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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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The Attic Bar
Verb T & Pitch 92
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Thekla
POP Confessional ✞
Playing all of your favourite guilty pop pleasures!
Thekla
The Style Councillors
The one and only tribute to The Style Council.
No.1 Harbourside
Brass Junkies
Dynamic 8 piece Bristolian brass band inspired by the funky Mardi Gras sounds of the New Orleans street bands.
TOMORROW
The Gallimaufry
The Next Movement
Jazz, Neo-soul and Afrobeat
Thu 1st/03/2018
Cosies
Don't Test! @ Cosies
Music to make you stagger
The Gallimaufry
Ruth Royall presents: Singers Jam
All-star live soul, R&B and Rare Groove
Crofters Rights
Noods Radio Social 001
Beers, Friends, Chat, Laughs!
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
The Redgrave Theatre
The Jerseys
Viva Blackpool presents ‘The Jerseys’ as we celebrate the music of one of the greatest groups of all time – the 100 million album selling Fr
Fri 2nd/03/2018
The Attic Bar
Tanya Lacey
Tanya Lacey // K*Ners + Supports
To The Moon
One Soul
The best in soulful music on vinyl every Friday
The Lanes
Motorcity - Motown Soul Funk Disco Rock 'n' Roll!
Motorcity is back at The Lanes for another packed out night of dancing to them Gold Sounds.
Sat 3rd/03/2018
The Lanes
Dept S Club Night * Ian Matthews (Kasabian) DJ Set
We are pleased to bring KASABIAN'S powerhouse drummer Ian Matthews...
Sun 4th/03/2018
Tue 6th/03/2018
The Gallimaufry
Switch Violet
Soul, blues and groove
Thu 8th/03/2018
The Gallimaufry
Ruth Royall presents: Nate James
All-star live soul, R&B and Rare Groove
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
Fri 9th/03/2018
Royal Oak Pub
Horning Glory
The maddest, baddest, illest, brassiest squad you've ever heard!
The Attic Bar
Jenna & The G's
JENNA & THE G'S | DJ CHRIS MUNKY | DJ HIPHOPPAPOTAMUS
The Tunnels
UTF - Ultimate Party Band
Party Night at The Tunnels
To The Moon
One Soul
The best in soulful music on vinyl every Friday
Sat 10th/03/2018
Mr Wolfs
IT: No Hot Ashes, SAUCE & Mitch Sanders
Indie funk of the highest order in Mr Wolf's!
Cosies
Jus' Begun presents Habibi Funk
Arabic funk and other world flavours...
Mon 12th/03/2018
Thu 15th/03/2018
The Gallimaufry
Ruth Royall presents: Louise Golbey
All-star live soul, R&B and Rare Groove
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
Fri 16th/03/2018
The Canteen
Brass Funkeys
It’s an 8-strong London-based outfit full of trumpets, saxes, trombones and (just the one) sousaphone.
To The Moon
One Soul
The best in soulful music on vinyl every Friday
The Old Market Assembly
Smerins Anti Social Club
The 8 piece lineup use the raw ingredients of ska, funk, dub, drum'n'bass and swing to full effect in their epic, brass-heavy instrumentals
Thekla
Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club
Want a little Funk? Need a little Soul?
O2 Academy
Incognito feat. Carleen Anderson
Incognito feat. Carleen Anderson
Sat 17th/03/2018
The Attic Bar
The Allergies (7" Set) + Smith & The Honey Badgers
Live 8-piece funk band and super dope 45s DJs spinning beats and hip-hop
The Old Market Assembly
Unity: Jashwha Moses and the Full Force Power Band
Ruby Confue, Normanton Street and Jashwha Moses and the Full Force Power Band + DJs
The Jam Jar
St Patricks Day Chili Cook-off Extravaga
Worlds first St Patricks Day chili con carne cook-off! Vegan Friendly!
Tue 20th/03/2018
Wed 21st/03/2018
Thekla
SoulJam - Soul Power
Soul Power! Presented by SoulJam
Thekla
Zak Abel
Zak Abel, Thekla
Thu 22nd/03/2018
The Gallimaufry
Ruth Royall Live Show - 2nd single launch
All-star live soul, R&B and Rare Groove
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
Fri 23rd/03/2018
LEFTBANK
Joe Strouzer's Three Piece Chicken Orchestra
ORIGINALS. OLD BLUES. HOKUM. JUGBAND. NEW ORLEANS GOOD TIMES.
To The Moon
One Soul
The best in soulful music on vinyl every Friday
Sat 24th/03/2018
Thekla
Myles Kennedy
Myles Kennedy, Thekla
To The Moon
Groove Allegiance
Always a fun night, we look forward to welcoming back Groove Allegiance DJs
Thu 29th/03/2018
The Gallimaufry
Ruth Royall presents: Alesund (aka Alba)
All-star live soul, R&B and Rare Groove
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
Fri 30th/03/2018
To The Moon
One Soul
The best in soulful music on vinyl every Friday
SWX
Soultrain Easter Good Friday
The Legendary Award Winning Bank Holiday Week-end Bristol...
Sat 31st/03/2018
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The Lanes
Motorcity - Motown Soul Funk Disco Rock 'n' Roll!
Motorcity is back at The Lanes for another packed...
Sat 7th/04/2018
The Lanes
* Dept S Club Night * Rock 'n' Roll High School
Department S Club Night Bristol present...
Tue 17th/04/2018
Colston Hall
Making Tracks
Soulful, Madagascan music.
Thu 19th/04/2018
Colston Hall
Alexander O'Neal
R&B icon and triple platinum-selling artist
Fri 20th/04/2018
Mr Wolfs
INK take Bristol
Live music at Mr Wolfs
Wed 25th/04/2018
Thekla
Justin Nozuka
Justin Nozuka, Thekla
Fri 27th/04/2018
Thekla
Will Heard
Will Heard, Thekla
Sat 28th/04/2018
The Redgrave Theatre
The Other Guys
THE OTHER GUYS ARE BACK!
Sat 5th/05/2018
The Trinity Centre
Honeyfeet Fundraiser for Misfits Theatre Co
Honeyfeet, Nuala Honan, Bibbag Wisdom, Sally Reader, DJ Dad
Sun 6th/05/2018
Tue 15th/05/2018
Exchange
Cousin Kula
Chiverin Showcase at The Exchange