Jelli Records and Stereo Kela

Redfest fundraiser this Saturday!

The second fundraiser of the year for Redfest 2018 features an incredibly talented line up brought together by event hosts and friends of the Festival, Jelli Records.

The line up features a broad range of styles with singer-songwriter Isabella Alford, conscious pop duo Stereo Kela and the party funk trio The Funkinsteins.

The event is at the Red Lion pub on Saturday 10th March. Doors are at 7.30pm with entry paid via donating however much you feel like into the Redfest collection bucket.

Jelli Records is a local independent artist management company and record label. Check out their website at

Redfestive! Festive fundraiser party you won’t want to miss

Definitely not just another Christmas party – it’s Redfestive! Join us 16 December at the Red Lion in your bad Christmas gear for great bands and good times. Donations are welcome (they’ll go to next year’s Redfest), but aren’t mandatory.

Here’s who’ll be lighting up the festive stage:

Ska, UK Soul and Rocksteady from Easton to get you swinging and jumping.

Punk Blues duo. Raw and unique sound to get the blood pumping and the reindeers bumping.

DJ Agent K
Old Easton-ian and party starter K joins us on the decks playing afrobeat, middle eastern psyche and other rhythm bombs.

Our very own Redfest volunteers put in a shift behind the decks playing disco, party tunes ….and little bit of Jungle.

Redfest is recruiting

Planning for Redfest 2018 is already under way, and we’re looking to boost our amazing team with some fresh and enthusiastic new faces. The festival will take place on 4 August, but the detailed planning phase (and the hard work) has already kicked off.

We have a number of volunteer positions open right now.

  • Social Media Assistant
  • Community Engagement / Diversity Manager
  • Cycling Hub Manager
  • Build / Break Team Leader
  • Fundraising Events Team

Applications for general stewarding and helpers on the day are open too.

Whether you have loads of expertise and want to give something back, or you’re looking to gain experience to boost your CV, or you just might want to give your time to a good cause, volunteering for Redfest gives you the opportunity to make a real difference, have some fun and meet lots of new friends, not to mention the warm fuzzy feeling and buzz of being part of something amazing.

If you or anyone else you know might like to join the Redfest team, please email and we’ll send you job specs for the roles you’re interested in.

Headline sponsors for 2017: The Old Stillage & Grounded

Redfest is delighted to announce that it’s headlines sponsors for 2017 will once again be Cafe Grounded and The Old Stillage.

Both of these staples of the Church Road social scene have been huge supporters of Redfest since its inception in 2008, and this year they will be the anchor points of the festival at either end of the high street.


Cafe Grounded opened in Redfield in 2008 and has since grown into having multiple cafes across Bristol. Each has its own welcoming and homely charm and is firmly embedded in the local community.

Redfest Creative Director Simon Webb says, “We were always welcome at Grounded from the get go. I remember being really excited about a proper coffee shop on Church Rd opening. (They didn’t serve alcohol for the first few months) A mutual friend Adam introduced me to Tobie and that’s where the first Redfest’s happened, along with The Stillage. We even had 8 channel experimental sound artists in Grounded one evening. “

Katie Taylor, Marketing Manager at Cafe Grounded adds, “We’re thrilled to be sponsoring Redfest again this year – it’s such a lovely, community-centred festival that showcases Bristol’s independent and creative spirit.”


The Old Stillage is a renown pub in Redfield with its own personal character, and is easily identified with its Bristol street art decorated front. The pub is home to a selection of award winning beers and quality entertainment, where one can spend many a night at partying with their DJ’s and local band performances.

Nemo from The Old Stillage says. ‘What is Redfest,… it was a beginning, of a beginning. One that the ‘Stillage’ is very proud of being part of, and sponsoring. To watch the growth of the festival through the years and the development of the area. Makes you realise that with effort and creation, by people, anything can be achieved. Well done ‘Redfest Crew’ and management,… you know who you are!’

Redfest Creative Director Simon Webb adds, “I spent many good nights in there since, with The Big Lebowski night and Redfest after partied being highlights. I have hazy recollections of doing turtle cartwheels on my back on the dancefloor…..”

Details of the line up at each venue, and indeed the whole festival are currently under wraps, but keep your eyes peeled for announcements later in the year.

Redfest 2017: Why are we changing the format of Redfest this year?

Instead of being a day event in St George Park this year, Redfest will be a multi-venue event taking place across 5th and 6th August. When we’ve been telling people about the plans for this year we’ve received some positive feedback about the new format and some negative feedback about the lack of a day event in the park. It means a lot to us that people have such strong feelings about Redfest and so we wanted to take the time to explain some of the reasons we’re taking a break from the usual format.

  1. The festival is getting too big

Last year’s Redfest attendance was estimated at 20,000. That’s grown from 1,000 5 years ago when we first had an event in the park, and is double the 2015 attendance of 10,000. With the reputation of the festival growing there’s no reason to believe that the attendance wouldn’t increase again this year if we have the event in the park again.

  1. We’re worried its becoming less of a community festival

We’re seeing an increasing number of attendees from outside the local community. We’re happy to host people from everywhere, but ultimately we are here for our local community and the growth in numbers from elsewhere is putting pressure on the festival’s viability.

  1. The cost is too high

The cost of last year’s festival, without any fencing or ticketing, was over £31,000. We were just able to cover this cost in 2016 but we estimate the cost this year could be as high as £45,000 if we continue with the park format.

  1. Our funds are being cut

Community and arts based grants are under attack at the moment. In 2015, we had over £10,000 in grants for Redfest. That was down nearly 30% to £7,113 last year. This coming year Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing Funds have been paused and may be discontinued and we anticipate cuts to council arts funding as well.

  1. The volunteer team are under too much pressure

Aside from the funding required to pay for the festival, the other equally important resource that Redfest runs on is volunteer time. The team who run the festival are entirely made up of volunteers who work on supporting the festival in their spare time – often around a full time job and family commitments. We estimate that over 2,250 hours were worked by the Redfest team in 2016, which is more than someone working full time on the festival all year long!

  1. We think the 2017 format will be an exciting experience

We’re genuinely excited about the format of a multi-venue weekend festival and the opportunity it provides to support our aims of increasing the profile of arts in Redfield and the surrounding area, providing a platform for local artists to showcase their talents and encouraging the local community to see and take part in something new. We want to highlight the best of what the area’s commercial and community spaces have to offer and we’ll be working with local venues and event organisers to try and ensure that Redfest 2017 provides a diverse range of events and activities for everyone in our community.


We’re glad so many people enjoy Redfest and want to see it continue in the park, but we hope you’ll get involved and enjoy the new format as well! If you want to keep supporting Redfest then please make a donation or consider volunteering your time for one of the positions we’re currently recruiting for.

New Look Redfest 2017!

Exciting new format for 2017

This year Redfest will be taking a break from the day event in St George Park to curate a weekend long, multi-venue festival on and around Church Road. We’re looking to work with local venues, community organisations, businesses, traders and artists of all disciplines from Redfield and the surrounding areas. We’ll have a wider variety of platforms to showcase local artists and a curated trail will challenge people to explore their neighbourhood and discover venues they may not have known before. We want to highlight Church Road and the surrounding area in its best possible light, introduce people to everything that’s great about our area and increase community cohesion and pride.

In the Community:

Since Redfest first launched in 2008 it has evolved from a small, week-long event showcasing local artistic talent into a huge event in St George Park. Since the first Redfest in St George Park in 2012, we have seen unprecedented growth in visitor numbers with an estimated 20,000 people attending in 2016. In 2017, Redfest will be taking a break from running a one day event in the park and going back to its roots as a multi-venue, community festival and we’re really excited about the event!

By the Community:

We’ll be curating a weekend long series of events at a range of venues on Church Road and we want to work with local venues, community organisations, businesses, traders and artists of all disciplines from Redfield and the surrounding areas. Redfest is a festival which is put on by and for the people of East Bristol and we encourage all local businesses and artists to get involved in the new look Redfest!

For the Community:

The mission of Redfest is to enrich the local community through the arts and the new format for Redfest will re-focus the festival on the local community. We’ll have a wider variety of platforms to showcase local artists and the curated trail will challenge people to explore their neighbourhood and discover venues they may not have known before. We want to highlight Church Road and the surrounding area in its best possible light, introduce people to everything that’s great about our area and increase community cohesion and pride.

Get involved

We’re calling out to all local artists and venues to get involved in Redfest 2017. We’ll have two open application processes running in parallel:

  • Artists – we’ll be open to artists of all disciplines showcasing their work. Musicians, DJs, visual artists, performing artists, entertainers and performers of all kinds.
  • Venues – whether it’s a pub, cafe, shop, hall or anything else, we want to hear from anyone with a space who is interested in hosting festival content. Whether it’s art, photography, film, music, theatre, dance, or an installation, we want to show art in all its forms in new places to give it a new context.


We’ll then sprinkle a bit of Redfest magic by pairing venues with content, carefully curating a trail along Church Road. This year’s Redfest will enable the community to see the road in its best possible light, and maybe even explore some spaces they haven’t visited before. If a venue has a specific idea of what they want to do, we’d be happy to work with them to help them make the most of this opportunity too.


  • Stalls – We’ll also be looking to provide space within Redfest for a number of stalls for local artisans and traders to sell their wares to the local community.


Redfest will take place on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August 2017. Applications are now open!


Thank You Redfest!

Wow, what a year this was! A massive, massive thank you to everyone who came down and made Redfest 2016 as amazing as it was. 2016 was our biggest and most ambitious year yet, and your support made it one of the bets we have ever had. So thank you!

We would also like to say massive thank you to our brilliant crew and team of volunteer, without whom there would be no festival. Thank you all so much for your hard work, and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! A big thank you too to all the performers and stallholders, who brightened up the festival and all of our amazing sponsors for their support too.

We would really appreciate your feedback about the festival. so please, take five minutes to complete our short feedback form about the festival.

Be sure to check out photos too!

Old Stillage quiz raises much needed £££!

Well, what a crazy night last night, with the Stillage almost as busy as we have ever seen it, let alone on a Tuesday night! The pub and cafe were packed to the rafters and we had to borrow chairs from the Red Lion!
Thank you to everyone who came, especially the people who couldn’t get a seat because it was so crowded, and valiantly stood up all evening.
We raised an amazing £380, and every penny of it will go towards the 2016 festival.
Massive thank you to quizmistress Claire who did an amazing job organising, writing questions, sourcing prizes and of course the all-important microphone skills.

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!