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

THURSDAY 24TH JULY
A Doubtful Sound, Ragweed, Ver @ The Mothers Ruin

First date on the joint tour of Versus Ursus & Ra

Compadres @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Latin rhythms with a strong funky beat.

Speakeasy @ Mr Wolf's, Bristol

Resident DJ's: Mr Pilkington & Dave Panini

FRIDAY 25TH JULY
Hellfire Video Club @ Thecube, Bristol

Double-bill of weird Conan The Barbarian rip-offs

Eva Lazarus & Soul47 @ The Attic Bar

+ Djs Freshly Baked & Doc Moody

Slim's Pickings #11 @ Leftbank, Bristol

Piano/Harmonica Blues Special!

Three Kings High @ Mr Wolfs @ Mr Wolfs

Three Kings High Live @ Mr Wolfs

Through The Grapevine @ The Lanes, Bristol

Motown, Soul & Funk at The Lanes!

Psychedelic Dance Party @ Crofters Rights

Hellfire Video Club DJs play 60s fuzz and funk

Surround Free Party @ Take 5 Cafe, Bristol

£1 Off At Biblos & Free Party

Trojan Measure @ Timbuk2, Bristol

The Kelly Twins bang it out. Room 2 - Disco

SATURDAY 26TH JULY
Sean Cook DJ Set @ Kingsdown Wine Vaults

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TUESDAY 29TH JULY
Pilot / Eleven Magpies... @ Tobacco Factory Theatre

Pilot, Eleven Magpies and Three Cane Whale

WEDNESDAY 30TH JULY
The Slimline Shufflers [duo] @ The Bootlegger

Live New Orleans style rhythm'n'blues

THURSDAY 31ST JULY
Iluvlive Bristol Lotm Special @ Myu Bar, Pryzm

Maxsta Rascals Dapz On The Map Realz

Kobo Town // Baila La Cumbia @ Fiddlers

Caribbean music run through a 21st Century filter

Rozi Plain + Lady Nade @ The Golden Lion

Part Of The Bbc Bristol Gig Crawl!

FRIDAY 1ST AUGUST
Farmfestival 2014 @ Gilcombe Farm, Bristol

The UK's most independent festival, over 2 days..

Mixradio Terrace Session @ Colston Hall

Gilles Peterson, Hot 8 Brass Band & Mr Benn

Bass Kitchen Presents Kraymon @ Timbuk2

Bass Kitchen presents Kraymon on 1 August @ Tb2

SATURDAY 2ND AUGUST
Batch Gueye @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

World music and dance from Senegal

Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Spinning Northern Soul on the decks!

WEDNESDAY 6TH AUGUST
The Slimline Shufflers @ The Bootlegger

Live New Orleans style rhythm'n'blues

THURSDAY 7TH AUGUST
Shaggy + Live Band @ Motion Bristol, Bristol

Mr. Boombastic hits up Bristol!!!

FRIDAY 8TH AUGUST
Jessie May Trust Benefit Gig @ The Grain Barge

Ali George, The Great Sea Choir & Dexter Selboy

FRIDAY 15TH AUGUST
Daggers & Waves E.p Launch! @ The Crofters Rights

Crofters Rights Summer Extravaganza!

Fat Pedro @ The Grain Barge, Bristol

Funk, Soul, Jazz & Latin

SATURDAY 16TH AUGUST
The World Government @ Plantation, Bristol

Afrobeat, Funk, Boogaloo, D&B

FRIDAY 22ND AUGUST
FRIDAY 29TH AUGUST
Through The Grapevine @ The Lanes, Bristol

Motown, Soul and Funk at The Lanes!

FRIDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER
Woolley Festival @ Merkins Farm, Ba15 2rw

A fun affordable family festival

SATURDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER
Mixradio Terrace Sessions @ Colston Hall

Pardon My French 5th Birthday

Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Spinning Northern Soul on the decks!

SUNDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER
Bristol Singing Auditions @ Tobacco Factory

Bristol Singing Auditions - Open Mic UK

SUNDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER
Pete Molinari Band @ The Louisiana, Bristol

Pete Molinari performs at The Louisiana

FRIDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER
Swing'n' Tingz 4 @ The Lanes

Dephicit (ft. Summer Bright) & Jenova Collective

THURSDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER
FRIDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER
Through The Grapevine @ The Lanes, Bristol

Motown, Soul & Funk at The Lanes

SATURDAY 4TH OCTOBER
Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Spinning Northern Soul on the decks!

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

Meet Wwe/wwf Legends Too Cool And Rikishi!

FRIDAY 24TH OCTOBER
SATURDAY 25TH OCTOBER


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