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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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Thekla
Silent Disco - Caring In Bristol Fundraiser
We're holding our very special Silent Disco Fundraiser for all the hard work taking place over at Caring in Bristol.
Mr Wolfs
Soulhole / The Fowlers / Gabriel Templar
Four guys from the south coast of the UK, with a provocative fusion of funk-rock and blues
To The Moon
Don't Test & Friends
Our 7th instalment of Carnival!
Mr Wolfs
Verdisa + Jack Humphries // Nino
A spirit-lifting cocktail of Reggae, Blues & Soul with a liberal splash of feelgood, festival funk.
The Lanes
Sure Shot: Classic Funk & Hip Hop
Resident vinyl DJs Boca 45 & DJ Moneyshot + guests.
The Golden Lion
CS Fly
Sunday Blues session
The Bristol Fringe
Afternoon Jazz: Ruth Hammond
Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer Ruth Hammond
LEFTBANK
JAM SESSION HOSTED BY THE LBJBS
The city's funkiest Jam Session...
Mr Wolfs
Jack Macs Funk Pack + Troika
Live, funky, original music from the heart of Bristol city centre! Join Jack Mac and the Funk Pack for some good vibes and times!
LEFTBANK
LA BOMBA
Vintage Afro / Latin vinyl
The Cloak and Dagger
Jimi Can
Shake away the January blues with some tropical gypsy music from Jimi Can
The Love Inn
Cosmic Tropicana with Ruby Savage
We are super excited to be bringing Ruby Savage to the Love Inn for her Bristol debut!
The Old Crown Courts
Alice In Wonderland's Magical Circus! • Boogieland
Alice In Wonderland's Magical Circus! • Boogielands Bristol
Central Bristol
Tonic's Day Out
A free day of writing jams, socialising and finding inspiration in our fine city and our fine selves.
SWX
ABBA Disco Wonderland: Bristol
ABBA Disco Wonderland: Bristol
The Gallimaufry
Snazzback Open Stage
The spirit of collaboration
Mr Wolfs
IVW: Joe Probert / James Humphrys / Conal Kelly
An avid gardener, multi-instrumentalist and vocal powerhouse - Joe Probert has been making huge waves alongside his band.
The Elmer's Arms
Monsoon Season 012
A night of global grooves, exploring the sounds of the eastern hemisphere.
LEFTBANK
Mulvey's Medicine / Prudent Primate
A Holistic Dose of Heady Funk and Groove...
The Old Market Assembly
Chai Wallahs & Assembly Nights Present:Lazy Habits
Chai Wallahs favourites Lazy Habits return to Bristol.
The Louisiana
Cousin Kula & more for Independent Venue Week
Three stages of forward thinking alternative music, curated by Chiverin for Independent Venue Week at The Louisiana
The Love Inn
Deep Fried Funk ft. Melotone
An evening of grooves, sexy moves and heavy thumping beats.
The Director's Cut, Horts Bar
Tonic 016: China Bowls
Tonic kicks off 2020 with a storming first main show full of spoken and sung word!
LEFTBANK
JAM SESSION HOSTED BY THE LBJBS
The city's funkiest Jam Session...
The Cloak & Dagger
Lewis Creaven Band
Lewis Creaven Band resident set, 1st Friday of every month
The Lanes
Motorcity - Motown, Soul, Funk, Disco, Rock n Roll
Motorcity is BACK at The Lanes on Friday 7th Febuary for another packed out night of dancing to them classic Motown, Soul, Funk, Dis
The Gallimaufry
Quinn Oulton
Jazz, hip-hop and funk
Jamaica Street Stores
Loose Leaf: A night in aid of Tree Sisters
An evening of art and music revolving around all things old, new, strange and pure.
The Canteen
JINGU BANG - Funky Magic! ( jingubang.co.uk )
Live Funky Magic inspired by Herbie Hancock and many others.
LEFTBANK
JAM SESSION HOSTED BY THE LBJBS
The city's funkiest Jam Session...
Jam Jar
Nice One Love.
Live Beats, Bass and Buffoonery to vivify your vital organs.
St George's Bristol
Komposa
Part of The Listening Room Series at St George's Bristol.
The Old Market Assembly
Assembly Nights: The Allergies w Shaka Loves You
The Allergies team up with their favourite disco funk brothers to bring you a night classic jams with a modern twist. Expect live percussion
The Marble Factory
La Discothèque: Artwork, Greg & more!
La Discothèque: Artwork, Greg Wilson & more!
LEFTBANK
JAM SESSION HOSTED BY THE LBJBS
The city's funkiest Jam Session...
The Old England Pub
VODUN - "Lasting Ritual"
Fusing heavy rock, power soul, West-African rhythms, and psyche, VODUN rock like no one else.
Rough Trade Bristol
Samantha Lindo // ‘Underside’ Single Launch
UK Jazz and soul artist Samantha Lindo, featured on BBC Sounds Hot List releases new track ‘Underside’ i
LEFTBANK
JAM SESSION HOSTED BY THE LBJBS
The city's funkiest Jam Session...
The Golden Lion
LYLE! at the Golden Lion (Full Band)
Bring your best disco suits for a night of Synthesised Romance
The Louisiana
J-Felix live (support from Zyla)
J-Felix Whole Again Hooligan Tour
The Cloak & Dagger
Lewis Creaven Band
Lewis Creaven Band resident set, 1st Friday of every month
Jam Jar
LowKey 003: Yakul - Bristol debut
LowKey present Brightonian Neo Soul head-turners - Yakul.
To The Moon
Don't Test & Friends
Our 7th instalment of Carnival!
St George's Bristol
Samantha Lindo
Part of The Listening Room Series at St George's Bristol.
Sportsman Bar, 40 Colston street, BRISTOL, BS1 5AE
The Very Best of MORETHAN SOUL
Bringing you the very best Northern Soul, Motown, Modern Soul and 70/80’s Disco Bristol has to offer with special Guest DJ Stretch.
O2
James Bond - In Concert!
Conducted by the charismatic Charles Hazlewood, James Bond - In Concert! features every Bond theme from the '60s to now
Bristol Folk House
Tricia Boutté - Gumbo Europa
New Orleans singer Tricia Boutte with a stellar UK band performing jazz, blues and gospel
O2 Academy
Roachford
O2 Academy Bristol
The Cloak & Dagger
Lewis Creaven Band
Lewis Creaven Band resident set, 1st Friday of every month
Exchange
Just Friends / Graduating Life
Pop/funk/punk/emo all at once
The Cloak & Dagger
Lewis Creaven Band
Lewis Creaven Band resident set, 1st Friday of every month
Jam Jar
Melt Yourself Down
Colston Hall Presents at The Jam Jar
To The Moon
Don't Test & Friends
Our 7th instalment of Carnival!
The Mint Rooms , Bath
BATH SOUL SOCIAL The Launch Party Roof Top Terrace
Day to Evening Event / Stunning Exclusive Champagne Roof Top Terrace / 70s 80s 90s Soul / 2pm -11pm /Award Winning All Day Food
O2 Academy
WAR
O2 Academy Bristol
The Radnor Rooms
TERRACE SOUL ALL DAYER
Soultrain Revival present in a stunning ROOF TOP TERRACE THE 2020 SUMMER SOUL ALL DAYER with Soultrain DJ's
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