Thousands turned out this weekend to enjoy Bristol’s biggest festival, Brisfest.
With seven outdoor stages, over 500 local bands, DJs, comedians, circus and cabaret performances, Brisfest was everything it had promised to be and much more. Brisfest has grown year on year from it’s inception in 2007. This volunteer driven, community focused festival was held in the city’s Lloyds Ampitheatre, a fantastic harbourside location.
Festival organisers made the most of this location with a well thought out programme of entertainment. From boat trips aboard bristol’s famous Matthew to a mega club which was put together in the underground car park beneath Millenium Square.
This quirky festival had everything from a crazy golf course to a real lawn laid especially for this 3 day event and lots of fire. Everybody loves fire, right?
There was a full packed lineup of bands including The Anomolies who deserve a special mention for their fantastic performance. 100% heavyweight urban reggae legends, Laid Black, gave an energetic performace when they headlined on the main stage on Friday evening. The latest addition to the festival was the hugely popular Weapon of Choice stage, which was a converted lorry. On Friday, DJ Cheeba performed an amazing live audio visual set which was projected onto the surrounding buildings.
The entertainment continued all weekend with sets from Million Way, and Komonazmuk. Our musical highlight came in the form of 7 piece dance act Dub Mafia who headlined on the main stage on Saturday evening. Their high-energy performance had the crowd mesmerised for the entire set. It was a perfect finale to the Saturday night’s entertainment. Dub Mafia are ones to watch and we think they are heading for big things.
Crowds left the Lloyds ampitheatre to continue the party at one of the many venues entitled ‘Rave on Avon’, the most popular of which was the underground car park venue. This will go down in history as being one of our all-time favourite festival highlights. Situated two stories underground, this car park was transformed into a mega club featuring three rooms and an impressive light display. It is additions like this to Brisfest that offer festival-goers extraordinary value for money.
There was an incredible atmosphere all weekend, this is down to the amazing volunteers that put the festival together. Without the hard work all year round from these people we would not have a festival like this in the South West. Witnessing this community spirit really does make you a proud Bristolian. The Bristol Festival Comminity Group, a registered charity work tirelessly all year round providing training and work experience to these volunteers to enable find work and gain employment in the events and music industries.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the organisers and volunteers that worked so hard all year to put together Bristol’s best festival. We would also like to extend a massive thank you to Oliver Mochizuki and Clare Hamilton for their incredibly kind hospitaliy over the weekend.
Looking forward to 2012
The massive success of Brisfest has meant it has outgrown its harbourside location. With this in mind, the Bristol Festival Community Group are hoping that a move to Ashton Court next year will allow them to create the biggest Brisfest to date. Ashton Court was home to the original community festival which provided the inspiration for the first Brisfest.
With this in mind, the organisers have launched a ticket pledge scheme. If 10,000 people buy tickets for the 2012 festival before the end of the year then the move to Ashton Court will be able to go ahead. We will bring you further details of this as news unfolds.