A sold-out Brisfest begins at Ashton Court today, with headliners including De La Soul and Roni Size, and a plea from organisers that festival-goers do all they can to make the weekend sustainable so that the festival can return to the site for many years to come.
The finishing touches were still being put to the site yesterday, which features many quirky touches from a crashed airplane to a helter skelter.
“For many of us, being back at the Ashton Court estate for a music festival will naturally evoke memories of the wonderful Ashton Court Festival, which was such an integral part of this city for over 30 years,” a welcome from the Bristol Festival Community Group says in the programme.
“We’ve always thought of Brisfest as the spiritual child of Ashton Court Festival, and this weekend we feel as though we’ve returned to our rightful home.”
Here’s what will greet music fans when they arrive:
The choice is then which of the 11 stages hosting more than 300 acts to visit: main stage, Weapon of Choice stage, BBC Introducing stage, Factory Studios stage, Gryphon stage, Jelli Records roots tent, Colston Hall Remix tent, rfidome, Bristop, Bling Bar and Greenfields.
This is the main stage. Enjoy while the grass is still green.
Other goings-on are shows from Arcadia, harnessing four million vaults of raw electricity; comedy; Shambarber, a pop-up barbershop/disco/glitterdome; live graffiti curated by Weapon of Choice (see below for an Andy Council Bristol unicorn already on site); walkabout acts; an afterparty at Ashton Court Mansion on Saturday night; and everything from synchronised tea drinking to water balloon shot-put.
Also, keep a look out for many specially-created sculptures, such as this elephant:
And this crashed airplane:
The helter skelter is sure to be popular:
Today is meant to be dry and bright, but on Sunday there could be up to two inches of rain in Bristol, so come prepared.
For more information including the full festival lineup, visit www.brisfest.co.uk.