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.
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.
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..
As Madonna sang (almost), "get into the Groovelator.". This funky bunch have been bringing fresh, elated groove music to venues up and down the country since 2015.
The band features virtuosic Hammond Organist John Paul Gard, Tom Gilkes on drums and Mark Lawrence on guitar with repertoire taken from Funk and Soul classics, Blues, Gospel and Jazz.
Enjoy some fresh funk instrumental grooves from new Bristol group Bear Pak.
The band features five amigos playing new original music; driving beats, laid back horns, good time vibes and more. Following the recent release of four live recordings, the guys are playing a handful of gigs and private parties so expect to hear some more club bangers from them soon.
One of the harbour’s best loved floating venues, and the perfect excuse to take a stroll down to Hotwells, the Grain Barge has been forging a reputation over the years for a hosting a great atmosphere at the festival.
The quayside music stage will be hosting an eclectic line-up as ever, featuring everything from indie folk to high-energy surf rock.
There will be an outside craft beer and cider bar plus, new for this year, the Gin Station. You can also sample their street food stalls, and enjoy kids' crafts each day until 6.30pm. .
Music line up - Sunday
1pm: The Ed Loftsted Assembly - A spellbinding songwriter who blends indie-folk and electronica
2.15pm: Robin Allender - Pastoral, lyrical dream pop
3.15pm: Dexter Selboy & The Shonky Trio - Laid-back, rootsy folk incorporating elements of reggae, gypsy jazz and hip-hop
4.30pm: Shoun Shoun - Unflinching, atmospheric, minimal post-punk channeling the spirit of Marlene Dietrich and Siouxie Sioux with a certain velvet elegance
6pm: The Man & The Lake - Wild, poetic, uproarious and anthemic gypsy folk quartet.
Bizarrely dressed they may be but don’t be fooled - the ever-cheerful Bristol Fantasy Orchestra has serious musicianship running through its 50-strong ranks.
They have a unique ability to bring to life some of pop and rock's most impressive orchestral anthems from Bollywood melodies to the Beatles, Bowie and the film scores of Ennio Morricone
They're also known for celebrating ‘the famous unknown’ people like Bristol’s post-punk diva Rita Lynch.
Break Out Voices is a community choir with a difference. Performing popular songs with a theatrical and often comedic twist, the group’s style combines unaccompanied vocals with percussion, movement and noise-making to create engaging performances and off-the-wall musical interpretations.
Based in Windmill Hill, Bristol, the group formed two years ago and has grown to 40+ members - a thriving community of amateur singers who enjoy coming together to make noise and have fun.
Head west along the Harbourside to Brunel’s SS Great Britain for a family weekend of drumming, dancing, singing and celebration.
12pm: Brunel show Watch as Mr. Brunel displays fascinating facts and daring demonstrations in the amazing science show: Brunel: Building the Impossible.
1pm: North Somerset Samba A 20 strong contingent of Samba players providing an upbeat selection of Reggae-style pieces inspired by the Rio Carnival
2pm: Stay Hungry A brotherly hip hop act who are putting Bristol on the map after earning rave reviews for their Glastonbury set.
3pm: Uri Green presents Yam & Banana All Stars Uri Geen's is a musician and producer, originally from Barcelona, who runs record label and production brand, Yam & Banana.
4pm: Megs Emrys Folk-rock with blues and latin influences. Imagine if Kate Bush and Jeff Buckley were farming goat and lamb on a hillside in Peru.
5pm Phantom Ensemble A journey through hip hop to jazz, straight to the belly of the funk.
What happens when the authentic sounds of Jamaican ska and reggae meet rootsy rhythm’n’blues? The smokestack starts to shake, is what!
Mixing their original tunes with the occasional well-loved classic the Smokestack Shakers have been skanking the blues on the Bristol music scene for a decade, finding that sweet spot where a sliding delta blues guitar sits perfectly on top of a bluebeat rhythm.
What better way to get the Sunday party started than with Bristol’s pink-clad crowd-pleasers and their French pals? With a repertoire running from soul classics to samba anthems the Ambling Band brassy grooves have long been an essential ingredient in our city’s outdoor fun.
Bristol-based four piece, No Violet, powerfully retain your attention with their enthralling and idiosyncratic blend of fuzz-infused grunge/alt rock and semi-contorted math rock. Ellie (vox), Pete (drums), Rhys (guitar), and Kerry (bass) captivate audiences through a manipulating dynamic range that echoes early Pixies with an added split personality disorder. Having just released their 2nd single, 'America' in October 2017, they have featured regularly on BBC Introducing and are moving into and even fuzzier 2018 with the release of their debut EP later in the year.
Following support from BBC Introducing, 6Music and NME, Bristol's own Cousin Kula’s unique Psychpop sound has built a dedicated fanbase in their hometown.
This six-piece explores psychedelic landscapes, blending slick pop vocals, lush synths and soaring guitars. With high profile slots supporting Dutch Uncles and The Kooks, they have been touring the UK and Europe selling out shows.
One of the finest UK reggae bands, formed in Bristol in the late 1970s, Black Roots used their conscious lyrics and roof-rattling rhythms to spread the word way beyond the city - DJ John Peel was famously a fan, too.
Now reformed after a 20-year career break you can expect great new material alongside the classic tunes that made their reputation back in the day.
Bath-based indie rock quartet Farebrother have had a non-stop year, with the release of their singles 'Rewind' and 'A Little Late' and numerous shows under their belts.
The band are certainly making their mark on the local music scene, having recently played with the likes of The Amazons, Baby Strange, The Sherlocks, Beach Baby and Anteros, drawing excellent feedback from both bands and audiences alike.
Sam started his solo career in Melbourne, Australia, busking in the day and working on the bar by night.
Moving back to England, he left the sleepy hills of Devon to attend university in the culturally and musically diverse city of Bristol.
It was here that Sam's career started to gain momentum with highlights being appearances at Glastonbury Festival, airtime on BBC 6 Music Radio and his Bristol EP launch.
Known for his profound and intriguing lyrics, Sam works around subjects including a fascination for the sea and of love lost and found. His beautiful lyrics combined with indie/folk style of guitar give his songs a pained yet charming quality.
Now and again a singer comes along who stops you in your tracks and Bristol born Yola Carter is just such a one.
With a voice that can range from a tender murmur to a heart-stopping howl in the blink of an eye her unique brand of country soul has put her on the brink of stardom, surely to become another of the city's musical heroes.
She first turned heads singing with Massive Attack while still in her teens before fronting Phantom Limb, the Bristol-based country-soul band who released three critically acclaimed albums.
Now a solo artist, she is definitely one to watch as her remarkable voice and richly poetic songwriting is finally gaining the recognition it deserves.
Bristol's rising art-rockers, whose music has been described as 'spectacular' by Kerrang!
Blending grinding electronics woven into delicate cinematic compositions, this duo have recently released their new EP Dirty Water, a collection of beautiful sensitive songs that collapse into electronic chaos.
For the summer live season, which includes their Harbour Festival appearance, the band are promising a bigger, more immersive show than ever.