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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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Small Horse Inn
NTS presents Princess Nokia (live)
NTS Radio presents Princess Nokia LIVE at The Small Horse Social Club
Thu 29th/09/2016
LEFTBANK
LeftBank Jam Night | LBJB's
Funk, Soul, Jazz and More
Mr Wolfs
Wildflowers (full band) + Buddha Triangl
"The bastard children of Fleetwood Mac"
The Gallimaufry
The Groove Den
Live funk, soul & beats with an all-star cast
Fri 30th/09/2016
King Street Market
Street Food Market: King Street
Wriggle and Beats' King Street night market. Expect live music, craft beer and the best street food in Bristol.
Thekla
Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club
Ft. Craig Charles (BBC 6 Music).
Sat 1st/10/2016
The Lanes
DEPARTMENT S CLUB NIGHT 'The Lost Boys'
The Department S Club Night with DJ John The Mod, live music from Paul Weller favourites 'The Lost Boys'.
Sun 2nd/10/2016
The Tobacco Factory
Jo Swan & The Hounds of Lounge
Lounge versions of classic blues and pop hits
Alma Tavern & Theatre
The Blue Belle Five
A raucous night of blues music and dancing at the Alma!
The Gallimaufry
Mr Steve Bob’s Jukebox
Forgotten classics, unknown gems & charity shop finds
Tue 4th/10/2016
The Lantern
Clare Maguire
Clare Maguire In The Lantern
Thu 6th/10/2016
LEFTBANK
LeftBank Jam Night | LBJB's
Jazz, Funk, Soul and More
Nova
Tukaani Quartet
Live jazz jam from Bristol based Tukaani Quartet
The Gallimaufry
The Groove Den
Live funk, soul & beats with an all-star cast
Fri 7th/10/2016
Start The Bus
Soul Shake Presents: Liem (Lehult) 3 hour Set
Soul Shake is back October 7th and this time there bringing over Hamburg's finest, Liem (Lehult) for a 3 hour extended set
Sat 8th/10/2016
The Steam Crane
FREE ENTRY! Saturday Session At The Steam Crane
DJ all dayer with garage, hip hop and funk and soul
The Lanes
DEPARTMENT S CLUB NIGHT 'Paves'
The Department S Club Night with DJ John The Mod, live music from 'Paves'.
Sun 9th/10/2016
The Love Inn
Dreamy Days MK4
Peter D (Smith & Mighty) & Bedmo Disco Djs bring an evening of good food, drinks and music.
Hen & Chicken, 210 North St, Bristol, BS3 1JF
ARQ
Alison Rayner's long term quintet playing groove based Jazz
The Gallimaufry
The Bristol Sessions
All-star live soul hosted by Ruth Royall
Wed 12th/10/2016
The Square Club
The Square Sessions Presents
Kevin Pearce, Noisewander, Lauren Bradford
Thu 13th/10/2016
The Gallimaufry
The Groove Den
Live funk, soul & beats with an all-star cast
Fri 14th/10/2016
Crofters Rights
FAT HAT 14/10- Crinkle Cuts, Iguanas, The Rin Tins
A fat night full of swing, funk, ska and afrobeat.
Sat 15th/10/2016
Small Horse Inn
Vacation III / HENRY WU
Next up we welcome Henry Wu to the Small Horse for a night of broken beat, house, instrumental hip hop and boogie.
Stokes Croft - multi-venue
Oxjam Music Festival
Oxjam's Music Festival returns to Bristol this October
Sun 16th/10/2016
The Tunnels
The Soul Tunnel
CLASSIC SOUL, FUNK, DISCO, RARE GROOVE
The Gallimaufry
Mr Steve Bob’s Jukebox
Forgotten classics, unknown gems & charity shop finds
Tue 18th/10/2016
SWX
Michael Franti
Michael Franti performs at Thekla
SWX
Michael Franti LIVE at SWX
American rapper come poet comes to Bristol this October
Thu 20th/10/2016
The Gallimaufry
The Groove Den
Live funk, soul & beats with an all-star cast
Fri 21st/10/2016
Sat 22nd/10/2016
The Lanes
Department s Club Night
The Department S Club Night present 'ROCK & ROLL HIGH SCHOOL' with Ramones tribute MORONES playing live - FREE ENTRY FOR...
Sun 23rd/10/2016
The Gallimaufry
The Bristol Sessions
All-star live soul hosted by Ruth Royall
Mon 24th/10/2016
Colston Hall
KT Tunstall
KT Tunstall at Colston Hall
Wed 26th/10/2016
The Trinity Centre
Khruangbin
Texan slow motion funk trio
Thu 27th/10/2016
The Gallimaufry
The Groove Den
Live funk, soul & beats with an all-star cast
Sat 29th/10/2016
The Begbrook Club
Monster Bash Halloween Party
An unmissable event of live entertainment from Bristol's finest all male 5-piece function band in celebration of Halloween.
Thekla
Wille & The Bandits
Wille & The Bandits perform at Thekla
ashton court mansion
Haunted Mansion Party
Out Comes The Freaks..........
Sun 30th/10/2016
The Gallimaufry
Mr Steve Bob’s Jukebox
Forgotten classics, unknown gems & charity shop finds
Tue 8th/11/2016
Thekla
KING
Soulful pop trio KING perform at Thekla
Fri 11th/11/2016
Salt Café
RSJ Blues
Superb seasoned blues trio (ex-Ben E King / Patti Labelle)
Sat 12th/11/2016
SWX
Lake Street Dive
Lake Street Dive perform at Thekla
Sat 19th/11/2016
The Lantern
Robert Glasper (In the Lantern)
Robert Glasper (In the Lantern)
The Tunnels
ON THE EDGE
FORMED OVER 27 YEARS AGO PLAYING MOTOWN AND ROCK
Wed 30th/11/2016
Colston Hall
The Human League
80s synth pop legends The Human League headline Colston Hall
Fri 2nd/12/2016
Salt Café
Millbone and Co.
Dazzling jazz quintet - grooves, latin & bebop
Mon 5th/12/2016
The Wardrobe Theatre
Yola Carter
A magically intimate sit-down country and soul gig
Fri 9th/12/2016
Sat 10th/12/2016
Tue 13th/12/2016
Colston Hall
Ne-Yo
R&B/Pop sensation
Fri 16th/12/2016
The Tunnels
JOEY the LIPS
"Fast, fun and furious - we guarantee you won't be able to sit still! 10-piece Joey the Lips
NEW YEARS EVE
Sun 15th/01/2017
Thu 19th/01/2017
Thu 2nd/02/2017
Sat 4th/02/2017
The Tunnels
Motown & Soul Night with Soulside & 60'
MOTOWN & SOUL NIGHT WITH SOULSIDE & 60'S DISCO
Thu 16th/02/2017
Colston Hall
LeAnn Rimes
LeAnne Rimes / LeAnne Rimes
Mon 20th/03/2017
Colston Hall
Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox
Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox
Wed 26th/04/2017
Colston Hall
Billy Ocean
Billy Ocean at Colston Hall