Laid Blak to headline Redfest 2015

We are pleased to announce that this year’s festival headliners will be Bristol’s finest purveyors of sweet street soul music, Laid Blak.

“Whether you are white or black, slim or fat….don’t worry ’bout that – just make your body rock… non stop” – MC Joe Peng

Well known for stealing the show at festivals all over the country, this summer Laid Blak will bring their unique ‘street soul’ sound to Redfest’s main stage for a show that’ll get everyone moving and smiling! Charismatic vocalists backed by musical dexterity rooted in urban reggae, jazz, funk, soul and soaked in good vibes… they bring a diverse, eclectic sound and an infectious energy that anybody can relate to. You won’t want to miss it and you won’t be able to keep still! Get a taste and get yourself in the mood on their Facebook page or listen to their latest album Red & Blak.

Not only do we love Laid Blak for their sound but we also love them for their devotion to charity events for the likes of Oxfam, Greenpeace and Kamapala, which fits right in with our sustainability theme for this year’s festival.

Oh, and did we mention that these lads are so local they even filmed the video for their single “Woah” in the barber’s just around the corner from St George Park? Check it out…

Two little girls in the skate park. One faces towards the camera and has a rainbow painted on her face. The other looks away from the camera towards a row of parked bicycles

Keeping your little ones safe at Redfest

Redfest is a family festival and a great place to bring kids of all ages for a fun day out. But, as every parents knows, it is easy – and terrifying – to suddenly realise you can’t see them anywhere nearby. We don’t want that to spoil your family’s day, so we’ve worked really hard to improve the way we reunite parents and lost kids.

A big part of this is that we’ll be handing out free white wristbands that you can write your phone number on, and attach to your child’s wrist, or to a strap of their clothing if they don’t like having it on their arm. So if they do happen to wander off, our Lost Kids Officers or security team can easily get in touch with you to reunite your family.

You can pick up a wristband from the Lost Kids Tent (near the main stage) or from any crew member working in the Kids’ Village and we really encourage you to do so for our peace of mind as much as yours.

Just so you know, we’ve also completely reviewed our process for dealing with searching for missing children or finding the parents of unaccompanied children. We’ve improved the training we give to stewards, and this year for the first time we will have a dedicated Lost Kids Tent staffed by experienced, DBS-certified crew members. Of course, they will make sure that they properly identify any adult who comes to claim a lost child. And (because we know that some kids can be repeat offenders at that running-away malarkey…) we’ll be insisting that any child who is lost once wears a phone number wristband for the rest of the festival.

Have a great day on Saturday, and let’s work together to make it safe and happy for Redfesters of all ages!

Win a massage every month for a year!

A woman massages the neck of a man sitting on a massage chair. His face is hidden by the chair but we can see from the corners of his eyes that he is smiling.Can you imagine how relaxed you would be if you had a massage Every. Single. Month? That’s some Hollywood megastar-level pampering, right?! I mean, look at the dude in this photo – see how blissed out he is – that is not even a fraction of how good you would feel. And you could actually have that, right here in Bristol, and what’s more it would be FOR FREE. All you have to do to be in with a chance of getting it is to enter the raffle in the healing field at Redfest.

Yes it’s true: the grand prize in the Redfest healing area raffle is one free massage each month for a whole year at any Bristol School of Massage And Bodywork student clinic! Also up for grabs are gift vouchers, bestselling books and more… if you have any kind of stress in your life (and who doesn’t) then you need to get involved. Tickets are only 50p – get yourself one, two or a great big handful from the healing area at the festival.

Nineteen men and women of various ages practice tai chi in a park beneath yew trees. They are following a teacher and all standing wide-legged with their right arms raised and left hands on their hips.

Healing area: workshops and treatments

Our big healing area offers a range of wellbeing treatments and activity workshops with local practitioners and teachers (all coordinated by local massage therapist Sophie Fagan). No special equipment or previous experience is needed for any of them, and all are suitable for every age, body type and ability level. It’s best to wear loose, comfortable clothing but the most important thing is to come along and enjoy yourself! There’s also a raffle with some very special prizes…

Workshops

All classes and workshops are under cover, and last for an hour.

How to join a workshop: Simply sign up at the workshop tent in the healing area (and why not book a treatment as well, while you’re there?)

Price: Suggested donation of £3 for any workshop

What’s on

11:00 AM Yoga

Join teacher Emilia Sus for a flowing yoga practice to start off your day with relaxation and empowerment. This will be an energising class suitable for everybody including complete beginners.

12:15 PM Mindfulness

This interactive and fun workshop will introduce you to the theory and practice of mindfulness. Bristol-based mindfulness trainer Miro Cansky will briefly talk about the relationship between mindfulness and neuroscience, and current research about the benefits of mindfulness. Then, you can try out different mindfulness practices, including gentle mindful movement, mindfulness of sounds, and we will even explore how bringing mindfulness to eating can increase our enjoyment of food. Everybody is welcome, no previous experience necessary!

1:30 PM Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a system of gentle exercises to relax, energise and strengthen the body and mind. Join the Bristol School of Tai Chi to find out what doing Tai Chi feels like and get the answers to any questions you have! There will also be demonstrations throughout the day by students of the Bristol School of Tai Chi.

2:45 PM Massage Skills

Petrina Yeoh from Bristol School of Massage and Bodywork will lead this workshop teaching you some basic massage skills. Why not bring a friend and learn together?

4:00 PM Workshop to be confirmed

Please check at the reception tent on the day of the festival to find out what this mystery session will be!

Treatments

All treatments are available from 11am to 6pm. We can’t wait to try them all… but which one will you go for first…

How to book a treatment: Just pop over to the healing area and book in with the therapist of your choice for the time that suits you. (Book early, because appointments get booked up fast!)

Price: Everything costs just £10 for 30 minutes or £5 for 15 minutes.

What’s available

Indian Head Massage

Therapists: students and graduates from Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork

Super-relaxing and rejuvenating massage of the head, neck and shoulders with techniques taken from traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine. This treatment is received fully clothed, sitting in a chair.

Thai Massage

Therapists: students and graduates from Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork

Thai massage is a fantastic dynamic treatment that involves gentle stretching and movement of muscles to relax and open up your body. You’ll be fully clothed and lying on a mat on the floor – and you won’t want to get up again when the treatment is over!

Holistic and Sports Massage

Therapists: students and graduates from Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork

Sit in a chair or lie on a couch, stay fully clothed or enjoy the relaxing sensation of oils on your skin – it’s up to you! Treatments are tailored to your needs on the day, so whether you are looking for deep muscular therapy or a lighter, more relaxing treatment, BCMB therapists pride themselves on being client centred and striving to give you what you need in the moment.

Reflexology

Therapists: Rosie Sirkett and a team from Relax Bristol

Let go of tension and illness as our experts gently massage pressure points on your feet that correspond to all the organs of your body. Suitable for even the most ticklish of redfesters!

Ear Acupuncture

Therapists: Nico Panigada and students and graduates from Acu Detox Plus UK

Feeling physical, emotional or mental pain? Try this non-invasive treatment, based on Chinese medicine techniques, that stimulates special points on your ears to help life energy flow through your body.

Reiki

Therapist: Lauren Fox

Float away on a cloud of relaxation as Lauren nurtures you with this treatment from Japan. The technique is based on the principle of channelling energy into you through very gentle touch to activate and support the natural healing processes of your own body.

Plant Spirit Medicine

Therapist: Loredana Kraushaar

Loredana will call upon the healing power of the plant spirits to restore balance, health and wellbeing. This is a holistic, shamanic treatment that aims to touch the deepest reaches of your soul and restore you to the state of grace that comes from being closer to nature.

Want to help?

Sophie would love some help during the day of the festival – mainly handing out flyers and running the raffle – so if you can spare some time, please do pop up to the healing field and make yourself known. And if you’ve got a workshop you’d like to run in the 4pm slot, send her an email at bcmbeventsteam@gmail.com.

A silent film with live piano accompaniment

The Fringe is coming!

Redfest is not just about one day in the park. There’s also the Redfest Fringe, bringing you two nights of top-notch entertainment to get you warmed up for the main event.

Here’s what’s on the menu: for more details, pick up a festival programme from one of many local shops or the venues themselves.

Thursday 30 July

Red Lion – 8pm

Silent films with live piano soundtrack

The Old Stillage – 8pm

Irish Night acoustic jam session

Friday 31 July

Red Lion – 9pm

Dick Venom and The Terrortones – high energy psychobilly

The Greenbank – 9pm

Agent Funk – funk and soul classics

The Old Stillage – 8pm

Bristol DJs playing soul, funk and house

The glamorous Miss Cherry Bomb poses coquettishly in evening gloves, diamonds and not a lot more!

Miss Cherry Bomb to host cabaret stage

Who’s that stunning redhead with a voice to melt your heart and a costume to entrance your senses? Why, it’s none other than the fabulous Miss Cherry Bomb, and what’s more, she has kindly agreed to host the cabaret stage for us this year! We are delighted and honoured that “the little redhead with the big voice” has agreed to compere the stage and to generously grace us with a few songs.

Miss Cherry Bomb has been wowing audiences across Southern England since 2011 with powerful renditions of Hollywood classics and popular show tunes, she is one “explosive cocktail” and a “weapon of mass seduction” and currently the resident singer at Lux De Ville and cast member of The Jeanie Lee’s Cabaret troupe. She was not only Miss Pin-Up UK in 2014, she was also Miss Pin-Up International! You can see more of her on her website.

Now, you might think that’s all the glitzy showbiz glamour that you need for one afternoon. But we think you can handle more, and we invite you to find out, with the rest of our cabaret line-up! You’ll have to buy a programme to read the full details, but we can reveal the following:

There will be songs! (ooh!)

There will be dancing! (ahh!)

There will be acrobatics! (wow!)

There will be a bed of nails! (yikes!)

So, young or old, lady or gentleman or anything in between, we warmly invite you to join us for an afternoon of sequins, surprises and excitement in the most sensational show that St George Park has ever seen!

A man and a woman are shot from above, smiling broadly. She plays a double bass and harmonica, he plays an acoustic guitar.

The Glow Globes play midweek gypsy jazz

We all love to tap our feet to gypsy jazz, and we all love to fill our faces with pizza, so why not combine the two on Wednesday 8 July when the Glow Globes will play a fundraiser gig for us at Cafe Grounded. All you have to do is turn up and throw whatever cash you can spare into the Redfest donations bucket! It’s a great way to get over Hump Day: you get the entertainment and you also get to help support your favourite local festival.

Find them at Redfest headline sponsor Cafe Grounded, 287 Church Road, BS5, on 8 July 2015 at 8pm and if you’d like a tuney taster beforehand, check out the Glow Globes’ website.

A therapist in Redfest's healing area sits on the grass as she massages the wrist of a client who is sitting on a chair

Healing area

Redfest isn’t just about the music and dancing, we also have a large healing area where therapists from Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork will be offering treatments all day to soothe and calm your cares away. You get the idea from these photos from previous Redfests… doesn’t that look blissful? Go on, book an appointment and treat yourself: you deserve it!

We recommend early booking as appointments tend to fill up fast.

A week of celebrating our volunteers

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It’s national Volunteers’ Week and of course we couldn’t miss the opportunity to give some love to our wonderful Redfest volunteers!

All week we’ll be celebrating the amazing volunteers who make Redfest happen and showcasing some of the different roles that they do.

The festival literally could not happen without this brilliant team of people. We haven’t got space to include everybody sadly, but we love you all, and there is truly no way to express how grateful we are for the time and enthusiasm you give us!

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and check back here to see everyone that we feature during the week. If you’re already a Redfest volunteer you might see yourself… and if you’re not, and you fancy joining in, why not click here and join the team!

Friday’s featured volunteers are…

The Core Team

Core team meeting June 2015

Who are they? The lovely people that organise the festival. Some of it is glamorous – like listening to demos and deciding which bands get to play – and some of it is hard graft on funding applications and supplier contracts. But all of it is worthwhile when the party comes together and the park is full of happy, smiling people having fun.

It’s an ideal job for you if… You have event organising experience; you have helped out at Redfest before and want to get more involved; you have a lot of time to commit year-round; you reckon you can make big things happen for zero budget.

(PS: Everyone in this photo, plus the others who didn’t happen to be at the meeting when the photo was taken, deserves a really massive thank you, and in particular, the festival’s Project Manager Dom (far left) and Artistic Director Simon (at the back in a black hoodie) who lead the whole wild ride with boundless energy and copious spreadsheets. Thank you everyone!)

And don’t forget these from earlier in the week…

The Kids Team

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Who are they? We have a whole area dedicated to fun for the littluns at Redfest, and it’s the Kids Team that keep the activities going and the kiddies entertained and happy (with their grown-ups, of course).

It’s an ideal job for you if… You love working with children.

(PS: On the left of this pic is Naomi who runs JollyTots music and singing workshops – if you have under-5s and haven’t been to one of her fundraising events you are missing out on loads of fun! And when she’s not doing that she works tirelessly to run Redfest’s marketing and social media. Thank you Naomi!)

Public engagement

fundraising crew

What is it? It’s a fancy way of saying “chatting to random partygoers”! You might be shaking a bucket or collecting tin for donations, doing a survey about sustainability, selling t shirts, answering queries, generally being a friendly face to represent the festival, or all of these at once and more!

It’s an ideal job for you if… You love meeting people, making new friends, and feeling part of the community; you’d like to use, or develop, your sales and customer service skills; you want to see the show while you work.

(PS: If you have really sharp eyes you might spot Meg and Frankie in this photo, who did marketing and fundraising for Redfest 2013. Thank you Meg and Frankie!)

The Decor Fairies

A path through the park is lit by sunshine. Red bunting hangs across the path and there are giant flags on either side.

Who are they? A festival’s not a festival without bunting, flags and lots and lots of shiny stuff, and it’s the decor crew that make that happen. They are there from early in the morning doing magic stuff with cable ties and staple guns, ready for when the party starts.

It’s an ideal job for you if… You’re a bit creative; you like working hard to a deadline; you’d rather be working before the festival than during it.

The Info Tent Team

redfest info tentWho are they? The info tent team answer questions from the public – from “where are the toilets?” to “what time is my favourite band playing?” – and look after lost property. They sell programmes and t shirts to bring in an important source of funding for the festival. They’re also a hub for the steward team, making sure everyone’s signed in, gets their free t shirt, and has everything they need.

It’s an ideal job for you if: you’re sociable; you’re well organised; you want to make new friends; you like to keep busy; you want to be sitting down.

(PS: the dapper chap in the sunglasses in this pic is Redfest’s head steward Dermot. He’s a key member of the team all year round and gives us so much time and expertise for absolutely nada in return. Thank you Dermot!)

Quizfest raises a whopping £200!

The interior of the Greenbank Pub in Easton, Bristol. The tables are crowded with people concentrating hard on the music round of the quiz.

A big thank you to everyone who came along to the first Redfest Quizfest on Monday 25 May 2015. Congratulations to everyone who won in the quiz and the raffle – we’d love you to send us a tweet or post on Facebook to let us know how you’re enjoying your prizes.

We raised £200, which is absolutely brilliant and will be essential to keeping the festival alive and free.

The Redfest team was out in force, we had a great time and it was great to meet lots of Redfest fans and some of our new volunteers. In fact, the Redfest Volunteers team came joint second (much to their surprise!) so we clearly have some brainiacs on the crew this year!

Once again our thanks go to the Greenbank pub for providing the venue, to prize-donaters Pieminister, Dig In Bristol, Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork, Cafe Grounded and Southville Deli, and to the Bristol Sweetmart, Maitreya Social and Butcombe Brewery, who between them provided some rather spiffing bangers and mash. And, last but very much not least, quizmistress Claire and her team of intriguing question-setters.

Let’s do it all again soon!