Preview: Samphire Festival brings some of the best of Bristol to the Exmoor coastline


Samphire festival

This weekend some of Bristol’s finest talent will be heading to the stunning surrounds of Exmoor National Park for a fun-filled few days at Samphire Festival.

Curated by an inspirational pair of music lovers from Keynsham, Samphire – only entering its second year – won ‘Best Small Festival’ (NOEA Awards) after its debut event in 2016. It’s also the fastest-ever successfully crowdfunded festival.

Samphire – only entering its second year – won ‘Best Small Festival’ (NOEA Awards) after its debut event in 2016

Of course, you can expect all the usual art, activities, workshops and great food and booze we have come to expect from the burgeoning number of small boutique festivals gracing our shores. However, Samphire also presents us with a very special Bristol-centric lineup that not only serves as a great example of music that hails from our wonderful city, but also features an extremely rare festival appearance from one of our favourite collectives, Young Echo.

Samphire also presents us with a very special Bristol-centric lineup

The crew will be hosting a Young Echo stage takeover that will see sets from Kahn, Neek, Rider Shafique, Ishan Sounds, Bogues, and Jabu (the musical project from Young Echo’s Alex Rendell and Amos Childs) – who are due to release their debut album this summer.

If you want to get to know a bit more about the Young Echo lot, watch our Nitelife documentary ‘Young Echo: DIY Bristol’ with some of the crew here.

Popular Bristol party-throwers Shapes will also be hosting a stage takeover over with an array of disco, house and techno, topped off with a headline performance from the one and only Felix Dickinson.

Bridging the gap between electronic and eclectic, a variety of Bristol’s brilliant local live acts will also be joining the coastal retreat. Multi-instrumentalist and producer Ishmael Ensemble will be fusing together jazz with an electronic twist, and Nitelife favourites Elder Island will be bringing a myriad of effected keys, guitar, cello and therapeutic vocals.

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Some other tempting names on the lineup include a live set from Crazy P, The Correspondents, Flamingods, Resonators and The Langan Band, plus a good chance of discovering some new favourites from the looks of the lineup so far….

7-9 July – Samphire Festival, Exmoor National Park
samphirefestival.com // tickets

Photos by Khali Ackford and Dominika Scheibinger
(header image: Samphire Festival)

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