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 26TH APRIL
Velvet Sunday Lunch @ The Square Club, Bristol

Live jazz, traditional board games, hearty roasts

16-bit Gig @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

Chuman's new band + Homme + Sediment

Really The Blues @ Bag O' Nails 4-6 Pm

Really the Blues at the Bag o' Nails

MONDAY 27TH APRIL
Songsmith @ Mr Wolf's, Bristol

Ft Elly O'Keefe / Danielle Celeste / Len Liechti

TUESDAY 28TH APRIL
Jfs Presents: Jam Night @ Big Chill, Bristol

Jfs Presents: Jam Night At The Big Chill

WEDNESDAY 29TH APRIL
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

Plume - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Plume - When this gem of a jazz funk trio turned

The Littlest Birds,nuala Honan @ The Stag & Hounds

& Jim Evans. An eve of Transatlantic Folk Music

THURSDAY 30TH APRIL
Brass Junkies @ The Coronation Tap, Bristol

Funky jazz New Orleans Brass Band

Jack Baldus Ep Launch @ The Golden Lion

Funk/Rare Groove/Jazz-Funk

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Jam Band / Every Thursday / Free Entry / 8pm-1am

FRIDAY 1ST MAY
Live Music At No. 51 @ Number 51, Bristol

With - Morgan & Knapp + Papa Moomin

Waiting For Kate @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ The Going Goods + Mako & The Hawk

Whcf - Ska - Fundraiser @ The Oxford, Bristol

Get on your skanking shoes on

Deep Space Presents @ Basement 45, Bristol

Deep Space Presnts - Amoss , Dbr Uk , T I

Swing'n' Tingz 8 Gypsy Unit @ The Lanes Bristol

A mighty fine mashup of all tingz Swing.

SATURDAY 2ND MAY
Pigpen Social 8th Birthday @ The Farm Pub

8th Birthday Hoedown! Oink! Oink!

Live Music From The Boulevards @ Number 51

+ Funk Soul Brothers +Anonymous Sound

Department S Present The Kinda @ The Lanes Bristol

Legendary Indie/Mod Club Night'Department S' Wit

Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

60's Funk, RnB, Northern Soul

Magic Hatstand's 1st Birthday! @ Basement 45

A MaGiCaL ColliSiOn Of HoUsE mUsIc + SiLLy HaTs!

SUNDAY 3RD MAY
Dream Garden @ Rwa Bristol, Bristol

Cocktails, Dancing & Immersive Entertainment

Bank Holiday Special With @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

With: Manushka + Immigrant swing

Art Decko @ The Steam Crane, Bristol

Turntablized jazz, funk, dnb, electro Sunday vibe

Craig Charles Court Of Funk @ Old Crown Court

Check it out party people because boy do we have

TUESDAY 5TH MAY
Acoustic Night - With @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Elizabeth Cornish + Harry Vinnicombe

WEDNESDAY 6TH MAY
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 7TH MAY
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Jam Band / Every Thursday / Free Entry / 8pm-1am

Pencilface @ The Grain Barge, Bristol

Freak-Funk, Tropical, R&B, Tittyshakers : Vinyl

FRIDAY 8TH MAY
After Dark Presents: Tremor @ Motion, Bristol

Tremor Soundsystem & AfterDark @ Motion

SATURDAY 9TH MAY
Art For Africa @ Attic Bar, Stokes Croft

Contemporary urban art auction

Cuba Libre @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Kuwarto + DJ Vallee

TUESDAY 12TH MAY
Trip The Switch @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Live Support + Dave Remix

WEDNESDAY 13TH MAY
Feelgood Experiment - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Forget sleazy rockers from Essex - this is an 8-

Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 14TH MAY
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Jam Band / Every Thursday / Free Entry / 8pm-1am

Discotropic @ The Grain Barge, Bristol

Waxmouse + Paulo Fernandez

FRIDAY 15TH MAY
The Rumble O's @ The Grain Barge, Bristol

Thee Manatees + DJ Blindbat

SATURDAY 16TH MAY
Future Dub Orchestra @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ The Macaco Project + Rat-A-Tat-Tat

SUNDAY 17TH MAY
WEDNESDAY 20TH MAY
Frathouse - Kinoco Hotel (jap) @ Stag & Hounds

All Gal Japanese Garage R'n'R aGoGo

Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 21ST MAY
Hotheadshow/ay!/simonpanrucker @ The Golden Lion

Tripple header of experimental Pop/Rock/Electro

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Jam Band / Every Thursday / Free Entry / 8pm-1am

FRIDAY 22ND MAY
Lost Eleven @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Swamp Grass + Sam Fearon + Papa Moomin

Hold Tight Launch: Howla//akov @ Basement 45

Multigenre Madness/DnB/Glitchhop/Ghettofunk

SATURDAY 23RD MAY
Love Saves The Day 2015 @ Tba, Bristol

We are back for another love-fulled-festival

Vegfestuk Bristol @ Bristol Amphitheatre

Huge Vegan Fair! Featuring Ltj Bukem, Alfredo....

Contraband Circus! @ The Black Swan, Bristol

Ed Cox / E-coli / Vinyl Junkie b2b Rachael EC

WEDNESDAY 27TH MAY
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 28TH MAY
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Jam Band / Every Thursday / Free Entry / 8pm-1am

My Octopus Mind @ Mr Wolf's, Bristol

+ The Real King(s) of Spain + Benjamin Michael

Rich O'brien Project @ The Coronation Tap

Featuring Victoria Klewin & special guests

FRIDAY 29TH MAY
Bathfest 2015 @ Bath Racecourse, Ba1 9bu

Two-day music festival with 10,000 people!

SATURDAY 30TH MAY
Mango Factory @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Shambolique + Tear it up with Benjamin Michael

Basti Ram Fundraiser @ Kuumba Center, Bristol

Cheeky Gypsy Party music! Balkan/Ska/Swing/Dub

WEDNESDAY 3RD JUNE
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 4TH JUNE
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Jam Band / Every Thursday / Free Entry / 8pm-1am

SATURDAY 6TH JUNE
Talking Heads Night @ Southbank Club, Bristol

Europe's premiere Talking Heads Tribute Act

Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

60's Funk, RnB, Northern Soul

WEDNESDAY 10TH JUNE
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 11TH JUNE
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Jam Band / Every Thursday / Free Entry / 8pm-1am

SATURDAY 13TH JUNE
Urbfest 2015 @ Lakota Complex, Bristol

Mini Festival In The Heart Of Bristol

WEDNESDAY 17TH JUNE
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 18TH JUNE
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Jam Band / Every Thursday / Free Entry / 8pm-1am

FRIDAY 19TH JUNE
WEDNESDAY 24TH JUNE
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 25TH JUNE
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Jam Band / Every Thursday / Free Entry / 8pm-1am

SATURDAY 27TH JUNE
WEDNESDAY 1ST JULY
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 2ND JULY
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Jam Band / Every Thursday / Free Entry / 8pm-1am



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