Just over a week ago, Brisfest announced it would be returning after a two year hiatus under a new incarnation: Brisfest: soundscape and, better yet, launching ‘the world’s fairest ticketing system‘ as part of their ongoing mission to support local artists (read the story here). The community-invested festival will be hosted across 15 venues in Bristol’s city centre for 15 hours on 30 July.
Today, after a fair amount of anticipation, the exact locations and a majority of the line-up were revealed to the public. Organisers The Bristol Festival Community Group have a mission to support and promote local arts, music and culture in Bristol and the South West. And, from looking at the line-up and perfectly plucked venues, we think they’re going to provide us with another ruddy good party featuring some of Bristol’s finest home-grown musical talent…
In keeping with the collaborative Bristol effort, the 15 stages will be hosted by Bristol institutions including Bristol 24/7, Temple Records, CYN, Recreo, Jeli Records, Wild, Rough Draft, Tremor, and Swing ‘n’ Tingz.
Brisfest’s Rob Gray tells Pitch, “It’s about supporting the local venues. That’s why we’ve given it the ‘soundscape’ name – we’re using the incredible infrastructure that’s already here in our city centre.”
The main stage, hosted by the B24/7 team, aims to take us through the past, present and future of Bristol’s musical genius, with highlights including sound pioneers Smith & Mighty, Break & Carasel, and Kahn.
Don’t worry if you’re not into electronic music, you’ll still be able to get your dancing shoes on, whether you’re into (take a breath) punk, folk, rock, indie, ska, jazz, hip hop, electro swing, soul, disco, house, roots, reggae, dub, funk, old skool RnB, garage, bassline, drum and bass, jungle, techno… or any of the other genres promised to be covered off by the festival.
So far announced across the other stages, highlights include: Eva Lazarus, noise rockers Spectres, Ibiza favourites Gotsome, ethereal songstresses The Honeyfire, indie band New Carnival, the impressive turntablism of The Allergies, and of course Bristol reggae-ists Laid Blak.
All this and more will be hugging our ears and emptying our cider cans across confirmed city centre venues: The Station and Courtyard, The Island, The Old Courts and Prison Cells, Mothers’ Ruin, The Fleece, Stag & Hounds, The Exchange, The Small Horse, The Louisiana, Crofter’s Rights, No.51, Start the Bus, Mr Wolf’s, and The Doghouse.
The massive line-up (so far):
Smith & Mighty, Spectres, Kahn, Break & Carasel, Allergies, Mr Woodnote, Eva Lazarus and lil Rhys, GotSome, Komon, Ishmael, Thrilogy, DJ October, The Carny Villains, Mad Apple Circus, Rogora Khart, The 45s, Gaz Brookfield, New Carnival, Towers, Dutty Moonshine, Riddim Wize (feat; RSD, Scotty, Hippy Lee, Joe Peng), Heaven Asunder, Cousin Kula, Daisy Moon, Feel the Real Soundsystem, Gratitude, Hold Tight Records, Jaydrop, Just Jack DJs, Laid Blak Soundsystem, MC Kelz, Mr Whompy DJ’s, Oliver Wilde, Purpura Music (SoulTrain radio), Sasha Steppa, Shapes DJs, She Makes War, Speaker Crew, The Kelly Twins, This is DA, Butcher Berkeley, Vena Cava, Syren City, Wildflowers, White Bully Soundsystem (Live PA), 3rd Space, Autogenesis, Beats in a Box Take over with Osh Kosh, Mook, MT Golaith, Boogie Café,, Butcher DJ , China Bowls,, Daddy Long Legs, DJ Usagi drop & Offbeat, Tremor All stars feat. Howla, Octo pi, Stitch & Twitchee, Dominic Strutton, Don Johnston ft Trotfox, Doozer McDooze, El Choop, Everyday Sidekicks, Evie Woods, Family Jools, Fate and Fiction DJs, Fifteen Years, Flowerpot, Harri Larkin, Healer, James Kelley, Jesuits, Kitchen Punk, DJ Koi, Lauren Martin, Lice, Lucy Hellier, Lunar Cartel, Magdalen, Mr Remarkable, Nicholson Heal, Mark Nichols, Phat Chex, PIFF DJs, Polly Rorison, Poppy, Rain, Ria Timkin, Rough Draft Residents, Sam Hall, Sazzey The Honeyfire, Scarlett , Soeur, Stay Hungry, Strange, Swingers, The After Hours, The Dead Royalities, The Future History, The Happy Few, The Karma Repair Kit, The Shadow Blasters, Twitchee Cordz with DJ Alexi, Van Zeller, Zen Zero.
Brisfest takes place 30 July across Bristol city centre. Get your tickets here.