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Festivals & Music

Festivals & Music

Bristol is the ultimate festival hub, with an eclectic mix of events - there’s something for everyone! Being in Bristol makes for an exciting year, full to the brim with lots of fun and alternative things to do. Take a look at our highlights…
 
Bristol is all about embracing identity, with Bristol Pride doing what it does best; celebrating love, acceptance, fluidity and liberation within the LGBT+ community. The Bristol Shakespeare Festival is also back, staging the works of the Bard in unusual spaces across Bristol. For those on a tight budget and who want something a little less traditional, SKINT Theatre Festival gives you bite-sized plays for just £3 a performance.
 
If you’re not a fan of leaving the little ones at home, Colston Hall is kicking up a Hoo-Ha! with a mixture of free and ticketed energetic, interactive shows. Alternatively, you can meet your favourite flying penguins, Puddles & Splash, at the Sky Safari Hot Air Balloon Festival - watch the sky become illuminated by 50 balloons and an amazing light show.
 
Bristol also brings like-minded filmmakers together. The Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival presents a networking hub for new, established and emerging filmmakers, animators and industry professionals. For film buffs interested in learning about nature, the Wildscreen Festival is the world’s leading international film festival celebrating the natural world.
 
If you are a music fanatic, BBC 6 Music Festival is always a hit, whilst Nass Festival is perfect for adrenaline junkies who love high-octane action sports and live music. For those who want a bit of everything, Simple Things is a multi-venue festival showcasing a diverse selection of live performances and DJs over 10 stages across the city. Not forgetting, Love Saves the Day who host a range of pioneering artists from across the globe. Redfest also stirs a melting pot of dance workshops, world music, southern rock, jazz, chillout, reggae, americana, pop, ska, latin and last but not least, trip hop!
 
When a once-a-year festival simply doesn’t cut it, Bristol’s nightlife is enough to keep you busy. Mr Wolf’s is open 7 nights a week and serves food late into the night - perfect if you like a midnight snack. If you’re looking for more than just your average nightclub, check out the former German vessel, Thekla or legendary Louisiana who has played host to iconic music acts including Florence and the Machine, Coldplay and Muse. Lakota is a landmark in Bristol’s nightlife scene, playing house, hardcore, techno, drum and bass, dubstep and psytrance. If clubbing isn’t really your thing, The Old Duke provides live jazz every night including a weekly open mic and also hosts the annual Bristol Jazz Festival. St George’s also stands as one of the city’s finest concert halls, hosting folk, classical, chamber, world folk, blues and jazz music events.

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