Simple Things Festival is a multi-venue music and arts festival taking place in Bristol from 17-19 October.
The main festival takes place on Saturday 19 October and is split into Day and Night components which are ticketed separately.
This year the opening concert will take place on Friday 18 October, with William Basinski, Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand presenting the world premiere of their new work '1000 Peacock Feathers in Foaming Acid’. This is also a separately-ticketed event.
Simple Things EXT is an expanded programme of talks, workshops, and installations taking place throughout the week.
Where is Simple Things Festival? Simple Things Festival takes place across 12 stages throughout Bristol’s city centre. Seven stages make up the day leg of the event and five are night time venues. All venues are within a 10-minute walk of one another. A full list of opening times for each venue is at the bottom of this page.
Where can I find set times? Set times can access via our partner Woov Application for all smartphones available from the App Store. There will also be a downloadable PDF available from the Simple Things website and Facebook pages. We advise saving them to your phone or printing a copy at home. Set times will also be visible in each venue. The line-up is also subject to change. Check the App for updates. For accessible version of the set times please click HERE.
How does venue entry work?
Night All the stages in the Lakota complex are self-contained so entry is on the door. Re-entry will be up to the club’s discretion.
IMPORTANT: Please take care of your wristband – any that are removed from the wrist, lost or have been tampered with will be deemed invalid and will not be replaced. If you do not have a valid wristband you will be refused admission to the festival venues. Also Day event tickets are NOT valid for entry to the Night programme and visa versa.
WE THE CURIOUS - ONE MILLENNIUM SQUARE, ANCHOR RD, BS1 5DB
Ticket exchange for all purchased daytime tickets will take place at the desk in the Rosalind Franklin Room at We The Curious. The exchange will open at midday and will shut at 21.00. We would advise getting down early to avoid any queueing.
Night LAKOTA AND CORONERS’ COURT - 6 UPPER YORK ST, BS2 8QN
Present ticket at Lakota.
WE THE CURIOUS- ONE MILLENNIUM SQUARE, ANCHOR RD, BS1 5DB
Guestlist wristbands are available to collect from the Rosalind Franklin Room between midday - 21:00.
Night Guest-list exchange will take place at Lakota nightclub
Venues - Day
We The Curious - ONE MILLENNIUM SQUARE, ANCHOR RD, BS1 5DB
IMAX Cinema - ANCHOR RD, BS1 5DB
Planetarium - ONE MILLENNIUM SQUARE, ANCHOR RD, BS1 5DB
Colston Hall - COLSTON ST, BS1 5AR
Rough Trade - 3 NEW BRIDEWELL BS1 2QD
SWX – 15 NELSON STREET, BS1 2JY
The Sportsman - 40 COLSTON ST, BS1 5AE
The Christmas Steps Pub - 2 THE CHRISTMAS STEPS, BS1 5BS
Watershed - 1 CANON’S RD, BS1 5TX
Venues - Night Lakota & Coroners Court - 6 UPPER YORK ST, BS2 8QN
We the Curious Wristband Exchange & Guestlist – 12.00 - 21.00
The Christmas Steps – 16.00 – 22.00
Colston Hall Upstairs – 13.45 - 23.15
Colston Hall Downstairs – 14.15 – 00:00
Rough Trade – 13:30 – 01:00
SWX – 15:30 – 22:00
The Sportsman - 14.00 - 00.00
IMAX – 13:30 – 23:15
Simple Things 360° Dome (Planetarium) – 19.30 - 23.00
Studio 5, Watershed - 00.00 - 20.00
We The Curious EXT Workshops & Ext. Demonstrations - 12.00 - 17.00
Millennium Square – 12.00 - 18.00
Lakota + Coroners Court– 22.00 - 07:00
Where do I go to get my wristband?
The public wristband exchange is located in the upstairs of We The Curious in the Rosalind Franklin Room. The entrance for this room can be accessed via the stairs next to Planetarium (the big disco ball) on Millenium Square. The wristband exchange will be open from 12.00 and will shut at 21.00. You must collect your day wristband before 21:00 otherwise you will not be able to access any of the daytime festival venues.
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.
Day and Night tickets will be available to buy on the day at We The Curious.
Night You can exchange your Night ticket at Lakota directly upon entry. Ensure you have either the digital or paper version in your possession.
What time does the festival start and end?
THE FESTIVALS SATURDAY DAY ACTIVITY STARTS AT 12:00 WITH DEMONSTRATIONS AT WE THE CURIOUS AND IT ENDS AT 01.00. We advise heading down early to collect your wristband to avoid queueing. The EXT Programme of events take place as part of the Day programme on the Saturday and all events are free with your day ticket unless otherwise stated. Check the website for details.
Night The night-time programme starts at 22.00 and ends at 07:00 Sunday morning. Please refer to the set times for stage opening and closing times.
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 All of the day-time venues will be operating a 16+ policy. The night-time venues are all 18+. Age checks will be carried out on the door and Challenge 25 will be in operation on all bars.
Simple Things Festival welcomes all deaf and disabled festival-goers and aims to provide accessible facilities to ensure that the event can be enjoyed by as many people as possible.
Please follow this link for full details: https://simplethingsfestival.co.uk/accessibility.html
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 which will significantly hold up the entry process.