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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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Dojos
4to theFloor w/ Will Richards & Saucy Br
House and Techno until 6am, Free before 1am on Facebook event
The Lanes
Bass Kitchen presents Featurecast
Bass Kitchen presents Featurecast at the Lanes, with Dr Fly, Mishima and Wookie
Motion
Lock Yard Opening
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Basement 45
The PARTY
Come to PARTY, nothing but underground classics
TOMORROW
The Black Swan
A R Records May Bank Holiday weekend pt1
A R Records May Bank Holiday weekend at The Black Swan pt 1
Motion
Love Saves The Night
LOVE SAVES THE NIGHT
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!
The Surrey Vaults
Escalator to Nowhere + Team ≈ Bank Holiday All-Day
Noods Radio residents on rotation all day long, free entry
Sun 28th/05/2017
The Black Swan
A R Records May Bank Holiday weekend pt2 (Sunday)
A R RECORDS vs NEUROFUNKGRID - May Bank Holiday weekender at The Black Swan (PT2)
Crofters Rights
The Washing Machine Presents DjRum
Love Saves The Day after party with Djrum
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!
Wed 31st/05/2017
Thu 1st/06/2017
The Lanes
More Than's Summer Soirée w/ Detroit Swindle &Fouk
We're bringing the kings of funk-infused house jams to Bristol for a summer party
Fri 2nd/06/2017
The Black Swan
Colours Day Party w/ Ron Obvious, Ranks (PLU)
Colours Day Party with Ron Obvious (3hrs), Ranks (PLU) and Colours Residents
TBA
Elektro Beast 008
This is going to our best party yet so don't wait around to buy tickets!
The Love Inn
Rough Draft Presents LNS (Freakout Cult/Trushmix)
LNS (Freakout Cult/Trushmix) + Fred (Peach Discs)
The Island
Odo w/ Peggy Gou
Peggy Gou at the Island.
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun
Dusty hip hop, mellow jazz, world rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
Sat 3rd/06/2017
The Love Inn
Late Night Tales w Jack Savidge (Friendly Fires)
Late Night Tales welcomes Jack Savidge of Friendly Fires to Bristol's The Love Inn for an intimate, late night DJ set.
Motion
Shapes & Boogie Nights
The summer show down
The Red Lion, BS5
Zardoz Poing, Aleatronic, King Noodle & DJs
Bit Miners present a night of Eccentric Eclectic Electronic music...
Fri 9th/06/2017
Take Five Cafe
Bodygurn
Bodygurn returns with Lerosa & Mick Welch
Crofters Rights
Ideal World 002
Soho (The White Man and The Arab/Phonica)
Cosies
117blog
117blog (rebrand party) ft. Lamont, Galt
Blue Mountain
Buckfast Boys Club Presents
Free party with a host of local brands and DJ's.
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun
Dusty hip hop, mellow jazz, world rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
Sat 10th/06/2017
Take Five Cafe
Heyoka Recordings Presents: Ohanzee
Vinyl night with eclectic DJs from Bristol and London
Fri 16th/06/2017
The Jam Jar
Noods Radio: 12th Isle
Glaswegian Selectors, Bristol Party
Cosies
Voste Hosts #001
'Voste Hosts' shall be a string of shows showcasing various DJs from all over the UK
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun
Dusty hip hop, mellow jazz, world rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
Sat 17th/06/2017
The Island
Woven Series #4: DJ Nature
Minimal house and techno sounds from DJ Nature (+ Woven DJs)
Crofters Rights
Supersmash Summer Jam
Pure house, disco and electro jams
Fri 23rd/06/2017
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun
Dusty hip hop, mellow jazz, world rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
Fri 30th/06/2017
The Love Inn
Dare To Believe
MYSTIC BILL + Sam Hall & 2257AD
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun
Dusty hip hop, mellow jazz, world rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
Sat 1st/07/2017
The Island
Mi Casa Su Casa Summer Session
Sun, Cocktails, Inflatables, Glitter and banging beats!
Motion
Defected Day & Night Garden Party
Defected Day & Night Garden Party
Sat 15th/07/2017
The Marble Factory
Edible Summer BBQ
Waze & Odyssey, Mele, Elliot Adamson, Lord Leopard
Sat 22nd/07/2017
Motion
Shall Not Fade - Day & Night Party
Mall Grab, Frits Wentink, DJ Boring, Baltra, TRP, LK, Contours, KGW
Fri 28th/07/2017
Gilcombe Farm, Bruton, Somerset
Farmfest 2017
A mischievous melting pot of music, arts, party and people – for the free and unfettered
Sat 5th/08/2017
Motion
B.Please! Summer Party
The Black Madonna & Marquis Hawkes
Sat 26th/08/2017
Motion
YARD: Open Air Club
Jeff Mills, Seth Troxler, Eats Everything, Joy Orbison, Daniel Avery, Midland, Axel Boman & more
Fri 15th/09/2017
Crofters Rights
Supersmash - It's Not Over
Pure house, disco and electro jams