Ritual Union Festival announce full music programme for 2023

Ritual Union Festival announce full music programme for 2023

Posted on: 27 Jan 2023

The multi-venue, all-day Bristol festival is returning for its second edition with a star-studded full lineup featuring the likes of Porridge Radio and Scalping.


Ritual Union Bristol is spread across SWX, Rough Trade, Strange Brew and Dareshack and is set to take place on Saturday 25 March.


The festival’s latest announcements include the addition of punk rock two-piece JOHN and alt-pop singer-songwriter Jerkcurb as well as a stage curated in collaboration with beloved Bristol label Spinny Nights to supplement the already stacked selection of acts.


Tickets are now on third release and can be found HERE.



Critically acclaimed indie pop band Porridge Radio will headline the festival, following the release of Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to The Sky last year, their follow up to Mercury Nominated album Every Bad.


There will also be appearances from much-loved Bristol noise rockers Heavy Lungs (pictured below) and ground-breaking live techno band Scalping, lo-fi indie rock three-piece The Orielles and London singer-songwriter Rozi Plain.


Eclectic South London indie rock group ALASKALASKA, jagged post-punks Egyptian Blue, experimental indie rock artist Kiran Leonard, Brighton buzz band Lime Garden, folk singer-songwriter Naima Bock and post-internet project TVAM are among the other acts

High-profile new additions include critically acclaimed rock duo JOHN (who have previously supported the likes of Metz and IDLES), electro punks Baba Ali and shoegaze three-piece CIEL.


Much loved progressive label Spinny Nights will once more be taking over a stage with a carefully curated programme of the best experimental acts from Bristol and beyond. Visitors to Dareshack can expect dystopian sound poet BIPED (pictured below), audio-visual two-piece Mermaid Chunky, glitch pop duo Robbie & Mona and a whole lot more.


There is also a plethora of exciting Bristol acts to enjoy on the day. Synth punks BENZO QUEEN and post-hardcore band The Rothmans will join the likes of heavy mainstays Milo’s Planes, multi-hyphenate artist Jemima Coulter and indie folk solo act, Pem.

Ritual Union Bristol will take place throughout the day at SWX, Rough Trade, Strange Brew and Dareshack on Saturday 25 March.


Tickets for the festival can be purchased HERE.


Heavy Lungs image: Matthew Cawrey

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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.