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.

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.

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 therapist in Redfest's healing area sits on the grass as she massages the wrist of a client who is sitting on a chair

Healing area

Redfest isn’t just about the music and dancing, we also have a large healing area where therapists from Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork will be offering treatments all day to soothe and calm your cares away. You get the idea from these photos from previous Redfests… doesn’t that look blissful? Go on, book an appointment and treat yourself: you deserve it!

We recommend early booking as appointments tend to fill up fast.

Makala Cheung performing on keyboard and microphone with her two-man band behind her

Makala Cheung to headline Market Stage

We are really pleased that the wonderful Makala Cheung will headline the Market Stage at Redfest this year. Makala blends atmospheric electro pop and Oriental tones with a warm psychedelic ambience reminiscent of Kate Bush.

Recently signed to Swedish dance music label Yellow Rhinestone Records, her live performances are truly awesome – in the original sense of the word – and she’s sure to send shivers down your spine on 1 August.

Here’s a taste of her most recent work – there’s more on her website, Facebook page, Youtube channel and Soundcloud.

Revellers of many different ages and abilities sit or stand in the sun watching the main stage

What to expect at Redfest 2015

This year is going to be the best Redfest ever!

We’ll have a great mix of music, cabaret, food, drink, arts, craft and kids’ fun, plus the Redfest Fringe will once again be taking over local pubs in festival week with an eclectic mix of entertainment that – judging by previous years – could include anything from magic to movies as well as music!

Programmes will be available in local shops soon so that you can plan your festival in advance, and we’ll announce everything on this website as soon as we can so watch this space.

In the meantime, we’re planning some warm-up events to whet your appetite and raise some much-needed funding for the festival. Keep a look out on the website, Twitter and Facebook for info, or sign up to the mailing list at the bottom of the page.

See you in the park!