16 things for 2016

The WESTWORLD team’s recommendations for the year ahead.


Jane Eyre. Photograph by Manuel Harlan.


Jane Eyre – Bristol Old Vic
For their 250th anniversary programme, The Bristol Old Vic will be staging a production of Jane Eyre between the 10th of February and the 29th of March. This is an interesting production, as the play is divided into two separate parts, and is a must see for any Bronte fan.

Hamlet – The Tobacco Factory
To celebrate Shakespeare 400, (400 years since Shakespeare died), The Tobacco factory will be running a Shakespeare Season within their theatre. They begin the season with perhaps the most celebrated play of all time, Hamlet. This production will be running from the 11th of February to the 10th of March.

Billy Elliot – The Bristol Hippodrome
After an extremely successful 10 years in the heart of London’s West End, Billy Elliot the musical is setting out on its first ever tour of the UK and Ireland. The production will be stopping at the Bristol Hippodrome from the 25th of October till the 26th of November.


George R.R. Martin
Book fans have been left disappointed after it was announced the much anticipated 6th book in George R.R Martins epic A Song of Ice and Fire would not be released before the premier of Season 6 of Game of Thrones. However, will 2016 see the release of the long awaited tale or will we have to hold in our excitement til 2017?

The Night Manager by John Le Carr
This was Le Carr’s first post-war novel, written in 1993. It is worth a read due to the big name TV adaptation coming onto our screens this year. With a cast including Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman, it’s one for the reading list.


BBC 6 Music Festival


Bristol Film Festival – 11th 13th March
BriFF makes its debut on 11th March till 13th March 2016 bringing a celebration of the impact and influence of film. This film arts festival offers a variety of activates and entertainment such as guided studio tours, talks by industry experts, pop ups, music performances, immersive screenings, and screenwriting workshops. The main venue for the festival will be The Arnolfini and other events will take place across Bristol including an already confirmed chance to see Madagascar at Bristol Zoo.

Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival – 18th – 20th March
Head down to Colston Hall in March for the annual Jazz and Blues festival. Legendary and influential artists such as Maceo Parker (trumpeter for James Brown), Lisa Simone (daughter of Nina) and Dennis Rollins will be playing along with younger artists such as Melanie Gardot.

6 Music Festival – 12th-14th February
This year the BBC 6 music festival will be hosted in Bristol this year over the 12-14th February.  A wide variety of acts are playing the festival, spanning many genres including Bristol’s own Roni Size as well as Frank Turner, Laura Marling and Underworld. You can catch them at many venues including Colston Hall, Motion, Trinity Centre and Basement 45.

Meschac Gaba- Brazilian Bank- 2006

Meschac Gaba, ‘Brasilian Bank’, 2006, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.


Art From Elsewhere – 22nd April – 17th July
Find out about life in conflict zones through visually immersive works at Art From Elsewhere, a free exhibition shown across Arnolfini and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. It combines cutting edge video, photography and sculpture from artists across Africa, Asia and the Far East dealing with current social and political issues.

UWE Creative Industries Degree Show – 3rd – 9th June 2016
The culmination of three years of work for Arts students, the degree show is the highlight of the academic year and a chance to discover a new generation of artists, designers and media practitioners.

Bower Ashton hosts a spectacular range of work from a wide range of programmes including Animation, Drawing and Applied Arts, Fashion, Filmmaking, Graphic Design, Illustration, Journalism, Media, Photography and Printmaking. Work by undergraduate Fine Art and Art and Visual Culture students will be on exhibition at Spike Island.


Anderson .Paak
Having been announced to the world via Dr. Dre’s Compton album, 29-year old .Paak is now making waves of his own within the music industry. The singer-songwriter-drummer released his Sophomore album Malibu in January to critical acclaim and won Breakthrough Act of 2015 at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards.

Mike Dignam
This singer-songwriter has slowly been building up a profile over the last few years, being featured on Huw Stephen’s BBC Introducing blog in 2014 and touring with artists ranging from Gabrielle Aplin to American Authors. His first full album ‘Fight to Forgive’ was released late last year and is definitely worth a listen!

Jack Garratt
24-year-old experimental songwriter and multi-instumentalist Jack Garratt has already been highly lauded; he was the winner of the BBC sound of 2016 award. You can catch him at the o2 on 7th April.


Distrikt. Photograph by Sarah Koury.

Club Nights

LOST – 12th March
This unique festival brings a condensed version of their 24-hour Art and Music experience to the confines of The Island in central Bristol in March. In the 12-hour event, expect immersive painting, lush beats and tonnes of fun in the Old Police Cells.

Sinewave x Wisdom Teeth – 27th February
Spend a night in the Prison Cells groovin’ away to some of the finest DJ’s on the techno scene. After an exciting 2015 and having just landed his own radio show on Rinse.FM heavyweight Hodge joins Wen, K-Lone and Facta in what’s lining up to be a heavy night. All distinguished producers with on their way to making it big, grab a ticket now for £8.

For their launch party with Ben Pearce last month Distrikt transformed Lakota into a stunning Japanese urban wonderland – you can expect big things from them within the next year. Great music coupled with unbeatable production is what they’re all about. Taking inspiration from different parts of the world and beyond for each of their parties, we’re excited to see what they do next.

Words: Sam Walker, Portia Lyons, Briony Watkins, Chloe Fry, Dulcie Horn, Hannah Rooke.

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