One of Bristol’s most iconic live music and club venues is under threat from a new residential development. The Redcliffe Wharf development, which goes to the City Hall planning committee this Wednesday, outlines plans for 35 new 1–3 bed homes perched near the waterfront, almost directly across the water from Bristol’s famous party boat, Thekla.
While the developments have been recommended for approval, Thekla are urging that some sensible planning may be all that’s needed to ensure that the Redcliffe Wharf development and Thekla – a favourite of gig-goers and artists alike – can co-exist happily.
Thekla are urging that some sensible planning may be all that’s needed
According to Bristol Post, assessments of sound levels at the venue were taken during a weekday evening, which by no stretch of the imagination represents Thekla at their loudest.
Thekla are asking their supporters to make as much noise as possible about the risk the new development poses to the ship’s future by using the hashtag #SaveThekla on social media, in the hopes of forcing a proper assessment of noise levels, so that adequate sound proofing can be written into building plans.
Thekla are asking their supporters to make as much noise as possible about the risk the new developments pose to the ship’s future using the hashtag #SaveThekla
Without proper soundproofing, noise complaints from Thekla’s new neighbours are a given. This will force reduced noise levels in the venue, not only spoiling shows and clubnights for punters, but also potentially reducing the number of acts coming through the venue, who aren’t willing to play at half–throttle. All of which spells a grim future for one of Bristol’s most cherished venues.
However, the music lovers of Bristol are not ones to go down without a fight and a similar spat between another residential development and The Fleece in 2015 should bring us some hope…
a similar spat between another residential development and The Fleece in 2015 should bring us some hope…
The #SaveTheFleece campaign managed to drum up enough support to force developers to install soundproofing and fixed-shut windows on the side of the building overlooking the Fleece. Two years and not a grumble since, it’s safe to say that the campaign and resultant soundproofing has successfully protected the venue.
An estimated 35% of grassroots music venues across the UK closed down between 2007 and 2015, all too often due to issues like this. Let’s make sure Thekla isn’t one of them.
Post #SaveThekla and show your support.
Photos by Dominika Scheibinger and Khali Ackford