Five performances to watch out for this weekend at the 2019 Bristol Harbour Festival

Five performances to watch out for this weekend at the 2019 Bristol Harbour Festival

Posted on: 17 Jul 2019

Bristol's Harbour Festival is back with a bang this weekend, featuring one of their biggest and most Bristol-centric lineups to date! With two huge opening shows on the way courtesy of British icons New Order and The Specials and a full weekend of music taking place across seven stages, we take a look at five of the most unmissable Harbour Festival live performances in 2019.

The 2019 Bristol Harbour Festival site map.

No 2019 Bristol Harbour Fest highlights article would be complete without the mention of this year's huge opening shows, with New Order and The Specials set to headline Lloyds Amphitheatre on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th July. Two of the best-loved British acts of all-time, it's no surprise that both of these shows sold out in almost no time at all - if you're desperate to catch either of them but weren't able to get your hands on a ticket, keep your eyes peeled for any going spare but check out our quick guide to online ticket scams to make sure you don't get caught out.


Farebrother @ Dockside Stage // Saturday, 6.30pm

Bath-based indie-rock group Farebrother are quickly emerging as one of the standout newcomers in the South West. Having had a busy year in 2018 with the release of acclaimed singles 'Rewind' and 'A Little Late', as well as playing a string of well-received live shows, the band are certainly making their mark on the music scene, both locally and further afield.


Joe Probert @ Dockside Stage // Saturday, 7.30pm

Staying on the Dockside Stage we can't wait to catch Bristol local Joe Probert live as part of this year's Harbour Fest. Joe's stock has been on the rise since the release of his 2016 EP 'Shake This Fate', and he's made a name for himself in recent years with performances at some of Bristol's favourite small venues and collaborations with other local artists. 2018 saw him release two singles - 'After The Storm' and 'I Couldn't Want You More' - to widespread acclaim, and he's got more music in the pipeline, expected to be unveiled later this year.

Joe Probert @ Dockside Stage // Saturday, 7.30pm

Maaike Siegerist @ Cascade Steps // Sunday, 4.20pm

Award-winning, Bristol-based jazz and 'dark folk' artist Maaike Siegerist has been tipped by BBC 6 Music, received a whole host of radio play in the last few months and absolutely should be on your radar at this year's Harbour Fest. The Dutch-born singer-songwriter performs live on stage as part of an enthralling trio, with Jonni Slater on keys and backing vocals and Ron Phelan on double bass. Catch her on Sunday afternoon at the Cascade Steps.


Samba @ SS Great Britain // Saturday, 12pm

Batala Bristol Samba Reggae Drumming Band, part of the worldwide Batala family with its origins in Bahia, Brazil, has been entertaining and enthralling crowds in Bristol and around the South-West regularly since their formation in 2011. There surely can't be many better ways to get your 2019 Harbour Fest celebrations underway than a full samba band performing on the deck of one of the city's most iconic landmarks, so be sure to get yourself down for this one.

Samba @ SS Great Britain // Saturday, 12pm

Matuki @ The Amphitheatre // Saturday, 5.45pm

Fronted by multi-instrumentalist Ebou Sangare, Matuki is an acclaimed Bristol-based collective playing an eclectic range of afrobeat, funk, jazz and more, all with a decidedly psychedelic edge. You can't beat afternoon grooves when the sun's out, and (provided the weather holds up, of course) that's exactly what you'll be getting here as the 12-piece group take over The Amphitheatre on the first day of the 2019 Harbour Festival.


The 2019 Bristol Harbour Festival kicks off this Thursday 18th July with New Order's opening show and runs through to the evening of Sunday 21st. For more information on the festival, including what else is on throughout the weekend and a full musical timetable, visit their official website or check out their Facebook page.

Article by:

Matt Robson

Having moved to Bristol from Cornwall in 2015, Matt graduated from UWE with a degree in Journalism in 2018. He's keen on a wide variety of musical genres, as well as taking an interest in art and illustration, producing his own work in his spare time. Matt makes the most of Bristol's diverse nightlife and attends gigs and club nights regularly. Get in touch via email at