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
Live music and dance, in aid of Shelter
The Slim Fifties + DJs'til Late
Sts Plays One Of Bristol's Iconic Venues!
A brand new strain of idiocy, fun and chaos...
Beardyman performs at Thekla
The Groove Den
Award winning Blues singer-songwriter plays Bris
Legends have been heard
Ethiopian funk musi
Live New Orleans-style blues & boogie
Hellfire Video Club vs 20th Century Flicks
Funk From The Trunk presents The Nextmen
Mr Tea and the Minions+Mama Nice at Grain Barge!
Freshest, most cutting edge pop and R&B colective
The Blue Funk Trio + Papa Moomin
Bedmo Disco 008
Lakota W/ Mala, Joker, Last Japan + More
Presented by Trinity'ranging from sweet and sou
Northern Soul original 7" vinyl
Coochie Club + Big Chief Weird Bird
Funk, Latin, Soul + Ska
Come join the party!
20 musicians, 20 Bedminster venues
Pre-Xmas Party with GeeBaby I Love You
Raleigh Ritchie performs at Thekla
DJ Dr J (Ujima Radio) playing World Music
Boca 45's 7" Special
100% phonographic funk
Are You ready to storm through the party like you
Groovin' Live music from 8pm
Percussion - warmth - groove - drinks
Weekly Jazz Trios 7pm-9.30pm
Guest MCs and musicians join the rhythm
Live Classic Funk & Soul
Big Band. Big Sound.
The Jazz Funk Soul Society
Shambolique, DJ Waggles and Mama Jerk + the Ladyf
+ The Righteous Rapmaster Capsule
Interpretive Dance Competition and Bison gig
Kicking off of the festivities!
Bump Club Presents Monthly Night Of Fun On Skates
Spinning Northern Soul on the decks!
Live Funked up Dance Music
Three finely tuned voices
The 8 piece Chicago based Brass Ensemble return!
On the twelfth day of Christmas Craig Charles.
Bristol's longest running house night!
EazeUp @ Basement 45
A Skillz, Krafty Kuts, Dub Boy & Tenja + way more
Rhyme & Reason present you UK hip hop's finest.
Joyful jazzer and super-soulful
West African percussion, dub-style bass lines and
New Orleans jazz and classic soul
Fringe Jazz Christmas Special
Paul Bradley, Jimi Can, Chandra Moon!
genuine star quality
Live Music Event - House, neurofunk, acoustic
+ Traps + DJ Asbo
World Beat Fusion
The Imprints Duo
Bristol Sounds / Ambush And Recreo Album Launch
+ The Real Kings of Spain plus DJs'til late
funky party time
Funk and jazz
All the soul of great R'n'B
The Best Nye Party Bristol Has To Offer
Sip the Juice & Rockit Science
Slamboree Soundsystem // Dutty Moonshine // Howla
Rock & Roll Circus Last year's New Years party at
Teen movie documentary, Q&A and after party
Authentiq Presents Kenny Ken + Many More!
British Americana from The Rosellys (full Band)
Bristol Music competitions for Teens - TeenStar