Clifton Downs, Bristol. Sept. 3-4, 2022

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0.1 → Accessibility

The following information provides details about the bookable accessible provisions at the festival. If you have any questions that are not answered below please contact
If you would you like to register to use of any of the following accessible facilities:

  • Personal Assistant / Companion Ticket

  • Viewing Platforms 

  • Accessible Parking

  • Accessible Toilets 

  • Lowered Bar Areas

Firstly, you will need to purchase a ticket in the usual way once they go on sale on Friday 25th Feb, and then complete the (FORWARDS ACCESSIBILITY FORM) by selecting the facilities you wish to use. You will also need to upload some supporting evidence along with your application. (Please read the form for details of suggested documents). Once you have submitted your form we will get back to you within two weeks to let you know if it has been approved.
Please note that submission of the form alone does not automatically guarantee eligibility for use of the accessible facilities. If you have any queries about eligibility, please contact us prior to purchasing your ticket at
If you require the form in an alternative format please contact us at or call 0117 9411611.

Our accessible facilities will only be available to ticket holders who have pre-registered their requirements. This is to ensure that we have time to put appropriate provisions in place on site. Please complete the form no later than 29th July 2022. Information Packs will be sent out to anyone who has successfully registered during the week before the event.
Festival Site Information
FORWARDS will be taking place on Durdham Downs which is an open green-field site. It has some limited pavement and tarmac paths on the peripheral entrances and exits, however most of the space consists of grass and green space. While there will be some sheltered areas (some stalls and marquees), it is predominantly an open-air event. Ground conditions are therefore weather dependent, if we experience extreme weather the ground may become muddy and the grass may well get churned up. This means that mobility across the site may become compromised. We ask you to consider this before purchasing a ticket.
Induction Loops
There will be an induction loop at the Accessibility Box Office.
British Sign Language (BSL) Interpreters
Due to the amount of time required to book performance interpreters for our shows, anyone wishing to have the BSL service needs to contact the accessibility team at least three months prior to the event to ensure there is enough time to put the appropriate provision in place. Please contact for enquiries.
Assistance Dogs
We welcome assistance dogs on the site. There will be an area provided for toileting and drinking. Please let us know on your form if you are bringing one in advance of the event. To organise this please contact
Please note that strobe effects may be used at this event. However, there will not be any specific announcements prior to their use.

Accessoloo is an onsite changing facility with toilet, hoist and changing table that will be joining us. N.B. Please bring your own sling if you wish to use the hoist.
Medical Services and Welfare Area
We have an onsite medical tent with trained First Aiders should customers need this service. 


Diverse Break Out Space
In addition, we have an onsite sensory break out space provided by Diverse UK. This space aims to provide a safe, low level stimulation and recalibration zone for those on the Autistic Spectrum or for those who need a place to have a moment of calm, rather than having to leave the festival. 


If you have any queries, please contact or call 0117 941 1611.
Please note: The disabled access facilities are for festival goers with permanent disabilities – pregnant women and people with recent injuries such as broken legs, hip replacements etc do not qualify.
We take our accessibility seriously and therefore there will be a small number of Mystery Shopper tickets available to disabled customers. For more information please go to the AIE website here

0.2 → Admission & Age Policy

Last entry to the event is 20:00.

FORWARDS is open to all ages, however under 18’s will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. Children aged 4 or under go free and those aged between 5-15 will need to purchase a kids ticket. Please note registration for a ticket is required for free tickets i.e. tickets for children under 5.

We will be operating a Challenge25 policy for alcohol on all bars, so be sure to bring your ID with you. 

Parental Re-entry Policy 

Because of the number of requests we have received from previous events, from parents who would like to leave site to drop children off with relatives or a babysitter and then come back to the event, we have introduced an official family re-admission policy for this event. Someone who has a child will be allowed to leave site to drop them off and then come back in without the child. This policy only extends to people who are leaving site with a child and must still be cleared with security at the main gate. 


Please make sure that you (or whichever adult) is taking the children off site speaks to the team at the main gate BEFORE leaving as you MUST collect a pass out and be back on site by 8pm. If no pass out is collected then you will not be allowed to come back on to site.

Prohibited Items

  • Please note, the following items are prohibited and will prevent entry to site:

  • Fireworks, laser pens, or flares

  • Alcohol, illicit drugs, or legal highs including nitrous oxides

  • Animals (with the exception of guide dogs)

  • Selfie sticks

  • Umbrellas

  • Glass

  • Cans

  • Hi-Vis waistcoats, jackets or vests

  • Bicycles or scooters

  • Chairs

  • Food / Drink / Cool boxes / Picnic hampers

  • Pens or Paint

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (aka Drones)

  • Any form of seating other than wheelchairs

  • Anything which could be considered an offensive weapon or could cause danger or nuisance. 

All confiscated items will not be returned.

0.3 → Bar Staff

Applications to join our bar staff team are now open! Please apply via the link here.

0.4 → Code of Conduct

FORWARDS is a space created in Bristol for everyone, our emphasis is on inclusivity for all and to make sure everyone feels safe to express themselves. We would like to emphasise that we want all our attendees to behave with respect when attending our event.

We support the Halt Harassment Campaign and our staff across our site are briefed to support you with any incident and take appropriate action immediately, discreetly, and efficiently.
We will not tolerate any kind of harassment or disrespectful behaviour. Speak to our team if you feel unsafe or uncomfortable or notice something happening to someone else that doesn’t feel right. Don’t be a bystander.
Practice consent and respect everyone’s boundaries.

Our staff are briefed to support you with any incident and to take all appropriate action. You can find our staff dotted around the site, as well as in the Welfare Tent. They are there to help you, please speak to them if anyone is making you feel uncomfortable or unsafe.

0.5 → Contact

To get in touch with us, please email:

0.6 → Core Values

We are inspired by bringing together culture and community through festivals and events. We want our spaces to be inclusive of people from all backgrounds, diverse in output, and a place where people can come together. Our events are a creative space where everyone can share their knowledge, experience, and culture in a space that is open and accessible for all.
If you would like to read our full Inclusion, Diversity & Equality statement, please click HERE.

0.7 → Covid

As it stands, and until the government says otherwise, our policy remains that attendees must be able to show evidence of being double vaccinated or a negative lateral flow on entry. Masks are currently optional and we would like to ask all attendees to follow signage on the site, which will advise policies. All measures are subject to change in the run up to the event, as per government guidance.

0.8 → Date, Time, Location

Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th September 2022


Doors open: 12:00
Last Entry: 20:00
Close: Sat 23:00 / Sun 22:30

Site address: Durdham Down, Circular Rd, Clifton, Bristol BS9 1NE

0.9 → General

A Cashless Festival
We operate a cashless system across all the bars at FORWARDS. Some Traders and Fairground rides may still accept cash payments, but please ensure you are able to pay on card or Apple / Google Pay before entering the site.

Reusable Cup Scheme
We will once again be running our reusable cup scheme across all bars. There will be a levy on your first cup - if you always bring your empty cup back to the bar, you won’t be charged again.

Lost Property
During the weekend, please go to The Info Tent if you lose or find something. If you need to contact us about lost property after the show, please email

We will be running a cloakroom, this can be found at the Info Tent. The cost per item is £3.

We can’t allow attendees to bring their own food and drink into the venue. There will be plenty of reasonably-priced bars and traders on site providing a wide variety of refreshments all day long. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options will be available.

We encourage attendees to bring their own reusable water bottles, and there will be multiple water refilling stations around the site. 

There should be food available to cater for most dietary requirements but please do check with each individual vendor in advance of purchasing food if you have particular requirements or allergies. If you have concerns or wish to speak with someone regarding a special dietary requirement which impacts your health, please contact

Clothing & Footwear
The Downs is a greenfields site, please make sure your footwear is sensible - and be ready to wear wellies if there has been heavy rainfall. 

1.1 → My Cause Volunteers

Volunteer at festivals and raise money for a charity of your choice! 

Volunteering is a gateway to making unforgettable friends while getting free entry to FORWARDS. Volunteering with My Cause UK means you become part of a community that is exciting, adventurous, and passionate about making a change in the world we live in.

For more information & details on how to apply, head here.

1.2 → Press

For press applications please contact:

1.3 → Sustainability

FORWARDS is committed to making our event more sustainable. Reducing the impact our festival has on the planet is a priority in every element of the festival - from planning and production to sales and marketing. We want artists and festival-goers to arrive with an eco-conscious attitude and willingness to respect the site and our wider planet.

We always believed that festivals are an essential part of the economic and social cohesion of a society, and should be valued as such in the UK. We do recognise however that events inevitably have an impact on our immediate surroundings and the planet. Our goal is to play a valuable role in leading the way in implementing systemic changes that could impact/support businesses in Bristol and the society to face the climate change emergency already in motion. 


We view sustainability by the prism of its 3 pillars - Social, Economic, Environment. Having an intersectional approach to sustainability is essential to create a thriving ecosystem of local businesses, collaboration, circular economies and environmental awareness needed to tackle the current climate emergency. We engage ourselves to apply & promote a REFUSE - REDUCE - REUSE - REPURPOSE - RECYCLE mind frame in everything we do.


What can you do to help?

  • Bring a reusable water bottle

  • Recycle your waste in the appropriate bins

  • Eat at least one veggie meal onsite 

  • Only use biodegradable glitters

  • Shop your festival outfits second hand or borrow them

  • Be kind, don’t be a bystander & Leave No Trace

What are we doing to make a difference?


  • Calculate & Monitor our environmental impact 

  • Balance shuttle bus carbon emissions with ecolibrium

  • Use HVO fuel and Hybrid generators to power our site

  • Encouraged our traders to use organic, local and seasonal food 

  • Ban the use of single-use plastic cups, cutlery, straws and food containers 

  • Encourage refillable water bottle use for audience, crew and artists

  • Reusable cup deposit scheme available at bars

  • Assist artists in their conscious effort towards greener riders



  • Book an inclusive and diverse line-up while investing in grassroots talents

  • Make our site as accessible as possible for all, working towards Attitude is Everything's Charter of Best Practice

  • Partner with Big Team CiC to help diversify our workforce at the festival

  • Engage and partner with community and charity lead organisations 

  • Support the “Safer Spaces” campaign from the AIF 

  • Support the Halt Harassment campaign in Bristol 

  • Commit to create a safe, inclusive and fun environment for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, ability, mental health, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity, political views, religious beliefs or appearance.

1.4 → Ticket Info

If you need more information about your ticket or have any problems please contact our ticket agent through their help desk here.

This is for our official ticket provider AXS, if you have purchased through another ticketing partner please check the tickets booking confirmation or providers website for more information.

A separate ticket is required for each day. If you have purchased a two-day ticket, please ensure that you bring your ticket on both days.
Please only buy tickets from authorised agents. Beware of touts and unauthorised ticket agents selling tickets as there is no guarantee of their authenticity. You will be refused entry if you attempt to use a counterfeit ticket. Please note that tickets are non-transferable.

Affordable Ticket Scheme

We want to make our event as accessible as possible - please contact us if you would like to attend but are facing financial difficulties. Please contact for more information.

1.5 → Traders

If you wish to apply to trade at FORWARDS, then please complete our Trader pre-registration form here.


Please note, we only open applications to food traders, unfortunately we can’t take applications for shops.

1.6 → Travel

There is no general public parking on the site. There will be road closures and parking exclusions in the surrounding area, so please come to the festival on foot, by bike or public transport.

There is an allocated drop off / pick up point a few minutes walk from the festival site for taxis / Ubers.

We have a limited amount of bike parking. If you would like to use it, please make sure you bring a lock. All bikes are left at owner’s risk.

Shuttle Bus Service
We will be operating a Shuttle Bus Service in partnership with First Bristol, running to and from the Festival via a number of city centre locations.

Bus Stops

- Temple Meads train station

- Bristol City Centre / bus stop C6 opposite Radisson Blue Hotel



Single Ticket = £2.20

Return Ticket = £4.30


Coach Service

Big Green Coach are delighted to be the official ticket and coach travel provider for the inaugural Forwards Festival 2022. We are also delighted that all our coach services to this festival are going carbon neutral.

  • Take the hassle out of planning your trip, forget being designated driver and party hard all day and night. You can sleep all the way home!

  • Choose from 21 pick-up points and you’ll be dropped in the official coach park at the event. Day return coach services are operating on both the Saturday and Sunday.

  • Book return coach travel with or without your festival ticket. Your festival experience begins the minute you get on board.


Deposit scheme - Skint? No worries; Big Green Coach have got you covered. Pay £10 to secure your coach seat, pay the rest later.


Go green – Coach travel takes loads of traffic off the roads and is already the greenest way to get to major live music events. This year Big Green Coach will be making all journeys carbon neutral, so you’ll be doing your bit to save the planet.


Day return coach travel - Operating on the Saturday and Sunday.

Pick up locations:
Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bridgend, Bridgwater, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Exeter, Gloucester, London, Newport, Plymouth, Poole, Port Talbot, Reading, Southampton, Swansea, Swindon, Taunton, Weston-Super-Mare, Winchester and Worcester.


1.8 → Welfare

We will have a fully equipped Medical Centre on site that will be manned by qualified staff. Please make yourself aware of its location as you enter the festival. If you suspect somebody is unwell take them to the Medical Tent. If in severe cases they are not moving, please do not attempt to move the individual. Alert a Steward immediately who will call for the exact help needed. 

If you take any medication regularly remember to bring it with you and make your friends aware of any illness or allergies you may have. Look after yourself and those around you.

The Welfare Tent is located right next to the Medical Centre. If you need to grab a quiet five minutes or just want someone to talk to, the Welfare Tent provides a safe and non-judgemental space to do this.

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1.7 → Hotel

ibis is joining forces with Forwards this year as the official accommodation partner to provide sweet dreams and a convenient base for festival goers at a great price. 
ibis is at the heart of music experiences for our guests, where it all begins and ends, which is the reason for ibis MUSIC. We champion up and coming artists from around the world, partner with the best music festivals and at our very foundations provide our guests the perfect place to be able to listen loud and sleep sound.

It couldn't be easier to stay and play, plus the earlier you book the more you save! Members of our ALL - Accor Live Limitless, lifestyle loyalty programme also get the added bonus of a further 10% of their stays. Not a member? Join free today!

ibis Bristol Centre

  • 7 minute drive from festival site

  • Save up to 25% with our Advance Saver Rate (T&Cs apply)

  • Charlie’s Corner bar and restaurant

  • Buffet breakfast available

  • Double, twin and accessible rooms available

  • Sweet Bed by ibis

  • Public indoor parking

  • Outdoor terrace overlooking Millennium Square

ibis Bristol Temple Meads Quay

  • 16 minute drive from festival site

  • 8 minute walk from Temple Meads train station

  • Save up to 25% with our Advance Saver Rate (T&Cs apply)

  • Hotel bar and kitchen

  • Buffet breakfast available

  • Double, twin, family and accessible rooms available

  • Sweet Bed by ibis