We all love supporting our local music scene, and it could be reasonably argued that Bristol citizens support their own artists more than others. Homegrown festival Brisfest is a prime example of the enthusiasm that Bristolians feel for the South West, and residents are overjoyed to hear that the festival is back after a hiatus in a brand new incarnation – Brisfest :soundscape.
The new event, taking place July 30, invites you to discover Brisfest’s top Bristol acts and their favourite sounds emerging from the city – from rock bands to reggae, hiphop to hardcore, folk music and funk; with over 15 independent music venues involved, Brisfest is back and truly celebrating South West’s rising talent.
As part of this latest announcement, Brisfest are also launching the latest in ticketing developments. The ticketing system that promises to be the “world’s fairest”, dubbed AAA ticketing (Audiences, Artists, Apprentices), is part of Brisfest’s mission to support local artists and remain as inclusive as possible. Tickets will be sold on a Pay What You Decide basis, and profits shared amongst all performing artists at the festival.
Tickets will be sold on a Pay What You Decide basis, and profits shared amongst all performing artists at the festival
The new model allows giggers to choose the price of their ticket – either choosing the minimum ticket price of just £10, or opting to donate more for extra rewards, knowing that it goes straight into the artist’s pockets and those of the charity.
The artists not only get fair fees for performing, they also get a share of 50% of all profits from the event. The remaining proceeds go back into the charity to aid in the charity’s work with volunteers helping to train Bristol’s community and provide routes into employment year after year.
“It’s a new experiment in ticketing, a very left-field way of structuring an event and fairly distributing proceeds back to artists… and feels very ‘Bristol’”. Poppy Stephenson, from the Bristol Festival Community Group goes on, “We’re really excited about it because it will directly benefit the creative people who make our city such a vibrant community.”
The double-announcement from Brisfest, fresh from the success of festival fundraising event Rave-on-Avon, further solidifies their support of the Bristol music scene.
Sarah Keates, again from the Bristol Festival Community Group explains, “We have a strong community here in Bristol, and giving people the chance to directly support our local music industry, whilst having a good time is what we’re all about.
“We are a charity set up to support and promote local music, art and culture so using Brisfest :soundscape to directly support local artists and venues is vital to us, as well as giving back through training and volunteering”.
Brisfest is the showcase of our future stars, of the hottest new acts from the region, ones to watch across all genres
After two years of planning and talking with prominent musicians in the Bristol Scene, the Brisfest team have realised that the music industry has changed. Artists heavily rely on paid gigs and cannot rely on general exposure to generate record sales these days. This is why Brisfest :soundscape has been born – to promote local music and bring Bristol music out of the shadows.
Poppy Stephenson, puts it succinctly, “Brisfest is the showcase of our future stars, of the hottest new acts from the region, ones to watch across all genres”.
The new venue for young people in Bristol, The Station, and creative arts facility and events space, The Island, will be a hub of daytime activity with stages, walkabouts, and market stalls for all ages. Following this, there will be one-wristband entry to an assortment of Bristol’s best party spots to get the night-time vibe going.
For more information head to the Brisfest website. Further details, including the lineup, will be released soon. Tickets from £10.