More artists revealed for Bristol’s first Forwards Festival

FORWARDERS reveals the legends of space psyche SPIRITUALIZED as the latest addition to his stellar debut music schedule, which is set to hit Bristol in September. Alongside a London post-punk band HOT SHOWER and rebel rapper, KAM-BU.

FORWARDS is also unveiling the next generation of musicians from Bristol and beyond, leading the charge for the music of the future and joining the 2022 programme.

Names to add to your radar and see on FORWARDS include: the evocative dronescapes of ISHMAEL TOGETHER & FRIENDS (with guests RIDER SHAFIQUE, TINY CHAPTER, STANLÆY AND CHRIS HILLIER), the 90s-inspired rap of Willow Kayne and the powerful, brooding voice of HARVEY CAUSON. They will be joined by a visceral jazz-punk-afro-funk band FOUND YOURSELFraw post-punk singer BILLY NOMATES and alternative indie band HYPOTHETICAL.

These artists join the stellar international musical program of FORWARDS, announced last month, including: THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS, JAMIE XX, LITTLE SIMZ, RÓISÍN MURPHY, KHRUANGBIN, CARIBOU, FRED AGAIN.., SHY GIRL and more.

In the coming weeks, FORWARDS will be moving from its conference program to THE INFORMATION, a space driven by activism, examination and understanding of current events and cultural issues of today. Stay tuned.

Forwards: more than a music festival

FORWARDS is the biggest new international music festival for Bristol and the first collaboration between AEG Presents and Team Love. It seeks to launch a new generation of urban music festivals, committing to positive change through social initiatives and forward-thinking discussions, as well as epic musical moments.

FORWARDS is built around social initiatives, in partnership with a range of Community Interest Corporations (CICs); BIG TEAM CIC will nurture new musical talent and open doors for the city’s youth who have historically been excluded and underrepresented in the festival and event industry. The TEAM CANTEEN CIC, which fights against food vulnerability, will also provide solidarity catering for the festival.

The festival gives back to NHS workers, partnering with two organizations ‘Protect our NHS’ and ‘Bristol grAttitude’ at the event, while offering all local NHS workers specially priced £25 day tickets £.00 + bf. An affordable ticket system is also available for people with low incomes.


Day tickets now available from £49.50, with weekend tickets available from £95. Concessions are available for children ages 5-15, local residents, and low-income earners.
Doors open at 12:00 p.m. with last entry to the event at 8:00 p.m.

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