18th - 20th September 2009


Lloyds Amphitheatre and various city venues

Brizzolfest, now in its second year, is fast becoming one of Bristol's biggest summer events, with seven stages of music, fire shows and interactive art installations. And as tickets are only £5 this is an affordable treat the whole family will enjoy.

Ska and Cabaret
As with last year, the Brizzolfest site is situated at the Lloyds Amphitheatre in the city centre with no less than seven stages hosting a wide selection of music and cabaret. There's rock, folk, indie, jazz, ska, burlesque and drumming. If you want to take part there's an open mic stage, plus the cabaret stage is to be extended for the 2009 event.

Silent Disco
The three-day festival kicks off with an evening of fire shows, cabaret, poetry and experimental music at the Lloyds Amphitheatre. There's also a silent disco where clubbers hire headphones so they can hear DJs all across the Brizzolfest site and interactive art installations.

Graffiti and Street Theatre
Acts at this year's Brizzolfest include Turbowolf, Dr Meaker, Babel, The Black Sheep and Headhunter, but in response to public demand, the organisers have put on a lot more than just music. Workshops run throughout the event and cover a wide range. There's salsa, capoeira, live graffiti painting, breakdancing, hula hoop classes, life-drawing or lyric writing. There are also boat parties, street theatre walkabouts and circus skills.

Late-night Festival
As well as the outdoor stages, there's plenty going on around various venues in the city to keep visitors entertained. At night there's the Rave on Avon programme. When you buy tickets for Brizzolfest, you'll be given a wristband which will give you access to 10 late night venues including Lakota, The Croft, Blue Mountain, Attik, Lab, Timbuk2, Start the Bus, Mr Wolfs, Chesters and the Big Chill bar. Music on offer includes dubstep, techno, house, drum n bass, garage and breaks.

Children Welcome
This is a very family orientated event and entry for children under 12 is free. There's also dedicated workshops for kids and a children's zone near Millennium and Anchor Square. The Rave on Avon event even caters for under-18s with a rave especially for them at Colston Hall.

Record Numbers
Visitor numbers are expected to go through the roof this year. Even though last year was the inaugural Bristol Festival, around 14,000 turned out, and more than 2,000 performers took part. For 2009, organisers are expecting a staggering 30,000 visitors, but bear in mind that the festival site is limited to 10,000 a day.

The festival takes place from Friday 18th September - Sunday 20th September 2009. Events run from 6pm - midnight on Friday and from 11am - midnight on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost £5. To buy tickets click on the link below.

Brizzolfest Official Site

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