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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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Bristol Harbour
Lacuna Boat Sessions | J-Felix (DJ Set) & Komposa
Lacuna Boat Sessions | J-Felix (DJ Set) & Komposa. 3 Hour Live Music Party
Dare to Club
Summer Terrace Party - ACID Reflex at Dare to Club
ACID Reflex will be taking over Dare to Club on June 21st to celebrate the longest day of the year.
Motion
Lockyard x Hyphen
Motion are returning their Lock Yard series this year, and on June 21st, Hyphen have the honour of taking over this unique terrace space.
Crofters Rights
Hyphen: Lock Yard Afters w/ Residents + Friends
Hyphen Resident DJs and friends on rotation all night long playing the best in house, techno, electro and party tunes.
Arnolfini
Crack 100: Lena Willikens all Night Long
Back in our hometown for another celebration of our 100th issue.
Blue Mountain
Der Liebe Presents: Summer Solstice Day Party
All dayer open air terrace party + circle. ibiza hosting room 2
Motion
Bristol: ABODE Summer Day Party
ABODE head to Bristol for an all day outdoor summer party and they're bringing a serious line up with them!
The Attic Bar
TUN UP! x BRUK OFF - Dancehall Special
A special collaborative Dancehall / Bashment session
Crofters Rights
Der Liebe: Summer Solstice Day Night
w/ Kelly Jay + After Party from Blue Mountain Terrace
The Love Inn
Sweet Dreams w/ Scooba
Minimal house and techno @ The Love Inn
Cosies
Satsumas w/William (Tanzparty)
Satumas with special guest William!
Basement 45
DIGESTIVE CHAMBER 4
Multi Genres in the Chamber
Crofters Rights
Canapé Presents CHARLSTONRAY (Vinyl Release Party)
CHARLSTONRAY (Live) + Canapé Resident DJs (Vinyl Release Party)
Take Five Cafe
Automation Inc.
Music made by machines
Crofters Rights
Bodywork + Dar Disku
Bahrainian Disco Label - Dar Disku - join us for a Middle Eastern Disco & Arabi House special
Stokes Croft Beer Garden
Deviate Summer Day Party
Funky soulful disco summer sunshine vibes!
Zed Alley
The Prog Lab: Dave Angel, Moonface + Residents
The prog lab: dave angel, moonface (vinyl only) + residents (vinyl only sets)
The Love Inn
Mendel / Lumberjacks In Hell / Carnival Afterparty
St Paul's Carnival afterparty w/ Lumberjacks In Hell's MENDEL
Hy-Brasil Music Club
Reasons To Be Cheerful
Together we can change the world; through big tunes, big smiles and big love.
Arnolfini
Housework & Field Maneuvers: Day and Night
Housework is back for another 12 hours of chaos/fun at Arnolfini.
Crofters Rights
Handsome - Pride Takeover
Bristol here we come... house & disco queer vibes at the Crofters all night for our first ever Brizzle party and we're PSYCHED for it.
Motion
Lock Yard x Everything Will Be Okay
Summer is coming, and we’re celebrating the sunshine in true style this July in one of the country’s finest outdoor spaces.
Crofters Rights
Better Days with John Gómez and Il Bosco
We are very excited to announce this one. Two of our personal favourite selectors John Gómez and Il Bosco.
Motion
Lockyard x 1020 Radio
1020 Radio will be joining Motion Bristol for their Lockyard summer series this July.
Blue Mountain
French Kiss Summer Party: Day & Night
French Kiss turns two with a big Day and Night party!
Lakota
Apex Presents: Pig&Dan [Drumcode] (3 hour Debut)
Pig&Dan [Drumcode] (3 hour Bristol debut)
Moor Beer Brewery/Left Handed Giant
The Bristol Super Craft Half - Day Party
Two parties in two breweries, Moor Beer (with Minirigs) and LHG (with Alfresco Disco)
BRISCO
SNTNL & MIDDLEMAN - All Night Long
Funk/Soul/Disco/House/Hip-Hop
Stokes Croft Beer Garden
The Prog Lab Summer Party
Our outdoor summer party with some exclusive DJ talent/headliners on the lineup. 14 hours of the best underground house music available
Lakota
The Downs Bristol: Official Afterparty
We'll be opening our doors for one and all to see the night away - the music policy includes Disco, Funk, House and more.
O2 Academy
Hot Chip
O2 Academy Bristol