Little Treasures to sponsor Kids’ Village

We are really pleased to announce that Little Treasures toy shop will sponsor the Kids’ Village at Redfest 2016.

Little Treasures is an independent toy shop right next to St George Park, offering a wide range of party bag and pocket money toys, as well as craft kits and wooden toys. It’s priced so that kids can go in and spend their own pocket money on stuff, so that they can get exactly what they love and learn about the value of money at the same time.

This is the first time that a brand has specifically sponsored an area of the festival and it shows how we can work with our sponsors to tailor make a package that works for them. So if you have a business and would like to discuss ideas about how you could be affiliated with Bristol’s best free festival and reach an audience of many thousand potential new customers, email and we’d love to discuss options with you.

Audio Sushi Fundraiser

The fundraiser gigs are coming fast as lightning! Next up, it’s a night of reggae, drum&bass, disco, dubstep, rap (and lots more things beginning with D and R) on Saturday 26 March, 8pm till late at The Old Stillage in Church Road, the lovely local pub that is also a longtime headline sponsor of the festival.

DJs Mistri and Treat (Ujima Radio/The Remix) and Red Tom (Redfest) plus very special guests will be in charge of the tunes and there’ll also be BLINGO – like bingo, but with added bling!

Suggested donation of £3 on the door – all money will go to this year’s festival. See you there!

Hooray for Grounded, our first headline sponsor

Grounded Cafe Redfield are a long time supporter of Redfest Bristol, and we are really pleased that they’ve come on board this year as our first headline sponsor.

There are a million reasons to love Grounded – they’ve got the best pizza on Church Road, a lovely little garden, really nice veggie options on their menu as well as hearty meat, they do great takeaway coffee early in the morning right near the bus stop into town, and many more. But most of all we love how they support the local arts with lots of gigs by local bands and frequently changing exhibitions by local artists.

Not to mention of course that they help support Redfest every year with much-needed funds. We don’t charge for entry to festival so we rely on generous support from sponsors such as Grounded to help cover the costs of essential stuff like toilets, power, and generators.

If you have a business and you’d like to find out more about supporting Redfest, email and we’ll be happy to talk through details about the different ways you can help, the pricing range, and what you’ll get in return (as well as a warm fuzzy feeling).

If you’d just like to donate money you can do that using the PayPal donation button on every page of this website, and we will love you very much.

Help us organise Redfest 2016

So, remember how much you enjoyed Redfest this year? Fancy helping us make the next one? We have the following vacancies for volunteers in the team that organises the festival:

  • Kids Village Manager
  • Fundraiser – corporate sponsorship
  • Fundraiser – fundraising events
  • Catering team (junior role – please note this is the team that organises catering stalls at the festival, it doesn’t involve actual catering)
  • Health and safety team (junior role)
  • Site zone managers
  • Site build managers
  • Site decor team
  • Merchandise team

The time commitment and experience needed for each role varies, and you don’t need to have experience in events for all of the roles: transferable skills are welcome. We also have plenty of jobs for enthusiastic people with no experience who just want to do something great for their community!

If any of this sounds like you and you want to find out more, email us at

Click here if you’d prefer to be involved as a performer, trader or sponsor

Core team meeting June 2015
The 2015 core team get together once a month to catch up – here are some of us at a meeting shortly before the festival.

Redfest 2015 by Black Iris

All photos in this gallery are by Redfest partner Black Iris Photography, a family-run company based in St George, Bristol.

Kids learn about recycling at puppet workshop

As part of the run-up to the festival, Redfester Kirsty has been leading art workshops in local schools. Sticking with the environmental theme of Redfest we devised a workshop turning household items into puppets. Working with the year threes and fours in Bannerman Road Academy, we created some weird and wonderful characters from kitchen sponges and then created small performances. We wanted to show how easy it is to transform normal everyday objects into something new – encouraging the idea of recycling and the endless possibilities of the mundane.

Here are Sonia, Zainab and Ellouise with their funny puppets!

Three young girls proudly hold puppets made of recycled household items up to the camera. The puppets are furry and have wiggly legs.

Three Kings High confirmed for Old Stillage after party

The front of the Old Stillage pub in Church Road, Bristol

So here’s some news we’re very excited about – Three Kings High will be playing at one of Redfest’s after parties, at the Old Stillage pub in Church Road. The party starts at 8pm in the newly extended (and newly green-walled!) pub which is a devoted friend and sponsor of Redfest every year. Oh, and there’s another band too and a DJ to finish off the night (sorry, no more details on that right now – you’ll have to buy a programme to find out more…)

Three Kings High are an amalgamation of Bristol’s diverse influences with big riff heavy guitars, anthemic choruses and indie sensibilities. They’ve been gigging all over the country for a few years now, from punk nights in London to soul venues in Newcastle, and have been championed by BBC Bristol as ones to watch. So, why not come and watch them? The party doesn’t have to stop when the main stage closes!

(And you’ll no doubt find a few tired but happy members of the Redfest crew down the front of the dancefloor, letting our hair down after a long day’s work!)

To get a taster of the Kings’ music check out their website or have a gander at this video…

Line-up for the Grounded Garden Stage

A young blonde woman stands in front of a blackboard that reads: Grounded summer music: 7.30 Wednesday 8th July Glow Globes gypsy jazz folk Redfest fundraiser; REDFEST 2015 GARDEN STAGE Saturday August 1st Lady Nade, Chris Webb, BiffBangPow, The British European Jazz Ensemble: BBQ IN ST GEORGE PARK:

When we saw Cafe Grounded (one of our headline sponsors) post this photo on their Facebook page we couldn’t resist sharing it! Barista Ashley’s groovy graphics have got us really excited about the line up on the Grounded Garden Stage. It’s is a lovely place to enjoy some intimate gigs if you prefer to get away from the crowds in the main festival, and with the added bonus of delicious food and drinks and cake… as every local knows, Grounded’s cake selection is one of the best in Bristol!

PS If you want to know more about the gig at the top of this list, click here to find out more about the Glow Globes fundraiser.