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

FRIDAY 6TH MARCH
Celestine @ Leftbank 6th March @ Leftbank

Celestine @ Leftbank 6th March £3 Entry 8pm

K.o.g & The Zongo Brigade @ Mr Wolfs

+ Malavita + Mako & The Hawk & Rat-A-Tat-Tat

Land Of The Giants @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Rock/Reggae/Ska mash-up from the festival faves

The 45s - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Breezy as anything rock and soul covers band with

Bodywork 1st Birthday @ The Crofters Rights

Presents... Bill Brewster + Banofee Pies

Soul Shakin' @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

Ben Summers + Northern Soul girl Levanna Mclean

Thank Funk It's Friday @ The Lanes Bristol

No better way to get over Christmas and New Years

Tremor Presents... @ Lakota, Bristol

Multi stage, multi genre mash up across 4 rooms

Voodance @ The Exchange, Bristol

VooDance is an Afro-tropical discotheque that com

SATURDAY 7TH MARCH
Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra @ St George's

'Exquisite and Electrifying Performances'

Inspired By Women @ Coexist, Bristol

A night of phat tunes and fresh artwork!

No Go Stop - @ The Canteen, Bristol

The big big sound of Afrobeat coming straight out

Ruzz Guitar's Blues Revue @ The Kingsdown Wine Vaults

With support from Florence Pardoe.

Sam Evans Band @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Circe's Diner + Cow Tippa and Hiphopopotamus

The Zu Zu Men + Support @ Snug, Bristol

Unique, propane driven show that never disappoint

6 Years Of Jungle Syndicate @ The Black Swan

6 Years of Jungle Syndicate Bristol

DJ Skint @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

100% phonographic funk

Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

60's Funk, RnB, Northern Soul

SUNDAY 8TH MARCH
Galli 3rd Birthday Party @ The Gallimaufry

Mo Kolours (DJ set) + Simiah + Mont

TUESDAY 10TH MARCH
WEDNESDAY 11TH MARCH
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

We Love Wednesdays @ The Big Chill Bar

Felix Joy on the 1s and 2s

THURSDAY 12TH MARCH
Cabaret Voltaire Music Night @ The Square Club

Resident electro-swing themed music night

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and Jam with a great house band!

Nat Birchall @ St George's, Bristol

Promoted by St George's Bristol

A Scene With A Groove @ Amoeba, Bs8 4ab

Electronica, Jazz and beyond

FRIDAY 13TH MARCH
Fat Hat Presents... @ Crofters Rights, Bristol

Sounds Of Harlowe + Afro Cluster + Kieran Iguanas

Lovers Rock Soul Lounge @ Snug, 30 Stokes Croft

Open Mic/ Poetry /spoken Word/ Singers

Muff Said @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Misled Truth + DJ Alfie

The Supers - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Molly King's 5-piece soul and funk band

The Supers Funk And Soul Band @ No.1 Harbourside

Smoking hot funk and soul covers band

Satsumas @ Club Cavern, Bristol

Satsumas 001 With Morriachi

Soul Shakin' @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

Ben Summers + Northern Soul girl Levanna Mclean

The Washing Machine @ Cosies, Bristol

Residents + Special Guest

You've Been Served @ The Lanes Bristol

Bringing you a platter of Bristol's best undergro

SATURDAY 14TH MARCH
Lets Polka! @ Left Bank, Bristol

A gypsy Caravan night by Emily Draws

Alexander O'neal @ The Marble Factory

The legendary Alexander O'Neal live

Dave Santos @ The Old Bookshop, Bristol

Nashville Blues, Bluegrass, Rock N Roll

Fat Sandwich @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Gypsy, Swing, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Ska

Papa Le Gal @ Stable Bar, Harbourside, Bristol

Afrobeat, latin, dub, funk / Cider / Free entry

Soul Destroyers @ Fiddlers, Bristol

HugeClassicSoulFunGrooveFunkBandThang

Department S Present @ The Lanes Bristol

Department S Club Night with live music.

DJ Skint @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

100% phonographic funk

Sip The Juice @ The Big Chill Bar, Bristol

Bristol Party Supremos Hit the Big Chill

SUNDAY 15TH MARCH
TUESDAY 17TH MARCH
St Patrick's Day! With Peyote @ Mr Wolfs

+ Lady Luck and the Late Night Players + Rockit

WEDNESDAY 18TH MARCH
Eban Brown @ Bristol Bierkeller, Bristol

Harold Eban Brown is a world-renowned guitarist

Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

We Love Wednesdays @ The Big Chill Bar

Felix Joy on the 1s and 2s

THURSDAY 19TH MARCH
Lauren Bradford - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Ex-patriot singer from the US whose

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and Jam with a great house band!

My Octopus Mind @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Rosie and the Goldbug + DJ Vallee

Nadiah And The Light Fantastic @ The Golden Lion

Soulful blend of Contemporary Jazz, Blues & Latin

FRIDAY 20TH MARCH
Hellfire Video Club @ The Cube, Bristol

Double-bill of 80's"Night of the... " movies!

Organ3man - @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

It all starts with the Hammond organ and Ev Newma

Tropical Tea Party @ Left Bank @ Leftbank

Tropical Tea Party 20th March / 8 till Late / £2

Cirque Du Soul Presents @ Motion, Bristol

Cirque Du Soul Presents Breakbot + Many More

Soul Shakin' @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

Ben Summers + Northern Soul girl Levanna Mclean

SATURDAY 21ST MARCH
Hank Wedel @ The Old Bookshop, Bristol

Irish/American folk/blues/rock n roll

Morgan And Knapp @ The Vittoria, Bristol

Morgan and Knapp @ the Vittoria

The Jackalopes @ The Kingsdown Wine Vaults

Rustic, bluesy acoustic goodness...

Vamos + Support @ Snug, Bristol

Fast-paced High-energy songs

Department S Present Velvet @ The Lanes Bristol

Department S Club Night with live music from

DJ Skint @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

100% phonographic funk

Eddie Adoo @ The Big Chill Bar, Bristol

London-Based Musical All-Rounder

Ninja Tune: Bristol @ The Old Crown Courts

One- Off Ninja Tune Label Showcase

SUNDAY 22ND MARCH
TUESDAY 24TH MARCH
WEDNESDAY 25TH MARCH
Billy Lockett @ Thekla, Bristol

Billy Lockett performs at Thekla

Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

We Love Wednesdays @ The Big Chill Bar

Felix Joy on the 1s and 2s

THURSDAY 26TH MARCH
Berverage Collective @ The Golden Lion

Jazz/Funk/Fusion with some of the best around.

Gogo Penguin+the Duval Project @ Old Crown Courts

A special evening of live music in the Courtroom

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and Jam with a great house band!

Macaco Project @louisiana @ The Louisiana

Neo-soul Macaco Project @ Louisiana

Molly & The Kings - @ The Canteen, Bristol

Molly Miranda King sing silky Jazz and Soul

Sam Dowden @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Velvet Engine + DJs'til Late

Sliced Bread @ Black Swann, Bristol

General Levy - Dubkasm Ft Solo Banton - Lionpulse

FRIDAY 27TH MARCH
James Morton @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Ne of the best players to come out of the region

Kimmie Rhodes & Awna Teixeira @ St George's

Promoted by St George's Bristol

Manana @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Newbolds + Big Chief Weird Bird and Papa Moomin

The Bowie Experience @ Bristol Bierkeller

A real tribute to the original

Cubana @ Lakota, Bristol

Zinc, Yasmin & Special Guest

Soul Shakin' @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

Ben Summers + Northern Soul girl Levanna Mclean

SATURDAY 28TH MARCH
Doreen Doreen @ Fiddlers, Bristol

The best (and funniest!) cover versions!

Big Night Out: Fergie Dj @ Pryzm, Bristol

Fergie, a DJ of international standing

Boca 45 Album Launch @ The Big Chill Bar

Dig, Eat, Beats, Repeat Album Launch

DJ Skint @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

100% phonographic funk

SUNDAY 29TH MARCH
TUESDAY 31ST MARCH
The Hat Club @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Lion Ink + DJs'til Late

WEDNESDAY 1ST APRIL
Beth Hart @ Colston Hall @ Bristol Colston Hall

Beth Hart plays Colsten Hall for her 2015 tour

Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 2ND APRIL
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and Jam with a great house band!

SATURDAY 4TH APRIL
Rhyme & Reason @ The Exchange, Bristol

Lady Leshurr / Mr Woodnote / Jman ++

Department S Present Hidden @ The Lanes Bristol

Legendary Indie/Mod Club Might'Department S' Wit

Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

60's Funk, RnB, Northern Soul

SUNDAY 5TH APRIL
Banjax 3rd Birthday @ Lakota, Bristol

With Prok & Fitch and Scott Diaz

WEDNESDAY 8TH APRIL
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 9TH APRIL
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and Jam with a great house band!

FRIDAY 10TH APRIL
Bunty: Multimos // Live Show @ Th Trinity Centre

Epic audio visual feast from Kassia Zermon best k

SATURDAY 11TH APRIL
Raiders Of The Lost Aardvark @ 1775, Bristol

Jungle/ravecore/old Skool/breakcore

WEDNESDAY 15TH APRIL
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 16TH APRIL
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and Jam with a great house band!

FRIDAY 17TH APRIL
SATURDAY 18TH APRIL
Department S Present Ic1's @ The Lanes Bristol

Department S Club Night with live music from IC1'

WEDNESDAY 22ND APRIL
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 23RD APRIL
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and Jam with a great house band!

FRIDAY 24TH APRIL
Hellfire Video Club @ The Cube, Bristol

Double-bill of vicious 60's hippie flicks!

SATURDAY 25TH APRIL
The Gearfest Warehouse Party @ Secret Warehouse

After Party for the Gearfest Boat Party

WEDNESDAY 29TH APRIL
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 30TH APRIL
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and Jam with a great house band!

SATURDAY 2ND MAY
Department S Present The Kinda @ The Lanes Bristol

Legendary Indie/Mod Club Night'Department S' Wit

SATURDAY 23RD MAY
Love Saves The Day 2015 @ Tba, Bristol

We are back for another love-fulled-festival

Contraband Circus! @ The Black Swan, Bristol

Ed Cox / E-coli / Vinyl Junkie b2b Rachael EC

FRIDAY 29TH MAY
Bathfest 2015 @ Bath Racecourse, Ba1 9bu

Two-day music festival with 10,000 people!

SATURDAY 30TH MAY
Basti Ram Fundraiser @ Kuumba Center, Bristol

Cheeky Gypsy Party music! Balkan/Ska/Swing/Dub



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