Forwards Festival unveil second wave of artists

Forwards Festival unveil second wave of artists

Posted on: 06 Apr 2022

Bristol’s newest international music festival, Forwards, have added a whole host of artists from Bristol and beyond to their already stacked lineup.


Forwards Festival have announced a plethora of new additions to their inaugural lineup.


The festival – which will take place on Clifton Downs between Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September – already counts the likes of The Chemical Brothers and Jamie XX on the bill.


Weekend, day and concession tickets for the event can be found here.



The new wave of artists is largely made up of rising stars in Bristol’s live music community. These acts are led by jazz-electronica project Ishmael Ensemble - featuring the likes of Rider Shafique, Tiny Chapter, STANLÆY and Chris Hillier.


Joining them will be fellow Bristol artist Willow Kayne (pictured below), bringing her singular blend of 90s pop and hip-hop to proceedings. Lo-fi no-waver (and Sleaford Mods associate Billy Nomates) will also appear on the Downs stage.

Completing the local lineup is jazz/punk/Afro-funk group Melt Yourself Down; powerful, brooding vocalist Harvey Causon; atmospheric singer-songwriter Rozi Plain and punk four-piece Hypothetics.


A plethora of national acts have also been added to the lineup with psyche-space heroes Spiritualized, London’s mad disco-punk outfit Warmduscher and rebel rapper Kam-BU also announced


This diverse selection of local artists joins the festival’s already stellar programme. In addition to headliners The Chemical Brothers and Jamie XX, rapper and Top Boy star Little Simz (pictured below); post-disco star Róisín Murphy; Nottingham punks Sleaford Mods; Texas trio Khruangbin; electronic project Caribou; London rapper Shygirl and more.

Kickstarting a new breed of festivals, Forwards is designed with social initiatives at its core. The festival is partnered with Community Interest Companies, Big Team and Team Canteen. 


Big Team will nurture new musical talent and help to open doors for young people who have been historically underrepresented. Team Canteen fight against food vulnerability and will provide community-led catering for the festival.


Forwards is also partnering with NHS charities, offering all local NHS workers discount tickets (£25) – an affordable ticket scheme is also available for those on low income.


Day tickets are now available from £49.50, with weekend tickets available from £95. Concessions are available for children, local residents and low-income individuals. Get your ticket here.

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Stanley Gray

Stan is a born and bred Bristolian, recently graduated from studying English Literature in Sheffield. His passions are music and literature and he spends the majority of his time in venues all over the city, immersing himself in Bristol’s alternative music scene. A lifelong Bristol City fan, Stan’s Saturdays are spent watching his team both home and away.