You might have heard that BBC 6 Music are due to bring their renowned festival to the bright lights of Bristol in February.  Rumour has it, these aren’t the only musical adventures to take place…

Apart from the main event taking place on the weekend of 12 – 14 February, there will be a series of Fringe events, to run alongside the ticketed festival. These will all be independent events but receiving some attention and coverage from BBC 6 Music as part of the greater event.

The BBC will be working closely with local Bristol venues, promoters, organisers and artists to put together an exciting programme of events.

The Fringe – Supported by BBC Radio 6 Music Festival will feature some of Bristol’s most loved, independent venues including The Fleece, The Thekla, Louisiana, Start the Bus, The Exchange and Watershed.  As well as showcasing local artists and talent, these venues will also welcome more established and internationally recognised acts to their stages.


Paul Rogers, Head of Programmes at BBC Radio 6 Music, said: “It’s great to know that the 6 Music Festival is helping stimulate so much independent activity which will make the city’s amazing and diverse cultural scene even richer.”

“I think the most interesting thing is that we have a pencil sketch – an outline of the city – texturally, there are some elements that we’re really familiar with – but what we’ve realised in the last couple of days, in speaking to the artists and musicians in Bristol, is that it’s a really complex environment. It will be fascinating to get some colours and fill in that outline. We’re very much here to learn about the city as well, the diversity and the culture here. The musical culture and the street art as well.” Says Mary Anne Hobbs.

The musical focus is on the new – those artists and performers who are leading the new wave of Bristol’s music scene – and over 100 performances are already confirmed. Whilst most Fringe events are over the weekend, there will be a range of activities in the week leading up to the 6 Music Festival.

A selection of what’s on during the fringe events can be found below:

Thekla – 13 February

Curated by Aled Chiverin, the line-up will include Goan Dogs, Little Dusty, Something Anorak and a Special Guest to be announced.  Free entry.

For more information:

St George’s – date tbc

Mary Anne Hobbs of BBC 6 Music

St George’s Bristol is holding an afternoon event called “Women in Music: Inspire”.

For more information:

Watershed – date tbc

The Watershed is programming a week of film, music and live events including:
· New Musicians video night & Q&A (curated by BBC Introducing in the West)
· Tricky Double Bill (Naked & Famous – In Concert)
· Fresh Four in Conversation
· Janis: Little Girl Blue

For more information:

St. Nick’s Night Market – date tbc

St. Nick’s Night Market will present a special night market featuring a delicious mix of Bristol’s best street food and drinks curated by Love Food Festival alongside local bands and performers. For this unique edition of the night market, ‘BBC Introducing in the West’ will be curating a stage exclusively for the market, where visitors will be treated to a showcase of up and coming musical talent from across the country.

For more information:

The Louisiana – 30 January

The Louisiana will be hosting a series of live events to take place during the Fringe week – including on the line-up:  Bad Sounds, Tamu Massif, ThisisDA, LTO, Stevie Parker, Cousin Kula, New Palace Talkies, The Crisis Project and more to be confirmed.

For more information:

The Exchange – 28 & 29 January

Beach Slang at 7.30pm:  28 January.
Beach Slang are a band who have garnered a lot of attention considering that they’ve only released two 7-inches, 2014’s Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street and its companion Who Would Ever Want Something So Broken? Refreshingly this Philadelphia-based act have built their hype the old-fashioned way, without any gimmicks or marketing teams, which makes sense when you consider that frontman and writer James Alex cut his teeth in the Pennsylvania pop-punk act Weston while drummer JP Flexner and bassist Ed McNulty also play in buzzed about projects such as Ex-Friends and Crybaby.

The Beeston Boot Stompers at 7.30pm:  29 January.
With Red Ray & The After Hours in support.

For more information:

Other events include:  

  • BBC Introducing in the West – touring Bristol’s schools with workshops and masterclasses offering advice and support on music industry careers and paths to success.
  • UWE and The University of Bristol are jointly hosting a “hackathon” – with an emphasis on creativity, ideas, local participation, music and Bristol issues.

For full listings of what’s on please go to the venue’s websites.
Further announcements to be announced via BBC 6 Music on 19 January.

Full list of confirmed venues so far:
Fleece, Thekla, Louisiana, Exchange, Start the Bus, Attic Bar, Stag & Hounds, Watershed, St Nicholas Market, St George’s, Golden Lion, Thunderbolt, Old Market Assembly, Bristol Fringe, The Island, Old Market Assembly & The Wardrobe Theatre.
Also planned, will be an ‘Independent Music Venue Week’ to be held in January as part of separately organised fringe events.  Taking place at the Louisiana, featuring some of the best of Bristol’s local talent.

Jelli Records will be hosting live events at Bristol Fringe in Clifton, as part of the fringe events on Friday 12 February and Saturday 13 February.

For more information on BBC 6 Music Festival:

You can read a more in-depth feature on the BBC 6 Music plans here.