IDLES are set to headline a special outdoor concert in Bristol next week.
The city’s favourite sons, known for their abrasive post-punk sound, will perform at a one-day event at Clifton Downs alongside a number of other acts on Friday, September 3.
With a crowd of 10,000 festival-goers it’s expected to be a memorable day – and it will be followed by Love Saves The Day, which takes place at the same location.
IDLES scored their first UK Number One album in 2020 with Ultra Mono, which also became the fastest-selling vinyl release of the year, but the band are yet to perform songs from the album live to a live audience.
Below is everything you need to know about the event.
What’s happening at the event?
Music will run from 3pm until 11pm across three festival-sized stages. Gates open at 2pm. The lineup includes national and local talent.
Who’s playing on the day?
Alongside IDLES on the main stage will be the likes of Scottish composer and producer Anna Meredith, Yorkshire group Working Men’s Club, TV Priest, Jane Weaver and Big Joanie.
The lineup for the second stage will be more electronic-heavy, featuring acts such as Paranoid London, local favourites Giant Swan, vocalist and producer Grove, Nuha Ruby Ra and Kayla Painter.
Up-and-coming acts will be showcased on the third stage, including Heavy Lungs, who joined IDLES on their last pre-pandemic tour.
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“There is so much exciting, fresh and boundary-pushing music here, from musicians who Bristolians have been waiting to see play live for so long now,“ said Tom Paine of Team Love, organisers of the event.
“Just seeing the names all together on the same artwork is genuinely sending tingles down our spines. As you can see now from the lineup this is going to be a packed full day of amazing musical entertainment from start to finish.”
For the safety of customers and staff, security will be conducting stringent searches at the gate. Anyone found to be carrying illicit items will have them confiscated and may be removed from the festival and handed over to the police where necessary.
Do not attempt to bring any of the following items inside the festival:
- Fireworks, laser pens, or flares
- Alcohol, illicit drugs, or legal highs including nitrous oxides
- Animals (with the exception of guide dogs)
- Selfie sticks
- Hi Vis waistcoats, jackets or vests
- Bicycles or scooters
- Food / Drink / Cool boxes / Picnic hampers
- Pens or Paint
- Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (aka Drones)
- Any form of seating other than wheelchairs
- Anything which could be considered an offensive weapon or could cause danger or nuisance
The festival cannot take responsibility for any item retained by security at the gates – these items will be disposed of. To reduce waiting times at the gate, only bring necessary items with you to the event.
Tickets cost £45 plus booking fee.
The show is open to all ages but under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
There are a handful of tickets left on See Tickets.
Free tickets for NHS workers
On July 27, IDLES announced they were making 2,000 free tickets available to NHS Workers in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire for the concert.
If you are an NHS worker in the local area you will have been contacted with a sign-up form to register your interest in tickets for yourself and a guest.
Do not attend the event if, within the past 14 days, you have tested positive, learned that you have been in close contact with a person now known to have been carrying coronavirus or if you or anyone you live with have experienced any symptoms commonly associated with Covid.
You should not attend if you are awaiting the results of a Covid test.
If you test positive for coronavirus following a PCR test, contact organisers on email@example.com to discuss the possibility of a refund.
More information about the gig can be found here.