Funk And Soul Nights 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
Bristol Jazz n Blues Fest
In session with Pee Wee Ellis & Fred Wesley
Chaz Thorogood + support
Ant Noel & The Peabody Drakes + Mikey Kenney
Brockley Forest & Lambhorn
Vibes all night....
Catch this 5 piece alt-bluegrass band live...
The Basslink crew have come to no 51s to take ove
Sleezy Synthesized Spectacular
An evening of folk, blues and country!
Soul, Jazz, Blues
Bump Club Presents Monthly Night Of Fun On Skates
Beats, Bass And Friendly Vibes!
Party Rock, Glam Pop And Aor Grooves
Psychedelic rock, country and folk tinged pop cla
The Bristo Party Presents...
Wolfhound w/s £3
Music to move your soul
Disco, House, Funk
Rich toned Italian Tenor Sax Player
Craft beer festival, DJs, live art & more
Wide Eyes 020 at the Blue Mountain 18.02.14
Dysfunktion - Soundscapes, noise, electro
LA electronic soul singer, keyboardist and songwr
Reggae /// Hip-hop /// Soul
Flying Ibex + Area Boys
Soul Circle Gang
Tez Paine @ the Vittoria
Golden Lion 9th Birthday Spectacular!
Lower The Tone & Techyes Gearfest Warmup!
Bristol's new Soul, Funk & Disco Night with Jam
Vocal led Soul and Acid Funk w/Guy Calhoun
Plus Blacklit Canopy
Massive US and UK hip hop lineup for all !!
Polar Bear / Shiver
Disco boogie soul funk
A blend of soul, funk, R&B and folk
Country-Folk from Australia
Jilk, RjS, & more tbc
Illustration battle and turntablism event
Vocally driven Blues, Jazz, and Soul
Sundown Presents: Sixth Avenue Express + Rumpf.
James Graham @ the Vitt
An evening of folk and blues.
Samantha Lindo w/s £3
Soul / Funka / Teers
Curtis Eller and The Nine Tree Stumblers
Crinkle Cuts W. Shambolique & High Climbers
For One Night Only
An evening of singer-songwriter goodness.
funky grooves and tough driving rhythms
The best in 60s & 70s soul vinyl
Far Too Loud, Stickybuds & more
Country, Americana & Bluegrass
Who is William Onyeabor?!
+ Shibby Shitegeist + H + Dominic Lash
Tophat's 2nd Birthday with Laid Blak
Featurecast and the Bass Kitchen DJs
Molotov Jukebox / Three Kings High
60's Soul, Rhythm & Blues!
Stately home located party.
UK based US Tenor sax legend, ex-Blakey Messenger
Jelli Records and Trinity Community Arts Present
Ty (Tru Thoughts) + The Allergies
Pull the strings present
Dr Meaker @ Bristol Sounds
Sip The Juice return to Motion
Ostgut Ton / Berghain / Panorama Bar / Shapes
Disco, house and boogie with a twist
Instrumental Guitar trio Supergroup
James Graham at the Vittoria
60's Soul, Rhythm & Blues and more!
In association with BambiLegs & TruSoundTribe
Acoustic singer/song writer
Top Jazz pianist with new trio
James Graham and Tom Fryer
'Let's all have a disco' in the middle of Bristol
Love Saves The Day Festival 24/05-25/05 2014
Huge Soul Band! Lots of action, lots of fun!
Gabriella Cilmi / Henry Green
With Thundercat + Captain Murphy