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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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Hy Brasil Music Club
Cousin Kula - Double Date - Free Entry
A special free entry hometown show from the jazzy psych-pop six piece...
Sol - Live at Chandos Road Festival
Chandos Road Festival
Live performance by six-piece Afro Latin French Jazz Cafe Band - Sol
The Square Club
Eliza's Open Mic Night
Open Mic night for Eliza and her teachers' students and anyone else who wants to perform!
Hy-Brasil Music Club
Bristol Live with Kadeem Tyrell
Headlined by UK soul singer Kadeem Tyrell with performances from Anna Lisa, Chikaya and D£DW8
Thekla
DONUTS Freshers Party
DONUTS is back at Thekla for our first party of the year!
Crofters Rights
Sleazy September Spectacular / PARADISCO
PARADISCO returns to it's Bristol home of The Crofters Rights on Tuesday 24th September for a sleazy, saucy celebration of the hottest Disco
The Love Inn
Cause 001 // Rainforest Foundation UK | Disco
Launch night of weekly residency at Love inn with all profits donated to charity
LEFTBANK
LEFTBANK JAM with the LBJBs
The LBJBs host our regular Thursday funk / soul jam session
Dare to Club
Set It Out presents Join The Future
Set It Out Join The Future Presents JD Twitch, Greg Belson, Paul 'Bozak' Morrissey, Matt Anniss & George Oscar
The Elmer's Arms
Monsoon Season
A night of global grooves, exploring the sounds of the eastern hemisphere.
Mr Wolfs
Caswell + Swallowfall
Neo-soul, downtempo electronic, elaborate pop.
LEFTBANK
LA BOMBA!
Tropical, African, Latin, Island Vintage Vinyl
Basement 45
This is... "Morethan Soul"
This is funky vibes! This is soulful grooves! This is a party like no other! This is Morethan Soul!
The Gallimaufry
Feel Flows w/ Manami & Neathway
Through soul, jazz & electronica
Windmill Hill City Farm
Autumn Fair
Live music at our annual Autumn Fair - plus barbeque and bar.
The Old Crown Courts
Boogielands Opening Party: Cirque Du Boogie!
Boogielands Opening Party: Cirque Du Boogie!
To The Moon
Groove Allegiance
Always a fun night, we look forward to welcoming back Edward Oldham and Vicky WYnn, aka the Groove Allegiance DJs!
SouthBank
Lady Nade - Album Launch Party
Lady Nade - Album Launch Party
The Loco Klub
Lacuna Sessions - J-Felix/Laimu/Hotsteppas/Garcia
Unique roaming gig ft J-Felix, Laimu, Hotsteppas & Garcia.
The Director's Cut, Horts Bar
Tonic 013: Selke
Bristol's Music & Poetry party to involve everyone!
The Lanes
Motorcity - Motown, Soul, Funk, Disco, Rock n Roll
Motorcity is BACK at for another packed out night of dancing to them classic Motown, Soul, Funk, Disco & Rock n Roll
To The Moon
Bang!
Bang is back at To The Moon in October!
The Gallimaufry
Feel Flows w/ Netyaroze (Noods)
Through soul, jazz & electronica
Anson Rooms
Gilles Peterson
We're very excited to announce the return of BBC 6 Music presenter, Worldwide FM founder and internationally renowned record connoisseur, Gi
Friendly Records Bar
DJ John Ricky
Classic Saturday night sounds from resident mischief maker
The Love Inn
Tunnel Vision : BRS Disco
Tunnel Vision are back inna Brizzy our first party of the year
The Trinity Centre
Creep Show
New collaboration between John Grant, Stephen Mallinder, Phil Winter and Benge
Mr Wolfs
The Delegates + Support TBC
"10 piece pop and soul band from London comprised of some of the brightest young stars on the UK music scene."
The Gallimaufry
Feel Flows w/ Manami & Neathway
Through soul, jazz & electronica
To The Moon
Under The Lights
Boogie and funk vibes from Bob YT and Josh Albiston at To The Moon!
The Old Market Assembly
Papaya Fest: The Fontanas + DJs
Feel-good funk band The Fontanas + global rhythm DJs Booty Bass & Hiphoppapotamus ft Special Guests!
LEFTBANK
THE GUY CALHOUN BAND
All New Psychedelic Soul from the Bristol Legend
The Gallimaufry
Phantom Ensemble
Improvised jazz & live MPC beats
Exchange
Murkage Dave
Murkage Dave brings his Keep Up the Bad Work tour to Bristol
The Gallimaufry
Snazzback
Afro-funk & psych-jazz
The Gallimaufry
Feel Flows w/ 2257AD (1020)
Through soul, jazz & electronica
The Lanes
Sure Shot Launch Party!
Hip-hop and funk all night on vinyl!
Crofters Rights
Freedom of Groovement Presents: Fatal
Eclectic selections from South America
El Rincon
Hopkins Hammond Trio
Absolutely brilliant organ-guitar-drums trio
Bristol Folk House
Birds of Chicago
A roots duo creating "secular gospel" music, mixing folk, mountain gospel, soul and rock
The Gallimaufry
Doin-it Thataway plays Donny Hathaway
Bristol All Star Tribute to Donny Hathaway
The Trinity Centre
Sinkane
Upbeat Afro-funk, shoegaze and psychedelia to give sounds bursting with colour
The Gallimaufry
Phantom Ensemble
Improvised jazz & live MPC beats
El Rincon
Sophie Stockham & Ruth Hammond
Brilliant saxophone & keyboards duo
The Marble Factory
Quantic + support
The music of Quantic crosses borders and embraces his own love of travel, bridging gaps across cultures and genres.
El Rincon
Michaela Fedeczko
top-notch Bristol vocalist and her soul, jazz & pop duo
O2 Academy
Roachford
O2 Academy Bristol
O2 Academy
WAR
O2 Academy Bristol