The Downs Festival will return on Saturday 2nd September

The all-day event will see British rock band, Elbow headline the main stage joined by American blues legend, Seasick Steve, American hip hop trio, De La Soul famed for ‘Me, Myself & I,’ the legendary 80’s British R&B group, Soul II Soul best known for their hits “Back to Life,” “Keep on Movin” and “Get A Life” and American rock band, The Districts. 

The festival’s second stage will host Groove Armada with a show-stopping DJ set, David Rodigan MBE and celebrate the city’s love for its groundbreaking dance music scene with an exclusive live festival performance by Roni Size to celebrate 20 years of his mercury prize winning album New Forms and remixer of choice, Mad Professor.

Tickets will go on sale at 8am Friday 28th April from Bristol Ticket Shop and The Love Inn, to personal callers only and then on general release online at 9am.

Tom Paine, co-founder of Team Love, the organisers, commented: “Last year’s festival was one of those events we will never forget and showed that Bristol can accommodate and host an event of this scale. We’ve looked back, reviewed, learnt and we’re now ready to come back with a line-up and event site that makes the most of this all-day festival with more live music, more bars and more independent food.”

Last year, the festival featured Massive Attack, Primal Scream and Skepta and was the first major music event on The Downs in over 15 years. All 27,000 tickets sold out in less than two hours.

‘The Information’ stage will also return, offering a dedicated area for guest speakers, question and answer sessions, film screenings, photography and charity representatives.   More information on this will follow shortly.

The Downs Festival is presented by Team Love and Crosstown Concerts.

Tickets, priced at £45.00 plus booking fee will go on sale on Friday 28th April to personal callers only at Bristol Ticket Shop and The Love Inn (cash only) at 8am at on general release at 9am via and

All online ticket sales will be subject to a £1 donation with funds going directly to the upkeep and maintenance of The Downs, for all of Bristol to enjoy.

There will be a limited number of reduced price tickets at £25 available to anyone unemployed or on income support. These tickets are only available in person from Bristol Ticket Shop, and supporting documentation and ID will be required.  Children under 4 are free (though must be wearing adequate hearing protection) and a limited number of tickets for children aged 4- 12 years will be available at all outlets for £10 per ticket. All under 16’s need accompanying by an adult.

Tickets are restricted to six tickets per person/per billing address. Please note that in order to protect our audience from ticket touts we are putting in measures to help eliminate them. The lead booker will need to attend the event (or nominate a 3rd party at the point of purchase) with their guests and will need to show photo ID in order to enter the concert arena.



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