Bristol Craft Beer Festival 2018 will take place in September, bringing three days of beer from across the world, great food and live music back to the city.
After the success of its 2017 edition, the event will move to the city’s Harbourside, taking up residency at the heart of the city from 14th – 16th September and bringing the summer of festivals there to a close.
Festival organisers, We Are Beer, plan to build a carnival of craft beer – a food and drink fan’s wonderland – honouring Bristol’s modern independent beer movement and inviting international and national brewing icons to bring the finest line up of brews the city has ever seen. The event will feature a main stage for the festival’s line-up of DJs and the hunt is on now for the best in local and national street food, to be paired by experts with selected craft ales.
Greg Wells, Bristol Craft Beer Festival founder, said: “Last year was a big success for us with Bristol’s beer fans embracing the idea of a beer festival for the new generation of beer lover.
“We’ll be seeing the summer out in style, taking in the epic views of the Avon and celebrating modern independent beer and Bristol’s place right at the heart of it. Alongside the very best Bristolian and regional brewing superstars, we’ll be taking the festival forward with a band of rock star brewers from the rest of the UK, Europe and the US.”
The line up of beers will also be joined by all kinds of artisanal drinks, including ciders, whiskey, wine and gin too for the non-beer lovers. Bristol Craft Beer Festival will once again operate our unique ‘all in’ ticket, meaning that festival goers get the opportunity to explore, experience and discover over 250 beers from the 35 specially selected breweries in attendance.
That takes care of the beer, but there will also be plenty of great music for ticket holders to enjoy.
On Friday night DJ Die, known for his association with Bristolian drum and bass legend Ronnie Size, will be taking to the decks. Founder of iconic record label Full Cycle Recordings and a member of Breakbeat Era, he has done as much as anyone to put Bristol on the musical map.
Also playing for the Friday night crowd will be the Sip the Juice collective, famous in the city for their epic hip hop and rap nights.
Saturday daytime at the Bristol Craft Beer Festival is all about laid back beats and relaxing with a cool, crisp beer in the sunshine. Making sure the background music is as good as the beer will be Dads on Drugs, the vinyl-living duo that is Portishead member Geoff Barrow and Tom Friend, owner of Bristol-based shop Friendly Records. Expect plenty of variety and some nice surprises in their set.
Hot on their heels will come Fat Paul, heading to the festival from Old Market venue Exchange, one of the city’s best independent music venues.
When Saturday night comes around it’ll be time to pick up the pace and Rodney P and Skitz will be first up. Rodney P is seen by many as the Godfather of UK rap and an inspiration for a whole generation of emcees and producers who realised that hip hop was possible in a British accent. Skitz made his reputation blending the UK sound with Jamaican basslines, playing his part in artists such as Est’elle, Roots Manuva and Skinnyman being discovered.
Mashup/scratch DJ, DJ Binge has been spinning hip-hop, funk, jungle, garage and many more beats for 15 years and has left audiences tired but happy at Glastonbury, Boomtown, Secret Garden Party and plenty more festivals.
The Sunday vibes at the Bristol Craft Beer Festival will come from Alfresco Disco and Future Boogie.
The masters of hidden, surprise events, it’s a treat for Bristolians to be given advance warning of an Alfresco Disco gig. They’re the masters of amazing music and have made their name entertaining crowds in quarries, warehouses, under railway arches and even in boxing gyms.
Futureboogie, Bristol’s house music pioneers, have been building up a following for more than ten years through unforgettable club nights and also a record label. Steve Nickolls and Dave Harvey, the men behind the magic, have ensured Bristol is known as a home of house as much as any other dance style.
Early Bird tickets for Bristol Craft Beer Festival 2018 are available now at www.bristolcraftbeerfestival.co.uk/tickets and cost £35+BF which includes entry to the event for five hours, festival pours of any beer from any brewer, a full music line up, access to the people that make the beer themselves, a free beer tasting glass and a programme.
For the latest news and to buy tickets visit the festival’s official website
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