Luckily for lovers of music, the UK has an amazing and varied music scene with some incredible bands and artists emerging from across it. Music has become such an integral part of the UK’s culture and draws in musicians and fans alike from across the world.
There’s always a ton of great artists and bands performing at music events across the UK, so we’ve just got to share with you some of the awesome upcoming events happening this year in one of our favourite music hotspots, Bristol.
After their triumph in Oxford last year, Ritual Union has announced its sister festival in Bristol that will be hosted across three venues (SWX Bristol / The Lanes Bristol / Rough Trade Bristol) on March 28th and will feature a length of amazing acts such as Marika Hackman, Dream Wife and Rozi Plain.
If you want to check out more, head over to Ritual Union’s website!
Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival
For all of you blues and jazz fans, it’s time to rejoice because the Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival is back for its 8th year. Between the 26th - 29th March they’ll be taking over St George’s, The Folk House, and Fiddlers with a programme of jazz and blues from Europe, US and the UK. The festival also offers a masterclass programme, free stage, and late-night jam sessions at Bambalan.
We’re all about good value trips, having a free stage at the festival will make your adventure all the more affordable. The festival is run by a charity so if you really enjoy the free stage you can donate to help support it. Who says entertainment has to be expensive?
If this sounds like a bit of you, go check out their website for more info!
Hitting Bristol on the 22nd August is the UK’s largest celebration of the world’s greatest pop and rock acts - the Legends Festival. If you’re interested in seeing six of the world’s biggest arena tribute acts being squeezed into one day, then this may just be for you. And if that isn’t already appealing enough, we forgot to mention that the festival is held in a castle.
Find out more over at the Legends Festival website.
Dot to Dot
Hitting their 15-year milestone, the award-winning Dot to Dot festival is back to Bristol for another year of music and shenanigans. This year, the festival is introducing a brand new jazz stage to the line-up for those of you that need some of that smooth jazz in your life. The festival is on the 23rd May and is being hosted in a range of venues around Bristol. Only one announcement has been made so far, but it includes headliners Easy Life and others such as Steam Down and Skinny Living.
If you want to find out more, check out their website here!
Bristol Sounds is back to showcase another 5 nights of shows at Canons Marsh Amphitheatre, featuring Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Supergrass, Jack Savoretti and more. The event starts on Wednesday 24th June and carries on through the week up until the final day on Sunday 28th June. If you’re a fan of live music in the summer and riverside venues, then we think that you’re going to like this one.
Check out their website to find out more.
Into street art, skate, BMX and music? Then you’ve more than likely heard of NASS and the NASS Foundation that supports and brings all these things together. NASS Festival is back for another year in 2020, and is sporting a ridiculous line-up with current headliners being Chase & Status and The Streets. The festival is set to take place over 4 days from the 9th - 12th July at The Showground in Shepton Mallet and spans over a total of 9 stages. Each stage has a different theme and where you’ll find a range of music and events, so make sure to check out each stage and see if there’s something for you.
Make sure to check out NASS Festival if you’re interested in finding out more!
Local venues; small or large, are the backbone of the music industry. Run by people that have a love for music, these local venues provide a platform for artists and bands alike to perform and bring their music to the city. They give fans a chance to see their favourite band, discover new music or even just let loose and spend up their energy.
Here are our 3 favourite local venues in Bristol that are hosting shows, day after day, week after week.
The Fleece - The Fleece is a legendary music venue that runs events 7 days a week, and has been doing so since 1982. Situated on St Thomas Street, The Fleece has hosted the likes of Ed Sheeran, Idles, Oasis, Muse, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and many more.
Thekla - We love a venue with some good history to it and Thekla is exactly that. Thekla is a ship that was built in 1958 and acted as a cargo vessel until 1982 where it was bought by Ki Longfellow-Stanshall and her husband Vivian Stanshall and converted into a venue that hosted theatre, cabaret and music events. Ever since, Thekla has become a staple in the Bristol music scene hosting Massive Attack in the 80s, Roni Size in the 90s and many more to this day.
The Old Duke - Crafted from the frustrations of the jazz setting and venues in Bristol, The Old Duke hosted its first jazz night in April 1967 and didn’t stop from there-on out. The Old Duke hosts jazz acts 7 nights a week and doesn’t charge an admission fee. So for those that are interested in jazz but not really sure whether it’s for them, The Old Duke is the perfect place to go visit.
Bristol’s music scene is continuing to thrive, and the history of these venues and scale of festivals are perfect testimony to this. Live in London and gutted about missing out on missing one of these festivals, or maybe just want to go check out the scene for a weekend? If you’re going for a festival we’re now opening Snap up to events; pick your starting point and ideal time, book your tickets and allow other event goers to snap up the rest of the seats. Grab a Snap from London to Bristol and there’ll be no need to miss out, check out our London to Bristol race and see how a Snap fared against a train.