The Nitelife gift guide: Some things your loved ones will actually want this Christmas

Save yourself a trip to Cabot Circus

It’s December again, which means it’s now socially acceptable, nay encouraged, to wear some of the most horrific jumpers known to man, dangle sparkly bits of crap from your earlobes and hit repeat on songs that should have been lost and forgotten.

If you’re not planning on spending five hours queuing outside of Pandora, smelling hundreds of discount candles in Yankee Candle or practicing your diaphragmatic breathing in Cabot Circus, then have a little read of some of the gifts us folk at Nitelife would love to receive this festive season – all of which can be ordered online, giving you more time to enjoy some of the proper perks of Chistmas (she says, mulled cider in hand).

Stocking Fillers // 


The Bridge

The good souls at SWU.FM, The Blast and charity music platform I Give You Give have come together to release charity album The Bridge, raising funds for three exceptional causes. The 16-track compilation has been carefully curated to represent and celebrate Bristol’s diverse and thriving underground music scene(s).

Out on 18 December, the album features the likes of Dr Meaker, Break, L U C Y, GotSome, Ishan Sound, Phaelah & many more. 100% of proceeds will be split between Help Bristol’s Homeless, Mental Health Foundation and Medicins Sans Frontier (Doctors Without Borders). While not technically a stocking filler because physical copies don’t exist, this would make for a lovely treat in your inbox. // £5 minimum donation

Absolute Bristol Legends tea towel

Primary school tea towel meets proper artist and some Bristol legends. The Absolute Bristol Legends tea towel was born out of a pub conversation about the characters who have helped make Bristol the vibrant place it is. Now available to buy online and across selected Bristol outlets, the unique kitchen item hopes to raise both awareness and funds for the many homeless that will be be walking the streets of Bristol in the cold this Christmas.

The combined genius of Crack Magazine and local illustrator Christopher Wright (Turbo Island Tees)  means that this product is now estimated to raise over £7,000 with 100% of profits going to local homeless charity Caring In Bristol. // £10

Bristol Street Wear

Conceived in various boozers around town, Bristol Street Wear perfectly captures a slice of our cities unique humour. A Carol Vorderman fave, their faux slogan tees and ‘Make Bristol Shit Again’ parephenalia make a perfect gift for local lads and lasses. // Tees from £20


Minirig portable speaker

This isn’t really a stocking filler at over £100, but they would fit pretty snugly in a stocking and we don’t have section in this post for more expensive, non-ticket gifts.

Minirig are one of the best bluetooth speakers on the market and created right here in Bristol. Inspired by Bristol’s vibrant music and soundsystem scene – think any green space on a summer’s day –  top brains at the design and engineering departments at Bristol University and UWE came together to create the best portable speaker they could, with as much as 80 hours playtime. Now is an excellent time to scoop one, as Minirig have knocked a tenner off the price until 31 December // £119.95 (until 31 December)

Tickets //

Most people will agree that an experience is worth more than anything you could own, which is why tickets are a great Christmas present option – particularly while many festivals still have early bird or first release tickets available. Here are a few of our close to home favourites, because nothing turns a ‘something to look forward to’ present into a financial burden like the need for a plane ticket, lengthy journey or hotel stay.

© Sarah Koury

Shindig Weekender 

A glorious mash up of a gig, house party, circus and comedy show, Shindig brings a ruddy good time for the whole family and already has some huge headliners announced, including A.Skills, Soul II Soul & Crazy P.

25 – 28 May // £99 (first release) // // Gilcombe Farm, Somerset

Balter Festival 

If thumping bassline, drinking Buckfast and general debauchery is more your style, why not send them on a journey of self-discovery at Balter Festival? The three day adults-only event at Chepstow Racecourse has become an annual ritual for many, though it’s growing year on year, from 700 original attendees to 4,000 last year. Their ‘Don’t be a Dick’ mantra means that Balterites are always more than friendly and looking out for one and other. Want to know what we thought of last year’s event? Read ‘A lovely little festival full of misfits and circus freaks: Balter Festival 2017‘.

8 – 11 June  // £105 (second release) // // Chepstow

Love Saves The Day 

Put on by a team of genuine music lovers with years of event experience between them, Love Saves the Day just keeps on getting better and better. Annually marking the beginning of the summer festival season, the two day electronic music festival has already announced to major headliners for May 2018.
Fatboy Slim and Sampha are confirmed to play the Main Stage, while confirmed stage partners include  The Blast, Futureboogie, RUN, Percolate and Hold Tight. If you need any extra encouragement, find out what went down at last year’s Love Saves the Day festival.

26 – 27 May // £71.50 (third release) // // Eastville Park, Bristol

Shockout //

New for 2018, Shockout is a bass music infusion brought to you by Hospitality DnB and Bristol’s bass music maestros The Blast. Taking place at The Bath and West Showground in February, Shockout  is bringing electrifying acts like J Hus, Shy FX, High Contrast, Darkzy, SASASAS, London Electricity and My Nu Leng, and is sure to get you warmed up after the cold winter months.

24 February //£27.50 // // The Bath and West Showground, Somerset

NASS // 

Combining a massive bill of entertainers with some of the world’s most prestigious BMX and skating competitions, NASS is now one of the UK’s biggest sports and music festivals. 2018 headliners include  Dizzee Rascal & Run DMC on  the main stage, alongside a diverse selection of acts across the other seven stages. Expect a proper good rave with jaw dropping athletic talent and some incredible street art. At last year’s NASS, we gave The Streets’ Mike Skinner and his Tonga crew some disposable cameras – here’s what they captured.

5 – 8 July // £119 (first release) // // The Bath and West Showground, Somerset

Fieldview Festival // 

Founded by brothers and built by friends, Fieldview is a community-minded, non-profit festival that has donated over £25,000 to good causes in recent years. Combining the best in grass-roots and independent music, Fieldview is a load of fun for the whole family that has been an un-missable weekend for the Nitelife gang for past five years.

Gift Fieldview tickets will make for a bit of a suprise too, because tickets aren’t usually on sale until later. However this Sunday evening (10 December), the Fieldview gang are sticking early bird tickets up on site for a limited time of 24 hours.

2 – 5 August // // Wiltshire

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