THE DOWNS FESTIVAL
02 September, The Downs, Bristol
23 & 24 September, Eastville Park, Bristol
Having already played host to this year’s Love Saves The Day, Eastville Park welcomes back Tokyo World for a whole weekend in September. In 2001, the team behind the festival felt that live music events weren’t representative of Bristol’s diversity. After a range of smaller events over the years, the fire was stoked and Tokyo World continued to evolve, moving from Castle Park in 2013 to its current home in 2014, which gave the festival more room to expand creatively. This year’s festival will bring together five stages, five fields, over 100 artists and 20,000 party people in its audience.
Featuring new stage designs and a whole array of new food, 2017 promises to be Tokyo World’s best event to date. The line up includes Wretch 32, Recondite, Artful Dodger, and Romeo and Lisa Maffia. There will also be captivating DJ sets from Basement Jaxx and Faithless.
THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS
06 September, 02 Academy, Bristol
Last year, Massive Attack headlined the first major music event to be held on The Downs in over 15 years - 27,000 tickets went on sale and sold out in less than two hours. Hot on the heels of that success, The Downs Festival will return for a second outing this September and the variety across all three stages ensures something for everyone.
The main stage will play host to indie fourpiece Elbow, who will be headlining, and who recently released their seventh album. With a mix of British and American music, the main stage bill also features American blues icon Seasick Steve, The Districts, hip hop trio De La Soul and 80s R & B legends Soul II Soul.
Groove Armada will be playing the second stage, which also features Roni Size, who will be celebrating 20 years of his Mercury Prize winning album New Forms, and remixer of choice Mad Professor - all to celebrate Bristol’s passion for its ground-breaking dance music scene.
The information stage will also return, featuring dedicated guest speakers, question and answer sessions, film screenings, photography and representatives from various charities.
Many rock and alternative bands today might count the Psychedelic Furs among their influences.
Formed within London’s emerging punk scene in 1977 by frontman and songwriter Richard Butler with his brother Tim on bass guitar, the band won praise for their poetic lyrics with innovative rhythms and melodies. Their career spawned seven studio albums, several compilations, a box set and a live concert DVD, and major hits included: “Love My Way,” “Pretty In Pink,” “Heaven,” and “The Ghost In You”. Their art rock style touched on new wave and hard rock sounds
After an extended hiatus in the early 90s, with the brothers going on to found new band Love Spit Love, the band regrouped in 2000 and continue to tour around the world. Their latest tour: ‘The Singles’ sees them play the UK for the first time in five years including a stop at the O2 Academy on Wednesday 6th September.
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