News

Independent Venue Week 2020

It’s Independent Venue Week – a week-long celebration recognising the unique and vital role grassroots venues play in the music industry.

From being that first stage for emerging artists to perform in front of an audience to those unforgettable musical experiences for gig-goers, independent venues allow culture, music and arts to thrive in cities around the UK.

We’re proud to support Bristol’s independent venues through our Colston Hall Presents programme, which currently takes place in over 20 of the city’s finest establishments. We’ve picked just a few of them to shine a light upon and highlight why they are such great assets to the Bristol music scene – and if you’ve not been before, why not check out what we’ve got coming up?

Fiddlers, Willway Street

Hidden in the backstreets of Bedminster, Fiddlers dates back to as early as 1741, when it originally functioned as a jail. Now, Fiddlers hosts artists from across the world to often packed-out audiences around its corner stage, in an atmosphere that’s difficult to beat.

Billy Bragg – Photo captured by Tom Ham

Coming up at Fiddlers:

Sat 21 Mar – Andy Shauf

St George’s Bristol, Great George Street

A decommissioned church, St George’s Bristol is a unique and ethereal hall,  with it’s superb acoustics it’s a firm favourite amongst classical musicians world wide. Though no longer hosting church services, it’s religious origins lends a reverent and intimate feel to gigs of all genres – jazz, world, folk and more: its days of communal worship are certainly not over.

Beverly Glenn-Copeland – Captured by Dominika Scheibinger Photography

Coming up at St. George’s:

Sun 23 Feb – Damien Jurado 

Wed 20 May – Tindersticks 

Fri 19 Jun – The Secret Sisters

The Louisiana, Wapping Road

A firm Bristol favourite for over 25 years, The Louis has played host to some of the world’s biggest artists during their breakthrough periods including The Chemical Brothers, Florence and the Machine and Placebo to name a few. At just 140 capacity, this is one of the city’s smaller venues, guaranteeing an intimate experience for artist and audiences, but there’s no doubt it’s reputation and musical heritage far exceeds the size of its gigs.

The Howl & The Hum – Shot by Phil Lippiat

Coming up at The Louisiana:

Tue 18 Feb – Daddy Long Legs 

Fri 27 Mar – Pictish Trail 

Wed 13 May – Public Practice

Find out more about our Colston Hall Presents series across the city.

For more information on Independent Venue Week head over to their website.