The Trinity Centre’s annual free Garden Party returns 14 May from midday to 9pm with a host of Bristol talent, including Sepia, Sounds Of Harlowe, Run Logan Run and this year’s headliners, Dubkasm.

This year marks 41 years for Trinity Centre as beating heart of Old Market – renowned for its amazing space and natural acoustics, the converted church is home to a variety of music across the board, from dub, jazz, hip hop, to afrobeat and everything in-between.

Headlining the garden party stage this year is Bristolian duo and childhood friends, Dubkasm aka DJ Stryda and Digitstep. The pair began their dub career in the mid-90s and have been consistently producing material and performing around the globe since.


Along with their own work and projects, DJ Stryda can be held responsible for the influential Teachings in Dub nights, which have played a major part in shaping the city’s music scene for more than a decade; as well as forging ties between the worlds of dub and dubstep, with ongoing Deep Medi collaborations, including their popular TID x Deep Medi weekender events.

About being asked to head up this year’s Garden Party, Stryda told Nitelife: ‘Trinity is my favourite venue in Bristol. I’ve made it the home of Teachings in Dub for nearly a decade but the connection with the building goes back even further.

‘Digi and I attended our first ever reggae soundsystem session there back in 1992, plus my grandparents actually got married there many moons ago! We can’t wait to dig through the dubplate gems and enjoy the Garden Party in our hometown.’

We can’t wait to dig through the dubplate gems and enjoy the Garden Party in our hometown

Along with the dub duo, from midday until 9pm the garden party will see performances from Sounds Of Harlowe, who’ll bring elements of hip hop and soul to the event. The group has performed all across the UK including the Jazz Cafe in London and major festivals, Bestival, Isle of Wight, Boomtown and more.

Multi-genre group Lyabe will also be gracing the stage, taking influence from RnB, neo-soul, punk, noise and many more.

Others on the lineup include Sepia, who will be gracing the Trinity stage for the first time with his forward-thinking beats, jazz duo Run Logan Run, wonky-pop band Toddler, afrobeat instrumental group Tezeta; experimental, minimalist ‘un-rock’ band Motes, and Peng Sound’s Wilfy Rootikal ft Snoopy.

With such a diverse array of artists billed, this is one to mark on the calendar as we ease into the summer season. Expect more acts to be announced in the weeks ahead, and a variety of food stalls, workshops, theatre performances, plus a showcase from Trinity’s youth music group.

14 May // 12pm – 9pm // free entry // Trinity Centre

LINKS: facebook event // website

Words by Jessica Burr
Photo from Trinity Centre

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