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 2ND JULY
Bus Ride @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

The BS7 Monthly Funkdown.

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Jam Band / Every Thursday / Free Entry / 8pm-1am

Lewis Clark @ Jersey Lily, Bristol

Live Acoustic Sessions

The Don Fox Scandal @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Barrow Dog + The Night Bus

The Duval Project @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

James Morton hosts The Groove Den

The Long Pours @ The Fleece, Bristol

The Long Pours headline an evening of Americana

A Scene With A Groove @ Amoeba, Clifton

Jazz, soul, hip-hop, house, afro, latin, electro

FRIDAY 3RD JULY
Jama @ Plantation, Bristol

World Beat Fusion

Matuki And The Doctors Of Rhyt @ Exchange

Matuki And The Doctors Of Rhythm

Medicine Creek Play Live @ The Oxford - Totterdown

Whisky-soaked bluegrass and americana

Stiff Upper Lips @ The Steam Crane, Bristol

Lively four-piece covers band

Traps + Edd Keene @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Mako and the Hawk + Rat-A-Tat-Tat

Artful Dodger @ Pryzm, Bristol, Bristol

UK Garage masters and clubland legends The Artful

Idle Hands @ Cosies, Bristol

Andy Mac (Trilogy Tapes) b2b Chris Farrell (IH)

SATURDAY 4TH JULY
Mama Jerk & The Ladyfingers @ Mr Wolfs

+ Live Support + CowTippa and Hiphopopotamus

Supposed-to-be-st-paul's-party @ The Social Bar & Cafe

DJ Moneyshot spins hip-hop, disco and funk

Cubana Summer Carnival @ Lakota & Coroners Courts

Foreign Beggars, Plastician, Jus Now, Donaeo...

Department S Club Night The Ry @ The Lanes Bristol

Legendary Bristol club night Department S

SUNDAY 5TH JULY
Slow And Low @ The Love Inn, Bristol

Slow & Low Sweet Soul 45s - 8pm start - Free!

MONDAY 6TH JULY
Blue Mondays @ Pata Negra, Bristol

Learn to look and feel good dancing

TUESDAY 7TH JULY
Open Mic @ Grain Barge, Bristol

Cosy space, friendly host, all styles welcome!

WEDNESDAY 8TH JULY
THURSDAY 9TH JULY
Slow And Low: Killajo @ The Pipe And Slippers

Sweet Soul Rare 45s from LA - 9pm start!

My Boogaloo! @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Live RnB, Hot Jazz & Ska with Pete Cunning & Co.

Green Guava Jelly @ The Mothers' Ruin

StrictlyVinyl.R&B-Rocksteady-Ska-Soul-Punk

FRIDAY 10TH JULY
Weapon Of Choice Group Exhibit @ Two's Company, Old Market

Weapon of Choice X Two's Company Group Exhibition

Los Cojones @ The Steam Crane, Bristol

Reggae, blues, soul original and covers

The Gumbo Show Feat Keb Darge @ The Plough Inn Easton

Dancing and go home happy music...

SATURDAY 11TH JULY
Baraka @ Plantation, Bristol

Reggae, Calypso, Blues & Soca

Samson Sounds @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Here's a cool-as-you-like outfit from Glasgow mak

Soul Ingredients @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Powerful Soul, Gospel & Blues. Stax Records Style

Green Guava Jelly @ The Plough Inn, Bristol

StrictlyVinyl.R&B-Rocksteady-Ska-Soul-Punk

The Violent Romantics @ The Lanes Bristol

Legendary Bristol Club Night Department S With Jo

SUNDAY 12TH JULY
Slow And Low: Greg Belson @ The Love Inn

Sweet and Rare Slow Soul 45s - 8pm start

Just 3 @ The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Pitch perfect vocal harmony group!

TUESDAY 14TH JULY
Open Mic @ Grain Barge, Bristol

Cosy space, friendly host, all styles welcome!

WEDNESDAY 15TH JULY
Disaronno Terrace @ The Square Club, Bristol

Rag N Bone Man and Pardon My French

Highway To V Festival Comes To @ Walkabout 40 Corn Street

Win a slot at V Festival this summer!

THURSDAY 16TH JULY
Molly & The Kings @ The Coronation Tap

Upbeat jazz, soul & r'n'b.

The Damn Busters & Friends @ The Golden Lion

Delta Piano Blues fronted by Kirris Riviere

FRIDAY 17TH JULY
Dysfunktional @ The Steam Crane, Bristol

Young and energetic covers band

Shanty @ The Attic Bar, Bristol

Jazz reggae Sessions, DJ Guy, DJ Dad

Thee Ones @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ The Flattones + Asbo

My Boogaloo! DJ's @ The Golden Lion

Pete Cunning & Co spin Reggae & Summer Fun

SATURDAY 18TH JULY
Code Of The Streets @ Basement 45, Bristol

Summer party organized by Ujima Radio

Uri Green & The Seeds @ Plantation

Reggae, Danacehall & DnB

Craig Charles Funk'n' Soul @ Motion

Craig Charles ft. Roy Ayres

Department S Club Night The Mo @ The Lanes Bristol, 22 Nel

Legendary Bristol club night Department s with jo

Funk Soul & Disco @ Meca Swindon, Bristol

Playing the best of classic funk soul & Disco

Moose & Co. DJ's @ The Golden Lion

Soul, Disco & Groove with the Funky Moose!!

TUESDAY 21ST JULY
Open Mic @ Grain Barge, Bristol

Cosy space, friendly host, all styles welcome!

THURSDAY 23RD JULY
Green Guava Jelly @ The Mothers' Ruin

StrictlyVinyl.R&B-Rocksteady-Ska-Soul-Punk

FRIDAY 24TH JULY
Brass Junkies @ The Canteen, Bristol

The Brass Junkies are a dynamic 8 piece brass ban

Death To The Strange @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ NewRising + Zoe Konez + Big Chief Weird Bird

The Supers @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Molly King's 5-piece soul and funk band catch th

Zuri Aura @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Soul Grooves, Skankin' Reggae, Hip Hop, DnB, Afro

Upfest Party @ The Big Chill Bar, Bristol

Invader FM 2 Floor Takeover

SATURDAY 25TH JULY
TUESDAY 28TH JULY
Open Mic @ Grain Barge, Bristol

Cosy space, friendly host, all styles welcome!

THURSDAY 30TH JULY
The First Raitt Band @ The Golden Lion

Tribute to the legendary Bonnie Raitt

FRIDAY 31ST JULY
SATURDAY 1ST AUGUST
London Afrobeat Collective @ Exchange, Bristol

Their name may include the UK's capital but their

Department S Club Night @ The Lanes Bristol

Legendary Bristol Club Night Department S With Jo

Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

60's Soul, Funk, Rhythm & Blues!

TUESDAY 4TH AUGUST
Open Mic @ Grain Barge, Bristol

Cosy space, friendly host, all styles welcome!

THURSDAY 6TH AUGUST
Green Guava Jelly @ The Mothers' Ruin

StrictlyVinyl.R&B-Rocksteady-Ska-Soul-Punk

TUESDAY 11TH AUGUST
Open Mic @ Grain Barge, Bristol

Cosy space, friendly host, all styles welcome!

THURSDAY 13TH AUGUST
SATURDAY 15TH AUGUST
Seth Lakeman @ Nt Tyntesfield, Bristol

Seth Lakeman heads to Tyntesfield

TUESDAY 18TH AUGUST
Open Mic @ Grain Barge, Bristol

Cosy space, friendly host, all styles welcome!

THURSDAY 20TH AUGUST
Syd Arthur @ Exchange, Bristol

Syd Arthur @ Exchange, Bristol

Green Guava Jelly @ The Mothers' Ruin

StrictlyVinyl.R&B-Rocksteady-Ska-Soul-Punk

TUESDAY 25TH AUGUST
Open Mic @ Grain Barge, Bristol

Cosy space, friendly host, all styles welcome!

THURSDAY 27TH AUGUST
THURSDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER
Green Guava Jelly @ The Mothers' Ruin

StrictlyVinyl.R&B-Rocksteady-Ska-Soul-Punk

FRIDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER
SATURDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER
Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

60's Soul, Funk, Rhythm & Blues!

SUNDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER
Bristol Singing Auditions Op @ Tobacco Factory

Bristol Singing Auditions Open Mic Uk 2015

Bristol Music Competition @ Tobacco Factory Bs3 1tf

Bristol Music Competition Open Mic Uk 2015

FRIDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER
The Scribes @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Award winning Hip-Hop

THURSDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER
Green Guava Jelly @ The Mothers' Ruin

StrictlyVinyl.R&B-Rocksteady-Ska-Soul-Punk

FRIDAY 2ND OCTOBER
Dub Mafia @ Exchange, Bristol

Dub Mafia @ Exchange

Dub Mafia @ Exchange, Bristol

Dub mafia @ Exchange, Bristol

SATURDAY 10TH OCTOBER
Kick In The Crotchet @ Fiddlers, Bristol

Kicking Pop music right where it hurts!



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