Europe’s biggest veggie event VegfestUK Bristol, held in the middle of the city on May 23rd – 25th, is set to see some spectacular headliners this summer as the festival adopts a ‘disco’ theme in celebration of the World Cup this summer in Brazil.
With literally millions of record sales to their name, 70’s pop sensations BONEY M will be appearing live on stage on Friday May 23rd. Best known for their multimillion selling hits Rivers of Babylon and Mary’s Boy Child, the band had a string of successes with tunes like Sunny, Ma Baker, Rasputin and Daddy Cool. Original member Maizie Williams still sings with her group, as does another 70’s legend, Gwen Dickey’s ROSE ROYCE, who will also be performing on the Friday. With a succession of top ten hits and number one’s including Wishing on a Star, Love Don’t Live Here Anymore and Carwash, Gwen and Rose Royce were massively successful in the 70’s and she continues to thrill audiences the world over with her silky vocals and all time classics. And with the support from leading tribute band ABBA GOLD playing all the Swedish pop sensations hits, the Amphitheatre in central Bristol will be going pop crazy and decidedly glam on Friday.
On Saturday May 24th the show shifts to its punk roots with a headline performance from PETER HOOK & the LIGHT, playing a Joy Division and New Order set. Peter Hook was of course the bass player in both Joy Division and New Order, and now brings alive a number of classics including Blue Monday, Ceremony, Love Will Tear Us Apart and New Dawn Fades. Before that original punks RUTS DC grace the main stage with their eclectic mix of punk ska and reggae, including the hits Babylon’s Burning, Jah War, Dangerous Minds and Staring at the Rude Boys. And with author and musician John Robb and his band GOLDBLADE on before, the original 70’s punk vibe will be well and truly alive and kicking.
On Sunday May 25th the emphasis shifts to the traditional Vegfest Sunday reggae Sunsplash along with original 70’s Bristol reggae outfit BLACK ROOTS, before dance reggae maestros ZION TRAIN close the party on the Sunday evening.
VegfestUK Bristol regularly attracts 20,000 – 25 000 visitors over the weekend and includes a whole vegan food festival during the daytime on the weekend with 140 stalls, cookery demos, talks, workshops, cinemas, kids cookery classes and entertainment, clay modelling and live performance along with all day bars and the most superb caterers – all of them providing 100% vegan food without any animal products included at all, making this a quite unique gathering of food and music and the biggest of its kind in the UK.
Tickets for the evening performances on Friday are £15 in advance and £20 on the gate (kids under 16 – £3 / £4); whilst those for Saturday are priced £10 available in advance and £12 on the gate (kids under 16 – £3 / £4) – see website for full details http://bristol.vegfest.co.uk/ticket-information
Daytime admission on Saturday and all day Sunday is £3 pay on gate. Children under 16 free.
VegfestUK organises two other massive vegan events in the UK – Brighton in March 29th 30th and London Kensington Olympia Sept 27th 28th 2014.