Bristol Harbour Festival celebrates its 45th anniversary this year across the weekend of 15 – 17 July, and iconic 80s band Echo and The Bunnymen have just been confirmed as the headlining act.

Launched in 1971, Bristol Harbour Festival once again returns to the city this July. The weekend will bring a vibrant array of music, entertainment and market stalls to Bristol’s picturesque Harbourside. Stretching from the Underfall Yard on Cumberland Road into the City Centre and up to Castle Park, the festival will celebrate the wide range of cultural talents on offer in Bristol.

Opening with a special alfresco event taking place in the Lloyd’s Ampitheatre on Friday 15 July, the ticketed event will be headlined by rock legends, Echo and The Bunnymen. Supporting, will be former Haircut 100 front man, Nick Heyward.

Echo and The Bunnymen

Echo and The Bunnymen

Continuing across the weekend, the amphitheatre will be transformed into a stage for all the events – making the best of the natural acoustics it offers.

Queens Square will be transformed into a stage for dance and performing arts – with a colourful array of continental food and crafts on offer, too.

Castle Park will welcome live music, and markets along Redcliffe Quay and Merchants Quay. Not forgetting, M Shed and Wapping Wharf – who will be celebrating Bristol’s maritime heritage, alongside ss Great Britain and the newly-opened visitor centre at Underfall Yard.

Take the Cross Harbour Ferry across the river to ss Great Britain, and back again, where you’ll find live music and entertainment in the Grain Barge, before heading along Harbourside Walk and right back into the heart of the festival.

Councillor Estella Tincknell, Deputy Mayor with special responsibility for Culture, said:

“I am delighted to welcome back the Bristol Harbour Festival for its 45th anniversary for what I am sure will be one of the biggest celebrations of our city’s maritime history yet. The festival has become an important fixture in Bristol’s world class events programme and a popular showcase of the city’s talents, skills and imagination.”

Once again, the festival will be encouraging festival goers to be responsible with their litter, and recycle where possible. To maintain the green space, alcohol cannot be brought into Queen Square, where bars will be available. All Festival traders will be encouraged to use environmentally friendly packaging and food wrapping. Visitors to the festival are requested to buy plastic bottles or aluminium cans instead of glass bottles and use the correct recycling bins around the Festival site to help cleaning teams recycle over half of the waste generated.

Tickets for the Friday night concert are available now from the Colston Hall Box Office and cost £21.50 including booking fee. Call 0844 887 1500 or visit:

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