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Hiphop & Rap in Bristol

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Bristol's Hiphop Scene

Bristol’s Hiphop Explosion in 2022?



Hip-hop is big in Bristol in 2022, but it’s never really gone away. Acts like the High Breed bring meaning back to hip-hop in the Bristol underground scene, which some Bristol rap artists have cited as limiting on their chance of success (as compared to their London hip-hop rivals). The shadow of Bristol trip-hop still looms large, with Massive Attack and Tricky being the defining moment for some (and anything else that doesn’t conform to this is swept aside). Hip-hop nights in Bristol set to redefine this, nights booking international hip-hop artists like Next Up and Raise the Bar (who combine hip-hop and spoken word).

It is often said that graffiti is the written expression of hiphop and a key element in hiphop cuture, however the huge quantity of graffiti and comparatively small amount of hiphop in Bristol suggests otherwise... While Bristol is certainly a key stopover for big rap and hiphop tours with artists like De La Soul and Wu Tang Clan playing Bristol's big venues, smaller hiphop events are less prominent.

Although not exclusively hiphop venues it's worth checking the listings for The LAB club, Mr Wolfs and The Croft. Metropolis has emerged as reliable hiphop venue with past guests including Ugly Duckling, Peanut Butter Wolf and Arrested Development. The Contraband Sessions held at The Golden Lion on Gloucester Road every Wednesday can be a good place to find free, Bristolian hiphop gigs.

Our recent hiphop recommendations

Allstar bill of hallucinatory romance muzak; creating worlds between trip-hop, dub, dream pop and ambient tech. Fans of Jabu, Tara Clerkin Trio, Carla Del Forno, GAS - these might be your new favourite bands. Schwet with CS & Kreme, Laila Sakini & RAP at Strange Brew.
The pandemic robbed Bristol of a Quelle Chris live show, now the introspective life-affirming Lazarus of underground/overground rap rides into town on a pillow of lyrical aptness and blissful dusty boom-baps. Hiphop for chemtrail cloud-watching. QUELLE CHRIS // WITHDRAWN × BIRTHMARK at Dareshack.
K-pop meets hip-hop and then some. After multiple reschedules due to you-know-what, South Korean collective Balming Tiger are finally coming to Bristol! Balming Tiger + Cold Light Collective at Crofters Rights.
DJ Marcelle's a triple deck, dubpate-heavy, industrial DJ troubadour - weaving multi-layered percussive rhythms from scraps of songs in an avant-garde sampledelica dance style. She's supported by spectral distorted noise-rock of No Home and Jabu’s dub-fuelled bliss. BNM: DJ MARCELLE / NO HOME / JABU at Strange Brew.

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Mr Wolfs
Mellowmatic + The Embassy
“This music is outta sight!” – Soup from Jurassic 5
Crofters Rights
Brown Excellence 4: Gimme some more
The Brown Excellence party returns to Crofters for their last show of the season
To The Moon
Goldman Trax & Friends
Goldman showcases a rare early night party
Gravity Bristol
DTM Bristol • 90's vs 00's FREE RAVE!
The best DJs playing your favourite genres every week!
Exchange
Babar Luck's East End Trinity
Punk rock noise from a legend
The Lanes
SURE SHOT
Bring you the best in classic funk and hip hop!
The Canteen
Sunday Sessions
Vinylly... a treat for our hard working friends in hospitality + vinyl record fans alike!
Lakota
General Levy's Throwback Brunch Day Party
The ultimate old skool jungle, soul, hip-hop and reggae day party is coming to Bristol on 22nd May
Mr Wolfs
The Donut Filler Jam
Every Tuesday - Live Jam Night
Cosies
Echo at Cosies!
WE'RE BACK! TIME FOR ANOTHER ROUND OF BEATS, BASS AND UKG FROM THE BRISTOL LOFI COLLECTIVE ECHO WORLD.
The Old Market Assembly
The Mouse Outfit Soundsystem
Golden age HipHop, Reggae, Funk, Soul and DNB
The Lanes
POWER The Kanye West Club Night
Two hours of Non Stop Kanye? Get ready to Touch The Sky!
Gravity Bristol
DTM Bristol • FREE PARTY! UK vs US Rap
The best DJs playing your favourite genres every week!
The Hare on the Hill
On the Decks: DJ Shake Appeal
DJ Shake Appeal plays left-field pop music for the masses
The Old Stillage
Backyard Jam
featuring Mac Lloyd LIVE
The Jam Jar
The Door Is Ajar
Monthly inclusive jam night
The Canteen
Sunday Sessions
Vinylly... a treat for our hard working friends in hospitality + vinyl record fans alike!
The Gallimaufry
Venstra + Quartz Pistol
Hybrid electronic - live instrument group Venstra make their debut at the Gallimaufry
The Trinity Centre
Abstract Orchestra play J Dilla
Boundary pushing jazz orchestration blended with hip hop beats
Mr Wolfs
The Donut Filler Jam
Every Tuesday - Live Jam Night
La Panza
RWKUS EP LAUNCH
Fire grooves and delectable Italian plates
Mr Wolfs
Karl Phillips + Support
A mixture of ska and punk all wrapped up with some top quality bars
The Trinity Centre
Dutty Moonshine Big Band
SOLD OUT - Dutty Moonshine Big Band
Gravity Bristol
DTM Bristol • Summer FREE RAVE!
The best DJs playing your favourite genres every week!
Docklands, St. Pauls
Kaleidoscope fusion with POMONA LAKE
Bristol's newest night out! Leave strictly to your gran, we'll show you how to really move
Jamaica Street Stores
Call The Sitter
Queens Birthday Bank Holiday Special
Gravity Bristol
BED: End of Year Closing Party!
Join us for the Grand Closing Party for one last leg shake, VK and nugget thrown at your face
Strange Brew
Schwet with model home, Gaute Granli, Horacio P
Rap existing in unison with raw electronixxx, dancehall, noise, industrial
The Grain Barge
Open Mic
Cosy space, friendly host, all styles welcome!
Gravity Bristol
DTM Bristol • Rihanna's R&B FREE PARTY!
The best DJs playing your favourite genres every week!
The Lanes
DÄLEK + HOLY SCUM + ALGERNON CORNELIUS
Presented by Damnatio Memoriae & BLG Promotions.
Exchange
Motto Estate UK Tour
Motto Estate will be supported by Fresh on the Scene and Family Perfume
The Old Stillage
Jam Hott w/ Sam Redmore
Funk, Hip Hop, Disco, Tropical
The Lanes
California Love
90s/00s Hip Hop and R&B
Gravity Bristol
DTM Bristol • Jack Harlow's FREE PARTY!
The best DJs playing your favourite genres every week!
The Lanes
SURE SHOT
Bring you the best in classic funk and hip hop!
Propyard
Nightmares On Wax + Louis VI
Nightmares on Wax has been a pioneer of British electronic music since the late 80s.
The Fleece
L1nkin_P4rk + Stiff Bizkit
Two masters of the Nu Metal Tribute world start a mosh pit in the bear pit!
The Jam Jar
The Door Is Ajar
Regular Open Jam Night
The Grain Barge
Open Mic
Cosy space, friendly host, all styles welcome!
Strange Brew
NIKNAK - SANKOFA TOUR
Co-presented by Saffron Records
Strange Brew
Schwet with Muqata'a, LAGOSS, Serepente, Biped etc
Experimental Palestinian hip-hop, ATC collective, live tropical-dystopia from Tenerife and rhythmelodix from Portugal
The Lanes
SURE SHOT
Bring you the best in classic funk and hip hop!
The Old Market Assembly
Broken Brass
Taking brass to a new level
Rough Trade Bristol
WIKI
Presented by Damnatio Memoriae.
Strange Brew
#SNEAKERBOX
Bristols original trainer buy & sell event
Cosies
Goldman Trax Residents
An evening of Goldman joy returns to the dusky cellar
The Lanes
SURE SHOT
Bring you the best in classic funk and hip hop!
The Jam Jar
Worm Gigs: Surprise Chef + support.
Funk and cinematic soul from this Melbourne band signed to Mr Bongo/Tru Thoughts.
The Trinity Centre
Bishop Nehru
American rapper and record producer from Nanuet, New York
The Black Swan
En Masse 2022
A day-long party showcasing Bristol’s stamp on UK electronic music.
The Marble Factory
Jay Electronica
Jay Electronica is something of a rap myth and legend.