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 29TH JANUARY
Euphony @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Naila + DJ'til late

Schoolboy's Death Trio @ The Canteen

Fabulous jazz-hop cocktail

Seven0five Presents Asa & Sorr @ Timbuk2

Asa & Sorrow Grime/garage/bassline/dnb

FRIDAY 30TH JANUARY
Independent Venue Week @ The Louisiana

The Bronze Medal + Goan Dogs + Rebecca Clements

No Go Stop @ The Fleece, Bristol

Formed by some of Bristol's top jazz musicians in

Slim's Pickings #15 @ Leftbank, Bristol

A night of thrilling live blues & rock'n'roll

Swampgrass @ The Kingsdown Wine Vaults

Acoustic Blues and Swing!

The Flies With Revolver Club! @ Exchange

The Flies'live' With Revolver After Party!

Authentiq 008 @ Timbuk2, Bristol

Authentiq Presents Kenny Ken + Many More!

Frontin @ Big Chill Bar Bristol, Bristol

Frontin' at Big Chill Bar, Bristol expect Trinida

Overproof!!! @ The Plough, Bristol

Tropical Sounds!!!!, Cumbia, Highlife, Afrofunk!!

Soul Shakin' @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

Ben Summers + Northern Soul girl Levanna Mclean

SATURDAY 31ST JANUARY
Brass Junkies @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Dynamic 8 piece brass band

Cancelledthe Rosellyscancelled @ The Old Fish Market

British Americana from The Rosellys (full Band)

Captain Accident And @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

The Disasters + N.U.M.B + DJ's Til Late

Kasai Masai @ The Attic Bar, Bristol

+ Amadou Diagne, Area Boys

Kit Hawes @ The Kingsdown Wine Vaults, Bristol

Folk, Blues and all points in between

Palestine Fundraiser @leftbank @ Leftbank

Live Music With Muffsaid & Sneak Eazies

Palestine Ska Fundraiser @ The Leftbank

Palestine Fundraiser:Muff Said & Sneak Eazies

The Odd Folk @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Folk, Flamenco and Country with Soul

DJ Skint @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

100% phonographic funk

Fallingup W/ Specter (chicago) @ Tba, Bristol

Deep house music direct from it's birth-place

Fat Lip The Uv Party! 31st Jan @ The Lanes Bristol

Are You Ready To Storm Through The Party Like You

SUNDAY 1ST FEBRUARY
Lady Nade 5pm @ The Eldon House Bs81bt

A hybrid blend of vintage soul folk and Jazz

TUESDAY 3RD FEBRUARY
The Dead South @ Stag & Hounds, Bristol

& The Slap Ya Mama Big Band

WEDNESDAY 4TH FEBRUARY
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

Crate Diggin' @ The Love Inn, Bristol

3 hours of live Funk, Soul and Hip Hop

We Love Wednesdays @ The Big Chill Bar

Felix Joy on the 1s and 2s

THURSDAY 5TH FEBRUARY
Afrika Bambaatta @ Motion, Bristol

DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist Play Afrika Bambaatta

FRIDAY 6TH FEBRUARY
Boy Le Monti @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ The Thatchers - DJ Mako &The Hawk and Rat-A-Tat

Dr Syntax & Pete Cannon @ The Attic Bar

+ Red Eye HiFi + Jonny Steele & Astrosnare

Medicine Creek @ The Grain Barge, Bristol

Ninetree Stumblers + Jim Evans

Swing N Tingz 7 W/ Mr Woodnote @ The Lanes

Mr Woodnote ft. Lil Rhys & Eva Lazarus & more

Soul Shakin' @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

Ben Summers + Northern Soul girl Levanna Mclean

Swing'n' Tingz 7 @ The Lanes Bristol

Mr Woodnote ft. Lil Rhys & Eva Lazarus

SATURDAY 7TH FEBRUARY
Bati Ram Fundraiser @ Kuumba Center, Bristol

Balkan Gypsy bands Inc Gypsy Disco soundsytem

Gurt Western Concert @ Colston Hall, Bristol

An evening of a cappella delights!

The New Motels @ The Old Stillage, Bristol

Motown infused blues pop and rock

The Redhillbillies @ The Grain Barge, Bristol

+ Boxcar Joe Strouzer + Leo James

Department S Club Night @ The Lanes Bristol

Lucky T Jackson play live at Department S club

DJ Skint @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

100% phonographic funk

Don't Tell Your Mother @ The Phoenix Pub

Indie Pop Night For Lgbt + Friends

Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

60's Soul, Rhythm & Blues, and more!

J Dilla Changed My Life @ Start The Bus

Tribute to the life & work of the Hip-Hop genius

SUNDAY 8TH FEBRUARY
MONDAY 9TH FEBRUARY
TUESDAY 10TH FEBRUARY
Darren Eedens @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Steve Folk + Zelah Dave Remix

H. Hawkline @ The Louisiana, Bristol

H. Hawkline performs at The Louisiana

WEDNESDAY 11TH FEBRUARY
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

Uberphonic Presents @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Uberphonic boys bring an eclectic night for all

We Love Wednesdays @ The Big Chill Bar

Felix Joy on the 1s and 2s

THURSDAY 12TH FEBRUARY
Black Thistles @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Saona + Jarid Clark DJ Alfie

FRIDAY 13TH FEBRUARY
Fat Hat Presents... @ The Crofters Rights

Crinkle Cuts + Manushka + Komodo + DJ Feline

The Zeekats @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Hot Pursuit DJ Alfie

Soul Shakin' @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

Ben Summers + Northern Soul girl Levanna Mclean

The Washing Machine @ Cosies, Bristol

Powercut (Funk From The Trunk) & Residents

SATURDAY 14TH FEBRUARY
Blind Drunk Date @ The Crofters Rights

For those not taking Valentine's Day seriously!

Trip The Switch @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Harry and the Gondolas DJ Vallee

Valentines Special @ Trinity, Bristol

Honeyfeet / Bombs / Simon Panrucker / Count Bobo

DJ Skint @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

100% phonographic funk

Ibt15 - The Storm @ The Old Fire Station

Bristol International Festival Official Party

The Gumbo Show @ The Plough Inn Easton

Serving Up Rhythm N' Blues, Soul N' Funk And Love

SUNDAY 15TH FEBRUARY
TUESDAY 17TH FEBRUARY
WEDNESDAY 18TH FEBRUARY
James Morton Band @ The Mall Pub Clifton

Superb Alto Saxophonists returns to Fringe Jazz

Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

We Love Wednesdays @ The Big Chill Bar

Felix Joy on the 1s and 2s

THURSDAY 19TH FEBRUARY
Goulash Disko Reunion Party! @ The Old Malt House

Bukahara+Mr Tea and the Minions+Jolly Rodger

FRIDAY 20TH FEBRUARY
Annual Big Lebowski Fest @ The Lanes Bristol

The Dude Abides! Our annual Big Lebowski Fest re

Soul Shakin' @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

Ben Summers + Northern Soul girl Levanna Mclean

SATURDAY 21ST FEBRUARY
Mashed @ The Farm @ The Farm Pub St Werburghs

Mashed is an audio visual treat

Troy Ellis @ Plantation, Bristol

& The Hail Jamaica Reggae Band

DJ Skint @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

100% phonographic funk

Mojo @ The Big Chill Bar, Bristol

John Stapleton & Steve Rice

The Jacques Support From Fosse @ The Lanes Bristol

Legendary Bristol club night with John The Mod. L

SUNDAY 22ND FEBRUARY
TUESDAY 24TH FEBRUARY
WEDNESDAY 25TH FEBRUARY
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

We Love Wednesdays @ The Big Chill Bar

Felix Joy on the 1s and 2s

THURSDAY 26TH FEBRUARY
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and Jam with a great house band!

FRIDAY 27TH FEBRUARY
Big Macs Wholly Soul Band @ Bristol Bierkeller

Soul and Motown-a full ten piece band

Soul Shakin' @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

Ben Summers + Northern Soul girl Levanna Mclean

SATURDAY 28TH FEBRUARY
Duncan Disorderly @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

& The Scallywags + Dry White Bones plus DJs

The Bad Hands @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Guitar Driven Funk Grooves

DJ Skint @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

100% phonographic funk

SUNDAY 1ST MARCH
Bristol Music Competitions For @ Tobacco Factory

Bristol Music competitions for Teens - TeenStar

Gilad Atzmon & The Ohe @ Hen & Chicken

Larger than Life Israeli saxophonist

WEDNESDAY 4TH MARCH
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

FRIDAY 6TH MARCH
Bodywork 1st Birthday @ The Crofters Rights

Presents... Bill Brewster + Banofee Pies

SATURDAY 7TH MARCH
6 Years Of Jungle Syndicate @ The Black Swan

6 Years of Jungle Syndicate Bristol

SUNDAY 8TH MARCH
WEDNESDAY 11TH MARCH
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

FRIDAY 13TH MARCH
The Washing Machine @ Cosies, Bristol

Residents + Special Guest

SATURDAY 14TH MARCH
Alexander O'neal @ The Marble Factory

The legendary Alexander O'Neal live

Soul Destroyers @ Fiddlers, Bristol

HugeClassicSoulFunGrooveFunkBandThang

WEDNESDAY 18TH MARCH
Eban Brown @ Bristol Bierkeller, Bristol

Harold Eban Brown is a world-renowned guitarist

Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

SUNDAY 22ND MARCH
WEDNESDAY 25TH MARCH
Billy Lockett @ Thekla, Bristol

Billy Lockett performs at Thekla

Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 26TH MARCH
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and Jam with a great house band!

FRIDAY 27TH MARCH
The Bowie Experience @ Bristol Bierkeller

A real tribute to the original

WEDNESDAY 1ST APRIL
Beth Hart @ Colston Hall @ Bristol Colston Hall

Beth Hart plays Colsten Hall for her 2015 tour

SATURDAY 25TH APRIL
The Gearfest Warehouse Party @ Secret Warehouse

After Party for the Gearfest Boat Party



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