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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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Deck A Dance 002 - Horse Meat Disco
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The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun w/ Manami & Neathway
Worldwide rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
The Old Crown Courts
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Disco, Funk & Soul, House, Techno, Ice Cream!
To The Moon
Broadcast At To The Moon
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Dare 2
Mi Casa Su Casa presents:Marco Shuttle
For our first dance of 2019 we bring you Italian techno at its finest
Cafe Kino
Off Grid - Ambient, Experimental & Dance
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BYOT 19 ft. Pioneer DJ & Bop DJ
For its 19th instalment, Bring Your Own tracks has teamed up with Bop DJ and Pioneer DJ!
Basement 45
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Canapé Records debut event! House, Breaks, Bass and Techno!
Intimate Disco Party.
The Dark Horse
House of Disco with guest Mutual Vibes
After a short break House of Disco is on top form and ready to bring you a fantastic line up of DJs
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun w/ Manami & Neathway
Worldwide rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
Jamaica Street Stores
Mother's Milk pres: EARTHJAMS w/ African Super 65
#afrobeat #tropical #afrodisco #worldmusic #bongoheaven #blowthehorn #afrohouse
To The Moon
What Is Love? 90s DJs
90s dance, house & pop tunes are The Rhythm of the Night.
Basement 45
Charity, Disco, House and Techno Night
Zed Alley
Colours 3rd Birthday w/ Patrice Scott (Detroit)
Detroit legend Patrice Scott joins us for a city centre basement get down...
The Island
French Kiss presents: Lone (DJ Set) / Em Williams
R&S Records mainstay Lone performs a 3 hour DJ set in The Cells.
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun w/ Manami & Neathway
Worldwide rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
The Boxing Club
Club Blanco w/ Moscoman
A late night magic carpet ride
AKA x 64zoo | Deep Sea Diggin' w/ Or:la
AKA and 64zoo join forces for their debut collaboration, and are leading Lakota into unchartered waters...
Crofters Rights
Hyphen w/ Glenn Astro (Ninja Tune / Tartelet )
After a great launch party with Ruf Dug, we look to Germany for our next guest; Glenn Astro.
The Love Inn
Double Vision: Wonky Wednesdays
We're back at Love Inn with our unique blend of classic disco, funky house and free diffraction glasses to give you Double Vision!
Jam Jar
Auntie Flo (live band), Bambooman & Ellie Stokes
We’re delighted to announce our first ever it’s peachy event at the JamJar
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun w/ Manami & Neathway
Worldwide rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
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Boiling Point Vol.1
A night of steamy electro, red hot rollers, and sizzling tech beats all mixed into a pot and brought to the boil for your listening pleasure
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun w/ Manami & Neathway
Worldwide rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
The Marble Factory
Sonny Fodera Presents SOLOTOKO
Sonny Fodera returns to Bristol next March, bringing his 'Solotoko' imprint to Bristol for the first time.
The Hatchet
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Live, deep House band - Robot Monkey, Live Trip Hop by Pierott The Acid Clown, Dancers, Drag Queens, Cabaret and Wild Costumes
The Gallimaufry
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Worldwide rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
The Doghouse
Empathy 18th Birthday with Danny Howells
Danny Howells (Bedrock / Dig Deeper / 3D)
Basement 45
On Air Presents: OC & Verde
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The Doghouse
BIMM vs DBS Soundclash
BIMM and DBS going head to head with a mix of genres to win the crown
The Island
Bitch, Please! feat Hannah Holland & Special Guest
Bitch, Please! returns for an Easter Special.
Showhawk Duo live at SWX
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Basement 45
Minotaur Sound #5
The Techno Beast Cometh
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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.
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The Prog Lab Pres. King Unique & Alfonso Muchaco
We welcome King Unique an underground music legend with releases on major labels over the years including Bedrock, Sudbeat & Junior Boys Own