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

SATURDAY 23RD MAY
Love Saves The Day 2015 @ Tba, Bristol

We are back for another love-fulled-festival

Vegfestuk Bristol @ Bristol Amphitheatre

Huge Vegan Fair! Featuring Ltj Bukem, Alfredo....

Seed Bud Bloom Ep Launch @ Rise Records, Clifton

Isolde releases debut EP, Seed Bud Bloom

Shipfest 2015 @ The Ship Inn, Keynsham.

Open air live music event

The Slimline Shufflers @ The Shakespeare

Live New Orleans-style rhythm n blues

Contraband Circus! @ The Black Swan, Bristol

Ed Cox / E-coli / Vinyl Junkie b2b Rachael EC

Department S Club Night @ The Lanes Bristol

Legendary Bristol club Department S with John.

DJ Skint 06 Special (2am) @ The Gallimaufry

100% phonographic funk with guest China Mike

Set It Out: Soundstream @ The Doghouse

Set It Out Presents... Soundstream

Wide Eyes Presents Lstn @ Lakota & Coroners Court

Wide Eyes Presents Love Saves Official Afterparty

SUNDAY 24TH MAY
Velvet Sunday Lunch & Jazz @ The Square Club

Sunday Roast and Live Jazz combination

Bank Holiday Special (2am) @ The Gallimaufry

DJs (6-2am), paella & plenty to drink...

TUESDAY 26TH MAY
Jfs Live @ The Big Chill Bar, Bristol

Bristol University Jazz, Funk and Soul Society

WEDNESDAY 27TH MAY
Axis Of @ The Stag & Hounds, Bristol

With Special Guests and The Waitress

Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

The Slimline Shufflers @ The Gallimaufry

Live New Orleans-style rhythm n blues

THURSDAY 28TH MAY
Helios #1 @ The Crofters Rights, Bristol

John Fairhurst, Inexplicables + more!!

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Jam Band / Every Thursday / Free Entry / 8pm-1am

My Octopus Mind @ Mr Wolf's, Bristol

+ The Real King(s) of Spain + Benjamin Michael

Rich O'brien Project @ The Coronation Tap

Featuring Victoria Klewin & special guests

FRIDAY 29TH MAY
Bathfest 2015 @ Bath Racecourse, Ba1 9bu

Two-day music festival with 10,000 people!

William Shatner Night! @ The Cube, Bristol

Double-bill of 70s Shatner mayhem!

Charlie Sloth's Safari Tour @ Pryzm, Bristol

The best looking fat guy in the world

Featherweight Soul Party @ Roll For The Soul

Robin Mitchell's featherweight soul

Isolde, Julia, String Project @ Cafe Kino

Original unique live music from Bristol & Oxford

The Destroyers @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Balkan, Ska, Swing and more!

SATURDAY 30TH MAY
Mango Factory @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Shambolique + Tear it up with Benjamin Michael

45 Live - Brad Baloo (nextmen) @ The Big Chill Bar

Boca 45 welcomes Brad Baloo to the Big Chill

Basti Ram Fundraiser @ Kuumba Center, Bristol

Cheeky Gypsy Party music! Balkan/Ska/Swing/Dub

MONDAY 1ST JUNE
WEDNESDAY 3RD JUNE
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 4TH JUNE
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Jam Band / Every Thursday / Free Entry / 8pm-1am

FRIDAY 5TH JUNE
Blackwolf Live @ The Exchange, Bristol

Blackwolf + Wreckage Of Society + Empire Of Fools

Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra @ The Fleece

Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra + No Go Stop

Overproof! Tropical Party @ The Plough, Easton

Tropical sounds from planet Earth

Five Dollar Shake: Slynk @ Projekt, Bristol

Bring Slynk To Town. Bristols Finest In Breaks!

SATURDAY 6TH JUNE
James Morton - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Adding modern jazz class to whatever he chooses,

Talking Heads Night @ Southbank Club, Bristol

Europe's premiere Talking Heads Tribute Act

Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

60's Funk, RnB, Northern Soul

WEDNESDAY 10TH JUNE
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

Outblinker + More @ Twos Company, Bristol

Outblinker (Glasgow), Olanza, Motes, Y CVn

THURSDAY 11TH JUNE
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Jam Band / Every Thursday / Free Entry / 8pm-1am

SATURDAY 13TH JUNE
Urbfest 2015 @ Lakota Complex, Bristol

Mini Festival In The Heart Of Bristol

Kick In The Crotchet @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Kicking pop music right where it hurts!

Shapes Open Air Party @ Riverside Youth Project

A party outside in a basketball court

MONDAY 15TH JUNE
Casa Del Vibe - Jon Rust (3hr @ Exchange

Top selector Jon Rust plays 3 hours for us

WEDNESDAY 17TH JUNE
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 18TH JUNE
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Jam Band / Every Thursday / Free Entry / 8pm-1am

FRIDAY 19TH JUNE
Jimmy Goodrich - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Classic country rock and classy soulful vocals ar

Never On Sunday @ Bristol Volksfest, Bristol

Soul, Ska, Motown, Live Music from Blak Flamz

WEDNESDAY 24TH JUNE
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 25TH JUNE
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Jam Band / Every Thursday / Free Entry / 8pm-1am

SATURDAY 27TH JUNE
MONDAY 29TH JUNE
Sinkane / Bad Sounds @ The Louisiana, Bristol

Final Chiverin Showcase before Summer.

WEDNESDAY 1ST JULY
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 2ND JULY
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Jam Band / Every Thursday / Free Entry / 8pm-1am

SATURDAY 18TH JULY
SATURDAY 1ST AUGUST
London Afrobeat Collective @ Exchange, Bristol

Their name may include the UK's capital but their

SATURDAY 15TH AUGUST
Seth Lakeman @ Nt Tyntesfield, Bristol

Seth Lakeman heads to Tyntesfield



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