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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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Thu 1st/09/2016
LEFTBANK
LeftBank Jam Night | LBJB's
Jazz, Funk, Soul and more
Fri 2nd/09/2016
The Lanes
Motorcity - Motown Soul Funk Disco Rock 'n' Roll!
Motorcity is BACK at The Lanes on September 2nd for another packed out night of dancing to them Gold Sounds.
Sat 3rd/09/2016
The Golden Lion
Manfredi Funk Initiative
Funky Rhythm and Blues in a 60s hammond funk style
Number 51
Void Reunion 2016
Out Of The Void Reunion! Void DJs from back in the day playing classics
Sun 4th/09/2016
The Folk House
Barmer Boys
21st Century folk with attitude
Thu 8th/09/2016
LEFTBANK
LeftBank Jam Night | LBJB's
Jazz, Funk, Soul and more
Fri 9th/09/2016
Salt Café
Gravy / Black Terror
Post-punk/soul from quartet Gravy plus power pop support from Black Terror
Cosies
The Washing Machine feat. Guppy Slim
Garage don Guppy Slim in The Washing Machine with extra sound!
Sat 10th/09/2016
Set It Out
Dreamy Days MK3
Roof Terrace with Rough Draft, Soulworks, George Oscar and Special guests.
The Lanes Bristol
Department S Club Night 'Andy Crofts DJ Set'
Legendary Bristol club night Department S with JOHN THE MOD, joining us on the decks ANDY CROFTS ...
Fri 16th/09/2016
Salt Café
Emma Hutchinson Band
Emotive soul-jazz originals and standards - astounding vocals and playing from Emma & her band
The Louisiana
Club Kuru
Club Kuru performs at The Louisiana
El Rincon Bristol
BLEND
Lounge-soul-funk trio
Sat 17th/09/2016
Small Horse Inn
Late Night Tales
with Chris Geddes (Belle & Sebastian)
Thekla
Junius Meyvant
Junius Meyvant performs at Thekla
Basement 45
Code of the Streets End Of Summer Dance
Bristol's premier night out, brings another stellar line up for The End Of Summer Dance Sat 17th Sept
The Plough Inn
Hot Buttered Soul x Soulworks
FREE entry at Bristol's best-kept monthly party
Mr Wolfs
Sounds of Harlowe
Til late at mr wolfs
The Lanes Bristol
Department S Club Night 'Zoomer'
The Department S Club Night with DJ John The Mod, live music from 'Zoomer'.
Tue 20th/09/2016
The Gallimaufry
Saint Sister
“Stunning” - Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1
Thu 22nd/09/2016
The Grain Barge
Groovelator
Funk, Soul, Jazz Grooves
Fri 23rd/09/2016
Exchange
Mr Tea and the Minions w/ Razzomo & Mama
Mr Tea and the Minions w/ Razzomo & Mama
The Lanes
The House Clearance House Party: Bristol!
The HCHP takes over The Lanes for the most bonkers everything must go party Bristol has ever seen!
The Tunnels
Freeze
6 Piece Rock Pop Funk Indie Band
Sat 24th/09/2016
Sat 1st/10/2016
The Lanes
DEPARTMENT S CLUB NIGHT 'The Lost Boys'
The Department S Club Night with DJ John The Mod, live music from Paul Weller favourites 'The Lost Boys'.
Tue 4th/10/2016
The Lantern
Clare Maguire
Clare Maguire In The Lantern
Sat 8th/10/2016
The Steam Crane
FREE ENTRY! Saturday Session At The Steam Crane
DJ all dayer with garage, hip hop and funk and soul
The Lanes
DEPARTMENT S CLUB NIGHT 'Paves'
The Department S Club Night with DJ John The Mod, live music from 'Paves'.
Sat 15th/10/2016
Stokes Croft - multi-venue
Oxjam Music Festival
Oxjam's Music Festival returns to Bristol this October
Sun 16th/10/2016
The Tunnels
The Soul Tunnel
CLASSIC SOUL, FUNK, DISCO, RARE GROOVE
Tue 18th/10/2016
SWX
Michael Franti
Michael Franti performs at Thekla
SWX
Michael Franti LIVE at SWX
American rapper come poet comes to Bristol this October
Mon 24th/10/2016
Colston Hall
KT Tunstall
KT Tunstall at Colston Hall
Sat 29th/10/2016
Thekla
Wille & The Bandits
Wille & The Bandits perform at Thekla
Tue 8th/11/2016
Thekla
KING
Soulful pop trio KING perform at Thekla
Fri 11th/11/2016
Salt Café
RSJ Blues
Superb seasoned blues trio (ex-Ben E King / Patti Labelle)
Sat 12th/11/2016
SWX
Lake Street Dive
Lake Street Dive perform at Thekla
Sat 19th/11/2016
The Lantern
Robert Glasper (In the Lantern)
Robert Glasper (In the Lantern)
The Tunnels
ON THE EDGE
FORMED OVER 27 YEARS AGO PLAYING MOTOWN AND ROCK
Wed 30th/11/2016
Colston Hall
The Human League
80s synth pop legends The Human League headline Colston Hall
Fri 2nd/12/2016
Mon 5th/12/2016
The Wardrobe Theatre
Yola Carter
A magically intimate sit-down country and soul gig
Fri 9th/12/2016
Sat 10th/12/2016
Fri 16th/12/2016
The Tunnels
JOEY the LIPS
"Fast, fun and furious - we guarantee you won't be able to sit still! 10-piece Joey the Lips
NEW YEARS EVE
Sun 15th/01/2017
Sat 4th/02/2017
The Tunnels
Motown & Soul Night with Soulside & 60'
MOTOWN & SOUL NIGHT WITH SOULSIDE & 60'S DISCO
Mon 20th/03/2017
Colston Hall
Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox
Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox
Wed 26th/04/2017
Colston Hall
Billy Ocean
Billy Ocean at Colston Hall
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