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 jazz, traditional board games, hearty roasts
Chuman's new band + Homme + Sediment
Really the Blues at the Bag o' Nails
Ft Elly O'Keefe / Danielle Celeste / Len Liechti
& The Great Sea Choir
Jfs Presents: Jam Night At The Big Chill
Plume - When this gem of a jazz funk trio turned
& Jim Evans. An eve of Transatlantic Folk Music
Funky jazz New Orleans Brass Band
The Groove Den
With - Morgan & Knapp + Papa Moomin
+ The Going Goods + Mako & The Hawk
Get on your skanking shoes on
Deep Space Presnts - Amoss , Dbr Uk , T I
A mighty fine mashup of all tingz Swing.
8th Birthday Hoedown! Oink! Oink!
James Graham Duo
+ Funk Soul Brothers +Anonymous Sound
Legendary Indie/Mod Club Night'Department S' Wit
60's Funk, RnB, Northern Soul
A MaGiCaL ColliSiOn Of HoUsE mUsIc + SiLLy HaTs!
Cocktails, Dancing & Immersive Entertainment
With: Manushka + Immigrant swing
Turntablized jazz, funk, dnb, electro Sunday vibe
Check it out party people because boy do we have
Elizabeth Cornish + Harry Vinnicombe
+ Saskia Maxwell
Freak-Funk, Tropical, R&B, Tittyshakers : Vinyl
+ Biff Bang Pow + DJ Alfie
Tremor Soundsystem & AfterDark @ Motion
Contemporary urban art auction
+ Kuwarto + DJ Vallee
+ Live Support + Dave Remix
Forget sleazy rockers from Essex - this is an 8-
Waxmouse + Paulo Fernandez
Thee Manatees + DJ Blindbat
Ice Cream Van Soundsystem
+ The Macaco Project + Rat-A-Tat-Tat
Free Street Party
All Gal Japanese Garage R'n'R aGoGo
Tripple header of experimental Pop/Rock/Electro
Jazz/hip-hop tinted soul
DJ Rory Smith
+ Swamp Grass + Sam Fearon + Papa Moomin
We are back for another love-fulled-festival
Huge Vegan Fair! Featuring Ltj Bukem, Alfredo....
Ed Cox / E-coli / Vinyl Junkie b2b Rachael EC
+ The Real King(s) of Spain + Benjamin Michael
Featuring Victoria Klewin & special guests
Two-day music festival with 10,000 people!
+ Shambolique + Tear it up with Benjamin Michael
Cheeky Gypsy Party music! Balkan/Ska/Swing/Dub
Europe's premiere Talking Heads Tribute Act
60's Funk, RnB, Northern Soul
Mini Festival In The Heart Of Bristol