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

THURSDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER
Lady Rizo Plays The Cube @ The Cube Microplex

Grammy-winning Soul Diva And Chanteuse (nyc)

School Boys Death Trio @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Live Music and Poetry Night

FRIDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER
Woolley Festival @ Merkins Farm, Ba15 2rw

A fun affordable family festival

Soul Shakin' W/ Ben Summers @ The Gallimaufry

Northern soul, 60s club soul & mod jazz

SATURDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER
Mixradio Terrace Sessions @ Colston Hall

Pardon My French 5th Birthday

Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Spinning Northern Soul on the decks!

SUNDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER
Bristol Music Contest @ Tobacco Factory, Bs3 1tf

Bristol Music Contest - Open Mic UK - Coming Soon

Picnic In The Park @ St Werburghs Park

'Picnic in the Park' event in St Werburghs

Bristol Singing Auditions @ Tobacco Factory

Bristol Singing Auditions - Open Mic UK

Lil' Bumpers @ The Trinity Centre

Brand new roller disco for kids and families

TUESDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER
Sound Sessions Kate Dimbleby @ Zion Community Art Space

Sound sessions for voice with Kate Dimbleby

THURSDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER
Sounds On Wax @ The Bell, Bristol

Waxmouse playing soul, world beat & disco records

FRIDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER
Electric Ladyland @ Smoke & Mirrors Bar

Badass Burlesque, GoGo & Grind from CoochieCrunch

Jack Daniel's Birthday @ Pryzm, Bristol

Join us this Friday for our big Jack Daniel's.

SATURDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER
Small Is Festival @ St. George's Concert Hall

Sustainable development and the arts

The Roly Poly Dress Up Club @ The Left Bank

Alternative Clubbing/Multi-media night

Hot 27's @ The Old Stillage, Bristol

The Hot 27s: punk, garage, rock 60's band

Code Of The Streets @ Basement 45, Bristol

Code of the Streets back again @ Basement 45

SUNDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER
Pete Molinari Band @ The Louisiana, Bristol

Pete Molinari performs at The Louisiana

The Slimline Shufflers @ Tobacco Factory

New Orleans-style blues n boogie

TUESDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER
Wide Eyes W/ Boddika @ Lakota @ Lakota

Wide Eyes 025 at Lakota - Bristol 16.09.14

FRIDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER
Swing'n' Tingz 4 @ The Lanes

Dephicit (ft. Summer Bright) & Jenova Collective

SATURDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER
By The Rivers @ The Stag & Hounds, Bristol

Toyface / Jack Cookson / DJ John Stapleton

By The Rivers (acoustic) @ Stag And Hounds

Support from Toyface and Jack Cookson

Banjax @ Lakota, Bristol

With Dale Howard and Low Steppa

TUESDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER
THURSDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER
Superkitchen @ Lakota, Bristol

Powerful stinking rhythms all night long

FRIDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER
Hfvc Presents"the Visitor" @ The Cube

Double-bill of mental 70s car crash cinema

The Carny Villains/john Langan @ The Fleece

The Carny Villains cd launch

Through The Grapevine @ The Lanes, Bristol

Motown, Soul & Funk at The Lanes

SATURDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER
TUESDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER
THURSDAY 2ND OCTOBER
Goat Live! @ The Trinity Centre, Bristol

Swedish masked, tribal, psych rockers

FRIDAY 3RD OCTOBER
DJ Eddie @ The Old Stillage, Bristol

Our house DJ spinning tunes from 80s, 90, 00s

Mr Tea And The Minions @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Gypsy/Ska/Swing/Dub band Mr Tea&Minions+support

Bass Kitchen W/ Serial Killaz @ Timbuk2

Bristol's longest running bass music night!

Tremor's 3rd Birthday Show @ The Lanes

Featuring: Ed Solo, Featurecast, Itchy & Skratchy

SATURDAY 4TH OCTOBER
Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Spinning Northern Soul on the decks!

Rumours W/ Darius Syrossian @ Lakota, Bristol

Rumours Presents Darius Syrossian, Xxxy, Thrilogy

THURSDAY 9TH OCTOBER
Bbf2014: Exclusivity @ Smoke & Mirrors Bar

Opening night for the Bristol Burlesque Festival

FRIDAY 10TH OCTOBER
DJ Rastey @ The Old Stillage, Bristol

Funk, SOul, New Jazz, Disco, Cumbia Latin

Queer, Weird, Wild, & Wired @ Queenshilling

#bbf2014 Those Burlesquers Have Gone Wild Hunty!

Crack Magazine 5th Birthday @ The Old Crown Courts

Free Entry. Erol Alkan, Tim Sweeney +more

SATURDAY 11TH OCTOBER
#bbf2014 Prom Night! @ The Polish Club, Clifton

Final Night of the Bristol Burlesque Festival'14

Jama @ Plantation, Bristol

World Beat Fusion

THURSDAY 16TH OCTOBER
Meet Wwes Too Cool And Rikishi @ Bristol Bierkeller

Meet Wwe/wwf Legends Too Cool And Rikishi!

SATURDAY 18TH OCTOBER
Banjax Presents @ Lakota, Bristol

D Ramirez, Weiss & Cristoph

FRIDAY 24TH OCTOBER
Mr Tea And The Minions @ Golden Lion, Bristol

Minions+Bear Twists+The Convicts+Razzomo

SATURDAY 25TH OCTOBER
In:motion: Subsoul @ Motion, Bristol

Shadow Child, Friend Within, Kidnap Kid & More

FRIDAY 31ST OCTOBER
FRIDAY 7TH NOVEMBER
Hi Life Hi Fi @ The Exchange, Bristol

Mim Suleiman & Bass Clef Live

Swing'n' Tingz 5 @ The Lanes Bristol

Swing n Tingz 5 with Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer,



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