Bristol groundbreaking band Massive Attack will headline an all-day festival on The Downs on 3rd September, the first major event at the venue for 15 years.
The full musical line-up across two stages has been announced for The Downs Festival. Savages and Khruangbin will play at the event, joining Primal Scream and Skepta, with a huge line-up of Bristol DJs taking over the second stage.
The licence has now been granted for the all-day festival. 27,000 tickets sold out in under two hours when they went on sale in May.
Post-punk all-female guitar-band Savages will come to Bristol as part of a worldwide tour supporting their second album Adore Life, which features singles Adore and The Answer. Texas band Khruangbin are known for their unique sound which fuses soul and Thai funk. They made their live debut in Bristol, at the Simple Things Festival in 2015, and are being talked about as a breakthrough act for this year.
As well as internationally-known artists, the festival’s second stage will feature legendary Bristol DJs synonymous with the city’s groundbreaking dance music scene. The pioneers of the Bristol sound, Smith and Mighty will be playing, along with Reprazent Collective member DJ Krust and dubstep star Pinch. DJ and producer Sam Binga will be bringing his energy to proceedings along with Bristol Hi-Fi, Stryda and Idle Hands.
Organisers of the event, Team Love and Crosstown Concerts, have also announced a dedicated area to be called ‘The Information’ which will host guest speakers, question and answer sessions, film screenings, photography and charity representatives.
Festival organiser Tom Paine said: “We’re so happy to finally announce the full line-up of artists for the first music festival on the Downs in 15 years! There is still more that we are very excited to soon be able to announce, particularly ‘The Information’ stage where some great speakers will be taking to the stage to discuss how we can all make a positive impact on both local and global socio-political issues.”
Ticket holders who may have spares are being encouraged to use a dedicated website to sell them at face value to other fans that may have missed out. Twickets, a fan-to-fan sale platform, will let people sell directly to each other at the original ticket price. See http://massiveattack.twickets.co.uk/.