We’ve been to the Year 3000 and everyone still loves Busted it seems. So we expect all of Bristol to go mental when the pop-punk trio headline Harbourside’s summer concert series, Bristol Sounds. Celebrating 20 years of Busted, the much-loved group will jump-kick their way onto Lloyds Amphitheatre on Thursday, June 27.
This is Busted’s first show in Bristol since a sold-out O2 Academy in 2017. Expect them to play all the hits like Crashed The Wedding, Who’s David, Thunderbirds Are Go and Air Hostess. You can now sign up for exclusive early access by heading here, with pre-sale tickets available from Wednesday, February 28, 10:00am. General sale tickets are on sale Friday, March 1, 10:00am.
Conal Dodds, Event Promoter at Crosstown Concerts, said: “Busted resonates with several generations of music enthusiasts, and their fans have a deep connection with the band, returning time and time again to see them doing what they do best, at their very best. They’re celebrating 20 years and we’re celebrating 10 years of Bristol Sounds, so it’s a perfect match for us.”
As mentioned, it’s been almost a decade since we first saw the open-air music series set up next to the harbour. To celebrate, the 10-year-anniversary we’re seeing some of the biggest names in rock, reggae, punk and dub perform – as well as the city’s first-ever all-day open-air rock event in the summer of 2024.
Taking place from June 22 to 30, 2024, the likes of Skindred, Gentleman’s Dub Club, The Skints and The Breeders were first announced to be headlining the all-day events. Just added to the line-up are 90s grunge-rock icons Placebo, who last played in Bristol almost 10 years ago in 2015, as well as James Arthur – one of the world’s biggest streaming artists – bringing his sold-out arena show to Bristol’s Harbourside.
“Bristol Sounds is fundamentally a festival for the people of Bristol, and each year we like to curate a programme that will catch the attention of everyone and anyone!” added Conal Dodds. “It’s such an eclectic mix of genres and gigs, you’re guaranteed to have a great time. When we’re thinking about our bookings, the line-up has always been put together with the fans at the core of our decision-making, and we can’t wait to watch the crowd’s reactions as their favourite artists take to the most incredible stage in the city.”
The opening date will see Bristol’s first-ever all-day open-air rock event arrive in the city. Headlined by UK ragga-metal group Skindred, music lovers can expect their unique brand of reggae, rock and metal to filter out from the amphitheatre. They’ll be joined by the Glastonbury rockers Reef and the Kris Barras Band, made up of former MMA fighter Kris Barras and his band.
The legendary Leeds-based outfit, Gentleman’s Dub Club, on June 23 – known for their high-energy live shows, and eclectic mix of reggae, ska, drum and bass and more. The Sunday will be co-headlined by The Skints too. Also performing are five-piece electronic and dub band Dreadzone, West London artist, Hollie Cook, London’s Kiko Bun and Bristol resident Count Skylarkin – with a lineup of second-stage DJs still to be announced.
Following the recent announcement of the multi-venue event Ritual Union in March 2024, Bristol Sounds will see the first ever “Ritual Union presents” all-day event on June 30. Headlined by American nineties icons The Breeders, the likes of the psych-influenced garage rocker Ty Segall and the Brighton-based post-punk group Squid will support.
With one final night to be announced, Bristol Sounds returns June 22 to 30, with tickets for all shows on sale here.
Bristol Sounds 2024 line-up so far:
Saturday, June 22 2024
Kris Barras Band
Sunday, June 23 2024
Gentleman’s Dub Club
DJ Count Skylarkin
Wednesday, 26 June 2024
Thursday, June 27 2024
Friday, 28 June 2024
Saturday, 29 June 2024
All day line-up to be announced soon!
Sunday, 30 June 2024
Mary In The Junkyard
The Standford Family Band