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
+ Naila + DJ'til late
Fabulous jazz-hop cocktail
Robbie Jazzworld DJ
Asa & Sorrow Grime/garage/bassline/dnb
Comedy at Riproar
The Bronze Medal + Goan Dogs + Rebecca Clements
Acoustic Dance Music
Formed by some of Bristol's top jazz musicians in
A night of thrilling live blues & rock'n'roll
Acoustic Blues and Swing!
The Flies'live' With Revolver After Party!
Authentiq Presents Kenny Ken + Many More!
Frontin' at Big Chill Bar, Bristol expect Trinida
Tropical Sounds!!!!, Cumbia, Highlife, Afrofunk!!
World & Latin Folk
Dynamic 8 piece brass band
British Americana from The Rosellys (full Band)
The Disasters + N.U.M.B + DJ's Til Late
80s, 90s, 00s classics
+ Amadou Diagne, Area Boys
Folk, Blues and all points in between
Live Music With Muffsaid & Sneak Eazies
Palestine Fundraiser:Muff Said & Sneak Eazies
Folk, Flamenco and Country with Soul
Wah Wah 45s Dom Servini
Deep house music direct from it's birth-place
Are You Ready To Storm Through The Party Like You
A hybrid blend of vintage soul folk and Jazz
& The Slap Ya Mama Big Band
3 hours of live Funk, Soul and Hip Hop
DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist Play Afrika Bambaatta
+ The Thatchers - DJ Mako &The Hawk and Rat-A-Tat
Live Reggae Band
+ Red Eye HiFi + Jonny Steele & Astrosnare
Ninetree Stumblers + Jim Evans
Soul, Funk, Motown
Mr Woodnote ft. Lil Rhys & Eva Lazarus & more
Mr Woodnote ft. Lil Rhys & Eva Lazarus
Balkan Gypsy bands Inc Gypsy Disco soundsytem
+ Lori Campbell + DJ Dad
An evening of a cappella delights!
Live Samba Reggae
Motown infused blues pop and rock
+ Boxcar Joe Strouzer + Leo James
Raw party feeling
Lucky T Jackson play live at Department S club
Indie Pop Night For Lgbt + Friends
60's Soul, Rhythm & Blues, and more!
Bedmo Disco Presents
Tribute to the life & work of the Hip-Hop genius
Steve Folk + Zelah Dave Remix
H. Hawkline performs at The Louisiana
Avalaf is what we do!
Uberphonic boys bring an eclectic night for all
+ Saona + Jarid Clark DJ Alfie
Jazz/Funk Fusion 5 Piece
Crinkle Cuts + Manushka + Komodo + DJ Feline
Alternative Hip-Hop / Soul
& Ruckus Collective
+ Hot Pursuit DJ Alfie
Powercut (Funk From The Trunk) & Residents
For those not taking Valentine's Day seriously!
Special Valentines Set
+ Harry and the Gondolas DJ Vallee
Honeyfeet / Bombs / Simon Panrucker / Count Bobo
Live Jazz Blues
Valentines Day Goodness
Bristol International Festival Official Party
House Techno Disco
Serving Up Rhythm N' Blues, Soul N' Funk And Love
Top UK Jazz Guitarist
Superb Alto Saxophonists returns to Fringe Jazz
Bukahara+Mr Tea and the Minions+Jolly Rodger
6 piece Jazz and Soul
Live Reggae Band
The Dude Abides! Our annual Big Lebowski Fest re
Mashed is an audio visual treat
+ Support Rat-A-Tat-Tat
& The Hail Jamaica Reggae Band
John Stapleton & Steve Rice
Legendary Bristol club night with John The Mod. L
Jape & Special Guests Tba
Come and Jam with a great house band!
Soul and Motown-a full ten piece band
Classic Soul, R&B & Reggae
& The Scallywags + Dry White Bones plus DJs
& Fat Sandwich
Guitar Driven Funk Grooves
45 Live presents Ollie Teeba
Bristol Music competitions for Teens - TeenStar
Larger than Life Israeli saxophonist
Presents... Bill Brewster + Banofee Pies
6 Years of Jungle Syndicate Bristol
Residents + Special Guest
The legendary Alexander O'Neal live
Harold Eban Brown is a world-renowned guitarist
Billy Lockett performs at Thekla
Come and Jam with a great house band!
A real tribute to the original
Beth Hart plays Colsten Hall for her 2015 tour
After Party for the Gearfest Boat Party