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

SUNDAY 14TH FEBRUARY
Bbc6 Fringe Ft. Pete Bernard @ The Canteen

Bbc6music Festival Fringe Ft. Pete Bernard/the Ca

Chirimoya At The Alma @ Alma Tavern And Theatre

R&B Classics in latin jazz style

Jazz & Blues Trio @ Leftbank, Bristol

Tba / Free Entry / 8pm - 1am

Lady Nade Live @ 5:30pm @ The Eldon House Bs82pb

Soul, Blues & A Cracking Voice!

MONDAY 15TH FEBRUARY
Milk Poetry @ Halo, Bristol

Gold top poetry for the masses.

Songsmith @ Mr Wolf's, Bristol

SongSmith @Mr Wolf's

TUESDAY 16TH FEBRUARY
Stop Making Sense Film @ The Crofters Rights

Stop Making Sense Film Screening + DJ Set

Iluvlive Bristol @ Snug, Bristol

Beverly Shrills William The Conquered

Wide Eyes W/ Mosca @ Thekla, Bristol

Bristol's No.1 weekly underground event

Wide Eyes W/mosca @ Thekla, Bristol

Bristol's weekly underground club night

WEDNESDAY 17TH FEBRUARY
Buried Sunshine @ Hamilton House, Bristol

Performance/Storytelling/Lecture

Chris Powell & Fiona Barrow @ No.1 Harbourside

Here come two exceptional players who can switch

The Schmoozenbergs @ The Square Club, Bs8 1hb

Cabaret Voltaire presents The Schmoozenbergs

THURSDAY 18TH FEBRUARY
James Ladd & Jon Short @ No.1 Harbourside

There's an earthy grounding to the way that James

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Funk and Soul Jam every Thursday! 8PM - 1AM

Macaco Project @ The Canteen, Bristol

Fronted by Kate Mac's soulful vocals and MC Lyfly

FRIDAY 19TH FEBRUARY
Beans On Toast @ The Attic Bar, Bristol

Beans on Toast - Attic Bar

Trip The Switch @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Here's a rather poptastic combination of soul, fu

Concrete Bass @ The Black Swan 19th Feb

Jungle and d&b all night a night not to miss

Happy Daze @ Lakota, Bristol

Super Smash Bonus Level

SATURDAY 20TH FEBRUARY
And The Wasters [re]launch! @ The Golden Lion

Folk-Punk/Balkan/Ska crew back with new name!

The Soulshack @ The Blue Lagoon, Bristol

Pumping live soul and funk

Better Grooves @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

Centre For Better Grooves DJs

Department S Club Night @ The Lanes Bristol

Legendary Bristol club night Department S with J

SUNDAY 21ST FEBRUARY
Jazz & Blues Trio @ Leftbank, Bristol

Edmunds, Brown and Henderson /Free Entry/8pm-1am

Molly And The Kings @ The Square Club, Bs8 1hb

Velvet Sundays: Molly and the Kings

MONDAY 22ND FEBRUARY
Filabusta Ft. James Paton @ The Old Market Assembly

Filabusta celebrates the brightest of Bristol's

Songsmith @ Mr Wolf's, Bristol

SongSmith @Mr Wolf's

WEDNESDAY 24TH FEBRUARY
James Morton Soul Jazz Club @ The Square Club, Bs8 1hb

Bristol's esteemed sax player plays at The Square

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

Funk and Soul Jam every Thursday! 8PM - 1AM

FRIDAY 26TH FEBRUARY
George Mabuza Group - @ The Old Market Assembly

This superstar combo of Bristolian jazzers is an

Radical Dance Faction/military @ Kuumba

Thats Right, Dub-punk Legends Rdf (ex Military Su

Shanty @ The Canteen, Bristol

Nothing lifts the soul like horn-heavy reggae and

Wasabi @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Take a classic funk bass and spice it up with a p

Bodywork 2nd Birthday @ Crofters Rights

The Steam Room with Sleazy Beats + Admin & Yanis

Shak Out 2nd Birthday @ Lakota & Coroners Court

Grime/Reggae/Dub/Garage/Hip-Hop/Jungle/Bass

We Like To Party @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Funk / House / Disco / Hip Hop - Payday Party

SATURDAY 27TH FEBRUARY
Amadou Diagne & Group Yakar @ Southbank Club

Music and art entwined in vibrant show

Cut Capers Album Launch Party @ Fiddlers

+ Mr Tea & The Minions / No Go Stop / DJ Smerin

The High Fives @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Seriously hard grooves, funked up to the max. Awe

The Pheonix River Band @ The Golden Lion

Country rock , R&B and Blues

Better Grooves @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

Centre For Better Grooves DJs

SUNDAY 28TH FEBRUARY
Jazz & Blues Trio @ Leftbank, Bristol

Tba / Free Entry / 8pm - 1am

The Damn Busters @ The Square Club, Bs8 1hb

Velvet Sundays: The Damn Busters

WEDNESDAY 2ND MARCH
Cabaret Voltaire @ The Square Club, Bristol

6-piece soul-hop collective - Feelgood Experiment

THURSDAY 3RD MARCH
Beat Den"jam" @ The Golden Lion

Hip Hop, Jazz, Reggae, Funk, Soul Jam

FRIDAY 4TH MARCH
People's String Foundation @ The Golden Lion

Support: The Lonesome Stampede

Tremor Presents Wicked City @ Lakota, Bristol

Feat. Krafty Kuts, Dynamite MC, Skope & more

SATURDAY 5TH MARCH
The Rose-tinted Spectaculars @ The Ship Inn, Bs1

Live rhythm n blues, soul & jazziness

The Soul Strutters @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Funk, Soul, Disco and Rare Groove.

Department S Club Night @ The Lanes Bristol

Legendary Bristol club night Department S

Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Northern Soul, 60's Funk, RnB

SUNDAY 6TH MARCH
March Of The Mods @ The Thekla, Bristol

Music Fundraiser for Teenage Cancer Trust

Mothering Sunday @ The Square Club, Bristol

An afternoon dedicated to treating your mum!

WEDNESDAY 9TH MARCH
Square Sessions @ The Square Club, Bristol

Bristol's best monthly showcase night

THURSDAY 10TH MARCH
Trip The Switch @ The Grain Barge, Bristol

+ Victoria Klewin & The Tru-Tones

SATURDAY 12TH MARCH
Gyptonic @ Kuumba, Bristol

"Welcome to the Jungle"; A participatory photog

Subsesh @ Tunnels, Bristol, Bristol

Real talent straight out of Bristol

SUNDAY 13TH MARCH
The Damn Busters @ The Square Club, Bristol

This Velvet Sunday were joined by the Damn Buster

TUESDAY 15TH MARCH
Sam Evans @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

Fusing soul, funk, blues & reggae

THURSDAY 17TH MARCH
FRIDAY 18TH MARCH
SATURDAY 19TH MARCH
Late Night Tales @ Small Horse Social Club

Groove Armada's Tom Findlay DJ set

SUNDAY 20TH MARCH
Velvet Sundays @ The Square Club, Bristol

Serena E. Dunlop and jazz guitarist Matt Jamess

TUESDAY 22ND MARCH
Berkeley Square Poetry Revue @ The Square Club

The region's wordsmiths perform in our quirky bar

WEDNESDAY 23RD MARCH
THURSDAY 24TH MARCH
The Blast - Bad Company Uk @ Motion, Bristol

Bad Company UK / Pendulum DJ Set / Ivy Lab

FRIDAY 25TH MARCH
We Like To Party @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Funk / House / Disco / Hip Hop - Payday Party

SUNDAY 27TH MARCH
Subsonic Easter Special @ The Crofters

Subsonic goes large! Submarines at the ready!

THURSDAY 31ST MARCH
SATURDAY 2ND APRIL
Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Northern Soul, 60's Funk, RnB

THURSDAY 7TH APRIL
FRIDAY 8TH APRIL
Northern Soul @ The Cube Microplex, Bristol

Screening Quadrophenia then Northern soul till 2

THURSDAY 14TH APRIL
FRIDAY 15TH APRIL
Tremor Presents A.skillz @ The Lanes, Bristol

A Skillz plus support from Tremor Residents

SATURDAY 16TH APRIL
Retro Electro @ The Tunnels Bristol, Bristol

80's Night With Live Band + Dj

THURSDAY 21ST APRIL
SATURDAY 23RD APRIL
Lazy Habits @ Exchange, Bristol

Lazy Habits - Exchange, Bristol

THURSDAY 28TH APRIL
FRIDAY 29TH APRIL
We Like To Party @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Funk / House / Disco / Hip Hop - Payday Party

We Like To Party @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Funk / House / Disco / Hip Hop - Payday Party

THURSDAY 5TH MAY
SATURDAY 7TH MAY
Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Northern Soul, 60's Funk, RnB

Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Northern Soul, 60's Funk, RnB

THURSDAY 12TH MAY
SATURDAY 14TH MAY
THURSDAY 19TH MAY
FRIDAY 20TH MAY
Bath Music Festival @ 40+ Venues In Bath

Opening of the Bath International Music Festival

Brother Strut @ The Tunnels Bristol, Bristol

Critically Acclaimed Funk Soul Band

SATURDAY 21ST MAY
Nubiyan Twist @ Fleece, Bristol

Nubiyan Twist - EP Launch Show + Afon Sistema @ T



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