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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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Motion Christmas Carnival: Hammer, Cromby, Cousn
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Basement 45
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A night of ridiculous upcoming Drum & Bass talent and pure energy.
Dare to Club
Loose Lips Xmas Party w/ Posthuman + Parison + PTS
An eclectic mix of acid, electro, house and bass music.
The Love Inn
Present Tense 2nd birthday: Gwenan
Present Tense celebrate their second birthday with Gwenan at The Love Inn
The Lanes
Into The Wild - Launch Party
Into The Wild's Launch Party has arrived - Expect the most beautiful house and funk-fuelled music you've ever heard!
Perpetual: Âme, Gerd Janson, DJ Tennis & more
Bristol’s illusive Perpetual series returns to Motion on Saturday 14th December.
Crofters Rights
Roots of House
Disco, Boogie and House Classics with Sean McCabe, Deli-G, & Alex Dinham
Blue Mountain
Blue Mountain: House & Techno Winter Rave
Blue Mountain: House & Techno Winter Rave w/ Natasha & Tekno Tom
An evening with Melotone, Chicken Picnic & MUCH mo
Two of Bristol's finest jazz bands; a night of DJs performing live acid
The Loco Klub
Love Drums 2nd Birthday
Love Drums 2nd Birthday with LD Residents, J Rus & Alec Falconer @ The Loco Klub (Social Klub)
The Love Inn
DEEC!ember w. Ste Roberts
Set It Out and Restless Nights combine forces to bring Ste Roberts (Hypercolour & STE)
Crofters Rights
A Mi Casa Christmas
Join us for a festive tipple and dance across the 4x4 genre
Crofters Rights
Slumber Rumpf
Dreamy House / Disco / Nonsense
Boxing Day: Sam Divine, Bontan b2b Mele, Jacky, Jess Bays & More
Boxing Day: Sam Divine, Bontan b2b Mele, Jacky +
After playing our sold-out Defected party over summer, Sam Divine returns to Motion to head up our Boxing Day session
Dare to Club
Fully Automated Luxury NYE Turbo-Shubz
NYE party! Heavyweight sound & consciousness-expanding DJ action from top Bristol, London & Berlin selectors, 2019 into 2020.
Ashton Court
NYE- ASHTON COURT Feat DJ YODA,Too Many T's ++++
Too Many T's, Gardna, Tropical Tea Party and so much more!
Crofters Rights
Crofters Rights 'Enter 2020' NYE Party
2 Rooms. 16 Hours of Music. 3 DJ crews + 3 Extra Special DJs
Lakota NYE: Palms Trax | Nightmares On Wax & More
Palms Trax | Nightmares On Wax | DJ Boring | Young Marco & More!
The Blast NYE with My Nu Leng
Celebrate the end of In:Motion 2019 and NYE with a bang...
The Gallimaufry
Feel Flows / Galli NYE
w/ Manami & Neathway + Marlon Clark + Kiia
Crofters Rights
Der Liebe Presents: Noche de Reyes & Reinas
A trio of Kings (Reyes) pitted against a trio of Queens (Reinas)
Crofters Rights
New year, new party.
The Love Inn
Double Vision: Wonky Wednesdays
Double Vision returns to Love Inn with a 'Wonky Wednesday' to kickstart our 2020 series
Continuous Movement w/ Max Abysmal, Zaltan +++
Back at the our the dark backroom of the exchange with three of our favourite dj's Max Abysmal, Zaltan & Kayne The Hermit
Utopia: Laurence Guy, O'Flynn, Theo Kottis
For our next journey, we will joined by a selection of top selectors, transporting you to the narrow backstreets of Tokyo, Japan.
Utopia: O'Flynn & Special Guests
Utopia: O'Flynn & Special Guests
Our last event with Folamour & Mafalda sold out well in advance, this event will be no exception!
The Love Inn
Hyphen w/ Bogdan Dražić & Frank Rodas
Hyphen kick start their 2020 programming with a Friday show at our favourite watering hole; The Love Inn.
Take Five Cafe
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HAAi Curates
HAAi, Peach, Optimo [4hrs], Roi Perez, Manami, Tosh Ohta
The Old Crown Courts
Alice In Wonderland's Magical Circus! • Boogieland
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Dropout Disco: Or:la, Andrew Weatherall, Courtesy,
You’re invited to a collective ritual in loving the unknown. Courtship displays by leading others, lovers and dysfunctional brothers from ac
The Loco Klub
French Kiss presents: Saoirse (All Night Long)
We return to The Loco Klub for our first event of 2020, an all night long affair with the excellent Saoirse.
The Trinity Centre
Timedance - 5 Years
Timedance returns - this time at Trinity Centre, powered by the Sinai Sound System
Secret location
Der Liebe Presents: Prophecy 001
A day rave in a unique and new space, a church in the city centre
Apex Presents: FJAAK (Live) & Adiel
We invite Berlin duo Fjaak for our first big party of the year
Strange Circuits (USA) + Support
Cult industrial electronica from the US with local supports
Shall Not Fade: Kettama, Big Miz, Demuja & more
To celebrate 4 years of Shall Not Fade we bring our largest line up to Motion featuring KETTAMA, Big Miz, Demuja, Black Loops
Secret location
Der Liebe Presents: Prophecy 002
A day rave in a unique and new space in the city centre
Secret location
Der Liebe Presents: Prophecy 003
A day rave in a unique and new space in the city centre