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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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Mr Wolfs
Fruit Machine Presents: éclectique clique
A warm embrace for the cravers of slick, spiky future funk
Outer Space Bristol
Up Bustle & Out
Bristol home-talent with their very own unique sound. Festival vibes but slightly comfier
Thekla
Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club - Bristol
THE KING OF FUNK, CRAIG CHARLES IS BACK ONBOARD THEKLA THIS FRIDAY
Lost Horizon HQ
Bristol Hi Fi: Daddy G, Mr Benn, Queen Bee
Expect a musical history lesson taking in Afrobeat, Reggae, Disco, Dancehall, Jungle, Hip-Hop House and straight up Funk & Soul.
Outer Space Bristol
DJ Jaffa & DJ Comfort & Performances
Top DJ's lighting up the the Garden as well as circus & cabaret performances
Crofters Rights
Beach Rats for Choose Love
Charity gig to raise money for global Refugee supplies
Cloak and Dagger, The
Soul, Funk and Hip Hop night
DJ night in the Carousel and Courtyard
The Scrandit
Willy's Pies x Jake Knight: Scrandit Takeover
Join London's 'Willy's Pies' and Jake Knight for "grub, booze and bangers" at The Scrandit
Mr Wolfs
Collette The Dots + Ruth Royall
6 Piece Live Drum & Bass with healthy serving of Funk, Soul & Jazz
Lost Horizon HQ
Mad Professor (Live), Dubkasm, Sasha Steppa
Mad Professor gets behind the mixing desk alongside some of the West Country’s finest for a bone shaking sound system excursion
Mr Wolfs
PHATBristol presents: CROTCH
An all inclusive club night with the queer and fem communities at heart
Bristol Old Vic
Courtyard Sessions: Brook Tate
A host of gigs are bringing rhythm and sound to our Courtyard Stage this August.
Bristol Old Vic
Courtyard Sessions: Osmoid feat. Joe Wilkins
A host of gigs are bringing rhythm and sound to our Courtyard Stage this August.
Tambourine Hands
Basket of Light
Hands held high, heavyweight quadraphonic sound, swimming lakes and lights in the sky
The Lanes
MOTORCITY - Back on the Dance Floor!
Motown, Soul, Funk, Disco & Rock 'n' Roll
Bristol Beacon Terrace
Terrace Sessions: Soundcrash: J-Felix & DJ Cheeba
Bristol Beacon Terrace Sessions are back for the 6th year!
Outer Space Bristol
Eve's Drop with Performances
DJ’s Angel Mel & Sarah Sweeney plus circus performances
Exchange
Sunder Festival 2021
A brand new all day event at Exchange Bristol showcasing the best in new music and Bristol’s local scene
Crofters Rights
Bodywork: I Wanna See All My Friends At Once
All our friends together under the big beautiful mirrorball!
The Lanes
Dept S Club Night w/ JTM, Parka + Support
Parka (plus support) play the Department S Club Night with DJ John The Mod
Mr Wolfs
Luna Lake + Hum Fuzz
This is a rescheduled event
Outer Space Bristol
DJ John Stapleton & Circus Performances
£5 per person strictly vinyl set & exciting pop-up circus performances
Mr Wolfs
Shutterdog - Celebrating 20 years of Mr Wolfs
Future-soul swagger and duelling funk guitars
Crofters Rights
De Anima | Launch Party
Celebrating the launch of Creative Media & Production Company: De Anima
The Grain Barge
IT: Chrissie Huntley, Amber Dee & Jack King
The great return of live music aboard the Grain Barge!
The Thunderbolt
WE NEED BANDS | Dreamwave Single Launch
Dreamwave / Stan Elliott / The New Cut
Bristol Beacon Terrace
Terrace Sessions: Super Soca AAA Badboy + more
Ujima Radio is home to Bristol’s very own weekly Soca radio show is hosted by a collective of the city’s leading Soca DJs
The Grand Pier Weston Super Mare
SOULTRAIN UK BANK HOLIDAY
Soultrain UK are back with a Soul Weekender August Bank Holiday 2021 on The Grand Pier - AWARD WINNING- KENNY THOMAS - ELEAZAR KING- \_
Mr Wolfs
Binbag Wisdom
A totally fresh take on live hip hop, Blending soulful nu-jazz sounds with witty yet heartfelt lyricism.
Zed Alley
Sister Squish
An irregular vinyl party from near & far, known & unknown, good & bad.
Mr Wolfs
The 45s - Celebrating 20 years of Mr Wolfs
Legendary well dressed men perform killer covers of classic soul and rock'n'roll cuts.
The Lanes
Dept S Club Night ✰ JTM ✰ Eyes of Caelum + Support
Eyes of Caelum (plus support) play the Department S Club Night with DJ John The Mod
Jam Jar
EB/LK: Devils Of Moko + Hexcut
The very first Erratic Batting & LowKey collab featuring the cinematic sounds of Devils Of Moko & Hexcut.
Dare to Club
NSC003 // Dare to Day Party
Close out the summer of 2021 with NSC’s first day party
Mr Wolfs
Elephunk on the Road
The funkiest night of music
Mr Wolfs
The Hawkmen
Upbeat, extremely danceable, and ridiculously enjoyable sound that flows like sweet nectar” – UK Rock’n’Roll Magazine.
Mr Wolfs
Year Of The Dog
Full capacity standing show
Fiddlers
The Allergies
Bristol Beacon presents The Allergies at Fiddlers
Supreme Sports Lounge
Soultrain Ibiza/Tenerife White Night RE-UNION
Renowned Signature White Night Theme RE-UNION
Crofters Rights
Brown Excellence + Friends
A fusion of genres like bristol has never seen before
The Loco Klub
Hidden | Optimo All Night Long
What better date for dancing than a bank holiday! Join us for day & night time music to start the summer right.
Fiddlers
The Return of JoBoxers
AGMP presents the return of JoBoxers.
Exchange
Worm Gigs: Steam Down + support
The enigmatic and energetic South London collective on their first ever UK tour.
Rough Trade Bristol
keiyaA
Presented by Damnatio Memoriae
Jam Jar
Lowkey: Yakul + Support
LowKey presents Brightonian Neo Soul head-turners - Yakul.
Jam Jar
POSTPONED Seas Of Mirth & Ushti Baba + more
Bristol big banger double headliner! Get immersed in some downright wonky delights and some sub aquatic sensory fun.
Fiddlers
Worm Gigs: Emma-Jean Thackray + support
One of the stand-out creators of new UK music finally hits Bristol.
Rough Trade Bristol
SPORTS: Get A Good Look World Tour
Presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions