Redfest is different this year…

Please remember Redfest will not be in St. George park this year. Instead, we’re putting on a much smaller, low-key set of events for our community along Church Road. If you’re looking for a big park festival, this year’s Redfest is not for you.

Redfest 2017 will be based in various small venues on and around Church Road, over the weekend of 4th – 6th August with DJs, live bands, cabaret, family activities and more.

We’ve got an exciting line up including The Kut, Joe Peng, Peter D Rose, Alfresco Disco as well as dance performances, film showings and a family fun day.

View the Redfest 2017 programme to see what’s happening, or use our Facebook event to keep up to date on all the announcements and find out more about what we’ve got planned.

We’re also looking for volunteers to help out with stewarding, production, set up and generally helping out on the day. If you’re up for getting involved you can fill out the form here.

Volunteers needed!

Get involved and volunteer for Redfest!


We’re looking for volunteers to help out across the weekend of the festival. Redfest is a completely free community festival and we rely on people like you giving your time and effort to make the festival a fun and safe experience for all the attendees. The new multi-venue format for Redfest means there will be plenty of work to do – we’ll need help with stewarding, setting up and packing down equipment, and all the other little jobs that come with keeping a festival like this running!

By volunteering you’ll be helping Redfest continue to provide a platform for local artists and musicians via our free community festival. Complete this form to submit your details.


Cycle to Redfest – free bike parking and cycling activities

It’s easy – and popular! – to cycle to Redfest. Last year around 500 of you travelled to Redfest by bicycle. We would love to encourage more to cycle!


This year we are continuing to improve our service to cyclists with lots more bike parking, free Dr Bike maintenance health checks, stalls with cycling accessories and more.

It’s easy to cycle from all over Bristol to St George Park where Redfest takes place. To find the best route for you we recommend the interactive map on the Sustrans website

If you don’t fancy cycling, perhaps you would prefer to walk or get the bus? You can find out how to get to Redfest by public transport here

What’s On? Redfest 2016

As the big day draws nearer our excitement is growing! so we thought we’d help you all plan your day and give an insight into a couple of highlights going on throughout the day.

Easton Youth Theatre – Kid’s Village 

For all the future actors, actresses and performers in the audience, the drama workshops run by Easton Youth Theatre are a mus visit. Their performances will showcase some of the best young talent as well as being a great load of fun for all kids who just want to let off a bit of energy and have some fun.

Bristol Swing Dance – Dance Stage 12:45pm 

The thriving Bristol Swing dance community will be represented heavily at Redfest. Bristol Swing Dance will be offering demos and workshops of the infectiously fun Swing dance that all are welcome to participate in. Who knows, you may even find your new hobby?

Bramble FM Theatre 

Bramble FM are back for another year. Their brilliant theatre performances that were a highlight last year are certain to do the same again in 2016. so be sure to hope over there at least once during your day!

Hazy Hoop – Cabaret

Some amazing sights are to be seen at circus professional Hazy Hoop’s performance at Redfest 2016. The whip cracking spectacle is sure to be something of wonder and amazement!

Doghouse – Chelsea Stage 1:30pm

Ex -Sicknote front man Doghouse will be performing a set on the Chelsea Stage. The psychic, elector and techno inspired sound of Doghouse will be an experience for all and something that Sicknote fans of old and new cannot miss.

The Soil Strutters – Grounded Cafe Stage 5:30pm

This collective of professional musicians from Bristol love nothing more than a bit of funk, soul and disco. The band have grown immensely since their spontaneous founding in 2012, and are regulars in the Bristol circuit. It’s this experience and talent that makes them a must see at Redfest 2016.

Ria Timkin – Market Stage 6pm 

Fresh from a performance at Brisfest, the incredibly talented Ria Timkin will be bringing her indie pop sound to Redfest. Originally from Moscow, Ria will have us all charmed and inspired in what is set to be a highlight of a performance.

RSVP – Main Stage 8pm 

One thing that is unmissable is the headline performance from RSVP. The Bristol Bhangra legends are no strangers to big crowds and are sure to bring their legendary high energy shows to Redfest 2016. Famed for inspiring mass dance sessions, their performance is bound to have everyone up on their feet bopping and swinging with excitement. Make sure you save time for this!

Reusable Cups at Redfest – helping to reduce plastic waste

Here at Redfest we’re always looking to find new ways to make ourselves more sustainable and help out the environment by reducing our impact on it. This is why we have teamed up with Green Goblet to ensure we reduce our use of single-use plastics by providing reusable drinks cups for our attendees at Redfest.

It’s a very simple concept and it can be completed in just five easy steps:

  1. Make your way over to the bar
  2. Order your drink of choice
  3. Pay a £1 deposit for your reusable cup
  4. Enjoy your chosen beverage whilst soaking up the Redfest atmosphere (this is easily the most important bit!)
  5. Return to the bar with your empty cup and receive your £1 deposit back (you could always take your cup home with you and use it again and again)

Voila! It’s as easy as that!

This is just one of the many ways that we’re making Redfest a greener festival and with the help of you the wonderful people of Bristol, we know that we can make it happen! Green_Goblet

Free Drinking Water at Redfest – Bring Your Own Bottle

Redfest will be hosting a brand new Refill water bar, with Bristol’s finest on tap for free. Remember to bring your own bottle!

Plastic water bottles cause mountains of litter and waste at festivals like Redfest – but with a water bar on site there’s no need to buy water, you can healthily hydrate for free.

Refill Bristol is the city’s free tap-water refill scheme. More than 200 venues have now signed up as Refill stations, where you can pop in and rehydrate for free. The focus is now on encouraging people to remember to carry a reusable bottle rather than buying single-use plastic bottled drinks that literally cost the earth.

For many people the act of remembering to carry a reusable bottle is part of the challenge. So the message is clear – bring a refillable bottle with you to Redfest or buy a Refill Bristol one when you are there. The cool, durable stainless steel bottles are half the price you’ll find online – at just £10 – and it will last you a lifetime. City to Sea and WaterAid all get money from the sale of the bottles and there also the chance to win a few of these on the day.



Compostable Plates and Cutlery at Redfest – goes in the same bin as food waste

At this year’s Redfest all our amazing food stalls will be serving delicious meals in Vegware fully compostable containers. Even the cutlery will be compostable.

There will be extra bins especially for food waste and compostable plates and cutlery. Remember to put your compostable places and cutlery in the same bin as the food waste.

Previously the food waste we make at Redfest has been dealt with the same as general waste and been sent to an incinerator. Our plates and cutlery has been cardboard or plastic and has been recycled. We hope that changing to compostable plates and cutlery will help reduce our general waste, improve our recycling, and help make Redfest more sustainable now and into the future.

If you have questions about what bin to put your waste in please ask a steward at the event. Thank you for helping Redfest become more sustainable!


Redfest 2016 Programmes Now On Sale

The Official Redfest 2016 programmes are now on sale. Each program is expertly designed and written, costing only a mere £2, which will be reinvested in the festival. These programmes not only provide a great souvenir, but also provide you with full details of the music line up and day’s activities.

You can pick up one of these programmes from one of our many supporters:ProgrammeCover (2)

  • The Old Stillage
  • The Grounded Cafe Redfield
  • Southville Deli
  • The Faraway Tree

Be sure to pick yours up now!

RSVP To Headline Redfest 2016

We are very excited to announce that Bhangara specialists RSVP are to headline the main stage at Redfest 2016.

RSVP are used the pioneers of Bhangara music in the UK, and are guaranteed to get even the most reluctant on their feet, and leave audiences breathless with excitement.

Every show comes with an introduction to Bhangra dance – everyone’s included with RSVP’s emphasis on partying Punjabi style. With musicians wholly rooted in an authentic living tradition, yet unafraid to innovate, this is the ultimate celebratory Indian music.

Redfest 2016 will take place in St George’ Park on Saturday 6th August 11am – 9pm.

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