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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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Take Five Cafe
Late Nite Gathering #3
One of Bristol's very best underground dance parties
Blue Mountain
Rabotech v1.2, Sat. 24th February 2018
Bristols Robot Sound System Returns!!
Cosies
Prjkts presents ≡ Nightwave + Vern's Bday soirée
Vern's Bday XXXtraveganza featuring Glasgow's legendary NIGHTWAVE.
To The Moon
Mutual Vibes
To The Moon proudly presents Bristol's new LGBT + friends uplifting/funky house night, ‘Mutual Vibes’ with DJ L PET (Gino Figliolini)
Thekla
POP Confessional ✞
Playing all of your favourite guilty pop pleasures!
TOMORROW
Queenshilling
Satsumas QS
Sunday night, fun party :) for those who work all weekend :)
Mon 26th/02/2018
Wed 28th/02/2018
The Elbow Room
Twitch Wednesdays - The Candy Shop!
Welcome one and all to the first of many Twitch events, every Wednesday at your new weekly home on Park Street, The Elbow Room.
Thu 1st/03/2018
Crofters Rights
Noods Radio Social 001
Beers, Friends, Chat, Laughs!
Fri 2nd/03/2018
Pata Negra
Colours w/ Titonton Duvanté (Residual Recordings)
Colours w/ Titonton Duvanté (Residual Recordings), Colours DJs
Take Five Cafe
Bodygurn w/ DJ Guy
Bodygurn returns....with DJ Guy
Thekla
Shut The F**k Up Silent Disco Bristol |
The Silent Disco phenomenon returns!
Sat 3rd/03/2018
The Marble Factory
Perpetual presents Dixon [Extended Set]
Perpetual presents Dixon [Extended Set]
Wed 7th/03/2018
Fri 9th/03/2018
Sat 10th/03/2018
The Island
Timedance - Laurel Halo (dj set), Parris
Laurel Halo brings her unique and creative DJing to The Island alongside Parris.
Take Five Cafe
Present Tense #2: Miles Atmospheric
Miles Atmospheric (AER / ART / Aesthetic Audio / Freerotation)
Crofters Rights
Strange Frequency: Convextion Live
Gerard Hanson makes his long awaited Bristol debut.
Sun 11th/03/2018
The Radnor Rooms
Absolutely Fabulous Mother's Day Brunch
The Ultimate Mother's Day Brunch Party
Wed 14th/03/2018
Thekla
Tuckshop Launch Night // O'Flynn
Bringing you the best in UK House, Techno & Disco for a monthly mid-week session for just £2.
Fri 16th/03/2018
Motion
Dropout Disco & Deep Discs
DJ Bone, Red Axes, Dekmantel Soundsystem, Byron The Aquarius, Donna Leake
Cosies
Rough Draft w/ Souvenir
RD IN THE BOX ONCE AGAIN
Sat 17th/03/2018
Take Five Cafe
Diessa // Donnagan // Yuki Ame // Ifeoluwa GR001
Breathe, Repeat release show. downtempo, ambient, techno, IDM + more
To The Moon
Glitch Bitch #2
We are very pleased to welcome our Old Market neighbours Glitch for a party curated by them
Wed 21st/03/2018
Lakota
Two Faced presents: HAAI
We celebrate our first birthday with HAAi
Thu 29th/03/2018
Cosies
No Way Back presents: Peach [NTS/Intergraded]
No Way Back hosts NTS resident Peach at their Bristol debut
Fri 30th/03/2018
The Loco Klub
Continuous Movement - Tako (Music From Memory/RLR)
Redlight Records & Music From Memory associate and renowned digger; Tako sound tracks our new space. Featuring special guests.
Motion
Hannah Wants - PLAY Tour
Hannah Wants - PLAY Tour
Sat 31st/03/2018
The Marble Factory
Perpetual presents Roman Flügel [All Night Long]
Perpetual presents Roman Flügel [All Night Long]
Sun 1st/04/2018
The Queenshilling
Housework X Satsumas Easter Sunday Special
Housework and Satsumas residents all night long
Sat 7th/04/2018
Blue Mountain
Minotaur Sound #4 - Save The Date
Back to the Beast's Lair for Epic Techno & Deep House
Fri 13th/04/2018
The Coroner's Court
Love International presents: Palms Trax
Love International presents: Palms Trax, Dave Harvey, Christophe & Dirtytalk
Sat 14th/04/2018
Motion
Defected Bristol
Defected records returns to Bristol.
Sun 15th/04/2018
Wed 18th/04/2018
Crofters Rights
Serum: Edition 2
Club night bringing you the finest in UK dance music.
Fri 20th/04/2018
Motion
Dusky - 17 Steps Tour
Dusky - 17 Steps Tour
Thekla
Cream Classics
Cream Classics docks in Bristol
Wed 25th/04/2018
Crofters Rights
Soirée - The First Dance: Lord Leopard
For our first event, we bring Edible Records up and coming prodigy Lord Leopard down to The Crofters Rights
Fri 27th/04/2018
Cosies
Eminent x CPU w/ CPSmith, Daddy Long Leg
Eminent x CPU w/ CPSmith, Daddy Long Leg
The Marble Factory
Perpetual presents Maceo Plex [Extended Set]
Perpetual presents Maceo Plex [Extended Set]
Sat 28th/04/2018
The Love Inn
Supersmash
House / Electro / Techno / World