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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 Canteen
Orlata
Looking for soul-jazz with a contemporary ear?
The Doghouse
Tunnel Vision : BRS Disco @ The Doghouse
Catch us doing our ting at The Doghouse to celebrate the end of term!
The Lanes
Erratic Batting present; Mildlife & Hexcut
Australian Cosmic Jazz & Electronica - UK Tour
Crofters Rights
BLG Presents King Champion Sounds /Kuunatic /+more
BLG Promotions are proud to announce King Champion Sounds (NL), Kuunatic (JPN) & more
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
The Canteen
Skutch Manos
Jazz-rock fused with global delights!
El Rincon
Stockham Hammond Duo
First-rate saxophone & keyboards jazz duo
Mr Wolfs
The Recks // The High Points
A mind melting blend of freaky, funky folk.
The Greenbank Pub, Easton
The Greenbank Jam
Killer house band in a lovely venue upstairs at The Greenbank
The Canteen
Mamilah
Mamilah originated in Leeds in early 2017, amongst a group of friends from all corners of the UK and Ireland.
Mr Wolfs
Greek Party - Hallouminati + Support from Kefi
Hallouminati will throw their arm over your shoulder and hand you an Ouzo before you can shout “Opa!”
The Sugarloaf, St Marks Road, Easton
SUGARFIELDS 2019
2 Days of Live Music and Djs for Free this Bank Holiday in Easton
The Sugarloaf, St Marks Road, Easton
SUGARFIELDS 2019
Free Bank Holiday Festival Fun in The Sugarloaf Easton
The Love Inn
Double Vision Summer Session: J.Morrison
Double Vision presents J.Morrison (Alfresco Disco / Boogie Cafe / Fate & Fiction)
LEFTBANK
The Leftbank Jam Band
Our Open Jam hosted by the LBJBs
The Attic Bar
cLuMsY "Make This Up" Single Launch Event
A HUGE night of live music to launch cLuMsY's new single "Make This Up" feat. Da Fuchaman
PRSC
Benefit Bash | For Bristol Recovery Orchestra
Charity fundraiser featuring live music from local musicians.
The Den - Dockside
James Morton Featuring Pee Wee Ellis
Bristol’s in for a treat with James Morton featuring ‘ Pee Wee Ellis ’!!
The Gallimaufry
Feel Flows w/ Manami & Neathway
Through soul, jazz & electronica
Mr Wolfs
Psychadelephant // Leisure Tank // Asian Hawk
A delicious slice of sludgy psychedelic funk & garage soul.
The Love Inn
Palette ft DJ Die & Gus Pirelli
May sees DJ Die hold his residency for the final week with Gus Pirelli.
St Anne's Boardmill Social Club
An Evening of Blues Dance // The Blues Happenings
Bristol's First Bespoke Blues Dance Band present an evening of live music!
Fiddlers
Yola
Southern Soul from the West Country...
The Alma Tavern
Campbell & The Quarter Turns at The Alma Tavern
Bristol's Rock 'n' Soul Collective To Tear It Up In Clifton!
The Gallimaufry
D.A.M.
Improvised groovy synth washed psychedelia
The Lanes
Motorcity
Motorcity - Motown, Soul, Funk, Disco & Rock 'n' Roll
The Gallimaufry
Feel Flows w/ Manami & Neathway
Through soul, jazz & electronica
Rough Trade Bristol
CHARLSTONRAY + Support // Live at Rough Trade
CHARLSTONRAY bring their intelligent complex of live ambient-inflected house/soul/breaks to the prestigious Rough Trade.
The Gallimaufry
Feel Flows w/ Manami & Neathway
Through soul, jazz & electronica
The Pipe and Slippers
Welcome To My Spaceship
Pub disco for good-time space captains.
The Louisiana
Sam Pennant & The Callous Lips
Bristol Based Acoustic Folk/Blues band
Bristol Harbour
Lacuna Boat Sessions | J-Felix (DJ Set) & Komposa
Lacuna Boat Sessions | J-Felix (DJ Set) & Komposa. 3 Hour Live Music Party
The Gallimaufry
Feel Flows w/ Manami & Neathway
Through soul, jazz & electronica
The Old England Pub
The Black Wizards // Dätcha Mandala
Night crammed with psychedelic, fuzz, blues rock!
The Gallimaufry
Feel Flows w/ Manami & Neathway
Through soul, jazz & electronica
The Lanes
Erratic Batting presents: 30/70
Melbourne HipHop/Soul band UK tour.
The Lanes
Motorcity
Motorcity - Motown, Soul, Funk, Disco & Rock 'n' Roll
Basement 45
Code of the Streets 15th Anniversary
Celebrating 15th years of entertainment with Code of the Streets 20th July - Basement 45
Gilcombe Farm
Farmfest 2019
A mischievous melting pot of music, arts, party and people
The Lanes
Motorcity
Motorcity - Motown, Soul, Funk, Disco & Rock 'n' Roll
The Lanes
Motorcity
Motorcity - Motown, Soul, Funk, Disco & Rock 'n' Roll
The Trinity Centre
Creep Show
New collaboration between John Grant, Stephen Mallinder, Phil Winter and Benge
O2 Academy
Roachford
O2 Academy Bristol