Siren 2023: three nights of drum & bass, jungle and dancehall

Taking over Bristol’s Harbourside, Siren is back at the Bristol Amphitheatre to bring three nights of drum & bass, jungle and dancehall anthems from Thursday, 27th to Saturday, 29th July. 

Friday, 28th July will see award-winning dancehall icon Sean Paul perform at the Bristol harbour for the ultimate party set, bringing his fresh hits alongside certified party bangers from his twenty-year-strong back catalogue and showing why he is the recipient of numerous accolades, from Grammy nominations and Best Reggae Album award, to multiple MOBO awards.

But before that, kicking off the festival on Thursday, 27th July are newly added special guests and Bristol’s own Mercury Music Prize winner Roni Size and Dynamite MC. Showing the strength of the South West’s influence and contribution to drum & bass and music history,  Dynamite MC has also released an enviable spectrum of hip hop, breaks, garage and reggae material and collaborated with a galaxy of world-class artists including Krafty Kuts, DJ Skitz, Switch, Elephant man, Sinden, Andy C and many more. 

They will join on the lineup Fabio & Grooverider and The Outlook Orchestra, who are bringing their sold-out Southbank Centre show to the South West. An unmissable production, festival goers will experience them throw down the history of jungle and drum & bass in a celebratory live performance.

Second stages are hosted by Bristol’s homegrown Intrigue Music and Invicta Audio on Thursday and Saturday respectively. Thursday’s headliner is DJ Flight, this year celebrating 25 years in the scene from the foundations of drum & bass, to today’s forward-thinking selections that will not want to be missed. 

Saturday, Hospitality On The Harbour will bring heavy hitters Wilkinson, A.M.C and DJ Marky to rock the boats, with hosting duties headed up by Dynamite MC. The Invicta Audio stage boasts Phibes, Anaïs, T-Lex and more bringing new gen sounds.

Tom Hoyle, Co-Founder of Siren said:

“Sean Paul is an international superstar and one of the biggest names in dancehall music so having him on the Siren stage this summer is an incredible honour. He’s an act whose output over the last 20 years has connected with so many different audiences and we’re really excited to be bringing him to Bristol for the first time in over 12 years!” 

After last year's sold out events, this year’s harbourside weekender is going to be bigger than ever and our line-up for all three nights is going to make this summer one to remember. We’ve been blown away by the incredible response to these shows already so we’re looking forward to a great weekend.”  

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