Massive Attack to play biggest ever homecoming show

The Bristol group are planning a large-scale open-air concert this summer

Massive Attack have announced their biggest hometown concert yet, set to take place later this year.

The group will perform in front of an audience of tens of thousands of fans at Bristol Downs on September 3rd.

The outdoor gig is their first major show in the city since 2004 and also the first time in 15 years that the Downs have played host to a large-scale music event.

Primal Scream and Skepta have been confirmed as support acts for the day-long event, with more to follow.


Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja, better known as 3D, said that he hopes the concert will become an annual fixture.

“We are curating what we hope will become an annual event something made in Bristol with an international reach. We will also use the project to engage with the important social and political issues of the day,” he said.

Massive Attack released an EP, ‘Ritual Spirit’, in January. The record, which was the first new music from the band since 2010, features Scottish Mercury Prize-winners Young Fathers and the return of Tricky, who hasn’t recorded with the the group since 1994.

In March, the group unveiled the video for the EP’s title track which stars Kate Moss. The band also revealed that they will headline one of this summer’s Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park shows.