Organisers have released full details for recommended travel methods for this weekend’s festival on The Downs featuring Massive Attack, Primal Scream, Skepta, Savages, Khruangbin, Tricky and Young Fathers. The festival starts at 1pm with two music stages and ‘The Information’, a new area themed around how people use their chosen form of communication to raise awareness of societal issues, showcasing a line-up of speakers who have, in their own, way affected positive social change.


Festival goers have been asked not to attempt to drive to The Downs for the event as no parking will available, all bay parking will be suspended and road closures will be in place to direct traffic away from the site in order to ensure a smooth flow of regular traffic across the city.

For those travelling from outside of Bristol or for visitors who need to drive as they are travelling as a family, please use the park and ride facilities put in place in partnership with First Bus for the event.

For anyone who needs to drive for mobility reasons please contact the organisers in advance of the event.

Shuttle Buses

In partnership with First Bus a special event shuttle bus service will run on the day of the event. The buses will run from Temple Meads and The Centre to and from the event site from midday until midnight.

The route will run from Bristol Temple Meads (Stop Tc) to the City Centre (stop Ck, opposite the Radisson Blu Hotel) and to The Downs. The service will run at least every 10 minutes at peak times.

Additionally two services will run from the park and rides, these services will run as follows:

From Long Ashton Park & Ride (postcode BS3 2HB) to The Downs. The service will run at least every 10 minutes at peak times.

From Portway Park & Ride (postcode BS11 9QE) to The Downs. The service will run at least every 10 minutes at peak times.

On all services a single journey costs £3 and a return is £4 (a return shuttle bus ticket can also be used as a day rider and used for any journey on the First Bus Inner Bus Network). Children under 16 travel free but must be accompanied by an adult.

The timetable can be downloaded from the First website –


To encourage cleaner travel around Bristol and provide facilities for cyclists to ride to the event, the event organisers are working in partnership with Sustrans to provide a dedicated bike park area.

Cyclists will need to pre-register for bike parking via the Sustrans website –

On arrival to the event, registered cyclists can park bikes in the designated bike park and collect after the event has closed.

Bike parking capacity is limited and spaces will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

All words by Philip Allen. More writing by Philip on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive. Philip tweets as @ltranger.

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