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Priston Festival 2019

What: A village festival

When: Saturday 14th September 2019, 6-7pm

Where: Priston Village Green

Tickets: Free!

The Fantasy Orchestra will once again be playing at the lovely Priston Festival, on the evening of Saturday 14th September.

Here’s the kind of thing you can expect

Smugglers’ Festival

What: A Festival in Kent

When: Sunday 1st September, 2pm

Where:  Near Deal, Kent

Tickets: £117.50 (for the whole festival) – see here!

The orchestra will be playing at this festival in Kent, alongside Rozi Plain, Alabaster de Plume, Yama Warashi and many others.

More more information see the event Facebook Page

Thornbury Sailing Club

What: A party in Thornbury Sailing Club

When: Friday 23rd August

Where:  Thornbury Sailing Club

Tickets: Probably free!

This will be the culmination of a week-long camping even for the orchestra, so expect lots of happy musicians playing lots of happy music.

Sefton Park Road Street Party

What: A party on Sefton Park Road

When: 6pm, Saturday 20th July

Where: Sefton Park Road, Bristol

Tickets: Free!

The Fantasy Orchestra will be playing at this year’s Sefton Park Road “Street Party in Space”, featuring a collection of our most interstellar / cosmic / otherworldly / out-there tunes. The gig is at 6 but the party starts at 12.30, and features other bands and activities.

Refugee Festival

What: The orchestra playing at Bristol’s refugee festival

When: 3.30 pm, Sunday June 23rd

Where: Queen’s Square, Bristol

Tickets: Free!

The Fantasy Orchestra will be furthering their support of the plight of refugees, at the flagship ‘Celebrating Sanctuary’ event, part of Bristol Refugee Festival. More details on the festival are available here, and the event here. This is a free event, so come down and see us play and stay for other events, including more live music, children’s events and various information stands from associated organisations.

Festival in Merthyr Mawr

What: A festival!

When: Sunday 16th June

Where: Candlestone Campsite, Merthyr Mawr, Wales

Tickets: ?

The Fantasy Orchestra are playing at a fantastic music festival in south Wales, alongside artists including Richard Dawson, Snapped Ankles, Rozi Plain, Kathryn Joseph, Lisa O’neial, Pictish Trail, Yosi Horikawa, Juan Wauters, Sarah Neufeld, Ben Vince, Maria Somerville, Alabaster dePlume, Wave Pictures, Seamus Fogerty, Cosmo Sheldrake, Ishmael Essemble, Flamingods, Michael Chapman, Leaf Cutter John, Pete Wiggs DJ Set, Sam Lee, I see Rivers, Anna Muller, Haiti’s Noit, James yorkston, Beak, Audiobooks, Stealing sheep, Salami Rose Joe Louis, Will Burns x Hannah Peel, Trevor Moss + Hannah-Lou, Rachael Dadd, Ichi, Mary Waterson, Modern Nature, BC Camplight ,Else Hewitt, Gruff Rhys.

Hopefully the orchestra will be collaborating with a few of the above 🙂

Play the sun up on May Day!

What: Make sure the sun rises on May 1st

When: Wednesday 1st May, 4.30 – 6.30 am

Where: Brandon Hill Park


Every year RAG Morris – a Bristol-based morris dancing group – and others dance the sun up at Brandon Hill park. This year the Fantasy Orchestra will be joining them with a selection of folky summer-themed tunes in between the dancing.

[photo by Summer Varley]

Women Of The World Take Over! (F-Rated #3)

What: Celebrating the music of female composers

When: Saturday 27th April, 7.30 pm

Where: All Hallows Hall

Tickets: £5 advance, £8 on the door

The Fantasy Orchestra returns after their triumphant album launch with the much-loved “F-Rated” set, championing music by oft-overlooked female composers. Featuring works by Anna Meredith, Delia Derbyshire, The Roches, Joni Mitcheall, Beyoncé and many more.

Tickets are available from the Bristol Ticket Shop

This is from last time, featuring the wonderful Nuala Honan

Les Chansons de Edith Piaf

What: A night celebrating the music of Edit Piaf with The Fantasy Orchestra Paris & Bristol
When: Sunday 24th March
Where: The Old Market Assembly, West St. (BS2 0DF)
Tickets: £5 early bird / £8 in advance from Headfirst; £10 on the door

This concert will celebrate the music of Edith Piaf and other French popular music from the era, performed by the Fantasy Orchestra’s Catherine Deas, supported by other musicians from the orchestra. For more information see the Old Market Assembly website and the Facebook event. Early-bird and advance tickets are available from here.

Album Launch

What: Launch party / gig for the FO album!

When: Thursday 28th February

Where: St George’s Hall (Great George St, Bristol BS1 5RR)

Tickets: £12 advance from St George’s; £15 on the door

The Fantasy Orchestra is excited to announce the launch of their forthcoming debut album ‘Adventures in Transcription’. This features an eclectic mix of music by diverse artists such as Sun Ra and Caetano Veloso, folk musician Richard Dawson, Brooklyn-based post punk duo Buke and Gase and electronic composer Disasterpeace, as well as local composers. The album will be launched in style at the newly refurbished St George’s hall, on Thursday 28th February. More information and tickets are available from their website: www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk

Here is our brand new music video, for Richard Dawson’s Final Moments of the Universe, from the album.

This was a lot of fun: