After waking up on Monday morning, bleary eyed and soreheaded after a weekend dancing up and down Stokes Croft for Rave On Avon, you may have wondered what it was actually for? Like, it wasn’t someone’s birthday was it? Or maybe a national holiday for a saint you’ve never heard of? St. Paul of Parties maybe?
Well no, it wasn’t for all that, it was a fundraiser for this year’s Brisfest which is taking place July 30th but has so far been kept pretty under wraps. Now though we’ve finally got some details of what this years best celebration of South West Music.
This years event will be planted right in the middle of the city, with 15 venues flinging open their doors to ticketholders to showcase the best talent from in and around our fair city. The hub of the whole affair will be spread between the Island and Station venues, with other venues littered around.
What will make the event a little bit more special, and a whole lot more ethical, is that the organisers will this year be implementing a pay what you want system for tickets (with a minimum of £10). This is to ensure a fairer ticket price for the audience, a fairer playing fee for the artists and will see any leftover money going to volunteers who help to upskill and help find routes of employment for Bristol residents.
Although no acts have been announced yet, organiser Poppy Stephenson said: “It’s [Brisfest] about bringing Bristol music to the forefront of audience attention. Brisfest is the showcase of our future stars, of the hottest new acts from the region, ones to watch across all genres. From rock bands to reggae, hip hop to hardcore, folk to funk there’s a compilation of styles being produced here; it’s about exploring our current Bristol sounds. ”
Make sure you check the festival’s page to keep in the loop. Headliners and more information on the tickets should be announced soon.