THE FIVE-evening concert series Bristol Sounds (cap. 5,000), held at Lloyds Amphitheatre on the city’s dockside on 24-28 June, is expanding to stage a full day of live music on the Saturday.
Beautiful Day Out, headlined by the Levellers and Reef is presented as a city-based version of the Leveller’s own August festival Beautiful Days (cap. 17,000) in Devon.
The other four days are headlined by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Supergrass, Jack Savoretti and Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, with a second full day on Sunday not yet ruled out.
“We have two elements of expansion around Bristol Sounds,” says Conal Dodds of the event’s promoter Crosstown Concerts.
“Extending the hours and days, but also, more interestingly, audience growth. The concerts attract a varied crowd each night – last year Tom Misch attracted 5,000 18 to 23-year-olds, while Bloc Party brought in the indie audience and Elbow the more mature visitors.
“We work to keep each year different, which separates us from a festival proper. It gives us the flexibility to be nimble.”
Scaling up to a full day of music, he says, “Was an obvious thing to do. We have the site ready to go and there are no offices operating nearby at the weekend. There is a lot of competition for artistes in the summer, but this year a lot of them are using the event as a warm-up for Glastonbury [24-28 June].”
Tickets to Bristol Sounds range from £33 to £61.60.