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FORWARDS looks to challenge what metropolitan festivals can be, with a 2-day event bringing people together for incredible music moments and positive change; through social initiatives and a space for discussion and debate. 


Jamie XX and Charli XCX will headline the Saturday music line-up, followed by The Chemical Brothers on Sunday. 

The weekend will also feature psyche-space legends Spiritualized, London post-punk band Warmduscher and rebel rapper, Kam-BU.

Other acts taking to the stage over the weekend include Little Simz, Róisín Murphy, Khruangbin, Caribou, Fred Again.., Shygirl and more.  


The festival is also giving the stage over to some ermerging and local performers, such as Ishmael Ensemble and Friends featuring guests such as Rider Shafique, Tiny Chapter, STANLÆY and Chris Hillier; the 90s-inspired rap of Willow Kayne; and the powerful, brooding vocal of Harvey Causon. They will also be joined by visceral jazz-punk-Afro-funk band Melt Yourself Down, raw post-punk vocalist Billy No Mates, beautiful and understated Rozi Plain and alternative indie band Hypothetics.


In addition to the two main music stages, FORWARDS establishes THE INFORMATION; a space driven by activism, examination, debate and understanding on today's current affairs and cultural issues, plus challenging the role of music festivals. 

A programme of some of the world’s most inspirational experts, disruptors, artists, writers, and thinkers from across the social and political spectrum will be announced this Spring, tied together with Bristolian voices and collectives driving conversation throughout. 

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Date: (3 Sept 2022 - 4 Sept 2022)


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