2007 – 2017 A decade of Bristol Festival comes to an end but Avon continues to Rave On …


The story of Brisfest began ten years ago in 2007 when a group of people came together to address the gap that was once filled by Ashton Court Festival. Brisfest, formally known as The Bristol Festival, was born and went on to become Bristol’s signature local talent festival. The event was presented at a number of venues across the city including Lloyds Amphitheatre, before bringing the major music festival back to Ashton Court Estate. Please take a look at this 20 minute documentary, which gives you a snapshot of the part the two events played in the Bristol music scene from 1974 – 2017.

The charity behind Brisfest was the Bristol Festival Community Group, whose primary objectives were to engage local people in the planning and staging of an annual arts community festival. To showcase South West talent across a variety of disciplines, to engage audiences in participatory events and to offer work placements, skills enhancement and training to volunteers within the music, arts and events industries. The organisation has successfully continued to support these activities in a myriad of ways across the last decade.

After ten successful years, Brisfest’s board has come to the decision to step away to focus on other interests, with many working on events in the South West and beyond. Brisfest Festival will cease to exist, the charity will close but Rave on Avon, Brisfest’s thriving multi venue event staged in Stokes Croft, will be taken over by a freshly formed Community Interest Company running the event independently of the BFCG.

The event will continue to be a collaboration between local promoters and venues showcasing some of the most innovative, emerging and established acts on the South West scene.

If you would like to join the mailing list to keep up to date with future events  and volunteering opportunities of the newly formed CIC, then please add your information via this link – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6W3H7MZ