1st & 2nd March | Steel Yard

It doesn’t get much bigger than this. Trip-hop heavyweights, Massive Attack return to Bristol for the ultimate homecoming show.

As if that wasn’t enough to send excitement levels soaring, the duo’s two-date run represents something a little more special. The band will be performing their seminal 1998 album, Mezzanine, in full. It’s an album that showcases Massive Attack at their darkest and most claustrophobic. A brooding, menacing and distortion-laden take on the reggae-infused hip-hop they had become so widely associated with. A sound which is bound to take on an even greater layer of meaning and symbolism when performed in the midst of renewed geo-political crises and tension.

The band’s Bristol show sees support coming from none other than Elizabeth Fraser of The Cocteau Twins. The singer features on the Massive Attack song ‘Angel’, taken from Mezzanine. We can surely expect a tantalising rendition of this come the 1st and 2nd of March.

The impenetrable and atmospheric sound of the band’s third full-length album will be matched by an equally jaw-dropping set of visuals. Not only have the band crafted and designed their very own venue at Filton Airfield, entitled the Bristol Steel Yard, but the concert will also see an impressive set of on-screen visuals directed by Adam Curtis. The live visual art show accompanying the band is said to feature thought-provoking political themes and undercurrents.

Massive Attack’s much awaited and eagerly-anticipated return to Bristol is set to be one of enormous celebration. Yet, not one marked by pint-guzzling sing-alongs and euphoric cheers. For this will be an evening of celebration on Massive Attack’s own terms. A potent mix of ghostly compositions, ethereal layers of darkness, and necessary political statements. An event that is gearing up to be one of the musical moments of the year.

See the video for ‘Teardrop’ here: