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The Downs Festival is back for a massive second edition, with UK group Elbow topping this year's mighty bill...

The Downs Festival is returning in just a few short weeks for a fabulous day of music and fun! British rockers Elbow are headlining the main stage this year, with a full supporting line-up across three stages featuring some of the country’s finest talents, both old and new.

Manchester-based group Elbow released their seventh studio album, Little Fictions, to acclaim back in February, and will be bringing a heady mix of hard-hitting favourites and fresh material to the festival this year — it’s a rare chance to glimpse one of the country’s biggest acts live and at the top of their game.

As well as the Guy Garvey-led troupe, esteemed soloist Seasick Steve, iconic rap crew De La Soul, Philly newcomers The Districts and the genre-defying Ibibio Sound Machine are set to perform — among others.
The second stage has a far dancier vibe, with Groove Armada, David Rodigan and Roni Size just a few of the names set to blow your mind.

The Information Area this year comprises the Information Stage, Venue and Tent, and as well as some thrilling performers (such as spoken word artist Vanessa Kisuule), you can expect a range of invigorating keynote speakers and galvanising panel discussions. The speakers at this year’s event will be covering a broad range of topics, including politics, the local housing crisis, race and the music industry, and have been selected to represent the diversity found in Bristol.

“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,” says Tom Paine, co-founder of organisers Team Love. “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.”  

Tickets for The Downs Festival 2017 are on sale now, with discounts available to those on unemployment benefits or income support. Under 5s go free, and just £10 for those between 5–12.

When: 2 September

Where: Durdham Downs

Website: www.thedownsbristol.com

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