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Bristol’s city-wide day festival announces its first wave of artists including Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Battles, Penguin Cafe, Wire, Dean BluntFactory Floor, DJ Funk, Ron Trent, Objekt and more.

Returning for its fourth year, Simple Things Festival will kick off proceedings with a standalone opening concert at Colston Hall, headed by Montreal post-rock band Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Since their formation in the early 90’s, the nine-piece orchestral rock band has defined a genre with their 2000 release ‘Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven’.

Picking up where Liars left off last year, Brooklyn based math-rock trio Battles will provide a rare live performance. Whilst classically trained collective Penguin Cafe (originally ‘Penguin Cafe Orchestra‘) will deliver their unique mixture of Philip Glass-esque minimalism, combining world with folk.

British post punk/ art punk band Wire will bring a back-catalogue dating to 1977 with their debut Pink Flag, whilst post industrial band Factory Floor (performed by Gabrial Gurnsey & Nik Void) will deliver chaotic synth driven dance grooves.

Expect dry ice, beaming strobes and playful madness as Dean Blunt steps on stage with his weirdly wonderful array of compositions. Other live performances to whet your apetite include: DJ Funk, RomareSpeedy Ortiz, Liturgy, Lower Dens, Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators, Chastity Belt, Long Arm, Grumbling Fur, Loyle Carner and Danny L Harle.

On the decks, Chicago house legend and co-formant of the S.A.T supergroup, Ron Trent will showcase his pleasant blend of warm and soulful house music. Other highly revered disc jokeys in on the act include Berlin’s Objektthe ever entertaining Hunee, Golden Pudel resident Helena Hauff  and Panorama Bar booker nd_baumecker.

Further DJ’s to perform include Ex-The Streets mastermind Mike Skinner, Barnt, Avalon Emerson, and Discodromo.

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