The front of the Old Stillage pub in Church Road, Bristol

Another reason to <3 The Old Stillage!

Lovely food, great music and real ales… you might think the Old Stillage pub on Church Road already has everything it needs to be your favourite pub in Redfield or even the world. But then they only go and become our second headline sponsor and so there’s even more reason to love the pub and its landlord Nemo! (That’s him in the photo, by the way, standing proudly by the door.)

The Stillage is a long-time friend of Redfest, and last year hosted music during the day and a jam-packed after party in the evening where revellers and crew alike danced until we melted!

The “Behind the Bookcase” restaurant has recently been taken over by a new chef and you really should try the new menu, which includes absolutely delicious Sunday lunches and fantastic vegan and vegetarian options.

And don’t forget the pool table and comfy sofas… the Stillage is a great place to meet up with friends old and new, and if you see the Redfest team in there having one of our very important meetings, pop over and say hi.

We don’t charge for entry to festival so we rely on generous support from sponsors such as the Stillage to help cover the costs of essential stuff like toilets, power, and generators.

If you have a business and you’d like to find out more about supporting Redfest, email info@redfestbristol.co.uk and we’ll be happy to talk through details about the different ways you can help, the pricing range, and what you’ll get in return (as well as a warm fuzzy feeling).

If you’d just like to donate money you can do that using the PayPal donation button on every page of this website, and we will love you very much.

Hooray for Grounded, our first headline sponsor

Grounded Cafe Redfield are a long time supporter of Redfest Bristol, and we are really pleased that they’ve come on board this year as our first headline sponsor.

There are a million reasons to love Grounded – they’ve got the best pizza on Church Road, a lovely little garden, really nice veggie options on their menu as well as hearty meat, they do great takeaway coffee early in the morning right near the bus stop into town, and many more. But most of all we love how they support the local arts with lots of gigs by local bands and frequently changing exhibitions by local artists.

Not to mention of course that they help support Redfest every year with much-needed funds. We don’t charge for entry to festival so we rely on generous support from sponsors such as Grounded to help cover the costs of essential stuff like toilets, power, and generators.

If you have a business and you’d like to find out more about supporting Redfest, email info@redfestbristol.co.uk and we’ll be happy to talk through details about the different ways you can help, the pricing range, and what you’ll get in return (as well as a warm fuzzy feeling).

If you’d just like to donate money you can do that using the PayPal donation button on every page of this website, and we will love you very much.

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 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.

Our cup deposit system: how it works

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 Ltd to ensure that we reduce our use of single-use plastics by providing reusable drinks cups for our attendees at Redfest 2015.

It’s a very simple concept with 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 (or, 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!

Check out more information on our commitment to sustainability

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 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.