As I’m sure you already know, being the sophisticated up-to-date modern music fan that you are, the BBC 6 Music festival is coming to Bristol. I know you’ve spent the last few weeks eagerly listening in to the radio station to try and work out who else is playing the prestigious event. Well, while we haven’t got any more news about that for you, we can announce that this year Bristol will host the first BBC 6 Music Fringe festival, created to coincide with the music festival.

Like the music festival, Fringe events will be taking place in venues all over our fair city, with lots to compliment the fantastic music taking place. Some of the best things on offer include St Nicks holding another one of their famous night markets, BBC Introducing in the West holding a selection of workshops and masterclasses in schools across the city, UWE and Bristol University holding a joint Hackathon and St George’s Holding a “Woman in Music” talk.

As you’d expect though, the Watershed has really pulled out all the stops, with a new music video’s night (curated by BBC Introducing), the Janis Joplin documentary ‘Little Blue Girl’, a Tricky Double Bill and the Fresh Four in conversation. All of this, plus a lot more going on all over the city. To find a list of everything happening, head over the Fringe website. If you weren’t thinking of going to the festival before, I’m absolutely sure you are now.

As if the BBC 6 Music Festival couldn’t get any better, Thekla, everyone’s favourite nautical vessel to get pissed on in Bristol, has recruited the help of local promoters Electric Harmony, Chiveren and Howling Owl to curate their events over the weekend.

Bands already announced for the weekend’s shenanigans include many Bristol Live favourites such as Giant Swan, Idles, Velcro Hooks, Something Anorak, Young Echo Sound and literally loads more. The best part of it is that all the gigs are free, although for any keen beans DICE FM will have 200 tickets that will guarantee you entry over the three days.

There’s still a lot more to be announced for the festival over the next few weeks, so keep your eyes peeled. But for now, just marvel at how amazing it’s already shaping up to be.

Check out Velcro Hooks ‘Severin’ the Mind’ right here: