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

FRIDAY 27TH MARCH
James Morton @ No.1 Harbourside, Bristol

Ne of the best players to come out of the region

Kimmie Rhodes & Awna Teixeira @ St George's

Promoted by St George's Bristol

Manana @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Newbolds + Big Chief Weird Bird and Papa Moomin

The Asbo Disco @ The Attic Bar, Bristol

Ft. Eva Lazarus & Papa B + House Of Commoners

The Bowie Experience @ Bierkeller, Bristol

World Class David Bowie Tribute Act

The Bowie Experience @ Bristol Bierkeller

A real tribute to the original

Cubana @ Lakota, Bristol

Zinc, Yasmin & Special Guest

Soul Shakin' @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

Ben Summers + Northern Soul girl Levanna Mclean

SATURDAY 28TH MARCH
Doreen Doreen @ Fiddlers, Bristol

The best (and funniest!) cover versions!

Big Night Out: Fergie Dj @ Pryzm, Bristol

Fergie, a DJ of international standing

Boca 45 Album Launch @ The Big Chill Bar

Dig, Eat, Beats, Repeat Album Launch

DJ Skint @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

100% phonographic funk

Fat Lip Vs Deadbolt Wild West @ The Lanes Bristol

Are You Ready To Storm Through The Party Like

Scene With A Groove @ Www.amoebaclifton..co.uk

Funk / Disco / Afro Latin / Jazz, House & Beats

SUNDAY 29TH MARCH
Dub Mafia, Sian Evans- Kosheen @ Full Moom & Attic Bar.

A Frack-Free Festival (family friendly!)

MONDAY 30TH MARCH
Songsmith @ Mr Wolf's, Bristol

SongSmith @Mr Wolf's

TUESDAY 31ST MARCH
The Hat Club @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Lion Ink + DJs'til Late

WEDNESDAY 1ST APRIL
Beth Hart @ Colston Hall @ Bristol Colston Hall

Beth Hart plays Colsten Hall for her 2015 tour

Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 2ND APRIL
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and Jam with a great house band!

Leslie Howard Via Cruces @ St George's

Promoted by St George's Bristol

The Sine Waves @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Sci-fi instrumental surf

The Night Bus @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Exchange bus tickets for booze

[gorilla Tactics] Jellyhead @ Lakota, Bristol

Easter Bank Holiday Ft. 4 Boomtown Venues

FRIDAY 3RD APRIL
John Fairhurst @ The Kingsdown Wine Vaults

Handpicked tunes - the Mississippi to the Ganges

Rumjig @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Born in a Barn + Mako and The Hawk & Rat-a-tat

Code Of The Streets @ Basement 45 8 Frogmore St

Code of the Streets 11th Anniversary Party

Soul Shakin' @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

Ben Summers + Northern Soul girl Levanna Mclean

SATURDAY 4TH APRIL
Mr Tea+the Minions Birthday!!! @ Mr Wolfs

Mr Tea and the Minions+Skata Tones + DJ's til 4!

Rhyme & Reason @ The Exchange, Bristol

Lady Leshurr / Mr Woodnote / Jman ++

Department S Present Hidden @ The Lanes Bristol

Legendary Indie/Mod Club Might'Department S' Wit

DJ Skint @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

100% phonographic funk

Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

60's Funk, RnB, Northern Soul

Magic Hatstand @ Basement 45, Bristol

I never knew wearing a lampshade was such fun ;)

SUNDAY 5TH APRIL
Easter: Land Of The Giants @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Support from Ben Powles + Big Chief Weird Bird

The Bru Shanks Album Launch @ The Mothers' Ruin

Once you're chock-full of choc, get freaky!

Banjax 3rd Birthday @ Lakota, Bristol

With Prok & Fitch and Scott Diaz

MONDAY 6TH APRIL
Songsmith @ Mr Wolf's, Bristol

SongSmith @Mr Wolf's

WEDNESDAY 8TH APRIL
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

The Pushy Doctors @ The Mall Pub Clifton

Andy Sheppard & The Doctors

THURSDAY 9TH APRIL
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and Jam with a great house band!

Plaque-02 @ Cosies Wine Bar, Bristol

Electronic/roots/dub/funk/soul

FRIDAY 10TH APRIL
Bunty: Multimos // Live Show @ Th Trinity Centre

Epic audio visual feast from Kassia Zermon best k

Fat Hat Presents: @ Crofters Rights, Bristol

Cut Capers, Major Triadz & Bison Theory

The Blues Alive - New Orleans @ The Stag & Hounds

A night of New Orleans rhythm'n'blues

The Slimline Shufflers @ The Stag & Hounds

A night of New Orleans r'n'b, funk & soul...

The Tune Factory @ The Mothers Ruin, Bristol

W/ Frogbelly And Symphony - My Octopus Mind

Soul Shakin' @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

Ben Summers + Northern Soul girl Levanna Mclean

SATURDAY 11TH APRIL
Dan Walsh/the Highway Home @ The Kingsdown Wine Vaults

One of the finest banjo players in the UK...

Popes Of Chillitown @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ Normanton Street + DJ Vallee

The Slimline Shufflers @ The Bootlegger

A night of live New Orleans rhythm'n'blues

Department S Present @ The Lanes Bristol

Legendary Indie/Mod club might'Department S'

DJ Skint @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

100% phonographic funk

Raiders Of The Lost Aardvark @ 1775, Bristol

Jungle/ravecore/old Skool/breakcore

WEDNESDAY 15TH APRIL
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 16TH APRIL
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and Jam with a great house band!

The Damn Busters 3 @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

Jump-Up Blues and Motown feat Kirris Riviere

Tom Holder And The Railway @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

Sleepers + The Midnight Tides + DJ Vallee

FRIDAY 17TH APRIL
Burgess & Slide/rebecca Philip @ The Kingsdown Wine Vaults

Folk,country&blues from these stellar musicians

Casa Del Vibe @ The Exchange, Bristol

Anything goes party music.

Soul Shakin' @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

Ben Summers + Northern Soul girl Levanna Mclean

SATURDAY 18TH APRIL
'doc' Stenson & Paul Godden @ The Kingsdown Wine Vaults

A HonkyTonk,Country,Bluesy,Cajun,RocknRoll party

Beatroots Bristol Launch Party @ The Crofters Rights

Festival Style Beats, Brass and Bass.

Department S Present Ic1's @ The Lanes Bristol

Department S Club Night with live music from IC1'

DJ Skint @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

100% phonographic funk

SUNDAY 19TH APRIL
WEDNESDAY 22ND APRIL
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

THURSDAY 23RD APRIL
Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and Jam with a great house band!

Omar Don't Scare @ Mr Wolfs, Bristol

+ The GP3 + DJ Benjamin Michael

FRIDAY 24TH APRIL
Hellfire Video Club @ The Cube, Bristol

Double-bill of vicious 60's hippie flicks!

Slim's Pickings #17 @ Leftbank, Bristol

A night of New Orleans rhythm'n'blues

Some 41 @ Take 5 Caf, Bristol

Bristol's sauciest untapped sounds

The Roaring Trowmen @ The Kingsdown Wine Vaults

Sea shanties and songs of the deep...

The Tune Factory Presents... @ The Mothers Ruin

Feivel - Skilla - Laura Sutherland

Soul Shakin' @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

Ben Summers + Northern Soul girl Levanna Mclean

SATURDAY 25TH APRIL
Kit Hawes And Aaron Catlow @ The Kingsdown Wine Vaults

2/5s of Sheelanagig playing traditional folk!

Pre-summer Blowout @ The Golden Lion, Bristol

First Degree Burns/The 45s/Idles

The Gearfest Warehouse Party @ Secret Warehouse

Warehouse party for the Gearfest warmup Party

DJ Skint @ The Gallimaufry, Bristol

100% phonographic funk

SUNDAY 26TH APRIL
WEDNESDAY 29TH APRIL
Left Bank Open Mike @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and share your talent with us.

The Littlest Birds,nuala Honan @ The Stag & Hounds

& Jim Evans. An eve of Transatlantic Folk Music

THURSDAY 30TH APRIL
Brass Junkies @ The Coronation Tap, Bristol

Funky jazz New Orleans Brass Band

Jack Baldus Ep Launch @ The Golden Lion

Funk/Rare Groove/Jazz-Funk

Left Bank Jam Band @ Leftbank, Bristol

Come and Jam with a great house band!

SATURDAY 2ND MAY
Department S Present The Kinda @ The Lanes Bristol

Legendary Indie/Mod Club Night'Department S' Wit

Go Go Children @ Fiddlers, Bristol

60's Funk, RnB, Northern Soul

FRIDAY 8TH MAY
After Dark Presents: Tremor @ Motion, Bristol

Tremor Soundsystem & AfterDark @ Motion

SUNDAY 17TH MAY
WEDNESDAY 20TH MAY
Frathouse - Kinoco Hotel (jap) @ Stag & Hounds

All Gal Japanese Garage R'n'R aGoGo

FRIDAY 22ND MAY
Hold Tight Launch: Howla//akov @ Basement 45

Multigenre Madness/DnB/Glitchhop/Ghettofunk

SATURDAY 23RD MAY
Love Saves The Day 2015 @ Tba, Bristol

We are back for another love-fulled-festival

Contraband Circus! @ The Black Swan, Bristol

Ed Cox / E-coli / Vinyl Junkie b2b Rachael EC

THURSDAY 28TH MAY
Rkos @mr Wolf's @ Mr Wolf's, Bristol

Part of the big Wolf move at our fave venue

FRIDAY 29TH MAY
Bathfest 2015 @ Bath Racecourse, Ba1 9bu

Two-day music festival with 10,000 people!

SATURDAY 30TH MAY
Basti Ram Fundraiser @ Kuumba Center, Bristol

Cheeky Gypsy Party music! Balkan/Ska/Swing/Dub



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