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!

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.

A selection of resusable plastic cups

Redfest cuts plastic use with reusable cups

Redfest is committed to reducing waste – not just because of this year’s “green” theme but also because we just believe that looking after the environment is really important. You can read all about how we’ve integrated sustainability throughout the festival but one thing we want to flag up in particular is that this year for the first time we’re going to be using reusable plastic cups at all our bars and food and drink stalls.

We’re really excited about this for two reasons. Number one, it’s better for the planet and will help us cut our use of plastics at the festival by a really significant amount. And number two, reusable cups are far sturdier than the wibbly wobbly throwaway ones, and that means more drink goes into our bellies and less onto our trousers when we’re dancing! That’s the kind of “eco-friendly” we can really get on board with and we hope you will too.

Makala Cheung performing on keyboard and microphone with her two-man band behind her

Makala Cheung to headline Market Stage

We are really pleased that the wonderful Makala Cheung will headline the Market Stage at Redfest this year. Makala blends atmospheric electro pop and Oriental tones with a warm psychedelic ambience reminiscent of Kate Bush.

Recently signed to Swedish dance music label Yellow Rhinestone Records, her live performances are truly awesome – in the original sense of the word – and she’s sure to send shivers down your spine on 1 August.

Here’s a taste of her most recent work – there’s more on her website, Facebook page, Youtube channel and Soundcloud.