Simple Things Festival, Bristol – All You Need to Know!

Simple Things Festival Bristol
Simple Things Festival 2018

Simple Things Festival, Bristol - All You Need to Know!

Current Mixmag cover star Helena Hauff headlines the main room with her hyper in-demand blend of uncompromising electro, EBM and techno clatter. A perfect accompaniment, Detroit electro mainstay and Drexciya affiliate DJ Stingray appears alongside.

Room Two showcases one of the most revered contemporary labels operating today – Whities. Nic Tasker’s label is defined by a spirit of imagination and innovation, specialising in unique, curveball records that expertly toe the line between experimentalism and functionality.

Alongside Tasker will be a special live performance from Bristol favourites Giant Swan, plus DJ set from Minor Science, Coby Sey and Deena Abdelwahed.

Elsewhere in Lakota, Bristol label Wisdom Teeth curates Room 3 with a line-up of psychedelic, broken-beat and sub-heavy techno.

The bill is topped by rising US star DJ Python, whose 2017 debut album Dulce Compañia introduced the world to his singular ‘deep reggaeton’ sound.

Python is joined by Björk-endorsed club experimentalist LOFT, local heroine Anina, and Wisdom Teeth label-head Facta, whose most recent release saw him joining the ranks at kindred Bristol imprint, Livity Sound.

Futureboogie return to the Coroners Court with Glasgow selectors supreme Optimo and the brilliant Jane Fitz, with Studio 89 also taking up their usual space in the second Coroners Court with rising talent Mafalda headlining.

The rest of the nighttime line-up is completed by Gramrcy, Em Williams, Dave Harvey, Eris Drew and Studio 89 DJs.

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COLSTON HALL FOYER

Although the rest of the venue  is shut, the Foyer is being opened for some of the day time performances, starting at 14:00 with Chaouche. Don’t miss Jun Kamoda the Japanese DJ who will be spinning some eclectic dance tunes that will get you on your feet!

Who can I catch there then?

Jun Kamoda (DJ), The Mauskovic Dance Band, Helena Deland, Emma-Jean Thackray, Dena, Haiku Hands, Connie Constance, Alaskalaska, Halo Maud, Chaouche

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LAKOTA – 6 rooms of music – DJs and Dance music

Any Bristolian worth his or her salt can admit to a misspent youth here.  Once Bristol’s self-acclaimed ‘Superclub’, Lakota has gone through many changes over the years.  The club and adjoining former Courthouse set the scene for the majority of the late-night festivities of Simple Things.

There will be a proper battle between rooms as each is curated by someone different, ranging from Crack Magazine to the record label Wisdom Teeth, who will be banging out some experimental psychedelic club music!

There are too many great acts playing to mention them all, but we’ll see you down the front for Björk-endorsed club experimentalist Loft, followed by DJ Python’s unique mix of deep house, shoegaze trance and reggaeton!

Who can I catch there then?

Lakota, Room 1 – Gramrcy, DJ Stingray, Helena Hauff, Em Williams

Lakota Room 2 – Tasker, Minor Science, Giant Swan (Live), Deena Abdelwahed, Coby Sey

Lakota Room 3 – Facta, Anina, DJ Python, Loft, Facta B2B Anina

Coroners Court – Optimo, Jane Fitz, Dave Harvey, Christophe, Eris Drew, Mafalda, David J Bull

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ROUGH TRADE

Newly popped up on the Bristol records scene, Rough Trade hosts regular live performances and signings, but they’re stepping it up a gear for Simple Things with a great line up from 3pm right through to 11:30pm! Check out post-punk Irish band Fontaines DC, championed by Steve Lamacq.

Who can I catch there then?

Parrots, Current Joys, Yassassin, Self Esteems, Great News, Fontaines DC, & Mellah

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SWX

Better known as a club than a venue, SWX have opened their doors up to gigs in recent years. It’s a great space to see live acts with a slightly sloping floor giving good visibility to the more vertically challenged of us! Make sure to see exciting new break out rapper Octavian from South London, his UK tour has sold out so this might be the only chance you’d get to see him!

Preceded by jazz fusion artist Kamaal Williams, this sums up all that is great about the variety of performers at Simple Things!

Who can I catch there then?

Octavian, Kamaal Williams, Rival Consoles, Iglooghost, Tirzah, Wooze.

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O2 ACADEMY

As Colston Hall is shut for refurbishment this year (normally the hub of the festival), the O2 Academy takes on the artists who would normally play there. One of the largest venues on the Simple Things circuit this year, it also provides the climax to the weekend’s day time performances with Slowdive on from 23:00 – 00:30.

Get there early for a spot close to the stage to hear this legendary guitar band! It may not be known as the most atmospheric of venues in the city but fear not as Crack Magazine is taking over proceedings for the day!

Who can I catch there then?

Slowdive, Rolling Blackouts, James Holden, Black Midi, Jimothy Lacoste, Scalping and Lice

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BEST OF THE REST

The Sportsmans host an intimate back room serving up a mix of live bands and electronica. Muso-run basement venue, Zed Alley, will also be stepping up for the festival so make sure you head down into the vaults too! Round the corner, The Christmas Steps will be hosting the Independent Label Market with performances from midday.

All just down the road from the O2 Academy and Colston Hall Foyer, they serve as a very handy pit stop en route to other city centre venues

Who can I catch there then?

Sportsman – Warmduscher, Meat Raffle, Sorry, Rascalton, Bilk, Sistertalk, Haze, Wych Elm, Sans

Zed Alley – Tamu Massif, 404, Tungz, Herbal Tea, Denzel Himself, Last Hyena, Poisonous Birds, Tara Clerkin, Ebu

The Christmas Steps – Rough Trade DJ’s, Ellie Stokes, Kiia, Matt Sainsbury, Western Soul, Kokoro (Ambient Set)

Moving on to the night time venues and listings..

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

For more information on this great autumn festival, please visit the Simple Things Festival website.

All New & Exciting – West Country Indoor Games

west country indoor games
west country indoor games

All New & Exciting - West Country Indoor Games

You don’t need an Olympic gold medal to take part in West Country Indoor Games.

Regardless of whether your second home is the gym or you last exercised with Mr Motivator in the 1980’s, everyone is back on the same level when it comes these games!

Age also holds no barrier, with rave reviews from the most youthful to the most senior of participants, you certainly don’t have to be a millennial to enjoy the West Country Indoor Games experience!

West Country Games are an activity company celebrating all things “West Country”!  Their hilarious events have been drawing in people from far and wide since 2011 and they have earnt themselves the #1 spot for outdoor activities in Bristol on Trip Advisor.

Hugely popular with stag and hen groups visiting Bristol and Bath, West Country Games’ outdoor events welcome over 400 people a day at the height of season.   On the back of this success, the popular Bristol-based activities outfit are now moving indoors.

Their barn-themed venue will play host to the indoor version of their West Country shenanigans from November 2016.  West Country Indoor Games will run on Saturdays until March 2017 and take place at Merchant’s Academy Sports Centre, Withywood, Bristol.  Starting times are 10:30am or 1:30pm, subject to availability.

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The activity day features up to 8 themed activities, each of which is dafter than the next!  Each game uses a selection of large inflatables, catapults, skittles, wellies and even a ride on sheep.

Games include The Cider Run, Sheep Shenanigans, West Country Wipeout and Wurzel Knockout.  From podium battles with giant pitch forks to jumping over a sweeper arm operated by somebody on an exercise bike, the side-splitting games are guaranteed to have you rolling in the hay with laughter all day long.

For the competitive ones amongst you, points mean prizes!  So knuckle down and battle it out with your friends or colleagues as the person in your group with the highest score will win a prize.  Don’t forget to do your lunges and hamstring stretches beforehand as your instructors will be looking for the most accurate Welly Wangers, the most determined Cider Runners and the fiercest Vicky Pollard Handbag wrestlers out there.

west country indoor games

Once the day is finally done, you may fondly reminisce about the time you were gripping onto a sheep’s back for dear life or battering your friend with a handbag. Fear not if your memory is a little hazy as you can prompt it with your free group photographs.

Your enthusiastic Activity Host will gladly snap away as you take on each of the games and will be sure to capture some winning shots of you all in your finest moments of athletic achievement!   To add to the fun, West Country Games will provide your stag, hen or birthday person with free fancy dress.

Choose between a selection of farm animal onesies; pigs, horses, sheep, chickens, ducks and cows, as well as some rather fetching milk maid outfits that will make any stag feel at one with the West Country! Snacks and drinks are available throughout the day and there are changing facilities and free parking on site.

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West Country Indoor Games begin their indoor season on Saturday 12th November 2016.  Prices are £39.50 with a special offer of 15% off currently running.  You can book with a £50 deposit and the final balance isn’t due until 28 days before your activity day.  A minimum group size of 8 people applies. Go to our indoor games webpage for more information.

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Top 7 Secret Spots for Students in Bristol

students in bristol
students in bristol

Top 7 Secret Spots for Students in Bristol

Bristol has long been known as being a great city to come to university.  During Fresher’s Week, pretty much every bar from Whiteladies Road all the way down to Park Street is rammed the moment students return from the summer.

 

Whilst this is likely to be your first port of call when it comes to planning a night out, you’ll need to do a bit more digging to find a wealth of hidden gems any student worth his salt should check out.

 

David Pope, currently studying in his 2nd year at UWE and working at West Country Games on his Saturdays, shares his inside knowledge on Bristol’s Secret spots for students.  Pay attention now Freshers!

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1. The Lanes

Filled with five bowling alleys, pool tables, a dining area, bar and karaoke room, this is the perfect place to have a fun evening with your mates.  Or why not bring that special someone here on a first date?  Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for their events and student deals.

2. Clifton Suspension Bridge & Observatory

This is definitely a landmark not to be missed whilst in Bristol. When the sun is out, a fantastic little outing is up to this beautiful bridge where you can have a picnic and admire the stunning sights of Bristol whilst costing you nothing.  Be sure to do a quick detour to the camera obscura and caves at Clifton Observatory.

students in bristol
students in bristol

3. 20th Century Flicks

20th Century Flicks boasts an incredibly wide selection of films for you to borrow including vintage VHS.  Plus, there is a small cinema which is available for you and ten of your friends to hire out for less than a fiver each!

4. The Apple

Hang out with the local Bristolians at The Apple, Bristol’s favourite cider boat, which offers a huge range of ciders at great prices.  Add in all the other great bars and a jazz club around the Beermuda Triangle and you’ve got a fantastic night out on your hands.  You would be a fool not to include this in your weekend plans.

students in bristol
students in bristol

5. AirHop

Located a stone throw away from Cribb’s Causeway, this is the world’s biggest indoor trampoline park.  It’s is a great place to go to have a laugh with all your friends at a reasonable price.  To avoid the chaos of hundreds of school children running around, look out for student offers and book a time slot later on in the evening.

6. Urban Fox

If, like many students in Bristol, you love vintage clothing then this the place for you!  A beautifully quirky and quaint shop with friendly staff, this is a shop you should definitely visit on your next shopping trip.

students in bristol
students in bristol

7. St. Nicholas Markets

Sandwiched between Corn Street and St. Nicholas Street in the heart of Bristol’s Old City, St Nicholas Market plays host to many great independent stalls and retailers and is much loved by all Bristolians.  You can be sure to find a lovely array of gifts, artwork, jewellery and clothing here.  What’s more, you can also buy Bristol Pounds to spend with any independent retailer.  Look out for their monthly Night Market, which is hugely popular featuring tasty bites and bands playing in the street.

David has lived in Bristol as a student for just over a year.  Having grown up in Brighton, David chose Bristol because it shares a similar vibe so felt like home.

 

On Saturdays, David works at West Country Games as an Activity Instructor, escorting hen groups around the games.  He confesses that this has been one of the most enjoyable jobs he has ever done!