DIY music and art collective Cosmic Soul Collective have been crowned the winners of #NITELIFENITEOUT. We launched the Bristol-wide competition this summer in a bid to seek out an independent local promoter offering something unique to our already-excellent nightlife scene.
We promised the winner £1000 to help towards their next event – courtesy of Bristol-based energy heads Reon, who are providing the generous cash prize.
We received tonnes of brilliant entries, with everything from heavy metal to liquid DnB, which not only demonstrates what a diverse range of music we enjoy here, but further proves something we already know – Bristol’s nightlife culture thrives because of all the passionate individuals pushing the music and culture that they truly love, leaving corporate nights struggling to find a stronghold here.
Bristol’s nightlife culture thrives because of all the passionate individuals pushing the music and culture that they truly love, leaving corporate nights struggling to find a stronghold here
To help us choose a winner, we reached out to a handful of Bristol’s most established promoters from across the local music scene: Tom Hoyle from The Blast, Dan Chandler from Crosstown Concerts and Tim Bailey from the MJR Group.
While it was a tough call, Cosmic Soul Collective won out in the end because of their ethos around inclusivity and collaboration. The 10-strong group of musicians, artists, DJs and everything in-between held their first event last November, colliding live and electronic music, art and more.
you might find yourself at the mercy of Washing Machine Soundsystem or witnessing a saxophonist play along to a DJ set
Since then they’ve held a handful of diverse, free-entry events at intimate locations around the city, where you might find yourself at the mercy of Washing Machine Soundsystem or witnessing a saxophonist play along to a DJ set.
They also use their event spaces as an opportunity to give local artists a free exhibition space to showcase and sell their work, as well as inviting live artists to perform.
Cosmic Soul Collective asked for the £1000 prize money in order to increase the capacity of their next event – giving more of us a chance to attend the free shindig – and also so that they could get more local bands and artists involved, using the prize money towards band fees, and artist materials and expenses.
A portion of the prize money will also go towards booking a headliner, which is not only a bonus for Cosmic Soul attendees – but will also bring more exposure to everyone else on the lineup and help grow the brand name, bringing them the attention they deserve and securing Cosmic Soul Collective a place on the Bristol scene.
Cosmic Soul Collective’s Neil Corcoran says: ‘I really can’t believe that my project has been noticed and has had such good feedback from the judges. After being shortlisted, I honestly thought that was as far as it was going to go, so to go on to win is an amazing feeling and makes me feel like it was all worth it.
‘From starting Cosmic Soul Collective a year ago, to where it is now and what it has achieved is amazing. It wouldn’t have happened without all the help and support from everyone involved – there are too many names to mention, but I’m sure they will know who they are once they hear the good news. I look forward to curating and hosting yet another incredible event.
From starting Cosmic Soul Collective a year ago, to where it is now and what it has achieved is amazing
‘Cosmic Soul Collective aim to bring an exciting new event to the Bristol scene, including soundsystems, underground soulful music, DJs, producers, bands, live music, art exhibitions, live visuals, and bringing people together and collaborating collectively.’
Nitelife will be helping support the next Cosmic Soul event from start to finish, so look out for more news soon. In the meantime, have a listen to one of their recent podcasts for a small taste of what’s to come…
You can read some of the feedback from our judges below: