Funk And Soul Nights in Bristol

Manfredi Funk Initiative (funk and soul in Bristol)

Manfredi Funk Initiative

Live Funk in Bristol
Funk isn't huge in Bristol but there are still some good funk bands playing regular gigs, even if the market is slightly smaller than it used to be. Quality hammond led jazz-funk jams can often be found at the Golden Lion on Gloucester road. For faster more sweaty funk gigs, keep and eye on what's on at the Mr Wolfs in Bristol city centre.

Live Soul in Bristol
In the early 2000's there was a much needed soul revival in the UK. At the core of this revival was Brighton and in particular it's Tru-Thoughts record label. Artists like Alice Russell and Belleruche ventured into 'nu-soul', while bands like the Quantic Soul Orchestra revisited raw early funk. While the albums made during this period were nothing hugely special, the performances that came with them were a welcome return of quality and engaging soul music. Being an important city in the UK's live music scene, Bristol and it's venues were (and still are) a key tour-stop for modern soul gigs.

Whilst the revival is not as strong as it was, there are still some consistent soul and funk venues in Bristol to check whats on. Metropolis is the new home of Tru-thoughts / Stones Throw / Freestyle Recs type tours, with recent (2010) Bristol events including Belleruche, Speedometer and The Bamboos. The 02 Academy, Colston Hall and the Bristol Thekla are Bristol's main venues for bigger name musicians or comeback tours for legendary Motown and soul singers. It's also worth checking the Start the Bus listings, they seem to have a great ability of booking upcoming talent before it hits the big time. While not strictly soul or funk, the venue has hosted some great cross over artists including Little Dragon and The Apples.

The Park Bar in Clifton with it's Hot Buttered Soul nights is also worth looking into.

If you're looking for disco clubnights in Bristol check the mainstream city centre venues (which we don't list on this website).



Funk & Soul Gigs

SUNDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER
The Harrisons Trio - 5pm @ The Eldon House, Bs8 1bt

Blues and Country Blues, R & B and soul

MONDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER
The Lanes' Open Mic Night @ The Lanes, Bristol

Free Drink Per Act - Hosted By Jesse Embury

Warehouse Circus Ft A-skillz. @ Timbuk2

Warehouse Circus Special / Aft / Neuretox

TUESDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER
Poetry Revue @ The Square Club, Bristol

Monthly Poetry Revue Show

Jfs Presents: Returners' Jam @ Big Chill Bar, Bristol

Jam night with some of UoB's best and brightest!

Tony Remy @ The Fringe, Bristol

One of the UK's Top Guitarist

Wide Eyes W/ Dismantle @ Blue Mountain

Wide Eyes 026 at Blue Mountain Club 23.09.14

WEDNESDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER
We Love Wednesdays @ The Big Chill Bar

Wednesday night goodness from Felix Joy & Co.

THURSDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER
Kissy Sell Out's Rave On Tour @ The Lanes Bristol

With the international dance music landscape

Scribble And Scratch @ The Big Chill Bar

Scribble and Scratch's 1st Birthday!

Superkitchen @ Lakota, Bristol

Powerful stinking rhythms all night long

FRIDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER
Hfvc Presents"the Visitor" @ The Cube

Double-bill of mental 70s car crash cinema

5000 Ad @ Leftbank, Bristol

Astro Prog Funk for the Masses

The Carny Villains/john Langan @ The Fleece

The Carny Villains cd launch

Through The Grapevine @ The Lanes, Bristol

Motown, Soul & Funk at The Lanes

Bedmo Disco Presents #006 @ Big Chill Bristol

Eglo Boss Alexander Nut Plays A 3 Hour Set

Funk N Soul Club With Smoove @ The Lanes Bristol

Smoove and Turrell (full live band) Boca 45

Trojan Measure With Lrusse @ Timbuk2, Bristol

Lrusse (Tsuba / Apple Pips) Rm 2 - Disco / Party

SATURDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER
Fat Lip Bak 2 Skool Party Feat @ The Lanes Bristol

Are you ready to storm through the party like you

John Fairhurst @ The Attic Bar, Bristol

+ Poor Old Gogs, Littleboselecta, Doc Moody

Speaking In Tongues @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

The UK's finest Talking Heads tribute act!

Wah Wah 45 @ The Canteen, Bristol

Feat. Colman Brothers & DJ Dom Servini

Whitemanferno @ Be.in Bristol, Bristol

Unique take on hip-hop, funk, and party classics

SUNDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER
The Slimline Shufflers @ The Eldon House

Live New Orleans-style blues n boogie

TUESDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER
Wide Eyes W/ Bodhi @ Thekla, Bristol

Wide Eyes 027 at Thekla Bristol 30.09.14

THURSDAY 2ND OCTOBER
Goat Live! @ The Trinity Centre, Bristol

Swedish masked, tribal, psych rockers

Jimmy Goodrich @ The Canteen, Bristol

Canada's loss was Bristol's gain when this singer

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Jam with the Left Bank House Band 9pm - 1am

FRIDAY 3RD OCTOBER
Bristol Afrobeat Project @ The Attic Bar

+ Cape Swagger, Area Boys, Trivial Pursuits.

DJ Eddie @ The Old Stillage, Bristol

Our house DJ spinning tunes from 80s, 90, 00s

Melosa @ Left Bank Oct 3rd @ Leftbank, Bristol

Award winning genre-spanning Reggae / Ska

Mr Tea And The Minions @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Gypsy/Ska/Swing/Dub band Mr Tea&Minions+support

Bass Kitchen W/ Serial Killaz @ Timbuk2

Bristol's longest running bass music night!

Happy Daze: The Ravers Guide T @ Lakota

The Ravers Guide to the Galaxy

Super Weird Happening @ The Island, Bristol

Greg Wilson / Blind Arcade (live) / Special Guest

Tremor's 3rd Birthday Show @ The Lanes

Featuring: Ed Solo, Featurecast, Itchy & Skratchy

SATURDAY 4TH OCTOBER
Geometric 002 @ Cosies, Bristol

Adam Elemantal, Caski, Lamont, Versa & Rowl

Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Spinning Northern Soul on the decks!

Rumours W/ Darius Syrossian @ Lakota, Bristol

Rumours Presents Darius Syrossian, Xxxy, Thrilogy

TUESDAY 7TH OCTOBER
The Strates @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Matthew Frantz + DJs'til late

THURSDAY 9TH OCTOBER
Bbf2014: Exclusivity @ Smoke & Mirrors Bar

Opening night for the Bristol Burlesque Festival

Bristol Soul Collective @ The Canteen, Bristol

Rich O'Brien's funk-fuelled bass and the soul-dre

FRIDAY 10TH OCTOBER
Bucucrasu @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Juju Rock + DJ Alfie

DJ Rastey @ The Old Stillage, Bristol

Funk, SOul, New Jazz, Disco, Cumbia Latin

Queer, Weird, Wild, & Wired @ Queenshilling

#bbf2014 Those Burlesquers Have Gone Wild Hunty!

Crack Magazine 5th Birthday @ The Old Crown Courts

Free Entry. Erol Alkan, Tim Sweeney +more

Firebreak Session - Back2skool @ Timbuk2

A breaks and eclectic bass music event

Rumble In The Jungle 2 @ Lakota, Bristol

12:34's big colourful bass fueled dun

SATURDAY 11TH OCTOBER
#bbf2014 Prom Night! @ The Polish Club, Clifton

Final Night of the Bristol Burlesque Festival'14

Afro/latin/funk Jama @ The Plantation. Bristol

Live Music Jama Afro/latin/funk

Happy Birthday Neil Buchanan! @ The Stag & Hounds

Surf! Psych! Garage Rock'n' Roll!

Jama @ Plantation, Bristol

World Beat Fusion

THURSDAY 16TH OCTOBER
Meet Wwes Too Cool And Rikishi @ Bristol Bierkeller

Meet Wwe/wwf Legends Too Cool And Rikishi!

Ella Julian & Friends @ The Plough, Easton

Live Soul, Funk and rare groove

FRIDAY 17TH OCTOBER
Duval Project @ The Canteen, Bristol

This combo pulled together by trumpeter Gary Ales

Five Dollar Shake & Tremor @ Timbuk2

Presents.. Jfb, Hong Kong Ping Pong & More

SATURDAY 18TH OCTOBER
Oxjam Bristol 2014 @ Stokes Croft, Bristol

A multi-venue festival around Stokes Croft.

Banjax Presents @ Lakota, Bristol

D Ramirez, Weiss & Cristoph

Myhouse - Nyta + Friends @ Timbuk2, Bristol

Nyta House/garage/techno + Multi Genre Rm 3

FRIDAY 24TH OCTOBER
Mr Tea And The Minions @ Golden Lion, Bristol

Minions+Bear Twists+The Convicts+Razzomo

SATURDAY 25TH OCTOBER
Simple Things 2014: Festival @ Various

Dfa 1979, Mogwai + Loads More

The After Hours Quintet @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Akkari And The Bluebirds + DJ Asbo

In:motion: Subsoul @ Motion, Bristol

Shadow Child, Friend Within, Kidnap Kid & More

FRIDAY 31ST OCTOBER
SATURDAY 1ST NOVEMBER
Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Spinning Northern Soul on the decks!

FRIDAY 7TH NOVEMBER
Hi Life Hi Fi @ The Exchange, Bristol

Mim Suleiman & Bass Clef Live

Swing'n' Tingz 5 @ The Lanes Bristol

Swing n Tingz 5 with Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer,

Swing'n'tingz 5 @ The Lanes, Bristol

With Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer & more

SATURDAY 8TH NOVEMBER
Ella Julian & Friends @ The Steam Crane

Live Music Soul, Funk and Rare Groove

SATURDAY 15TH NOVEMBER
Temwa's 1920s Ball @ Kings Weston House

A Charity ball raising funds for Temwa

Ella Julian & Friends @ Robin Hood,st Michael Hil

Live Band Soul, Funk and Rare Groove

THURSDAY 20TH NOVEMBER
Ella Julian & Friends @ The Steam Crane,bedminste

Live Band Soul, Funk and Rare Groove

SATURDAY 6TH DECEMBER
Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Spinning Northern Soul on the decks!



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