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Jimmy Cliff, Grandmaster Flash and Trojan Sound System
Jul
20
6:00 PM18:00

Jimmy Cliff, Grandmaster Flash and Trojan Sound System

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Presented by Colston Hall, Friday night at Bristol Harbour Festival sees Grammy Award-winning godfather of reggae Jimmy Cliff take to the stage. Described as the “original Jamaican rude boy” (Rolling Stone), the evening will see Jimmy performing hits like ‘Wonderful World, Beautiful People’, ‘Many Rivers to Cross’ and ‘Vietnam’ live on the amphitheatre stage. This will be an unforgettable performance by the man who brought reggae to the world.

Ever wanted to cut and scratch like your hip hop heroes? Music royalty Grandmaster Flash presents the first live, interactive block party experience. This amazing audio-visual performance will bring the history of hip hop to life - the places, people and moments that started it all. Try your hand at spinning tunes while Grandmaster Flash drops iconic breaks, live from the turntables.

For the last 14 years, Trojan Sound System have been an undeniable force on the UK ska, roots reggae, dub, dancehall and bass music scene. Representing the mighty Trojan Records, who celebrated their 50th birthday this year, the System’s talented team of selectors, vocalists and special guests will take the Harbour Festival by storm.

To purchase tickets from the Colston Hall website please click here.

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Sugar Horse
Jul
20
7:30 PM19:30

Sugar Horse

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Get ready, here come Sugar Horse, a Bristol rock band with a heavy dose of shoegazing who doff their caps to The Cure, My Bloody Valentine and Deftones.

This humble bunch describe themselves as a "decidedly average band" who make "an awful racket" but those who have seen them live may well disagree.

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Gurt Lush Choir/Bristol MAN Chorus
Jul
21
12:00 PM12:00

Gurt Lush Choir/Bristol MAN Chorus

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To commemorate the centenary of the First World War one of Bristol’s biggest community choirs brings a specially arranged suite of the classic songs of the era to represent the city’s vigorous choral life.

Drawn from communities across Bristol, the Gurt Lush Choir and Bristol MAN Chorus are one of the largest and liveliest open-access choirs in the country. Under the leadership of musical director Sam Burns for nearly a decade they have been performing all styles of a cappella music in many of Bristol’s finest musical venues as well as collaborating in ambitious new works with orchestras, opera groups and jazz musicians.

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Bristol Amateur Operatic Society
Jul
21
12:00 PM12:00

Bristol Amateur Operatic Society

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They've performed across three centuries, now the Bristol Amateur Operatic Society will be performing for your entertainment at the Harbour Festival.

The group, which is famed for being a friendly, sociable organisation, perform modern and classic musicals, as well as revue shows, bringing something new to the stage each time.

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Grain Barge Saturday
Jul
21
12:00 PM12:00

Grain Barge Saturday

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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. For those with extra energy there will be the Saturday night after part in The Hold.

Music line-up: Saturday

12noon The Frampton Shantymen, sea shanties from Frampton Cotterell

1pm: Claire Northey - enchanting French composer, violinist and looper

2pm: Da Fuchaman & The Fireblaze Band - Seven-piece outfit playing roots/reggae.

3pm: Jukes - artful and evocative lounge-pop from Tammy Payne and friends.

4.15pm: Claire JI & The Homeward Band - Feelgood folk and sun-kissed soul, perfect for the Harbour Festival!

5.30pm: Schnauser - Melodic Psychedelia and fun progressive pop

6.45pm: Waldo's Gift - Dynamic improvisers who fuse math-rock, jazz and hip hop with explosive results.

8pm: The Rumble O's - Taking their cues from Tarantino’s surf selections, Joe Meek’s New World, Budd and Bizet, The Rumble-O’s intergalactic instrumentals blend high energy, authentic sixties sounds with a contemporary edge.

Hold Bar After Party

Mono Dots - New wave glitch riffers

Plume of Feathers - Stories of pubs past and present (and the people in them..)

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Maddie Loveland
Jul
21
12:00 PM12:00

Maddie Loveland

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Maddie is a 15 year-old singer/songwriter who lists her Amy Winehouse and Dodie Clark among her influences. She's been a regular performer at school concerts and local open mic nights at the Harbourside.

Maddie will be playing some of her own songs, as well as covers.

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ss Great Britain Saturday
Jul
21
12:00 PM12:00

ss Great Britain Saturday

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Head west along the Harbourside to Brunel’s SS Great Britain for a family weekend of drumming, dancing, singing and celebration.

Make your way to the historic Brunel Square and hear sounds from around the world, from a stomping samba band to folk rock and Celtic melodies. With an amazing science show from Mr. Brunel and a traditional performance about the great man, there’ll be musical fun and family-friendly theatre all weekend.

12noon: Nine Lives of Brunel (Gavin Skinner) Rag Morris Mummers present The Nine Lives of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. An epic retelling of the death-defying engineer’s greatest achievements in the form of a traditional folk play; featuring rhyming couplets, bad puns and dramatic reconstructions.

1pm: Ceili (Nick Cocking) The Ceili are a Bristol born & bred three-piece band, playing a lively mix of traditional Irish/Celtic acoustic music and folky arrangements of popular songs. Featuring Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Tenor Banjo, Melodica and Percussion, they promise nothing but great music and a great time.

Highlghts of their career so far include headline performances at the England v Ireland ODI Cricket, Bristol Harbour Festival, the International Balloon Fiesta, Folkfest and the occasional whistle stop tour of Europe.

2pm: Ketibu Folky, fun ukulele ditties, telling intergalactic and worldly tales of adventure, love and woe. Stripped back, bare and honest music from a little ukulele lady.

3pm: Atlantic (Simon Cooper) Atlantic are a four piece original pop/rock band hailing from Bristol. Blending a variety of pop, rock and soul influences, they bring a fresh and exhilarating new sound to the UK music scene.

The band lineup consists of Simon Cooper (Vocals & Keys), Tim Davies (Guitar), Liam Prince (Bass) and Simon Davies (Drums).

4pm Vanessa Melody Vanessa is a singer-songwriter taking her talents to the next level. Bringing a deeply inspirational and unique spin on soul and reggae with accapella sounds ingrained in gospel music.

5pm: Hannah and the Heartbreak A band that Bristol has to 'share' with London, Hannah and the Heartbreak's work is centred around the prolific songwriting talent of Hannah Bristow.

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The Plinks
Jul
21
12:00 PM12:00

The Plinks

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An exciting folk & country group from North Somerset, The Plinks are fronted by well-known songsmith Barry Walsh, writer of 'Bring Her Home' and 'The Matthew'.

His music has been well documented by BBC Radio Bristol and Somerset, and chances are you've heard one of his tracks!

The Plinks perform music to get your feet tapping and singing along, with a generous dose of humour and good family fun. Combine all this and you've got a must-see act!

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Livy Didau
Jul
21
12:25 PM12:25

Livy Didau

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Livy can't remember a time when she hasn't been totally absorbed in her own musical world.

She loves being on stage, and has performed regularly at school events and open mic sessions. Whatever the genre or style she loves singing live

The message in her songs is different for each one but in her words "they’re mainly about love and hate and all that jazz".   

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The Mighty Shinkickers
Jul
21
12:50 PM12:50

The Mighty Shinkickers

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Fresh from the rolling green fields of the West Country, to the dark places where badgers roam, comes the semi-mythical Mighty Shinkickers.

As the name suggests these scrump fuelled ne’re do wells, aim to get your feet stomping as they whip up a storm. From teary-eyed songs about by-gone days, to timber shivering shanties, the Mighty Shinkickers explore the rural and seafaring heritage of the misty west. From the swamplands of Somerset to the hills of Dartmoor, from the Vales of Gloucester, to Turbo Island’s fair shore. These boys are the real deal!

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Olivia Rose
Jul
21
12:50 PM12:50

Olivia Rose

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Olivia Rose is a singer/songwriter who has been performing since the age of nine and is very dedicated to her music.

From the age of 14 she performed in a rock band but at 17 found that rap music was inspiring her the most. Inspired by the likes of IAMDDB and Abra, and is know for her powerful voice and charismatic stage presence.

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The Lasting Days
Jul
21
1:00 PM13:00

The Lasting Days

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Since 2008 the Lasting Days have wowed audiences with high-energy performances at many local and international festivals including Beautiful Days, Nibley Festival, Nozstock and Larmer Tree Festival.

The band are definitely ones to watch in 2018 as they release their forthcoming EP later this year with their appealing and unique blend of americana-influenced indie rock.

Fronted by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rich Smith, The Lasting Days deliver unforgettable boy-girl vocals, electrically charged live performances, catchy melodies and riffs.

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Severn Jazzmen
Jul
21
1:00 PM13:00

Severn Jazzmen

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When the great trad jazz revival swept the UK in the 1950s and 60s Bristol was one of the country’s hot-spots, producing stars like the late, great Acker Bilk and others and spawning a host of great local bands including the Severn Jazzmen.

Formed over 50 years ago the band have kept the flame of New Orleans ‘Dixieland’ jazz burning in Bristol ever since, not least as long term regulars on the stage of the Old Duke pub.

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Louis Stone
Jul
21
1:15 PM13:15

Louis Stone

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Louis Stone has been playing the guitar since the age of four, when he was taught by his father.

Over the years he has polished his sound through writing his own material, performing covers and playing many events, from the Harbour Festival to Womad.

Louis takes his musical influences from all music from rock to rap from Slipknot to Stevie Wonder, but performing and writing his own material is what he enjoys the most. 

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The Humming Birds
Jul
21
1:40 PM13:40

The Humming Birds

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The Humming Birds are an all-female Bristol-based group singing an eclectic mix of a capella covers.

Expect a joyous romp through the decades with some 70s and 80s classics (Beatles, Michael Jackson, Eurythmics), contemporary favourites (Adele) and even a brief venture into the old Romantic era (Beethoven).

Whether they’re representing a rock band or a symphony orchestra, their incredible voices are their instruments!

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Wriggle Jigglers
Jul
21
1:40 PM13:40

Wriggle Jigglers

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A traditional folk band made up of three families from South Gloucestershire, The Wriggle Jigglers are a versatile bunch who between them play everything from double bass, guitar, violins and mandolins to bodhran, Cajons, whistle AND they sing.

Having played their own compositions at several folk festivals including Sidmouth Folk Week and South Downs where they won the best Young Performers competition, they were also New Roots Finalists last year winning the opportunity to play at Upton on Severn this year.

For Wriggle Jigglers the message of their music is sharing the fun they have in performing.  They believe music crosses all barriers and that music is timeless as they play a range of traditional and modern tunes. 

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Xyzelle
Jul
21
2:05 PM14:05

Xyzelle

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Xyzelle, aged 16, has been singing for more than eight years but recently has taken her performing and songwriting to the next level.

Her musical influences include the new wave of female hiphop as well as RnB such as IAMDDB, SZA, H.E.R, NoName, Little Simz but also male artists like J Cole, Frank Ocean, The Weeknd etc.

Her live experiences so far includes performing at small gigs and pending lots of time in the recording studio. She has been releasing her own songs on soundcloud and also won 1st place for songwriting and 2nd place for the overall competition of the Regional Youth Music Awards.

For Xyzelle music means that she's able to create a feeling and a vibe that could be reflected onto her dailylife; such as self love and uplifting other young girls like herself. 

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Bristol Reggae Orchestra
Jul
21
2:15 PM14:15

Bristol Reggae Orchestra

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Formed in the community of St Paul’s in 2010 to celebrate Bristol’s great heritage of Caribbean music the Bristol Reggae Orchestra is a collective of 40 musicians, with professionals and hobbyists playing together.

Combining the power of full-scale orchestral arrangements with the upbeat sounds of ska and reggae the band’s repertoire ranges from well-known classics to locally-composed original numbers establishing a solid reputation for exciting live performances and vibrant entertainment.

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Isabella Alford
Jul
21
2:30 PM14:30

Isabella Alford

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Still just 16, Indie/folk singer-songwriter Isabella has been working with Jelli Records for the past year recording her debut EP 'Home' which was released at the end of last year.

She's already played some high-profile gigs and her songwriting shows maturity well beyond her years. Isabella is definitely one to watch - at the Harbour Festival and beyond.

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Lejitt
Jul
21
2:30 PM14:30

Lejitt

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The message from Lejitt is you don't have to be thuggish to rap. None of his songs endorse violence or negativity as he tries to send out positive messages through his music...along with a vibe! P

roducing, writing lyrics and recording all himself its fair to say music is pretty much Lejitt's life, if he hasn't created anything within the span of a couple of days he says he becomes miserable, thats why he spends every day working on new stuff to get his name heard. 

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The Tiffanys
Jul
21
2:30 PM14:30

The Tiffanys

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With their innovative style of trashwave indie rock, this young band are making some serious headway in the southwest music scene.

They've got a passive aggressive roster of tunes, a low-fi sound and a bold attitude, all of which should stand them in good stead.

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David 9 Lunas
Jul
21
3:25 PM15:25

David 9 Lunas

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A superb professional soloist, who moved to the UK from Trinidad aged just four, David 9 Lunas has a remarkable ability to perform music from multiple genres including soul, pop, rock, blues and country.

His shows see him tip his hat, reference classic sounds, acknowledge past greats and use these sounds to build his own gentle, meticulously-wrought but formidable musical identity.

His music is sometimes deep and insightful, often accessible and infectious, rarely is it both.

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Two Day Coma
Jul
21
3:30 PM15:30

Two Day Coma

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Indie four-member outfit Two Day Coma’s music is a measured balance of melody, harmony and honesty. Make a beeline for the Thekla on Saturday afternoon if you like emotive indie that swells from delicately small to ardent heights, all the while making space for memorable melodies and thoughtful lyrics.

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Troubadour Folk Remembered
Jul
21
3:30 PM15:30

Troubadour Folk Remembered

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In the late 1960s the tiny Troubadour Folk Club in Clifton was famed for bringing an increasingly thriving local music community together with the biggest names on the UK folk scene.

For this year's Harbour Festival audiences can take a joyful trip down memory lane thanks to a trio of ‘Troub’ stars still performing some 50 years later, namely singer/songwriter Steve Tilston, harmonica player/vocalist (and long-time Radio Bristol DJ) Keith Warmington and Ian A Anderson, founder and editor of fRoots, the country’s top folk and world music monthly magazine.

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Attic'O'Matic
Jul
21
3:35 PM15:35

Attic'O'Matic

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Attic'O'Matic consists of three members, all producing Lo-fi and atmospheric sounds whilst toying with post modernist and sociopolitical vies.

An intimate yet disassociated band with a eerie sound, their style is rooted in various genres such as new wave, punk and funk.

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China Bears
Jul
21
4:00 PM16:00

China Bears

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Formed in the winter of 2015, indie rock band China Bears have spent the past few years building their repoitoire and touring around the UK. With noticeable support slots for established acts such as Gengahr, The Districts, Declan McKenna and To Kill a King, China Bears have not wasted these opportunities, and have perfected a captivating live show.

They’ve self released three singles which have been championed by BBC Introducing and led to support from the likes of Steve Lamacq from BBC 6, Huw Stephens from BBC Radio 1 and John Kennedy from Radio X. With plenty of summer festival slots in the diary and much more music to be released, 2018 could be a big year for China Bears.

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Waved Albatross
Jul
21
4:10 PM16:10

Waved Albatross

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Drawing inspiration from bands such as the Smiths, James and the Cure in terms of the melodic style of their music this four piece indie band are interested in all genres be it rap or folk.

Following their performance at the charity event "Party for Pete", Fix Magazine described them as having  "immediate melodies, quirky rhythms and some sunshine guitar riffs, the young band could well be the day’s most impressive act".

Fisayo's drumming is distinct and reflects his interests in rap and gospel music through uplifting rhythms. Simon's bass lines have become progressively more funk orientated and independent of the guitar lines, providing a perfect fit for Loz's sparkly guitar melodies to weave around.

On top of this all Louey's tuneful vocals always engage the crowd during live performances and provide direction to the songs.

Waved Albatross's music always tries to deliver meaningful lyrics, about a wide array of topics, trying to avoid clichés about love and other over used subjects, expressing their views more openly and honestly.

Although often melancholy themes, their lyrics are written with humour and references to popular culture as ultimately they want people to enjoy their music and make it as accessible as possible.

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The Harry Browns of Bristol
Jul
21
4:20 PM16:20

The Harry Browns of Bristol

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Widely regarded as one of the best Shanty groups in the area, the Harry Browns have been singing together for more than 30 years .

They have appeared at most of the maritime festivals in this country and Europe and can deliver a paint stripping shanty or quieter songs about love and loss in soaring harmonies. And also as important to them, is keeping alive the memories, songs and traditions of Bristols maritime past.

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Stone Cold Fiction
Jul
21
4:30 PM16:30

Stone Cold Fiction

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Formed in 2015, Stone Cold Fiction hail from South West England and quickly made a name for themselves by delivering a unique blend of thick, riff-infused rock in its varying genres.

After releasing debut EP “III”, the trio followed through to a successful year with multiple national tour supports and a host of festival appearances, highlights of which includeD; BBC 6 Music Festival, Dot to Dot and Tramlines.

After spending the majority of the summer in studio hibernation, the band returned to Bristol for a storming set on the O2 Academy mainstage, paving the way for their appearance at the 2018 Harbour Festival.

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The Moonflowers
Jul
21
4:45 PM16:45

The Moonflowers

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Yes - they're back! The late 1980s Bristol psychedelic party band that lit up Ashton Court and any number of other festivals officially disappeared in the 1990s.

Formed in 1987 to play at a few parties, the riotous Moonflowers eventually became one of Bristol's favourite live bands, famed for their on-stage chaos, flexible line-ups and irresistible psychedelic rock.

They've been much missed but happily for this year's Bristol Harbour Festival audiences, however, they will reform for special occasions to give old fans and new audiences the chance to Get Higher one more time.

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Amelia
Jul
21
4:45 PM16:45

Amelia

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Amelia's journey with music began, aged just six,with a toy keyboard that had about 20 keys.

She taught herself how to sing and play guitar so she could write her own songs and after watching lots of live gigs discovered she had an interest in two genres in particular - jazz and psych pop.

Amelia fell in love with Billie Holiday, Amy Winehouse and King Krule alongside Tame Impala, Sticky Fingers and The Internet. 

Now a multi-instrumentalist, she has started producing her own work at home in her bedroom, uploading a couple of tracks to Soundcloud.

For Amelia, music has always been about self-discovery and soul and a desire for her music to evoke emotion within people, getting them onto her wavelength even if it's just for a few minutes.

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Bashema & Special Guests
Jul
21
5:15 PM17:15

Bashema & Special Guests

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This year Jelli Records are celebrating their 10th anniversary and as Bashema is their longest signed artist, its only appropriate that she headlines this years Cascade Steps stage with special guests alongside her.

A jazz-influenced soulful songstress with an edgy twist and superb piano skills, Bashema was just three years old when she made her musical debut, moving her mum's pots and pans out of the kitchen and arranging them in the front room, like a drum kit beside her toy piano.

Bashema is a very skilled pianist and a highly articulate songwriter who produces diverse material which takes you on an emotional journey throughout her sets which mix jazz, blues, and classical piano playing with powerful raw vocals on top.

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Treble Bass
Jul
21
5:20 PM17:20

Treble Bass

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Treble Bass are a Jazz Band from Bristol Free School in north Bristol.

The band is made up of some incredibly talented students who play a range of jazz standards and originals, which audiences have praised for their professional sound quite unlike any school ensemble they've heard before!

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Poisonous Birds
Jul
21
5:30 PM17:30

Poisonous Birds

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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.

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Yola Carter
Jul
21
6:00 PM18:00

Yola Carter

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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.

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Sam Brockington
Jul
21
6:00 PM18:00

Sam Brockington

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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.

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Farebrother
Jul
21
7:00 PM19:00

Farebrother

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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.

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Black Roots
Jul
21
7:30 PM19:30

Black Roots

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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.

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Cousin Kula
Jul
21
8:00 PM20:00

Cousin Kula

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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.

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No Violet
Jul
21
8:45 PM20:45

No Violet

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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.

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Smokestack Shakers
Jul
22
11:30 AM11:30

Smokestack Shakers

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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.

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Bashema
Jul
22
12:00 PM12:00

Bashema

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From the classrooms of Filton College to the stage at Glastonbury, Bashema has always had a passion for writing and performing music.

Known for her superbly-delivered jazz and blues covers, she's also an artist with a prolific songwriting talent.

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ss Great Britain Sunday
Jul
22
12:00 PM12:00

ss Great Britain Sunday

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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.

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Break Out Voices
Jul
22
12:15 PM12:15

Break Out Voices

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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.

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Bristol Fantasy Orchestra
Jul
22
1:00 PM13:00

Bristol Fantasy Orchestra

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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.

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Grain Barge - Sunday
Jul
22
1:00 PM13:00

Grain Barge - Sunday

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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.

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Bear Pak
Jul
22
1:05 PM13:05

Bear Pak

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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.

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Robi Mitch
Jul
22
1:30 PM13:30

Robi Mitch

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Bristol's own Robi Mitch will be helping us all enjoy the July vibes at the Harbour Festival, bringing his indie alt-pop with a heavy hint of summer grooves to the Thekla.

FInd a comfy spot (ice creams optional but advisable) and let his mellow music float over you.

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Groovelator
Jul
22
1:30 PM13:30

Groovelator

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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.

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Shanghai Shuffle
Jul
22
2:05 PM14:05

Shanghai Shuffle

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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..

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The Rosa Gray Band
Jul
22
3:05 PM15:05

The Rosa Gray Band

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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.

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Aaliyah Esprit
Jul
22
4:00 PM16:00

Aaliyah Esprit

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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.

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Ruby Jazz Band
Jul
22
4:05 PM16:05

Ruby Jazz Band

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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.

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Charlie and Jake
Jul
22
4:15 PM16:15

Charlie and Jake

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A Bristol-based vocal and piano/double bass duo who combine soulful originals with classic jazz sounds, Charlie and Jake are a real treat live.

Mixing powerful vocals with clever melodies, they spin stories of love, friendship and sense of place.

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Tungz
Jul
22
4:30 PM16:30

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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.

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Josephine and The Artizans
Jul
22
5:10 PM17:10

Josephine and The Artizans

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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.

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Harvey Causon
Jul
22
5:15 PM17:15

Harvey Causon

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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.

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Fossette
Jul
22
5:30 PM17:30

Fossette

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Another chance to hear a local band. Bristol - based indie four-strong act Fossette, who are influenced by the likes of Parcels, Phoenix and Blossoms, will be helping keep the music going as the weekend draws to a close.

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Louisiana Sunday
Jul
19
5:30 AM05:30

Louisiana Sunday

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Bristol;'s iconic city centre venue The Louisiana will once again play its part in ensuring the Bristol Harbour Festival's is a weekend rich in music.

There will be two days of live music from hand-picked acts guaranteed to entertain.

Entry is free, and all bands and artists playing before 6pm can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages, with those 18 and over welcome after 6pm.

Sunday line-up

12noon: The Belishas

12.30pm: Aaron Douglas (solo)

1pm: Abstract Typography

1.30pm: Mike Dennis

2pm: Emily Magpie

2.30pm: Jamie Cruickshank

3pm: Pete & The Heat

3.30pm: Green Hands

4pm: Stanlaey

4.30pm: Lula Redd

5pm: Bristol Samba

6pm: The Malago Ballroom

6.30pm: Muncle

7pm: :Leathers

7.30pm: Mutant-Thoughts

8pm: Billy Bones

8.30pm: Kate Stapley

9pm: Sans

9.30pm: Last Hyena

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Louisiana Saturday
Jul
19
5:30 AM05:30

Louisiana Saturday

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Bristol;'s iconic city centre venue The Louisiana will once again play its part in ensuring the Bristol Harbour Festival's is a weekend rich in music.

Entry is free, and all bands and artists playing before 6pm can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages, with those 18 and over welcome after 6pm.

Saturday line-up

12noon: Toddles & The Hectic Pity

12.30pm: Chang

1pm: Rainmaker

1.30pm: Waved Albatross

2pm: Melodi

2.30pm: Jasper Storey

3pm: Brockley Forest

3.30pm: Brick on a Rope

4pm: The Fumes

4.30pm: Sextape

5pm: The Birdman of Alkuazz

6pm: Monocle

6.30pm: Mark McDowell and Friends

7pm: High Climbers

7.30pm: Puss

8pm: EP/64

8.30pm: Repo Man

9pm: Lovebutter

9.30pm: Insomnichord

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