FORWARDS returns to Bristol this September after making their debut last year. Bristol will see two days of music and discussion, fueled by its social initiatives to create positive change.
The festival for forward thinkers welcomes a host of international music names to its stage for 2023, including headliners from electronic legend, APHEX TWINand pioneer of neo-soul, ERYKAH BADU.
advertised as “a forward-thinking festival” by The Guardian, FORWARDS complements their incredible music lineup by offering fans a space for discussion and debate on ‘THE INFORMATION’, featuring a host of experts, disruptors, creatives, writers and thinkers – epic musical moments one on one. side of the other
More than just a music concert, FORWARDS seeks to challenge what metropolitan festivals can be today and how they can do good, from the inside out.
Music Program 2023
FORWARDS releases a first look at its music program for 2023:
APHEX TWIN is one of the most celebrated and influential electronic musicians of all time. Known for his innovative and experimental approach to music creation, fans in Bristol and beyond can look forward to an unforgettable performance of cutting-edge music and mind-blowing visuals.
ERYKAH BADU brings her pioneering genre of neo-soul to Bristol this September, taking the audience into a soulful new trance with an eclectic mix. Erykah is among the top neo soul artists and has a host of awards, including four GRAMMYs.
Other 2023 Music Acts Featured; Bonobo, Primal Scream, Arlo Parks, Raye, Leftfield, Goldie with Live Ensemble, Amyl and the Sniffers, Confidence Man, Olivia Dean, Biig Piig, Viagra Boys, Wesley Joseph, Jockstrap, Katy J Pearson, and Yasmin Lacey.
Following powerful and hard-hitting talks last year, in which the likes of Jack Monroe and Jay Rayner discussed the state of food and food poverty with John Barnes MBE and Lawrence Hoo delved into the black experience, FORWARDS is pleased to announce the return of THE INFORMATION in 2023. More details to be announced later this year.
Social initiatives are at the heart of the FORWARDS festival, which is committed to creating positive change. A new series of initiatives for 2023 will be announced later this year.
The series of initiatives will include the return of the ‘Capture FORWARDS’ initiative presented by FORWARDS and associated partner BIG TEAM CIC.
‘Capture FORWARDS’ offers young photographers first-hand experience in live event photography, giving them invaluable access in the early stages of their careers. After welcoming 56 entries in 2022, four lucky photographers were selected to shoot the inaugural festival last September. Celebrating their success, photographers Naomi Williams, Megan Tsz Ip, Jade Ayino and Ismael Abdi saw their work from last year’s festival exhibited at the Trinity Center in Bristol in February and have since become full-time professional photographers.
Tom Paine, Co-Founder of Team Love, said: “We are proud to bring FORWARDS back this year to the greatest city in the world, and our hometown of Bristol. Building on our work since our inaugural year, we are incredibly excited to be able to bring together a musical offering with such an incredible array of talent. Our goal continues to be to make FORWARDS a space that invites debate and challenges the status quo. Offering our audience a place to come together, dance and make memories, as we try to inspire debate, action and enact positive change through the time-sensitive conversations on ‘The Information’.”
Jim King, CEO, European Festivals, AEG Presents said: “We are excited to see FORWARDS return after their inaugural success in 2022.
Offering two days of music and culture, we’re delighted to bring headliners Aphex Twin and Erykah Badu to Bristol. A historic city with an important cultural and musical heritage of which we are pleased to be a part”.
Tickets on sale: 10:00 GMT, March 24, 2023
(PRESALE 10:00 GMT, March 23, 2023)
Early bird day entry starts at £49.50, with weekend tickets available from £89.50.
Concessions are available to children ages 5-15, local residents, and low-income individuals. As in 2022, FORWARDS will offer discounted NHS tickets to those who work there. This is his little way of saying thank you for all the hard work and dedication.
Doors open at 12:00 with last entry to the event at 20:00.
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