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Funk, Soul and Motown in Bristol

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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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TOMORROW
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The Gallimaufry
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The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun
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The Gallimaufry
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Thu 3rd/08/2017
The Gallimaufry
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Mike Deniran presents forward thinking funk and soul
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The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun w/ George Oscar
Dusty hip hop, mellow jazz, world rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
Sat 5th/08/2017
bang
Bang August
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Mr Wolfs
Population 7
Alternative UK Hip-Hop and Neo-Soul
Sun 6th/08/2017
Mon 7th/08/2017
The Canteen
Decyphers Hip Hop Session
MCs Goose and Social Conscience put out their lyrics but they openly welcome all MC and vocal styles from around the city
Tue 8th/08/2017
The Gallimaufry
Osmoid
New Orleans rooted Organ & Drums duo
Wed 9th/08/2017
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift: Reworks - Ninja Tune
Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
The Canteen
Osmoid
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This Way to the Egress
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The Gallimaufry
Backbeat with Char B
Mike Deniran presents forward thinking funk and soul
Fri 11th/08/2017
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun w/ Femi
Dusty hip hop, mellow jazz, world rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
Sat 12th/08/2017
Thekla
Boo Seeka
Boo Seeka headline Thekla
Sun 13th/08/2017
Tue 15th/08/2017
The Gallimaufry
Jackson
'Push Through' EP launch
Wed 16th/08/2017
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift: Open Collaboration
Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Thu 17th/08/2017
The Gallimaufry
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Fri 18th/08/2017
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun w/ Noods Radio
Dusty hip hop, mellow jazz, world rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
Sat 19th/08/2017
The Golden Lion
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Groove Allegiance
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The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift feat. Will Wells
Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Thu 24th/08/2017
The Gallimaufry
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Fri 25th/08/2017
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun w/ Jess Farley
Dusty hip hop, mellow jazz, world rhythms, electronic soul & lo-fi house
Sun 27th/08/2017
Mon 28th/08/2017
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Crooning pop extravaganza from NZ
Tue 29th/08/2017
Mr Wolfs
Dave Huntriss + Friends
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The Gallimaufry
George Glew
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Wed 30th/08/2017
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift feat. Cesca
Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Thu 31st/08/2017
The Gallimaufry
Backbeat: Jam Night
Mike Deniran presents forward thinking funk and soul
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Thekla
Jake Isaac
Jake Isaac headlines Thekla
The Lantern
Danny & The Champions of The World
Prolific alt-country folk-rock masters play The Lantern
Tue 26th/09/2017
The Gallimaufry
George Glew
Big voice, big songs and big ambition
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Thekla
Tom Grennan
Tom Grennan headlines Thekla
Fri 29th/09/2017
Colston Hall
YolanDa Brown
Genre-bending saxophonist fuses jazz, soul and reggae
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Mabel
Mabel headlines Thekla
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Thekla
Jordan Rakei
Jordan Rakei headlines Thekla
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JP Cooper
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Georgie Fame
A major star of jazz and rhythm and blues for more than half a century