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Day of the Dead

Posted by jordan keogh on 29 September 2016 Return to News & Events


After a one-year break, Otomí is ready for a big Fiesta! This year we have got even more Mexican and with help of another enthusiastic Mexican reinforcement and Arnos Vale Cemetery we are excited to bring you a bigger, crazier and even more auténtica Fiesta de Día de los Muertos! You know us and we don’t do boring things, Day of the Dead IS NOT HALLOWEEN, and as such, we will always keep the tradition that you would see throughout Mexico and Latin America.

This year we are holding it on Saturday 29th October 2016 at FIDDLERS in Bedminster, a great venue steeped with its own interesting history. Doors will open at 7pm and will close at 2am. Yay!

Baila la Cumbia and Mexican DJ Chaks will be bringing you the live sound. Street food maestros The Little Taquería will be bringing you the nosh (not included in the ticket price) and there will be, of course, plenty of Pan de Muerto for free. There will be a team of facepainters on-site and we encourage you to dress up… so, go crazy this year as we will also have a photo booth to capture your efforts. The first 100 guests through the door can be painted for free, after that there will be a small charge or you can always have ago at doing it yourself! From experience, the queues are great so we would advise you come already made-up.

As always there will be an Ofrenda (altar) for the dead and, seeing as this year we have lost so many musical, sporting and artistic legends, we thought we would invite them to be the guests of honour! 😉 You might bump into some interesting characters on the night that like talking “muerte” with you too, feel free to chat along.

So, music, food, dead guys… what else do we need to have a great fiesta?

Tickets will £12 per person and you have 2 options. You can get them physically from our shop in Clifton Village or alternatively from The Bristol Ticket Shop (£12 + booking fee). Both will go on sale from Monday 19th September. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t leave this to the last minute as we were fully booked weeks in advance in the previous years.

Please read our FAQ for more information

How do I get tickets?

We have some tickets physically in our shop in Bristol (7 Clifton Arcade BS8 4AA), where you can present yourself and buy them. Sadly we cannot take card payment over the phone, but if you do want to call us on 0117 9732906 we can take your order and you can pay with Paypal or bank transfer. If you need them sent we’re happy to add 50p per batch and ship them immediately to you.

You can also buy tickets at the Bristol Ticket Shop. You can buy them online (e-tickets available), get them sent or collect them at their premises in town (41 High St BS1 2AT).

What about the music?

Well, we have booked Baila La Cumbia, the very best purveyors of Cumbia and Latin music in Bristol. You can check out their music here
There will also be Mexican DJ Chaks to keep you dancing all night ’til you drop.

I know little about dressing code. What do I do?

We expect people (and the band) to paint their faces with a Day of the Dead theme (Skeleton, Frida, etc). We will be providing FREE face paint for the first 100 attendees that go through the door on the night, and afterwards for a small charge that will go directly to the face painter. To avoid queueing though, coming with your face already painted would be highly recommended. We will have a large and very capable team, but we expect at least 400 people and your help with painting yourself for free at the premises would be appreciated!

I need food, I can’t dance all night without eating. What about food?

We are honoured to have The Little Taquería on tap if you are hungry! They provide handmade tacos that we can thoroughly recommend. Their cool truck is too big to bring inside the building so, they will be just outside Fiddlers, “tacos de la esquina” style. You can check them out here

Did you say Photo Booth?

Yes my friend. A lovely team of photographers will make a custom booth just for us, where you and your friends can pose away. More details on its way 🙂

What is this about Fiddlers?

A converted stone building that started life as a jail as long ago as 1740, and it’s now Bristol’s best live music venue! We have hired the whole place just for ourselves. You can see a map of its location here


Woah, I’m sure you mentioned a certain cemetery

Yes, as part of a community effort, Arnos Vale Cemetery has lent us their undergroung crypt, where a very anthusiastic team will help us build a fantastic Day of the Dead altar. It will be on display from the moment it’s built on Friday afternoon and all throughout the weekend. Entry is free and you are welcome to add your images to the altar. Please check opening times here

I don’t live in Bristol, where can I stay?

There are quite a few places. You can get a hotel/B&B around the area or we could also ask around to see who has space at their place and you could stay with them. Please do let us know if you have space for a guest as well 🙂

Anything else I need to know?

– Well, speaking Spanish might be useful, but you can always try your luck at it and pick a few phrases!
– At the present time we can only allow over 18’s to attend.
– There is street parking outside the venue but also very close to the Asda Bedminster bus stop!
– Please retain your ticket if you’re a smoker as you’ll need to go out of the front door if you need a tobacco fix.
– The Fiddlers isn’t ours, and they expect us to respect it. Please don’t be too rowdy outside, don’t bring your own drinks and leave fairly quietly 🙂
– With this amount of people it will mean that it’s a little bit harder to manage the event. We can’t keep tickets to one side as it’s not really fair on the people who have been waiting. So, your comprehension will be much much much appreciated 🙂


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