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Our Transformation

Building our Beacon – opening November 2023

The once-in-a-generation transformation of Bristol Beacon will create one of the best and most accessible performance and music education venues in Europe. Our brand new spaces will inspire music lovers and artists to come together and share the joy of live music.

The full-scale refurbishment of the venue is nearly complete and Bristol Beacon will reopen from Thursday 30 November 2023 with two international standard performance venues, a bright new restaurant and our cellars in use for the first time as an education and performance space.

Bristol Beacon will be a celebratory place full of warmth and light, where music lovers meet and everyone belongs.

Bristol Beacon presents Grove

Opening weekend

You’re invited to celebrate!

Your venue for Bristol

Have your say in our future

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Scene & Heard

Calling artists, promoters, aspiring managers! We want to hear from you about how our programmes and spaces might best support you.

Take part in our Scene & Heard survey and be entered into a draw to win £100 worth of Bristol Beacon gig tickets and Bandcamp vouchers.

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Our audience survey

Thanks to everyone who completed our audience survey earlier this year. Your feedback is helping us shape our reopening and plan our future programmes.

We’ll be announcing further consultation opportunities on this page in the near future.

Opening programme announcements

Sign up and be the first to know about tickets for our opening weekend events as well as further announcements of our opening programme and regular email updates.

Step inside our transformation

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Beacon Hall: our new flagship venue

Our new main hall sits on the footprint of the 1867 concert hall but has been sympathetically and wonderfully restored.

World-class acoustics have been built into the fabric of the hall and complemented by 21st century levels of audience comfort, access and stage technology.

Beacon Hall will be the space to hear the best large-scale contemporary and orchestral music, festivals and family shows, as well as being a flexible space for conferences and exhibitions.

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Look inside Lantern Hall

Opening in 2023, Lantern Hall is our elegant and versatile performance space at Bristol Beacon, combing Victorian architectural beauty with unbeatable sound quality.

A space for some of the most exciting and boundary-pushing elements of our artistic programme, Lantern Hall might be the place you discover your new favourite artist or Grammy winner of tomorrow.

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The transformation of Bristol Beacon is vital for music making in the UK.

Sir Simon Rattle, Music Director, London Symphony Orchestra

Impact and vision

We’re proud to be leading one of the most ambitious arts regeneration projects in the UK: Bristol deserves an incredible music venue of this scale.

But beyond the bricks and mortar, our transformation gives us a unique opportunity to make space for people to share in the joy and togetherness that live music brings, and to empower people to change lives through music.

More music for more people

With our transformed spaces we can do more, share more and play more.

Our transformation will allow us to present 200 more concerts each year, provide educational opportunities for 10,000 more children and young people and champion more diversity in the music scene, including 100 performance slots a year dedicated to Bristol-based artists.

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Find out more about our new performance venues, how we’re putting sustainability at the heart of our plans, and how our organisation is changing alongside our building project through our transformation promise.

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Your frequently asked questions about our transformation

When will Bristol Beacon be open?

Our venue will be open from Thursday 30 November 2023.

How much has the transformation of Bristol Beacon cost?

The project is worth £131.9 million.

How can I buy tickets to the opening programme?

Our team have been working hard behind the scenes to put our reopening programme in place for autumn 2023.

Look out for news about shows and ticket sales and sign up using the form on this page to be the first to hear.