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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 Loco Klub
Continuous Movement - Solar (Sunset Sound System)
24th November with San Francisco's finest, Solar.
4to theFloor w/ Ceri Mac & Giorgio b2b A
House & Techno until 6am, free before 1am on Facebook event
In:Motion / Worldwide fm
In:Motion / Worldwide fm
Crofters Rights
FallingUp are taking the reigns of the Crofters Rights.
The Island
Minotaur Sound #3 - Illy Noize returns
Illy Noize returns to The Island for horn and glitter infused techno!
The Love Inn
Shutter w/ Mor Elian • The Love Inn • 25th Novembe
Mor Elian [Fever AM / Final Sessions] + Patrick Flint
TRiBE of FRoG ~ Intergalactic Space Frog
OK Space Cadets!! Jump on board our frogadelic starship and get ready to hurtle through the cosmos on an interstellar odyssey!
The Tobacco Factory
Moor Tap Takeover
w/ Whitemanferno + DJ Waxmouse
The Attic Bar
TUN UP! Ft. Famous Eno & Trigganom
The Surrey Vaults
Yebsie Selects
Get down to the Surrey Vaults for some strictly vinyl business. Dj Yebsie playing Disco, House, Garage and other danceable musics!!!
Crofters Rights
Shambarber 5th birthday
Birthday fun with the Shambabrer fam !
Fri 1st/12/2017
Take Five Cafe
Sierra Audio Presents
House/Techno/Disco @ Take 5 Cafe
Sat 2nd/12/2017
The Loco Klub
Horseplay vs DTYM: Dressing For Pleasure
A joint fundraiser for World AIDS Day
The Island
PPG's Bristol Launch w/ Joe, rRoxymore & Yak
PPG's Bristol debut with Joe, rRoxymore & Yak!
The Red Lion, BS5
Phoenix Flare - Interflug - Fat NASA
Bit Miners Presents live electronic music and DJs
Empathy @ In:Motion
Stephen Porter / Stuart Wilkinson / Jay Massive / Lee Williams
123 Cheltenham Road
123 Space Christmas Market OPENING PARTY
Opening party ft Eats Everything + spoken word performances
Secret Location
Shapes & Dropout Disco
Shapes & Dropout Disco • Secret Location
Thu 7th/12/2017
Blue Mountain
Nebula 1st Birthday
With Big Miz, Hubie Davies, O'Flynn
Sat 9th/12/2017
Take Five Cafe
Present Tense #1: Joe Ellis B2B Sam Watson
Exclusive 3 hour set : Joe Ellis B2B Sam Watson
In:Motion / Crack Magazine
In:Motion / Crack Magazine
To The Moon
Moonlight Sessions
A free new social night fueled by down beat, African, tribal and progressive house music.
PLU'S Christmas Party with ZOZO (Macadam Mambo)
People Like Us...come n get sleazy with Santa ;)
Sun 10th/12/2017
The Old England Pub
The Fearless Few Presents: live electronica
A night of live electronic/experimental/dance music featuring Two Silhouettes, Michael Son of Michael, Kondread and Nuno Gonçalo Correia.
Wed 13th/12/2017
Crofters Rights
Hirola Launch w/ Yuki Ame + Kayla Painter
Electronic duo Hirola present their brand new live show in conjunction with the release of their debut mini-album.
Fri 15th/12/2017
Ideal World Christmas Party
One last one before Christmas :)
Boca Bar
Waxmouse "Santa Baby" DJ set
Santa hats and Christmas knitwear/tinsel/baubles encouraged
Sat 16th/12/2017
The Island
WOVEN presents: Tom Demac
Techno and minimal sounds from the prolific and acclaimed producer Tom Demac
Crofters Rights
Midnight Shift 00|01 w/ Snazzback & Seka
Live Jazz meets Club Night. Time is ticking don't be late.
In:Motion / STRAF_WERK
In:Motion / STRAF_WERK
Fri 22nd/12/2017
Crofters Rights
Mi Casa Su Casa
A festive shindig with the Mi Casa Su Casa Crew!
The Festival of Freaks
A carnival style freak show with amazing circus acts, theatrical walkabout characters, fire performers, dancers and immersive decor.
Sat 23rd/12/2017
To The Moon
Mutual Vibes Xmas Spectacular!
To The Moon proudly presents Bristol's new LGBT + friends uplifting/funky house night, Mutual Vibes!
Wed 27th/12/2017
Sat 30th/12/2017
In:Motion / Ben Klock [4hrs] + Seth Troxler [4Hrs]
In:Motion / Ben Klock [4hrs] + Seth Troxler [4Hrs]
TBA - Bristol City Centre
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Bitch Please NYE
It's going to be f*kin fabulous!
Fri 26th/01/2018
The Island
Odo // Elias Mazian (Voyage Direct, Amser
We welcome Elias Mazian to Bristol for his solo UK debut. An up and comer not to be missed.
Sat 27th/01/2018
Deep Discs 1st Birthday at the Coroners Court
with Pender Street Steppers, Josey Rebelle, Jon Rust, Deep Discs
Sat 3rd/02/2018
Just Jack - 12th Birthday
Theo Parrish, Specter, Sonja Moonear, Nicolas Lutz, Call Super, DJ Sports...
Sat 10th/02/2018
Junction 2 presents Bristol
Adam Beyer, Scuba, Dense & Pika, Nina Kraviz, Luke Slater, Paula Temple
Fri 16th/02/2018
Shall Not Fade presents Mall Grab & Friends
Mall Grab, Willow, Damiano von Erckert, Deejay Astral, FOLD, LK, KGW
Sun 15th/04/2018
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