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.

A selection of resusable plastic cups

Redfest cuts plastic use with reusable cups

Redfest is committed to reducing waste – not just because of this year’s “green” theme but also because we just believe that looking after the environment is really important. You can read all about how we’ve integrated sustainability throughout the festival but one thing we want to flag up in particular is that this year for the first time we’re going to be using reusable plastic cups at all our bars and food and drink stalls.

We’re really excited about this for two reasons. Number one, it’s better for the planet and will help us cut our use of plastics at the festival by a really significant amount. And number two, reusable cups are far sturdier than the wibbly wobbly throwaway ones, and that means more drink goes into our bellies and less onto our trousers when we’re dancing! That’s the kind of “eco-friendly” we can really get on board with and we hope you will too.

Kirsten Sings with Andy Christie

On June 3 the brilliant Kirsten Sings is joined by Andy Christie on guitar for a night of music at Redfield’s Cafe Grounded, in aid of Redfest.

What could be more lovely than some acoustic jazz folk tunes to accompany delicious food and maybe a cheeky midweek glass of wine?

Find them at Redfest headline sponsor Cafe Grounded, 287 Church Road, BS5, on 3 June 2015 at 7.30.

Grounded June 3 2015 poster