The Downs Bristol 2019 Nestled within bucolic parklands beyond the bustling edges of Bristol city, The Downs Festival returns for a triumphant fourth outing that brings together the special and the spectacular. This one-day event celebrates a diverse array of performances from both legendary and up-and-coming artists, topped off with a sizeable dollop of political goodwill. And despite the ominous presence of dark clouds and downpours that loom large that morning, blue skies and sunshine eventually triumph in time for the festival’s opening hour.


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Ólafur Arnalds Modern maestro Ólafur Arnalds brings a generous helping of Icelandic magic to Cardiff with a dazzling 90 minute long set that is as strange as it is epic. So much so, that long before he enters the stage, a bizarre hush has already befallen the audience as a pair of self-playing pianos tiptoe their way through a sequence of eerily muted notes. The silence is alien, the anticipation overwhelming.


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Teddy Thompson Flame-haired country singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson is one of those rare things: nostalgic yet modern, passionate yet unsentimental. It is perhaps a curious kind of venue, then, that he finds himself in tonight.


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Luke Sital-Singh “Has everyone got the Monday night blues?” beams Luke Sital-Singh as he greets his audience, “Because you’ve come to the right place.” Tonight, the Bristol-based folk singer-songwriter celebrates a homecoming gig in the semi-intimate space of Rough Trade, where a large local crowd of devotees wait with bated breath. His words certainly set the tone as the whole night unfurls with a showcase of solemn, lovelorn music.


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