THE FESTIVAL promising “meat, music and mayhem”, Grillstock in Bristol, is expanding in area by about 25 per cent with the use of Hannover Square, adjacent to its established Harbourside site, although capacity remains at 10,000.
The event places greater emphasis on music this year, with headliners Black Grape and Fun Lovin’ Criminals, as it positions itself as a hybrid food and music festival according to Barry McMurdock, festival director. The future of the festival, launched in 2011, had been in doubt as the restaurant chain which owned it, Grillstock Ltd, went into administration last year but the event, plus two restaurants in Bristol and Leicester, were saved in a management buyout.
“We bought out the old chain to develop it as it was always intended,” says McMurdock. “Grillstock as a brand has not been negatively affected by the corporate struggles. The support from all parties have been superb.”
He hopes the event will develop more Americana content, in line with the US mid-Western style of the barbecues, and appeal to a wider age range with more interactive musical experiences to inspire children and teenagers. Weekend tickets are £53.