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Re-watch Bristol Takeover 2022

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On Sat 19 November, we welcomed an incredible roster of established and upcoming local talent into our Foyer for the fifth instalment of Bristol Takeover.

Following the return to a ‘real life’ event with 2021’s Takeover, this year’s line up featured an even more varied collection of Bristol artists from a multitude of different genres. Plus, for those unable to attend in person, the whole event was livestreamed again so that everyone could enjoy all of the brilliant local acts.

The day began with a fuzzy and melancholic indie-rock frenzy thanks to local up-and-comers Duvet Daze on the Foyer Stage. Then, from the thunderous bass of atmospheric alt-pop trio Intoku, to Irish Mellow & Cxption’s calculated and poignant improvisational work and even a sublime reimagining of nineties shoegazing courtesy of Dreamwave, this year’s line-up was a true showcase of the wildly varied music scene for which Bristol has become so well-known.

Upstairs on the Level 1 Bar Stage, audiences were treated to performances from MoYahKeir, Two Day Coma and Purpl before rowdy post-punkers Saloon Dion took the stage (and crowd!) by storm with their danceable riffs and intoxicating stage presence – a highlight performance for many.

The Terrace Stage brought further variety to the day’s proceedings with a Poetry Takeover, Worm Soundsystem, and even a showcase of DJs courtesy of Saffron Records. With Bristol Takeover 2022 coming to an end, late night audiences were rewarded with the punk rock catharsis of The Pleasure Dome before Opa Rosa rounded off the day with their soothing folk sound.

“This year’s Takeover provided yet another day of Bristol’s best new talent. From the first act through to the early morning – no one was disappointed.

Takeover reinforces why we do what we do and evokes an energy you’d only get from an all local line-up. Watching people, bands and friends discover something new gives us all a warm feeling here at The Beacon.

Matt Aitken, Music Programmer