FAQs and General Information

Where is
Simple Things Festival?

Simple Things Festival takes place across 17 stages throughout Bristol’s city centre. All venues are within a 10-minute walk of one another. A full list of venues and a map outlining exactly where each venue is can be found on our website here.

Where do I go to get my wristband?

The public wristband exchange is located at Colston Hall’s old Box Office, which is next to the entrance to the main auditorium. The wristband exchange will be open from 10.00 and will shut at 22.00.

If you have a ticket for more than one person, we encourage all people attached to that ticket to arrive together. If this isn’t possible, then ensure all parties arriving separately have their individual print out of the ticket.

What time does the festival start and end?

The first performances start at 13:00. We advise heading down early to collect your wristband to avoid queueing. The festival ends at 07:00 Sunday morning. Please refer to the set times for stage opening and closing times.

Where can I find set times?

Set times can be downloaded in full in .PDF format from here. We advise saving them to your phone or printing a copy at home. The website, which lists the full set times, is also optimised for mobile viewing. Set times will also be visible in each venue.

How does
venue entry work?

At the wristband exchange ticket-holders will be issued with one wristband which grants entry to every venue.

It is not possible to pay for access to individual venues or performances.

We strongly advise that you arrive in good time if there is an act that you really want to watch as we cannot guarantee entry to each venue if it reaches capacity.

Safety and Wellbeing

Simple Things takes a firm stance on any aggressive or inappropriate behaviour. This includes any instances of racism, sexism, homophobia, or transphobia. If you witness or are affected by any inappropriate behaviour then please report to a steward or member of security.

If you begin to feel unwell at any point or see anyone who appears to be in distress for any reason then please inform a steward or member of security immediately.

Look after yourself and be considerate of those around you.

Age

The Colston Hall is a 14+ venue and all the other venues are 18+. We will be operating age checks on the door and Challenge 25 will be in operation on all bars.

Accessibility

We try to ensure that the festival is accessible as possible. Both the Colston Hall and O2 are fully accessible. To apply for carer’s tickets and access please fill out this form.

Wristband Exchange

COLSTON HALL - COLSTON ST - BS1 5AR

Ticket exchange for all purchased tickets will take place in the old box office next to the main Colston Hall complex. The exchange will open at 10.00 and will shut at 22.00. We will be operating this very strictly. We would advise getting down early to avoid any queueing.

Guestlist and Press

THE CHRISTMAS STEPS - 2 THE CHRISTMAS STEPS - BS1 5BS

Ticket exchange for all purchased tickets will take place in the old box office next to the main Colston Hall complex. The exchange will open at 10.00 and will shut at 22.00. We will be operating this very strictly. We would advise getting down early to avoid any queueing.

Search Policy

Security will be operating searches at all venues. By entering the festival you are consenting to be searched. Security and venue staff reserve the right to refuse anyone entry to the festival.

Simple Things operates a zero-tolerance policy on illegal drugs and legal highs. Please do not attempt to enter the festival carrying either as it may result in refusal of entry and/ or police involvement.

Should you do anything to result in your removal from a venue for any reason then you risk having your wristband removed and entry to any other venue declined on the day.

We would also strongly advise bringing as little with you as possible – especially bags. All bags will be searched and even though the Colston Hall and Academy have cloakrooms, bag searches will significantly hold up the entry process.

Venues

Colston Hall - COLSTON ST, BS1 5NA

O2 Academy - FROGMORE ST, BS1 5NA

The Island - SILVER ST, BS1 2PY

Lakota & Coroners Court - 6 UPPER YORK ST, BS2 8QN

The Sportsmans - 40 COLSTON ST, BS1 5AE


Opening Times

Colston Hall Wristband Exchange - 10.00 - 22.00

The Christmas Steps (Guestlist and Press) - 12.00 - 19.00

Colston Hall - 12.00 - 02.00

The Sportsmans - 13.00 - 00.00

Firestation, Crown Court + Courtyard - 14.00 - 05.00

Lakota + Coroners - 21.00 - 07:00