Simple Things is set to take over Bristol with 10 stages and an outstanding lineup of musicians from 22 – 23 October

A truly unique music festival, Simple Things is the whacky brainchild of Crack Magazine, Colston Hall and Love Saves the Day. Featuring musicians from all over the world and genres as diverse as garage, rap, electronica and cosmic pop, there’s no shortage of alternative and quality music to keep you going from dusk ’till dawn (literally!) We’ve put together our top 5 unmissable performances…

1. Kanda Bongo Man

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Congolese musician Kanda Bongo Man fuses the vibrant, upbeat carnival vibe of Caribbean zouk with the syncopated dance rhythms and guitar solos of African soukous – the result is an uplifting sound which can’t fail to get you dancing. Put your glad rags on and give us your finest kwassa kwassa (a hip-shaking dance move, pioneered by the man himself, don’t ya know.)

2. Kano

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UK rap giant Kano has worked with the likes of Dizzie Rascal, Wiley and Durrty Goodz, and is widely considered as a forefather of grime – a fusion of garage and jungle which emerged in East London over a decade ago. The 2016 Mercury nominee has had 5 successful albums, with 2014’s Made in the Manor reaching number 8 in the UK albums chart.

3. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

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It all started when a neighbour lent her a Buchla 100 synthesizer, and unstoppable musician Kaitlyn has never looked back since then. Moving away from her roots in indie-folk, the Orcas Island-born musician developed a fascination with the creation of sounds and the endless possibilities of sensory experience. Speaking of her latest album, Ears, she said her ‘intention was to take audiences on a sonic motion ride through a futuristic jungle’ when interviewed by The FADER.

4. Warpaint

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From the ethereal sound of ‘Love is to Die’ to the catchy dance beat of latest release ‘New Song’, Californian indie-rock band Warpaint are a force to be reckoned with. Their influences encompass Joni Mitchell, Depeche Mode and Public Image Ltd.

5. John Carpenter

For the first time at Simple Things a finale concert will take place on the Sunday at Colston Hall. Featuring the music of legendary composer John Carpenter, this performance will be a rare chance to hear his iconic horror music and newer compositions played live with visual accompaniments. A truly immersive experience – if you’re brave enough!


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