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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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Crofters Rights
PLAY // Saint Marmalade
Exotic Disco/Techno/House launch party. Fundraising for Food Cycle Bristol
The Gallimaufry
Seedling Sessions
Sounds of Harlowe & MYLA
Thekla
DONUTS
DONUTS at Thekla
Crofters Rights
Hot Contents live at The BFN
Bringing the funk to the wonderful Bristol Femme Night.
The Gallimaufry
Snazzback
Afro-funk & psych-jazz
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
Fiddlers
Swindle
Swindle effortlessly blends UK jazz, grime and hip-hop
The Greenbank Pub, Easton
Loophole #2: Emily Magpie & She, Robot + support
LOOPHOLE: The second night of BRISTOL LOOPERS COLLECTIVE
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
The Lanes
Father Funk's Church of Love: Nuns N' Roses
BROTHERS AND SISTERS! On March 22nd we will be bringing you the most rockin’ Church of Love yet…
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun w/ Manami & Neathway
Worldwide rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
The Lanes
Father Funk's Church of Love: Nuns N Roses
BROTHERS AND SISTERS! On March 22nd we will be bringing you the most rockin' show yet...
LEFTBANK
Konketsu
New sounds from some young Bristol heads
To The Moon
One Soul - featuring Afro Nick & Delboy Rousseau
For one of our last One Soul sessions we welcome back Afro Nick & Delboy Rousseau.
Mr Wolfs
Year of the Dog and The Keystonez at Mr Wolfs!
Year of the Dog + The Keystonez // Papamoonin
Crofters Rights
Five10's Funked Up Fridays - Disco Fever
Expect old school tunes, confetti, disco balls and glitter galore.
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.
Basement 45
Code of the Streets
Bristol's popular night out code of the Streets returns for the first event of 2019.
The Hatchet
Cosmic Cabaret Club Night and Costume Party
Live, deep House band - Robot Monkey, Live Trip Hop by Pierott The Acid Clown, Dancers, Drag Queens, Cabaret and Wild Costumes
LEFTBANK
Los Gusanos
5 piece heavy latin blues
Kingsdown Vaults
THE UNCLES
Upbeat Swingin' Rhythm n Blues
friendly records bar
Hi Life Hi Fi @ Friendly records bar
Beautiful records from all corners of Africa.
The Love Inn
Slix Disco w/ Admin & Harri Pepper
The tasty combo of Admin & Harri Pepper returns to The Love Inn.
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.
The Spin Bar
Platform 1 / Rebecca Shelley
Folk & roots trio / Multi-instrumentalist songwriter
O2 Academy
NAO
O2 Academy Bristol
O2 Academy
The Internet
O2 Academy Bristol
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
Mr Wolfs
Amber Dee + Chrissie Huntley // Lawi
Amber Huntley + Chrissie Huntley
Fiddlers
Worm Disco Club: Ruby Rushton + ILL Considered
A double headline JAZZ special with two incredible London based acts.
Saint Stephen's Church
Sam Brookes + Murmuration Choir
Legendary British Folk Artist, in Collaboration with Bristol's Contemporary Music Choir
The Loco Klub
The People's Front Room Take Over at The Loco Klub
Live music, spoken word and DJs kicking off festival season for 2019
O2 Academy
James Morrison
O2 Academy Bristol
The Lanes
BLG Promotions Present: The Brass Funkeys
BLG Promotions Present: The Brass Funkeys
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun w/ Manami & Neathway
Worldwide rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
To The Moon
CLUB STOIC at To The Moon
Pataphysical sounds, Haunted Sandcastles, Three Hungry Ghosts
To The Moon
Midnight Express
A cosmic mix of 80s funk, disco, boogie, modern soul and anything else that makes you think you can do the moonwalk.
The Gallimaufry
More Soup
Comforting vinyl selections
The Gallimaufry
Lewis Creaven's Dharma Blues
Electric Blues and fearless improv
Blue Mountain
Utopia x More Than's : Lucid Labyrinth
We’re packing the greatest custom designed lighting show Blue Mountain has ever seen
The Gallimaufry
Snazzback
Afro-funk & psych-jazz
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
The Attic Bar
Smoove & Turrell 'Solid Brass' Tour
One of the UK’s most popular live Funk & Soul acts celebrates 10 years in the business!
The Three Tuns
Brandon Hill Beer Festival
Beer Festival with Live Music and Late Licenses
The Lanes
Motorcity
Motorcity - Motown, Soul, Funk, Disco & Rock 'n' Roll
The Dark Horse, Bristol
Smorgasbord
Democratic dance floor vibes.
The Three Tuns
Brandon Hill Beer Festival
Beer Festival with Live Music and Late Licenses
The Gallimaufry
Feel Flows w/ Manami & Neathway
Through soul, jazz & electronica
The Canteen
Sounds of Harlowe
Fancy a little bit of Friday night dancing?
The Lanes
Department S Club Night with The Magic Mod!
Rock & Roll's favourite magician THE MAGIC MOD will be joining JTM
Kuumba centre
Bristol Transformed After-Party
After party of Bristol Transformed
The Old Bookshop
Ready Steady GO GO
A night of all things 1960s
The Three Tuns
Brandon Hill Beer Festival
Beer Festival with Live Music and Late Licenses
The Golden Lion
Open Mic Showcase
A showcase of open mic talent
Fiddlers
Georgia Anne Muldrow & The Righteous
Colston Hall Presents at Fiddlers
O2 Academy
James Blake
O2 Academy Bristol
O2 Academy
James Blake
O2 Academy Bristol
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
The Canteen
Glamour and the Baybes
The UK’s most energetic funk band.
The Attic Bar
Pama International
Following up on their critically acclaimed **** Mojo album Love & Austerity
The Gallimaufry
Feel Flows w/ anu (NTS)
Hosted by Manami & Neathway
The Golden Lion
Blackbeards Tea Party with Punc
Double headliner of funk rock fun
LEFTBANK
Space Ghetto
Seriously heavy funk
The Louisiana
Welcome to MY City presents: CHINA BOWLS
5 artists from 5 cities across the UK, bringing the best emerging soul, jazz, grime and hip hop sounds to Bristol.
Fringe Jazz
JAMES MORTON & FRIENDS
Bristol's Brilliant Alto Saxophonist
The Love Inn
BRS Disco
Catch us doing our Tunnel Vision ting at The Love Inn for a disco, funk, soul and house special.
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
Elmers Arms
La Bomba!
Afrobeat • Cumbia • Boogaloo • Island Funk
Crofters Rights
The Hawkmen
The Hawkmen play an original, authentic mix of rockabilly, northern soul, country and 60s R&B
The Gallimaufry
Feel Flows w/ Manami & Neathway
Through soul, jazz & electronica
The Old Market Assembly
Under the cherry moon
A cabaret celebration of the art,music and life of Prince
The Gallimaufry
More Soup
Comforting vinyl selections
Fringe Jazz
HOPKINS HAMMOND TRIO
with special guest Craig Crofton
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
The Golden Lion
Newborn Sessions | Babar Luck + Clayton Blizzard
Part punk rocker, part folk singer, part reggae mc
To The Moon
Dirty Laundry goes To The Moon
Funky Music from the Dirty Laundry residents
The Gallimaufry
Feel Flows w/ Manami & Neathway
Through soul, jazz & electronica
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
The Lanes
Motorcity
Motorcity - Motown, Soul, Funk, Disco & Rock 'n' Roll
The Gallimaufry
Lewis Creaven's Dharma Blues
Electric Blues and fearless improv
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
Zed Alley
KING BEE “Live “ FUNK /JAZZ FUNK
The FunkTrain Launch Brand New Bristol Funk & Soul Club with King Bee playing “Live” Funk / Jazz Funk with Soultrain’s Paul Alexander / Al B
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
The Lanes
Erratic Batting present; Mildlife
Australian Cosmic Jazz & Electronica - UK Tour
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
Crofters Rights
BLG Presents King Champion Sounds /Kuunatic /+more
BLG Promotions are proud to announce King Champion Sounds (NL), Kuunatic (JPN) & more
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
Fiddlers
Yola
Southern Soul from the West Country...
The Lanes
Motorcity
Motorcity - Motown, Soul, Funk, Disco & Rock 'n' Roll
The Lanes
Motorcity
Motorcity - Motown, Soul, Funk, Disco & Rock 'n' Roll
Gilcombe Farm
Farmfest 2019
A mischievous melting pot of music, arts, party and people
The Lanes
Motorcity
Motorcity - Motown, Soul, Funk, Disco & Rock 'n' Roll
The Lanes
Motorcity
Motorcity - Motown, Soul, Funk, Disco & Rock 'n' Roll
O2 Academy
Roachford
O2 Academy Bristol