Vinyl AllStars fundraiser

It’s our first party of 2016, with Paul Moylan (Gumbo) dipping into his trunk of funk, suitcase of soul and valise of vinyl and playing raw soul, R&B, deep funk and a whole load more tunes to dance to… plus Redfest’s own steel wheel superstars Russ and Dermot with a jump-up mix of reggae, afrobeat and funk.

“Where’s it to me babber?”, we hear you ask – well, it’s happening at the Plough Inn, Easton, on March 4, from 8 till late. We’d love you to come and join us and dance, drink or do whatever makes you happy!

All proceeds go towards this year’s festival. Suggested donation £3 on the door.

Redfest Quizfest is BACK! Click here for details

Redfest Quizfest is BACK!

Yes by popular demand we are running another fundraising pub quiz at the Greenbank pub in Easton. Last time it was absolutely packed and we expect a big crowd again this time so come and brighten up your Monday by joining us for a fun and musical night! Live song intro round now confirmed (went down a storm last time!).

Teams of up to six, entry fee just £2 per person. All proceeds go towards Redfest 2016.

For those of you on social media please do sign up to the Facebook event and invite your local pals – but anyone can just turn up on the night and join in. If you don’t have a full team, don’t worry, you can always join one of the Redfest crew teams and make some new friends!

Prizes are currently a closely guarded secret but they will be just as ace as last time (and if you’d like to donate a prize please get in touch at info@redfestbristol).

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…

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.

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…

A sheaf of Redfest 2015 programmes

Pick up a programme!

Redfest 2015 programmes are now available to buy in a range of shops, cafes and venues in the Redfield/St George area. Pick one up next time you’re out and about, and discover what delights await you at the festival! Also included: some fun facts about how the festival is getting greener, and full instructions on the new reusable cup system.

A bargain at just two quid (and many local retailers will also accept Bristol Pounds, if you want to keep it proper local!). All proceeds go directly to funding this year’s Redfest.

PS: If you own a business and you’d like to stock some programmes on a sale or return basis, drop a line to info@redfestbristol.co.uk.

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

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.