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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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Queens Head Easton
Albeit Records ± Night Series w/ Omar
Dedicated record diggers in intimate spaces around Bristol.
Thekla
Tropical Tea Party's Tropical Cruise at Thekla!
3 headliners and many more acts across 2 rooms aboard our lavishly decorated tropical party cruise ship!
The Island
B,Please! feat Gideön & Hannah Holland
B,Please! returns for an Easter Special.
The Love Inn
Palette ft. Placid
April sees Felix Dickinson hold his residency for the third week with Placid.
Dare 2
Mi Casa Su Casa Bank Holiday Takeover - HODGE
We warm up with a Roof top dance before taking things inside to the D2 dance floor as we welcome Hodge to take the controls
Dark Horse
Porco Dio
Brand new House and Techno night powered by our own custom built soundsystem
Number 51
Spring Garden Party
Celebrating 3 Years of Soul Shake
Blue Mountain
Blue Mountain Presents: The Bank Holiday Free Rave
(DRUM & BASS - JUNGLE - BASSLINE - HOUSE - DUB - FUNK - SOUL - DISCO)
Cosies
Unsound: charity fundraiser w/ DJ October & more
Charity fundraiser for Music Minds Matter, with Dj October, Plura, Walya, Ekto & Hartta
SWX
Showhawk Duo live at SWX
Welcome to the Acoustic Rave - Chapter 2
To The Moon
Dirty Laundry goes To The Moon
Funky Music from the Dirty Laundry residents
Crofters Rights
Rainbow Slicer Album Release Show
Release show for ‘Autoschediasm’ by Rainbow Slicer with support from EP/64 and Harpoon
The Love Inn
Palette ft. Horse Meat Disco
April sees Felix Dickinson hold his residency for the final week with Horse Meat Disco.
The Doghouse
Trancelation's 4th Birthday with Special Guest Gra
Bristol's only Trance night celebrates their 4th Birthday with Graham Gold
To The Moon
Mutual Vibes
DJ Luke Anthony & L PET bringing you nothing but the best in Uplifting/Disco/Funky & Jackin House.
The Old Stillage
Dubspeeka
The Old Stillage are proud to present an evening with dubspeeka, one of Bristols finest international dub techno and electronica DJ's
Crofters Rights
Blasé presents Cafe Crofters
Come join us at the one & only - Crofters. The ultimate welcome back.
The Love Inn
Hyphen w/ Darwin (Reef / SPE:C)
After a super show with Big Miz - we welcome Darwin to The Love Inn for a voyage into UK Club and Bass sounds.
Secret Location
Musu x Colours w/ Nicolas Lutz & Ivan Smagghe
Musu & Colours lock horns for round 2, joined by Nicolas Lutz & Ivan Smagghe.
Crofters Rights
Bodywork + Sip The Juice
Bristol's Kings of Hip Hop - STJ - are actually wicked disco DJs!!
Number 51
FREE Day + Night Summer Party
Terrace Day Party | Disco | House | Pizza | Cocktails | Paid Night Party | Trippy Visuals | Double Vision
The Love Inn
Method Lab: 3rd Birthday w/ Residents
Method Lab's 3rd Birthday/bank holiday knees up!
Blue Mountain
Sutra - Open Air Terrace Party
Super Sunday Bank Holiday - Open Air Terrace Party
The Loco Klub
Electrolyte
Multi-award winning piece of gig-theatre that powerfully explores mental health.
The Loco Klub
Electrolyte
Multi-award winning piece of gig-theatre that powerfully explores mental health.
The Loco Klub
Electrolyte
Multi-award winning piece of gig-theatre that powerfully explores mental health.
Motion
Motion x More Than's Toast To Summer
We're toasting the start of summer with some salacious party rhythms at Motion's Lock Yard
Jack Of Diamonds
Present Tense x Ornate Music: Reedale Rise
Present Tense teams up with London's Ornate Music to present Reedale Rise Live
The Plough Inn
Good Vibrations with Sean McCabe & Deli-G
Playing Deep Soulful House, Boogie and Disco
Pata Negra
Club Kilter #002 - Arma
Club music of all styles and genres at an intimate independent venue.
The Love Inn
1020 Radio At The Love Inn
Once again we're making our way down Stokes Croft and into The Love Inn, bringing a banging selection of our residents with us.
Jam Jar
NICE ONE.
Fun, Games, & Beats To Make Your Butt Bounce
Cosies
Rough Draft
Rough Draft w/ Andy Blake (World Unknown) & Ed Eldridge (Rough Draft) All Night Long
Take Five Cafe
PTS w/ LSDXOXO, Ifeoluwa
LSDXOXO, Ifeoluwa, Manami x Alya L, Roy Bar x Jurango
Dare 2
Set It Out & Hot Buttered Soul w/ Marcel Vogel
Set It Out & Hot Buttered Soul with Marcel Vogel (6 hour Set) support from Soulworks and Worm Disco Club
Crofters Rights
Midnight Shift w/ Breakwave (Meine Nacht)
Breakwave (Meine Nacht & Deep Sea Frequency) Bristol Debut
Motion
Lockyard x Dad Bod Boogie
Bringing Dad Bod Boogie to Motion's Lockyard
Blue Mountain
BLUEMOUNTAIN MEGA FREE PARTY w/ MC TRIGGA - SDE
Intoducing one of the scenes greatest Artists and Pinoeers, Very Heavy & Dark
Stokes Croft
Rave on Avon 2019 : The End of an Era
Taking over Stokes Croft's finest venues one last time, kicking off the festival season once again.
Jam Jar
Chai Wallahs 20th Year: Pre-Season Party
Legendary Festival Venue Jams inside the Jar!
The Doghouse
Empathy Classics 99-09
Residents Special > Jim Rivers, Stuart Wilkinson, Simon Lloyd
The Island
Hyphen + Monkey Sounds: Radioactive Man (Live)
Hyphen and Monkey Sounds collaborate for May Bank Holiday weekend to bring you Radioactive Man down for an exclusive live set
Cosies
PTS w/ Jana Rush
Chicago Footwork from Object Ltd's Jana Rush
The Doghouse
The Prog Lab Pres. King Unique & Alfonso Muchacho
We welcome King Unique an underground music legend with releases on major labels over the years including Bedrock, Sudbeat & Junior Boys Own
Dare to Club
Soul Link - May Bank Holiday Summer Party
The Washing Machine Soundsystem, Woven, Truk, Strictly Yes & Cosmix come together.
The Old England Pub
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A secret night slugs headliner leads affairs at the Old England, joined by a list of DJ's and RC1 soundsystem across 2 rooms.
Chew Valley Lake
Ibiza Nights presents...Cafe Magna
Exclusive weekend pop-up party between Bristol & Bath
Motion
Lock Yard x Club Blanco x Strange Frequency
Club Blanco x Strange Frequency Open Air
Motion
Open Air Club: Hunee, Shanti Celeste, Moxie & more
Hunee, Shanti Celeste, Moxie, Folamour, Ruf Dug, Max Abysmal and many more
Undertone
RED ROOM W/ DAISY MOON
It is the anniversary of RED ROOM events and to celebrate we invite Bristol's Daisy Moon.
Motion
Lock Yard x Midnight Shift Presents Fold
Fold (NTS Radio) Sunset Vibes at Motion's Lock Yard
Motion
B, Please! Summer Day Party with Derrick Carter
Bristol's favourite LGBTQ party returns to Motion this summer with Derrick Carter, Bambounou, Cinthie and more!
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.
Zed Alley
The Prog Lab: Dave Angel, Moonface + Residents
The prog lab: dave angel, moonface (vinyl only) + residents (vinyl only sets)