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 31ST JULY
Bbc Introwest Pub Crawl @ The Gallimaufry

Lionesque, Maddy & The Hatters, Raffaella

Iluvlive Bristol Lotm Special @ Myu Bar, Pryzm

Maxsta Rascals Dapz On The Map Realz

Kobo Town // Baila La Cumbia @ Fiddlers

Caribbean music run through a 21st Century filter

Rozi Plain + Lady Nade @ The Golden Lion

Part Of The Bbc Bristol Gig Crawl!

FRIDAY 1ST AUGUST
Farmfestival 2014 @ Gilcombe Farm, Bristol

The UK's most independent festival, over 2 days..

Mixradio Terrace Session @ Colston Hall

Gilles Peterson, Hot 8 Brass Band & Mr Benn

Traps @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

With Skata Tones

Bass Kitchen Presents Kraymon @ Timbuk2

Bass Kitchen presents Kraymon on 1 August @ Tb2

Ben Summers @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

Northern soul, 60 club soul & r&b, mod jazz

SATURDAY 2ND AUGUST
Batch Gueye @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

World music and dance from Senegal

DJ Skint @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

100% phonographic funk

Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Spinning Northern Soul on the decks!

WEDNESDAY 6TH AUGUST
The Slimline Shufflers @ The Bootlegger

Live New Orleans style rhythm'n'blues

THURSDAY 7TH AUGUST
Shaggy + Live Band @ Motion Bristol, Bristol

Mr. Boombastic hits up Bristol!!!

FRIDAY 8TH AUGUST
Jazz Jamaica + Myrna Hague @ The Trinity Centre

Celebrating Jamaican Independence day with Myrna

Jessie May Trust Benefit Gig @ The Grain Barge

Ali George, The Great Sea Choir & Dexter Selboy

SATURDAY 9TH AUGUST
Variable Audio Day Party @ No 20 Old Market

An All Day Party With Bbq Jerk Chickaaann

Wormfood @ The Canteen, Bristol

Feat. Golden Boys & DJ Remi

SUNDAY 10TH AUGUST
California Beer Tap Takeover @ Small Bar

Heretic Beers are taking over Small Bar's taps

MONDAY 11TH AUGUST
TUESDAY 12TH AUGUST
FRIDAY 15TH AUGUST
Daggers & Waves E.p Launch! @ The Crofters Rights

Crofters Rights Summer Extravaganza!

Fat Pedro @ The Grain Barge, Bristol

Funk, Soul, Jazz & Latin

Hot Buttered Soul @ The Plough Inn Easton

Deep funk, crossover, modern soul & boogie

Firebreak Summer Sessions @ Timubk2, Bristol

Breakbeat, Drum & Bass, Bass Music, Breaks

SATURDAY 16TH AUGUST
The World Government @ Plantation, Bristol

Afrobeat, Funk, Boogaloo, D&B

SUNDAY 17TH AUGUST
Molly Miranda King Quartet @ The Canteen

Molly Miranda King Quartet

THURSDAY 21ST AUGUST
FRIDAY 22ND AUGUST
Funk Soul Brothers @ The Plough Inn Easton

It's not about the DJ's....

SATURDAY 23RD AUGUST
Djs Finesse & Mynzai - Vinyl @ The Farm, St. Werburghs

Drum & Bass / Dubstep / Bass / Beats / Vinyl

THURSDAY 28TH AUGUST
FRIDAY 29TH AUGUST
Gumbo Show! @ The Plough Inn Easton, Bristol

Voodoo swamp, rhythm & blues, soul & funk

Through The Grapevine @ The Lanes, Bristol

Motown, Soul and Funk at The Lanes!

SATURDAY 30TH AUGUST
Downbeat Melody Street Party @ Bruce Road, Greenbank,

12pm - 8pm street party in Easton!

SUNDAY 31ST AUGUST
Marie Lister & James Ladd @ The Canteen

Marie Lister & James Ladd

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

A fun affordable family festival

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 Singing Auditions @ Tobacco Factory

Bristol Singing Auditions - Open Mic UK

FRIDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER
SUNDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER
Pete Molinari Band @ The Louisiana, Bristol

Pete Molinari performs at The Louisiana

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

Dephicit (ft. Summer Bright) & Jenova Collective

SATURDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER
Banjax @ Lakota, Bristol

With Dale Howard and Low Steppa

THURSDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER
FRIDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER
Through The Grapevine @ The Lanes, Bristol

Motown, Soul & Funk at The Lanes

SATURDAY 4TH OCTOBER
Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Spinning Northern Soul on the decks!

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

Meet Wwe/wwf Legends Too Cool And Rikishi!

FRIDAY 24TH OCTOBER
SATURDAY 25TH OCTOBER


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