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…

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 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.

The glamorous Miss Cherry Bomb poses coquettishly in evening gloves, diamonds and not a lot more!

Miss Cherry Bomb to host cabaret stage

Who’s that stunning redhead with a voice to melt your heart and a costume to entrance your senses? Why, it’s none other than the fabulous Miss Cherry Bomb, and what’s more, she has kindly agreed to host the cabaret stage for us this year! We are delighted and honoured that “the little redhead with the big voice” has agreed to compere the stage and to generously grace us with a few songs.

Miss Cherry Bomb has been wowing audiences across Southern England since 2011 with powerful renditions of Hollywood classics and popular show tunes, she is one “explosive cocktail” and a “weapon of mass seduction” and currently the resident singer at Lux De Ville and cast member of The Jeanie Lee’s Cabaret troupe. She was not only Miss Pin-Up UK in 2014, she was also Miss Pin-Up International! You can see more of her on her website.

Now, you might think that’s all the glitzy showbiz glamour that you need for one afternoon. But we think you can handle more, and we invite you to find out, with the rest of our cabaret line-up! You’ll have to buy a programme to read the full details, but we can reveal the following:

There will be songs! (ooh!)

There will be dancing! (ahh!)

There will be acrobatics! (wow!)

There will be a bed of nails! (yikes!)

So, young or old, lady or gentleman or anything in between, we warmly invite you to join us for an afternoon of sequins, surprises and excitement in the most sensational show that St George Park has ever seen!

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.

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.

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

 

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!

JollyTots! Music and singing workshop fundraiser

Under 5’s are invited to bring along their grown up’s for a special workshop at The Faraway Tree Cafe in Church Road, BS5, with Redfest partner JollyTots! Come along for some music and singing fun on 19 May 2015.

A donation of £3 or more will be asked for. All the money taken will go towards this year’s Redfest festival.

Stick around and enjoy a great cup of coffee and some delicious home-made delights in Church Road’s newest addition: The Faraway Tree.