New festival Misery Loves Company launches with 50 per cent line-up diversity

A new Bristol festival has launched and announced its line-up, with 50 per cent of the acts playing including female and/or non-binary members.

New festival Misery Loves Company launches with 50 per cent line-up diversity
Emily Carter

A new festival in Bristol has launched with a focus on ‘mental health awareness, diversity and inclusivity’.

Twin Atlantic and YONAKA are set to headline the new multi-venue event, which is dubbed Misery Loves Company and takes place on September 30. Elsewhere, the line-up – which features 50 per cent of acts with female and/or non-binary members – includes the likes of Kid Bookie, Mimi Barks, PENGSHUi and lozeak, plus many more.

“The Bristol alternative scene means the world to me,” says promoter Ian Chadderton. “It accepted me with open arms and everything I do is a testament to how I’ve grown over the last decade whilst immersing myself within this wonderful city. This festival is a chance for me to show the world why I fell in love with Bristol and a chance for me to give something back to the place that gave me everything.

“An important part of the ethos of the festival is for mental health awareness, diversity and inclusivity. We have partnered with an incredible organisation called Heads Above The Waves, who are a non-profit that raises awareness of depression and self-harm in young people. They promote positive, healthy coping mechanisms and remind people that they are not alone. We are also striving to promote gender equality which is at the heart of our event, with 50 per cent of the acts having female and/or non-binary members.

“MLC23 will have an incredible line-up of some of the UK’s most exciting bands crossing all genres from alt-pop to metalcore and I’m so excited to have two bands sharing the headline spot, Twin Atlantic and YONAKA who will both be playing full headline sets at our main stage at SWX.

“We have huge plans for Misery Loves Company and in the coming years we want to establish ourselves as a major festival in the UK, where we bring the biggest rock and alternative artists from across the world to Bristol.”

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