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A funk and soul gig in Bristol
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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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Hy-Brasil
Monsoon Season w/ DJ John Stapleton
A night of global grooves, exploring the sounds of the eastern hemisphere, with very special guest DJ John Stapleton!
The Mothers Ruin
Jack Rabbit Slim's
(Rock'n'Roll, Funk, Soul)
Kingsdown Vaults
The Blue Funk Trio
Organ-lead Blues, Jazz & Funk.
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!
LEFTBANK
Belle Day
Full force Soul 4 piece
The Canteen
5000AD ft. Guy Calhoun
5000 AD, space funk acid rock from another dimention ft. Guy Calhoun, Ian "steak daddy" Mathuews, James Morton, Marcell Osbourne and Dorian
The Lanes
A Tribute to Mac Miller
Tribute night to recently deceased rapper Mac Miller. All proceeds to charity Addaction
Pipe And Slippers
Mike Shawe plays the Pipe & Slippers Stokes Croft
Boogie, Soul, Disco and some bangers if the mood is right.
The Gallimaufry
The Phantom Ensemble
feat. percussionist Harriet Riley
Rough Trade, Bristol
Paris Monster, White Feather Collective
New York Alt Duo back in the UK by popular demand - you've seen them go viral….now catch them LIVE!
The Windmill Open Mic
The Windmill Open Mic
Best Open Mic On Windmill Hill, Ever! Hosted by Sam Coxhill-Davis
Crofters Rights
VODUN
Vodun "Ascend" album launch at The Crofters Rights
The Gallimaufry
Waldo’s Gift Reworks: Thundercat
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
The Canteen
Songs and Stories from South Africa w/ Sisanda
In light of the Nelson Mandela Centenary, incredible vocalist Sisanda is here to tell the poignant story of the South African people
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
The Gallimaufry
Astral Tusk III
w/ Modulus III, Chris Langton & Âvâ
The Old Crown Courts
Clotted Cream: Return of the Dance
Clotted Cream's Disco & Ice Cream Party Returns!
The Old Market Assembly
Antelope
Bringing modern soul with a massive sound to The Old Market Assembly stage.
The Canteen
Out West launch with Freesoul Familia and Hippo
Out West album launch party with Freesoul Familia and Hippo
The Canteen
Out West Album Launch w/ Freesoul Familia + Hippo
'OUT WEST' is a compilation album documenting the current state of Bristol's thriving jazz-inspired music scenes.
The Lanes
Father Funks Church of Love: Back 2 Nunday School
This September we're going BACK 2 NUNDAY SCHOOL!
hy-brasil
Audiophiles - Natty Reeves and Jack Cookson
One of B24/7 gig picks of the month - don't miss these two great acts
Crofters Rights
Drift Continental Presents: The Busy Twist
Expect Tropical, UK Funky flavours inna Bristol via Ghana fashion
THE SPiN BAR
Still Here // Single Launch Party - Charlie + Jake
Jazz / Soul / Groove. Celebrate the release of our Debut Single: 'Still Here'!
LEFTBANK
Malavita
Latin Infused Skankster Funk
The Bell
Don't Test! 019
Music To Make You Stagger!
Bristol Co.LAB
Co.LAB + Revinyl Sessions (Free Entry)
Open Decks Session & Revinyl Resident DJs
The Canteen
Hamilton House Open Night
To celebrate Hamilton House Open Day into the evening we have Open Night!
Far Away Cocktail Club
7 Inches of Pleasure
Small Records Played on Small Turntables
Colston Hall
Skinny Pelembe + Support
Colston Hall Presents at The Exchange
The Marble Factory
Art Battle Bristol
Live Painting Competition
The Gallimaufry
Waldo’s Gift Feat. Pete Cunningham
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
To The Moon
One Soul - featuring DJ Notsoever
For this week's One Soul we welcome DJ Notsoever.
The Gallimaufry
Sketch On Glass takeover
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
The White Rabbit
RVR Presents: Milo Gore, The Petties & San Telmo
Return of Red Van Records heralding in yet another night of southernly lovin'
The Gallimaufry
Snazzback presents: Têtes de Pois
Genre-bending 7-piece instrumental band
Averys Wine Cellars
Wine and Jazz with Tristan Darby Quartet
An evening of wine, jazz and cheese in our historic cellars!
The Mothers Ruin
Jack Rabbit Slim's
(Rock'n'Roll, Funk, Soul)
Pipe and Slippers
Late Night Tales DJs
Late Night Tales DJs' Benjamin Smith threads the best Late Night tracks together with inspiration from his own record collection.
The Gallimaufry
Waldo’s Gift Feat. Steve Lyman (José James)
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Colston Hall
Baloji + support
Colston Hall Presents at Fiddlers
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
The Golden Lion
Thidius + My Octopus Mind
a progressive take on African music, Folk, Soul, Pop, Rock, Jazz, Electro and Hip Hop
The Old Market Assembly
Almatic
Almatic are a Hip Hop 5 piece based in Bristol, although the term Hip Hop is too simple.
The Shakespeare Totterdown
Ellie Moonshine @ The Shakespeare in Totterdown
Sassy jazz at Bristol's best music pub. Let's dance!
Corner77
Raw Addictions w/ Qendresa
Raw Addictions celebrate inaugural Stokes Croft party.
The Elmers Arms
Fun It Up! - 20/10/18
Fun It Up! is bringing the sounds of 60's Jamaica Back To Bristol
The Cube
THE CUBE 20th BIRTHDAY PARTY w/ THE BIG LEBOWSKI
+ music from THE RUMBLE O's + WOJTEK RUSIN + DJs + Bowls + Druids
The Lanes
The Grey Area presents: The Scorpios & Tezeta
Music from the African continent with hints of Jazz and psychedelia.
Crofters Rights
Snazzback Album Launch
Snazzback present 'HEDGE', their hotly anticipated new release!
The Gallimaufry
Waldo’s Gift Trio
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
The Canteen
Mermaid Chunky
With only their robotic cat, a table full of musical nick nacks and a riot of musical ideas Freya Tate and Moina Leahy.
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
The Gallimaufry
Latin Descarga
Seasoned group of Bristol’s latin players
Cosies
Jus' Begun with DJ Format and John Stapleton
Title says it all really - big music in a small club!
The Canteen
Saffron Records presents Noya Rao + Mercy's Cartel
To raise donations for Bristol charity Kinergy, we’ve teamed up with Saffron Records to present the most up and coming heavyweight nu-soul.
The Gallimaufry
Waldo’s Gift Reworks: Taylor Mcferrin
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Basement 45
Day Of The Dead Costume Party By Cosmic Cabaret
Day Of The Dead Costume Party, Live PA, DJs playing House/Funk, extra ordinary dancer
Cosies
Jus' Begun presents Habibi Funk
Back again, Jannis Stürtz (Habibi Funk) plus John Stapleton (Wanted Records)
Crofters Rights
Supersmash w/ Medlar
+ Waxmouse / Kraymon / Petit Four / Pupfish
Thekla
Curtis Harding
Curtis Harding performs at Thekla
The Gallimaufry
Waldo’s Gift Trio
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Colston Hall
Georgia Anne Muldrow & The Righteous
Colston Hall Presents at Fiddlers
Thekla
Ezra Collective
Ezra Collective perform at Thekla
The Mothers Ruin
Jack Rabbit Slim's
(Rock'n'Roll, Funk, Soul)
Thekla
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 perform at Thekla
Exchange
Worm Disco Club present; Joe Armon Jones & band
Brownswood artist and super talented Keys player of Ezra Collective.
The Gallimaufry
Waldo’s Gift Trio
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
The Mothers Ruin
Jack Rabbit Slim's
(Rock'n'Roll, Funk, Soul)