Rave on Avon returns this weekend, taking over Stokes Croft for a fifth year. The area’s independent venues have each curated a whole host of events to cater for Bristol’s famously diverse musical tastes and output, from heavy DnB and jungle at Lakota, to hip hop, swing and soul at No.51.
Taking over the stretch of road from the Bear Pit all the way up to The Love Inn, Rave on Avon guarantees a street-party vibe, with festivities spilling out onto the streets and soundsystems heard from all around.
Kicking off from 2pm and carrying on straight through to 6am, you will need a Rave on Avon wristband to get into any of the seven participating venues after 6pm. Grab one in advance for £12.50 from Bristol Ticket Shop or Headfirst.
Or, if you register to vote in the general election by Friday*, Rave on Avon are offering a chance to win 2 x wristbands. Simply let them know on this Facebook post that you’ve registered and you’ll be entered into a draw.
*If you don’t register before Monday 22, you won’t be able to vote at all. Find out more about why your vote matters.
The party is being brought to us once again by the Bristol Festival Community Group, the team behind Brisfest, with all proceeds from evening wristbands going straight towards supporting the volunteer-run organisation.
It’s also a great excuse to celebrate local venues and artists from the South West, with all the talent on the lineup freshly plucked from our very own Channel shores.
With so much going on across the 13 zones at the seven participating venues, we thought we’d do you a solid and compile a complete run down of everything that’s going on –
Full Moon and Attic Bar
The party starts off in the Full Moon Yard with Mr Whompy. The one and only 5K Void and Funktion One soundsystem–fitted, laser-laden ice cream van is parking up in the yard all afternoon from 12-6pm.
Taking over the Mr Whompy decks are DJ Bunjy and MC Joe Peng for a Laid DJ Black set, plus Dub Boy, Stevie Bear, Ted and Disco Stu.
From 6pm-12pm, the party moves inside to Attic Bar from some tropical vibes from the Tun Up! gang. They’re hosting special guests The Busy Twist and Origin One with, of course, a whole slew of support from Bristol’s Tribe Steppaz, Titan Sound, Fat Stash, Kaotik Kartel and Crucial Atlantik.
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Lakota Car Park
The party at Lakota kicks off at 2pm in their outdoor carpark, hosted by underground soundsystem promoters Bris-Tek and Subliminal Audio, and spanning breaks, garage, bassline, dubwise and DnB.
Featuring: Little Monster, Shosh B2B Mindi Dyke Strap, Mantek B2B Monroller, Selecta J-Man B2B Kelvin 373 & Special Guest, Audiomission B2B Subcriminal B2B Pull Up Collective, finishing up with an hour-long Subliminal Audio takeover.
Lakota Room 1
The mighty Tremor Soundsystem join forces with Bristol-Birmingham junglists Born on Road and iconic 90s party-turned-record-label Ruffneck Ting for an old school style jungle rave until the early hours.
Guests for the evening are Rogue One ft. Emcee Ellis D, Kamoh, Bear Twists ft. Trafic & Kathika, Dazee, Bladerunner, Verdikt, Jinx, Kelvin 373, and Octo Pi b2b Stitch ft. Twitchee.
Listen to our exclusive guest mix from the Born on Road crew for a taste of what’s to come…
Lakota Room 2
Lakota opens up rooms 2 and 3 from 10pm, with Parallel Dimensions and Wide Eyes teaming up to host Room 2.
A selection of funk, house, techno and bass from: Angel Mel, Jack Treacle, Chaks B2B Purge, Liam Cross, Buckfast Boys Club, and Dance Class Soundsystem.
Lakota Room 3
Room 3 will host a jungle and DnB rave from party-throwers Gorilla Tactics and soundsystem collective Ohmen:Audio.
Featuring Dextrix, Denzel, Bish, Scratch Bandikoot, The Technicians, Shaded B2B Katy J, and Apprentice Dubs.
Blue Mountain Terrace & Room 2
Blue Mountain is also starting the party early across the Terrace and Room 2, with Fate and Fiction Recordings hosting a house, techno and disco rave.
Fate and Fiction has invited Dan Wild (Just Jack), Zen Zero, Gotsome, Waifs & Strays, Thrilogy and Alfresco Disco for the outdoor boogie, whereas
Remotif, Ment, Paul Conroy, Bedmo Disco, Komon, Bodywork and Duvet Vous will be keeping the party going in Room 2.
Blue Mountain Room 1
Blue Mountain opens up its main room from 10pm where Entirety Labs will be hosting a party for lovers of bass music from bassline to house and everything in between.
With: Niko, Gorilla Matic, Kieran Lockyer, Fixate, Fish, Rygby, Buckfast Boys Club, Sic, and Delehay.
The Love Inn
The Fate and Fiction party continues down the road at The Love Inn, this time with Feel the Real, Alfresco Disco, Boogie Cafe and Teak vs Piff.
The Canteen are also getting heartily involved, with a packed lineup of live music taking you all the way around the world, from all corners of Africa, to Adulasia and the Balkans. The evening finishes up with a DJ set from world music lover Ru Robinson, whose likely to incorporate elements of funk, dancehall and swing into his closing set, taking influence from Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean.
Featuring: Soufian Saihi, Batch Gueye, Flamenco Loco, Mamadou Cissokho, Dila V & The Oddbeats, MaMa AFR!KA, and Ru Robinson.
Across the road, Crofters Rights are hosting a showcase from B.A.M.P and Wordlife, with a huge roster of underground hip hop talent.
From 7pm-9pm, Wordlife present: 3Culture, Ace17, Javino Rocks, Sienna, C-Froo, Defekted, Sektion, B-E-Z and Merv, with DJs 2-See and Bily Whizz.
B.A.M.P will be taking over from 9pm with: Sylla B, Press 1, The High Breed, Peluzah, Flying Monk (and guests), D£DW8, Jinxsta JX and Billy Whizz.
No.51 will be throwing a garden party from 4pm, with two very special live shows sandwiched either side by DJs Glade and 51’s favourite – DJ Alfie.
Hip hop, funk and everything in-between DJ Mr Fitz will be providing a jazzy backdrop to The Flatpack Horns and Bristol soul singer China Bowls. Following them is human sound machine Mr Woodnote with his favourite MC Lil Rhys. Expect to see some loopstation sourcery.
20 May – Rave on Avon, Stokes Croft