A Guide to Bristol Festivals

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Below we will present to you the ultimate list of events, whether you’re into live music, food or wine. There is something for everyone, as Bristol is not at all dull, and 2018 pays no exception. Incredible arrays of events are taking place this year, plenty to tickle your taste buds, making the summer simply unforgettable.

You should, indeed, get ready for next year and start planning a festival season that you surely won’t forget soon, as Bristol has everything for everyone. Here’s something to look forward to, whatever the weather may be. Amongst the greatest festival markets, the city is bursting with its live gigs and constantly evolving music scene.

This is why we are turning out attention towards the spectacular top events that were able to snatch the coolest artists. The festival scene has got just the thing for you, so it’s high time we rounded up the best of the fests in Bristol and the surrounding area.

  1. Upfest (Check out upfest.co.uk)

Europe’s largest street art festival was set to the soundtrack of local performers in Bristol this July. It claims to be Europe’s largest graffiti festival, with talented artists traveling from 70 countries only to get painting on 50 venues across the United Kingdom. The proficient art workshops, reasonable art sale and music stages through Bristol, Bedminster, and Southville offered a spectacular weekend and, most of all, free of charge.

  1. Grillstock (Check out grillstock.co.uk)

At the Bristol Harbourside took place a music and food festival, featuring TBA as well as plenty of meat dishes.

  1. Bristol Pride (Check out bristolpride.co.uk)

This July festival celebrated LGBT with a Pride Day on Saturday, the 9th, comedy nights and theatre as well as events all week long. It took a positive stance against violence toward gay and transgender and promoted thus dignity, increasing visibility, and building community. Gender variance, as opposed to social stigma, was the goal of LGBT+ rights movement, since it’s organized by volunteers that work all year round in order to promote equality, through various events and consultation services.

  1. Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (Check out encounters-festival.org.uk)

Starting in September at Watershed, we can expect short films lasting from 90 seconds to 20 minutes, but also a late lounge for sexier screenings. At Encounters, there will be the best films from around the world, but also virtual reality, special events and a lot more where those came from.

  1. The Great Escape

Held in Brighton, The Great Escape has got hundreds of acts from Dream Wife, Froth, October Drift, and many others. Truly the United Kingdom’s music heaven, it’s certainly worth to make the pilgrimage to Brighton for its fringe stages with a pier.

  1. Harbour Festival

This free event has been held annually since 1972 and has since really enjoyable music by international and local artists. Bristol College Green features child-friendly events for all ages with storytelling and interactive fun. Spread across different stage such as Cascade Steps and SS Great Britain the entertainment keeps the performers involved with the wide range of live music.