridled, razor-sharp noise-rock. With Milo's Planes and Bad Tracking joining them, it’s sure to be an aural assault courtesy of three of Bristol’s loudest.
? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E54842
Purveyors of gloriously decadent parties and a vital platform (and haven) for underrepresented voices - Thorny makes a hugely welcome return with their summer party. The night before Bristol Pride, Thorny hosts a majestic array of performers at Trinity Centre which sees swamp-pop enigma E B U, dramatic dancefloor selector Ifeoluwa, and dreamy post-punks Oh, The Guilt return to play.
Electro-pop royalty Tami T makes her Bristol debut, alongside performance artist and activist Katy Jalili aka Cool Dad, multidisciplinary sound artist Rebekah Ubuntu - Artist and many more. Prepare for a meticulously curated, dazzling spectacle of a night in true Thorny fashion.
? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E52910
Throwing parties at Berlin's Sameheads and venues across Bristol, Housework uber residents Gramrcy, Golesworthy, Daisy Moon and Shanti Celeste specialise in colourful house and breaks nights, welcoming the likes of upsammy and PLO Man in recent months.
Intergalactic Gary takes the lead at their upcoming 12 hour Arnolfini marathon with Field Maneuvers, alongside Going Good's Brian Not Brian. Gary's roots in The Hague's 80s italo scene have kept booming kicks at the beating heart of his glitchy and expansive mixes. Like Rush Hour compatriot Orpheu The Wizard and fellow chuggers Weatherall & Ivkovic, Gary deftly weaves leftfield textures and soaring meodies between acidic stompers and oddball komische.
? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E54792
Cosmo Sheldrake has a unique capacity for crafting infinitely intriguing, fantastical sonic fauna within his compositions - reflecting the kaleidoscopic assortment of field recordings that inform, and are incorporated within his songs. The multi-instrumentalist’s curiosity for distinct sounds from across the globe and fascination with natural soundscapes are tangible in his lilting, spirited creations, influenced by his background in ethnomusicology, folk music and anthropology.
Returning on July 4th after his sold-out show at Fiddlers Bristol in November, this time the multi-instrumentalist is combining forces with Bristol’s Murmuration Choir for a very special performance of Sheldrake’s music at Trinity Centre.
? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E54421
Celebrating the more obscure, dissenting sounds from our local scene, Gravy Train's Triptych day festival on Saturday boasts a formidable wealth of Bristol acts (as well as experimental royalty Justin K Broadrick, Hey Colossus and Mai Mai Mai to name just a few).
Our Avon highlights are the spectral, hypnotic soundscapes of Orryx; brooding darkwave courtesy of Fever 103o; oscillating, psychedelic techno from Rainbow Slicer and the eccentric decadence of a certain Lazarus Kane. And if you’ve not yet witnessed the sheer, unadulterated sensory onslaught of Bad Tracking or the abrasive industrial trap of Kinlaw & Franco Franco then prepare for a cathartic sonic onslaught as they play consecutively at The Elmer's Arms.
? Final Release Tickets: hdfst.uk/E50252
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MI CASA SU CASA W/ VERA
15 hours of Mi Casa Su Casa in the daytime sun of the Dare to Club roof terrace with Berlin-based Ricardo Villalobos collaborator and Perlon associate Vera. When the sun has set MCSC favourite Roberto - Fossil Archive will be gifting us his brand new live set in the intimate depths of Dare To Club.
Saturday 8th June is the closest we've come to a full-blown Mi Casa festival, grab your 2nd release tickets now:
? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E53579
Seizing the floor at The Loco Klub for a Room 237 Bristol bank-holiday Sunday of Drexciyan proportions, DJ Stingray melds the bone-rattling snares of dystopian Detroit techno with the bump n’ grind funk of West Coast electro. While Stingray's fast-cutting approach to mixing severs ties from the long-blends of contemporary dance music, Afrodeutsche's rising UK interpolations of classic 313 cybotron electro make her the perfect support.
? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E53050
Over the past few years Dialogue has nurtured an inclusive community of like-minded techno fans, collaborating with the likes of Siren London, Universe of Tang, and now, for their 3rd birthday, Berlin-based queer collective Room 4 Resistance.
Returning to the intimacy of Dare to Club on Friday for their last night before a planned (and hopefully brief) hiatus, Dialogue once again hosts a unique and diverse line-up. Nazira - dj brings her emotive, mesmeric sound all the way from Kazakhstan (before playing Berghain on Saturday), LOFT returns to close the dungeon with her brilliantly unpredictable dancefloor prowess, and The Palace International Film Festival will also be screening films throughout the night.
? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E53035
Harvey Sutherland and Tornado Wallace fans will have noticed the cosmic shift of Australian dance music in recent years, driven largely by Melbourne quartet Mildlife. Like Nu Guinea, London's Rhythm Section and Brownswood jazz revivalists, Mildlife's warm, psychedelic live soundscapes are bound by the inescapable pulse of house and disco, layered with vintage synth lines, fuzzy Hammond solos and wailing wahs that belie the strong influence of Lonnie Liston Smith, Alice Coltrane and The Alan Parsons Project.
As much for the jazz fiends as it is for Tame Impala and BADBADNOTGOOD listeners, Mildlife bring their expansive live show to The Lanes on Thursday, hosted by Erratic Batting.
? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E51256
Qu Junktions bring Maria Somerville's hopelessly beautiful pastoral lo-fi to Rough Trade Bristol this Thursday. A huge recommendation for fans of Grouper's ambient-pop perfection or Carla dal Forno's low-slung post-punk. Support comes in the shape of Davey Kehoe's Joe Meek x Suicide stylings.
? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E52945
One of the leading lights of the contemporary psych-rock realm, Kikagaku Moyo / 幾何学模様 return to Bristol thanks to Astral Festival and The Grey Area.
After bursting onto the scene in 2013 with a string of free-flowing, sitar-led ragas akin to Newcastle dronestars BONG - Band UK or Taj Mahal Travellers, they’ve since refined and reigned in the jams. In place of improvisation, there’s a greater focus on songwriting and melody, with jazz licks inspired by placid, watery solos. They play The Lanes on Monday.
? Tickets: hdfst.uk/E51202