Brisfest 2012 – Bristol's premier music festival less than five days away

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By matt_2009 | Monday, September 17, 2012, 14:37

It's just a few sleeps away until De La Soul and Hawkwind – along with more than 300 artists representing the best musical talent from all over the South West – descend upon the Ashton Court Estate for two days (September 22 to 23).

The festival announced its move from the harbourside to its "spiritual home" of Ashton Court earlier this year, increasing its capacity to 20,000 people and allowing organisers to put on a "bigger, better festival".

There will be 11 stages to choose from at the festival, curated by a diverse range of programmers including BBC Introducing, Jelli Records, Nokia (Wi-Fi), The Gryphon and Remix.

Grammy Award winning New York trio De La Soul is widely recognised as being one of the most influential hip hop acts of all time. Their debut album "3 Feet and Rising" is hailed by critics as a "masterpiece", and they have sold millions of albums worldwide. In 2005, De La Soul collaborated with Gorillaz on the single "Feel Good Inc.".

Brisfest was born in 2007 when a group of local people - passionate about ensuring the survival of a not-for-profit music festival in the city - got together after Ashton Court Festival declared bankruptcy.

The first Brisfest took place in 2008 after the group, now a registered charity operating as the Bristol Festival Community Group, raised the necessary £100,000 to stage the festival. Brisfest attracted 8,000 visitors in its first year on the harbourside.

This is the first year that Brisfest has included a major international headliner on its line-up. Brisfest Director, Poppy Stephenson, explained why: "We've grown steadily since 2008 and we're now in a position to make the big move to Ashton Court, and take the next step in terms of booking an international headliner.

We're also giving local acts - up and coming and established - the opportunity to share a stage, so to speak, with De La Soul. This enables us to showcase the best artists from Bristol and the South West by placing them alongside a big international act."

Full running times are now live on the line-up pages of the official website

Don't forget, there will be NO TICKETS available on the gate. Tickets must be purchased through the website or by calling 0844 870 0000.

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    The bridge will be open as normal this weekend, but if you are travelling to the festival by car - it's advised that you go via the Cumberland Basin as this is the best way to reach the festival car parks.

    By matt_2009 at 11:51 on 20/09/12

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