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Massive Attack offer Bristol fans free lift to gig

Massive Attack are offering Bristol fans a free lift to their headline gig in London’s Hyde Park in July ahead of their huge homecoming show on the Downs later in the year.

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With tickets for their homecoming gig selling out in under an hour, the band are arranging a fleet of coaches for their fans' journey to the capital at no extra charge.

The buses will leave Bristol coach station and travel directly to London.

'It's a massive attack on The Downs!' Bristol Downs Committee objects to outdoor concert

Music fans had cause to celebrate this morning after the Bristol band Massive Attack announced its first return to the city in more than a decade.

The open air event is planned for The Downs in September, but the committee in charge of The Downs is not happy about the arrangement.

They're very unhappy about many things: safety, parking, the noise, and a real intrusion on The Downs, described by me as a 'massive attack' on The Downs...

– Cllr PETER ABRAHAM, Bristol Downs Committee

Others wanted to emphasis that the event is a one-off:

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Massive Attack gig: what it needs to go ahead

Bristol band Massive Attack have announced plans for an outdoor concert to mark their homecoming to the city - where they started their musical career.

The event is planned for The Downs in September. It will be is the first time a major concert has been held there in 15 years.

This would be the first time a major concert has been held on The Downs in 15 years. Credit: ITV News

However, some people have raised concerns about noise and traffic in the area - as yet some of the relevant permissions have not been granted.

A Bristol City Council spokesperson said: “The council has been asked to consider an event application for a large scale music event on the Downs in September. As with any event in this location, the application was first referred to the Downs Committee events sub group to discuss and decide whether or not permission be granted.Permission in principle for the event to take place was granted by the Downs Committee on the 11 April 2016."

Following this decision the organisers have begun a consultation with residents and relevant stakeholders. The event still requires premises licence and site permission approval.

– Bristol City Council spokesperson

EXCLUSIVE: Member of Massive Attack speaks of missing DJ Derek

A member of the Bristol band Massive Attack has added his voice to the campaign to find the missing Bristol DJ Derek Morris.

Daddy G of Massive Attack spoke to us exclusively about his missing friend - but says he isn't worried as the DJ doesn't have a mobile phone.

Describing his friend he said: