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 30TH AUGUST
TUESDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER
Live In The Lions Den @ The Golden Lion

Featuring Guy Calhoune & Jakey Boy Hughes

We Were Once Actors @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Maxine Stacey + Mr Pilkington

WEDNESDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER
Matt Woosey @ The Alma Tavern & Theatre

Performing his new album'While The Cat's Away'

THURSDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER
7inches Of Pleasure @ The Plough, Easton

Si Jubb & The Boom Operator

Big Boss Man @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Heavy Hammond pop, 6T's R'n'B / Latin Soul Funk

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Funk and Soul Jam every Thursday! 8PM - 1AM

Green Guava Jelly @ The Mothers' Ruin

StrictlyVinyl.R&B-Rocksteady-Ska-Soul-Punk

FRIDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER
Gearfest Festival @ Usk, Monmouthshire

Gearfest 2015 - 4th - 6th September

Sola Rosa Sound System @ The Attic Bar

+ Coreysan, Andres & Stevie Bear

Steve And The Achievers @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Newbolds + Mako & The Hawk + Rat-A-Tat-Tat

The Harrisons (full 6 Piece) @ The Golden Lion

The Eagles, Ccr, The Band, Little Feat Etc

The Social's 5th Birthday! @ The Social Bar & Cafe

Celebrate 5 years of good times with us

Bump Roller Disco @ The Trinity Centre

Bump Club Presents Monthly Night Of Fun On Skate

Hex @ 1775, Bristol

House funk soul disco jams

SATURDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER
Jump Around @ Bristol Folk House, Bristol

Afternoon Shindig for Babies, Toddlers & GrownUps

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas @ The Trinity Centre

Legendary Motown icon with a full 8-piece live ba

Centre For Better Grooves Djs @ The Gallimaufry

100% phonographic funk, soul & hip-hop

Department S Club Night Presen @ The Lanes Bristol

Legendary Bristol Club Night Department S With Jo

Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

60's Soul, Funk, Rhythm & Blues!

SUNDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER
Bristol Singing Auditions Op @ Tobacco Factory

Bristol Singing Auditions Open Mic Uk 2015

Bristol Singing Competition @ Tobacco Factory

Bristol Singing Competition Open Mic Uk 2015

Bristol Music Competition @ Tobacco Factory Bs3 1tf

Bristol Music Competition Open Mic Uk 2015

MONDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER
Canteen Hip Hop Session @ The Canteen, Bristol

Guest MCs and musicians join the rhythm section o

TUESDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER
Ruth Royall @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Marcus Gee + Our Resident DJs

WEDNESDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER
Harry Harding @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Multi-instrumental talents seem to come easy to s

THURSDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER
Black Flower @ The Canteen, Bristol

Are you ready for the sound of the Abyssinian Aft

Cafe Society @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Caddy Cooper + DJ Alfie

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Funk and Soul Jam every Thursday! 8PM - 1AM

White City Shakers @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Midsomer Nortons stomping 7-piece string gang

FRIDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER
Clumsy @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Jessie Pie & the Thorn + DJ Alfie

The Scribes @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Award winning Hip-Hop

The Gumbo Show! @ The Plough Inn Easton

A hail of dirty filthy R&Bfunksoul groove bullets

SATURDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER
Album Launch Party @ The Crofter's Rights

Robin Mitchell's featherweight soul band

Emma Harris @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Never afraid to unleash the full power of her vo

Wormfood Ft. Flying Ibex @ The Canteen

This extraordinarily clever threesome somehow rus

Centre For Better Grooves Djs @ The Gallimaufry

100% phonographic funk, soul & hip-hop

Department S Club Night Presen @ The Lanes Bristol

Legendary Bristol club night Department S with Jo

SUNDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER
Li'l Bumpers Roller Disco @ The Trinity Centre

Sunday each month Family roller-disco sessions

WEDNESDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER
Blue Funk Trio @ The Canteen, Bristol

the classic Hammond organ jazz style came out of

THURSDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Funk and Soul Jam every Thursday! 8PM - 1AM

Songs Of Katrina Ii @ The Thunderbolt, Bristol

SongSmith presents Songs of Katrina II

Green Guava Jelly @ The Mothers' Ruin

StrictlyVinyl.R&B-Rocksteady-Ska-Soul-Punk

FRIDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER
Same Vans @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Sam Dowden + Asbo

The Good, The Bad & The Funk @ No.1 Harbourside

Thats'Bad' as in'Baaaaaad' and'Funk' as in'Wh

Vibrations Of Sound @ The Canteen, Bristol

Their new single may be called Clunky but their s

SATURDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER
Homegrown Festival @ Wick Court, Bristol

Music Festival/ Art Exhibition/Pop-Up Feast

Centre For Better Grooves Djs @ The Gallimaufry

100% phonographic funk, soul & hip-hop

Department S Club Night @ The Lanes Bristol

Legendary Bristol club night Department S

SUNDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER
Green Guava Jelly Sunday Sesh @ The Plough Inn

Roots Reggae,Calypso,Soul,Rocksteady - all vinyl!

THURSDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Funk and Soul Jam every Thursday! 8PM - 1AM

Orchestra Pirouette @ The Canteen, Bristol

They came together as the houseband for the magic

FRIDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER
Orchestra Pirouette @ No.1 Harbourside

They came together as the houseband for the magic

The John E Vistic Experience @ Mr Wolfs

+ Thin Wire Fence + Papa Moomin

SATURDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER
The Rin Tins @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Ghost of a Dog + Rat-A-Tat-Tat

Centre For Better Grooves Djs @ The Gallimaufry

100% phonographic funk, soul & hip-hop

SUNDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER
THURSDAY 1ST OCTOBER
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Funk and Soul Jam every Thursday! 8PM - 1AM

FRIDAY 2ND OCTOBER
Dub Mafia @ Exchange, Bristol

Dub mafia @ Exchange, Bristol

Dub Mafia @ Exchange, Bristol

Dub Mafia @ Exchange

SATURDAY 3RD OCTOBER
Centre For Better Grooves Djs @ The Gallimaufry

100% phonographic funk, soul & hip-hop

Departments Club Night Present @ The Lanes Bristol

Legendary Bristol club night Department S.

Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

60's Soul, Funk, Rhythm & Blues!

THURSDAY 8TH OCTOBER
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Funk and Soul Jam every Thursday! 8PM - 1AM

SATURDAY 10TH OCTOBER
Kick In The Crotchet @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Kicking Pop music right where it hurts!

THURSDAY 15TH OCTOBER
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Funk and Soul Jam every Thursday! 8PM - 1AM

Siena Root (se) Stubb & More @ The Stag And Hounds

Heavy Acid, Desert Stoner, Psych Rock

SATURDAY 17TH OCTOBER
Soul Destroyers @ Fiddlers, Bristol

HugeClassicSoulFunGrooveFunkBandThang

In:motion Presents Bonobo @ Motion, Bristol

With Mount Kimbie, Alexander Nut & Josey Rebelle

THURSDAY 22ND OCTOBER
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Funk and Soul Jam every Thursday! 8PM - 1AM

SATURDAY 24TH OCTOBER
In:motion Presents Subsoul @ Motion, Bristol

Huxley, Waze & Odyssey, Bodhi, Arkist

THURSDAY 29TH OCTOBER
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Funk and Soul Jam every Thursday! 8PM - 1AM

SATURDAY 31ST OCTOBER
Halloween Party @ Begbrook Social Club

Join The Treasury Band on Halloween Night for an

THURSDAY 5TH NOVEMBER
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Funk and Soul Jam every Thursday! 8PM - 1AM

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Funk and Soul Jam every Thursday! 8PM - 1AM

SATURDAY 7TH NOVEMBER
Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

60's Soul, Funk, Rhythm & Blues!

SATURDAY 21ST NOVEMBER
Departments Club Night Present @ The Lanes Bristol

Legendary Bristol club night Department S.

SATURDAY 5TH DECEMBER
Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

60's Soul, Funk, Rhythm & Blues!



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