A must-stop spot for our regular visitors, Queen Square will once again play host to some of the best local, national and international artists, as well as the much-loved continental market.
The Queen Square stage leaps into life at 5.30 on Friday 26th, 1.15 on Saturday and 12.30 on Sunday.
To find out more about the performers and what else the festival has on offer, remember to buy an official programme.
Friday 26th July
5.30pm Duval Project facebook.com/theduvalproject
Taking their cue from the coolest of R'n'B like D'Angelo, De La Soul and others, this band combine tight and funky rhythms with jazzy brass and Marie Lister's classy old-school vocals.
Bollywood Brass Band eea.org.uk/bbb/
Indian cinema is famed for the pounding dance beats and swooning melodies of classic Bollywood music but it took a London brass band to add sousaphone bass and a hot horn section and bring a touch of New Orleans to down town Mumbai.
Jashwha Moses & Full Force sugarshackrecords.co.uk/the-bands/jashwha-moses/
Another hero of the 80s Bristol reggae scene who's rightly being rediscovered thanks to a brand new 2013 CD ‘No War On Earth', Jashwha Moses remains true to the pure sound of uplifting roots reggae.
9.00pm DJ Derek!!!
The legend lives on but as the mighty DJ Derek settles into his seventh decade he's decided to make this his last outdoor performance. Make sure you catch what will be a brilliant set of Caribbean music to mark this triumphant farewell!
Saturday 27th July
1.15pm George Mabuza Group myspace.com/georgemabuzagroup
George Mabuza's legacy of lively Afro-Caribbean street music still inspires a party as soon as this lot kick off. Top jazz talent and the exuberance of Mozambican carnival energy make an unbeatable combination.
Nuala Honan nualahonan.com
With 'The Tortoise', singer-songwriter Nuala Honan has lifted herself head and shoulders above the crowd. The new CD has gripping songs and superb arrangements blessed, above all, with the heart-stopping emotional honesty of every note she sings.
Trish Brown myspace.com/trishbrownmusic
Here's some cool sounds for the afternoon - Trish Brown brings a light jazz breeze to some earthy soul and blues material with a cracking band catching a classic sound.
Smokestack Shakers facebook.com/pages/The-Smokestack-Shakers/364982592977
Ever wondered what happens when a bunch of blues veterans take a Caribbean holiday? They come back as Smokestack Shakers is what, an unbeatable of classic Jamaican grooves and Mississippi delta grind.
Celestine celestinemusic.com Starting from a gospel grounding young vocalist Celestine has emerged as a true soul diva, evoking the raw power of her classic 60s sisters whether singing her own soul-jazz numbers or refreshing well-loved anthems.
A party without a Bhangra band? Never! And if anyone's going to get you up and dancing it'll be the infectious energy of this lot as they weld their own UK flavours to those unrelenting Punjabi beats.
9.00 Pigbag pigbag.com/
Back in the 80s the Bristol-based Pigbag kick-started a whole scene of live instrumental dance music that still lives on, with samples of their greatest hit still cropping up in dance tracks thirty years later. Reformed in London in 2012 with a core of original members they're very much back and totally up for dancing.
Sunday 28th July
12.30pm Choir - to be confirmed
Phil King phil-king.net
Is it his classy song writing? Supersmart guitar playing? The smoked honey tones of his voice? However you look at him, Phil King is an exceptional talent whose well-crafted lyrics help you see the world afresh.
Violentango reverbnation.com/violentango Hovering somewhere between the Gotan Project and Radiohead, Violentango is the hottest new thing on the Argentina tango scene. Their passionate acoustic sound has been ripping it up on the worldwide festival circuit from Buenos Aires to Glastonbury and they're guaranteed to get the Square rocking.
Combining the powerhouse beats of Afrobeat with the rippling subtleties of the Cameroonian balafon and some nifty jazz influences Alphonse Touna's mighty West African rhythm machine is one of those irresistible forces that shakes up any festival crowd.
5.00pm Gaby Young & Other Animals giftofthegabrecords.com
Gabby Young's brand of 'Circus Swing' has been one of this year's Big Things, with Graham Norton and Jools Holland declaring themselves fans both of her flamboyant 'Gabberdashery' dress sense and the infectious electro-swing music of her 8-piece show band. Factor in Ms Young's impeccable stage style and you'll see why she's the perfect way to top off our party in the Square.
Bristol's 80's live dance sensation whose much-sampled 'Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag' inspired a whole generation of instrumental combos to get back to the dance floor scene. Now reformed after 20 years and blasting their way round the UK festival scene.
Gaby Young and Other Animals
Gabby Young's twisting roots have carried her and a stunning voice from her native Wiltshire around the UK. In 2008 Gabby formed an 8-piece band to play an avant-garde fusion of globally-influenced folk combining Balkan brass, jazz and swing to produce what has been affectionately dubbed 'Circus Swing' In 2012, with a list of accolades as long as a pair of stripy tights, Gabby Young and Other Animals, released their highly anticipated album, 'The Band Called Out For More'
The Times, Guardian and Graham Norton love this lot and we reckon Bristol will as well.
Programmed by Tony Benjamin and supported by Factory Studios