Shindig Weekender organisers simply cannot wait till next year’s event, and have given us a winter instalment to tide us over: The Shindig Winter Blockparty takes over Bristol’s Old Crown Courts on Friday 2 December.

The Shindig Weekender is the definition of a boutique festival, with humble beginnings as a small party for friends that grew organically over the years – allowing the organisers to build a healthy reputation for delivering the effortlessly danceable mid tempo beats of hip hop, house and disco.Shindig Big weekender

‘The beauty of Shindig; we made it for our friends to enjoy,’ says event director Simon Clarke. ‘And now four years later, their friends and their friends’ friends are also loving it, and that’s the best way to build something wonderful and beautiful and happy. We’ve woven all the best bits we’ve experienced in our lives into a one weekend bag of laughs you won’t forget.’

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The Old Crown Courts’ prison cells make for a unique party experience

You can expect these same vibes from the Winter Blockparty, which takes place in the unique surroundings of Bristol’s Old Crown Courts. A welcome name on the roster is the Ghetto Funk Nightclub, a regular at the big weekender who do exactly as they say on the tin. They will be hosting Courtroom 1 for the evening,  bringing us WBBL, Howla, Bear Twist and headliner DJ Cash Money – who has been flown in from across the pond especially for the party.

“The Winter Block Party is a chance for Shindiggers to get together and socialise, so they don’t have to wait a whole year until the next weekender. For new comers, it’s a taster of the main event” – Simon Clarke

The second courtroom will be home to the Stardust Collective, featuring Justin Robertson and special guests Luke Stereo and Simon Lloyd. Consider this another taster of the May event, when the Stardust crew will be bringing their Stardust Discotech to the festival – a ‘glitterball-tastic, original funky love groove party!’ To get you in the mood, here’s a mixtape put together by Mikey Stardust himself, with some new tracks you can expect to hear from him and the rest of the stardust collective:

And if all that’s not enough, The Slamboree Soundsystem will be taking over the prison cells and turning them into ‘the winter wonderland cells of dis-enchantment’, accompanied by Ms Radida, DJ Clod, Love Boat and some live looping beatbox vocals courtesy of Suzy Conrad.
Shindig old crown courtsThe Shindig Winter Block party will take place on 2 December at the Old Crown Courts, Bristol. For tickets and more information on Shindig’s Big Weekender, visit the Shindig websiteYou can also head on over to their Facebook page to download a free track by WBBL, who will be warming the crowd for DJ Cash Money.