Thekla have announced a lineup of more than 20 acts to play new charity all-dayer Beat the Streets, showcasing a mix of the city’s biggest names and best emerging talent.
Taking place on Sunday 28 January, the mini festival will raise funds for Caring In Bristol. The Bristol charity – whose projects include the 365 Shelter and Bristol Nightstop – work year round to improve the lives of Bristol’s many homeless and vulnerable.
All artists, along with the people working behind the scenes to bring the event together, are giving their time for free
All artists, along with the people working behind the scenes to bring the event together, are giving their time for free. Every penny from ticket sales will be donated along with bar profits to Caring in Bristol.
Every penny from ticket sales will be donated along with bar profits to Caring in Bristol
Beat the Streets Bristol coincides with parent event from DHP Family, Beat the Streets Nottingham, which launched last year. While the Nottingham event centres largely around the alt rock and indie scenes, Bristol, as ever, has done a sterling job of showcasing music across the spectrum of our hugely diverse and frankly outstanding music scene.
From 2pm – 10am, the Thekla stage will play host to some of Bristol’s best live sounds including neo-soul singer songwriter China Bowls, alt folk trio Harry & The Gondolas, James Blakeian electro producer /singer songwriter powerhouse Harvey Causon, gritty synth-driven alt rock five-piece Rozelle, bluesy-punk-meets-garage-rock trio Tropic, and The Louisiana’s own country doom band BUBBA (comprising three of the venue’s sound engineers, plus manager Mig), plus a secret special guest still to be announced.
From 10pm till 3am, the electronic heavyweights take over
From 10pm till 3am, the electronic heavyweights take over. Producer duo Kahn and Neek will be in attendance under their soundsystem reggae alias Gorgon Sound. Bristol drum and bass legends DJ Die and DJ Krust are also coming out to show their support, alongside Chicago-obsessed afro-influenced bass head Addison Groove B2B Sam Binga, dance music giant Maxxi Soundsystem, upbeat house producer GotSome, soundsystem MC Inja, plus Christophe, Dismantle, Ben Soundscape and showcases from Futureboogie, Gutterfunk, Intrigue and Shapes.
‘We’re delighted to see so many great artists and promoters rallying together to make this event happen,’ says Thekla’s promotions manager Simon Brown. ‘Homelessness in Bristol has reached crisis point, with increasing numbers of rough sleepers in the city centre. The aim with Beat the Streets is to be a force of positive change, using the powerful voice of the city’s well established and cherished music community to help raise funds for where it is needed most. Caring in Bristol work tirelessly all year round and we hope this goes far in supporting their amazing work.’
We’re delighted to see so many great artists and promoters rallying together to make this event happen
You can grab yourself tickets to each portion of the event for a £5 minimum donation, and must be bought separately (you can choose to donate more if you’re able). While music lovers aged 14 and above are welcome until 10pm, it’s strictly 18+ afterwards.
Photo by Khali Ackford