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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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SWX
High Focus 10th Birthday - Bristol
Celebrating 10 years of releasing some of the most exciting Hip Hop from these shores, we will be taking over the huge SWX space in Bristol
The Cloak and Dagger
Stay Put w/ Alex Dinham (Boogie Cafe)
Stay Put head to the Cloak & Dagger in an exciting new basement space with Boogie Cafe head honcho Alex Dinham.
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Momma's Groove
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The Loco Klub
Turbo Disco w/ Maurice Fulton
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The Black Swan
Housework ft. Eris Drew
For our first Bristol party of 2020 we are delighted to welcome Eris Drew.
Exchange
Club Blanco w/ Manfredas
Club Blanco invite Lithuanian maestro Manfredas to Old Market
The Island
Into The Wild: Nothing But Love
We're going Into The Wild with Dave Harvey and Christophe, for a truly intimate showcase of house, techno and electro all night long...
The Island
Morse: D. Tiffany, Henry Greenleaf B2B Agrippa
Planet Euphorique boss, D. Tiffany joins Morse for their first outing at The Island.
Crofters Rights
Stay Put w/ Yadava and D&G
Stay Put return for another party at Crofters Rights, this time inviting Yadava and D&G to join them!
The Island
Hyphen w/ DJ Python, Facta, Ido Plumes + Stout
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Dare to Club
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The Loco Klub
Hidden | Optimo All Night Long | Day & Night Event
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LEFTBANK
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The Island
Emergency Room w/ Leon Vynehall
Leon Vynehall at The Island. Zaltsman and Sakul on support.
Area 404
Boomtown + Squarepusher present Speedquake
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Blue Mountain
SIX WAS NINE Summer Terrace Party
SIX WAS NINE is back once again at the infamous Blue Mountain Terrace for another summer day party!
Motion
Ben Nicky & Friends
Ben Nicky returns following a sell out last year to Bristol's Motion with some special guests Saturday 11th April
Eastville Park
Love Saves the Day Saturday
The Last Dance In Eastville PArk
Eastville Park
Love Saves the Day Sunday
The Last Dance In Eastville PArk
Crofters Rights
Garden of Groove
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Motion
Boiler Room TEN: Bristol
BOILER ROOM RETURNS TO BRISTOL TO CELEBRATE TEN YEARS IN THE GAME
Motion
Shall Not Fade: Kettama, Big Miz, Demuja & more
To celebrate 4 years of Shall Not Fade we bring our largest line up to Motion featuring KETTAMA, Big Miz, Demuja, Black Loops
Secret location
Rescheduled - Der Liebe Presents: Prophecy 002
A day rave in a unique and new space in the city centre
The Loco Klub
Hidden | Romare (Rescheduled due to COV-19)
Romare is up there with the funkiest humans on the planet
The Lanes
Cipher: Politics of Dancing w/ Laidlaw
Cipher invites there first headliner, Beeyou records owner, Laidlaw, to discuss the politics of dancing.
OLD MARKET
RAVE ON AVON 2021
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Jam Jar
POSTPONED! Chai Wallahs Spring Gathering: Agbeko
Chai Wallahs Spring Gathering featuring Agbeko @ The Jam Jar
The Den @ Basement 45
[event postponed] Dance Mode 2: Temple of Boom
We invite friends to play with us in unusual places, where all are welcome to come and dance
Jam Jar
POSTPONED Tropical Pressure Festival Launch Party
With Pat Kalla & Le Super Mojo support from Soma Soma & the finest TP DJs
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