Calm and understated, Bristol’s Harvey Causon isn't looking to pin your ears back with a wall of sound. You’ll be blown away instead by his soft, glitching electronica, deft take on contemporary R&B, and enthralled by his rich vocals, that sound far more world wearied than his 19 years.
Coming down from London with a fistful of major festival appearances under their belts and rave reviews from BBC Introducing and 6 Music, this bunch mix classic strings, operatic vocals, heavy beats and energetic rap. Intrigued? Then head on down to Cascade Steps.
The band was created when classically-trained Josephine became fed up with the gap between the worlds of classical and pop so decided to make something which is neither but has the best of both.
Their live performances are full of energy and their music is infectious, as audiences at WOMAD, Camp Bestival, NASS, Standon Calling, Boomtown and even Glastonbury will testify.
Enjoy some Ceilidh dancing with Mr Medler, who will be leading some fun and sociable folk dances for all ages.
Don't worry if you can't remember back to those country dancing days at school, Mr Medler will carefully explain each dance so you don't need to know them in advance, meaning everyone can join in.
An economic refugee from the London hinterland, Jonny speaks words aloud, fusing bittersweet autobiography, disillusionment and wonder in an act which has established him as a firm favourite at gigs, festivals, arts centres and housing benefit offices up and down the country.
A practitioner of lo-fi rough art, he has written two books -‘The Sustainable Nihilists' Handbook’ and 'Poundland Rimbaud'- both published by Burning Eye, and both stuffed with poems, micro-fictions and threadbare philosophy.
Jonny's solo no-fi stand-up spoken word theatre show 'Man Up, Jonny Fluffypunk- One
Man's Struggle with Late-Onset Responsibility' spent 2015/16 touring around theatres, garden sheds, summer houses, empty shops and Britain's other ad-hoc performance spaces in a blatant championing of homespun DIY culture. A new show, ‘How I Came To Be Where I Never Was,’ is currently doing the same.
Jonny lives in Stroud, loves trains and jams econo.
Once likened to four brothers, Bristol based Tungz are a tight-knit group delivering an intoxicating blend of 70s synths, disco grooves and friendship. Having just launched their self-produced debut single, Window Love, Tungz are clearing the way for a new era of funk inspired bedroom pop.
Bristol-based Ruby Jazz features some of the busiest local swing musicians. The past year has seen them become a popular band with the swing dance community and their performances are often accompanied by a large numbers of dancers.
Expect a splash of Sinatra, a soupcon of Ella, a hint of Basie, a touch of O'Day and a peppery and vibrant gumbo of the great American song book.. Bring your dancing shoes and a swing in your step.
R&B singer, songwriter & poet Aaliyah Esprit has had an incredible 12 month. Last year she put together a full live band for support slots with Denai Moore.
Now an integral part of the Cosmic Soul Collective, Aaliyah has also been announced as a pupil of the Future Bubblers Programme created by hugely influential DJ and broadcaster Gilles Peterson for his Brownswood label.
Head to the Thekla on Sunday to hear this rising star, who fuses R&B with soul and trap with a heavy dose of jazz infleunce, perform and see what all the fuss is about.
We've had to wait a year to see this band, and it should be worth it! The only act to be rained off at last year's Harbour Festival, they were the first booked for 2018.
Blending jazzy pop with a strong soul vibe, the Rosa Gray Band are a feelgood, upbeat outfit with some sassy original songs, cheeky lyrics and a touch of Caro Emerald and Amy Winehouse.
This Bristol six-piece recently released their debut EP 'Left Me In The Summer' which is now available on Spotify and iTunes.
Although new to performing, Nicola has already developed a candid style that highlights the tensions in our society while also finding the beauty in the mundane
Saili Katebe is a Chippenham based poet, writer and spoken word artist.
Often writing under the pen name "The Blissful Nomad" he has given voice to his written work and found a home in the Bath and Bristol Poetry scene.
Going from strength to strength since his joint victory at Milk Poetry's All Star slam earlier this year, he has taken his love for words, rhythm and story telling to make room for wider conversations.
*Part of SouthWest Showcase
An acclaimed, passionate spoken word poet, Miles Chambers was named Bristol’s 1st City Poet laureate by the current Mayor Marvin Rees.
He’s been presenting his own show (Lyrical Minded) at Ujima Radio 98fm. He has a BA Hons in Graphic Design and an MA in visual Cultural.
His work reflects about where he’s at, never quite losing sight of where he’s from. He has claimed that Bristol is “full of paradoxes.” He recently fronted a youtube video campaign for Bristol Energy which attracted almost 15,000 hits and has presented a BBC History programme, as part of the BBC Civilisation series, with more TV work on the horizon.
*Part of SouthWest Showcase
Samantha Boare writes about what it is to become a ‘real grown-up woman’ in the twenty-first century. Each poem is a reckless navigation through the obstacle course of a modern twenty-something female with hurdles including dating, cancelling plans and the vagina’s varying pH levels.
A mix of sex and social inabilities, she's “The hottest thing to come out of Newton Abbot since the A380.”
*Part of SouthWest Showcase
Sophie Toumbas is an up-and-coming poet in the Bath and Bristol area, performing regularly at multiple open mic nights..
Sophie likes to write about personal experiences, drawing on what she’s learnt as she ventures into adult-hood. Humour features in pieces when she’s not taking herself too seriously, making her work relatable to her poetry peers and audiences alike.
The Original Spinners, who combine music, movement and clowning for your entertainment, will be spreading their wings and flocking to the Harbour Festival site.
Look out for these mischievous birds playing around on Sunday afternoon and join them for a dance or two as part of their playful interactive performances.
Note - performances at 3-3.30pm and 4-4.30pm
Kai is a poet who makes use of fast-paced rhythms to present their unique view as a Non-Binary young person.
Their style mixes comedy, honest story-telling and more metaphors that one really knows what to do with. With poems that circle everything from "self-love" and positivity to their love of Smash Mouth's 'All Star', nothing is off limits for this bite-sized artist.
Cirque Bijou invite the audience to join in with a mass participation game in the Circus Playground.
Every year, we invite everyone to compete in the eagerly anticipated, much hyped, over competitive Water Balloon Tossing Championships. The Desperate Men hand out water filled balloons, encouragement, tossing techniques, and…eventually…top prizes…
Bristol’s Desperate Men have been inviting people to play for over 30 years, creating, performing and producing ground-breaking outdoor theatre in the UK and internationally.
Photograph: Martins Kikulis
"Come, take care, leave your fear up there..."
Take a step away from the Harbour Festival crowds and enjoy a very special performance in Redcliffe Caves
For tens of thousands of years, people have ventured underground to experience something out of the ordinary, to hide, escape and create.
Join performer Katie Green as she gathers together willing audiences for an extraordinary expedition into one of Bristol's hidden and normally closed spaces.
Created in collaboration with archaeologists, geologists, historians, cavers and former miners, Beneath Our Feet is a promenade performance using dance and live music to tell the story of the underground.
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Beneath Our Feet will run for approximately 50 minutes and is for those aged seven and above.
There will be performances at 3pm, 4.15pm and 6pm on both days of the Harbour Festival.
You can book tickets for Beneath Our Feet here.
Photographs: Owen Benson
ote - performances at 2.45pm and 4.55pm
Avital & Jochen met in Bristol whilst studying aerial arts with Mike Wright. Since 2010 they have travelled the world, performing at internationally renowned festivals such as Cirque De Demain in Paris where they won a silver medal in 2014. Cirque Bijou are delighted to invite them back to headline the circus stage in 2018.
Avital and Jochen’s bond and joy of performing make the couple a unique and exciting pair to watch. After so many years away they are excited to be back where it all started. They are performing a beautiful and heart-stopping doubles swinging trapeze performance at 4.55pm.
Avital performed straps in public for the first time ever over 10 years ago with us at Bristol Harbour Festival aided by a development award from Cirque Bijou. More than a thousand shows later she's back, mesmerising to watch, with a piece full of raw performance that has touched and inspired audiences all over the world.
Photograph: Laurent Bugnet
Prepare to be amazed by the inspiring display of power, strength, co-ordination and team work from Yate-based King Edmunds Acrobatic Club.
They'll be bringing a large team of outstanding, national level gymnasts aged 11-19, including World medal and European medal British Champions, to this year's Harbour Festival to perform on Cirque Bijou’s circus stage in Queen Square.
.You might recognise some of these stars from popular CBBC series Gym Stars, as King Edmunds featured in many of the episodes.
Note - performances at 2.30pm and 4.40pm
Join DJ Nick Terrific , and MC Rocky Patch for the most uplifting and funniest family rave on the planet!
If you love dancing, If you love phat beats, If you love raving with your kids then come and spread the love with us. At a Junior Jungle Party you can expect only the finest cuts of Jungle, DnB and Jungle remixes of classic tunes, vetted for age appropriate content and expertly mixed live by Nick Terrific.
You can expect to dance, a lot. MC Rocky Patch will lead the charge making sure everyone is jumpin’ and skankin’.
And remember- If you’re not sweating, you’re not doing it right!
Circomedia graduate Helena is already wowing audiences with her fluid and accomplished static trapeze act. Under the title ‘Between the Three of Us’, it explores her relationship with her two hands as they support her on the trapeze.
Note - performances at 2.20pm and 4.30pm, Saturday and Sunday, on Cirque Bijou’s circus stage in Queen Square.
Photo: Andre Pattenden
Tap, clatter, ping! Follow the patter of typewriter keys to discover Poetry Machine, creator of live poetry for all grown-ups and youngsters alike.
Give Poetry Machine a word and receive a free poem, created before your very eyes in just a few minutes.
Beth Calverley from Poetry Machine will read it aloud and give you the typewritten poem to take home - a beautiful memento of your visit to the Bristol Harbour Festival.
Shanghai Shuffle are a lively, upbeat 1920s jazz band with a distinctive flair for bringing this much-loved music alive, keeping it fresh and accessible to all generations.
Formed a year ago, they have gone from strength to strength, regularly playing for the dance community in Bristol and Cardiff as well as bringing its special vibe to popular speakeasies.
Bring your dancing shoes, your tapping toes and shimmying shoulders for this infectious and fun music..