Event cancellations and update from Bristol Beacon regarding Coronavirus

Although our venues may be silent for now, we are striving to keep music alive through this difficult time.

Since March 2020 we’ve brought you online festivals and classic gigs for your listening pleasure, as well as raising awareness and money for Music Venues Trust and Bristol’s local artists and venues. We’ve also brought hundreds of hours of music tuition online through our Virtual Academy to keep Bristol’s children and young people learning through lockdown. And in September we were finally able to welcome back young musicians to our music centres and our teachers to classrooms across the city.

We want to say a huge thank you for all of the heartfelt messages of support and the generous donations you have made to help us keep music alive.

We’re working very hard to bring live music back to Bristol, including keeping communication open with our local venues, artists and promoters. We are rescheduling events and notifying customers as quickly as we can and want to thank our audiences for their patience while we do so.

We will be back as soon as we can to deliver our mission of unity and joy through live music.

Postponed events

Last updated: 14:00 Wed 21 Oct 2020

The majority of Bristol Beacon Presents concerts have been rescheduled or cancelled.

We will be contacting all customers directly to advise of this situation.

We ask customers to please retain their tickets and wait for information on rescheduled dates before requesting a refund, and thank you for your patience at this time.

The status of all events onwards will be reviewed on a daily basis and we will update customers as early and as fully as we can. We will work hard to try and reschedule as many events as possible.

Our box office phone lines are currently closed, so please avoid trying to contact us directly.

Please see the FAQs below for more information.


Current membership holders

All memberships remain valid. If you have any questions surrounding your current membership please contact

Building closures at Bristol Beacon

Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR is currently closed to the public.

Bristol Beacon will only be open for programmed events. To find out what’s on please click here.

We are gradually reopening our buildings for socially distanced meetings and business events. For more information contact

When we do open for events, we’ve made some changes to how we operate events at Bristol Beacon to keep you save from coronavirus.

Take a look at our Visit pages or our Coronavirus FAQs pages for more information.

Bristol Plays Music

Our Music Centres at Southmead are open for Bristol Youth Choir, Music Centre West and Bristol Centre for Musicians.

Bristol Plays Music has written and put in place robust COVID-19 risk assessments for music centres and school settings.

For more information on how we’re working to keep you safe, click here. 

Individual music tuition has been moved online via our Virtual Academy and NCIE Virtual Academy, which is specifically for disabled young people (age 11-25) and children in care (age 6 -18) in Bristol. Click here for more information.

Supporting our staff and musical community

This is a fast-changing and difficult situation for us all, and we aim to support musicians, staff and our audiences as best as we can. We’d like to thank everybody for their understanding and patience so far.

We are closely following government, NHS and Public Health England advice, and continually reviewing our position as an organisation.

The impact on the music and events industry is significant, as tours and festivals that have had a huge amount of work put into them get cancelled.

We are working closely with our partners, funders and other arts organisations to ensure we are supporting and advocating for the return of this important industry. Our two Bristol Takeover online festivals have raised over £16k for the Music Venues Trust and local venues and artists and we are lending our voices to national campaigns such as #LetTheMusicPlay to tell the story of the importance of live music.

We are doing everything we can to protect those we work with and enable us to be ready to return to our mission of unity and joy through live music.

What you can do to help

Your support at this time is more vital than ever and there are plenty of ways you can help.

The impact of Coronavirus is unprecedented. If you value the arts and music we ask that you consider donating your ticket refund or supporting us.

We are a charity and every penny we receive supports our artistic and education programmes working with hundreds of musicians and practitioners each year, as well as running music programmes across the city for children in care and those facing profound difficulties.

Music enriches all of our lives, and we’ll need it as much as ever in the coming months, so if you can, please consider donating your ticket refund or supporting us via the donation link below. This gesture will make a big difference to our future.

As a thank you, all those who are able to donate during this difficult time will be entered into a prize draw to win one of the following prizes:

  • A Bristol Beacon Presents golden ticket with two free tickets per month for shows of your choice for one year when we’re back up and running
  • A free seat named in the transformed concert hall
  • A free one year membership and priority booking
  • A free Colston Hall building tour for you and 3 friends including afternoon tea on the terrace when we’re back up and running


We are grateful for your patience and support during this time and encourage everybody to continue to follow the latest advice from NHS and Public Health England here.

We look forward to sharing the joy of music with you again soon and will update our website with information, announcements and plans as they develop.

With best wishes,

Louise Mitchell

Chief Executive, Bristol Music Trust

Welcome to
Bristol Beacon

On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon.

Our new name is just the first step, it is about more than the sign above our door. Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.

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