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

MONDAY 3RD AUGUST
Songsmith @ Mr Wolf's, Bristol

SongSmith @Mr Wolf's

TUESDAY 4TH AUGUST
Acoustic Night With @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Ben Cipolla + MagZen + Manu

Open Mic @ Grain Barge, Bristol

Cosy space, friendly host, all styles welcome!

WEDNESDAY 5TH AUGUST
John Pratt Trio @ The Canteen, Bristol

No Go Stop's hard-funking tenor sax man calls the

Lmp: Three Step Manoeuvre @ The Steam Crane

Living Music Presents: Three Step Manoeuvre

THURSDAY 6TH AUGUST
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

Green Guava Jelly @ The Mothers' Ruin

StrictlyVinyl.R&B-Rocksteady-Ska-Soul-Punk

FRIDAY 7TH AUGUST
Frathouse Present The Kaams @ Stag & Hounds

The Kaams (italy) Plus Joe James & The Pariahs

Locomotives @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ The Paradimes + Mako & the Hawk + Rat-a-tat-tat

Victoria Klewin & The Trutones @ The Golden Lion

Vocally Driven Soul, Jazz & Blues

SATURDAY 8TH AUGUST
Alice Wild @ Rose Of Denmark, Bristol

Amazing Singer, Not To Miss!

The Sweetchunks Band @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ The Alley-Cat Kings + DJ Vallee

Come Down With Me Day Party 08 @ The Bell

Come Down With Me Day Party 08.08 @ The Bell [fre

Mojo/late Nite Natives @ The Big Chill Bar

John and Steve on the Wheels of Steel

SUNDAY 9TH AUGUST
MONDAY 10TH AUGUST
Canteen Hip Hop Session @ The Canteen, Bristol

Guest MCs and musicians join the rhythm section o

TUESDAY 11TH AUGUST
Open Mic @ Grain Barge, Bristol

Cosy space, friendly host, all styles welcome!

WEDNESDAY 12TH AUGUST
Ben Jordan @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

If you're ever down in Cornwall and catch the sou

Calamity Poets @ The Louisiana, Bristol

Folk/ska/gypsy/funk/blues/dub music!

Unofficial Boomtown Pre-party! @ Crofters Rights

Souldja(Austria)+Mr Tea+Minions+Bucucrasu+More!!!

THURSDAY 13TH AUGUST
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

The Floating Bridges @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Sean Heath + Anonymous Sound + DJ Alfie

FRIDAY 14TH AUGUST
Session One @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

It's funky party time whenever Session One hit th

Bedmo Disco/rockit Science @ The Big Chill Bar

Bedminster's finest plate-spinners

SATURDAY 15TH AUGUST
Celestine @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Vocal diva Celestine brings a classic gospel/soul

Seth Lakeman @ Nt Tyntesfield, Bristol

Seth Lakeman heads to Tyntesfield

SUNDAY 16TH AUGUST
TUESDAY 18TH AUGUST
Mike Dennis @ Mr Wolf's, Bristol

The rapping violinist

Open Mic @ Grain Barge, Bristol

Cosy space, friendly host, all styles welcome!

WEDNESDAY 19TH AUGUST
THURSDAY 20TH AUGUST
Cazal @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Take contemporary folk and blues merged into soul

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

Syd Arthur @ Exchange, Bristol

Syd Arthur @ Exchange, Bristol

Green Guava Jelly @ The Mothers' Ruin

StrictlyVinyl.R&B-Rocksteady-Ska-Soul-Punk

FRIDAY 21ST AUGUST
Temwa Presents... Monsterpiece @ The Big Chill Bar

One of Temwa's classic takeover nights.

SATURDAY 22ND AUGUST
Boca 45 Presents 45 Live @ The Big Chill Bar

Boogie Caf Records in the Study

SUNDAY 23RD AUGUST
TUESDAY 25TH AUGUST
James Paton @ The Canteen, Bristol

Well-established Bristol drummer James Paton has

Open Mic @ Grain Barge, Bristol

Cosy space, friendly host, all styles welcome!

THURSDAY 27TH AUGUST
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

Can't Touch This! @ Queen Shilling

A Ladiyfest Bristol Feminist Disco!

FRIDAY 28TH AUGUST
Alfresco Disco/ccc @ The Big Chill Bar

Secret Party Specialists

SATURDAY 29TH AUGUST
Mango Factory @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Fat Horns, Tight Rhythms, Latino Funky!!!

The Good, The Bad & The Funk @ No.1 Harbourside

Thats'Bad' as in'Baaaaaad' and'Funk' as in'Wh

SUNDAY 30TH AUGUST
Soulworks @ The Big Chill Bar, Bristol

2 Floor Bank Holiday Takeover

WEDNESDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER
THURSDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

Green Guava Jelly @ The Mothers' Ruin

StrictlyVinyl.R&B-Rocksteady-Ska-Soul-Punk

FRIDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER
Gearfest Festival @ Usk, Monmouthshire

Gearfest 2015 - 4th - 6th September

Bump Roller Disco @ The Trinity Centre

Bump Club Presents Monthly Night Of Fun On Skate

SATURDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER
Jump Around @ Bristol Folk House, Bristol

Afternoon Shindig for Babies, Toddlers & GrownUps

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas @ The Trinity Centre

Legendary Motown icon with a full 8-piece live ba

Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

60's Soul, Funk, Rhythm & Blues!

SUNDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER
Bristol Singing Auditions Op @ Tobacco Factory

Bristol Singing Auditions Open Mic Uk 2015

Bristol Singing Competition @ Tobacco Factory

Bristol Singing Competition Open Mic Uk 2015

Bristol Music Competition @ Tobacco Factory Bs3 1tf

Bristol Music Competition Open Mic Uk 2015

THURSDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

FRIDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER
The Scribes @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Award winning Hip-Hop

SUNDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER
Li'l Bumpers Roller Disco @ The Trinity Centre

Sunday each month Family roller-disco sessions

THURSDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

Green Guava Jelly @ The Mothers' Ruin

StrictlyVinyl.R&B-Rocksteady-Ska-Soul-Punk

SATURDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER
Homegrown Festival @ Wick Court, Bristol

Music Festival/ Art Exhibition/Pop-Up Feast

THURSDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

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

FRIDAY 2ND OCTOBER
Dub Mafia @ Exchange, Bristol

Dub mafia @ Exchange, Bristol

Dub Mafia @ Exchange, Bristol

Dub Mafia @ Exchange

SATURDAY 3RD OCTOBER
SATURDAY 10TH OCTOBER
Kick In The Crotchet @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Kicking Pop music right where it hurts!

THURSDAY 15TH OCTOBER
Siena Root (se) Stubb & More @ The Stag And Hounds

Heavy Acid, Desert Stoner, Psych Rock

SATURDAY 17TH OCTOBER
Soul Destroyers @ Fiddlers, Bristol

HugeClassicSoulFunGrooveFunkBandThang

In:motion Presents Bonobo @ Motion, Bristol

With Mount Kimbie, Alexander Nut & Josey Rebelle

SATURDAY 24TH OCTOBER
In:motion Presents Subsoul @ Motion, Bristol

Huxley, Waze & Odyssey, Bodhi, Arkist

SATURDAY 31ST OCTOBER
Halloween Party @ Begbrook Social Club

Join The Treasury Band on Halloween Night for an



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