A gargantuan, travelling fiesta bubbling with carnival energy and party vibes, Fiesta Bombarda took over Bristol’s finest floating venue Thekla, on Friday night. A sold-out show fronted by explosive reggae-dancehall legends Mungo’s Hi Fi, sound-creator Prince Fatty and bad-boy wordsmith Gardna, the party rocked the boat until the early hours of the AM.
The show escalated quickly into a large-scale sea of wicked winding
Catering to the large demand in Bristol for Caribbean-inspired music, dancing and partying, Fiesta Bombarda brought the Caribbean straight to the heart of the city. Set against a backdrop of an impressive looking soundsystem, a flashing FIESTA sign and a spectacular light display, the packed-out show kicked off with local boy Gardna and escalated quickly into a large-scale sea of wicked winding as the evening progressed.
Heading up the evening’s proceedings were renowned reggae connoisseurs and beat revivalists Mungo’s Hi Fi. Supported by uber-producer Prince Fatty, Mungo’s received their usual tumultuous audience from Bristol, with a committed fanbase leading the scattered dance-offs amongst the crowd.
Mungo’s received their usual tumultuous audience from Bristol, with a committed fanbase leading the scattered dance-offs amongst the crowd
A well-seasoned band who articulate bold imagery of white sands and tropical skies, with a sprinkling of Glaswegian roughness, Mungo’s take their influences from traditional roots and reggae music and garnish with fiery dub plates and remixes. Leaving no time to cool off after the drop-mic style exit of Bristol’s own rude-boy lyricist Gardna, Mungo’s soon had the party bouncing and the walls shaking with their laid back island vibes, alongside support from dub specialist Prince Fatty.
Playing a selection of scorchers from their label Scotch Bonnet alongside some killer new mixes and some of their older mixups, Mungo’s kept the party on its feet all night.
A Glasgow-based band with their feet firmly in the tropics, Mungos have strong roots and a steady fanbase in Bristol. Championing the slogan ‘forward thinking reggae music’, Mungo’s proved once again that they are an innovative collective who respect the history of the music they perform, whilst making movements forward in the progress of the genre.
If you get a chance to catch them at any of their festival dates this summer, make sure you bring your best moves!
Words by Molly Chinner