RedFest reveal full lineup ahead of virtual 2020 celebration

RedFest reveal full lineup ahead of virtual 2020 celebration

Posted on: 31 Jul 2020

Get ready for 13 hours of live, uninterrupted content on Saturday 1 August.


Da Fuchaman, Bass Choir and The 45s will perform as part of the RedFest community broadcast on Saturday.


RedFest is the independent community arts and music festival in East Bristol. Every year, a team of volunteers programme an all-day event in St George Park, uniting local creativity across several, vibrant stages.


But due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, RedFest 2020 has moved online in partnership with local radio station BCfm


Tomorrow (Saturday 1 August), RedFest and BCfm will deliver a mega community broadcast with 13 hours of live, uninterrupted content, from 11:00 to midnight; packed with music, performance and workshops. 

The virtual festival, which is raising money for three, brilliant local causes, will be free to stream on the RedFest website, or on the BCfm website and radio channel 93.2FM.


The full lineup has just been announced – and it’s a corker.



Featuring musicians and DJs from the BS5 area, community talks, interactive dance classes and entertainment for kids, the RedFest lineup is a celebration of local talent.


From 11:00 to 17:00, grab your dancing shoes and take part in one (or all) of the festival’s free dance classes.


At 12:30, learn the basics of salsa with Piloxercise. At 15:00, take part in a Bollywood dance class, or at 16:30, enjoy some ballet with South West Dance Theatre.


Each class will be streamed via Zoom, and they’re free to join. All you need to do is pre-register via the South West Dance Theatre website.


Take a look at the full list of bookable classes (including yoga and a comedy workshop) here



From 18:00 until 21:00, get ready for the festival headliners.


Huge acts local to the area are taking part, including international reggae artist Da Fuchaman, 45s, and Bass Choir, the choir performing sound with a percussive, bass-led rhythm.

Throughout the day, they'll be loads of entertainment for kids, including an ‘Ask a Physicist’ session, performing arts and a 'Spy Adventure' game courtesy of children's party entertainers The Adventure Team. 


This year, RedFest has announced 100% of the funds the festival raises will be donated to causes in BS5.


Beneficiaries include Nilaari; a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic led community-based charity delivering social care support, talking therapies and training to adults and young people across Bristol.


The festival is also supporting The Beehive Centre, a resource for older people and those impacted by isolation in the community, and The Plough Community Care Package, a free food delivery service for the community during the current crisis.


You can donate to the RedFest 2020 fundraiser here.



Want to really start a party?


Espensen Spirit, a company making naturally infused vodkas, gins and whiskies in Redfield, have created some delicious RedFest drink kits which can be delivered to local listeners. Each kit includes a £2 donation to the chosen charities. 


But be quick! Orders close today (Friday 31 July) at 16:00. Take a look at the drink packages and cocktail-making kits here, on the Espensen Spirit website. 


Redfest Bristol was founded in 2008 by a small group of volunteers.


The aim? To showcase local artistic talent, and to bring an increased sense of community to East Bristol. It started as a small-scale event lasting a week.


Since then, the festival has grown into a programme of fringe, community events across the year, culminating with a day-long celebration in St George Park.


A vibrant event for the communities of East Bristol, RedFest is free to attend and aims to showcase local creativity, whether it be music, art or performance. 

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