Simple Things Festival 2019

Feat. Holly Herndon, A Certain Ratio, Ata Kak, Nilüfer Yanya + over 50 other acts

Bristol’s premier multi-venue music festival returns for 2019 with a unique programme high on innovation and cutting edge talent. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience upwards of forty acts across the full spectrum of Bristol’s venues with six different sites and 12 stages of music, two of which are located in Colston Hall’s iconic foyer.


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Simple Things Festival 2019

Feat. Holly Herndon, A Certain Ratio, Ata Kak, Nilüfer Yanya + over 50 other acts


Headlining the Day programme this year (Sat 19 Oct) will be Holly Herndon, presenting her brand new show PROTO. Created together with a longlist of collaborators including Jlin and her longstanding creative partner Mat Dryhurst as well as their ‘AI child’ Spawn, PROTO is a deeply affecting audio-visual spectacular that is not to be missed.

Also appearing on the Saturday are the intricate productions and future-facing sound designs of Aisha Devi as well as Hyperdub boss Kode9 and legendary animator Kōji Morimoto presenting an AV performance inspired by Japanese video game music. Post-punk and Factory Records pioneers A Certain Ratio will also play, as well Ghanaian highlife icon Ata Kak and more than forty other acts including Nilüfer Yanya, Murlo (AV), Big Joanie, Melt Yourself Down, Snapped Ankles, and Biig Piig.


Colston Hall x Simple Things supported by PRSF

For 2019, as PRS Foundation Talent Development Partners, we’ve linked up with Simple Things to champion emerging new music creators across the two stages located at Colston Hall.

Black Country New Road
Nilüfer Yanya
Snapped Ankles
Harvey Causon
International Republic Of Kongo
Biig Piig
Skinny Pelembe
W.H Lung
Tony Njoku

Simple Things EXT.

Simple Things EXT. is an extended programme of unique performances, talks and art installations.

As part of Simple Things Festival EXT. programme, Colston Hall and PRS Foundation presents Sound Advice, an opportunity for upcoming electronic artists to get in-person feedback on their music production from a selection of professional artists playing at this year’s festival.


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Emerging music at Simple Things 2019 supported by

Colston Hall and Simple Things collaborate with PRS Foundation to champion emerging new music creators across two Simple Things stages located at Colston Hall.