What’s On: Bristol in July



The whole year has been leading to this! The sun is shining, the beats are filtering through the open window and the group WhatsApp is lighting up. Summer is here. And you’re in one of the best cities in the UK. From film festivals and mind-altering gigs to day parties and art exhibitions; here’s a little round-up of what you could be doing this July in Bristol.

Cinema Rediscovered

26 – 30 July 2023

Watershed’s annual festival returns giving new life to timeless classics and restorations on the big screen. Over 50 screenings and events over five days give you a chance to experience the magic of forgotten gems as restored films grace the silver screen once again. Many of the Cinema Rediscovered screenings are accompanied by pop-up events, talks or workshops so its a great even for a film buff.

Harmonycrumb, Flo Brooks – Spike Island

June – September

Brooks’ evocative art explores themes of identity, community and social dynamics alongside trans and gender-nonconforming histories. At Spike Island, immerse yourself in these world-spanning, autobiographical works. Merging painting, collage, and fiction using fabric, lino and handmade objects, Brooks takes you on a journey.

Carl Stone @ The Cube 

18th July

Computer music pioneer Carl Stone graces The Cube for his 70th Year Tour. Carl dives deep into an impossible range of musical archives to create intricate, tripped-out sonic landscapes to get lost in. Expect an education in looping, distorting and sampling – Stone is known as the ‘Godfather of Sampling’. This will sell out.

Threads – Arnolfini


Wander the walls of one of Bristol’s leading galleries and find inspiration in their Summer exhibition. Threads showcases the intersection of art and fashion, bringing together visionary designers and artists, and showing a vibrant display of wearable art, innovative fashion installations and thought-provoking discussions. A creativity boom.


Clifton Suspension Bridge

Joking. You’ve done that already with your visiting family. Several times.


Copper Sounds pres: Tintinnabulation

21st July

Prepare for a mesmerising sonic experience as UK sculptor, bell-maker and musician Marcus Vergette brings his sell-out show (Barbican London, Dartington Great Hall) to Strange Brew. On the night his bells will also be played by Matthew Bourne, Copper Sounds, Coims and Sunny Joe Paradisos. Expect sonic soundscapes, ethereal melodies and musical innovation. Support comes from local heroes Copper Sounds and Dan Johnson.

Worm Disco Club Day Party: WDC x Arbor Ales – BS5

15th July

Day party = sunshine, good vibes, and the potential of a hangover-free next day. Worm Disco Club always throw a good do and this time they’re starting things early at BS5’s Arbor Ales brewery. NTS Resident Cami Layé Okún will be gracing the decks bringing African and Caribbean beats with Latin soul. They’re promising tropical festival vibes, worldly grooves and Latin street food. Sounds good to us.

Hauser & Wirth


Yes, we know not strictly Bristol, but sometimes it’s good to get out of the city and breath in that fresh country air. Somerset’s Hauser and Wirth gallery is a mere one hour from the city yet it feels a lifetime away. The current exhibition ‘Gruppenausstellung’ sees 20 artists contribute to an entire site takeover sharing work in all five sites and through outdoor sculpture. Captivating.