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

SUNDAY 26TH OCTOBER
Arq: Alison Rayner Quintet @ Hen & Chicken

Led By Bass Player Alison Rayner, 'arq' Play Melo

MONDAY 27TH OCTOBER
The Lanes' Open Mic Night @ The Lanes, 22 Nelson St

Weekly Open Mic - Free Drink For Performers

TUESDAY 28TH OCTOBER
Wide Eyes W/ Bontan @ Thekla @ Thekla, Bristol

Wide Eyes 031 at Thekla Bristol - Bristol 28.10

WEDNESDAY 29TH OCTOBER
We Love Wednesdays @ The Big Chill Bar

Wednesday Night Goodness From Felix Joy & Co.

THURSDAY 30TH OCTOBER
Backdoor Band @ Cornubia, Temple Street

Rhythm and Blues, Heart and Soul

FRIDAY 31ST OCTOBER
The Destroyers @ The Old Malt House, Bristol

Destroyers+Mr Tea and the Minions+Jolly Rodger

World Government @ Be.in Bristol, Bristol

Lining-up draws on a large pool of professionals

Funk And Soul Club @ The Lanes Bristol

Funk and Soul Club return for Halloween.

Funk And Soul Club Halloween @ The Lanes Bristol

Funk and Soul Club return for Halloween.Funk and

Rumble On The Radio Soundclash @ The Old Stillage

Hallaween Party w/ Ujimas DJ Mistry

Soul Shakin' With Ben Summers @ The Gallimaufry

Northern Soul original 7" vinyl

Trojan Measure @ Timbuk2, Bristol

House/Bass in the main room. Rm 2 - Disco

SATURDAY 1ST NOVEMBER
Crinkle Cuts @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

The Joe Boyd Trio + Cow Tippa & DJ Hiphopapotamus

The Inexplicables @ The Attic Bar, Bristol

The Inexplicables Full Live Set

Department Club Bristol @ The Lanes Bristol

Hammer Glamour, Halloween Party With Hidden Charm

Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Spinning Northern Soul on the decks!

SUNDAY 2ND NOVEMBER
Chirimoya @ The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Latin Jazz with Tammy Payne

Fireworks Party @ The Trinity Centre, Bristol

Annual fireworks party with food and live music!

Lil Bumpers @ The Trinity Centre, Bristol

Roller disco for kids and families

MONDAY 3RD NOVEMBER
TUESDAY 4TH NOVEMBER
The Delines @ The Tunnels, Bristol, Bristol

New-country/soul group lead by Willy Vlautin

Wide Eyes W/ Artifact @ Timbuk @ Timbuk2

Wide Eyes w/ Artifact @ Timbuk

WEDNESDAY 5TH NOVEMBER
FRIDAY 7TH NOVEMBER
Bread & Butter @ Rwa, Bristol

A daring song cycle celebrating unsung heroes

Chali 2na Of Jurassic 5 @ The Station, Bristol

Chali 2na w/ Babyhead, Eva Lazarus, Snareophobe

Mankala @ Plantation, Bristol

World Roots Dance Music

Shoot The Moon @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Finger Trap + Mako & The Hawk and DJ Carter

Bump Roller Disco @ The Trinity Centre

Bump Club Presents Monthly Night Of Fun On Skates

Hi Life Hi Fi @ The Exchange, Bristol

Mim Suleiman & Bass Clef Live

In:motion - Cirque Du Soul @ Motion, Bristol

Dimitri From Paris, Fkj, Jean Tonique

Swing'n' Tingz 5 @ The Lanes Bristol

Swing n Tingz 5 with Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer,

Swing'n'tingz 5 @ The Lanes, Bristol

With Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer & more

SATURDAY 8TH NOVEMBER
Blender @ The Plough @ Easton, Bristol

All sorts of bass blended

Ella Julian & Friends @ The Steam Crane

Live Music Soul, Funk and Rare Groove

Moore, Moss, Rutter @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

JamSharp & Elizabeth Cornish + DJ Vallee

Wormfood Presents Ma'grass @ The Canteen

Energetic 9-piece from London

Department Present Saint Motel @ The Lanes Bristol

One Of The Hottest Bands Around Saint Motel Play

Department Present Saint Motel @ The Lanes Bristol

One Of The Hottest Bands Around Saint Motel Play

Department Present Saint Motel @ The Lanes Bristol

One Of The Hottest Bands Around Saint Motel Play

MONDAY 10TH NOVEMBER
Jake Clemons @ Thekla, Bristol

Jake Clemons performs at Thekla

THURSDAY 13TH NOVEMBER
FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER
Orchestre Du Montplaisan @ The Canteen

Mainly instrumental but with bits of choir and sc

The Zen Hussies @ Thunderbolt, Bristol

Zen Hussies+Mr Tea and the Minions at Thunderbolt

SATURDAY 15TH NOVEMBER
Temwa's 1920s Ball @ Kings Weston House

A Charity ball raising funds for Temwa

Ella Julian & Friends @ Robin Hood,st Michael Hil

Live Band Soul, Funk and Rare Groove

Soul Ingredients @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Original soul and R'n'B with slick grooves

The Lost Boys Support Tbc @ The Lanes Bristol

Paul Weller Faves The Lost Boys An Ace 4 Piece

SUNDAY 16TH NOVEMBER
Just 3 @ The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Pitch perfect harmony trio

MONDAY 17TH NOVEMBER
TUESDAY 18TH NOVEMBER
Ruth Royall @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Gitta de Ridder + Rockit Science

THURSDAY 20TH NOVEMBER
Arifa @ The Trinity Centre, Bristol

Musical influences from East and West - sumptuous

Ella Julian & Friends @ The Steam Crane,bedminste

Live Band Soul, Funk and Rare Groove

FRIDAY 21ST NOVEMBER
Rumjig @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Jamtidy + DJ Asbo

SATURDAY 22ND NOVEMBER
Joe Driscoll @ Thekla, Bristol

Joe Driscoll performs at Thekla

Kookamunga @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

The Vamos! Band + DJs'til Late

TUESDAY 25TH NOVEMBER
Hihat Live @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

The Slim Fifties + DJs'til Late

THURSDAY 27TH NOVEMBER
Beardyman @ Thekla, Bristol

Beardyman performs at Thekla

Tezeta @ The Canteen, Bristol

Ethiopian funk musi

The Slimline Shufflers @ The Bootlegger

Live New Orleans-style blues & boogie

FRIDAY 28TH NOVEMBER
Fftt Presents The Nextmen And @ The Lanes Bristol

Funk From The Trunk presents The Nextmen

Mr Tea And The Minions @ Grain Barge, Bristol

Mr Tea and the Minions+Mama Nice at Grain Barge!

Wasabi Funk @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

The Blue Funk Trio + Papa Moomin

Resonators @ The Trinity Centre, Bristol

Presented by Trinity'ranging from sweet and sou

SATURDAY 29TH NOVEMBER
Antimatador @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Coochie Club + Big Chief Weird Bird

Raleigh Ritchie @ Thekla, Bristol

Raleigh Ritchie performs at Thekla

THURSDAY 4TH DECEMBER
SATURDAY 6TH DECEMBER
Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Spinning Northern Soul on the decks!

FRIDAY 12TH DECEMBER
Craig Charles Funky Eclectic @ Motion, Bristol

On the twelfth day of Christmas Craig Charles.

Duvet Vous? With Trevor Fung @ The Blue Mountain

Bristol's longest running house night!

FRIDAY 19TH DECEMBER
The House Party Project Part 2 @ Bridgwater Arts Centre

Live Music Event - House, neurofunk, acoustic

SATURDAY 20TH DECEMBER
NEW YEARS EVE!
Mad Hatters Nye Party @ The Square Club

The Best Nye Party Bristol Has To Offer



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