An annual celebration of Bristol’s bubbling music scene, The Bristol Takeover is usually held across the Colston Hall complex in partnership with a variety of Bristol based labels, promoters and platforms. This year, with the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in place, they are moving the party online and have invited a number of key grassroots Bristol venues to take part. 

Bristol is famous for its collaborative musical spirit, not only between artists, scenes and genres, but also amongst our venues and promoters; who actively support each other, over hungry hippo-ing the largest share of the market. This is a prime example of that unifying spirit and a live stream event not to pass up if you’re missing the Bristol buzz that sweeps our city whenever the sun shines. 

a live stream event not to pass up if you’re missing the Bristol buzz that sweeps our city whenever the sun shines

Hosted by Colston Hall, they, along with Thekla, The Fleece, Exchange, Rough Trade Bristol, Trinity Centre, The Louisiana, The Old England and St George’s Bristol, have invited more than 25 diverse artists to participate in the online all-day festival – from their home to yours.

Ishmael Ensemble interview Pete Cunningham

Artists playing on the day include The Allergies, Portishead’s Adrian Utley, Ishmael Ensemble, Kate Stapley, avant-garde jazz-punk rising stars Melt Yourself Down, Bristol Afrobeaters No Go Stop, Waldo’s Gift, lo-fi triple threat Tamu Massif, beatboxing extraordinaire SK Shlomo and a Saffron Records showcase featuring Anna Lisa and more.

Hosted by radio presenters Richard Pitt and Sam Bonham, The Bristol Takeover will be live streamed from 3pm-12am via Colston Hall’s YouTube channel and is free to watch, although organisers are asking that those who can donate what they would usually pay for a gig ticket.   

50% of donations will go to participating artists and 50% of donations will support Bristol music venues financially impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, in collaboration with Music Venue Trust as part of their #saveourvenues campaign. 

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