Pirate Studios at Bristol Harbour Festival 2017

By July 20, 2017Uncategorized

On Saturday 22nd July, The Pirate Stage returns in its long-awaited second iteration. It would’ve been a crime not to bring The Pirate Stage back following its wildly successful maiden voyage at Sound City 2017. This time around, we’ll be taking over Hy-Brasil Music Club as part of Bristol’s much-lauded Harbour Fest.

Bristol Harbour Fest – a council-funded, free-to-attend event – has considerable history behind it. The festival was started all the way back in 1971 as an attempt to save Bristol’s docks, home to Brunel’s SS Great Britain, from being filled in for good. Needless to say, Harbour Fest achieved its noble aim of saving the docks, and continues every summer as a celebration of Bristol’s illustrious maritime heritage to this very day.

The festival is now a cultural behemoth. In 2012, its record year for attendance, Harbour Fest attracted over 300,000 visitors to Bristol. It now boasts an eclectic variety of creative arts to showcase including dance performances, interactive theatre, touring circus acts and of course – music from some of the world’s biggest acts.

Here at Pirate, we’re suitably delighted to be contributing to an event so amiably intertwined with the city of Bristol – the city where it all began for us. We’ll be handing out free Pirate Studios T-shirts to the first 50 people through the doors, and we’ll also be dishing out free drinks throughout the day. The Pirate Studios Virtual Reality Experience will also be in action.


The Pirate Stage again features a hand-curated, choice selection of the finest up and coming musicians of today and tomorrow. We’d like to take you on a brief run-through of the acts we’ve chosen to represent us at Bristol Harbour Fest 2017. Here they are in alphabetical order:

April Towers

Nottingham’s April Towers duo: backed by none other than the legendary Catherine Marks – producer for the likes of Foals and Wolf Alice.

Boris a Bono

The electrically pulsating, delicately hazy Boris a Bono – burrowing his soundscapes deep into your dreams.

Dead Royalties

Bristolian art-rock punks Dead Royalties will be turning it up a notch or two for us, boasting support from the likes of BBC Introducing and Punk online.

Demob Happy

Our headline act for the day: Demob Happy. Brighton’s premier grunge trio are set to close out The Pirate Stage with their signature rattling riffs.


Febueder, critically acclaimed by publications such as NME, Clash Music and DIY Mag, will be experimenting and pushing boundaries for us – as has become the norm for these guys.


Harvey Causon

Lay back, close your eyes, and soak up the mellow sounds of Harvey Causon. The Bristolian solo artist blends atmospheric instrumentalism and drifting, delicate vocals at will.


Spanning a wide range of influences from R&B and neo-soul to punk and noise-rock, Iyabe’s explorative sound is ready to take you on a cathartic journey through musical diversity.

Kayla Painter

Kayla Painter will be presenting us with a welcome electronic interlude. She’ll be performing a DJ set centred around her trademark, space-cadet atmospheric aura.


We’re over the moon to have one of our favourite bands and long time pals Rozelle back on The Pirate Stage. Pirate Studios is proud to present the mystifyingly good Rozelle – live from Bristol Harbour Fest 2017.

Stone Cold Fiction

Our competition winners Stone Cold Fiction have rapidly made a name for themselves with their unique blend of riff-infused rock and psych-blues.