The Downs festival returns to Clifton’s Downs this weekend for its second year, this time promising more of a fully-fledged day festival, where last year’s event seemed to fall somewhere between a festival and huge outdoor concert. Headliners (and co-organisers) Massive Attack headlined with their first homecoming show in 13 years, and very likely the …

On 28 July, hordes of Bristolians headed to Somerset’s beautiful countryside for the 12th annual Farmfest. Recognised for its huge personality and ability to seamlessly combine everything from dub, rock, techno, disco, comedy, art and more. Farmfest succeeds in being a family friendly festival that leaves you feeling both completely relaxed while also tickling your inner …

As part of this year’s Redfest, The Old Stillage are hosting a range of some of the best musicians in Bristol, including Alfresco DJs, China Bowls and Moc Tonk. Redfest will be taking part 4-6 August across multiple venues around Church Road and will be bringing everything from film, music, comedy, animation, graffiti, art and …

Every so often, it’s nice to leave the bright lights of Bristol and head to a part of Britain’s beautiful coastline. Luckily for us, the organisers of Samphire Festival brought a good chunk of the Bristol music scene to Exmoor National Park this July – giving us the best of both worlds with a weekend full …

Wiltshire’s little gem of a festival wants to officially extend the Fieldview family to Bristol. Less than 45 minutes away by car, Fieldview has a likeminded ethos to many of the festivals in our own postcode in terms of sustainability, supporting local talent (of all kinds), and just generally being good eggs. The non-profit music …

Chepstow Racecourse welcomed 4,000 fun-seeking ravers this June, kicking off the summer with the fourth instalment of Balter Festival. A three-day, adults-only event comprised of ten very different stages, Balter offers an array of eclectic underground music from the South West music scene and beyond. By definition, to balter is ‘to dance artlessly, without particular …

Last weekend, some of the Nitelife team returned to our spiritual home, Love Saves the Day. Annually marking the beginning of Bristol’s festival season, it’s put on by a team of genuine music lovers with years of event experience between them – getting better year on year. In fact, it’s one of the only festivals I …

With Bristol-born Chepstow-based Balter Festival a mere few days away, we had a chat with co-founder Elias aka gypsycore producer and DJ E-Coli about the new-ish, totally off-kilter festival that’s already attracted a cult reputation and following as it enters its fourth year this June. Like all of the best festivals, Balter was born out …

In just a few years, Balter Festival has gained a reputation for being one of the most fun parties on the UK festival scene. Combining eclectic underground electronic and live music, Balter brings together everything from 12-piece ska-punk bands to heavy DnB, whilst also showcasing new talent and unique sub-genres.  Now in its fourth year, this off kilter festival will be …