March 28th | Various Venues
****Note – This event has been postponed until August 8th****
For three years, Ritual Union Festival has dazzled the people of Oxford by presenting them with some of the UK’s most exciting up-and-coming acts. Now it’s Bristol’s turn. Split across three of the city’s best-loved venues – SWX, The Lanes and Rough Trade – Ritual Union promises a stacked line-up that’ll get any music fan’s mouth watering.
Headlining the inaugural Bristol edition is the incomparable Marika Hackman. For anyone still grumbling about missing out on tickets for her sold-out Thekla show, this is the perfect chance to make up for it. Last year’s Any Human Friend saw the artist flexing her musical muscles in new and exciting ways. Tracks like ‘The One’ and ‘I’m Not Where You Are’, with their bright guitars and peppy sense of energy, feel ready-made to light up stages and send crowds swooning.
The highlights continue further down the line-up. Rising out of the same off-kilter post-punk ooze as bands like Black Midi and Black Country, New Road, Squid were one of 2019’s most exciting new bands. With their debut EP Town Centre, they proved they were more than worth the hype. Similarly exciting are recent Secretly Canadian signees Porridge Radio – with their unique brand of DIY angst – and Dream Wife, whose razor-sharp punk rock carries the torch for the 90s riot grrrl movement.
There’s even swathe of stunning local acts as well, such as singer-songwriter Rozi Plain, who quietly released one of last year’s finest folk albums. Among the other Bristol favourites you can expect to see are melodic grunge-rockers wych elm, woozy dreamers Swallow Cave, and seven-piece powerhouse Pet Shimmers, who are fresh off the release of their wondrous debut album.
Add in the likes of Fenne Lily, Warmduscher, Lazarus Kane, Egyptian Blue, Ghum, JOHN and Milo’s Planes, and you can’t help but agree that Ritual Union’s line-up is a total menu of delights. No matter what your musical taste is, you’re bound to find your new favourite artist nestled in there somewhere. So, make sure you join us on the March 28th to take part in Bristol’s most exciting new ritual.
See the video for Marika Hackman’s ‘The One’ here: