Bristol Club Highlights - February 2019Posted on: 01 Feb 2019
It'd be stupid of us not to shine a light on the best of Bristol's bustling nightlife scene, and so with the Club Highlights series we'll be providing you with a monthly list of the best club nights in the city, taking into account some of the best-known acts and venues as well as some you might never have heard of. Bristol clubs are set to welcome some of the hottest underground talent on the scene through their doors in February, as Just Jack celebrate their 13th birthday in typical boundary-pushing style at Motion, Thekla plays host to huge parties from the 24 Hour Garage Girls crew and Horse Meat Disco, and Deep Discs invite in-demand London-based maestro Voigtmann to The Island. Find all the info below.
Just Jack XIII @ Motion, Saturday 2nd February
Not a crew for half measures in any respect, Just Jack have gone all out for the introduction into their teenage years by booking none other than Underground Resistance to top a massive lineup for a party at Motion. The seminal label of the early Detroit techno movement, Underground Resistance is responsible for pioneering acts and some of the most unforgettable tracks from the era, with the likes of Jeff Mills, Robert Hood and Drexciya all linked to UR in one way or another.
As if that wasn't enough, Berghain mainstay Marcel Dettmann, Running Back boss Gerd Janson, Ninja Tune signee Octo Octa and Manchester-based breakout star Peach will be taking control of The Marble Factory, while devout crate digger Jamie Tiller and NTS Radio host Charlie Bones take over The Tunnel. We've barely seen the back of January and Just Jack's 13th Birthday party is already a serious contender for biggest Bristol lineup of the year.
Multiverse w/Nightmares on Wax, Special Request and more @ Lakota, Saturday 2nd February
Dropout Disco are back at it for their first party of 2019, and it's set to be an absolute belter. Not only have they enlisted the help of the infamous and multi-skilled Nightmares On Wax as a headliner, but Portuguese export Mafalda and the Rhythm Sister collective will also be putting their stamp on the proceedings with sets in the Lakota main room and Coroner's Court. Standout Dekmantel 2018 act Special Request will also be dropping in for a hugely-anticipated b2b set with Pangaea, making this one very, very difficult to ignore. Good luck choosing between Lakota and Motion this Saturday - we've been agonising over it for weeks.
Semi-Peppered @ Cosies, Thursday 7th February
Bristol & Manchester based collective Semi-Peppered are no stranger to top-notch parties in some of Bristol's best small venues, making this one at Cosies a perfect fit. With SP residents spinning an expertly-selected mix of italo, acid, electro and more all night from 10pm till late, there won't be many better places than Portland Square to spend a chilly Bristol Thursday night on the 7th of February. Tickets £3 in advance or just £4 on the door - a no-brainer.
RUN 2019 w/Noisia, DJ Hype and more @ Motion, Friday 8th February
RUN are back at Motion this month for their first event of 2019, and given that they sold out every single one of their 2018 parties, we reckon they know a thing or two about putting them together. A monster lineup featuring Noisia, DJ hype, Black Sun Empire and more will test the limits of the Motion main room while room two hosts the launch of RUN IN THE JUNGLE, a brand-new party featuring a huge lineup of new and old jungle DJs, including Randall, Brockie & Det, Benny Page and more. Bristol bass heads need look no further than RUN 2019 for their fix this month.
24hr Garage Girls Valentine's Boat Party @ Thekla, Friday 15th February
Anyone that knows their way around the UK festival circuit is probably familiar with the 24hr Garage Girls crew, renowned as one of the country's favourite UKG collectives after a string of high-profile sets. They've played around the world for some of the biggest names on the party scene including Glastonbury, Outlook Festival, DJ Mag and Boomtown, but this month they'll be setting up shop on the bottom deck of the Thekla boat, ready to blow the roof off for anyone and everyone who's celebrating (or drinking away the pain) on Valentine's Day weekend.
3rd Wheel Disco @ Faraway Cocktail Club, Friday 15th February
Double Vision's brand of vibrant house and disco is fast gaining a reputation as one of the most upbeat parties in and around Bristol, and their policy is simple: kick things off with some classic disco, funk and soul and gradually progress to harder house as the night wears on. Regardless of the genre, though, you can be sure the DJs on the lineup are gonna keep it funky. It doesn't matter whether you're attending with your other half or if you're spending yet another Valentine's Day single this year, the 3rd Wheel Disco at Faraway is exactly what you're looking for.
Black Coffee @ Motion, Friday 15th February
Award-winning South African DJ Black Coffee is making the trip to Bristol this month for his first headline show in the city since the Trinity Centre welcomed him through its doors in May last year. Having played a huge summer residency at Ibiza superclub Hï in 2018 and amassed millions of Spotify streams during his career, Black Coffee is certainly one of the standout dance music artists to emerge from the African continent. The total loss of the use of his left arm after a politically-motivated attack in his native South Africa means he effectively mixes one-handed, making his DJing prowess that much more intriguing. Don't miss the chance to catch him at Motion.
Deck-A-Dance 002: Horse Meat Disco @ Thekla, Friday 22nd February
Absolute disco connoisseurs, as one part of the name suggests, Horse Meat Disco have carved out a reputation as the authority when it comes to massively varied, feel-good DJ sets in the UK. Harry Had To Work and Tokyo-born DJ, pianist and producer Manami will be providing the support for this one with ticket prices starting at just £8 - following a wildly successful debut that brought Dan Shake and Byron the Aquarius to Thekla back in October, Jack Priest's Deck-A-Dance has outdone itself with a huge billing this time around.
Voigtmann @ The Island, Friday 22nd February
Electronic wizard Voigtmann enjoyed a massive 2018 off the back of some well-received sets at festivals around the world and recognition as one of the most exciting artists to emerge from London's underground scene in recent years. Bristol party purveyors Deep Discs have wasted no time in enlisting Voigtmann's services for a party at The Island this month, with the dingy setting of The Cells expected to be the perfect backdrop to his fearless DJing style.
For more information on any of the above shows, or to see ticketing information and updates, follow the links in the headings to the respective events. Ticket availability is correct at the time of writing, but is subject to change.
Having moved to Bristol from Cornwall in 2015, Matt recently completed a degree in Journalism at UWE. He is keen on a wide variety of musical genres, as well as taking an interest in art and illustration, producing his own work in his spare time. Matt makes the most of Bristol's diverse nightlife and attends live music and club nights regularly. Get in touch via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.