Forwards announce set times for their inaugural festival

Forwards announce set times for their inaugural festival

Posted on: 24 Aug 2022

With the inaugural edition of the two-day festival only 10 days away, Forwards Festival have announced the timings for their amazing selection of music and talks.


Forwards Festival will take place on at The Downs on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September.


Formed by Bristol-based companies Team Love and AEG Presents, Forwards is the biggest new addition to the city’s festival calendar and has already proved immensely popular with music fans with tickets running very low.





The festival’s impressive music lineup boasts a diverse range of top-tier artists from all over the UK and beyond and now attendees will be able to check out where and when these shows will take place.


Stage 1’s Saturday schedule will see Richmond-based rapper KAM-BU open at 13:15, followed by Bristol’s very own jazzwise electronica group, Ishmael Ensemble at 14:15.


Next up, at 15:35 is hip-hop/avant-pop artist Shygirl followed by experimental electro-pop icon Charli XCX (pictured below) at 16:45. Texas trio Khruangbin and award-winning rapper Little Simz follow at 18:10 and 19:40 respectively before Saturday headliner, beatmaker and producer Jamie XX, closes proceedings at 21:25.

Stage 2 opens with a so far unannounced act at 13:15 followed by LA violinist, singer-songwriter and producer Sudan Archives at 14:40. Electronic duo Overmono are next at 15:40 before Mercury Prize nominated alternative rapper Kojey Radical plays at 17:10.


The Stage 2 lineup is then completed with shows from singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Fred Again.. at 18:30 and expansive DJ Floating Points (pictured below) at 20:20.


The information section of the festival is split into a panels stage and a performance stage. Volunteer run festival Bristol Transformed (13:30), sustainability communications company Envirals (14:45), local music education CIC Noods Levels (16:00) and Bristol Drugs Project (17:15) will all appear on ‘the information panels’ programme.

The ‘information stage’ lineup sees Travis Alabanza in conversation with Shon Faye at 14:00 and Lemn Sissay’s one man show ‘My Name is Why’ at 16:00 before multi-instrumentalist Harvey Causon and 90s inspired musician Willow Kayne play at 19:40 and 20:30 respectively.


Sunday on the main stage begins with London-based afrobeat band Melt Yourself Down at 13:15, followed by jazz-rock group The Comet Is Coming at 14:30. Indie pop singer Self Esteem takes to the stage at 15:45 with electro-punk duo Sleaford Mods at 17:00.


Completing the Stage 1 lineup is art-rocker Róisín Murphy (pictured below) at 18:45 and Sunday headliners the legendary electronic two-piece The Chemical Brothers at 20:30. 

Stage 2’s Sunday schedule begins at 13:15 with Watford singer-songwriter Connie Constance. Next up is Bristol-based post-punk artist Billy Nomates at 14:15 and South London rock’n’roll band Warmduscher (pictured below) at 15:15.


Completing the stage 2 proceedings are renowned spoken word artist at 16:30 and legendary space rock band Spiritualized at 17:45. Last of all is Canadian composer and musician Caribou playing at 19:20.


Sunday’s ‘information panels’ include community project Black Excellence Bristol (13:30), homeless charity Caring in Bristol (14:45), sex positive organisation Sex Talks (16:00) and festival organisers, Big Team CIC (17:15).

During the day, the stage sees food critic Jay Rayner in discussion with food writer Jack Monroe about ‘The State of Food’ (14:00) and ex-footballer John Barnes and Bristol poet Lawrence Hoo meet to take part in a talk entitled ‘Exceptionally Black – The Silent Minority’.


Finally, local hip hop and punk inspired four-piece Hypothetics play at 18:55 followed by indie folk singer-songwriter Rozi Plain at 19:45.


Tickets for Forward Festival – that runs on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September – are running low but can still be purchased 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 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 Saturday’s are spent watching his team both home and away.