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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 Presents: Banoffee Pies
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Basement 45
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Disco, House and Techno
Crofters Rights
Beeswax Launch Party w/ Ian DPM
Beeswax proudly presents Ian DPM
Queens Head Easton
Albeit Records ± Night Series
Dedicated record diggers in intimate spaces around Bristol.
The Old Crown Courts
Clotted Cream: Halloween Disco w/xxxy & apexape
Clotted Cream's Halloween Disco & Ice Cream Carn-Evil with XXXY and APEXAPE!
O2 Academy
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The Gumbo Show presents: Naughty Box
Funk, Soul & House club night
In:Motion - George FitzGerald [Live]
George Fitzgerald graces Motion's Marble Factory.
Crofters Rights
ACID Reflex - Halloween Edition with Manami
Good DJs. Good Music. (House/Techno/Electro/Breaks/ACID)
The Old Crown Courts
Triple Cooked: Disco of the Dead
We're at the UK's most haunted venue for a Halloween experience like no other...
Noche Negra
Cinnamon presents: Nokia Nokia
Freaky, spicy tunes, played all night above a tapas bar
The Love Inn
Livity Sound w/ Beneath, Toma Kami & Residents
Underground dance music for the head and body.
Basement 45
Day Of The Dead Costume Party By Cosmic Cabaret
Day Of The Dead Costume Party, Live PA, DJs playing House/Funk, extra ordinary dancer
Crofters Rights
Supersmash w/ Medlar
+ Waxmouse / Kraymon / Petit Four / Pupfish
RAYE performs at Thekla
Crofters Rights
Nerang Recordings w/ DJ Whipr Snipr, Eben Rees & H
Nerang Recordings w/ DJ Whipr Snipr, Eben Rees & Hywel Gregory
In:Motion - Sulta Selects
Denis Sulta shows us what he's got.
Caramello - The Cosmic Disco Launch Party
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Dare To Swing
Set It Out & Ruffnek Diskotek Present: Chrissy
We return with Chicago's very own Chrissy
In:Motion - Drumcode
Drumcode returns to Bristol.
The Plough Inn
Good Vibrations with Sean McCabe and Deli-G
Playing Soulful House, Disco and Boogie
Crofters Rights
Pixels Presents - Lurka b2b Facta // Ipman
Pixels return to The Crofters Rights with a heavyweight line-up.
The Lanes
More Than presents... La Discotheque!
The disco & bowling party is back! Celebrating a magical 2 years of debaucherous parties...
A hyper-sensory AV experience with artists from the legendary Raster label
Colston Hall
Marie Davidson + Not Waving
Thought-triggering ambience, visceral, dancefloor-ready electro
Club Blanco w/ Massimiliano Pagliara
A late night magic carpet ride
Brisco Disco
Hosted by Tom Riley - resident at Mr Wolf's, Number 51 & The Alchemist
The Marble Factory
In:Motion / Deadmau5
Deadmau5 returns to bristol after a 10 year hiatus.
The Plough Inn
Random HiFi at The Plough
Keep it RaNdOm Easton Styleee
In:Motion / Love International
Love International lands in the west country.
Luna Bar
mohde makes its Bristol debut
Housework ft: upsammy (Nous'klaer De School)
Housework w/ upsammy, Shanti Celeste, Gramrcy, Golesworthy & Daisy Moon
In:Motion / Claptone and The Masquerade
Claptone and The Masquerade comes to Bristol
Basement 45
House of Disco presents Inclusion
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Jack Of Diamonds
Subsonic with the Scratch Perverts
Subsonic brings the legendary Scratch Perverts to Bristol!
The Doghouse
Empathy Christmas Special
Bushwacka!, Jim Rivers, Stu Wilkinson, Simon Lloyd
In:Motion - Crucast
The Crucast collective is set for a full takeover!
Crofters Rights
Phuture Shock Musik presents: Karmasound
Barcelona's Damián Botigué aka Karmasound, to play his debut UK live gig in Bristol at Crofters Rights
Blue Mountain
FBWL : The Willers Brothers
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Patrick Topping - All Night Long.
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Colston Hall
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