Multi-venue festival Ritual Union finally has a rearranged date and a brand-new lineup

Multi-venue festival Ritual Union finally has a rearranged date and a brand-new lineup

Posted on: 01 Aug 2022

After originally being scheduled to take place one week into the first lockdown and being forced to postpone yet again due to the terrible fire at SWX, Ritual Union is finally going ahead this autumn.


Ritual Union is set to take place on Saturday 1 October and will take place across four City Centre venues.


After a successful run of festivals in Oxford, Ritual Union organisers announced in 2019 that they were planning a Bristol iteration in 2020, an event that has not been able to be rearranged until now.


Tickets for Ritual Union Bristol can be found here.



The one-day festival is split between four venues; namely SWX (who are reopening their doors to music lovers in September), Strange Brew, Rough Trade and Dareshack – the lineup for the latter venue has been curated by local forward-thinking label, Spinny Nights.


Headlining the event is Bristol favourite, Katy J Pearson. Fresh off the back of a critically acclaimed sophomore album, Sound of the Morning, Pearson is the perfect choice to spearhead this roster of exciting artists.


Secondary headliners include London-based band Los Bitchos and their unique brand of instrumental music, inspired by cumbia from the 70s and 80s. Joining them are genre-defying acts Lynks (pictured below) and Grove, both of whom have strong ties to the city of Bristol. 

Other acts featured on the lineup include South London trio Honeyglaze, Speedy Wunderground darlings The Lounge Society, joyous indie rock group Bull, Bristol art-punks LICE, experimental trip-hop band Nukuluk and local alternative super group Pet Shimmers.


The festival’s undercard also boasts a selection of excellent up-and-coming acts from Bristol and further afield. Hardcore punk five-piece Cruelty, atmospheric post rock group Ex-Agent, groovy two-piece Getdown Services, Bristol country rock band Langkamer and alt-pop artist Tlya X An are just a taste of what the festival has to offer.


Ritual Union Bristol will take place across SWX, Strange Brew, Rough Trade and Dareshack on Saturday 1 October. Grab your festival pass here.

Tickets for the original event remain applicable although refunds are available from the point of purchase.


Head to the Ritual Union Facebook page for more information.

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Stanley Gray

Stan is a born and bred Bristolian, recently graduated from studying English Literature in Sheffield. His passions are music and literature and spends the majority of his time in venues all over the city immersing himself in Bristol’s alternative music scene. A lifelong Bristol City fan, Stan’s Saturday’s are spent watching his team both home and away.