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House Nights in Bristol

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Bristol's House Scene

House music is undoubtedly the star in Bristol’s crown. After decades of lurking in the shadows, a new generation of promoters are giving Bristol’s club scene something unrivalled elsewhere in the UK - nights to be proud of one off and parties that will never be forgotten. It’s taken 20 years, but the tired “Bristol Sound” catch-all has finally been laid to rest, by an unlikely candidate - house music.

Incubated in the basements of Take 5 and Cosies where the likes of Shanti Celeste, Steve Farrell and Hodge played intimate sets, a new approach to house music in Bristol began to blossom. This, coupled with nights like Futureboogie in the city centre, the stage was set for wide-eyed new promoters to take house music out of Bristol’s nightclubs and elevate things to the next level. Drawing inspiration from the unrivalled Alfresco Disco parties and the spectacular Carnyville events, promoters stopped putting on club nights and started throwing parties.

The quest by Bristol’s house promoters to find new spaces to throw parties had led to some of the most spectacular club nights Bristol has ever seen. There was a time when it was just Alfresco Disco tickets that sold out without announcing the venue (or headliners), but amongst Bristol’s innovative house promoters secret locations are becoming commonplace. The Island complex has seen raves thrown in prison cells, courtrooms and the fire station hall where Simple Things became the first to use the entire complex for a single clubnight. Since then, the journey through Bristol’s potential venues has been a joyous one, seeing bank vaults, churches, motorcycle showrooms, wood yards and even basketball courts used as venues for ticketed events.

Shapes are without doubt the runaway success in Bristol’s house story. 2011’s sweaty hedonistic parties showed the Blue Mountain club at it’s best since the Monkey!Knife!Fight! nights of yesteryear. Shapes strike the balance between big-room affairs at Motion, secret location events and inventive one-offs like their Final Frontier party living-up to it’s £40 ticket price.

While the bigger budget promoters like Shapes collaborate with veterans Just Jack and Futureboogie for some truly huge events, Bristol still has a broad spectrum of medium sized events. Dirty Talk continue to draw one of the best party crowds and newcomers like Banoffee Pies and Come Down With Me continue to explore new views. For those who like their club nights intimate - The Doghouse, Cosies and Take 5 are home to some great music-first promoters and Shambarber provides the ultimate soundtrack to any haircut.

what we said in 2010 (then classified as house & techno): While not known as an international hotspot for house and techno clubbing, Bristol has a thriving scene that's looking its healthiest in years. Promoters such as Empathy and Digital are persuing forward-thinking, deep, tech-house in the smaller venues like Dojo's, Timbuk2 and more recently Crash Mansion.

Larger house nights in Bristol include Play! and Monkey Knife Fight, both at The Thekla. Arguably the biggest house nights are found at Motion. Bugged Out! and Just Jack book some seriously big house names with past guests including Claude Von Stroke, Tiefschwarz and Steve Bug..

After the short-lived but glorious Cuisine club nights in 2006-2007 minimal techno in Bristol has, until recently taken a back seat. Morph and Headrush (both at Timbuk2) are the new blood for driving minimal techno in Bristol, refreshingly booking British techno producers (Perc, Bigger Than Jesus, Nathan Fake) but still catching Berlin's smaller names on occasion (Format B, Mark Henning).

Another welcome twist to techno in Bristol has come from an unlikely source. Bristol's take on dub-step has supplied an unexpected vent for cutting edge techno with the success of established nights like Appleblim's Apple Pips the significance of techno's influence on Bristol. Artists such as Pinch, Peverelist and Appleblim are routinely billed alongside dub-techno purveyors Scuba, 2562 and T++.

While few clubs in Bristol are genre exclusive, at certain Bristol venues you're more likely to find house, techno and minimal than others. Timbuk2 and Dojos are your most likely bet, while the Thekla (a boat) and Motion (a skatepark turned club) are always worth checking for the occasional big house and techno event.
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Fri 3rd/03/2017
Old Malt House Loft Space
More Than x Semi Peppered: CloudNine Loft Party
We're decking out an intimate loft space for a party full of disco heat with our friends over at Semi Peppered
Lakota
Parallel Dimensions w/ Pete Heller & Terry Farley
Parallel Dimensions present legends Pete Heller & Terry Farley
Hamilton House
Art classes
Come and enjoy painting, drawing and creating!
Amoeba
Eclectic Beats
DJ Robbie Duncan presents his show exploring the world for Eclectic Beats.
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun
Worldwide rhythms from Soulworks DJs & friends
Sat 4th/03/2017
Dojos
Rhythm Sinners
Special guest Sean McCabe
Thu 9th/03/2017
The Love Inn
From Berlin with Love
From Berlin with Love at The Love Inn!
Fri 10th/03/2017
Basement 45
Simulate Presents: DJ Boring
Get Boring for under a tenner...
Hamilton House
Art classes
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Motion
Hannah Wants
Hannah Wants - PLAY
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun
Worldwide rhythms from Soulworks DJs & friends
Sat 11th/03/2017
Motion
Brunch 808: 90's Day Party
A 90's themed day party with Bristol's best street food traders
Tue 14th/03/2017
Basement 45
SENSE
A night of techno, house and funk all in aid of charity
Fri 17th/03/2017
The Marble Factory
Farmfest Presents:
Nightmares on Wax (DJ Set), Romare (Full Live Band), Bradley Zero...
Basement 45
Noods presents: The Pilotwings
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Cosies
Rough Draft w/ Brian Not Brian (Going Good)
Brian Not Brian//All Night Long//St Patrick's Day Special
Hamilton House
Art classes
Come and enjoy painting, drawing and creating!
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun
Worldwide rhythms from Soulworks DJs & friends
Sat 18th/03/2017
Lakota
Cubana Presents
Cubana Presents Chris Lorenzo, DJ Zinc & Ussy Lakota 18th March
Secret Location
Privacy Network x Natural Sciences w/ DJ Seinfeld
Debut for the series with the self proclaimed mutant freaks Natural Sciences.
Fri 24th/03/2017
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun
Worldwide rhythms from Soulworks DJs & friends
Fri 31st/03/2017
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun
5th Birthday Party Jon Rust + Admin + Soulworks
Sat 1st/04/2017
The Old Crown Court & Prison cell complex, Bristol
'Fantazia meets Raindance' - the joining of Forces
Iconic rave pioneers 'join forces' for a special event with rave royalty. 13Hrs Outdoor stage, 3 x Crown Courts & Complex
SWX Bristol
Howard Donald & Son of 8
A global superstar who needs no introduction.
Fri 7th/04/2017
Dojos
Eminent w/ Yakona [Heights EP Launch]
Eminent w/ Yakona [Heights EP Launch]
Sat 8th/04/2017
Arnolfini
Housework w/ FIT Siegel (FIT Sound, FXHE, Detroit)
FIT Siegel joined by residents Shanti Celeste, Gramrcy, Golesworthy and Daisy Moon
Sat 15th/04/2017
The Doghouse
Empathy 16th Birthday
Dave Seaman, Steve Parry, Stuart Wilkinson +
Sun 16th/04/2017
Blue Mountain
Banjax 5th Birthday with Raffa FL
We celebrate turning 5 years old!!!
Sun 30th/04/2017
Blue Mountain
Twisted Fusion x Banjax w SEFF, Apollo 8
Twisted Fusion and Banjax come together for one night only
Sat 13th/05/2017
Blue Mountain
Rabotech
Munter Gatherers' debut ROBOT SOUND SYSTEM
Sat 27th/05/2017
Love Saves The Day
Love Saves The Day 2017 (Saturday)
We are back for our 6th weekend of love-fuelled frolics on the 27th & 28th May 2017!
Sun 28th/05/2017
Love Saves The Day
Love Saves The Day 2017 (Sunday)
We are back for our 6th weekend of love-fuelled frolics on the 27th & 28th May 2017!
Fri 28th/07/2017
Gilcombe Farm, nr Bruton, Somerset
Farmfest 2017
The UK's most independent festival in the rolling Somerset countryside