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

WEDNESDAY 16TH APRIL
Audio Jam @ The Square Club, Bristol

The Kirris Riviere Blues Band with Support

Audio Jam! @ The Square Club, Bristol

Circe's Diner, Danielle Celeste & My Style

THURSDAY 17TH APRIL
An Audience With Kizzy Morrell @ The Square Club

Kizzy Morrell and her red hot band hit the Square

Jazzy Jeff + Support @ Motion, Bristol

Sip The Juice return to Motion

Red Dread Audio @ Lakota, Bristol

Easter Bank Holiday Special

FRIDAY 18TH APRIL
Karaoke Disco @ Zion Bristol, Bristol

Free Entry - Bar Open - Over 21s

James Morton Vs Niyi & Co @ Leftbank

Left Bank presents vs Tropical Roots!

Squid Party @ The Old Coroners Court, Bristol

Gypsy, Klezmer and Cumbia - Squid themed Party

Alfresco Disco And Friends @ The Big Chill Bar

Feel The Real, Hot Buttered Soul and Alfresco DJs

Hot Buttered Soul + Guests @ Big Chill Bar

Disco Boogie Soul House Rare Groove

Shapes Presents Ostgut Ton @ Motion, Bristol

Berghain / Panorama Bar / Ostgut Ton / Shapes

Shapes Presents Ostgut Ton @ Motion, Bristol

Ostgut Ton / Berghain / Panorama Bar / Shapes

Squid Party (part 2) @ The Old Coroners Court

Jam Jar Events Presents - Squid Party!

SATURDAY 19TH APRIL
The Roly Poly Dress Up Club @ The Left Bank

Egotistical Easter Party, Alternative Clubbing

Bristol Afro Beat @ Plantation, Bristol

A mix of past glories & new material

Commotion Bristol @ Club Cavern, The Crown

Taking you back to the sounds of the 60s & 70s da

Compadres @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

With Live Support Tbc

Cadbury'b' Jammin @ The Cadbury

Outdoor Paint Jam / Bbq / Block Party

DJ Skint @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

100% phonographic funk

Record Store Day @ The Big Chill Bar, Bristol

Smoove and Boca 45 move in for the kill!

The Gumbo Show @ The Plough Inn, Bristol

Rhythm'n Voodoo Afro Funk Swamp Soul Blues

SUNDAY 20TH APRIL
Soultrain @ Java, Bristol

Easter soul reggae night

Marcel Vogel @ Big Chill Bristol, Bristol

Bedmo Disco pres. house and boogie with a twist

MONDAY 21ST APRIL
Suburban Legends @ Thekla, Bristol

Suburban Legends perform at Thekla

TUESDAY 22ND APRIL
Wltp : Jonwayne + More @ Start The Bus

Wltp : Jonwayne + Thisisda

Jazzworld @ Amoeba, Clifton, Bristol, Bristol

Jazzworld DJs in the basement.

WEDNESDAY 23RD APRIL
THURSDAY 24TH APRIL
Joan As Police Woman @ Thekla, Bristol

Joan As Police Woman performs at Thekla

The 3 Boxes @ Hen & Chicken, Bristol

Instrumental Guitar trio Supergroup

Speakeasy Presents: Dr Syntax @ Mr Wolf's

Live Music & DJ's Hip Hop Funk Disco

Win Win @ The Big Chill Bar, Bristol

DJ Neck Bone plays the good music

FRIDAY 25TH APRIL
Hellfire Video Club +++ @ The Cube, Bristol

Double-bill of psychedelic 70s Sinema

Art Rockers Double Bill @ The Thunderbolt

Jonny Vel n and Schoolboys Death Trio

Mr Tea And The Minions + Espai @ Golden Lion

Mr Tea and the Minions + Espai + DJ Howla!!

Tom Fryer @ The Vittoria, Bristol

Tom Fryer @ the Vittoria

Dust & Friends @ The Farm Pub, St Werburgh

Join Dan Dust And His Chums For Good Music

SATURDAY 26TH APRIL
Souljamfunk @ Towns Talk (bs13 8aq), Bristol

Night of Soul, Disco, Funk and a bit of Jam!

The Rem!x @ Cosies Wine Bar, Bristol

It's Back By Dope Demand - The Rem!x

WEDNESDAY 30TH APRIL
THURSDAY 1ST MAY
Al Murphy Exhibition @ No.31 Urban Graphic

Exhibition Launch 6pm - onwards

Shak Out @ Basment45, Bristol

Music That Makes You Lose Control

FRIDAY 2ND MAY
Backbeat Sound System @ The Golden Lion

8-piece Funk Reggae favourites!

James Graham @ The Vittoria, Bristol

James Graham at the Vittoria

SATURDAY 3RD MAY
Three Laws @ The Edwardian Cloakroom, Bristol

Two weeks of Music Art and Verse

Kabaka Beats @ Left Bank, Bristol

Explosive Nzakomba + Hi Life Hi-fi

Scribble'n' Scratch Takeover @ The Big Chill

All day illustration battles and live hip-hop

Dubcentral @ Yellow Arch Studios, Bristol

Dubcentral presents Bush Chemists & King General

Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

60's Soul, Rhythm & Blues and more!

Thumper @ Trinity, Bristol

In association with BambiLegs & TruSoundTribe

SUNDAY 4TH MAY
Three Laws @ The Edwardian Cloakroom, Bristol

Schoolboy's Death Trio & Who's To Blame?

MONDAY 5TH MAY
WEDNESDAY 7TH MAY
THURSDAY 8TH MAY
Jazzworld @ Amoeba, Clifton, Bristol, Bristol

Jazzworld DJs in the basement.

FRIDAY 9TH MAY
"psychedelic Dance Party" @ Crofters Rights

Hellfire Video Club DJs play garage, funk and fuz

Bump @ The Trinity Centre, Bristol

Bump Club Presents Monthly Night Of Fun On Skates

SATURDAY 10TH MAY
Bangers And Tash: Pop-up Fest @ The Black Swan

Pop-up Festival: Djs/bands/circus/stalls

SUNDAY 11TH MAY
Frank Harrison Trio @ Hen & Chicken

Top Jazz pianist with new trio

MONDAY 12TH MAY
WEDNESDAY 14TH MAY
Three Laws @ The Edwardian Cloakroom, Bristol

Jonny Steele, Minamus, Madlox

Martin Stephenson @ Thekla, Bristol

Martin Stephenson performs at Thekla

THURSDAY 15TH MAY
Jazzworld @ Amoeba, Clifton, Bristol, Bristol

Jazzworld DJs in the basement.

FRIDAY 16TH MAY
Bristol Music For Good @ The Bank Tavern

Free charity music weekender!

Huskytones @ Southbank Club, Bristol

Blues, Americana and Soul Band

James And Tom @ The Vittoria, Bristol

James Graham and Tom Fryer

SATURDAY 17TH MAY
Bristol Music For Good @ The Blue Lagoon

Free charity music weekender!

Jama @ Plantation, Bristol

World Beat Fusion

WEDNESDAY 21ST MAY
THURSDAY 22ND MAY
Kabaka Beats @ Plantation, Bristol

Dakar Audio Club, 2 Man Ting, Area Boys

FRIDAY 23RD MAY
Fannys Meadow @ Somerset, Bristol

Weekend of wild camping and original live music

Tom Fryer @ The Vittoria, Bristol

Tom Fryer @ the Vittoria

Uri Green & The Seeds @ Plantation

Regga , Dancehall & D&B

Vegfestuk Bristol 2014 @ Amphitheatre, Bristol

'Let's all have a disco' in the middle of Bristol

SATURDAY 24TH MAY
Love Saves The Day @ Castle Park, Bristol

Love Saves The Day Festival 24/05-25/05 2014

Soul Destroyers @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Huge Soul Band! Lots of action, lots of fun!

WEDNESDAY 28TH MAY
THURSDAY 29TH MAY
Gabriella Cilmi @ Thekla, Bristol

Gabriella Cilmi / Henry Green

FRIDAY 30TH MAY
SATURDAY 31ST MAY
Pete Molinari @ The Louisiana, Bristol

Pete Molinari performs at The Louisiana

MONDAY 2ND JUNE
Bristol Music Mixer @ The Brass Pig, Bristol

Free Music Networking Event, feat. Will Goodchild

WEDNESDAY 4TH JUNE
Jazzworld @ Amoeba, Clifton, Bristol, Bristol

Jazzworld DJs in the basement.

FRIDAY 6TH JUNE
Flying Lotus @ Colston Hall, Bristol

With Thundercat + Captain Murphy

SATURDAY 7TH JUNE
Kabaka Beats All-dayer @ Easton Community Center

African Bands, DJ's, Workshops 2pm-2am

Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

60's Soul, Rhythm & Blues and more!

FRIDAY 13TH JUNE
Mad Luv X Psyched @ The Old Crown Courts

Todd Edwards El-b Bromley + More Tba



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