The Bristol Magazine rounds up five things to do in Bristol this month, including enjoying some rockin’ meat and music, laughing until your belly hurts and enjoying some family festival fun.
HEROES VS MONSTERS
Playing music from films with ghastly villains galore, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra will be unleashed for a concert packed with epic soundtracks from films such as Jaws, King Kong and The Mummy. From prehistoric dinosaurs and giant beasts from the jungle to supernatural creatures of the night and psychopathic killers, Heroes and Monsters has Colston Hall in its clutches on 7 June from 7.30pm.
MEAT, MUSIC & MAYHEM
Rockin’ meat and music festival Grillstock has announced its main stage line-up for 2018, with Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Black Grape headlining on Bristol’s harbourside on 30 June and 1 July and bound to get everyone on their feet. The festival brings together the best in live-fire and low ‘n’ slow barbecue street food, eating competitions and craft beer from the UK’s finest brewers. Festival favourites The Mariachis are also returning to the shindig with their Mexican twist on some of the world’s most danceable tunes. Committed carnivores surely can’t think of a better way to spend a summery Bristol weekend.
LOVE YOUR LOCAL CREATIVES
UWE Bristol’s annual creative industries degree show is back this month. From Friday 8 – Wednesday 13 June, work by more than 500 talented graduates from undergraduate and postgraduate art, design, film and journalism programmes will be showcased for public enjoyment. This year’s theme is ‘Con-form’, and it’s inspired by the many students from over the past years who have protested for various causes. Developed by students William Bently and Myah Calista, this exhibition is all about going against the grain and rebelling against the status quo. The show is a great opportunity to see the work from the city campus locations at Arnolfini, Bower Ashton and Spike Island.
LAUGH YOUR SOCKS OFF
We’re gearing up for a giggle now that Bristol Comedy Garden is here. The five-day festival has already sold out lots of its shows but there’s still time to get tickets for other big names such as Milton Jones, Mark Watson, Shappi Khorsandi, Henning Wehn, Seann Walsh and Bristol chick Jayde Adams. Prepare to guffaw until your belly hurts, then head out of the tent to feast on delicious drinks and beverages from local street-food heroes. Enjoy the blistering line-up in Queen’s Square, celebrating the event’s seventh year, from 6 – 10 June.
FAMILY FESTIVAL FUN
Popular family shindig Wychwood Festival is returning to Cheltenham Racecourse for its 14th annual year from Friday 1 – Sunday 3 June. More than 100 acts are set to perform across four stages plus there’s plenty of music, dance and arts workshops, a circus school and a silly sports day to boot. The Gipsy Kings will headline the festival, while children’s television favourites Dick and Dom will take to the stage to entertain youngsters. Camping options are also available for families, and there are both day and weekend tickets too.