Forwards 2024: The Jesus and Mary Chain, Glass Beams, and more complete lineup

Forwards 2024 festival finalises its lineup, featuring The Jesus and Mary Chain and Glass Beams among others, promising an unforgettable weekend in Bristol.

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Forwards 2024 has revealed its final music lineup additions, confirming The Jesus and Mary Chain and Glass Beams as headliners. Taking place on Saturday, 31st August, and Sunday, 1st September, the festival will feature a mix of international and local artists.

The Jesus and Mary Chain, formed in 1983 by Scottish brothers Jim and William Reid, will perform their only Bristol show this year. Known for their unique blend of noisy guitar feedback and melodic pop, their performance on Sunday promises to be a highlight.

Glass Beams will also grace the stage, drawing from their Indian and South Asian roots to create an ethereal mix of psychedelia and surf rock. Their debut album, Mirage, has been praised for its fusion of 70s Indian classical music, disco, and DIY electronica.

Additionally, the festival will showcase artists from Big Team’s Next Level Artist Development Programme, designed to support emerging talent. Saturday’s lineup includes alternative soul artist Sambee, Bossa Nova musician Ava Zarate, and local duo Rellz & YB Micz. Sunday will feature pop-rock newcomer SSADCHARLIE, R&B singer Laura Dia, and soulful artist Marns.

The Jesus and Mary Chain

Local Bristol artists are well-represented, with performances by producer and rapper Danny Chaska, lo-fi rapper Kwazi, and jazz-inspired band Laimu on Saturday. Sunday’s acts include psychedelic soul group Cousin Kula, post-punk band Knives, and indie rockers Lice.

READ MORE: Forwards Festival 2024 announces Loyle Carner and LCD Soundsystem as headliners

Tom Paine, Co-founder of Team Love, expressed his excitement: “Forwards is back for its third year, and we couldn’t be prouder. Each year, it grows, evolves and delivers even more for the city of Bristol and beyond.”

Jim King, CEO of European Festivals at AEG Presents, added: “We’re thrilled to be bringing Forwards back to the Bristol Downs for its third year. Offering a packed lineup of international music acts with headliners LCD Soundsystem and Loyle Carner, supported by the likes of Floating Points and Yard Act.”

A replacement for Maribou State, who had to cancel their 2024 shows, will be announced soon.

Early bird day admission starts at £55, with weekend tickets available from £99.50. Concessions are available for children, local residents, and low-income individuals, and NHS workers can access discounted tickets. Visit for more details.

Photo credit: Giulia Spadafora

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