Does Christmas music bring you out in hives? Do the illuminated countdowns of the shopping days left until the 25th December make you want to run away screaming? Do you look at dejected dads trailing round town after their families and think “same, mate, same.”

Then we have the perfect antidote for you. Online shopping, save a bunch of money and time, and then use all that you’ve saved to go out this weekend and have a good time instead!

SUBMERGE FEST PICKS

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Bristol’s newest festival, Submerge hits the city this weekend with a splash. Highlights include Dive, an audiovisual show from Koreless which brings mirrors and lasers and electronic music to our very own Colston Hall.

Ghosts from Olivier De Sagazan, which is a day-time dark body based performance inside an 18th century church.

The Ascent, a club night happening over at the Old Coroners Curts with transgender DJ and producer Octo Octa, techno producer Rrose and a whole host of performance artists including john smith.

Then either Saturday or Sunday head back to Colston Hall for The Cube by Circa69, a solo immersive experience using Oculus Rift virtual reality.

DIVE| FRIDAY | 19:00 – 21:00 | COLSTON HALL | £16.50 + BOOKING FEE

GHOSTS | SATURDAY | 15:00 – 18:00 | CHURCH OF ST THOMAS THE MARTYR | £13.50 + BOOKING FEE

THE ASCENT | SATURDAY | 23:00 – 04:00 | OLD CORONERS COURT | £13 + BOOKING FEE

THE CUBE | SAT/SUN | ALL DAY | COLSTON HALL | £5 + BOOKING FEE

https://www.facebook.com/events/103932263405030/

FRIDAY

Colours 1st Birthday w/ Lakuti, Tristan Ferguson, Colours DJs

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If Koreless isn’t your thing, then head to Colours who’ve booked the peerless Lakuti for their first birthday. The South African born, Berlin based DJ and Uzuri record label has spun amazing and eclectic sets everywhere worth playing including, of course, Panorama Bar alongside her wife Tama Sumo.

22:00 – 04:00 | SECRET LOCATION | £11.50 + BOOKING FEE

https://www.facebook.com/events/146598919133031/

SATURDAY

Bris-Tek 11

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Sometimes you don’t want all these arty festivals and headsy house. You just want a phat soundsystem, a whole bunch of DJs… DJs on ketamine are optional of course… and to be wholly unpretentious down that den of iniquity that we call The Black Swan. Yep it’s time for BrisTek 11 and Dutch drum and bass/dubstep outfit Black Sun Empire are headlining.

22:00 – 06:00 | BLACK SWAN | £15 + BOOKING FEE

https://www.facebook.com/events/101877926945445/

Professional party girl Rachael Williams wears many different nightlife hats. Door girl, DJ, promoter, music journalist, propper-up-of-bars and fountain of DJ knowledge and gossip. She’s written for Resident Advisor, Ibiza Voice, Pulse Radio and ran legendary London gay bar Dalston Superstore’s online magazine for over three years.

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