The Downs Festival is the most Bristol thing to happen this year
What's the deal?!
The festival is hosted on The Downs, which has previously hosted everything from horse racing to wrestling, and that crap BBQ you had in 2011 that burnt the grass, you little reprobate.
As well as Elbow, Seasick Steve, De La Soul et.al. pasting the main stage with slick beats and hot treats, there is much more to do at the Downs festival that you may not have noticed. Let me enlighten you.
- Groove Armada will be hosting a DJ set on the second stage (mouth–open shocked emoji!)
- £1 from all online tickets sold will go to maintaining The Downs (not forgiven you for that BBQ yet)
- There's an exclusive live festival performance by Roni Size to celebrate 20 years of his mercury prize winning album New Forms on the second stage.
- Get your fix of West African funk, disco, modern post-punk and electro from Ibibio Sound Machine. One of the most recent acts to be added to the bill, and guaranteed to be phenomenal live performance. There's been a electro deficit in my life since I last heard William Onyeabor songs so very much looking forward to this.
- The information stage is almost a whole other festival by itself. Sessions ccomprise of speakers carefully selected from a range of backgrounds to reflect Bristol’s diverse cultural landscape and unorthodox nature.
- Needing no introduction (but I'll give him one anyway), social campaigner, renowned TV and film director Ken Loach is also a keynote on the Information stage!
- No soggy chips in sight. That wouldn't be Bristol. Instead, there's food from local favourites Biblos, Gopals Curry Shack, and Burger Theory. There are also streets of other stands to choose from with everything from mexican to fish and chips.
- Get there early otherwise you'll miss the ace Keir. Hotly tipped, and from Corsham. That's practically Bristol. When he's super famous you can say, "that guy is actually from just outside of Bristol. I think I saw him driving through Castle Combe.