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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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Open Mic
Weekly Open Mic in the Heart of Bristol
Wed 29th/03/2017
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift + Run Logan Run
Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Thu 30th/03/2017
Crofters Rights
The Gnarwhals Pool House EP Launch
Crofter's becomes a pool party with The Gnarwhals, Chuman, Broadbay and Springbreak!
The Louisiana
New Carnival
New Carnival headline The Louisiana plus support from Gurr
Hy Brasil Music Club
Asian Hawk & Suzuki B2B
Two of Bristol Finest DJ's go Back to back
The Gallimaufry
The Groove Den
Galli 5th birthday special feat. Bobby Anderson (vocals)
Fri 31st/03/2017
The Old Market Assembly
King Porter Stomp
Brighton's King Porter Stomp new dub-funk-hiphop-reggae live show.
The Doghouse
Ramp Up! presents the Drum & Bass Fiesta
The Drum & Bass Fiesta of the year!!
Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club
The king of Funk, Craig Charles is back at the Thekla with bountiful support from growing superstars The Allergies, live music from Bristol’
The Surrey Vaults
Hallelugenia Live + Dj BassTard
Electronic Rock Duo + Eclectic Funk Selections
The Oxford
Kookamunga Play Live!
Kookamunga are a Cardiff based powerhouse
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun
5th Birthday Party Jon Rust + Admin + Soulworks
Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show
With Funk DJ legend Craig Charles and live music from Matuki
Sat 1st/04/2017
Hy Brasil Music Club
Dakhla Brass
“A powerhouse. Talent, instinct and creativity make them a real force to be reckoned with.” – Sound on Sound
The Gallimaufry
Mr Thing
+ Simiah & DWithdrawn
SWX Bristol
Howard Donald & Son of 8
A global superstar who needs no introduction.
Sun 2nd/04/2017
The Gallimaufry
The Bristol Sessions
Galli 5th Birthday Special
Tue 4th/04/2017
The Nest
Sam Green and the Midnight Heist + The H
Carousel Talent present the incredible Sam Green and the Midnight Heist Live at The Nest
Open Mic
Weekly Open Mic in the Heart of Bristol
Fri 7th/04/2017
Hy-Brasil Music Club
Bristol Boombox
Contraband Breaks Ensemble LIVE, DJ Andy Smith, Funk From The Trunk & DJ Ryu
Sat 8th/04/2017
Hy Brasil Music Club
Put them on a stage with room to swing a cat and the next thing you know it’s a heaving dance party that you won’t want to leave.
Sun 9th/04/2017
Totos Wine Bar
Life & Soul
Live music, spoken word and poetry event!
Tue 11th/04/2017
Open Mic
Weekly Open Mic in the Heart of Bristol
Thu 13th/04/2017
The Louisiana
Jamie Isaac
Jamie Isaac headlines The Louisiana
The Fleece
Nubiyan Twist + Sounds Of Harlowe
Nubiyan Twist + Sounds Of Harlowe @ The Fleece
Fri 14th/04/2017
The Jam Jar
Tropical Tea Party & Fruit Palace's Good Vibes
Live music extravaganza championing fresh takes on afrobeat, psychedelic funk, jazz, tropical and dancehall flavours…
Sat 15th/04/2017
The Jam Jar
Jam Packed Presents: STUFF.
Belgian Future Funk & Cousin Kula
Basement 45
Code of the Streets 13th Anniversary Bas
Code of the Streets celebrates it's 13th Anniversary 15/4/4 @ Basement 45
Mon 17th/04/2017
The Louisiana
Leah McFall UK 'INK' Tour
Voice Finalist, Leah McFall is back with her first, independent UK tour
Tue 18th/04/2017
Open Mic
Weekly Open Mic in the Heart of Bristol
Wed 19th/04/2017
Fringe Jazz
One of the most exciting saxophone players in the UK
Crofters Rights
Harry Pane
The Wild Winds 2017 Tour!!!
Fri 21st/04/2017
Fiesta Bombarda Bristol Carnival
Fiesta Bombarda take over Thekla
Tue 25th/04/2017
Open Mic
Weekly Open Mic in the Heart of Bristol
Wed 26th/04/2017
Colston Hall
Billy Ocean
Billy Ocean at Colston Hall
Fri 28th/04/2017
Hy Brasil Music Club
12-piece Bristol band playing Afrofunk/Afrobeat/Urban funk fused with jazz with a psychedelic edge
Sun 30th/04/2017
Shalamar Live In Bristol
A Night To Remember
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
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
Hy Brasil Music Club
No Go Stop
Mighty 12-piece living, breathing evocation of the life-force that is Afrobeat.
Fri 12th/05/2017
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.
Sun 14th/05/2017
The Lantern
Jon Gomm
Jon Gomm headlines The Lantern
Fri 19th/05/2017
Secret Bristol Location
Subsonic Weekender 2017
Subsonic Weekender 2017 - An Aquatic Wonderland
Sat 20th/05/2017
The Undercover Hippy
The Undercover Hippy headline Thekla
Mon 22nd/05/2017
Asgeir headlines Thekla
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
Mon 18th/09/2017
Jake Isaac
Jake Isaac headlines Thekla
Thu 28th/09/2017
Tom Grennan
Tom Grennan headlines Thekla