The South’s favourite independent alternative-rock and metal festival – TAKEDOWN – will make its return in 2023, landing at Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday 8th April. 

After an 8 year hiatus, the much-loved festival is making a comeback with a mind-blowing lineup, a new venue and an outdoor stage added for the first time.

Moving from its Southampton University roots to the larger Portsmouth Guildhall, Takedown 2023 promises a full-day of festival fun with over 30 bands performing across five stages.

With the first wave of artists revealed today, the festival has announced two impressive headliners: anonymous masked rock collective SLEEP TOKEN, and, one of the most devastating and enthralling live bands on the planet, SKINDRED.

The electrifying line-up also includes LoatheJamie LenmanPunk Rock FactoryInMePalm ReaderOur Hollow Our HomeAs December FallsCLTDRPFearless Vampire KillersThe Bottom LineSeething SkiraBlack Gold and Dendera, with many more acts to still be announced.

Set to become one of the biggest rock events in the festival calendar, Takedown Festival is making its comeback as part of a new partnership between Divergent Festivals and The Guildhall Trust. Co-directors of Divergent Festivals, Kai and Sarah Harris says:

“Even in these strange times it feels like the perfect time to be bringing back one of the best-loved one-day events on the South Coast, taking it back to our roots with one of the biggest line-ups Takedown has ever seen. We can’t wait!”

Chief Executive Officer of The Guildhall Trust, Andy Grays adds:

“We are delighted to bring an alternative rock and metal festival to Portsmouth with a great calibre of artists already announced. Portsmouth has a fantastic music scene, but we felt like there was a gap for fans of this genre.”

Takedown Festival 2023 takes place at Southampton Guildhall on Saturday 8 April. Super Early Bird tickets are on-sale now at:

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