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Bristol's Funk And Soul Scene

Live Funk in Bristol
Funk isn't huge in Bristol but there are still some good funk bands playing regular gigs, even if the market is slightly smaller than it used to be. Quality hammond led jazz-funk jams can often be found at the Golden Lion on Gloucester road. For faster more sweaty funk gigs, keep and eye on what's on at the Mr Wolfs in Bristol city centre.

Live Soul in Bristol
In the early 2000's there was a much needed soul revival in the UK. At the core of this revival was Brighton and in particular it's Tru-Thoughts record label. Artists like Alice Russell and Belleruche ventured into 'nu-soul', while bands like the Quantic Soul Orchestra revisited raw early funk. While the albums made during this period were nothing hugely special, the performances that came with them were a welcome return of quality and engaging soul music. Being an important city in the UK's live music scene, Bristol and it's venues were (and still are) a key tour-stop for modern soul gigs. Whilst the revival is not as strong as it was, there are still some consistent soul and funk venues in Bristol to check whats on. Metropolis is the new home of Tru-thoughts / Stones Throw / Freestyle Recs type tours, with recent (2010) Bristol events including Belleruche, Speedometer and The Bamboos. The 02 Academy, Colston Hall and the Bristol Thekla are Bristol's main venues for bigger name musicians or comeback tours for legendary Motown and soul singers. It's also worth checking the Start the Bus listings, they seem to have a great ability of booking upcoming talent before it hits the big time. While not strictly soul or funk, the venue has hosted some great cross over artists including Little Dragon and The Apples.

The Park Bar in Clifton with it's Hot Buttered Soul nights is also worth looking into.

If you're looking for disco clubnights in Bristol check the mainstream city centre venues (which we don't list on this website).
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Jam Jar
Ashanti Beats Fundraiser
Ashanti Beats presents a night of glory music, full of tropical beats and only good vibes to make your feet move!
Mr Wolfs
Soul Grenades + Sneak Eazies at Mr Wolfs
Soul Grenades // Sneak Eazies / Lil Bo Selecta
The Attic Bar
The Allergies & Andy Cooper (P.A)
Live funky hip-hop from the LA/Bristol connection
The Attic Bar
The Allergies & Andy Cooper (P.A)
You know the deal, it don't get better!
LEFTBANK
Impulse
Improvised group of up and coming musicians
No.1 Harbourside
Wasabi
9 piece funk monster
Convivio
Eighth Avenue @ Convivio
Convivio welcome the fabulous Eighth Avenue!
BRISCO
BRISCO DISCO
DJing Old School Disco to rare Edits, 90’s Hip Hop to Reggae, Funk & Soul
Kingsdown Vaults
Peter & the Wolves
Country Blues, Soul and a whole lot more!!
The Attic Bar
Necktr / Madly / Area Boys
with DJ support for LittleBoSelecta
Mr Wolfs
The Crinkle Cuts at Mr Wolfs
The Crinkle Cuts + Support // Papa Moonin
The Canteen
Horning Glory
The maddest, baddest, illest, brassiest squad you’ve ever heard!
Rough Trade Bristol
Durand Jones & The Indications | Live & Signing
Durand Jones and the Indications will be live in-store at Rough Trade Bristol to perform tracks from new album 'American Love Call.'
The Gallimaufry
Seedling Sessions
Pocket Sun & Steve from Work
The Canteen
Jausme
A must see, eloquent, bilingual musician who infuses luscious tones throughout.
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
El Rincon
Colin Smith
Virtuoso multi-genre piano karaoke king
Mr Wolfs
Charlie Miller and the Soul Agents at Mr Wolfs
Charlie Miller and the Soul Agents // Ragged Union
The Lanes
Jackson 5 Disco - Bristol
From the creators of ABBA's Disco Wonderland comes the tribute to one of the biggest & most influential groups of all time, The Jackson 5!
Lakota
Deep Discs presents: Raphaël Top-Secret
The Parisian 'digger's digger' Raphaël Top-Secret arrives in Bristol!
Corner 77
Translations
A showcase of Bristol's best musicians.
The Old Crown Courts
Clotted Cream: 1st Birthday
Our Famous Disco & Ice Cream party turns 1!
El Rincon
Sophie Stockham & Ruth Hammond
Top-notch saxophone and keyboards jazz duo
The Elmer's Arms
Monsoon Season
A night of global grooves, exploring the sounds of the eastern hemisphere.
Kingsdown Vaults
LADY SINGS...
Monthly Blues n Soul revue with Lady Nade & Co
The Old Bookshop
Coyote Blue
Down-home dusty blues and Americana
Cafe Kino
Ambient, Experimental & Dance w/ Viridian + more
Billie George, Those Who Came Before Us, Adi & Woe is Me
The Gallimaufry
Maybug
Only Bristol show of 2019
The Doghouse
DybyDx presents: [HOUSE]
A limited series exploring the derivatives of your favourite genres.
The Bell
Revinyl 66
Funk and Soul Special
The Gallimaufry
Waldo’s Gift Feat. Chris Langton
Snazzback, Forth & Back & Herondrone drummer extraordinaire
St Werburghs Community Centre
JumpStartJazz
Starter to Intermediate Jazz Workshop
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
To The Moon
One Soul - featuring Mike Ashley
One Soul is a vinyl night playing soulful music.
The Old Market Assembly
Sounds of Harlowe
A grunge-soul collective with a wide range of influences who blend elements of soul, hip-hop, metal and jazz.
LEFTBANK
Soul Strutters
A Bristol Funk powerhouse of a band
The Attic Bar
KKBB: The Rin Tins / Mista Trick Sound System
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Returns for Episode 9!
To The Moon
Bang February 2019
Bang is back for their first club night of 2019!
LEFTBANK
Los Mercenarios
Huge Latin funk from Bristol's finest
The Lanes
✰ Dept S Club Night ✰ The Howlers
As part of Independent Venue Week 'DEPARTMENT S' CLUB NIGHT BRISTOL present The Howlers!
The Gallimaufry
Lewis Creaven's Dharma Blues
Electric Blues and fearless improv
The Lanes
More Than returns to La Discotheque!
We return with an exciting new edition of our debauched discotheque...
The Lanes
Blasé presents: Bad and Bourgeois
A night of Blasé Jazz House, Parisian Disco and whisper it, bad bourgeois behaviour.
The Golden Lion
Pychadelephant
Funk & Soul four peice
The Forge
Mohawkestra
Pumpin ‘ , furious organ driven rhythmic blinder..
Club Forty-Eight
Reggae artist 'NIGGI' Live On Stage
NIGGI LIVE ON STAGE!!! - The Red And White Pre Valentine Party.
The Golden Lion
Pychadelephant
Funk & Soul four peice
To The Moon
BYOT 19 ft. Pioneer DJ & Bop DJ
For its 19th instalment, Bring Your Own tracks has teamed up with Bop DJ and Pioneer DJ!
Hy-brasil Club
Kaleem Taylor + Support
Smooth voiced Neo Soul from one-to-watch Kaleem Taylor
St Werburghs Community Centre
JumpStartJazz
Starter to Intermediate Jazz Workshop
Fiddlers
Dorian Concept (Brainfeeder) + Jameszoo
Austrian producer and Flying Lotus associate Oliver Johnson aka Dorian Concept brings his synthesised jazz funk to Fiddlers.
Faraway Cocktail Club
Double Vision: 3rd Wheel Disco
Come celebrate not having to celebrate on Valentine's Day with Double Vision! The only 'D' you need is disco... (and funky house)
The Attic Bar
Kel Assouf "Black Tenere" Album Tour
‘Tuareg influences fuse with heavy rock guitars and keyboard solos in full-tilt songs about love, hypocrisy and exile’
Blue Mountain
Unitedsounds
Doing it for a cause
Crofters Rights
Footshooter (DJ set) / Solomon OB / The High Breed
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Rough Trade Bristol
Yola
Yola will be live in-store at Rough Trade Bristol to perform tracks from her new album, 'Walk Through Fire'
St Werburghs Community Centre
JumpStartJazz
Starter to Intermediate Jazz Workshop
swx
Tank and the Bangas
Get ready to party
The Trinity Centre
Nubiyan Twist
Don't miss this cocktail of jazz, hip-hop, afrobeat, latin and reggae!
The Mothers Ruin
Campbell & The Quarter Turns 'Waiting So Long'
Bristol's Rock 'n' Soul Collective Host a Night To Remember!
The Gallimaufry
Lewis Creaven's Dharma Blues
Electric Blues and fearless improv
The Trinity Centre
Ibibio Sound Machine + support
Dance floor filling superstars Ibibio Sound Machine return to Bristol
The Elmers Arms
Fun It Up! - Special All Dayer
Bring You The Very Best In The Sounds Of 60's Jamica, On Strictly Original Vinyl
The Wardrobe Theatre
Leveret
Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England's finest folk musicians. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each rega
The Lanes
James Chance & The Contortions
NYC no-wave legend James Chance will be coming to the UK as part of a VERY RARE UK tour!
St Werburghs Community Centre
JumpStartJazz
Starter to Intermediate Jazz Workshop
Fiddlers
Swindle
Swindle effortlessly blends UK jazz, grime and hip-hop
Anson Rooms
Soft Machine
Bristol SU Live // Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival
Anson Rooms
Hannah Williams and the Affirmations
Bristol SU Live // Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival
Anson Rooms
Elles Bailey
Bristol SU Live // Bristol Jazz and Blues Fest
Anson Rooms
In Conversation with Pee Wee Ellis
Pee Wee will take you on a trip through his musical life and times with the likes of James Brown and Van Morrison.
Anson Rooms
Dennis Rollins' Funky-Funk
Fresh from the Maceo Parker ‘School of Funk’, Dennis joins an elite lineage of trombone players responsible for changing it’s perceptions.
O2 Academy
The Internet
O2 Academy Bristol
The Attic Bar
Smoove & Turrell 'Solid Brass' Tour
Celebrating 10 years as one of the UK’s most popular live funk & soul acts
Fiddlers
Georgia Anne Muldrow & The Righteous
Colston Hall Presents at Fiddlers