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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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Basement 45
Cult // Funk & Soul // Late Night Tales
This week we welcome back the our favourite selectors the Late NightTales collective to grace basement 45 with the funkiest of grooves.
The Gallimaufry
Look Up, Look Down - EP launch
Open Mic
Weekly Open Mic in the Heart of Bristol
Wed 26th/04/2017
The Louisiana
Xenia Rubinos (at The Louisiana)
Fiery Brooklyn artist comes to Bristol
Colston Hall
Billy Ocean
Billy Ocean at Colston Hall
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift feat. Dave Sanders
Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Thu 27th/04/2017
Fri 28th/04/2017
Hy Brasil Music Club
12-piece Bristol band playing Afrofunk/Afrobeat/Urban funk fused with jazz with a psychedelic edge
No.1 Harbourside
Celestine is an eclectic soul artist with a velvet voice rich in emotion and experience.
The Old England Pub
The Happy Few live
THE HAPPY FEW with support
Los Mercenarios
Heavy Latin Funk from all star Bristol cast.
Sat 29th/04/2017
Talking Heads Night at Southbank Club
Talking Heads Tribute with Speaking In Tongues
The Canteen
Ruth Royall’s Berlin Connection
Super-soulful jazz vocalist Ruth has made some tasty connections on the German jazz scene.
No.1 Harbourside
Up-to-date, break-heavy music in the style of '60s Hammond/Library icons The Mohawks,
Sun 30th/04/2017
Shalamar Live In Bristol
A Night To Remember
Alma Tavern & Theatre
Feelgood Experiment
Bristol soul-hop collective return to the Alma
Allen, Henderson & Magee | Organ Trio
Sunday Funday with some of the best.
Tue 2nd/05/2017
Open Mic
Weekly Open Mic in the Heart of Bristol
Wed 3rd/05/2017
Colston Hall
Michael Kiwanuka
Michael Kiwanuka headlines Colston Hall
Thu 4th/05/2017
The Fleece
Afriquoi + Worm Disco Club
Afriquoi + Worm Disco Club @ The Fleece
Mr Wolfs
The Nurses + Toodles and the Hectic Pity
Rock 'n roll mood music in a jugular vein.
Fri 5th/05/2017
Beeses Tea Gardens
The Raskals @ Beeses
Music, boat ride and a dinner. Mmm, tasty.
The Surrey Vaults
Snazzback at The Surrey Vaults
Undulating jazz/ improvisation, afro-cuban rhythms and deep soul/funk grooves
Sat 6th/05/2017
The Passenger Shed
Thatchers Haze Sessions
One-Day Music Event ft Little Comets, Elder Island, Eva Lazarus and Harry & The Gondolas
Mr Wolfs
The Happy Few + The Surrenders
Soul/Blues music with heavy grooves and dark atmosphere
The Jam Jar
Space Cassette w/ Jam Packed
Henge, Age of Glass, Chevron
Hy Brasil Music Club
No Go Stop
Mighty 12-piece living, breathing evocation of the life-force that is Afrobeat.
Sun 7th/05/2017
Allen, Henderson & Magee | Organ Trio
Sunday Funday with some of the best.
Wed 10th/05/2017
The Canteen
Mike Deniran Project
Fourteen of the latest crop of Bristol-based up-and-comers welded into a jazz-funk big band led by Macaco Project keyboard maestro Mike.
Fri 12th/05/2017
Crofters Rights
Reggae // Funk // HipHop // Soul
The Doghouse
Mother Disco presents: Things That Are Bad For You
Mother Disco Residents will be providing funk, soul, disco and house. Expect the saucy stuff.
Sat 13th/05/2017
Hy Brasil Music Club
Broken Brass Ensemble
Broken Brass Ensemble are a 2.0 riot version of the vibrant New Orleans brass sound.
The Canteen
The Midnight Zu
Maybe a funky groovy thing, maybe a campfire singalong, maybe a loose dub skanker … you want it, they got it.
Sun 14th/05/2017
The Lantern
Jon Gomm
Jon Gomm headlines The Lantern
Allen, Henderson & Magee | Organ Trio
Sunday Funday with some of the best.
Mon 15th/05/2017
The Canteen
DeCyphers Hip-Hop Session
Decyphers welcome the cream of Bristol rappers for some jazz-leaning freestyle action.
Fri 19th/05/2017
Secret Bristol Location
Subsonic Weekender 2017
Subsonic Weekender 2017 - An Aquatic Wonderland
Beeses Tea Gardens
Vapor at Beeses
Music, boat ride and a dinner. Mmm, tasty.
St George's
Carleen Anderson - Cage Street Memorial
American Soul Singer drawing from her family history in the deep south
Sat 20th/05/2017
The Undercover Hippy
The Undercover Hippy headline Thekla
Sun 21st/05/2017
Allen, Henderson & Magee | Organ Trio
Sunday Funday with some of the best.
Mon 22nd/05/2017
Asgeir headlines Thekla
Thu 25th/05/2017
The Canteen
Duval Project
The Duval Project have a whole new album’s worth of songs just about to burst forth and we’re going to get to hear them!
Sat 27th/05/2017
The Bristol Fringe
Alex Taylor
New Single Launch Night
Sun 28th/05/2017
Allen, Henderson & Magee | Organ Trio
Sunday Funday with some of the best.
Thu 1st/06/2017
The Lanes
More Than's Summer Soirée w/ Detroit Swindle &Fouk
We're bringing the kings of funk-infused house jams to Bristol for a summer party
Fri 2nd/06/2017
Mr Wolfs
Captain Accident & the Disasters + support
Captain Accident & the Disasters + Ansum and de Vibes
Sat 3rd/06/2017
Cubana's 3rd & Lakota's 25th Birthday's!
Gentleman's Dub Club & loads more
Sun 4th/06/2017
The Cube
The Songs of Brian Eno
A live audiovisual performance of pre-ambient Eno songs
Sat 10th/06/2017
Hy Brasil Music Club
The Underscore Orkestra
Balkan Klezmer Gypsy Jazz Swing and Belly Dance both original and traditional. Syncopated Rhythms and original dance vignettes. Guaranteed t
Sat 24th/06/2017
Ashton Gate Stadium
Bristol Summer Ball
Bristol Summer Ball - a fun filled evening raising funds for St Peters Hospice Cancer Charity
Fri 7th/07/2017
Mr Wolfs
Galactic Funk Militia
come down to see Galactic Funk Militia
Sat 8th/07/2017
Mr Wolfs
Imagine That presents // NO HOT ASHES
“Banging, progressive, future-psych tinged funk"
Mon 18th/09/2017
Jake Isaac
Jake Isaac headlines Thekla
Tue 26th/09/2017
Thu 28th/09/2017
Tom Grennan
Tom Grennan headlines Thekla