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Thu 25 - Sun 28 Apr 2024

Bristol New Music 2024

A city-wide festival of contemporary music and sound

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Tickets available via Headfirst on the Bristol New Music Festival website

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The fifth edition of Bristol New Music (BNM) promises an adventurous, sonic exploration of the city.

Artists from the far reaches of contemporary music and sound – from major international artists to homegrown talent – will gather in one of the UK’s most creative cities. For four days Bristol will be buzzing with new music, landmark concert hall performances and club nights.

The first names announced for the 2024 festival include Japanese composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda performing material from recent album Ultratronics: one of only two dates in the UK. Standout performances will come from American polymath Lonnie Holley and Australian born, Berlin-based, Jules Reidy. Plus Elaine Mitchner performing in Bristol for the first time ever.

A triple bill at St George’s Bristol features Apartment House, bringing a programme including works by Nico, Arthur Russell and Jim O’Rourke. Legendary Scottish free improv vocalist Maggie Nicols, joining forces with Bristol-based percussionist Dan Johnson for a first time duo, and Josephine Foster, performing her 2022 baroque-ambient masterpiece Godmother live for the first time ever. Sound artist Kathy Hinde will be presenting her installation Earthquake Mass Re-Imagined in the atmospheric fifteenth century Crypt of St John on the Wall.

Many more artists, concerts, screenings and talks are to be confirmed.

Bristol New Music takes place biennially across Bristol. It is a collaboration between four key organisations: Bristol Beacon, Spike Island, St George’s Bristol and the University of Bristol.

Programming and production: Alastair Cameron
Programme consultancy: Qu Junktions.
Press and marketing: Sound UK

Supported by Arts Council England and PRS Foundation.

Programme

Full programme announced

أحمد [Ahmed]
AHO SSAN
APARTMENT HOUSE
DALI DE SAINT PAUL, MAXWELL STERLING, REBECCA SALVADORI & CHARLIE HOPE
ELAINE MITCHENER
JLIN
JOSEPHINE FOSTER
JULES REIDY
KATHY HINDE
KEELEY FORSYTH
KLEIN
LONNIE HOLLEY
MAGGIE NICOLS & DAN JOHNSON
MATANA ROBERTS
QWAK CLUB PRESENTS – RAPHAEL ROGINSKI / AILBHE NIC OIREACHTAIGH / GENGHIS COHN
QUATUOR BOZZINI & SEBASTIAN GRAMSS
RYOJI IKEDA
SARAHSSON
SHUI MO
RUTH GOLLER’S SKYLLA
THE BUG (IN DUB) DJ SET

What’s on

See what’s taking place in Bristol New Music festival at Bristol Beacon

A vocalist performs on stage, surrounded by darkness.

Thu 25 Apr 2024

20:00

Rock and Pop

Bristol New Music 2024

Elaine Mitchener, Jules Reidy & Lonnie Holley

Lantern Hall

A person wearing black body paint poses against a white background.

Fri 26 Apr 2024

19:00

Rock and Pop

Bristol New Music 2024

Klein, Aho Ssan & Penumbra

Lantern Hall

A collage of black and white digital images that resemble barcodes in varying formations.

Fri 26 Apr 2024

22:00

Contemporary

Electronic

Rock and Pop

Bristol New Music 2024

Ryoji Ikeda presents ‘ultratronics’

Plus Jlin

Beacon Hall

A person with long, dark hair pulls a rope up a grassy hill.

Sat 27 Apr 2024

17:45

Contemporary

Rock and Pop

Bristol New Music 2024

Keeley Forsyth presents ’The Hollow’

Lantern Hall

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