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
Lionesque, Maddy & The Hatters, Raffaella
With Fat Pedro
Modal funk jazz
Maxsta Rascals Dapz On The Map Realz
Caribbean music run through a 21st Century filter
Part Of The Bbc Bristol Gig Crawl!
The UK's most independent festival, over 2 days..
Gilles Peterson, Hot 8 Brass Band & Mr Benn
With Skata Tones
Bass Kitchen presents Kraymon on 1 August @ Tb2
Northern soul, 60 club soul & r&b, mod jazz
Be There or Be Square.
World music and dance from Senegal
Soul, Jazz, Blues
100% phonographic funk
Summer beach party
Live New Orleans style rhythm'n'blues
Mr. Boombastic hits up Bristol!!!
Bristol Soul Collective
Free live music
Celebrating Jamaican Independence day with Myrna
Ali George, The Great Sea Choir & Dexter Selboy
An All Day Party With Bbq Jerk Chickaaann
Feat. Golden Boys & DJ Remi
Heretic Beers are taking over Small Bar's taps
Hip Hop Session
Crofters Rights Summer Extravaganza!
Funk, Soul, Jazz & Latin
Deep funk, crossover, modern soul & boogie
Breakbeat, Drum & Bass, Bass Music, Breaks
Afrobeat, Funk, Boogaloo, D&B
Molly Miranda King Quartet
Blues, Soul, Folk
Easton's newest Funk Jam!
+ Paper Beats Scissors
It's not about the DJ's....
Live Soul Band
Drum & Bass / Dubstep / Bass / Beats / Vinyl
Voodoo swamp, rhythm & blues, soul & funk
Live Funk Soul Band
Motown, Soul and Funk at The Lanes!
12pm - 8pm street party in Easton!
Steve Rice & John Stapleton
Marie Lister & James Ladd
A fun affordable family festival
Pardon My French 5th Birthday
Bristol Singing Auditions - Open Mic UK
Live Soul Jazz
Pete Molinari performs at The Louisiana
Dephicit (ft. Summer Bright) & Jenova Collective
Reggae, Dub, D&B
With Dale Howard and Low Steppa
High Blood Fresher
Motown, Soul & Funk at The Lanes
Meet Wwe/wwf Legends Too Cool And Rikishi!
Caribou + Jessy Lanza
Mogwai + loads more