The much-revered Bristol Ticket Shop announced its permanent closure last week, after 30 years playing a big part in the city’s live music scene. With debtors owing large amounts to the business, as well as Bristol Ticket Shop owner Zoe suffering ongoing health problems, the Bristol institution has been forced to cease trading.
the Bristol institution has been forced to cease trading
The shop is steeped in history, from the early days of massive queues of eager customers waiting to buy their Glastonbury tickets, to proudly selling tickets to Bristol’s biggest Pride event to date last summer – their pink branding originally being a statement of alignment with then-small LGBQT+ movement.
In the wake of the saddening news, Wave Promotions founder Terry Moore, who has worked with Bristol Ticket Shop closely over the years, set up a Crowdfunder in their name. After establishing that nothing could be done to save the shop itself, Terry wanted to celebrate Bristol Ticket Shop’s legacy and help raise some cash to help those affected by the shop’s sudden closure, including venues, promoters and bands; as well as, of course, the devoted, long-serving shop staff.
the music community has rallied to give their support, raising over £1000 in 24 hours
Bristol Ticket Shop are already working with third parties to minimise any immediate impact their closure might have on customers and promoters, yet the music community has rallied to give their support, raising over £1000 in 24 hours. BST have expressed their thanks, stating: ‘we are beyond stunned by the love and support we have received.’
Terry has also teamed up with Exchange to host a benefit gig on 24 January at Exchange, while Bristol musician Emily Breeze and her band are donating the profits from their show at Rough Trade the following night into the pot.
Terry explains: ‘Unfortunately shutting down any business and their assets isn’t an easy or quick process. I was aware that lots of local promoters, venues, bands and staff would also be financially affected due to the closure of the business. So I wanted to try and collect funds that could help pay the independents that will immediately be affected.
‘Bristol Ticket Shop and Zoe have done much for me over the years, it’s the least I could do to try and help them at this difficult time.’
Bristol Ticket Shop and Zoe have done much for me over the years
Donate to the Bristol Ticket Shop Crowdfunder if you can, or grab tickets to either of the great events that will be hosted in support of a true institution of Bristol’s vibrant music scene.
24 January – Bristol Ticket Shop benefit gig, Exchange
(Ticket details to follow) // exchangebristol.com
Cover image: Emily Breeze