Elbow to headline The Downs Festival in Bristol

Elbow to headline The Downs Festival in Bristol

Posted on: 21 Apr 2017

The Manchester band Elbow will follow in the footsteps of Bristol legends Massive Attack, who headlined the bash last year, when they take to the Downs on Saturday 2nd September 2017.


Elbow Bristol

Unedited image credit: MJ Ballooning


The Downs Festival has announced the details of this year’s event, which will see main stage performances from headliners Elbow, Seasick Steve, De La Soul and Soul II Soul.


The more dance-heavy second stage will be helmed by the likes of Groove Armada, David Rodigan MBE (below) and Bristol-born Roni Size, adding a touch of the local to the festival last year headlined by Massive Attack.

David Rodigan

Also performing at last year’s event were Primal Scream and Skepta, with all 27,000 tickets selling out in less than two hours for the first major music event on the Downs in over 15 years.


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.”


Tickets for the bash taking place on Saturday 2nd September, are priced at £50.50 + £2.50 transaction fee (not per ticket) but includes the £1 levy for The Downs. GET TICKETS HERE!

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Sam Mason-Jones

An ardent Geordie minus the accent, Sam seemingly strove to get as far away from the Toon as possible, as soon as university beckoned. Three undergraduate years at UoB were more than ample time for Bristol (as it inevitably does) to get under his skin, and so here he remains: reporting, as Assistant Editor, on the cultural happenings which so infatuated him with the city. Catch him at sam@365bristol.com.