Colston Hall showcases the best of Bristol talent

A one-day festival celebrating the best newcomers to Bristol’s music scene will be held online this year. Having hosted the Bristol Takeover event in 2017 and 2019 in Colston Hall, the festival will be free to watch on YouTube. Viewers will be encouraged to donate the cost of a ticket to support the Music Venue Trust’s ‘Save Our Venues’ campaign.

The Music Venue Trust is working to ensure no music venue is forced to close as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. Grassroots venues and artists will feel the negative impacts of the lockdown , with the live entertainment industry on pause while they work out how to move back safely to live events.

The festival will be live streamed for free on YouTube and will be hosted by BBC Music Introducing in the West radio presenters Richard Pitt and Sam Bonham. Viewers are encouraged to donate the average price of a gig ticket via their CrowdFunder page. Half of the money raised will support participating artists, with the other half going to support Bristol music venues in collaboration with the Music Venue Trust.

The Music Venue Trust's campaign has already helped a number of Bristol venues including The Old England pub, which has already hit its £5,000 fundraising target, and The Louisiana which has now raised more than £17,500. Watch The Bristol Takeover live on 23 May, from 3pm-12am on the Colston Hall YouTube channel.


Over 9 hours of live streamed music delivered to your front room featuring:

- The Allergies
- Adrian Utley (Portishead)
- Bridges
- Fantasy Orchestra
- Ishmael Ensemble
- Kate Stapley
- Martin Green (Lau)
- Melt Yourself Down
- Memotone
- Nicholson Heal
- No Go Stop
- Paper Dragon
- Pictish Trail
- Rachael Dadd
- Run Logan Run
- Saffron Records ft. Anna Lisa, Grove, HANAH
- Sebastian Plano
- SK Shlomo
- Tamu Massif
- Tezeta
- Three Cane Whale
- Tropical Tea Party
- Waldo’s Gift