Bristol Harbour Festival 2022: when is it, do I need a ticket - Met Office give heat weather warning

Organisers are going all out for their 50th anniversary event held at Bristol’s famous floating docks - but temperatures are set to soar to high-tempered levels at the time of the festival. Here is everything you need to know.

One of the country’s most unique festivals which celebrates all that Bristol has to offer, whether it be various genres of music or ships and jet skis, is just around the corner.

Bristol Harbourside is hotly anticipated this year as it makes its return to the city’s famous floating docks, featuring several different stages that showcases a plethora of different things, talents and live performances.

Here is everything you need to know about the festival, from whether you need a ticket for entry, and an example of the full schedule of one of the more popular stages.

When is the Bristol Harbourside Festival in 2022?

Bristol Harbourside Festival will be making its return to the city in 2022.

It is scheduled to take place across three days filled with fun and excitement.

The festival will start on Friday, 15 July and will come to its conclusion on Sunday, 17 July.

On the second day of the event - which is a Saturday - doors to the festival will be open from 12 pm (noon) until it closes at 11 pm.

Whilst on the last day of the festival - which is Sunday - the festival grounds will be open from 12 pm (noon) until 7 pm.

Where is the festival held?

Bristol’s Harbourside area at night.
Bristol’s Harbourside area at night.
Bristol’s Harbourside area at night.

Bristol Harbourside Festival 2022 is based in the streets and squares around the city’s floating docks - Bristol Harbourside.

Do I need a ticket to attend the festival?

Like always, entry to the festival is totally free-of-charge throughout the weekend.

That’s right, you will not need to part with any of your pennies to attend the exciting Bristol Harbourside Festival in 2022.

Though to keep the festival free for Bristolian festival goers, organisers advise purchasing a program, or buying food and drink from an official bar or stall.

What is the musical line-up and schedule of the Bristol Harbourside Festival 2022?

Organisers of the festival have released official information in regards to the musical acts and performances that will take place at various venues over the course of the three day event.

One of the places hosting musical performances, and the example that BristolWorld will give, is that of The Amphitheatre.

Paying homage to various iconic genres that are regularly celebrated across Bristol, from blues and bhangra to reggae and roots.

The following is the music line-up and schedule for the Bristol Harbourside Festival at The Amphitheatre in 2022:

Saturday, 16 July

  • DJ Queen Bee (playing throughout the day)
  • Bristol Community Big Band (at 12:00 pm)
  • Sam Lindo (at 1:10 pm)
  • The 45s (at 2:20 pm)
  • James Morton’s Groove Den (at 3:30 pm)
  • RSVP (at 4:45 pm)
  • Blue Aeroplanes (at 6:15 pm)
  • Black Roots (at 7:45 pm)
  • Dazee (at 9:00 pm)

Sunday, 17 July

  • Kala Chng (at 12 pm noon)
  • Kirris Riviere’s Delta De Bruit (at 1:15 pm)
  • Madly (at 2:30 pm)
  • Snazzback (at 3:45 pm)
  • Doreen Doreen (at 5:00 pm)

There will also be performances at other venues and stages, including Cascade Steps, Cathedral Walk, Millennium Square, Queen Square, Underfall Yard, On The Water, Dockside and Thekla, Discovery at The Mud Dock and Grain Barge.

All of which consist of various types of music and performances, such as talent shows, drumming exhibitions, ships and jet ski displays and many more.

For more information about the full line-up of the dozens of different exciting things on show during the Bristol Harbourside Festival in 2022, please visit the official website.

What advice has been given to festival goers after Met Office issue weather warning for extreme heat?

The heatwave that has a chokehold over the United Kingdom and Bristol as of recently is set to have an impact on the precedings at Bristol Harbour Festival 2022.

Weather experts at the Met Office have placed a Level 3 Heat-Alert as well as an amber warning for extreme heat that is set to cover the event, as well as heading towards the beginning of next week in Bristol.

Organisers advise anyone who wishes to attend the event, which is set to suffer temperatures as high as 32C, to bring their own refillable bottle and sip it throughout the day to keep hydrated.

The event have partnered with Refill, who have installed over 500 water refill stations in Bristol, and you can download the app to locate your nearest station to fill your bottle.

You are also advised to apply sunscreen regularly and wear loose fitting clothes and hats to keep cool.

Matt Mellen, who is the City to Sea’s Refill Manager, made the following statement: “As Bristol heats up and we all head out to enjoy the Harbour Festival, the Refill app is here to help Bristolians stay cool.

“We now have over 500 refill stations around Bristol. Simply bring a reusable water bottle and download the refill app to help stay hydrated and stay safe whilst also saving some money and saving some plastic at the same time.”

For more information about the app, please visit the official website.