South Bristol street party's third year will be bigger than ever

A street party is held every year in Kingston Road, Southville, outside the Coronation pub
-Credit: (Image: Coronation pub, Southville)


A busy street just south of the river will come to a standstill on Saturday when local residents and the pub on the corner stage a street party.

The Kingston Road Street Party started as a response to the Covid pandemic when regulars at the local pub, the Coronation, were sitting outside and decided to take over the whole street with a bit of live music and dance.

It’s grown ever since and this year’s, on June 22, will be the third year the Coronation’s landlord Ben Cheshire is organising the event.

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The day will start on Saturday at noon with a performance for the kids from children’s entertainer Captain Barnacle and his pirate-themed puppet show. Then, for the rest of the afternoon, until 5pm, there will be jazz and acoustic on the stage, which will be set up outside the pub.

As the afternoon becomes the evening, there will be two sets from local Bristol samba legends Batala, either side of an appearance by jazz and dance music band Hexcut.

Local Bedminster band Belisha will be playing the street party for the third year running, with the headline act Kaleida Wild taking the stage at 9pm, ahead of a sllent disco.

“The last two years have been really well received by the local community so it’s great to organise and throw another street party,” said landlord Ben.

A street party is held every year in Kingston Road, Southville, outside the Coronation pub
A street party is held every year in Kingston Road, Southville, outside the Coronation pub -Credit:Coronation pub, Southville

“After the second samba performance we have local Southville and Bedminster born-and-bred lads Belisha rocking out again for the third time, this year with their Rock and alternative indie sounds. It’s been great having them every year with their family and friends coming out as they are well known through the local community,” he added.

“The last band to play out the evening will be Kaleida Wild - they are a collective from Bristol, bringing to the stage a universal, funk and soul inspired sound. They played the street party last year and were so well received we asked them to come back and finish the evening off,” he added.