The Great British Summer keeps one perpetually confused: am I sweating or being rained on – or both simultaneously? Is it a deal or no deal? Is this all some twisted simulation where hippos govern our states? Although we don’t do weather (or politics) particularly well, one thing we can remain consistently proud of is the Great British music festival. Our green and pleasant land is home to some of the cream of the crop. Closer to home, Bristol hosts an array of enviable events, notably the upcoming infamous Downs Festival this month.
Held over two days, it is said to be the city’s largest music event and this year’s lineup is sure to lure in the crowds. Heading the bill are power queens Ms. Lauryn Hill and Grace Jones. Neither of these legends need any introduction and needless to say there will be some groovy moves to be made.
The city’s favourites are likely to be the one and only IDLES. Born and bred Bristolians, they have taken the world by storm with their post-punk political growls and just recently being nominated for a Mercury Prize reward. These guys are a must see – it will be beautiful chaos.
Sweden’s Neneh Cherry will bring her beautiful, raw R’n’B vibes to compliment the nation’s sweetheart, Loyle Carner who also joins the line-up with his dulcet tones, poetic lyrics and carefully selected collaborations.
And to round things off, for those seeking a higher BPM, Ibiza-based, Leeds-born Nightmares On Wax will no doubt provide the ultimate summer evening soundtrack, along with the exceptional disco-legends Crazy P. And would it really be Bristol if there wasn’t some drum and bass? The High Contrast Band will be playing live of course!
The Downs Bristol takes place on 31st August with the Madness performing on 1st September. Tickets available here.