Even though the weather wasn’t perfect, people still flocked in their thousands to experience the Bristol Harbour festival. The Harbour festival is one of the biggest events that the city has to offer over the calendar year, and people come from all over the country to experience the thriving art, music, and cultural scene.

The security for the event may have been heightened in the wake of last Friday’s attacks in the French city Nice, but this did not take away from the friendly atmosphere that is experienced year on year.  As always the event catered for all ages, creating a very family friendly throughout the city, with Castle Park being the destination for parents with small children, and Queens Square the main attraction for the entertainment for the older generation.

All throughout the city there were food stalls and music stages, showcasing the vast array of talent that Bristol has to offer. One of the highlights of the festival included a tribute to the late Bristol legend DJ Derek, from his great niece Jenny Griffiths, as thousands at the Amphitheatre arena sang in unison to a set titled, Sweet Memory Sounds.

All in all it was a fantastic weekend full of music, food and the occasional appearance of the ever elusive British summer sun. If you didn’t go this year, I would recommend making arrangements and pencilling the date into your calendar for next year, as it is well worth the trip.
Ian butler.