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Extinction Rebellion Spring Uprising

So we are throwing a 3000 person Indoor XR festival!


REBEL HALL – Music, talks and Non Violent Direct Action Training for 1000 at a time

SOLUTION ZONE – Showcasing local and national solutions to the Crisis – Co-housing, Permaculture, renewable energy, tiny houses, Resource use, Citizen’s Assembly demo, a special projected zoom call with XR groups all over the world and more.

GALLERY – All Art themed around the ecological crisis and XR welcomed – best 20 get taken on an XR art tour this summer (galleries & festivals)

THE ART FACTORY – Lets make the Rebellion beautiful! To create much of the larger art/ banners/ printing that will be used for April 15thonwards – come up and help, learn how to Lino print, print your clothes with XR graphics, or just hang out with the brilliant scoundrels that is our art team

THE SANCTUARY – Our Regenerative culture space – Extinction café, Non-violent communication, A Grief Temple, Body workers etc.

RESISTANCE EXHIBITION – A Photographic journey through all social resistance movements from the past 100 years

TRAINING ROOMS – Smaller Rooms for specified trainings – continuous all weekend (training of trainers, learn the extinction talk etc.)

OUTDOOR FOOD TRUCK AREA – Food Waste charities, ethical producers, all Vegetarian and Vegan – this event will not serve alcohol till late



VegfestUK Bristol

Europe’s biggest vegan festival VegfestUK returns to Bristol on May 26th & 27th 2018, with around 15,000 expected visitors over the weekend. at an exciting new venue, Ashton Gate Stadium.

This event is a unique hybrid of vegan food/info during the day, and live DJ’s in the evenings.

The daytime part of the show is likely to feature around 230 stalls, 16 caterers, talks, cookery demos and live music.


Veggies Food is Here

Veggies Catering Campaign will be catering at VegFest. Veggies are a volunteer-led, community-based, social enterprise, promoting vegan catering and supporting campaigns for humans, other animals and the environment.

Veggies Climate Change Campaigns

Go Vegan
To get to this event Veggies will emit approx 180kg CO2 (total distance: 150 miles each way – route).

However by helping an estimated 500 people Eat Vegan we will “offset” 1000 kg CO2

If ONE customer goes Vegan For Life, they will save 1.5 tonnes CO2 every year, as well as saving 4022 animals lives, and enabling all the world’s peoples to receive a Fair Share of the world’s resources. [references]

South West Vegan Festival

South West Vegan Festival is back at a NEW VENUE The Passenger Shed, just minutes from Bristol Temple Meads Station.

There will be over 100 stalls serving delicious homemade food, healthy drinks, selling quirky clothes and accessories, and speaking to you about their inspiring charities.

Special guest speakers will engage with you on their work and views along with educational documentaries about how our food choices effect our environment, health and animal welfare.

£3 Advanced tickets. Under 16 go free! Tickets available at the door. Show email payment confirmation to ticket desk on the day.

VIP tickets allow exclusive early access along with Farplace tote filled with magazines, snack bars, vouchers and more!

Farplace festivals attract around 1,500-2,000 people each and if you would like to host a stall email Rachael events@farplace.org.uk or Kerri festivals@farplace.org.uk.

Email the organisers if you would like to help in any way via flyering or volunteering. There is free entry and soya hotdog available to all those who support raising funds for FARPLACE ANIMAL RESCUE.

Bristol Viva! Vegan Festival

The Bristol Viva! Vegan Christmas Festival 2017 is taking place on Saturday 9th December from 10.30 to 17.00 at Bristol Student Union, Richmond Building, Queen street BS8 1LN.

£3 Entry on the door, under 16’s free! We are also offering student entry at just £2 on the door. VIP tickets are available in advance, these come with a no queue entry and a goodie bag. Standard £3 are also available in advance, pre-paid tickets will have a separate entry queue to get you into the festival faster!

With over 90 stalls of food, clothes amazing vegan and ethical gifts and much more this will be a great day out.

There will also be talks and live cookery demonstrations all day for people wanting to learn more about the vegan diet.

Everyone is welcome, please bring family and friends and there will even be a kids zone to keep the little ones entertained.

✮ Common Ground 2017 ✮

Welcome to Common Ground 2017! This year we will be hosting the event at The Black Swan, Bristol from Friday 1st September to Sunday 3rd September.

Venue will open at 5pm each day until late with bands, solo artists and soundsystems raising money for human and animal rights organisations across the world. 100% of profit goes to the chosen organisations (more info on these over the coming weeks.)

This year we will have workshops hosted over the weekend at the Kebele Social Center just a few minutes away from 12 midday to 4pm over the weekend, again more info on this coming soon.

As always, sound powered by GSS Pro Audio

Opening times of the venue will be:

FRIDAY: 19:00 – 04:00
SATURDAY: 17:00 – 04:00
SUNDAY: 17:00 – 00:00

Workshops at the Kebele from 12 miday to 4pm over the weekend.



The first organisation that we have chosen is the FREE WEST PAPUA CAMPAIGN. A great organisation run by good people raising funds and awareness in solidarity with the people of West Papua. For full information see here: http://www.freewestpapua.org

The second organisation that we have chosen is SOCIAL WORKERS WITHOUT BORDERS. We have chosen these because we are the the midst of a humanitarian crisis with thousands of displaced people scattered across Europe. While there is aid on the ground, it needs to go further than that, and SWWB fill this gap for us taking on the further help giving direct support and help with everything from documentation, education, family support and more. Check them out, a great organisation and much needed in our opinion: http://www.socialworkerswithoutborders.org

The other organisations will be chosen over the coming months.


LINE UP: (Loads more still to be announced!)

One of the best UK Household Name bands of the late 90’s into 2000’s and after a long hiatus have now reformed and will be coming back to Bristol for the first time in 15 years.

Beer crust legends making a one off UK appearance for us at Common Ground. Members of Doom, Hellkrusher, Prophecy of Doom, Vallenfyre and Impulse Manslaughter. Get the beers in!

After releasing ‘No Love Lost’ Omega Tribe came out as one of the best melodic anarcho punk bands of their time alongside The Mob and Zounds. They are back together and coming to Bristol for the first time since 1984!

We seem to have a theme with AOS3, so far they have played for us probably more than any other band, but for good reason. One of the best live bands around and some of the best people around.

2SM will be calling it a day next year. Easily one of the most hard working bands the UK and seen, not only that, but one of the best bands and the loveliest people we’ve been lucky enough to meet and a honour to get to put them on over the years. A no brainer to put them on.

If you have never seen DANGER!MAN then it’s probably a good idea you do. Amazing 80’s hardcore from Norway. All members have a long history of playing with Norwegian bands in the 80’s and 90’s like So Much Hate, Life… But How To Live It?, Bannlyst, Barn Av Regnbuen, Drunk, 2:20, Bøyen Beng and more and we will bringing them over for Common Ground.

Easily one of our favourite thrash bands in the UK at the moment. Relentless touring and absolutely shredding every place they play makes us want to put them on whenever we can.

After touring with Oi Polloi, recording with Matt Lost Cherrees and generally being amazing people making great political music we’d be mad not to put them on.

Punk rock from Hamburg. This is a band we’ve personally wanted to see for some time and this is their first UK gig and will have an album coming out in the coming months on Pumpkin Records. Featuring members of Braindead.

The second announcement from the Wild Wood Stage. Anarcho feminist melodic punk from Bristol telling the tales of mid-twenties confusion, hope, a love of general greenery, and an unquenchable wanderlust and their first time at Common Ground.

90’s UK skate punk legends! After multiple John Peel Sessions, gigs with Propagandhi and releases on Boss Tuneage we thought we best get them down here to Bristol for Common Ground.

Raging female fronted punk. Spewed forth from the blackened mill towns of Northern England, Burning Flag are a venomous twisted sludge of Punk, 90s hardcore, industrial riff and scathing punk noise. Ex members of Falconetti, Human Wreckage and Seal Team Six. This is their first time in Bristol!

Amazing live 10 piece playing politically conscious reggae and dub. Now working with the wicked Earth Works Records in Amsterdam and festivals from Boomtown to One Love.

One of the best bands we’ve heard out of London for a while. Distorted and delayed hardcore punk with members on Nailbiter. Check out their wicked releases on their Bandcamp page.

London crust punk stalwarts are back in Bristol for the first time in too long. Music for scum done by immigrants.

Bristol ska punk activism! Spanner have been mixing politics and pleasure since around 2000 and aim to still be at it when it’s time for dancing on the ruins of the empire.



Tickets for 2017 will be massively reduced, this is so that the money saved will account for anyone needing accommodation for the weekend, we will be posting info on places to stay in the coming weeks.

Advance Weekend tickets:


Advance Day tickets:


Pay On The Door:


With the event now being indoors the venue license (as with other late night venues) has an age restriction of 18+.



Coming soon!



Liberation! Gathering 2017


A gathering aimed at rebuilding and progressing the animal liberation movement. It will be coming from an anarchist perspective and will be especially looking at animal exploitation as a result of capitalism and domestication and how best to challenge it in this context.

We would like to avoid getting distracted with discussions around the pros and cons of reformism, vegan outreach or other liberal, animal rights concerns. While we think it is useful for these conversations to take place we want this weekend to be about coming up with an action plan, between us, to move things forward.
If this something you are interested in being part of we would love to hear from you. We are really hoping that this gathering will be a collective project and if anyone wants to be part of organising beforehand or during the weekend that would be amazing.

We are keen for the gathering not to be purely theoretical and want definite plans to come out of it. We hope for there to be a mix of practical, theoretical and strategic workshops and discussions, all of which will be as participatory as possible. If you have a workshop or discussion that you would like to see happen or that you can offer, let us know.

We look forward to hearing from you

Liberation! collective


We can provide sleeping space for the Friday and Saturday nights and longer if you let us know in advance. We can provide some bedding but if you can bring a sleeping bag and mat that would be helpful. If you require something more comfortable than floor space let us know and we’ll see what we can do.

Meals will be provided from Friday evening until Sunday evening, if you have specific dietary requirements please give us as much notice as you can.

Please don’t bring dogs to the gathering unless you really need to. While we don’t wish to discriminate against anyone because of their species, we feel the space may be crowded at times and there is no outside space. We also feel that dogs can be distracting in workshops if they become bored and agitated.

We won’t be releasing the venue of the gathering so you will need to let us know by email in advance if you are coming. We don’t need a name, but we do need to know numbers.

Safer spaces policy

While we don’t feel that having a document on a wall or website is enough to challenge the oppressive behaviour that often exists within activist communities we feel it is a good start.

We want everyone attending liberation gathering to feel as safe as possible. Liberation is about respecting and valuing each other, no speciesist, racist, sexist, classist, ableist or other oppressive behaviour will be tolerated at the gathering.

We would ask that anyone challenged for using problematic language listens and changes their language accordingly. We would hope that any issues can be resolved by talking to each other but in extreme cases people may be asked to leave the space.


Although we have a few ideas for discussions and workshops we would like to keep the programme quite open so that people can bring their own discussion ideas with them. If you have an idea for a discussion or workshop please let us know.

More details on draft programme.

Kebele Arts Weekend

Kebele Social Centre in Easton, Bristol will be opening up for an exhibition of subvertising images, anarchist stickers, patches, prints, zines posters and sketches. This will include Art for Animals, raising funds for New Hope Animal Rescue, Art for All, the fantastic art group at Kebele and so much more.

In addition to story telling, there will be a performance of Buried Sunshine at 4pm on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday. Buried Sunshine is a solo performance based on testimonies of people in Colombia affected by Coal Mining. Performance and discussion lasts approx 60 mins. Directed by Dave Lovatt and acted by Scarlet Hall.

Vegan Cafe


VegfestUK Bristol

Europe’s biggest vegan festival VegfestUK Bristol returns to the Amphitheatre on May 20th & 21st 2017, with around 15,000 visitors over the weekend.

Saturday 11am – 11pm; Sunday 11am – 9pm

This event is a unique hybrid of vegan food/info during the day, and live DJ’s in the evenings.

The daytime part of the show is likely to feature:

– Around 160 stalls – including food, bodycare, accessories, fashion, merchandise and information

– 15 specialist vegan caterers – with food from across the globe

– 4 all day licensed bars

– Nutrition & Health Talks marquee

– Campaigns and Lifestyle Talks marquee

– Cookery Demos

– Kids Cookery Classes

– Kids area and activites

– Vegan Activists Workshops with workshops on effective vegan outreach

– Performance Stage with acoustic acts

– A Teen VGN Zone for young veggies/vegans to connect with

The evening part of the show features live DJ’s and sound systems.

Show Me Love – Animal Aid 40th anniversary

Animal Aid celebrates 40th anniversary with huge “Show Me Love” party at VegfestUK Bristol May 19th 2017

“To celebrate 40 years at the forefront of fighting for the rights of animals, Animal Aid is organising The Vegan Festival of Britain in May/June 2017″

Animal Aid, in conjunction with VegfestUK, have announced plans to host the “Show Me Love” Party on Friday May 19th 2017 from 6:30 – 10:30pm to help celebrate Animal Aid’s 40th anniversary and the launch of The Vegan Festival of Britain for 2017. The “Show Me Love” Party will be held at the Lloyds Amphitheatre and Waterfront Square, Bristol.

Tickets cost £10 in advance, but entry is free for members of Animal Aid, and there will also be a limited amount of free tickets made available to marginalised groups in the Bristol area, including refugee and migrant groups and those in less fortunate circumstances. Tickets will be on sale from February 14th 2017 in advance with a limited amount on the door (subject to availability).

Find out more at http://vegfestexpress.co.uk/

Bristol Anarchist Zine Fair

Come on in, the Anarchy’s lovely…The Bristol Anarchist Zine Fair is announced.

Info coming soon, but the date is 13th May so get it in your diary!

For us the fair has a few key aims:
– it is a very public & accessible event that promotes the full spectrum of anarchist ideas to whoever is interested in finding out more. It acts as a shop window into the anarchist movement.
– it is a great opportunity for anarchists & like-minded activists to get together, discuss & debate, network & plot, socialise & party.

Note: the main Bristol Anarchist Bookfair is on 16th September

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