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Bristol’s Forwards Festival reveals 2024 headliners

Bristol’s Forwards Festival reveals 2024 headliners

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FORWARDS drops its first wave music lineup and announces British rapper, Loyle Carner, as the 2024 Saturday headliner, alongside Four Tet. Dance-punk legends, LCD Soundsystem, will be headlining on Sunday alongside Jessie Ware for Bristol’s biggest international music festival.

The British summer concludes with a two-day festival on August 31st and September 1st, featuring performances by artists such as Four Tet, Jessie Ware, Maribou State, Floating Points, Romy, Greentea Peng, Yussef Dayes, Yard Act, Baxter Dury, CMAT, Nubya Garcia, Hak Baker, MCRY, Jersey, Crazy P, Holysseus Fly, and Da Funchaman & The Fire Blaze Band.

FORWARDS is renowned as one of the UK’s most innovative new festivals, combining diverse international music programming with social initiatives, topical discussions, local food and drinks, and a forward-looking children’s zone.

LOYLE CARNER will commence Saturday with his most significant Bristol show yet, marking his only appearance in the city for 2024. After a compelling set on Glastonbury’s West Holts stage in 2023 and a recent headline gig at London’s All Points East in August 2024, fans can anticipate the raw and intimate on-stage presence of the London-raised hip hop artist. Carner epitomizes the socially conscious ethos of the FORWARDS festival, with his past motto “Take these words and go forwards” serving as a guiding principle for the year.

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, led by the renowned James Murphy, will conclude the Bristol festival on Sunday night with their inaugural performance in Bristol after 14 years. This marks a highlight of the band’s 2024 worldwide tour. The New York-based group stands as an innovative influence in electronic music, harmoniously melding dance rhythms with punk undertones.

The complete daily schedules for the festival have yet to be revealed. Presale tickets will be available starting at 10:00am on Tuesday, March 5, with general sales beginning at 10:00am on Wednesday, March 6, 2024.

Tom Paine, Co-founder of Team Love, expressed: “FORWARDS returns for its third year with immense pride. It continues to expand, transform, and offer greater experiences for Bristol and beyond annually. Featuring an international, diverse music roster, forward-thinking discussions, initiatives, and a burgeoning children’s zone, FORWARDS promises an ideal day out for all.”

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Jim King, CEO of European Festivals at AEG Presents, expressed excitement about the return of FORWARDS to Bristol Downs for its third year. The festival will showcase a diverse lineup of international music acts including headliners LCD Soundsystem and Loyle Carner, alongside artists like Maribou State, Floating Points, and Yard Act. In addition to the two-day music event, attendees can engage in insightful discussions on relevant topics, serving as a vital platform for dialogue. Expect to encounter experts, disruptors, creatives, writers, and thinkers contributing to the rich tapestry of this festival experience.

Early bird day admission begins at £55, while weekend tickets can be purchased starting from £99.50. Special concessions are offered to children aged 5-15, local residents, and individuals with low income. Similar to 2023, FORWARDS will provide discounted NHS tickets as a token of appreciation for the dedication and hard work of those employed there.

Gates open at 12:00 with the last entry to the event at 20:00.
For more information or to buy tickets, head to the Forwards Festival website.

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