Day of the Dead Retrolicious

Retrolicious is back for our 'Day of the Dead 2- The Return' Halloween Party
Featuring: MAX PASHM SOUNDSYSTEM (Live trumpet and drums) + RED SQUIRREL + JAMES 90
Max and his Soundsystem return to Bocabar to blow your minds and ears:
Red Squirrel – Trusted and Retrolicious resident DJ, a no brainer dance floor pleaser from the fluffy, bouncy and smiley Glastonbury spin maester.

Tickets: £9 early bird (limited amount) / £10 advance & online / £12 on the door

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Bocabar Jazz Session with The Jazz Defenders

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The Jazz Defenders are a group born out of a deep love for Blue Note Records – specifically the hard bop recordings of Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan and Art Blakey. Catchy horn lines and incredible musicianship combined with Rudy Van Gelder’s engineering skills mean they will forever be regarded as classics of the genre. The Jazz Defenders are a group that would ‘defend’ the legacy of those recordings whilst creating its own original identity and distinctive flair.

Featuring some of Bristol’s finest players the line-up is Nick Dover (tenor saxophone), Nick Malcolm (trumpet), Matt Brown (drums), Will Harris (bass), and George Cooper (piano). The music that they produce together is a modern Soul Jazz slant on classic Hard Bop, effortlessly channelling the spirit of the golden Blue Note era of Jazz.

As session musicians in their own right, the five members of the band have worked with a variety of internationally acclaimed artists such as Nigel Kennedy, Massive Attack, Pee Wee Ellis, Andy Sheppard, Get The Blessing, Simon Spillet, Alan Barnes, Rodriguez & Nostalgia 77, as well as playing at venues including Ronnie Scott’s, The Jazz Cafe & The 606 Club.

7.30–11pm • Tickets: music only £5; music + table and mezze £14. Available in advance and on door. Booking advisable. T: 01458 440558 or email

The Backbeat Sound System + DJ Jah Harmony

In a UK reggae scene that has long eschewed bands in favour of sound systems, Backbeat Soundsystem are a different beast, bringing eight musicians to the stage. While many of their peers are slavish in their attempt to recreate an authentic Jamaican-leaning sound, Backbeat Soundsystem are not afraid to go in totally different directions, pulling in influences from all across the music spectrum, to create their vision of modern reggae. Dean and Adjua effortlessly tear up the stage with lush harmonies, soaring melodies and natural born chemistry. This combined with a flawless horn section and undeniable groove leaves the audience mesmerised by their show stopping performance. Bringing an electronic flavour to the mix, with dub effects, sirens and live analog synthesiser, Backbeat Soundsystem remind the world that dub reggae is at the forefront of dance music culture.

8pm-1am • Early Bird Ticket £5

Friday Club ft. Dirty Disco

Ping pong, Beats, beer, burgers and cocktails • From 6pm • Free entry

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Undercover Hippy + DJ support

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The Undercover Hippy is actually UK based singer-songwriter Billy Rowan. After 7 years spent DJ’ing and MC’ing on the Drum & Bass circuit, Billy ditched the decks for a guitar and started out as a solo act in 2007. He now plays with a 5 piece band, bringing together, keys, drums, bass, congas and backing vocals to create a high energy, interactive and highly entertaining live show. 

8pm-1am • Early Bird Ticket £5

Carnival After Party with Lime of Your Life

9.30pm-2am • £8 adv / £10 otd.

LIME OF YOUR LIFE is back again, bringing fun limes and pineapple time. Expect Bass Heavy Carnival music from all around the world on the night of the world famous Glastonbury Carnival!!

SEROCEE: Legendary UK / Jamaica mic man, selector and carnival king! The big man Serocee will be bringing the vibes from his legendary worldwide club night "Rum n Bass" to Glastonbury Carnival!

DJ DUB BOY: The bossman behind one of Bristol's longest running club nights "Ruffnek Discotek", Dub Boy has rocked parties all over Europe with his unique blend of party sounds from all over the world.

JUS NOW (DJ set): Glastonbury local boy Sam Interface, aka Snøw, and one half of transatlantic carnival powerhouse's Jus Now, will be coming back to his home town to bring the Carnival sounds!

BABYLON UPRISING: Local selectors also known as the BRSS and the men behind the amazing Babylon Uprising stage at Glastonbury festival will be getting your feet moving with their infectious global sounds.

Mr Tea and the Minions + DJ Dr Amaqueen

Cheeky Balkan Party music! Gypsy flavoured Ska, Dub and Swing with an infusion of soulful melodies and cheeky Eastern riffs. On a mission to spread fun, cheekiness and crazy dancing to audiences everywhere, with their brand of Gypsy flavoured party music to put a smile on your face and your knees up in the air! The Minions erupted onto the UK scene from summer 2014 onwards with highlights being Boomtown festival and Croatia’s Goulash Disko Festival, as well as many crazy gigs all over the UK! The 6 members all have great chemistry that comes from strong friendship and passion for the music they write and play together!

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Tickets available online here – £5 ADV / £7 OTD

The Minions seamlessly weave Balkan Beats with ska, dub and swing to create a bouncing set. It’s impossible not to get involved.
The Independent


Boca Jazzsession Christmas Special with Sarah Grffiths and the house jazz band

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Sarah sings all the jazz standards you know and love, making this a great evening. If you love jazz and great food then this is the place to be.

7.30-11pm • Tickets: music only £5; music + mezze £14. Available in advance and on door. Booking advisable.


Cantaloop (In funk we trust) + DJ support

Live funk soul with a hip-hop smile • 8pm-1am • Tickets available online here - £5 ADV / £7 OTD

King Porter Stomp + DJ support

Energetic, dynamic and refreshingly unique, King Porter Stomp create an infectious blend of afro funk horn lines, dub reggae rhythms, harmonious hooks and conscious rhymes. Their all-encompassing live show connects with every audience and their diverse musical style is unlike any you will have heard before.

8pm-1am • Tickets available online here – £8 ADV / £10 OTD

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Funk, soul, jazz and blues + DJ Asian Hawk • 8pm-1am • Tickets available online here - £5 ADV / £7 OTD

Here’s a supersmart meltdown of funk, jazz, rock and hip-hoppery all topped off with quirky Talkbox vocals. Jackson is masterminded by busy keyboard wizz Jack Baldus, sharing vocal duties with Cobra and DJ Asian Hawk, and there’s a bunch of well-respected familiar faces mashing up the music behind them.


Bocabash with Nick Parker and the False Alarms

Drumming, fiddling and bassing from the brilliant Nick Parker and The False Alarms - a folky/rocky/country affair using guitars, fiddle, pedal steel, mandolin, bass and drums.
Plus support from:
THE MOSQUITOES, five piece turbo charged punk rock band;
LONELY TOURIST BAND, beard-pop/pub-step/trad jazz;
B-SYDES, (AKA Ben Sydes) solo singer-songwriter delivering folk-rooted songs with raw emotions, passion and conviction
+ DJ BONBAMBINO, Drum'n'Bass-GhettoFunk-House-Electroswing.

So, we'll see you there ;)

7.30pm-1am • £5 adv /£7 OTD available from Red Brick at

DJ Spinthief + DJ Waxmouse

Nineties and Noughties, Hip-Hop, R'n'B, Old Skool House • 8pm-1am • more info to follow

DJ Paulo Fernandez

Dance music from across the globe • 8pm-1am • more info to follow

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