DESPITE BEING FAR too good to be Bristol’s best-kept secret, the Alfresco Disco crew insist on keeping things hush. So aside from the ‘ Carnivale Troupe’ dress code, all ticket-holders had to go on were tales of parties held in an old coroner’s court, illegal raves in railway arches, wide-eyed trips to the woods and a string of secret, stellar line-ups.
‘Building on their roots as a free party collective, the Alfresco team has a dedicated following, and filing into the courtyards and gallery rooms of the Bristol Paintworks to open the 1pm to 1am party they resemble a parade of glitter-drenched sun goddesses and Voodoo priests, samba-rocking to the sun-soaked horns and gogo-tinged rhythms of the Terraco Ao Vivo stage.
‘Between them snake feather-tailed conga lines led by K-Chevere and the drums of Bloco Carnavalesco. The Macumba Temple stage hosts a killer concoction of house, disco and soul, Berlin’s legendary Session Victim revealing himself as the Sambadrome’s secret high priest, unleashing 4/4 demons under the gallery’s neon lights after the tropical, slow-mo rhythms of Futureboogie’s Behling & Simpson and the hot and heavy house sounds of the Alfresco Disco DJs preheated the oven.
‘As the night progresses, Bristol fixtures The Kelly Twins get love from garage, dubstep and house fans alike. Apart from a brief power cut the Coconut Lounge stays as hot as Rio with Crazylegs and Falling Up keeping things bouncy. All in all it’s an astoundingly artistic alternative for an already vibrant city, and definitely a secret worth sharing’.