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Our Transformation

Building our Beacon – opening in autumn 2023

The once-in-a-generation transformation of Bristol Beacon is underway to 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 to make, learn about and feel the joy in live music.

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

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

Opening in autumn 2023

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Musicians dressed in white stand on stage in front of bright white light as a conductor dressed in dark clothes jumps on a podium.

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We’re keen to hear from audiences old and new and music lovers everywhere to help inform some of the decisions we need to make.

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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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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-beating 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.

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, to 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.

Discover more

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 in autumn 2023. We are expecting to finalise the reopening date and schedule in the early part of 2023.

How much has the transformation of Bristol Beacon cost?

The project is worth £106.9 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 and we are hoping to announce more details soon.

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