Dying To Be Dancing: Aug 19th – 22nd


Dying to be dancing

Money burning a hole in your bank account? Dignity to lose? Or perhaps all your plans fell through and you’re in need of an emergency backup session. Here at Best of Bristol we’re your pals and we’ve got your back. Here’s all the fun that’s happening this weekend:


Musu Terrace Party

colston hall terrace party
Continuing Colston Hall’s excellent series of free Friday night terrace soirées, comes the carefully curated Musu parties. In just one short year they’ve played host to guests such as Jane Fitz, Dan Beaumont and Peggy Gou. And on Friday they bring London selectors Henry Wu and Leif for your aural al fresco pleasure.

Where: Colston Hall | 18:00 – 23:00 | Free entry


Banoffee Pies X Shapes open Air


Bristol party starters Shapes and their frequent collaborators Banoffee Pies Records takeover the small outdoor space at Motion for a 200 capacity intimate party. Expect vibes, face glitter, and a lot of loved up hugs. Support comes from Soulworks.

Motion | 14:00 – 22:00 | £5 tickets available on RA

PLU Astroturf Party with Jayda G


Formerly known as People Like Us, the PLU crew are throwing a “ladies day” with an all female lineup on the roof of a gay sauna. Vancouverite Jayda G is joined by local lass Jess Farley for a polysexual party. This event is sold out so beg or steal yourself a ticket.

Elite Retreat Sauna | 13:00 – 23:00 | Tickets sold second hand via event page

Teak ft Cooper Saver

cooper saver

L.A.’s Cooper Saver drops by The Love Inn for a spot of cosmic disco, leftfield house and techno, Italo and other cassette tape jams. Just the thing to soothe you into 4am after a full day spent partying.

The Love Inn | 22:00 – 04:00 | Free before 11pm / £3 after


As it’s bank holiday weekend next weekend and you just went out ~all~ weekend, we’d like to advocate for a quieter Sunday. Find a puppy and a sofa. Or failing that head to the Watershed to watch Weiner-Dog the new movie from Todd Solondz and ease your inner misanthrope with dogs.

weiner dog

Watershed | 18:10 or 20:20 | £9/£6.50 conc

Bristol Festivals To Look Forward To


Forget your winter woes and start planning your Bristol festival season

It’s time to forget your winter woes and start planning a summer you’ll never forget. Bristol has tonnes to offer in terms of festivals – from music to food and literally everything in between.

1. Bristol Film Festival

bristol film festival

When: 11th – 13th March

Where: Various locations

What: Not just film – the festival will feature a mix of activities, entertainment, screenings and even film-related wine tastings. Something not to be missed for any film fanatics.

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2. Jazz and Blues Festival

bristol jazz and blues festival
Via Adam Gasson

When: 18th – 20th March

Where: Various locations

What: Featuring free concerts, jam sessions, dancing and workshops, this festival has something for all the family and is a great way to learn about jazz and blues if you’re not already a pro.

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3. Bristol Swing Festival

bristol swing festival

When: 25th – 28th March

Where: Circomedia, The Trinity Centre and All Hallows Hall

What: Now in its sixth year, they aim to be the perfect Lindy Hop festival, with an added Bristol twist. Their schedule includes classes for absolute beginners, so has there ever been a better time to learn the original swing dance?

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4. Food Connections

bristol food connections festival

When: 28th April – 7th May

Where: Various locations

What: Food glorious food! The festival encourages people to submit their own events, keeping with Bristol’s independent nature, but will also include banquets, cooking demos and community events.

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5. Bristol Folk Festival

bristol folk festival

6. Mayfest

mayfest bristol festival
Via. Paul Blakemore  

When: 12th – 22nd May

Where: Various locations

What: A festival of contemporary theatre taking place across the city. Plays are taking place everywhere – from the Old Vic to secret outside venues.

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7. Vegfest

bristol festivals vegfest

When: 21st – 22nd May

Where: Various locations

What: This is the UK’s biggest vegan event. There will food stalls during the day, followed by live DJs in the evening. If you’ve been thinking about making the change to vegan, this is the event for you.

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8. Love Saves The Day

Love Saves the day

When: 28th – 29th May

Where: Eastville Park

What: The music festival has grown in recent years and is now attracting bigger and better headliners. This year’s line up boasts Hot Chip and Dizzee Rascal and tickets are selling fast.

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9. Festival Of Nature

bristol festival of nature
Via Bhagesh Sachania

When: 11th – 25th June

Where: Various locations

What: The Festival of Nature gives wildlife-lovers of all age the opportunity to discover and enjoy the natural world, featuring a line-up of hands-on activities, amazing river art and performance, workshops, celebrity talks, live entertainment, local market stalls and much more.

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10. Bristol Pride

bristol pride festival

When: 1st – 10th July

Where: Various locations

What: Celebrating all things LGBT, there are events all week, but the main feature of the festival is Pride Day on the 9th. The line up is yet to be announced, but there will be Pride comedy nights and theatre throughout the week.

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11. Grillstock

grillstock bristol festival

When: 2nd – 3rd July

Where: Bristol Harbourside

What: A festival of meat and music. Last year featured DJ Yoda and Goldie Looking Chain, but this year’s acts are TBA.

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12. Bristol Harbour Festival

bristol harbourside

When: 15th – 17th July

Where: Bristol Harbourside

What: The Harbour Festival is one of the country’s largest free festivals with more than 200,000 people attending each year. It features two miles of entertainment – from music to unusual vessels, and circus acts to regional food markets.

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13. Upfest

bristol festival upfest
Via. Paul Box

When: 25th – 26th July

Where: Various locations

What: Of course Europe’s largest street art and graffiti festival is in Bristol! And it’s all set to the soundtrack of local performers.

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14. The Balloon Fiesta

ballon fiesta

When: 11th – 14th August

Where: Ashton Court Estate

What: Europe’s largest hot air balloon fair. The balloons gather to take off at dawn and dusk each day and feature everything from traditional balloons to the weird and wacky.

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15. Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival

encounters short film festival

When: 20th – 25th September

Where: Watershed

What: Films will last from 90 seconds to 20 minutes and audiences can expect films from around the world. There’s also a late lounge for sexier screenings.

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So there you have it – plenty to tickle your taste buds, help you forget this miserable weather and give you something to look forward to!

Syndicate is Closing Next Week


Where will the UWE students go?

After 9 years and 3.7 million people through the doors, Syndicate will be closing. There’s multiple questions everyone will be asking…

“Where will we go for foam parties now?”

“How will I find more freshers to creep on?”

“Is there another club where they sell Jagerbombs?” – (yes, every club does, don’t worry about it).

Syndicate’s regulars have been weeping:


Others were quick to not offer their sympathies:

Whether you love it it or hate, you’ve probably been there at least once. For those who want one last Syndicate blow out, their final night will be on August 22nd. Have a look at the Facebook event for more details.

8 Reasons Why Oceana Should Never Come Back


Remember Oceana? The purveyor of many one night stands, fake tan stronghold & the classiest establishment on the waterfront.

Let’s start that the majority of these spelt Oceana as ‘Oceania’.

1. It was never that popular, even on social media.

2. For causing anyone to say the word ‘Bosh’.

3. Wild whales.

4. Drunken grammar.

5. There’s less violence now.

6. Poor Andy…. or Andrew

7. Oceana will do that to you.

8. Perhaps it should come back, where else will Jay take his dates?

Although some people actually liked it.

It could be worse…. it could be Watfords

6 Reasons Why Cat and Wheel Is Superb

Cat and Wheel

We’ve all been there at least once. Drawn in by the unusual posters or more likely the legendary offer of ‘3 Jäger bombs for a fiver’.


1. They frown upon Christmas.

2. It’s almost impossible to be turned away. Unless your Billy.

3. It still rocks Comic Sans….2015.

This must be a first!? #comicsans

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 4. You can always find a great deal.

 5. Once you’re on first name terms with Tony, then you’ve truly made it in Bristol.

Tony, landlord of the Cat and Wheel #nye #bristol

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6. It inspires the best of the English language.