2023

14-16 July 2023

Bristol Harbour Festival

Thank you to everyone who joined us in 2023 and joined us to dance in the rain and the same! Here’s a round up of some of the stages, venues and acts featured in 2023. A full rundown of artists and spaces for 2024 will be announced soon!

2023 Stages:

Amphitheatre: Harbour View

The Amphitheatre became Harbour View - a great spot to enjoy a bite from the Food Court with music from Access Creative College, Ujima Radio and BCFM Radio. The perfect place to promenade alongside moored vessels and look out onto the stunning setting of Bristol’s floating harbour, it was the spot to pull up a picnic bench and soak up the summer vibes.

College Green: Circus Playground

Cirque Bijou once again brought tricks and trapeze, children’s entertainment and pop-up performances at the Circus Playground, which took pride of place at one of the city's most-loved green spaces, College Green.

The Circus Playground was delivered as one of the activities under the City Centre and High Streets Recovery and Renewal programme, funded by Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority’s Love Our High Streets project.

The Circus Playground was sponsored by Pip and Posy and fans of the duo got to meet them at College Green.

Millennium Square: Jelli Shack

The Jelli Shack took over Millennium Square, providing chill-out beach-bar vibes with an acoustic programme brought to you by the team at Jelli Records. Featuring an abundance of Bristol talent, the Jelli Shack also played host to dodgems and refreshments, making it the ultimate spot to bask in the sunshine.

Queen Square: Music Quarter

Bristol’s Georgian Queen Square transformed into the Music Quarter; curated by Harbour Festival programming legend, Tony Benjamin. The space kick started the festival on the Friday night and featured the brightest talent from Access Creative College alongside established acts.

On The Water

On the Water entertainment returned to the Festival, bringing the water at the heart of our city to life with activities showcasing maritime-magic from jet ski stunts to an opening performance on the MV Balmoral.

Fringe

Scattered throughout the harbourside, there was an abundance of talent tucked away in the best of Bristol’s independent venues. From a German cargo ship turned nightclub, to a slice of the golden age glam at Rick’s, or a tour around the iconic MV Balmoral, there was something for everyone.