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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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The Square Club
iluvlive Bristol - Laura White Headline Tour
Laura White / Blaise Pascal / Baby Queens / Eleanor VS.
Wed 22nd/02/2017
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift & Douglas Cave
Synth and sax maestro from Cousin Kula
Thu 23rd/02/2017
The Grain Barge
The Rosa Gray Band take over The Grain Barge!
Upbeat Originals Jazzy-Pop-Soul Band! FREE ENTRY!
The Gallimaufry
The Groove Den
Vocal Soul feat. Will Cartwright
Fri 24th/02/2017
The Farm
Dirty Laundry
Funky Music and a Warm Welcome
Mr Wolfs
Upbeat Sneakers + The Flattones
Living, skanking proof dance music doesn't have to bleep!
Amoeba
Eclectic Beats
DJ Robbie Duncan presents his show exploring the world for Eclectic Beats.
The Loco Klub
The Rin Tins
A boogie night with The Rin Tins + Lounge Cat Ideals + Wenro
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun
Worldwide rhythms from Soulworks DJs & friends
Sat 25th/02/2017
Hy Brasil Music Club
Nomad Collective
Nomad Collective is a London-based group mixing Cuban rhythms with funk, rock guitars, heavy grooves and jazz improvisation. The band featur
Este Kitchen
Brunch 808: Latino Especial
Bristol's Monthly Brunch Rave
Sun 26th/02/2017
Alma Tavern & Theatre
Ella Julian
The soulful songstress brings her dynamic sound to the Alma
The Bell
10 Twenty Radio
10 Twenty Radio bringing some of our selectors to our favourite boozer to finish off the weekend!
Mon 27th/02/2017
Mr Wolfs
SongSmith
SongSmith @Mr Wolf's ft Eddie and the Mind Spiders / Camille Miller / Orphans / David 9 Lunas
Wed 1st/03/2017
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift Trio
Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Thu 2nd/03/2017
Mr Wolfs
Town Of Cats + Little Thief // DJ Kibbla
Real characters in the house tonight!
The Gallimaufry
The Groove Den
Double keyboard special
Fri 3rd/03/2017
Old Malt House Loft Space
More Than x Semi Peppered: CloudNine Loft Party
We're decking out an intimate loft space for a party full of disco heat with our friends over at Semi Peppered
Hy Brasil Music Club
Camo Clave
Camo Clave are an Electro Tropical band who combine traditional Latin American rhythms with synthesizers, effects and processors.
The Lanes
Motorcity - Motown Soul Funk Disco Rock 'n' Roll!
Motorcity is BACK at The Lanes on Friday March 3rd for another packed out night of dancing to them Gold Sounds.
Amoeba
Eclectic Beats
DJ Robbie Duncan presents his show exploring the world for Eclectic Beats.
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun
Worldwide rhythms from Soulworks DJs & friends
Sat 4th/03/2017
The Old Market Assembly
Vogue Vague presents
Get ready to put on those dancing pants for a night of disco that is sure to be legendary!
Hy Brasil Music Club
Jenna & The G's
Jenna G goes back to her live roots in this 8 piece band covering her past, present and future
Sun 5th/03/2017
The Gallimaufry
The Bristol Sessions
Feat. The Dirty Power Trio
Tue 7th/03/2017
The Gallimaufry
From The Forest presents Snazzback
Jazz improvisation and afro-cuban rhythms
Wed 8th/03/2017
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift Reworks: J Dilla
Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Thu 9th/03/2017
The Gallimaufry
The Groove Den
Axeman special feat. Tony Remy (guitar)
Fri 10th/03/2017
Hy Brasil Music Club
Cousin Kula
Psych-Pop at its Finest!
The Canteen
Native Dancer
Looking for the latest in cool-hop? Want a supersmart electronic dance experience dripping with soulful jazz and seductive poetic lyrics? Yo
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun
Worldwide rhythms from Soulworks DJs & friends
Sat 11th/03/2017
Hy Brasil Music Club
Dirty Bourbon River Show
New Orleans is coming to Bristol for One Night only!
123 space, Stokes croft
Exhibit A
Exhibit is bringing a new live streaming event series to Bristol
Sun 12th/03/2017
Alma Tavern & Theatre
Ruth Royall
Bristol soul queen returns to the Alma
The Gallimaufry
The Bristol Sessions
Feat. Bristol Sessions Collective
Mon 13th/03/2017
The Canteen
Macaco Project
Fronted by Kate Mac’s soulful vocals and MC Lyflyk’s hip-hop lyrics the Macaco Project started to make gentle waves around the local scene o
Wed 15th/03/2017
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift: Open Collaboration
Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Thu 16th/03/2017
The Gallimaufry
The Groove Den
Gospel funk feat. Charlie Allen (guitar)
Fri 17th/03/2017
Exchange
Mr Tea and The Minions
Mr Tea and The Minions - St patrick's day @ Exchange
The Louisiana
Van Zeller
Van Zeller headline The Louisiana plus support from Leeches and Vinyl Staircase
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun
Worldwide rhythms from Soulworks DJs & friends
Sat 18th/03/2017
The Tunnels
Party Night
Guaranteed great night
Sun 19th/03/2017
The Gallimaufry
The Bristol Sessions
The Jazz Festival Special (Jazz classics)
Mon 20th/03/2017
Crofters Rights
Majestic Casual Present: Bearcubs (live)
Youtube super-brand in Bristol w/ Bearcubs
Colston Hall
Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox
Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox
Wed 22nd/03/2017
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift feat. Dorian Childs-Prophet
Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Thu 23rd/03/2017
The Gallimaufry
The Groove Den
All-stars feat. Alex Hutchings (guitar)
Fri 24th/03/2017
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun
Worldwide rhythms from Soulworks DJs & friends
Sat 25th/03/2017
Sun 26th/03/2017
Wed 29th/03/2017
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift + Run Logan Run
Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Thu 30th/03/2017
The Louisiana
New Carnival
New Carnival headline The Louisiana plus support from Gurr
The Gallimaufry
The Groove Den
Galli 5th birthday special feat. Bobby Anderson (vocals)
Fri 31st/03/2017
The Gallimaufry
Children of the Sun
5th Birthday Party Jon Rust + Admin + Soulworks
Sat 1st/04/2017
Hy Brasil Music Club
Dakhla
“A powerhouse. Talent, instinct and creativity make them a real force to be reckoned with.” – Sound on Sound
SWX Bristol
Howard Donald & Son of 8
A global superstar who needs no introduction.
Sat 8th/04/2017
Hy Brasil Music Club
Tantz
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.
Thu 13th/04/2017
The Fleece
Nubiyan Twist + Sounds Of Harlowe
Nubiyan Twist + Sounds Of Harlowe @ The Fleece
Mon 17th/04/2017
The Louisiana
Leah McFall UK 'INK' Tour
Voice Finalist, Leah McFall is back with her first, independent UK tour
Wed 19th/04/2017
Crofters Rights
Harry Pane
The Wild Winds 2017 Tour!!!
Thu 20th/04/2017
Thekla
Jake Isaac
Jake Isaac headlines Thekla
Fri 21st/04/2017
Thekla
Fiesta Bombarda Bristol Carnival
Fiesta Bombarda take over Thekla
Wed 26th/04/2017
Colston Hall
Billy Ocean
Billy Ocean at Colston Hall
Wed 3rd/05/2017
Colston Hall
Michael Kiwanuka
Michael Kiwanuka headlines Colston Hall
Thu 4th/05/2017
Fri 12th/05/2017
The Trinity Centre
Smerin's Anti-Social Club & The Carny Villains
Smerin's Anti-Social Club release their latest album
Sun 14th/05/2017
The Lantern
Jon Gomm
Jon Gomm headlines The Lantern
Sat 20th/05/2017
Thekla
The Undercover Hippy
The Undercover Hippy headline Thekla
Mon 22nd/05/2017
Thekla
Ásgeir
Asgeir headlines Thekla