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A house night in Bristol

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
ROE - TAKE 5 - With Jenny Wade (Sprung)
Rhythm Over Everything Are Back Again!!! ⚡️ ☄️
The Doghouse
Up All Night w/ [sic] and Cerveau
House and Techno All Night Long
4to theFloor - The Residents
House & Techno until 6am, free before 1am on Facebook event
Prjkts ☰ Ngaio + Prjkts Allstars
Ngaio brings a special selection to cosies supported by the Prjkts gang. What a worldy!
Crofters Rights
Boxjam X Supersmash
Jacking acid, afro disco, body techno and lush electro
The Love Inn
Garage Chronicles 003
UKG. Old Skool meets New Skool
The Attic Bar
Equiknoxx ft Shanique Marie (Live)
TUN UP! Ft. Equiknoxx w/ Shanique Marie (Live)
Basement 45
Playground Hustle
Raw techno, classic house and everything in between.
Eminent w/ Owain K, Yushh & Tramma
Eminent w/ Owain K, Yushh & Tramma
The Loco Klub
Underground Homo Disco
Shall Not Fade - Day & Night Party
This summer Shall Not Fade is returning to our hometown - Bristol - for part three of our annual summer party series.
Basement 45
Quivver Album Tour Launch Party
The Prog Lab Presents Quivver (Album Tour Launch Party)
Gwdihw Cardiff
The world is going disco and so are we, with a twist.
To The Moon
Bring Your Own Tracks: Pride (Open Deck/Mic)
An LGBT special of our open decks night for Pride week
Crofters Rights
Eminent w/ Hugo Massien & Hywel Gregory
Eminent w/ Hugo Massien & Hywel Gregory
Blue Mountain
FBWL X Constant Circles Day Party w/ Just Her
FBWL X Constant Circles Day Party w/ Just Her
To The Moon
Mutual Vibes Pride Party - We Are ONE
Mutual VIbes Pride special with DJ L Pet
Gray Luxton BDAY Bash
Birthday bash live djs dnb house dubstep jump up
Dimensions Festival x Dropout Disco
Dimensions Festival lands in Bristol’s Lakota to join local tastemakers Dropout Disco for a party of spectacular proportions in the lead up
Jack of Diamonds
Groove Tools // Channel 128 // Techno
Groove Tools and Channel 128 together for first time to bring you the best techno!
Gilcombe Farm, BA10 0QE
Field Trip Festival 2018
An intimate festival showcasing the best in House, Techno, Breaks and Drum and Bass, featuring the all new UK Hip Hop Stage.
Crofters Rights
Stay Put w/ MR BONGO at Crofters Rights
Mr Bongo records join Stay Put to bring their global sounds Bristol
Crofters Rights
Restless Nights Present: 100 Hz (Live)
Restless Nights Present: 100 Hz (Live)
The Love Inn
Midnight Shift 00|03 w/ Donna Leake
Clock out from the daily grind and clock in to the Midnight Shift where letting loose and getting down is all part of the job.
Basement 45
The Prog Lab Presents Jody Wisternoff
Jody Wisternoff (Anjunadeep) 3 hour set
Bitch, Please! Summer Party
Mike Servito, Octo Octa, Christophe, Em Williams + Bitch, Please! Residents
Satsumas W/ Ashton Holland + Nadoone
Ashton Holland (left alone) Nadoone (Sweet Sensation)
YARD: Open Air Club
A collaboration between some of the city's most established dance music institutions, Yard will bring our outdoor spaces to life fusing musi
The Forum
Ólafur Arnalds
Delicate cinematic contemporary classical with ambient electronics
Please Ignore
Admin Test
Ross From Friends
Ross From Friends performs at Thekla
Basement 45
The Prog Lab Presents King Unique
King Unique (Bedrock / Sudbeat) 3 hour set