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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 28th/07/2017
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Farmfest 2017
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Thekla
Brooklyn Zoo: The Summer Pop Off w/ Patrick Nazemi
A Midsummer Jam with Bristol's biggest friendly face.
The Doghouse
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Ohmygosh Bass Kitchen back with Dazee (Ruffneck Ting)!
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun
Dusty hip hop, mellow jazz, world rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
LEFTBANK
Sketch on Glass
Fully Improvised House/Dub/Techno/Hiphop
Sat 29th/07/2017
Number 51
Club Afro Tropicana All-Dayer
Hitting up Bristol for our second Summer party, this time with a full day of tropical wonderment at No.51!
To The Moon
Toucan Groove
A new night at To The Moon - Toucan Groove! Featuring Tropical beats and vibes!
Fri 4th/08/2017
Take Five Cafe
Furzebank Spiritual Centre presents Sermon #3
Bringing you the best cuts of Disco, Dusty House/Lofi, crossover Techno and beyond.
Cosies
BRSTL
w/ Bob (Dirtytalk), Simon G and Da
The Love Inn
Eminent w/ Hidden Spheres
Hidden Spheres with support from The Hermit, TuTu and residents
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun w/ George Oscar
Dusty hip hop, mellow jazz, world rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
Sat 5th/08/2017
Motion
B.Please! Summer Party
The Black Madonna & Marquis Hawkes
Fri 11th/08/2017
Blue Mountain
The Avenue
+Techno +Deep House +Garage
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun w/ Femi
Dusty hip hop, mellow jazz, world rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
Fri 18th/08/2017
Colston Hall
Musu Terrace Party ft. Pender Street Steppers
Musu 2nd birthday with Pender Street Steppers and then Hashman Deejay for the afterparty...
Crofters Rights
Musu - Terrace Afterparty ft Hashman Deejay
Afterparty for the Musu terrace party w/ Pender Street Steppers
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun w/ Noods Radio
Dusty hip hop, mellow jazz, world rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
Fri 25th/08/2017
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun w/ Jess Farley
Dusty hip hop, mellow jazz, world rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
Sat 26th/08/2017
To The Moon
Mutual Vibes
Bristol's new LGBT friendly uplifting/funky house night
Motion
YARD: Open Air Club
Jeff Mills, Seth Troxler, Eats Everything, Joy Orbison, Daniel Avery, Midland, Axel Boman & more
Sat 2nd/09/2017
The Loco Klub
FreakShow FunkHouse Featuring Slamboree
Freak Show Featuring Slamboree Soundsystem
Fri 15th/09/2017
Crofters Rights
Supersmash w/ Secret headliner
Pure house, disco and electro jams
Sat 16th/09/2017
Jam jar
Humans for rights network fundraiser
Fundraiser with all proceeds towards helping efugee rights
Tue 19th/09/2017
Crofters Rights
Privacy Network presents DJ Steaw
Deep house cuts brought to you by DJ Steaw!
Thu 21st/09/2017
The Old Crown Courts
Deep Discs Presents: New York's Movin'
Our biggest event to date with house royalty Mood II Swing + more TBA.
Sat 23rd/09/2017
Basement 45
End of Summer Party
On after Tokyo World Festival
Fri 29th/09/2017
Motion
In:Motion Opening - Friday
In:Motion Opening - Friday
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!
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.
Fri 17th/11/2017
Motion
Bicep - Live
Bicep - Live at Motion, Bristol