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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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The Love Inn
One Two Five Presents Love Inn
House Disco Techno and everything good in-between
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Lakota
Two Faced: Vol.II
Come dance. Disco. House. Techno.
Fri 29th/09/2017
The Loco Klub
Continuous Movement - Fantastic Man & Mr Penfold
Fantastic Man & Mr Pefold. Down in an abandoned train station now art space.
The Old Crown Courts
Mi Casu Su Casa's 2 year celebration!
We are kicking off the new season with a birthday bang, Mi Casa Su Casa Style!
Basement 45
No24
Founded by House & Techno, built on friendship
Thekla
Banoffee Pies Presents: Bradley Zero
Join us on deck. Banoffee Pies orchestrating the dance.
Motion
In:Motion Opening - Friday
In:Motion Opening - Friday
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun w/ Magic (Turbo Disco)
Dusty hip hop, mellow jazz, world rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
Sat 30th/09/2017
Lakota
TRiBE of FRoG ~ 17th Birthday
Celebrating 17 years of frogging with a birthday blowout spanning 2 venues, 6 dance floors and 1 outdoor areas.
The Old Crown Courts
Dropout Disco // Day & Night
Dropout Disco's first Day&Night party
Crofters Rights
Mr Mendel + Mike Shawe
MR MENDEL / LUMBERJACKS IN HELL is in town, let's party!
The Love Inn
Rough Draft w/ Bruno Schmidt
w/ Bruno Schmidt (Spinning Plates. / Louche / Meadows in the Mountains Festival)
The Attic Bar
Don Letts
Don Letts with support from Dub From Atlantis Band & Andy Scholes (2Kings)
To The Moon
Picked & Mixed present "A Sweet Night Out"
After a year of careful planning it is time to launch our events label Picked & Mixed.
Fri 6th/10/2017
The Old Crown Courts
Boogie Nights: Dance Ritual
Appreciating sounds from across the globe's radius..
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun w/ James Vine (Waldo’s Gift)
Dusty hip hop, mellow jazz, world rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
Sat 7th/10/2017
The Island
Musu ft. Huerco S & Crump
Huerco S and Crump join Musu for their next trip down to the Cells...
The Loco Klub
Horseplay
Underground Home Disco
The Attic Bar
Solo Banton Presents Vocal & Version
Vocal & Version presents Classic Wonder Veterans
Exchange
The Love Below presents: Alexander Nut
Alexander Nut @ The Exchange, Bristol
To The Moon
Bring Your Own Tracks 5
BYOT is an open-deck night for any genre.
Fiddlers
Go, Go Children
Go, Go Children live in Bristol.
Wed 11th/10/2017
The Love Inn
£1 // Simulate Presents: X-Coast
NYC Based Lo-fi producer lays the smack down
Crofters Rights
PTS x Acid Fantasy
TSVI, Wallwork, Loom, Noire & Roy Bar
Thu 12th/10/2017
Pata Negra
Semi Peppered w/ Kayne the Hermit
We're back, and we've brought a friend.
Fri 13th/10/2017
The Station
Mr Scruff
Mr. Scruff 6-hour DJ set
The Marble Factory
In:Motion / Shall Not Fade
Andrés, DJ Seinfeld, Adryiano, DJ Boring, LK
Motion
In:Motion / Cream Ibiza
John O’Callaghan, Simon Patterson, Menno De Jong, Anthony Probyn + Very special guest: Paul Oakenfold
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun w/ Tim Price (Future Garden)
Dusty hip hop, mellow jazz, world rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
Sat 14th/10/2017
The Old Market Assembly
Ideal World 003
Presenting Skatebård for the first time in Bristol
Secret Location
Noods Radio: Powder
Hidden Party - Leftfield Groovers
Mr Wolfs
Yes Man Jelly Fish // DJ Aldo
Soulful House, Breaks, Electro, Garage, Drum & Bass.
Thu 19th/10/2017
Pata Negra
Club Djembe x Koko Kanu Rum
Club Djembe and Koko Kanu present balearic house and coconut cocktails at a hidden Mediterranean bar on Corn Street
Fri 20th/10/2017
Secret Location
Satsumas w/Bahamian Moor
Bahamian Moor, Kenny White, QOTN
Crofters Rights
Erratic Batting Presents: Galaxians + Bedmo Disco
Galaxians embark on a voyage through synth-wielding, discoid, 606 bashing, 80's electro-funk.
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun w/ Ere Wax
Dusty hip hop, mellow jazz, world rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
Sat 21st/10/2017
Crofters Rights
PTS w/ DJ Haram
Jersey Club, Middle Eastern rhythms and Experimental sensibilities
To The Moon
Mutual VIbes
Bristol's new LGBT friendly uplifting/funky house night. Mutual Vibes!
Thu 26th/10/2017
Blue Mountain
Annex Audio Presents Mason Maynard & Del-30
At Annex Audio we aim to bring you some of the best and upcoming names in the underground scene.
Fri 27th/10/2017
The Love Inn
Late Night Tales with Bill Brewster
Bill Brewster is welcomed by Late Night Tales to Bristol's The Love Inn for an intimate, late night DJ set.
Star and Garter
Super Kitchen Free Warm Up
Join Super Kitchen & Guests for the pre motion warm up, free entry and cheap drinks!
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun w/ Danielle (Phonica/NTS)
Dusty hip hop, mellow jazz, world rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
Sat 28th/10/2017
Zed Alley
Der Liebe Presents: Halloween Special
Emotive melodic music in the spookiest intimate venue - Full Halloween decor
Basement 45
Disco Undead II
The return of the unspeakable grooves.
Brunswick Club
COIL 2: Imma Asher / Elysia Crampton / Colin Self
A happening where outsiders re-seize soylent space within the oozing heart of Bristol
Motion
In:Motion / Just Jack Halloween
In:Motion / Just Jack Halloween
Fri 17th/11/2017
Motion
Bicep - Live
Bicep - Live at Motion, Bristol
Sat 25th/11/2017
The Island
Minotaur Sound #3 - Illy Noize returns
Illy Noize returns from the Germanic depths by popular demand