This Bristol landmark doubles up on the fun again this year with its two stages – Dockside and Cargo Hold.
For the fifth year running, visitors can watch and listen to melancholic pop, acoustic classics and indie rock with an English folk twist, on the outdoor Dockside stage. They can then head below deck (over 14s only) where everything from funk filled dream pop and grungy psych to hauntingly beautiful songwriters can be enjoyed until sundown.
This year, Thekla will also be hosting a Friday night show in association with Chiverin. Visit the Bristol Harbour Festival website for more details on all the acts performing.
The Thekla area is sponsored by Bristol 24/7.
A variety of other acts will also be performing over the weekend. Scroll through the pictures above for highlights.
FRIDAY 21st JULY
THEKLA Cargo Hold Stage – in association with Chiverin
7pm – DOORS
Pelorus is the musical project of New Zealand born, UK based Producer/Singer Leon van Dijk.
Body Clocks are an electronic duo from Bristol and draw inspiration from a wealth of genres.
Tamu Massif incorporates lo-fi production, bedroom-pop leanings, and some alluring psychedelia into his tender acoustic pleas.
SATURDAY 22nd JULY
THEKLA DOCKSIDE STAGE
Combining passion and personality to give an outstanding performance, Agata captures the essence of great acoustic music.
Beyond Rivers play perfectly crafted songs which bridge the gap between the soaring dynamics of Grizzly Bear and the melancholic pop of The Las.
Hauntingly beautiful compositions with a strong emphasis on melodies that float their way in to your ears, haven taken influence from Pinegrove, Manchester Orchestra and Palace which is by no means a bad thing.
Nicholson Heal and his band have carved out a reputation for crafting hook-laden songs that also boast depth and subtlety.
NATALIE HOLMES Singer/songwriter Natalie Holmes writes lilting, haunting and yet somehow invigorating pop, with honey toned vocals and an incredible depth to every song.
Four-piece Rinse have crafted their own unique sound, most closely described as ‘Summer Grunge.’ or as Kerrang!’s Alex Baker said: “Explosive Dream Rock.”
Joe Probert is passionate, raw and powerful in his delivery, blending indie rock with an English folk twist.
Cousin Kula’s unique Psych-pop sound has built a fervent fanbase in their hometown of Bristol through their energetic live performances.
Meadowlark are an indie-electro duo who provide dreamy, Daughter-like hymns.
THEKLA CARGO HOLD STAGE
Taking influence from bands such as, Foals and Real Estate, James creates a concoction of funk filled dream pop.
Youth mix intricate and emotive beauty with overdriven, reverb drenched noise, backed up by punchy and attacking drum sections.
Indie four piece Fossette deliver catchy, buoyant sounds which are infectious and very impressive live.
Atmospheric backing instrumentation combined with emotional vocals sending you to another realm.
No Violet’s unique strain of grungy psych manifests itself through haunting yet enthralling vocals, elliptical song structures and occasional violent outbursts of fuzz.
A brand new collaboration between members of Turbowolf, The Computers and Broken Bones Gentleman’s Club, expect to hear trashy, garage punk and a live show that’s not to be missed!
SleepTalking are a young Bristol based five-piece, their single, ‘All Hope Is Lost’ presents an anarchic video reflecting the extraordinary events with Trump Brexit.
SUNDAY 23rd JULY
THEKLA DOCKSIDE STAGE
Jonny Morgan is a Bristol based singer/songwriter with a unsubtle passion for roots music.
Dark, alternative folk artist Mark Nichols delivers notable performances brimming with emotion.
Aaron’s honest and passionate song writing is coupled with a live performance that blends elements of different genres, storytelling, and use of technology to create a sound that is more than just “a guy with a guitar.”
Imprints provide a high-octane, frantic yet focused spin on the current folk rock genre, guaranteed to get you moving and grooving.
Four-piece Bridges present soft, supple song writing with a dark edge.
Sam Brockington draws his influences from the worlds of blues and soul, expressed through his unique old school voice and remarkable talent.
THEKLA CARGO HOLD STAGE
Encapsulating influence from Jeff Buckley and John Mayer, Jasper effortlessly fuses folk and funk into a custard-coloured music smoothie that will smoothly soothe your psyche.
I AM OF THE UNIVERSE
I Am Of The Universe, or IAOTU, are a female fronted, alternative trip-hop band, based in Bristol.
HARRY & THE GONDOLAS
With influences such as Mumford and Sons, Bears Den and Ben Howard, it is clear why Harry and the Gondolas are the perfect accompaniment to go with that cold cider you’re craving.
THE GARAGE FLOWERS
Dirty-sweet drunken guitar pop anthems, chaotic gigs, big barnets, bigger ambitions.
Jamie Cruickshank and Joshua Jarman make big sad fun rock music as Bristol band Human Bones.
Breaking hard-rock down to its simplest, most fundamental form, Sœur are a brutal, soulful assault on the senses.
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