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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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Fri 24th/03/2017
Dojos
4to theFloor w/ TSADJ & Distract
House music until 6am, free before 1am on Facebook event.
Crofters Rights
Chezz and Boogie Cafe
Chezz and Boogie Cafe at The Crofters Rights
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun
Worldwide rhythms from Soulworks DJs & friends
Mon 27th/03/2017
Analog
Cult // Alfresco disco, Dropout Disco, Deep Discs
Alfresco Disco, Deep Discs, Dropout Disco, Nebula, Soul Shake
Tue 28th/03/2017
Wed 29th/03/2017
Lakota
Two Faced
House and old school classics all under one roof in separate rooms
Thu 30th/03/2017
Blue Mountain
Turbulence DnB LoganD+EvilB-Kmotionz+FatmanD
Jump Up DnB Djs & MCs including LoganD+EvilB-Kmotionz+FatmanD
The Love Inn
Club Djembe
Exploration in globally influenced house music.
Fri 31st/03/2017
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun
5th Birthday Party Jon Rust + Admin + Soulworks
Sat 1st/04/2017
The Old Crown Court & Prison cell complex, Bristol
'Fantazia meets Raindance' - the joining of Forces
Iconic rave pioneers 'join forces' for a special event with rave royalty. 13Hrs Outdoor stage, 3 x Crown Courts & Complex
Crofters Rights
The Pool Presents Hysteric (Public Posse
The Pool Presents... Hysteric w/ suppoort from Jackin' Patz
SWX Bristol
Howard Donald & Son of 8
A global superstar who needs no introduction.
Fri 7th/04/2017
Dojos
Eminent w/ Yakona [Heights EP Launch]
Eminent w/ Yakona [Heights EP Launch]
Sat 8th/04/2017
Factory Studios
Sleazy Sessions - 1st Birthday
Welcome Back to the Discotheque
Arnolfini
Housework w/ FIT Siegel (FIT Sound, FXHE, Detroit)
FIT Siegel joined by residents Shanti Celeste, Gramrcy, Golesworthy and Daisy Moon
Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre
Dreamy Days & Restless Nights
Dreamy Days & Restless Nights Roof Terrace Party with Ste Roberts
Crofters Rights
Musu ft. Joe Ellis (Freerotation/UntilMyHeartStops
Musu ft. Joe Ellis (Freerotation/UntilMyHeartStops)
Thu 13th/04/2017
The Old Market Assembly
Shambarber Temple of Lust Launch party
Tricky Disco headlines a night of Shambarber flavoured disco deviance..till 4am
Fri 14th/04/2017
Crofters Rights
ITT Bristol
The ITT is taking over The Crofters Rights to host its maiden dance party in glorious Bristol...
Tba
Mister Saturday Night
Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter
Sat 15th/04/2017
The Doghouse
Empathy 16th Birthday
Dave Seaman, Steve Parry, Stuart Wilkinson +
Sun 16th/04/2017
Blue Mountain
Banjax 5th Birthday with Raffa FL
We celebrate turning 5 years old!!!
Sat 22nd/04/2017
Crofters Rights
Restless Nights ft. Ian Blevins • Ell
Ian Blevins + Ell & Sandy Banoffee Pies Records
Fri 28th/04/2017
The Old Crown Courts
Club Erotica
A sordid, leather bound union between two of Bristol's most promiscuous parties
Sat 29th/04/2017
Sun 30th/04/2017
Blue Mountain
Twisted Fusion x Banjax w SEFF, Apollo 8
Twisted Fusion and Banjax come together for one night only
Sat 6th/05/2017
The Island
Musu ft. Orpheu The Wizard (5 hour set)
The Redlight Radio co-founder descends to the depths of The Island for Musu's 2nd excursion in the cells.
Sat 13th/05/2017
Blue Mountain
Rabotech
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Sat 20th/05/2017
Stokes Croft Takeover
Rave on Avon 2017
Bristol’s underground electronic music festival, will once again be taking over Stokes Croft to kick off the season on Saturday 20th May
Sat 27th/05/2017
The Black Swan
A R Records May Bank Holiday weekend pt1
A R Records May Bank Holiday weekend at The Black Swan
Love Saves The Day
Love Saves The Day 2017 (Saturday)
We are back for our 6th weekend of love-fuelled frolics on the 27th & 28th May 2017!
Sun 28th/05/2017
Love Saves The Day
Love Saves The Day 2017 (Sunday)
We are back for our 6th weekend of love-fuelled frolics on the 27th & 28th May 2017!
The Black Swan
A R Records May Bank Holiday weekend pt2 (Sunday)
A R Records May Bank Holiday weekend at The Black Swan
Sat 3rd/06/2017
The Love Inn
Late Night Tales w Jack Savidge (Friendly Fires)
Late Night Tales welcomes Jack Savidge of Friendly Fires to Bristol's The Love Inn for an intimate, late night DJ set.
Fri 28th/07/2017
Gilcombe Farm, Bruton, Somerset
Farmfest 2017
A mischievous melting pot of music, arts, party and people – for the free and unfettered