Bristol’s got an impressive season of live music lined up, including the following…
Introducing Siren: a brand-new event series at Bristol Harbourside
Bristol will host a brand-new music event series, Siren on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 July with Groove Armada’s Live 25th Anniversary Show headlining Friday night.
This summer will be 25 years since Groove Armada debuted, going on to become one of the most successful dance acts of the time. Over two decades of prolific productions and tireless touring they’ve proved that it’s possible to daringly explore a multitude of sounds while achieving critical and commercial success.
Bristol crowds can expect the full experience, from dancehall dub of ‘Superstylin’’ to the crossover pop appeal of ‘Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control)’ and from the dancefloor-igniting ‘I See You Baby’ to the woozy sunset vibes of ‘At The River’. Each one of those cuts stands alone as a certified classic, revered in the dance music hall of fame for their timeless appeal.
And that’s all before you consider their exhilarating, life-affirming live show. Way back in an era when dance acts typically blended synths and DJing with striking visuals, Groove Armada focused on ensuring every element of the sound was as live as possible. They will be bringing their inimitable performance to the open air in Bristol for the ultimate summer party.
Tom Hoyle, Co-Founder of Siren explains: “It’s great to be back at the harbourside this year, launching Siren as a new series of events for Bristol. We will be collaborating with some of the city’s best music brands and acts to produce a whole weekend of music. Groove Armada is the perfect choice to kick off the weekend – their live show is an absolute must see!
Charli XCX first ever Bristol festival at FORWARDS
Fresh from last week’s seminal sold-out Alexandra Palace gig, Britain’s ‘main pop girl’ Charli XCX has been revealed as the final headline act and latest riotous tour-de-force to hit FORWARDS main music stage in Bristol this September, making her first ever festival appearance here.
Following the release of her first UK number one album CRASH, and current UK and North American tour, the avant-pop performer, singer-songwriter-producer, will take the stage by storm on Saturday for an iconic Bristol show, not to be missed.
Known for speaking out, stepping back from social media and focusing on her mental health, Charli XCX, embodies the essence of FORWARDS for urgent conversations side by side with music. After her ground-breaking debut documentary ‘Alone Together’ tested her creative limits and united a global community of vulnerable LGBTQ+ fans, Charli XCX continues to be a leading voice of a generation.
FORWARDS is the biggest new international music festival for Bristol, and the first collaboration for AEG Presents and Team Love. The two day festival challenges what metropolitan festivals can be today, kickstarting a new breed of city festivals by committing to positive change through social initiatives and a powerful platform for discussion.
As well as the two main music stages, FORWARDS will also platform urgent, forward-thinking conversations. There will be a discussion on race by former footballer and author of The Uncomfortable Truth About Racism John Barnes MBE in conversation with Bristolian poet and active media spokesperson on the Colston Four trial, Lawrence Hoo, as well as discussions on trans rights and gender fluidity, the cost of living crisis, feminist agendas and the music industry today, plus more. Other speakers include Lemn Sissay, Jack Monroe, Jay Rayner and Shon Faye.
Day tickets are now available from £56.89, with weekend tickets available from £102.14 Concessions are available for children aged 5-15, local residents and low-income individuals. www.forwardsbristol.co.uk
Bristol Beacon Presents River Town 2022: a summer celebration of Roots and American music
River Town returns for the first time in three years for a summer programme of world-class roots and country music on 11 June – 1 August.
Presented by Bristol Beacon, River Town brings an unparalleled programme of blues, gospel, country, and bluegrass, from across the pond and closer to home, performed by global icons and rising names. Crowds can expect barn-storming live Americana music this summer.
With more than 20 musicians from the Americana scene, including big names such as Richard Hawley, Judy Collins, Martha Wainwright, Adia Victoria and Lee Fields, River Town brings the sounds of the Deep South to the Southwest.
Todd Wills, Bristol Beacon’s Artistic Director, said of the series: “We’re excited to bring back River Town for 2022, taking place at a range of venues in Bristol and Bath. This year audiences can enjoy established country and roots acts as well as names less familiar to us in the UK.”