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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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Kingsdown Vaults
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The Lanes
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The Golden Lion
The Soul Ingredients
STAX style Funk n Soul of the highest order!
The White Rabbit
Hairy Presents: Penelope Isles & Barbudo + guests
A five-band extravaganza at Clifton's White Rabbit
Mr Wolfs
Mighty Vipers + support // DJ Asian Hawk
‘If your legs aren’t moving then you must be dead’.
The Tobacco Factory
Moor Tap Takeover
w/ Whitemanferno + DJ Waxmouse
Basement 45
Code of the Streets Sat 25th Nov
Bristol premier Hip Hop Dancehall RnB Old School nights out
Take Five Cafe
Saturday Session: Take Two @ Take Five
After the massive party at The Steam Crane last year and the huge amount raised for charity, we are back for another Saturday Session!
To The Moon
Bring Your Own Tracks 6 (Open Decks)
Bring Your Own Tracks 6 (Open Decks)
Sun 26th/11/2017
The Tobacco Factory
Presidents of Parp
Funky brass band with some hot Latin dance and New Orleans street jazz
Mon 27th/11/2017
Mr Wolfs
SongSmith w/ Nicky Coates/Simon Anning/Zendium Moo
SongSmith @Mr Wolf’s presents SongSmith is 10 with Nicky Coates / Simon Anning / Zendium Moon / David 9 Lunas
Wed 29th/11/2017
The Louisiana
Cousin Kula, EP Launch // The Louisiana's 30th
Chiverin celebrate The Louisiana's 30th Birthday with one of the most exciting bands on the Bristol live circuit.
Thu 30th/11/2017
Leftbank Jam Band
Hosted by the LBJBS
The Gallimaufry
Backbeat - Jam Night
Forward thinking soul music
Fri 1st/12/2017
The Attic Bar
Talisman // Mighty Dub Generator // Dr G
Take Five Cafe
Sierra Audio Presents
House/Techno/Disco @ Take 5 Cafe
The Old Market Assembly
World Government
What makes people dance? The groove! And these lot hot got bucket loads of it!
The Lanes
Motorcity - Motown Soul Funk Disco Rock 'n' Roll!
Motorcity is BACK at The Lanes on Friday December 1st...
Sat 2nd/12/2017
The Jam Jar
Jam Packed Presents: China Bowls Single Launch
China Bowls, 4th Project & Special guest
Go, Go Children
Go, Go Children live in Bristol.
The Lanes
Billy Sullivan joins John Britton on the decks...
To The Moon
Groove Allegiance
After their funktastic debut at To The Moon, Groove Allegiance are back for another party.
Thu 7th/12/2017
Mr Wolfs
Dave Huntriss/The Man & The Lake/Jamie C
Nostalgic acoustic indie and ambient electronic soundscapes.
The Chelsea Inn
The Tremor Tones: Live Soul, Ska and Reggae
Serious danceablity! Soulful Music with a Rocksteady flavour!!!
Leftbank Jam Band
Hosted by the LBJBS
Hamilton House
Shake Awake Morning Rave #10
Revolutionise your morning with dance, yoga, massage and more!
Fri 8th/12/2017
The Steam Crane
Horning Glory
The maddest, baddest, illest, brassiest motherfuckers you've ever heard!
Kingsdown Vaults
Leo James
​Radiant songs, elaborate finger picking and scintillating lap steel guitar from an accomplished singer songwriter
The Old Market Assembly
Brass Junkies
Dynamic 8 piece Bristolian brass band inspired by the funky Mardi Gras sounds of the New Orleans street bands.
No.1 Harbourside
Session One
The Canteen
Mamadou Cissoko Album Launch
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Sat 9th/12/2017
No.1 Harbourside
Batch Gueye Band
There’s a dancer’s energy at the heart of Senegalese singer and percussionist
Wed 13th/12/2017
The Forge
Live Music | The Duval Project
One of the finest soul/jazz lineups around
Thu 14th/12/2017
Leftbank Jam Band
Hosted by the LBJBS
Sat 16th/12/2017
Crofters Rights
Midnight Shift 00|01 w/ Snazzback & Seka
Live Jazz meets Club Night. Time is ticking don't be late.
No.1 Harbourside
Crowd Company
If you want to make that classic vintage funk sound you need a great brass section, classy harmony vocals and a solidly grooving...
The Cube
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The Old Market Assembly
Simply Rouge
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Thu 21st/12/2017
Leftbank Jam Band
Hosted by the LBJBS
The Canteen
Moody psychedelia fuses jazz, hip-hop, funk and heavy blues with far-out improvisation
Sat 23rd/12/2017
No.1 Harbourside
Celestine is an eclectic soul artist with a velvet voice rich in emotion and experience.
The Canteen
Mustard Brass Band
New orleans style brass band with a bristol twist featuring Jimbino Vegan's Tuba
Thu 28th/12/2017
Leftbank Jam Band
Hosted by the LBJBS
Fri 29th/12/2017
Racks Bar & Kitchen
New Years Eve Midnight Party
The best New Year's Eve Party in Bristol!!!
Colston Hall
Funk Yeah! New Year’s Eve Party feat
Craig Charles, Soul Train, The Correspondents, Don Letts, James Taylor Quartet and more
The Old Market Assembly
The Old Market Assembly New Years Eve Ex
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Mr Wolfs
Crinkle Cuts NYE Den Party!
Bombastic latin ska in a riddling, woodland wonderland
NYE with the LBJBs
The heaviest possible funk on NYE
The Loco Klub
New Years Evel
End of Days Celebration
Thu 4th/01/2018
Leftbank Jam Band
Hosted by the LBJBS
Fri 12th/01/2018
No.1 Harbourside
With sparky percussion veteran Myke Vince alongside new generation players like big time business man and new kid on the block saxophonist..
Tue 13th/02/2018
The Lantern
Nick Hakim
This Brooklyn blues inspired outfit weaves tender melodies and heartfelt soul
Sat 24th/03/2018