Bristol Takeover Online Pt 2

A live streamed festival celebrating and supporting Bristol’s music scene

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A host of Bristol’s music venues and artists, along with some specially invited guests, teamed up for a the second instalment of our live streamed festival to support the live music scene in the city and the #saveourvenues campaign.

On 4th July 2020 our Crowdfunder ended, after successfully raisimg £15,717 with 834 supporters in 51 days across two Bristol Takeovers.

The full festival is no longer available to view on demand. But keep an ear out for more digital events happening in the near future..


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Bristol Takeover Online Pt 2

A live streamed festival celebrating and supporting Bristol’s music scene

On Saturday 23 May over 8,000 of you tuned in to support Bristol’s music scene as we live streamed a 10-hour festival of local and national talent in the Bristol Takeover, raising over £11,500 for venues and artists.

Save the date and get comfy on your sofa, because we’re back for Part. 2, with another line up of incredible artists and partnering venues to be announced very soon.

This live streamed festival will once again be free to watch, but we ask that if you can, please donate what you might normally spend on a gig ticket via our Crowdfunder page.

50% of donations will support participating artists.

50% of donations will support Bristol music venues in collaboration with Music Venue Trust’s Save Our Venues campaign.

This time we’re hoping to hit £20,000 – which as well as supporting artists and venues directly, will be used to create future digital music festivals in the autumn as well as a city-wide live Takeover event when we are able to safely reopen.

Our last event was viewed by over 8,000 people, with over 650 people donating. We’d love to do better this time and once again beat our target. You can still donate to our original fundraiser via the links on this page, and we’ll soon be updating our target.

The impact of the outbreak is still likely to last a long time for artists and venues, as there are many pitfalls to move safely back towards live events and revenue streams dried up a long time ago, so please do tune in and donate if you can.

Bristol is a live music city, let’s make sure it can stay that way.

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Save Our Venues Campaign

Save Our Venues is a new national campaign to save hundreds of grassroots music venues at imminent risk of being closed down – permanently.

Without these independent venues the live music scene in the UK will die. These grassroots venues play a crucial role in the development of British music, nurturing local talent, providing a platform for artists to build their careers and develop their music and their performance skills. These venues also play a vital role in the cultural and economic vibrancy of any village, town or city.

Line Up

Over 10 hours of live streamed music delivered to your front room featuring:

Afriquoi DJs
China Bears
Daniel Inzani
No Go Stop
We All Live Together

Beth Rowley / Drew Holcomb / Elles Bailey / Jarrod Dickenson / Southern Avenue

Hippo / Ladysmith Black Mambazo / Seckou Keita

Dogeyed / Immy / Sugar Horse / Toodles & The Hectic Pity

Andy Sheppard / Doreen Doreen / Mike Youé / Mumble Tide / October Drift / Yard Arms

Charlie T Smith and Jodie Mellor / Eve Appleton / Mass House / Miss Kill

Chikaya / Grandmas House / Sun Spot

BAAST / Mutant Thoughts / Robbie & Mona

Benjamin Spike Saunders / Jayde Perkin + David McMillan / Katy J Pearson / Pet Shimmers


Bellatrix, Dizraeli, Lady Nade


We’re so thankful to everyone who donated to support Bristol Takeover Online on Saturday 23 May. 50% of those donations will go to participating artists and 50% to supporting Bristol’s independent venues in partnership with Music Venue Trust.

You can still donate to our original fundraiser above.

How it works and top tips

Bristol Takeover Online is 10+ hours of back to back live-streamed music. Here’s how it works.

  • The stream will be broadcast on YouTube via the player embedded on our website. Simply join us at 1pm to watch along. You can set a reminder by clicking on the video.
  • All sets are being broadcast from artists’ homes or studios, so proper social distancing is observed. You’ll see live sets, archive footage, premieres of new music videos, specially pre-recorded films and more – all broadcast live.
  • Radio presenters Rich and Sam will be popping up throughout to guide you through the day, speak with artists and run competitions.
  • If you have a Google account, you’ll be able to comment along on the stream in the live chat. Tell us what you’re enjoying, say hi to friends and send messages of support to artists and your favourite venues.
  • Or join us on Twitter and Instagram where we’ll be posting throughout the day.
  • The stream will stay live on our YouTube channel for one week after the event, so you can watch back on demand.
  • Please be patient with any technical hiccups – we’ll do our best to fix them quickly when they inevitably occur!
  • If the worst happens and the stream goes down, we’ll announce on our social media and the Bristol Takeover webpage what to do.
  • If the audio and video go out of sync or you’re having any problems, try refreshing your browser.
  • See you there…!

Were you at this show?

We'd love to hear your memories of the performance. Add your photos, reviews and memories via Twitter using the hashtags: #bristolbeacon and #show275705 and they will appear on this page

Supported by

  • Part of Music Venue Trust’s Save Our Venues campaign

  • Bristol Music Trust is a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner in association with Youth Music

  • Bristol Music Trust is supported using public funding by Arts Council England

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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