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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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Soul Shake 2nd Birthday w/ Earl Jeffers
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Acidic
Acidic 16th Birthday Bash with Nicky Blackmarket
plough inn
Free // April // Hot Buttered Soul x Soulworks //
expect Disco / Funk / Afro / Boogie / Modern Soul / Brazil & Latin flavours / House / Techno + some curve balls to keep you on you're feet.
Queens Head Easton
Duvet Vous? with Chris Simmonds Cross Section Msc
All round house legend Chris Simmonds comes to Duvet Vous?
Mon 23rd/04/2018
Crofters Rights
AKA 001 // At Last
New House and Disco night at Crofter's Rights.
Wed 25th/04/2018
The Loco Klub
Sensi x Deep Discs
A unique fusion of music, contemporary art & film.
Thu 26th/04/2018
The Love Inn
Club Djembe
Club Djembe bring international dance music of the world to Stokes Croft, Bristol, for their first birthday party.
Fri 27th/04/2018
Cosies
Eminent x CPU w/ CPSmith, Daddy Long Leg
Eminent x CPU w/ CPSmith, Daddy Long Leg
Temple Meads Tunnels
More Than presents... Painting By Numbers
A pop up installation of club music, light & live art in a series of underground tunnels...
Basement 45
Anomalous Presents: Axe on Wax & XXXY
London based Lo-Fi dons Axe on Wax make their Bristol debut, alongside a very special set from the inimitable xxxy.
The Old Crown Courts
Clotted Cream Present: PBR Streetgang
Bristol's Disco & Free Ice Cream Party!
The Marble Factory
Perpetual presents Maceo Plex [Extended Set]
Perpetual presents Maceo Plex [Extended Set]
Sat 28th/04/2018
The Old Crown Courts
Mi Casa Su Casa Presents.....
Mi Casa Su Casa x High Tech Soul x 10Twenty Radio
The Love Inn
Supersmash Inn
Electro / Disco / House / World
Exchange
Honey Glazed Records & Pals
Honey Glazed Records invites friends to play some of their favourite records.
To The Moon
Good Time House Party with DJ Ruprecht
Good Time House Party! Everyone is invited!
Tue 1st/05/2018
Sat 5th/05/2018
Motion
Summer Garden Party
This May bank holiday weekend, we take the party outside bringing life to our newly developed spaces overlooking the river Avon.
The Radnor Rooms
The Tropical Rooftop Brunch
Bristol's Tropical Rooftop Day Party
Sun 6th/05/2018
Fri 11th/05/2018
Crofters Rights
Midnight Shift 002 w/ Loods, Hippo & Paloma
Live Jazz meets Timeless House and Disco
Sat 12th/05/2018
Thekla
Chali 2NA & Krafty Kuts
Chali 2NA & Krafty Kuts perform at Thekla
Tue 15th/05/2018
Motion
Art Battle Bristol
12 Artists, 3 Rounds, 1 Winner
Fri 18th/05/2018
Lawrence Hill
Dialogue
Two rooms of techno and live electronics hosted in a swingers club
Sat 19th/05/2018
Stokes Croft
Rave On Avon // 2018
10TH ANNIVERSARY OF BRISTOL'S ICONIC START TO THE FESTIVAL SEASON
The Basement
We're Going Deep presents: Reedale Rise
This will be the third event The Basement will deliver in conjunction with the 10k strong musical aficionado's at We're Going Deep!
Sat 26th/05/2018
Jack of Diamonds
WTF4 feat. HamChild Takeover
Breakcore, Gabba, Bassline, Techno and D&B
Sun 27th/05/2018
Pipe & Slippers
Late Night Tales DJs
Late Night Tales DJs' Benjamin Smith threading the best Late Night tracks together with inspiration from his own record collection.
Wed 30th/05/2018
Crofters Rights
Maple Cuts 1st Birthday w/Krywald & Farrer
1st Bday party with Krywald & Farrer and Harry Illsley
Thu 31st/05/2018
Sat 2nd/06/2018
Blue Mountain
Ice Cream Club x Dazed: Rooftop Party
Ice Cream Club teams up with Dazed for a fundraiser party of disco, house and techno
Secret BS4 Warehouse Venue
Musu x Colours: DJ Fett Burger, Luca Lozano & LNS
Musu and Colours combine forces to bring Fett Burger, Luca Lozano and LNS to town.
Motion
Glitterbox
Joey Negro, Todd Terry, Simon Dunmore, Melvo Baptiste
Fri 8th/06/2018
Motion
Area 10
MK, Latmun, Will Clarke, Eli Brown
Sat 9th/06/2018
Sat 16th/06/2018
Basement 45
The Prog Lab Presents Sonic Union
Sonic Union (Anjunadeep / Sudbeat / Lowbit) 3 hour set
Sat 30th/06/2018
Motion
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.
Fri 27th/07/2018
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.
Sat 4th/08/2018
Basement 45
The Prog Lab Presents Jody Wisternoff
Jody Wisternoff (Anjunadeep) 3 hour set
Sat 25th/08/2018
Motion
YARD
A collaboration between some of the city's most established dance music institutions, Yard will bring our outdoor spaces to life fusing musi
Sat 6th/10/2018
Basement 45
The Prog Lab Presents King Unique
King Unique (Bedrock / Sudbeat) 3 hour set