The events production supersquad Crack Magazine and Team Love joined forces over the weekend for Simple Things festival – an annual celebration of the best of underground and alternative music. A multi-venue occasion, many of the city’s best-known hotspots transformed into venues for the day, from The Christmas Steps, to Colston Hall’s foyer, to the Bristol IMAX and we the curious.

By day, festival-goers hopped around the city to hear sounds from across the entire spectrum of genre. Whether it be an AV show from Murlo or object blue at the IMAX, the soft soothing sounds of Nilüfer Yanya or Biig Piig at one of Colston Hall’s two stages or the electro-weird tunes from Holly Herndon at SWX, there was an audible treat for everyone.

When night fell, the crowds flocked to Lakota for a masterclass in acid-dripped house, immaculate techno and forward-thinking electro and breaks. It also set an example for other festivals to follow, providing a highly diverse and gender-balanced line-up of DJs. The main room was treated to the stylings of Ellie Stokes, Avalon Emerson and Dr. Rubenstein while Jayda G and Bruce misted-up the Coroners Court, providing an atmospheric spot for people to get lost in the crowd.

Though festival season has sadly come to an end, Simple Things provides a welcome way to satisfy our festival desires. Now we can only wait until 23rd and 24th of May 2020 when Love Saves The Day kickstarts the festival season once again.