This Snarky Puppy article was written by Bethany Roberts, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse

Grammy-winning fusion collective Snarky Puppy return to Bristol on 5th October for their first South-west gig since 2012. Innovative and impossible to define, this perpetually evolving Brooklyn ensemble have been gathering force around the world for the last decade with their genre-defying music.

Their colourful musical tapestries are woven from jazz, RnB, funk, Afrobeat, symphonic orchestral music, rock and soul – and they absorb even more influence from the huge variety of musicians who guest on their recordings. They’ve also earned a reputation as one of the most exciting live bands of the day, headlining international jazz festivals as well as embarking on several very successful global tours. Their adventurous, polyrhythmic and determinedly funky sound has been overwhelmingly trumpeted, with a rapidly expanding global fan base shouting praise alongside widespread critical acclaim.

Following the success of their Colston Hall show two years ago, they will be gracing the stage of the O2 Academy for what is sure to be a triumphant return. Bristol’s strong population of jazz fans will undoubtedly flock to the gig, but Snarky Puppy’s evident cross-genre appeal is sure to see rock, soul and world music fans rubbing shoulders and spilling pints with the usual jazz crowd.

It’s hosted by Manchester’s highly-respected Band On The Wall music family, and tickets are still available from their website: We’ll be interviewing the band on the day, so watch this space to hear what makes these exceptional musicians tick (and don’t forget to check out our review too!).

Snarky Puppy return to South West England for live set

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