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Funk, Soul and Motown in Bristol

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Bristol's Funk And Soul Scene

Funk and soul - the secret undercurrent to Bristol music?
Funk and soul is now synonymous with radio personalities like Craig Charles and long-running nights like Soul Train (in Bristol). While its roots are deep, there was a period in the 90s when soul ran freely through the city via trip-hoppers Massive Attack who combined a soulful edge with current, to the minute electronic production. The more tortured soulful grooves of Tricky were like a bleak West Country version of neo-soul acts like Erykah Badu. While these acts rarely get called soul, their debt to 70s funk and soul legends like Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown and Bootsy Collins is undeniable.

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 Canteen
Heyouki
Neo-Soul/Jazz collective
Beard and Sabre
Taphouse Sessions
Taphouse Sessions hosted by Alex Taylor
The Love Inn
Resident Session #33, Millie Mckee
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The Gallimaufry
More Soup
A tasteful evening of vinyl grooves
The Old England Pub
Parlour + Beverly Shrills + Big Byrd
Parlour celebrate the release of their new single ‘Love is Expecting You’.
Lost Horizon
La Bomba presents Dur-Dur Band Int. - DATE CHANGE!
Somali disco party-starters first-ever visit to Bristol
Mocha Mocha Coffee House
Ben Cipolla Lunchtime Solo Gig
Local jazz-pop artist playing his new album 'Casa Mia' at a much-loved coffee shop in Bristol.
The Gallimaufry
New Forms hosted by Bex & Nathan Worm
Warm soul and slow electronica from DJ Bex and Nathan Worm
Fiddlers
Hannah Williams & The Affirmations + Elles Bailey
Well-renowned across the global soul scene for their retro-inspired sound.
The Stable, Bristol
Aisha
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Crofters Rights
Worm Soundsystem w/ DJ Tahira (São Paulo)
The return of DJ Tahira from São Paulo.
The Cock & Tail
Ramp Up! Presents The Triple Birthday Special
Suv, Ret & Paolo's birthday celebration, featuring Ray Mighty, DJ Suv, Guy Calhoun & More
The Lanes
Motorcity
Motown, Soul, Funk, Disco & Rock 'n' Roll!
The King Arthur Glastonbury
The Real SkaDub
Reggae, Ska, and Dub in Glastonbury
The Gallimaufry
Stoned Soul Picnic
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Kingsdown Vaults
Henry Slim & Ruzz Evans Quartet
Guitar & harmonica-led swingin' blues
The Old Market Assembly
BRISTOL NORTHERN SOUL CLUB
Bristol's dedicated Northern Soul Event
The Lanes
FATHER FUNK’S FUNK AEROBICS: SUMMER SPECIAL
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The Canteen
Murmuration Choir
40 voiced, contemporary choral project based in Bristol
Strange Brew
Jus' Move
Dancefloor Jazz, Broken Beat, Fusion, Bossa House, Brazilian and Afrobeat.
Strange Brew
Bounce - Open Jam
Weekly open jam for all - musicians / dancers / artists & audience
Mr Wolfs
The Donut Filler Jam
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The Hare on the Hill
DJ John Stapleton
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Strange Brew
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Absurdist fun DIY music cacophony w/ Punchcutter, Carnivorous Plants & Robert Ridley-Shackleton - like a lo-fi Prince
The Gallimaufry
Kaleidoscope: Dave Sanders Chaos Ensemble
Saxophonist Dave Saunders will be conjuring up cosmic sounds
Mr Wolfs
Wednesday Night Live Music
Top shelf live music every Wednesday
Mr Wolfs
Bear Pak + The Jam Collectived
From lightly chilled jazz tunes to steaming hot funk & disco
Volunteer Tavern
Wat(er) the Funk!
Bringing together local jazz musicians and DJs to raise money for Wateraid.
Beard and Sabre
Taphouse Sessions
Taphouse Sessions hosted by Alex Taylor
The Gallimaufry
Mothership Connection
Weekly funk jam, specialising in front line instruments and MC's
Crofters Rights
BRS Disco: Disco, Funk, Soul & House
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Dareshack
PARADISCO Pride Party w/ The House of Savalon
Disco & Drag - Celebrating the sound & style of New York, with Bristol's House Of Savalon & PARADISCO DJs
Mr Wolfs
The Bare Souls & Ophelia Xerri
From sleazy blues, to sultry soul, to good old fashioned rock n roll
The Gallimaufry
New Forms hosted by Bex & Nathan Worm
Warm soul and slow electronica from DJ Bex and Nathan Worm
The Canteen
The Brass Junkies + Spinthief (DJ)
Dynamic 8 piece brass band inspired by the funky Mardi Gras sounds of the New Orleans street bands
The Golden Lion
Stone Cold Hustle
Bristols heaviest funk band hit the Golden Lion for two sets of heavy, sexy funk
Lost Horizon
SoulSuppliers | Summer Shakedown
The leading wholesale suppliers of Funk, Soul and Motown return for their residency at Lost Horizon every 2nd Friday of the month
The Gallimaufry
Stoned Soul Picnic
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The Lanes
Late Night Funk Club: Galaxians + Goldman Trax
Space Disco Special with Intergalactic Boogie-Disco Trio + DJ
Strange Brew
Bounce - Open Jam
Weekly open jam for all - musicians / dancers / artists & audience
Mr Wolfs
The Donut Filler Jam
Every Tuesday - Live Jam Night
Beard and Sabre
Taphouse Sessions
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The Gallimaufry
Mothership Connection
Weekly funk jam, specialising in front line instruments and MC's
The Gallimaufry
New Forms hosted by Bex & Nathan Worm
Warm soul and slow electronica from DJ Bex and Nathan Worm
The Love Inn
Secretsundaze w/ Roo and Local Dog
Halcyon Wax presents an exploration through roots driven dance music headed by Secretsundaze
The Cloak and Dagger
Wake the Funk Up
A funktastic night presenting a live vinyl set with Fidra Funk
The Gallimaufry
Stoned Soul Picnic
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The Jam Jar
FUNK ADDICT
Pure Vinyl Clubnight
Motion
Mr Scruff [Day Party]
Mr. Scruff’s Keep it Unreal party
The Lanes
SURE SHOT
Bring you the best in classic funk and hip hop!
Grow Wilder
Sunhaze #2- Ethereal Forest
An immersive chillout event in a beautiful outdoor space, highlighting the intricate relationship between music and nature
The Canteen
Boci
'boci' incorporates the life-affirming soul of celtic folk into a modern, alternative/indie-pop sound
Strange Brew
Bounce - Open Jam
Weekly open jam for all - musicians / dancers / artists & audience
The Gallimaufry
King Heron perform 'A Go Go'
A tribute to John Scofield's iconic funk/jazz album
The Canteen
Bristol Street Music
Soulful and laid-back hip-hop feels, with a potential to dive down into breakbeat and avant garde funk
Mr Wolfs
The Donut Filler Jam
Every Tuesday - Live Jam Night
The Hare on the Hill
DJ John Stapleton
John Stapleton spins all vinyl on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
The Gallimaufry
Kaleidoscope: Waldo's Gift
Live improvisation from the enigmatic trio
The Canteen
Stone Cold Funk Jam
Bristols iconic funk jam night
Beard and Sabre
Taphouse Sessions
Taphouse Sessions hosted by Alex Taylor
The Gallimaufry
Mothership Connection
Weekly funk jam, specialising in front line instruments and MC's
The Old Market Assembly
Broken Brass
Taking brass to a new level
The Gallimaufry
New Forms hosted by Bex & Nathan Worm
Warm soul and slow electronica from DJ Bex and Nathan Worm
The Lanes
That 70s Club
Calling all Dancing Queens & Kings!
The Gallimaufry
Stoned Soul Picnic
Feel good soul for your weekend
Hidden Jungle (The Fox)
Loopy Launch Party
Everything weird and wonderful
Strange Brew
Bounce - Open Jam
Weekly open jam for all - musicians / dancers / artists & audience
The Trinity Centre
Moonchild
Laid-back neo-soul from the West Coast
Mr Wolfs
The Donut Filler Jam
Every Tuesday - Live Jam Night
Beard and Sabre
Taphouse Sessions
Taphouse Sessions hosted by Alex Taylor
The Gallimaufry
Mothership Connection
Weekly funk jam, specialising in front line instruments and MC's
Crofters Rights
Fancy That: Soul Rights
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St Paul & The Broken Bones
Soulful R&B mixed with funk and psychedelia
The Gallimaufry
New Forms hosted by Bex & Nathan Worm
Warm soul and slow electronica from DJ Bex and Nathan Worm
The Phoenix pub
We Climb Disco Mountain
Multi-genre club night that always ends in Disco.
The Gallimaufry
Stoned Soul Picnic
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Strange Brew
Dirtytalk w/ PLO Man & fka boursin
Deep & grooving underground House / Techno / Electronics from the boss of label Acting Press - plus DJ Boursin celebrating their EP launch
Strange Brew
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