Tickets for the event can be purchased from Resident Advisor here or by clicking the Tickets image above ^^^.

To reserve your place on the DIY builds choose your fighter below:


A festival of Knobs, Buttons and Discussions over 4 warehouse rooms in the heart of Bristol.

Machina Bristronica is back for 2020. Better, stronger, faster. We have the technology.

A full day and evening of synthesizer stalls, panel talks, live hardware performances, DIY modular workshops, music production and performance training, radio broadcast and the Escher Music Connection showcase.

The "Old Marble Factory" space will be filled with live modular/hardware sets from 12:00 - 20:00. We've got some hot local artists from this area and special guests from further afield.

We’re hosting loads of our favourite synthesizer companies, giving them all tables to set up and show off their latest kit. Come and chat to the people behind the building of these machines and get "hands on" with their new bits of gear from 12:00 - 18:00.

Bastl, Befaco, Bubblesound, Error Instruments, Thonk, Music Thing Modular, Transient Modules and Patching Panda will be hosting a series of module build workshops. These will be a separate pre-purchased ticket where build revenue goes direct to the company and you walk away with your own fully built module at the end of the session. Further details of each workshop and the specific modules available soon. Running from 12:30 - 16:30.

we’ve lined up a handful of experienced music makers, performers and teachers to export some data on various music topics in 45 minute chunks. This years topics are Sampling, Synthesis, Integration and Visuals. Make some space on your internal data storage ready for upload from 13:00 - 18:00.

We’re setting up two couches, a coffee table, maybe a couple of ferns and a few microphones. Artists, label owners, producers, promoters; professionals from the music industry will be joining us to talk about their craft from 13:00 - 18:00.

The Escher Music Connection Showcase sees Em William’s playing a 2 hour DJ set of tunes made by Escher Music Connection group members. Come down to one of our monthly in-store Escher events hosted at Elevator Sound to submit your tracks. At the end of the set all artists who have had their tracks played will be part of a random prize draw to win goods by Novation, Allen & Heath and Bladud Flies. The showcase is running from 20:00 - 22:00.

In the Yard area 1020 Radio will be providing tunes and interviews to listen to while having a break in the sun or grabbing some food. The whole day session will be available to listen to on the 1020 Radio website and uploaded to Mixcloud for future listening.


Allen & Heath
Moog Music Inc
Joranalogue Audio Design
Erica Synths
XAOC Devices
Teenage Engineering
Schlappi Engineering
Bastl Instruments
Bubblesound Modular
Ritual Electronics
XOR Electronics
Soulsby Synthesizers
IO Instruments
DPW Design
Future Sound Systems
Damaru Cases
Lateral Sound
U.D.O Audio
Transient Modules
Patching Panda
Eurorack Barcelona
L.E.P Leploop
Error instruments
Isotonik Studios
Music Thing Modular
Soundforce Modular
Rakit Electronic Kits

DIY Workshops________

Error instruments
Music Thing Modular
Patching Panda
Transient Modules
Bastl Instruments
Bubblesound Instruments


Machina 2019 Tote Bag £9

Machina 2019 T-Shirt £19.99


Here we are again! After months of meetings, plans and location scouting missions we had the perfect venue lined up for Machina Bristronica 2022 in Bristol City Centre’s “We The Curious”. That was until a few months back when nature struck and the unbelievable happened - their roof caught fire.

As you can imagine this has knocked our plans back yet again. Since getting the news we’ve held out as long as possible to see if the venue could be repaired in time; while additionally scrambling to find an alternative space. As the weeks have passed we’ve found the remaining options are less than ideal, don’t allow the necessary time to plan, and wouldn’t hail the triumphant return we’ve been waiting for these last 2 years. With that in mind we’ve come to the unfortunate realization that it would be best to postpone the event one more year. That way we can come back full force, bigger and better than ever.

The good news is that plans for the new event date of Autumn 2023 are already underway with one of Bristol’s most renowned venues. There’s plenty of rooms for workshops, offshoot educational spaces, hidden installations, multiple performance areas, and more manufacturer stalls than before. Plus a few secrets tucked up our sleeves!

More details on the new date are coming soon, once the plans are fully firmed up. All tickets for the original 2020 date will remain valid. You can log in to your Resident Advisor account to either roll your ticket over to the new date or get a refund.

We’re really excited to bring you this long awaited edition of Machina - a few leaps and bounds beyond the already memorable debut back in 2019. Keep your oscillators warm and your patch cables at the ready, we’ll have more info for you soon.

Hi All,

We just wanted to update everyone about the rescheduled Machina Bristronica 2022.

Back in November we pencilled the new date in for March 2022. However, given the current climate, and with some venue issues, we’ve taken the decision to delay the festival for a few more months until the autumn.

We’re currently in discussions with a new and exciting venue in the centre of Bristol which we think will be a great space for the event. Additionally we want to make sure Machina is as safe, well organised and enjoyable as possible. We feel planning the event for September/October makes more sense and will give us the extra time to get everything ready for a bigger, better (harder, faster, stronger) Machina.

We’re planning to have many of the same artists and stall holders at the rescheduled event. We also have our eyes on some new brands and up-and-coming artists, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

We appreciate this has now been delayed for 2 years and fully understand if you want a refund. All tickets will of course still be valid for the new event in the Autumn.

Below are the instructions from RA to validate your ticket for the new event once announced.

Comms for ticket buyers:

To keep your ticket, head to your order in the “My Tickets” section and click "Keep Tickets". Your ticket will be valid for the new date, once announced.

If you would prefer a refund, there will also be a "Refund Tickets" button in your order history. Click this and a refund will be processed back into the bank account used to purchase your tickets. Refunds can take up to 5 working days to land in your account.

If you cannot attend the new date but would like to donate your ticket cost, please click “Donate to Save Our Scene”. By clicking this you are donating to the promoter and helping keep the scene afloat.

You have 14 days to choose one of these options after which they will no longer be available, so your ticket will remain valid for the new date, once announced.

Please note these options are only available via the website and not in the mobile app.


Well, what a year.

As you all know, we held back as much as we possibly could to try and make MB 2020 happen before having to make the horrible decision to pull the event only a week before. As you can imagine this was gut wrenching for us, however now gladly we know we made the correct decision in March to protect the health and safety of our stall holders, attendees and artists.

We, like all of you, held on to hopes that this would all be over by August at the latest and that we could then start to plan Machina Bristronica for March 28th 2021.

Oh how we were wrong..

Now not only are we still dealing with this damn virus not disappearing and causing more chaos within our industries but we are now faced with the extra dilemma of Brexit. Along with Covid, Brexit is making every promoter in the UK question next year's festival planning.

With Brexit we potentially may be looking at working visas for the brands and artists who travel from abroad to the UK and who knows if they will even be allowed to fly from the EU and USA in March 2021. And if so, will they/you feel safe in an event this size touching synths, mingling with others and talking to module builders, unfortunately everything is still far too risky to run our event safely.

Last nights announcement of a 3rd lockdown here in the UK solidified our feelings that it's still unrealistic to plan or even consider holding Machina Bristronica in March 2021 and as much as it pains us, realistically Machina Bristronica is going to have to wait a little longer and be held back to 2022 like potentially a lot of other events and festivals.

The health and safety of everyone at Machina Bristronica is our top priority and although we can't believe this ourselves, I am sure you all fully understand why we are having to postpone again. :(

We are so proud of what we achieved in 2019 and what was going to be an even bigger festival last year but we simply can't run the festival given the numbers and current lockdown conditions. We’ve had to look around and fully take on board the current situation and how it will be in March 2021.

All tickets will again still be valid from this years’ event for 2022 when hopefully all gigs, events, festivals, theatres and everything surrounding our industry will be back to some normality again.

RA still is holding all this year's ticket money which we have no access to, so your ticket money is still safe in their holding accounts however if you do wish a refund then we fully understand and all the required information is below.

Info for ticket buyers:

To keep your ticket, head to your order in the “My Tickets” section and click "Keep Tickets". Your ticket will be valid for the new date.

If you would prefer a refund, there will also be a "Refund Tickets" button in your order history. Click this and a refund will be processed back into the bank account used to purchase your tickets. Refunds can take up to 5 working days to land in your account.

If you would prefer to donate your ticket cost, click “Donate to Save Our Scene”. By clicking this you are donating to the promoter and helping keep the scene afloat.

You have 14 days to choose one of these options after which they will no longer be available, so your ticket will remain valid for the new date.

Please note these options are only available via the website and not in the mobile app.


Some say he once fell into a eurorack system as a small child and returned, steaming from the ears as a fully fledged synthesizer whisperer. As the Archduke of Eurorack Internet Content, DivKid will be on hand at Machina to educate the masses and intterrogate the designers on their newest gear.

Plug your information chips in over at the 1020 Radio Zone for a deep dive on module design and some exclusive new kit with some of the best in the business (also within a few seconds of the food and the bar..)

  • 13:30 - Befaco
  • 14:30 - Ritual Electronics
  • 15:30 - Joranalogue Audio Design
  • 16:30 - XOR
  • 17:30 - WMD
  • 18:30 - Schlappi Engineering

Electro Providers: Cultivated Electronics


The great Machina has finally cooked and our engineers have gathered from all corners of the galaxy to join us in this years' celebration of all things modular and bleeping. Not long to go now!


With one month to go the final piece of the circuit is slipped into place. We hope your chips are clear and ready for a fresh install of new DATA, our series of educational talks.

AJA: Sampling
How to make field recordings and create a wide range of different sounds and textures by only using simple, built in Ableton devices. Participants will learn to build ambient/drone/noise textures, experiment and discover new sounds as a group through live demonstration.

ELPHNT: Visuals
Ableton trainer Thomas Glendinning will be creating visuals through music from within Live advancing through to Max and Resolume. Expect weird visuals and new tricks within Ableton you may have not known about previously.

Alex Jann: Integration
Censor Music bossman and hardware freak Alex Jann talks us through the integration of software with hardware. From Ableton through to external synthesisers, effect pedals and eurorack using Live's CV tools.

Myr: Granular Synthesis
Myr takes a deep dive into granular synthesis in all its glory. From the history of its creation with early audio examples through to modern day plugins and external hardware, you'll learn the best way of getting granular into your music.


The Machina Education Division has reached deep into the planet and plucked some of it's finest to speak on the Discussions stage at Machina Bristronica 2020

Transfer of knowledge comes from:

12:30pm - dBs Music on 'Innovation In Education'. Innovation at dBs Music, dBs Modules and full info on courses available at dBs.

13:00pm - Monojack wrangles with the chaotic Error instruments, LepLoop and LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER into a 'CHIPCHAT' - discussing DIY, circuit bending and being a solder warlock.

14:00pm - 'Join The Future' author Matt Anniss is on hosting duties for The Past and Future of the UK Sound with expert views and experiences from Om Unit, Borai, Sophia Loizou & Hyroglifics.

15:00pm - Our legends panel for this year comes in the shape of Mute Records bossman Daniel Miller in conversation with Bristol legend Adrian Utley of Portishead fame. This one is NOT to be missed, especially with Gaz Williams hosting.

16:00pm - Putting sound to image is a new angle for us this year. We've invited Slate + Ash, Echoic Audio and Alexandra Hamilton-Ayers to talk to Chris from Pusher Music about their practise within Film, TV, Sync and licensing worlds.

17:00pm - L U C Y (SZNS7N), Chris Farrell (Idle Hands), Vega (UVB-76 Music) and Ossia (No Corner, Hotline, FuckPunk) will be sharing some tips with A Sagittariun about what now comes with running a label in 2020 and looking to release through labels as a producer.

17:50pm - Finally PRS for Music will be rounding up the day with some vital info for artists and composers about who they are and how to get paid for your work.


Escher Music Connection have been supporting the assembly of humanoid tune generators since 2015 in Bristol. Taking the form of a monthly night at Elevator Sound, Escher is a hub for producers to share tunes and get together across genres.

For Machina Bristronica 2020 we've invited attendees of Escher to pool their tunes for an über-mix, selected and mixed by em williams live at the 1020 Radio Residents area. All those selected for the mix are entered into a draw for prizes from Bladud Flies, Novation and more to come..

For details on how to get involved, message Escher Music Connection.

Check out last years mix from Hodge, recorded live at Machina 2019 with some absolute screamers from the Bristol underground here.


Deep in the belly of the Machina is the hissing of melting solder.. The engineers are mining for resistors and smelting new circuit boards for the 2020 DIY Workshops.

Eurorack Barcelona gang Transient Modules, Befaco and Patching Panda are bringing a full suitcase of killer kits. Error instruments and Bastl Instruments are our weirdos of the bunch, offering noise synths, granular sampling and touch interfaces. UK heroes Thonk will be hosting a 'Learn to Solder' begineers workshop and Tom Whitwell of Music Thing Modular has a Bristronica EXCLUSIVE TOP SECRET module, promised to be a hands-on powerhouse.

Reserve your place with these links:


In the outer reaches of Bristol the Machina is stirring. Noise makers from the furthest reaches have heard its saw-wave cries and are summoning their synthesizers for travel to the festival.

We can now proudly announce our final line up for the 'Knobs' stage, a crackling, rumbling feast of live sonics.

  • Colin Benders
  • Look Mum No Computer
  • Scanner
  • Steevio and SuzyBee
  • Daniel Miller & Finlay Shakespeare
  • Ossia
  • dmgn
  • Adrenospoon (Adrenomachine & MissterSpoon)

Data, Discussions, DIY and 1020 Radio stages to follow!


Announcing the first round of electronic music hardware designers phasing in to Bristol for March 2020.

More announcements coming up for the expanded DIY workshops, live stage, panel talks and training sessions.

Follow up on the Machina 2020 Event Page and newly formed Machina Page to feed news, discussions and data updates directly to your device and/or personal embedded microchip.