When Massive Attack announced they would be playing in their hometown of Bristol  for the first time in 13 years, local fans rejoiced, with queues for tickets forming from 4.30am the day they went on sale. With demand still pouring in after tickets sold out in just an hour, the trip-hop duo have taken steps to ensure die hard Bristolian fans can still see them this year in London’s Hyde Park, where they are headlinng Barclaycard’s British Summer Time festival.

BTS is a series of mini festivals, taking over Hyde Park over the course of two weekends from 1-10 July with tickets sold on a by-day basis. Massive Attack are due to headline the festival’s opening night on 1 July, where they will be playing alongside Young Fathers, Warpaint, TV on the Radio, Patti Smith & Her Band and Ghost Poet.

Aside from their Bristol show in September, this is the band’s only other UK appearance this summer. Fearful that their local fans would be left out of the loop, the band have organised a fleet of coaches to pick up their Bristolian fan base free of charge on the morning of the event with coaches also returning to the West Country that evening.

The free coach tickets are available from today, with the announcement only made yesterday on the band’s Facebook page.

“We won’t be adding another date in Bristol this summer, but we don’t want people to pay touts over the odds. The…

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The bespoke coach travel will be provided by National Express and, although technically free of charge, a very palatable service charge of £7.40 per ticket will be added. All tickets will be sent to the email provided when booking.

So fair play Massive Attack, you certainly know how to keep the fans on board…

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Massive Attack will play in London on 1 July as part of Barclaycard’s celebration of British Summer Time residing in Hyde Park  over the course of two weekends from 1-10 July. Tickets to Friday 1 July event, including free coach travel from Bristol, are available to buy here: http://bit.ly/1Q0zO5z