Chemical Brothers and Jamie xx top the list for Bristol’s big new festival


The team behind love save the day bring a selection of international music stars to the Downs for a brand new festival.

Chemical Brothers and Jamie xx have been revealed as the headliners of Attackerswhich takes place on September 3 and 4 of this year.

team love promise that the event will mark a “new era of festivals” that seeks to question what metropolitan festivals can be today and how they can do good from within. Harnessing the power of live music, the aim is to bring people together to contribute to positive change, through social initiatives and a space for discussion and debate.

Little Simz, Róisín Murphy, Kae Tempest, Caribou, Sleaford Mods, Shygirl, Khruangbin, Fred encore…, Floating Points, Kojey Radical, Self Esteem, The Comet is Coming, Overmono (live), Gabriels, Sudan Archives, Chrissi and Connie Constance are all lined up for the Forwards, and tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. on Friday.

Kae Tempest is part of a star-studded line-up for forwards – photo: Wolfgang Tillmans

Revealing details of the new festival, Tom Paine, co-founder of Team Love, said: “We are proud to unveil a new festival for a new era of festivals, in the best city in the world, our hometown of Bristol.

“Now, more than ever, it is important that our events invite debate and inspire the public to do more to make the world a better place, while being a place to gather, dance and create memories.

“With one of the most exciting queues we’ve ever brought to Bristol, we’re creating a space called ‘The Information’, to provide a space for urgent conversations from some of our favorite activist and political voices. We partner with CICs to develop new talent, provide community catering at the heart of the festival, and give back to our communities through the festival ecosystem.


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The brand new festival of Team Love and AEG presents will see prolific remixer and producer Jamie xx headline Saturday night. The Chemical Brothers will then bring their world-famous psychedelic show to the Downs on Sunday night in a performance that features mind-blowing visuals to some of dance music’s greatest anthems.

The two-day festival will also feature a program of inspirational pundits, disruptors, artists, writers and thinkers from across the global social and political spectrum, as well as Bristol voices and collectives. Full details will be revealed this spring.

Forwards, in association with the social impact arm of Team Love Great CIC team, seeks to open doors for the city’s youth who have historically been excluded and underrepresented in the festival and event industry. There will be work experience, job shadowing and paid jobs available throughout the festival, supported by outreach and partnerships with local youth organizations such as ACE and Babbasa.

As part of broader collaborations with Pride of Bristol and other event organizers, there are plans to create other opportunities beyond the Forwards.

Team Love is emphasizing sustainability this year and is committed to measuring the impact of its live events. There will also be CIC Canteen Team, a hotel collective working to tackle food vulnerability, hosting a pop-up cafe at Forwards, as well as backstage catering for artists and crew.

Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. on Friday, February 25 and presale tickets at 10 a.m. on Thursday. More information is available via

Chemical Brothers Main Photo: James Basely

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