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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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The Surrey Vaults
Yebsie Selects
Its time to Dance! HOUSE, GARAGE & DISCO
Fri 20th/01/2017
Analog
Mosherelloent
END OF EXAM BLAST OFF
Nova
Lounge Cat Ideals
Bristolian Uptempo Swingers
Cosies
Rough Draft w/ KENNY WHITE & Chris "Bad Boy" Bress
The Wickedest and Baddest Night in Toooon
Dojos
4to theFloor w/ Pioneer Peacey, Louis Ho
House music until 6am | Free before 1am on facebook event.
Hamilton House
Art classes
Come and enjoy painting, drawing and creating!
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun
Worldwide rhythms from Soulworks DJs & friends
Sat 21st/01/2017
Small Horse Inn
Late Night Tales
With Throwing Snow (DJ Set)
Analog
Psyched Presents DJ Q
TQD // Local Action // Butterz // Ninja Tune
The Red Lion, BS5
Tossers w/ Easygroove
House Break Techno Funk feat. nineties rave icon Easygroove
Crofters Rights
Club Afro Tropicana w/ Esa
Tropical Rhythms - Disco, Afro, Latin, House
Tue 24th/01/2017
Crofters Rights
Foodbank Fundraiser with Alexander Nut (Eglo)
Alexander Nut (Eglo Records) + Banoffee Pies join Lemon Drizzle Presents for a Charity Fundraiser
Wed 25th/01/2017
Metro
Metro
The Kelly Twins (Birthday set) / Kelan / Facta / Rhythmic Theory
Fri 27th/01/2017
Blue Mountain
LOST FOUR WORDS. Bristol
House & Techno from Lost Four Words - £2 Advance Tickets
Hamilton House
Art classes
Come and enjoy painting, drawing and creating!
The Doghouse
Here Comes That Sound
Nu Disco / Disco House / House / Discotech
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun
Worldwide rhythms from Soulworks DJs & friends
Sat 28th/01/2017
The Island
Musu ft. Suzanne Kraft & Nebraska (live)
Suzanne Kraft (Melody As Truth / Kitjen / Future Times) & Nebraska - live (Rush Hour / Mr Saturday Night)
Lakota
Wide Eyes with Kidnap Kid
Snowboxx launch party with Kidnap Kid
Fri 3rd/02/2017
The Marble Factory
Shall Not Fade 1st Birthday
Shall Not Fade 1st Birthday - Mall Grab, TRP, Contours & LK
The Doghouse
A night out with Blocko and Pee-Zee
Brandon Block and Alex P in Bristol!!!
Mr Wolfs
Yes Man Jellyfish
A night of live dance music from Yes Man Jellyfish with support from Ruckus Collective and DJ sets from Dr Meaker and POV.
Hamilton House
Art classes
Come and enjoy painting, drawing and creating!
Sat 4th/02/2017
The Island
Woven #2 feat. Hodge and Ossia
The finest minimal techno and house through a professionally engineered sound system
Take Five Cafe
MySoul Intention
House & New Beginnings - A brand new House night based in Bristol UK. Expect local talent playing House/Techno beats.
The Jam Jar
Ideal World 001 - Linkwood (Firecracker)
Linkwood is coming to Bristol to play our first intimate night!
Thu 9th/02/2017
Cosies
Wheel It [002] - DevelopMENT
A night of Bass/Garage/Grime, headlined by DevelopMENT
Fri 10th/02/2017
Crofters Rights
Boogie Nights invites DJ Rahaan
Back to basics beneath the mirror ball
Bristol Aquarium
Factory Floor
+ Not Waving & Konx-Om-Pax
Hamilton House
Art classes
Come and enjoy painting, drawing and creating!
Sat 11th/02/2017
Basement 45
From Berlin with Love presents Saytek Live
Saytek Live (Liebe*Detail/KMS/Cubism), Soukervalii (Frequenza/KMS)
All Hallows Hall, Bristol
Rave On Ping Pong!
A 90’s rave themed ping pong party brought to you by Kings of Ping
Thu 16th/02/2017
Basement 45
Discoteka Launch
Multigenre club night ranging from Disco to Techno.
The Doghouse
Appetite @ The Doghouse
We have a serious Appetite for Underground Music
Fri 17th/02/2017
Hamilton House
Art classes
Come and enjoy painting, drawing and creating!
Fri 24th/02/2017
Hamilton House
Art classes
Come and enjoy painting, drawing and creating!
Sat 25th/02/2017
Fri 3rd/03/2017
Hamilton House
Art classes
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Fri 10th/03/2017
Hamilton House
Art classes
Come and enjoy painting, drawing and creating!
Motion
Hannah Wants
Hannah Wants - PLAY
Fri 17th/03/2017
The Marble Factory
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Nightmares on Wax (DJ Set), Romare (Full Live Band), Bradley Zero...
Hamilton House
Art classes
Come and enjoy painting, drawing and creating!
Sat 1st/04/2017
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 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