Massive Attack at The Downs

Serious Stages News Article - 15 September 2016

Massive Attack at The Downs

Massive Attack at The Downs

We supplied the stage for Massive Attack at The Downs, as the band returned to their home city for the one day festival, 3rd September 2016.

Bristol legends, Massive Attack, returned to Bristol to play their first live performance in the city in over a decade. Held at The Downs, this was also the first time this iconic location had been used for a major music event for over 15 years. We worked with Team Love and Crosstown Concerts to help transform the greenfield site for this one-day festival, which also saw performances from Primal Scream, Savages and Skepta, in front of 27,000 fans.

We have worked with Team Love for several years on other Bristol shows, and we were once again proud to support our local client. With a very quick turnaround on kit, we opted for our 19m Supernova Knee Roof which consisted of five 3.6m bays and a cantilever roof to give added weather protection, which was much needed on the day.  Covered extensions were added stage left and right to house monitors and technical equipment, along with a 14.4m x 2.4m loading dock, ramps and steps. The speakers were hung from our free standing Asteroid PA tower systems, which flanked the stage and offered 2000kg of load capacity. We also supplied a 4.8m x 4.8m front of house tower, decked on three levels to house lighting and sound, along with a 12m x 7.2m assisted viewing platform to ensure optimum views for the whole audience.

Team Love's Katie Marshall commented: “Serious Stages was amazing, nothing was too much for them. Anytime we called them they did all they could to support us during the pre show, event days and post show. It was a pleasure to work with them, everyone from the office team to the on-site crew were amazing.”

Despite the poor weather conditions, our stage and ancillary structures were installed to the highest quality and offered increased weather protection for the artists and their equipment against the torrential rain showers. 


Photo Credit: ShotAway