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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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The Olive Shed
The Fowlers @ The Olive Shed
The Fowlers bring the funk and more to The Olive Shed!
Basement 45
Code of the Streets 15th Anniversary
Celebrating 15th years of entertainment with Code of the Streets 20th July - Basement 45
The Rope Walk
Rope Walk Open Mic'
Open Mic' at the Rope Walk, Bristol
Gilcombe Farm
Farmfest 2019
A mischievous melting pot of music, arts, party and people
The Old Market Assembly
Broken Brass Ensemble + Waggles
A brass collective like you've never seen before!
BRISCO
ZYLA @ Brisco
Soul-infused tea funk from Bristol 6-piece ZYLA
Samjam festival
Samjam festival
2 day festival supporting the Samaritans
Crofters Rights
Bodywork + Jimmy The Twin
Bodywork celebrates 5 years of having a monthly residency at Crofters
The Ropewalk
Clash Of The Titans - UK National Qualifier
UK national qualifier for international Clash Of The Titans scratch battle
Friendly Records Bar
DJ Shaun & his mates
Our local man Shaun brings his Ska, Soul & Blue Beat 7" records along for the night
Big Gorgeous Festival, Bristol.
Big Gorgeous Festival
A one-day festival of music, food and drink All in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and Caring in Bristol.
Easton Community Centre
East Bristol Cinema presents BlacKkKlansman
A screening of legendary filmmaker Spike Lee's award winning film BlacKkKlansman.
The Rope Walk
Rope Walk Open Mic'
Open Mic' at the Rope Walk, Bristol
Mr Wolfs
Black Peaches + Special Guest // Revrt
Black Peaches come from a musical point halfway between the swamp and the tropics
No.1 Harbourside
The LBJBs
Dropping heavy funk tunes with our own twist keeping the dancefloor full
The Lanes
Motorcity
Motorcity - Motown, Soul, Funk, Disco & Rock 'n' Roll
Mr Wolfs
Sol // Puravida + DJ Lune
Sol will take you on a journey through a multitude of cultures, bringing sunshine and spirit to your soul.
The Rope Walk
Rope Walk Open Mic'
Open Mic' at the Rope Walk, Bristol
To The Moon
Under The Lights: Boogie - Disco - Italo
DJ Bob YT & Josh Albiston bringing some vinyl goodness
The Rope Walk
Rope Walk Open Mic'
Open Mic' at the Rope Walk, Bristol
The Rope Walk
Rope Walk Open Mic'
Open Mic' at the Rope Walk, Bristol
Mr Wolfs
Chrissie Huntley // The May Kings + DJ Nino
Chrissie Huntley is the glow of sunshine that transforms the rain into celebrated rainbows of truth, strength, authenticity and freedom
The Rope Walk
Rope Walk Open Mic'
Open Mic' at the Rope Walk, Bristol
The Plough Inn
Hegemono
3 piece psychedelic funk
The Rope Walk
Rope Walk Open Mic'
Open Mic' at the Rope Walk, Bristol
The Rope Walk
Rope Walk Open Mic'
Open Mic' at the Rope Walk, Bristol
O2 Academy
WAR
O2 Academy Bristol
The Trinity Centre
Creep Show
New collaboration between John Grant, Stephen Mallinder, Phil Winter and Benge
Exchange
Murkage Dave
Murkage Dave brings his Keep Up the Bad Work tour to Bristol
O2 Academy
Roachford
O2 Academy Bristol