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

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

Another weekend, another festival in Bristol.  So what makes this one stand out from all the others?  Well for a start, Simple Things festival, Bristol is a multi-venue music festival across the City Centre featuring a huge diversity of current music that’s sure to get your feet moving.

 

Now in its seventh year, Simple Things Festival, Bristol is a two-day weekender mixing math-punk with mumblecore, house, grime and post-rock.  But where are the venues and who should you prioritise seeing?  Fear not, we’ve put together your ultimate guide to the weekend’s shenanigans.

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COLSTON HALL

The largest venue on the Simple Things circuit, the historic Colston Hall also provides the climax to the weekend’s performances.  The multi-purpose venue also hosts more intimate sessions in the Foyer.  In addition, there’s daytime DJ sets on the Rooftop Terrace and yet more acts performing on the Lantern Stage.

 

There’s some great “must see” moments for 2017 including the not to be missed Leftfield performing Leftism in full and catching Wild Beasts while you still can after their recent announcement that they’re splitting up.

 

Who can I catch there then?

 

Main Stage – Leftfield, Wildbeasts, IDLES, Nadine Shah

 

The Lantern – Jane Weaver, (Sandy) Alex G, Carla dal Forno, Oliver Wilde, The Early Years, Children Of Leir

 

The Foyer – Omar Souleyman, Marie Davidson, Richard Russell, Childhood, Diet Cig, HMLTD, O, London Afrobeat Orchestra performing Talking Heads

 

Atmosphere 4/5

Music 5/5

Gurn potential 3/5

simple things festival bristol

LAKOTA

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. Runs from midnight to sunrise.  We’ll see you down the front for legendary father of Techno, Juan Atkins’ set!

 

Who can I catch there then?

 

Lakota – Juan Atkins, Gramrcy, Closet Freak, Joe Moss, Intergalactic Gary, Inga Mauer, Marco Bernardi, Willow, Extrapolation, Musu DJs

 

Coroners Court – Dekmantel, Soundsystem, Shanti Celeste, Christophe, Dave Harvey, Sassy J, Roi Perez, David J Bull

 

Atmosphere 5/5

Music 4/5

Gurn potential 5/5

simple things festival bristol

THE STATION / THE ISLAND

Home to Bristol’s youth hub, this vibrant space has long been a favourite for live music and slightly off the wall events.

 

The maze of different rooms and cool central courtyard is sure to set the tone for one of the most exciting line-ups of the festival. Pop next door to  The Old Crown Courts in the Island for some dancehall and reggaetón vibes!

 

Who can I catch there then?

 

The Station – The Bug ft. Miss Red, Shackleton, GAIKA, Kahn & Neek, Jlin, Cakes da Killa, Noga Erez, Klein, Patten

 

The Courtyard – Binh, Tom Cottrell, Harry McCanna, Jake Hodgkinson, Cal Swingler, Joel Fisher, Dan Coleman

 

The Old Crown Courts – Dre Skull, Jubilee, Florentino, Hipsters Don’t Dance

 

Atmosphere 4/5

Music 5/5

Gurn potential 5/5

Simple Things Festival Bristol

O2 ACADEMY

Head just around the back of Colston Hall to this regular spot on the gigging circuit. This may not be known as the most atmospheric of venues in the city but fear not as Stamp The Wax is taking over proceedings for the day!

 

Hit up the O2 for a feast of ambient dance and intellectual trance, finishing off with the brilliant Daphni, Caribou’s brilliant alterego.

 

Who can I catch there then?

 

Daphni, Harri Pepper, Aaron L, Clark, Lorenzo Senni, John Maus, Insecure Men

 

Atmosphere 3/5

Music 4/5

Gurn potential 4/5

simple things festival bristol

BEST OF THE REST

The Sportsmans host an intimate back room serving up a mix of live bands and electronica. This year, the muso-run basement venue, Zed Alley, so make sure you head down into the vaults too!

 

Just down the road from Colston Hall, this serves as a very handy pit stop en route to other city centre venues.

 

Who can I catch there then?

 

Sportsman – Daphni, Harri Pepper, Aaron L, Clark, Lorenzo Senni, John Maus, Insecure Men

 

Zed Alley – Warmduscher, Pink Kink, The Howl and the Hum, Youth, Heavy Lungs, Don Loudo

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

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

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