Bristol always has an incredible array of events happening over the year especially when it comes to Bristol festivals. In this blog we discover just a few of the festivals which originate from here on home turf – products of the imaginations of free-spirited, creative, fun-lovin Bristolians. Be sure to check them out if you haven’t already!
Starting back in 2009, BoomTownBegins took place in Coleford, Gloucestershire just an hour from Bristol. Until recently, the team behind Boomtown were working from our St Thomas Studios project. Over the years Boomtown has grown massively and now is held at the Matterley Estate in Hampshire. Boomtown prides itself on the incredible stages, setting out to create the ultimate experience in the festival world. Boomtown chapter 10 takes place next weekend from 9-12 August.
Tickets are still available
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From ancient pagan festivals to giant flaming spiders, May Day has always called for an epic celebration. . With temperatures set to soar from next week and fresh grass springing into life at the Olympic Park – we can’t wait to see in the sunshine with a banging party. . Tickets and info- arcadialondon.co.uk #Arcadia10 . Photo by @phoebemontague_photography
“Arcadia create immersive worlds and monumental sensory experiences”. The concept of Arcadia originated in Bristol back in 2008. For those who haven’t heard of it Arcadia, it is a 360-degree stage in the shape of a spider built from repurposed military hardware. Most people will know of Arcadia from its appearances at Glastonbury and Boomtown, where it has hosted some of the world’s best DJs. Arcadia has also done many events on home turf including Love Saves the Day and many more Bristol festivals.
Check out their website for upcoming dates.
Love Saves the Day
This year marked the 7th Love Saves the Day festival in Bristol. For the first three years, LSTD was located in Castle Park before moving on to its current location, Eastville Park. The festival has also now expanded from a one day event to a full weekend. The festival is reknowned for it fashion and gazzling garms from local brands such as Burnt Soul.“The festival really encapsulates what Bristol is all about. The diverse wealth of music and people really came together in one place” – Sarah Greenwood B247.
Starting off as an event at Motion nightclub ‘Tokyo Dub’ gave Bristolians clubnights to remember. The one night event later became an outdoor festival, first taking place at Castle Park. Four years on, Tokyo World is now a huge two day event, this year at Eastville park. This September acts such as Action Bronson and Sister Sledge will be performing. Tickets are available here
Nass Festival, less than an hour away from Bristol, is an action sport and music festival showcasing the best of skating, BMXing and great music. Starting back in 2012 at the Bath and West Showground, acts such as Shy FX, Andy C and Roni Size have previously performed. Nass takes place at the beginning of July every year.
St Paul’s Carnival
St Paul’s Carnival started in 1968 and has grown in size and reputation to become one of Bristol’s biggest attractions. The carnival returned this year for its 50th anniversary after being absent for the last 3 years, with an estimated 100,000 revellers turning up on the day. The iconic Bristol event represents the bests of Afro-Caribbean culture as well as the diversity, creativity and vibrancy of its home city.
If it’s festivals that you’re into then there’s no beating Bristol, with most weekends throughout the summer months offering at least a couple of options (many free) in or around the city. Bristol Harbour Fest, Valley Fest, OutCider, Bristol Balloon Fiesta, Upfest…the list goes on. For more check out Bristol 24/7’s list of 49 festivals happening this August